Fictional universe of Harry Potter The central character in the series is Harry Pottera boy who lives in Surrey with his aunt, uncle, and cousin - the Dursleys - who discovers, at the age of eleven, that he is a wizardthough he lives in the ordinary world of non-magical people known as Muggles.
Studios, Leavesdenwhere much of the film series was shot. Harry Potter was also filmed in other areas, including Pinewood Studios. David Heyman produced all the films in the series with his production company Heyday Filmswhile David Barron joined the series as an executive producer on Chamber of Secrets and Goblet of Fire.
Barron was later appointed producer on the last four films. Chris Columbus was an executive producer on the first two films alongside Mark Radcliffe and Michael Barnathanbut he became a producer on the third film alongside Heyman and Radcliffe.
Other executive producers include Tanya Seghatchian and Lionel Wigram. Rowling, author of the series, was asked to become a producer on Goblet of Fire but declined. She subsequently accepted the role on the two-part Deathly Hallows.
Even though Prisoner of Azkaban was the final film produced by Pictures, Heyday Films continued with the franchise and collaborated with Patalex IV Productions in The sixth film in the series, Half-Blood Prince, was the most expensive film to produce as of [update].
The two parts were filmed back-to-back from early to summerwith the completion of reshoots taking place on 21 December ; this marked the end of filming Harry Potter. Heyman stated that Deathly Hallows was " shot as one film " but released in two feature-length parts.
That didn't seem feasible until after we'd done the fourth. Chris Columbus stated, "We realised that these movies would get progressively darker. Again, we didn't know how dark but we realised that as the kids get older, the movies get a little edgier and darker. The production started within a week after the release of the first film.
Columbus was set to direct all entries in the series,  but he did not want to return for the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, claiming he was "burned out". He was initially nervous about directing the instalment since he had not read any of the books or seen the films.
After reading the series, he changed his mind and signed on to direct since he had immediately connected to the story.
But he expressed real passion. Kloves had direct assistance from J. Rowling, though she allowed him what he described as "tremendous elbow room". Rowling asked Kloves to remain faithful to the spirit of the books; thus, the plot and tone of each film and its corresponding book are virtually the same, albeit with some changes and omissions for purposes of cinematic style, time, and budget constraints.
Michael Goldenberg also received input from Rowling during his adaptation of the fifth novel; Goldenberg was originally considered to adapt the first novel before the studio chose Kloves.
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It is the main setting in the series; the castle features in every novel and screen adaptation. In a interview, David Heyman briefly explained the book-to-film transition.
He commented on Rowling's involvement in the series, stating that she understood that "books and films are different" and was "the best support" a producer could have.
Rowling had overall approval on the scripts, which were viewed and discussed by the director and the producers.
Heyman also said that Kloves was the "key voice" in the process of adapting the novels and that certain aspects from the books needed to have been excluded from the scripts due to the filmmakers' decision to keep the main focus on Harry's journey as a character, which would ultimately give the films a defined structure.
Heyman mentioned that some fans "don't necessarily understand the adaptation process" and that the filmmakers would have loved to "have everything" from the books in the films but noted that it was not possible since they had "neither time nor cinematic structure" to do so.
He finished by saying that adapting a novel to the screen is "a really considered process. Kloves spoke of his relationship with Rowling when adapting the novels by saying, "The thing is about Jo, which is remarkable for someone who had no experience with the filmmaking process, was her intuition.
We had a conversation the very first day I met her where she said, 'I know the movies can't be the books But I just ask you to be true to the characters; that's all I care about. My favourite character is Hermione. Richard Harriswho played the role of Professor Albus Dumbledoredied on 25 October causing the role to be re-cast for the third instalment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
The series has seen many returning crew members from various departments, including Tim Burkevisual effects supervisor; Peter Doyle, digital film colourist; Nick Dudmanmake-up and creature effects designer; David Holmesstunt double; Amanda Knightmake-up artist; Stephenie McMillanset designer; Greg Powellstunt coordinator; Jany Temime, costume designer; and Fiona Weircasting director.
Because the novels were being published as the films were being made, Craig was required to rebuild some sets for future films and alter the design of Hogwarts.
The [Astronomy Tower] definitely wasn't there originally, and so we were able to add that substantial piece. And in the last film, we needed an arena for the battle for Hogwarts — the big courtyard outside doubled in size, and if you look at the first movie it wasn't there at all.
There were quite some liberties taken with the continuity of Hogwarts.Harry Potter is The Boy Who Lived, singled out by Lord Voldemort at birth to be his greatest rival, and our hero.
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