Jason Isaacs Talks Final 'Potter' Films

Jason Isaacs as Lucius MalfoyIt seems that Daniel Radcliffe isn't the only one having a tough time saying goodbye to "Harry Potter."

Even Jason Isaacs, who plays Harry Potter's hard-hearted nemesis Lucius Malfoy, is getting a bit weepy over the end of the series.

"Not anymore. Don't make me cry," Isaacs joked when he was asked about being part of the final "Potter" installment.

"I was already nostalgic for the history of 'Harry Potter' while I was still making it and I knew the end was coming," Isaacs said. "It was two films ... they made the last book into two films, and it was a fantastic experience because everybody's back ... everyone who is left alive, that is ... and even some of the dead people. I was always cognizant of the fact that I'd have to pack up my little furry friend of a wig and stick it in a box and say goodbye to the cane. All the joy was tinged with sadness for me."

According to Isaacs, many of the cast members were looking at it as a last hurrah and some might have gone a bit overboard with the drama for the finale -- in a magical way, of course.

"There is nothing greater than sitting around on a 'Harry Potter' set when you're not filming and listening to the likes of Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, and Jim Broadbent tell stories," Isaacs said. "And watching everybody chew the scenery up in the few moments you get on screen, trying to out-ham each other, is magnificent. This big franchise goes out in an epic way."

At a recent press event for his upcoming film "Green Zone" he assured both fans of the book and the movies, who have followed the boy wizard's exploits for the past 10 years, that the final scenes will deliver in a big way.

"The end of the films will be a fantastically cinematic and visual feast," Isaacs said. "It will more than satisfy the readers of the books ... but what you won't get is the book on screen. You'll get something more and different. Everybody is very savvy to the notion that this is a much-loved franchise and this will be the end of an eighth film, and it needs to have weight and substance and you need to feel drained by the end of it. It's a 10-year roller coaster ride, not a two-hour roller coaster ride, and we all know it and we all felt it, and it was in the air while we were shooting it."

Speaking of rollercoasters, Isaacs is less than enthusiastic about the idea of a ride inspired by his character at the "Potter" theme park.

"Do you really want to go on a Lucius Malfoy ride?" he wondered. "The carriages would fly off or something."

 

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