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David Yates Dishes on Next Year's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

By B. Alan Orange — July 10th, 2007

Earlier this morning, I had the chance to sit with about a billion other West Coast Journalists and listen to Director David Yates talk up his latest creation, the fifth installment in J.K. Rowling's young adult series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Yates not only directed this fifth picture, he is also scheduled to come back for part six, entitled Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. One of the many reporters that were on hand asked if he could talk about his plans in regards to next year's Harry Potter film.

Yates replied, "The One thing we said when we finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was that we want a very different experience next time around. We're very proud of this film. The intensity, the emotion and everything. One of the great things Jo Rowling does in the book is that she captures stages of childhood so the next stage of childhood is a bit more about the sex, drugs and rock and roll."

He continued, "It's about the kind of emotional and sexual politics of being a teenager. It's a very different thing, the next film. I think it needs to be for the series to keep evolving. In my work, every choice I've made, I've always gone for something in the neurotically opposite direction. Once I've finished something, I've stayed keen to stay fresh as a storyteller to try something different. The Potter world is so rich. They're so many things to play with in that world that it's possible to regear, so the next one will be very different."

When asked if he was going to be looking at the seventh book in terms of rewriting the script for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, he told us, "We'd be crazy not to take a look at the seventh book and not let it influence us as we're refining the sixth script. I think there may be things that could be really helpful so we'll be looking at it as soon as it comes out."

David Heyman, producer of all five Harry Potter films continued with, "At the same time, in a way it's foreshadowing. If you look at this film, there are occasional looks by Ginny which foreshadow the relationship between her and Harry. For the most part, I think with each of the films we try to keep them true to themselves. We don't bring four into three and three into two and two into one. They are self-contained units just the way they're books that work on their own terms, but inevitably we will look at seven and there will be things. Even in this one actually that we cut out that when we showed the script to Jo she was like, 'I wouldn't do that if I were you." So that taps us back in."

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens July 11th, 2007. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens November 21st, 2008.

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