Perhaps the two biggest questions surrounding “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the two-part finale of J.K. Rowling’s book series, are how filmmakers will handle the author’s flash-forward postscript and what in the world Potter-philes will do when there are no more novels or films to look forward to.
The answer to that second question remains to be seen. But what will director David Yates do about the ending? Following the epic Harry vs. Voldemort smackdown, Rowling jumped ahead almost two decades to catch up with her characters in the future. For the big-screen adaptation, does that mean older actors will portray Harry and the rest of the grown-up students? Or that the young stars will be aged through makeup effects or CGI technology?
No decision has been made, according to Tom Felton, who plays peroxide-blond villain Draco Malfoy. “We haven’t shot that yet, and I still haven’t had the confirmation whether I’m doing it or we’re going to get someone else to do it,” he told MTV News while promoting the DVD for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” “I haven’t heard too much. I guess they’re still making decisions about it now. It is a very exciting scene. I know Daniel [Radcliffe] and I have talked about it and said it’d be a lot of fun to do.”
Back in July, Yates told us he was gunning to use Radcliffe and the rest of the cast for the postscript through the use of technology similar to that employed in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” “There’s something extraordinary about the audience’s knowledge of them when they were this high and then seeing them where they are 38,” he said. “There’s something really beautiful about that circle, so it has to be them. I think if after seven or eight movies, we recast them in that last scene — we all thought, ’No way, we can’t do that.’ ”
While Felton joked that he’d be cool with having Brad Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio step in to play an adult Draco, the British actor maintained that he’s looking forward to seeing what he will look like 19 years in the future. “It’d be kind of freaky to see what they come up with,” he said.
Radcliffe is too. “I might get to see what I’d look like if I was 5-foot-8, which will be a thrill for me!” he laughed in a July interview .
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