Harry Potter news site SnitchSeeker recently got the chance to interview Matthew Lewis, who plays Neville Longbottom in the films, and he spoke about how Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be different to the previous outings. Fans will be glad to know that they are trying to keep as much stuff from the book in the film as possible, and that includes all of the deaths and gore (without getting a stricter rating of course).
The previous ones have had a formula: You go to school, bad things happen and he [Harry] sorts it out and jobs a good en’ nice ending. But in this year it’s all completely different. They’re [the trio] not in the school for a start and, literally, it’s such an epic battle. It’s like something from the Lord of the Rings. And David [Yates, director] as well and Steve Kloves [screenwriter] haven’t shied away from the more severe stuff in it that was in the book. It’s bloody and it’s gory and it’s very real. But it’s been cool and it’s not like anything I’ve had to do before. So I think you’re going to enjoy it.
“It’s something that we’ve not tried before. We’re trying to keep as much stuff as they can from the book in the film. We want to hit all the points and no one’s making it into a good film everyone enjoys – we’re going to stick to the book and we’re gonna say, ‘Look, some of it is quite harrowing, some of its quite serious. People do die and you’re just gonna have to …’ It’s not sugar-coated. It’s right there, it’s quite raw and all the performances have had to step up.”
Producer David Heyman said the final battle, or the Battle of Hogwarts as its known in the book, will last around 30 minutes. That’s 30 minutes of wizarding duels, death, and destruction that will draw the franchise to a close in an epic fashion.
Filming was expected to be completed in March, however it looks like filming will continue well into May. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will be released in November (we should be getting a trailer soon) and Part II will be released July 2011.