The Magic Man of Film

A young boy with a lightning bolt scar living under the stairs, who receives a special academic admittance, and realizes his true potential as a wizard, and a hero.

It’s a story known internationally through books and film – Harry Potter the Boy Wizard.  The series has amassed a fortune, and the stories have become ingrained in the imagination of children and adults everywhere.  Every writer and filmmaker appears to be looking for the next Harry Potter.

It was David Heyman , an English producer who secured the film rights, to the Harry Potter series, on the cusp of it’s popularity in the late 1990s, after reading an unpublished version of the first book’s manuscript.

He purchased the rights for only 2 million dollars, peanuts compared to the 7 billion the films have made currently.  It’s a wonder to think how much the rights would have cost had Heyman not jumped at the opportunity back then.

Heyman went on to produce all eight of the Harry Potter films.  While working on the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Heyman worked with Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron.  The two then collaborated on the critical and audience darling Gravity.

Gravity has been nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.  It has a solid chance of winning both; giving Heyman and Cuaron their first Oscar wins.

The Academy is not the only institution to take note of Heyman’s success.  His Alma Mater, Harvard University, where he studied Art History, is about to give Heyman the honor of The Hasty Pudding’s Order of the Golden Sphinx Award.  The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 is considered one of the oldest Student Social Clubs, and is currently headed by Grand Sphinx Andrew Farkas, an admirer of Heyman’s work as a producer.  The recipient of last year’s award was Michael Lynton CEO of Sony.

Heyman is one of Hollywood’s most successful producers.  Like his best-known work, maybe he wields some sort of magic that helps him choose the right project.  The rest of us will have to wait to see what his next project is.