Be warned: spoilers lie within.
A tip of the hat to the folks over at Cinemablend this morning, who have been chatting to Harry Potter movie producer, David Heyman. The topic of conversation inevitably turned to Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, which is arriving in cinemas this coming July, and specifically, they nattered about the changes we can expect between the book and the final film.
This is your last chance to run away if you don’t want any spoilers.
Still here? Well, responding to some footage that had been screened at WonderCon the other day, Cinemablend asked about a scene it saw of Snape and McGonagall in the Great Hall, that wasn’t in the book. Of this, Heyman said, “They do face off, but it’s not in the Great Hall. There are a lot of things there that are slightly different from the book, but they are true to the spirit to the book.”
Continuing, he said, “Snape and McGonagall do face off in the book, but it’s in a corridor as Harry’s on his way to the Ravenclaw common room. It didn’t work, the way we were structuring the final battle, to have that, so it takes place in the Great Hall. We also wanted to make a bigger scene of Harry’s confrontation with Snape. Snape’s role in the film is minimal, and it was minimal in the second half of the book, and yet, you wanted to have the emotional investment when you see his past. We wanted to build that up in order for it to have its emotional impact.”
Heyman also confirmed that, during the Battle of Hogwarts, there’s a bit added where the statues come alive, which you won’t find in the original text. But you won’t be getting McGonagall and the desks. As Heyman said, “I liked the desks too, but if you think about it, in a film which has grown up, that’s kind of juvenile.”
It’s worth going and checking the full interview out over at Cinemablend, right here. A fine piece of work.
In the meantime, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will arrive in July…
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