The Harry Potter movies are reaching their dark climax with "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" coming to theaters in July. The latest trailers and posters offered a brief glimpse of the maturing Hogwarts kids as Harry gradually becomes more aware of Voldemort's origins. Off-screen, however, David Yates and his crew are filming the final installment from J.K. Rowling's series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" -- and that includes the epic's final epilogue, where the original cast members will appear older than ever.
"We will shoot it," producer David Heyman confirmed for MTV News. Rowling wrote a flash-forward ending to "The Deathly Hallows" that shows where the characters end up as they grow older. Heyman also indicated that the original Hogwarts actors would be filling those roles for the sequence, rather than being replaced by older lookalikes.
"Yes," he acknowledged, nodding that aging done to the characters would use the existing cast.
"The Deathly Hallows" will be split across two separate movies because of the story's scale. Parts I and II, which are being filmed together, will round out a big year for Potter fans with less than a year's separation between their November 2010 and July 2011 release dates.
Heyman, who has been overseen production for each of the Harry Potter films, offered an exclusive commentary on July's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" that will appear in next week's summer movies preview here at MTV News.
Are you glad they're sticking with the original actors instead of switching it up?