This chapter is a free excerpt from Wikipedia+: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Film).
David Yates, who also directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, directed both parts of the series finale. David Heyman returned as producer, as he had done for the other films of the series, and was joined by J.K. Rowling and David Barron.
It was Heyman himself who discovered the as-yet unpublished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone manuscript back in 1997. He admits that the response from the fans was unprecedented for him; in fact, no other film series followed the same characters throughout a linear storyline throughout eight films.
The series, in fact, has gone on to become the highest-grossing series of films of all time. Perhaps what has also helped make the series so successful is having the same screenwriter at the helm for six of the seven books.
Steve Kloves adapted the novels for the screen and even in circumstances where the scene couldn’t be exactly the same between novel and script, Kloves did, according to Rowling, stay faithful to the spirit of the book.
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