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Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Published July 13, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince may explore teen dating angst with a magical twist, but the big kiss is coming in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two films sounded like a cheap marketing ploy, the filmmakers will reassuringly explain how important it was to the story to do so. Producer David Heyman said the series has followed Potter’s perspective, so cutting elements like Hermione’s elf activism made sense. Book seven was really all about Harry, but even Heyman admits Warner Brothers wasn’t complaining.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows With Harry and Hermione

“[Director] David [Yates] doesn’t really let us watch playback but he let us watch playback because Rupert and I were quite nervous that it might look ingenuous,” Watson said. “I think Rupert and I felt the pressure of this kiss. There’s so much media interest and also the fans, this is 10 years worth of tension and hormones and chemistry and everything. We had to ace it. So it was like oh god, but hopefully good. I’m sure you’ll critique it.”

Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows, Part I at least will be a change of scenery as the film leaves the walls of Hogwarts. This particularly excites the lead actor, Daniel Radcliffe.

“I couldn’t be happier because I am so excited about the seventh film,” Radcliffe said. “I don't know if anybody else had the same experience as me over the last couple days, but seeing the sixth film again, I started to realize we’re doing something very, very different. We’re not at Hogwarts. It’s a different dynamic.”

Taking to the road also gives Hermione a lot more action to do. “It’s not very often that in the middle of the filmmaking process you stop and say, ‘This is going to be awesome,’” Watson said. “I’ve done that on a number of occasions. We’ve just done this amazing scene in the forest, we’re being chased by the Slashers. I’ve never done anything like it, nothing even close. I’ve never really done serious stunts or real action. It’s just dynamic.”

She added that breaking the structure of the previous films also provides a healthy change of pace. “I think because all of us have now finished school, we’re just totally focused on this finale. It’s out of Hogwarts, it’s just about the three of us. It’s going to be fun. I hope it’s just going to be brilliant. It feels totally different.The other films have the structure. It’s like, you know, come in, the Great Hall, there’s a very big talk… they all have a structure and that’s just gone. It’s gone so it’s going to be good.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens in 2010 and 2011.

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