The British Academy Film Awards (UK equivalent of the Oscars) will be awarding the entire Harry Potter series with the Award for British Contribution to Cinema this weekend, and J.K Rowling herself will be appearing on stage to receive it. Producer David Heyman will also be attending, and during press he gave his thoughts on seeing an early cut of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
“I’ve seen a very, very early cut. It’s very exciting. No visual effects, no music, no sound effects, and it’s really exciting. But it’s early days and the film continues to take shape and will continue to take shape over the next many months. I think it will be a great ending to the series.”
Heyman was also asked about the epilogue sequence, and the key flashback scenes that pop up during the final battle:
“In terms of the King’s Cross scene, I think it does work and it’s very moving. We actually did it once, and then re-did it a little bit because we needed to refine something, and I’m pretty glad we did. It’s a very quiet, moving scene, but I think it leaves the series on the right note. The only flashback really that one thinks about is the Snape flashback, when Harry goes into the Pensieve to see Snape’s story, and that’ll be defined, but it’ll be very moving. In a way this was an easier structure than Part One because it’s quite defined.”
There is a lot i’m looking forward to in Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and Snape’s memories is one of main scenes fans are hoping they get right (i’m sure they will). Alan Rickman only appeared briefly in Part 1, but Part 2 should definitely make up for that.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be released July 15th, and Part 1 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in April.