Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director Davis Yates, producer David Heyman, screenwriter Steven Kloves, and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) recently spoke with Total Film while on the set.
Yates called Part I a road film, saying it was dynamic, adrenalised, and visceral. He continued, “It’s a refugee story about three kids cut off from everything they know and everybody they love, being pursued relentlessly by people who want to murder them.”
He then pondered about the split and how one should go about splitting one story to make it two distinct stories. “Do you break it with a moment of suspense or one of resolution?” he asked aloud.
He also called Part II, “A big opera, a great big epic, with huge battles.”
Emma said she felt she was on a different film as this film doesn’t have the structure that the previous films had. She explained, “The others have this structure. You know, we come into the Great Hall and there’s the opening talk. And that’s gone.”
Screenwriter Steven Kloves gave a bit of a hint about the split, saying it was the most sound creative decision on where the split occurs. He also stated that the split will give a proper send-off to certain characters, “It should allow us to stretch a bit with the characters and give them the proper send-off.”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I will be in theatres on November 19, 2010, and Part II will be released on July 15, 2011.