The End of the end?

Posted: May 1, 2011 in Part II

A few friends and I were torn by this trailer and were nonetheless very excited to see it, and I’m pretty sure more people would like it than Part I. Unfortunately, no behind-the-scenes info for Part II has been revealed, except for the fact that producer David Heyman once revealed that for the Epilogue, they will use a bunch computer effects and makeup to make Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, and Tom Felton look older instead of hiring older actors. Rumors detail that these effects are supposedly similar to the ones used in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Brown. But in the meanwhile, here’s a bit of background info about the shooting:

Both parts started shooting on February 15 2009, and it lasted for 54 weeks. In January, a few test shoots were done, in which Radcliffe’s stunt double suffered a serious spinal injury in the midst of testing an explosion scene, leaving Holmes paralyzed waist down. He will be unable to walk again.

The filming took place not only at Leavesden Film Studios, but also at Pinewood Studios. Leavesden Studios is actually quite big, but the reason the scenes with Harry nearly drowning and Ron destroying the locket were filmed at Pineswood because a special sort of stage was needed for these scenes, and unfortunately, Leavesden did not have a stage large enough, and also because they needed a special sort of pool for this scene (they could not use the same pool they used for the Second Task in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) The “goo” seen in the film is totally there by technology, including the part where Harry and Hermione “kiss”. The films were shot, according to director Yates, “with lots of handheld cameras”, especially the scene in which Fred, George, Mundugus, Fleur, Ron, and Hermione transform into Harry. All of them had to wear ultraviolet makeup for this scene, allowing the special effects crew to mess around with the faces, making them look as if they were undergoing transformation.

In terms of the background music, Alexandre Desplat has composed the score for both parts. John Williams composed the score for the first three, Patrick Doyle composed for the fourth, and Nicholas Hooper composed for the fifth and the sixth.

In terms of differences from book to movie, here are a few noticeable ones:

  • When Harry questions Ollivander, Ollivander appears to be familiar with the Deathly Hallows in the film but not in the book.
  • Ron and Hermione kiss in the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Crabbe’s character will not appear in the film due to drug charges against actor Jamie Waylett, who has played Crabbe in the past six films, and Goyle’s character will die in his place.
  • Blaise Zabini’s character will take place of Goyle’s character, as it is shown in the teaser trailor (the trailer featuring both parts) that Zabini is in the Room of Requirement with Malfoy and Goyle.
  • A featurette description said we will see the Quidditch pitch burn down.
  • Snape will die in a Crystal House, as shown by both the trailer for Part II and the teaser trailer. This has been approved by JK Rowling. The filmmakers did this “to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere”.
  • Harry and Voldemort duel in the Entrance Courtyard instead of the Great Hall.
  • According to the trailer for Part II, Harry will see Snape going to Godric’s Hollow after Harry’s parents die in Snape’s memories.
  • Harry throws both himself and Voldemort off the top of Hogwarts.
  • According to the part II trailer magical creatures, such as house-elves, centaurs, and thestrals won’t appear in the battle

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