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Video:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Interview

with Rebecca Murray

Producers David Heyman and David Barron discuss the final chapter in the 'Harry Potter' franchise, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,' at the 2011 CinemaCon. The 'Potter' producers chat about their young stars and director David Yates.See Transcript

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Transcript:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Interview

Rebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies on Warner Bros Pictures' 2011 CinemaCon Press Line.

Producers David Heyman and David Barron - The Harry Potter Film Franchise

What I'm really impressed about is you chose three young actors who grew up not to be troublemakers.

David Heyman: "I know."

We never hear about these actors in the news.

David Barron: "Actually, it's not just three, is it? Because all the supporting cast too. It's just extraordinary."

David Heyman: "I think part of that credit goes to Chris Columbus. One, not just in who he cast because in a way there's a certain amount of luck involved with that. Though having had quite a bit of experience himself, he did know certain [things]. You cast the parents as well as you cast the children, so I give him credit for that. He deserves a lot of credit for that. But the other thing is I think he helped create an atmosphere on set that really has carried through ever since, one of real warmth, a safe place for them to feel that they could be vulnerable and that they were always going to be looked after. And I think..."

David Barron: "They would never be ridiculed if they made suggestions. They were always encouraged to make suggestions. They would never be laughed at. They'd always be helped. We all make mistakes, why shouldn't they?"

David Heyman: "And I think that we've been a little bit of a bubble. A lot of the same crew and same cast have been with us since 2000. So, again, that's a safe place for them."

David Barron: "And they all have sort of maternal and paternal feelings for the cast actually because they've sheltered them and watched them grow up, and helped them grow up."

David Heyman: "And when we saw Dan having his first kiss, it was like, 'We shouldn't be watching this!'"

Why was David Yates the perfect director to handle bringing home the franchise?

David Heyman: "I think that, you know, we asked Chris Columbus to do the third and he said no, Alfonso [Cuaron] to do the fourth and Mike [Newell] to do the fifth, David said yes all the way along. That was one thing. Two, I think David is an incredibly...He's hugely talented, and talented in so many ways. He can do the comedy, he can do the drama and the action, but most important he really is interested in the humanity of the characters. He really has pushed them."David Barron: "And the truthfulness of the characters."

David Heyman: "And that's what, I think, for all the action and for all the magic that was the most important thing to make these things work for me is the characters and the humanity. He enriches the films with that."

David Barron: "Also, I think David... The sixth film was kind of the beginning of the end because it's where we first learned about Horcruxes which are the center of the final two, The Deathly Hallows. Horcruxes have a huge importance and I think for him, having started the Horcrux journey, he felt compelled to finish it off. The second book when we split it into two became two distinctly different movies. The first movie is a bit of a road movie. We didn't go to Hogwarts, which is a big first. The second movie is a lot of action but with this huge, strong, emotional core, it meant for him he could stick with the franchise and make very different films, and so not feel like he was retreading old ground."

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