Study Guide

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Behind the Scenes

  • Director

    David Yates

    The Harry Potter series kind of had a revolving door of directors until the sixth film, when David Yates took the reins and started driving us toward the finish line.

    We've provided a pretty thorough rundown of Yates' background pre-Potter…and you can check it out in our guide for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

  • Screenwriter

    Steve Kloves

    With the exception of Order of the Phoenix, Steve Kloves has been the scribe for the Harry Potter movies since the very beginning. We know you're probably already in the know if you've watched all the movies up to this point, so we won't bore you by repeating our spiel about Kloves.

    If you need a refresher, though, you can go alllll the way back to the guide for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to brush up on Kloves' history.

  • Production Studio

    Warner Brothers; Heydey Films; Moving Picture Company (MPC)

    Production companies Warner Brothers and Heydey have been hanging out with Harry Potter since the very beginning, and you can check out what we had to say about them in any of our other learning guides on the HP films, like:

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    And so on. You get the picture.

    But wait, don't click away just yet—there's a new kid in town for this last film. Moving Picture Company (MPC) has a really long resume as a special effects house, but they've also been the production company on a handful of films since the 1970's. This one included.

    You may not have heard of their older titles, but some of their more recent producer credits should ring a bell —like, how about Fantastic Four (2015)? Or the 2016 version of The Jungle Book?

    They seem to have found a niche in superhero and adventure stuff, which is no surprise, given their focus on special effects.

  • Production Design

    Straightforward Action

    The Harry Potter series has always been heavy on the green screen and special effects. We know—big shocker, right?

    In order to make sure we have all the wizards, spells, magical beasts, etc. from the novels, the filmmakers have had to go heavy on visual trickery and CGI, and this is definitely the case in the last installment of the series.

    As in the previous films, we stick pretty closely to Harry's perspective. There's lots of action happening, particularly during the Battle of Hogwarts, so we do veer away from what Harry is seeing/doing from time to time, but mostly we're hitched firmly to Harry's wagon—you know, going where he goes, seeing where he sees, and just generally following his journey as it wraps up.

  • Music (Score)

    Alexandre Desplat

    The Harry Potter series has had a whole load of different composers, but Alexandre Desplat took over the reins soundtrack-wise in Part 1 and is here to finish out the series in the big finale.

    As we've mentioned in previous learning guides, the music for the Harry Potter movies has been pretty consistent, despite lots of switch-ups in composers, and this film is no exception.

    The music definitely does a lot to underscore (pardon the pun) what's happening, with loud, thunderous music droning on during action sequences and spooky strings if suspense is building. Also, there are what we like to call "sad strings," which crop up particularly when there's been a lot of death and carnage (which the Battle of Hogwarts produces in droves).

    All in all, it's a soundtrack worthy of all the drama, action, suspense, tears, and triumph that mark the end of the series.

  • Fandoms

    Um, yes. You could say that Harry and the gang have a few fans.

    Don't believe us? Check out the rundown of the Potterverse from our very first learning guide on the very first Harry Potter movie.