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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
If it wasn't for producer David Heyman, there is a good chance that those of you absolutely terrified of reading books would never have heard of the little wizard known as Harry Potter. Heyman has been with the franchise since the beginning and played a huge part in getting J.K. Rowling to agree to allow Warner Bros. a shot at adapting Potter to the bigscreen.
With the books coming to an end this July, Heyman details his sadness and excitement.
Heyman on Harry Potter and the End of a Series
David Heyman recently sat down with Newsweek to discuss the Harry Potter films and books:
David Heyman bought the film rights to the "Potter" series in 1997 and has been the principal producer ever since, steering a franchise that's grossed more than $3.5 billion. The fifth, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," opens July 11. The seventh and final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," lands on July 21. "I love that I've been doing this nonstop for 10 years and I still don't know how this story ends," Heyman, 45, told NEWSWEEK. "I can't wait!"
Heyman still marvels at Rowling's mind. A scene in "Phoenix" features a tapestry embroidered with the ancestors of Harry's godfather, Sirius Black. The book mentions a few names, but the filmmakers needed to make the whole thing. "So I e-mailed Jo and asked her if she could give us a few more names," Heyman says. "About 15 minutes later we received a family tree that goes back six generations with names, birthdates, family crests, a motto. It was all in her head."
And his own life, post-"Potter"? "It's a combination of sadness and excitement, I think—for Jo, and for all of us," he says. "This world has become a huge part of millions and millions of people's lives. We all love it so much, and I think, afterward, there will be a little hole in our lives for a while."
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits shelves on July 21st.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens to theaters on July 11th.