In “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, Jason Isaacs once again plays Draco Malfoy’s father, Lucius. But the actor almost didn’t sign for the film, and needed convincing to do so.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – part 1, the war against Voldemort is brewing
After the release of the sixth opus a year earlier, the first part of the final chapter of the universe imagined by JK Rowling was unveiled at the cinema in 2010 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Following Dumbledore’s death, Voldemort’s power grows more and more. The Dark Lord has not only taken control of the Ministry of Magic but also of Hogwarts, where he rules the rule thanks to the Death Eaters installed in the castle. To destroy Voldemort, Harry, Ron and Hermione decide not to go back to school and go in search of the last Horcruxes of the dark mage. But the three friends will have to face many dangers in their quest, and will have to stay united to have any chance of success …
Once again, David Yates is back in directing for the penultimate film in the Magic Saga. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – part 1 also benefits once again from the return of its trio of main actors, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, who find their characters of Harry, Ron and Hermione. The film also brings together most of the supporting roles of the saga. Few new characters are therefore introduced. Corn Domhnall Gleeson makes his appearance despite everything as Bill Weasley, Ron’s older brother. Clémence Poésy returns after appearing in The Goblet of Fire, when her Fleur Delacour character marries Bill.
Jason Isaacs was reluctant to return to appear in The Deathly Hallows
While he played Lucius Malfoy since the second installment of the saga, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and that he had appeared in almost every movie since, Jason Isaacs almost didn’t come back for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In view of the fate of his character in the fifth opus, the actor was afraid that Lucius would have only a very small role to play in the last book of the saga, not yet published at the time. And so in the last two films. At the end of Order of the Phoenix, Draco’s father is arrested and imprisoned in Azkaban after attempting to retrieve the prophecy.
In order to decide if he was going to sign to appear in The Deathly Hallows or not, Isaacs went straight to the source. He called JK Rowling directly to beg her to give her character a big enough role. The author then reassured him by revealing to him that Lucius would be released from prison before the end of the first chapter of the last book of the saga. Isaacs signed immediately after to appear again in Lucius Malfoy’s skin in both parts of the Deathly Hallows.
The subtle reference to JK Rowling’s book
From the start ofHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the film imposes its dark tone harbinger of Voldemort’s growing hold. One of his first scenes illustrates this. Back home after her sixth year at Hogwarts, Hermione is about to go find Harry and Ron and go in search of Voldemort’s last Horcruxes. But before leaving the family home to join his two best friends, the young witch decides to make a painful but necessary decision to protect his parents from the Dark Lord.
Hermione thus uses the Amnesia spell on her own parents.. And the scene slips a small reference to the passage from the book that describes this moment. Listening attentively to what the parents of the young girl are talking about, we can thus hear them discussing Australia. The topic of the conversation was not chosen at random, as it is a nod to the passage from Rowling’s book, in which Hermione casts a spell on them which makes them believe that they wish to go and live in Australia.