Directors are quite competitive, even though they may not admit it and I know that Alfonso [Cuarón] wanted to make a better film than Chris [Columbus], and Mike [Newell] wanted to make a better film than Chris and Alfonso, and I know, even though he may not admit it, David Yates wanted to make a better film than anybody who’d come before him.
The other thing which is quite amazing is the generosity of the directors that have come before, so that Chris spent time with Alfonso, Alfonso spent time with Mike and Mike spent time with David, showing him an early cut of the film, talking through what it means to be a director and how they went about it and any sort of titbits that they can pass on. And it’s a really collegial and supportive environment between directors, but also I think within Leavesden itself.
- David Heyman, on the directors of Harry Potter movies. (x)