Last week I had the chance to participate in roundtable interviews with the cast and crew of the Harry Potter series. We will be posting the interviews throughout the week leading up to the latest and next to last installment of the series – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. The second interview is with director David Yates, who has helmed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the final two installments of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Yates talks about the big London premiere which happened the night before, the reason for splitting Deathly Hallows into two films, the decision not to post convert Part 1 into 3D, how much action we might expect from the Battle at Hogwarts in the final film, the child actors coming into their own, shooting more on location than previous installments, the dance sequence, the evolution of Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as actors, what he hopes to do next after the Potter films are completed, how the Potter series has changed his career as a filmmaker, the wrap party, the tale of the three brothers, and more.

You can watch the video interview now embedded after the jump.
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Exercising his key to the Hollywood kingdom, Guillermo del Toro says the time is right for him to shake a deathstick at the Harry Potter franchise. The mastermind behind Pan’s Labyrinth and Hell Boy tells MTV that he’s the perfect badass to envision Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and finale (for now) literary tale of the wizard.

“I’m definitely interested,” he insisted, “now that the movies have grown darker. They have a contrast between the gloomy existence of the kid and the world he’s exposed to. They have evolved into a really nice universe.”

At one time, Del Toro’s name was mentioned to direct the third film, The Prisoner of Azkaban, which ultimately went to his good friend Alfonso CuarÏŒn and is still generally recognized as tops amongst critics and adults. Back in October, he informed MTV Budapest that Deathly Hallows was more to his liking, saying “I’m up to be the one who kills twenty guys.” Well then, he gets my vote. Not only does the material play to del Toro’s strong suits, but he seems to have a genuine passion and festering vision for it.

“I got [‘Deathly Hallows’] for my daughter and she was like ‘When are you going to give it to me?'” he smiled. “I read it and I was very moved by the ending. It ends very much like a Dickens novel.”

Thus far, the Harry Potter movies have served their purpose, but I wouldn’t refer to any of them as classic fantasy or children’s films. They feel too much like well-honed products to me and lack a certain magic and wonderment. It would be fantastic for del Toro to send the franchise, one that surely fired up millions of kids’ first love for movies, off with an installment that was pure, sweeping cinema. But in the minds of studio execs, might it contrast too much with the prior films?

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Harry Potter author JK Rowling has always said that the seventh Harry Potter Book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows) would be the last in the series. Apparently that might not be the last in the series after all. Okay, this story isn’t as juicy as it sounds.

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