Filming on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” wrapped last June. Mostly, anyway — the movie’s stars returned in December to reshoot the final scene of the series.
Don’t worry — no one went and did something foolish like rewrite the epilogue. But “Deathly Hallows” director David Yates didn’t like the way his first take at the ending turned out. “We ended up with a scene that for all sorts of reasons … just didn’t work,” Yates tells EW.
(If, perchance, you haven’t read the last “Harry Potter” book, the following should be considered a spoiler.)
In the first pass at the scene, which is set 19 years after the main story, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ginny (Bonnie Wright), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) send their own children to Hogwarts. The actors were made up to look like 30-something versions of their characters, but Yates wasn’t satisfied with it.
“I didn’t want older actors,” Yates says. “If you spent seven movies with these guys, you know these kids, and you want to end with them. … I asked the studio to have a second pop at it, with a very simple solution — simple makeup, which may be enhanced slightly with special effects — that’s really charming.”
Producer David Heyman gives a big thumbs up to the reshot scene. “It was a funny day, seeing them made up to look in their late 30s,” he tells EW. “It really accentuated the reality of the situation. I knew it had been 10 years [since the first ‘Potter’ film], but I didn’t realize they had aged that much.”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” opens on July 15.