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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
J.K. Rowling on her proudest moment while making Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling on her proudest moment while making Harry Potter

This was wonderful. And I got to work with and form friendships with some immensely talented people. And I must say and I could get very emotional saying this. But one of the things that I have been proudest of, is going down to Leifston and looking at all these people, with all the jobs. Hundreds and hundreds of people. And occasionally I've looked and I though, oh my God. You know, these people have jobs because I had an idea on a train once. That is so overall the experience of the films for the initial writer has been outstanding.

There's a huge amount of action in this. It's a war movie, actually. And part one is a road movie. Part two is a war movie. And with everything that implies. It's incredibly sad in places. It's very exciting in places. And I feel that all of the major characters have sublime moments. What I always imminently refer to is the big seven. Which is Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville, Luna and Draco. so for me the big seven, all of them have fantastic moments in this final cathartic battle. You can probably tell I love it. I love it. I think it's probably the best.

A huge theme throughout the seven books and the films. Dumbledore expressed it right at the beginning of the series. At the end of Philosopher's Stone, when he said... Harry says he's not gone. And Dumbledore says, no, but if the next person fights him. And the next person will fight him. You know, we can keep him down. And that goes through the heart, really, of the series. Which is the question: why fight? Why fight? We accept the inevitability of evil in this world. And we accept that things can't always be fair. We accept that things will never be perfect. Why fight? Why fight? And that's the question that all of the characters answer in their different ways. And some characters say: I'm not fighting. I have to accept the inevitable. And other characters say: I will fight till I die. To make the world a better place. To save a friend, you know. And I suppose that's what the final battle is about.

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