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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Writer Speaks On Changes

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<i>Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows</i> Writer Speaks On Changes

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is in theaters today. As I noted in my review, the movie takes quite a few sharp turns away from the source, mostly in the service of creating a more cinematic experience. Steven Kloves, the script’s writer, addressed some of those changed at a press conference last week, as reported by Movieline.

BEWARE: Spoilers ahead.

“The boathouse was not my decision,” he said of Professor Snape’s death scene, what will likely be one of the more controversial changes among fans. “I wrote it for the Shrieking Shack [location from the book].”

“The Shrieking Shack has always been a problematic set for us. [Production designer] Stuart Craig did as brilliant a job as anyone could, but I think we felt that given the magnitude of this moment — I think David Yates wanted something a bit more visual for himself.” Kloves also noted that the change came only with author J.K. Rowling’s full support.

Kloves also spoke about an added scene in which Potter, who has returned with his friends to Hogwarts for the final showdown, confronts Snape in the Great Hall. “To me that’s a good move for us,” he said. “It’s a visual and a literary stroke. That’s what we try to do in Potter, as opposed to being always in lock-step with the books. Though, emotionally, we’re absolutely in lock-step with the books, which was always our guide.”

Now that you’ve had a chance to see the movie, how do you feel about the changes? I’m fine with them, personally. The movie works on its own without diminishing the spirit of the book in any way.

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