Harry Potter Star Looks Back On Filming Pivotal Deathly Hallows 2 Scene

Jason Isaacs recounts one of his favorite moments during the filming of Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and talks about his experience working on the Harry Potter movies.
Jason Isaacs reflects on creating one of the most critical scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The final film in the hugely popular series, directed by David Yates, debuted in 2011 and continued to chronicle the title character’s quest to locate and eliminate Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes to defeat him finally. Being introduced in The Chamber of Secrets as a Death Eater and one of the series’ key antagonists who assisted in Voldemort’s reappearance and attempted to rule the wizarding world, Isaacs played Lucius Malfoy in five of the 10 films.

The Battle of Hogwarts is remembered as one of the most critical events in the Harry Potter series by fans of both the movies and J.K. Rowling’s books. Voldemort called the Death Eaters and all those who vowed loyalty to him and assaulted the school grounds while Harry sought one of the last Horcruxes, seemingly killing Harry after he surrendered. Many Death Eaters, including Lucius, deserted Voldemort’s side after discovering that Harry was still alive. However, they were all present for their final confrontation, in which Harry defeated the wicked wizard.
In a recent interview with The List, Isaacs reflected on his time working on the Harry Potter series and shared one of his favorite memories from the Battle of Hogwarts filming. He cited the rain as the reason the filming took so long, saying that many team members would spend time inside a massive tent on the set. He talked about having tea, telling stories, and watching Ralph Fiennes perform the Voldemort monologue. This passage from The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is quoted in full by Isaacs below:
“I was in groups 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8. Five of them, spanning over ten years, included me. Everything is in my recollection. Because I’m old, my fondest memories are at the very end. Both the first day and the last part are clearly in my memory. The middle decade is a little hazy, but I recall filming the large courtyard sequence after “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” the giant battle of Hogwarts, since it took a while because it rained and we couldn’t shoot. Every day, we would commute to work and idle away. People would have returned to their trailers if it had been an American movie, but since it wasn’t, we all sat in a large tent, huddled around heaters, drinking tea that was getting increasingly solid to the point where the spoons would stand up in it. We were also waiting for the biscuit tin to arrive at 11 o’clock.

It was freezing outside as people conversed while laughing incoherently and listening to Julie Walters tell tales about her pig farm. I wished the rain would continue for weeks. I wanted it to go on forever. I also recall someone, who might have been the late, fantastic, brilliant, and funny Helen McCrory standing there and saying, “How have you f***ing taken this for ten years is beyond me. I’m unable to answer.” We stood there for days and days to watch Ralph [Fiennes] perform his monologue as Voldemort since David Yates [shot] many of the “Harry Potter” movies flawlessly. I suppose Warner Brothers gave him a directive: “These movies are here to stay. Let’s refine them to a fault.” We captured it perfectly by filming it from every angle and size.

We stood there for days and days while Ralph was being watched. All of us said, “Get on with it.” Although he was doing it beautifully, the speech had already been repeated a thousand times. Since I had three lines the following week, I felt a little sorry for myself. I turned around and noticed Jim Broadbent, Emma Thompson, Judy Walters, Maggie Smith, and someone else, all holding Oscars in the same area. I believed, “There are no lines for them. How fortunate I am astounded me. I have three lines at least, “and it suddenly made me feel better for some time. ”
Although it may be difficult to imagine, given his love for creating movies, Isaacs originally had no interest in playing Lucius Malfoy. The actor has previously discussed going to a Gilderoy Lockhart audition and nearly rejecting the offer to play Lucius. He has, however, also frequently expressed his gratitude for landing the role, stating in a recent interview how much he enjoyed working with the other actors and how “none of [them] took it for granted.”

The Harry Potter movies have proven to be just as successful as the books; a large part can be credited to the talent involved. It is always lovely to hear that cast members enjoyed the filmmaking process, although it sounds particularly challenging considering the circumstances. Of course, Isaacs is not alone; during the recent screening of Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, other celebrities shared some of their experiences. Fans of the series will undoubtedly become even more enamored with it after hearing tales like Isaacs’ and feel tempted to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 again just for that battle scene.

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