Many cameras have actually eaten directors, and David Yates is clearly no exception. According to the IMDb, there are about eight David Yates, but there can be only one director of multiple Harry Potter films. Take that, Walk Off the Pounds with Lorraine Kelly guy!
Anyway, now that I think about it, perhaps the decade paradigm is wrong for all directors. In this guy's case, clearly there is the post-Harry Potter phase, with fame and glory and riches, and there's the pre-Harry Potter phase with great titles like Oranges and Lemons and The Tichborne Claimant. Depending on who he talks to, Yates could go either way: the pre-Potter was good, because he was young, dumb and... eager to learn about the industry that would soon propel him to superstardom. And, of course, being associated with a series like Harry Potter has its good points, too... but for the life of me I can't think of one right now. After the final Potter film is in the can, is it on to that personal indie drama about the train wreck in a coal mine in Devonshire? Fingers crossed!