The Lovely Erica had a very rare opportunity to attend a rare screening and Q and A of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. Attending the screening was the three Davids… David Heyman, Producer David Barrons, and director David Yates, and the awesomeness that is Helena Bonham Carter. Erica being the huge Harry Potter fan that she is was thrilled to attend and sent us this great summery of the evening along with some great video clips!
I do enjoy award season! God bless those times and God bless my SAG card for getting me in time and time again to these special events!
Check out Erica’s Potterific recap after the jump!
When the calendar starts heading towards November and December, there is a certain feeling, a particular energy in Los Angeles in anticipation of that special time of year – no, not the holiday season! It’s Oscar season!! At this time of year, the entertainment industry gets all fancy as they try to woo voters for a plethora of awards from Oscars to Golden Globes to SAG awards and anything else shiny.
This year, Harry Potter is in the mix as it’s pretty amazing to realize that the entire series has NEVER won a single Oscar. Nothing. No love from the Academy for the top movie franchise of all time. So with the best reviews of any of the Harry Potter films, there is a push for Deathly Hallows part 2 to finally get the films some recognition.
Thanks to my friend SAG-member friend Mark, I’m lucky enough to attend a screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 which is followed by a Q & A with the Three Davids (producer David Heyman, producer David Barrons and director David Yates) as well as Helena Bonham Carter. Yes! Helena Bonham Carter!
I’ve been a big fan of Helena’s since A Room with a View so I’m excited to get my first glimpse of her in person. I’m also really curious to see what she has to say about Bellatrix since I don’t think she does a lot of interviews about her.
The Q&A begins with David Heyman asking the audience who is seeing the film for the first time. Shockingly, this is the first time half the audience (filled with actors, writers and other guild members) has seen the biggest film of the year.
The chat is very fun with the Three Davids answering some of the typical questions and then someone finally asks Helena if she misses Bellatrix.
Watch the video since Helena has her own way of meandering through the conversation and discusses:
her last day-
what she kept from the set-
what she does if she’s missing Bellatrix-
a hint about some of the scenes she filmed that never made it into the movie-
how she prepped to play Hermione playing Bellatrix-
Then they discuss why the team created the new sequence in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince where Bellatrix attacks the Burrows.
The group also talks about how they are dealing with the end of the series. (Helena talks about their proposed Harry Potter support group for the people who’ve worked on the films.)
David Heyman mentions that the movies were state-of-the-art, but Leavesden Studios, the converted factory they were using, was not. They had 3 people employed full time to continuously patch the roof. (I hope they have that resolved now they are doing tour groups through there!)
Then they start to take questions from the audience and someone asks if they realized what a phenomenon the series was. Helena talks about realizing the impact when she runs into kids who think they are suddenly meeting Bellatrix
David Heyman also talks about David Yates’ favorite moment out of the films – when Ron and Hermione finally kiss.
After this, the Q&A wraps up and they sprint the talent out of the room pretty quickly. Ever the gentleman, David Heyman moves slowly and chats with people and signs autographs on the way out.
Fingers crossed that the film gets some recognition this year!