A few days ago we heard that Maggie Smith would “stagger through” filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows due to her battle with breast cancer, and now actress Helen McCory, who plays Draco’s mother Narcissa Malfoy, has spoken about the films to Rotten Tomatoes. She says the final two movies will be “huge”, however as this is the last time a Harry Potter movie will be filmed there is a different feel on set.
“It’s got a full stop,” she told us. “I think up to now, every director who has done a Harry Potter has had to do a dot-dot-dot. They know it’s a sequel, they know there’s another film coming out. But with this one, we can actually make everything have an epic ending. It’s going to be final. And it’s going to be huge. There doesn’t have to be any more pauses or dot-dot-dots. So they’re letting out all the stops with this one.”
“We finish in April and it does feel different on set actually,” she explained. “Some people have been doing it for 10, 11 years. It’s part of their lives. So although I’ve just joined them at the end, a lot of people have a huge emotional commitment to it. There are children that have grown up with the people on the set, like the directors and the costume designers backstage. It’s a very big occasion for those people.”
McCrory told us she was due for a table read of the script for the second part of the film today. “You don’t know what to expect until you get there,” she said. “Something written down on paper could be completely different on the screen. On Monday we’re just going to sit down with various people around a table.”
In Half-Blood Prince we saw Narcissa Malfoy ask Snape to help Draco fulfil the task Voldemort had given him, which we eventually found out was to kill Dumbledore. In Deathly Hallows Voldemort preys on the Malfoy family once again by deciding their house will be his headquarters, and he places them under house arrest by his Death Eaters. Charming bloke.