Director David Yates says he’s intrigued by 3D technology. But he’s quick to admit he’s "still learning more about it." Producer Warner Bros plans to release the 3D version of Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince on DVD by December. The second part of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows will also release in 3D.
Yates believes 3D technology will enhance the viewing experience. "But you don’t have to use it in a tricky way. The minute you sacrifice the story and characters to focus on what’s on screen, you‘ve lost it," he says. Yates has directed the most number of films in the Harry Potter franchise. And when producer David Barron offered him the opportunity to direct the last movie in the series, he realised that he wanted to be the one to wrap things up. "I didn’t want to be the guy who made the middle films while some other guy got to come in and finish it," he says.
Was it challenging to adapt the depth of the final book on screen? "The book is rich, but you have to create more momentum. There are sections in the book that are fun to read, but going chapter after chapter wouldn’t easily translate on screen." Yates says that they have added a scene missing from the book where after Ron is gone, Harry comes back to the tent and finds Hermione listening to Muggle music. Then they dance with each other, which is a very tender, awkward and emotional moment for them since their friend has just abandoned them."Harry and Hermoine have a special chemistry as friends. You always wonder if the relationship could go beyond friendship. It’s a very natural, charming moment and quite intriguing," he says.
Asked if the second part is more of a war story and different from what we’re used to seeing in the Harry Potter arena, Yates says that the notion that you are in the middle of a world where wizards fight is exciting. "I did a wizard battle at the end of Order Of The Phoenix, the first between Dumbledore and Voldemort. I loved the kinetic power of that exchange because the magic I had seen at that point had always been pretty and clean. If you had two really powerful wizards going at it, the imagery would be frightening. I think the more interesting element of it is Harry’s search and the final discovery."