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Secrets of Harry Potter's All-Important Final Scene

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Harry Potter lovers know that in the final chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, there are many crazy surprises. But the biggest surprise will be how the movie version will handle the very last scene. Spoilers ahead.


For those of you who haven't read it yet, in the final book there's a flash-forward scene, and we see our heroes in their late 30s. So how will the studio be handling this? Will they lay on the makeup, CG their young faces to bits, or bring in new actors entirely? We got the chance to ask director David Yates and Producer David Heyman at the Half-Blood Prince press conference.

In the last book there is a flash forward for the characters, and rumors have it that you are working on CGing the faces of the young actors to look older. Is that still on the table, or have you decided to swap them out for older replacements?


David Yates: You know, we're still exploring how exactly we're going to be dealing with that. It's an absolutely beautiful part of the book. One of the most unique of this franchise is the fact that you've grown up with these characters. Is what I think makes it special for the audience. So we want to be delivering at the end of seven [the seventh book] part two. We're looking at various options of how we do it. And we still haven't quite figured it out yet.

Will you be using Benjamin Button-type technology?

David Yates: Probably not Benjamin Button technology. We did look into that. But we don't think it's the route we're going to take.

David Heyman: Benjamin Button technology was used to make him look younger, but we're taking people who are 20 years old, and making them look like they're in their late 30s. So that's a different experience. And we may use some of the techniques from Benjamin Button technology, but we're still exploring. We're going to do everything we can — but it will be Dan, Rupert and Emma, not someone else.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released in theaters on July 15th.


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I could have done without that final scene when I read it.

It was redundant since we pretty much could assume that 'they lived happily ever after', and the cutsy scenes with the kids and various name-dropping felt like akward fan-fiction.

I had a sneaking suspicion that Rowling only put that in there to remove any opportunity for someone to try and make some sort of sequel down the road.