Photo by Lucas Jackson of Daniel Radcliffe (second from left) -- in Steve Kloves' words, a "frenetic bundle of inexhaustible energy and generosity" -- at last night's New York premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."
For decades I've been a fan of Steve Kloves' work, including his writing-directing debut, "The Fabulous Baker Boys," his script for Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys" -- and his adaptations of almost all the Harry Potter books. (The one he
do was "Order of the Phoenix.")
I've interviewed him frequently over the last dozen years -- and this morning he reported to
by email on the New York and London premieres of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2:"
"The NY audience @ the premiere last night was really brilliant. Clapping when Rickman first appeared-- seen from the back. Missing payoff line after payoff line because they were still laughing at the setup lines. Raising the roof when Neville lurched into view, sword in hand, to save the day. I wish I could take NY with me everywhere. They've always been the most generous audience for Potter. And even I, dark soul that I am, couldn't convincingly dispute those people who kept coming up after to say it couldn't have played better. Even the quiet modesty of the ending played as intended for them. They began applauding long before Dan, Rupert and Emma's faces began to fade from the screen, accepting that it was finally over and acknowledging to us--but mostly to themselves--I like to think--that it was worth the time spent.
"Though I would be remiss if i didn't acknowledge the reception we received in London. That was VERY emotional in Trafalgar Square. Jo, not unexpectedly, captured things perfectly when saying that every storyteller needs a listener. [Producer] David Heyman managed to convey the scope of the efforts of all involved (no mean feat). [Director] David Yates exhibited his customary modesty, striking for such a talented man. [Producer] David Baron is, well, David Baron. A massive asset to any production and pure joy as a human being.
"Dan was his typically frenetic bundle of inexhaustible energy and generosity. But when Rupert's voice caught -- I was taken aback. And when Emma stepped forward to address each of us and, arriving at me, thanked me for taking care of Hermione all these years, I was genuinely moved. That I had not expected. The movie had its moment in Manhattan. But I'll never forget that last evening in Trafalgar Square."
Update: It looks as if Kloves is finally getting the recognition he deserves:
In his Hollywood Reporter review of "Deathly Hallows: Part 2", Todd McCarthy writes, "Perhaps the key player all along has been screenwriter Steve Kloves, who made what must have been a vexing decision to put a promising directorial career on hold for more than a decade to write all but one of the Potter episodes... Simply put, it's clear the filmmakers felt the responsibility to do this job right, and that they have."