In a new interview that appears in the November issue of Starlog magazine, Harry Potter director Mike Newell discusses making the movie, interaction with the CGI department and working with the stars.
There is also an interview with Dan Radcliffe where he discusses his relationship with all the Harry Potter directors, filming the movie and what he is looking forward to filming in Order of the Phoenix.
Mike on GCI:
"I started out with this belief that the trouble with special effects was that they stopped being real. OK, fine, a flying carriage is a flying carriage. There is no such thing as a flying carriage. But the flying carriage has to be real, real, real! Because if it isn't, it's not worth anything."
"I needed to be persuaded that the effects could be real, and I didn't believe that at the start. But now, I absolutely do. I'm convinced these guys can create a realism that is completely credible and has nothing to do with cartoons or Ray Harryhausen. There's that famous phrase: 'The suspension of disbelief.' And you really do suspend disbelief with the effects in this movie. The proof of the pudding is this: I've gone from an unbeliever to a mad, zealot convert. I'm positive these guys can make it real. They can get me to suspend my disbelief, and by God I didn't want to."
Newell also goes on to explain the reasoning behind why certain characters and themes are not in the movie.
Dan on Harry's dating dilemma in Goblet of Fire:
There's one crucial scene, which was one of the last we shot, where Harry asks Cho to the Yule Ball, and that was great fun. Mike [Newell, Goblet's director] did Four Weddings and a Funeral, so he's brilliant at directing romantic comedy. But that storyline really comes into its own and is much more important in the fifth movie. Not much happens with that in Goblet. You're aware that Harry has the biggest crush in the world on Cho, but there isn't a huge interaction between them.
Thanks to Shannon for sending in the scans.