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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 and 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is dense with information that is crucial to the overall story. It's definitely too much to stuff into a two hour movie.

There are many challenges in adapting a novel or series of novels into scripts and movies. Plot lines are always reduced and/or eliminated. The work that has been done so far on the Harry Potter series has had reasonable success. The millions of dollars of revenue prove that the Harry Potter Fans will pay for anything HP, but will they pay for two movies made from one book? If the Studio thinks fans will not pay for and sit through one longer than average movie (3 hours plus, a rule broken successfully by the Lord of the Rings movies), will it be possible they'd think fans will happily pay for two films?

So, do you think it's possible that the final Harry Potter adventure, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be made into two movies? And if it is, where would you end movie number one and start movie two?

UPDATE! 3/12/08: Producer David Heyman said last night that It will be officially announced soon that book 7 WILL BE TWO FILMS! Click here for more info!

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Reader Comments: (Page 10)

ly hallows is coming out in two movies!
i just read it here and on another website
the first part come out in November of 2010 and the second part come out in the summer of 2011.
this is exciting!

Posted by rani from new york on March 13, 2008 3:48 PM

I'm so glad there be two films, but even so, it's such a dense plot there still have to be stuff left out.

As long as they keep the Gringott's scene, where they fly out on the dragon, I'll be happy. Oh, and when Dobby saves them at Malfoy Manor. But the scenes at the Lovegood's house was great! And when -- Okay, they may have to make it in three parts!

Posted by Perdie from Arlington, MA on March 13, 2008 4:21 PM

I think it makes good sense to split the book. However, I hope each movie is a full 2+ hrs. The longer movies allow more of the book to be included in the movies.
Splitting the movies at the Dobby scene would sure make the second movie action packed.

Posted by Allan from Texas, USA on March 13, 2008 6:54 PM

I agree that itís a great decision to split the 7th book into two movies. Now the question is where to split it. A lot of people have said that the first part should end after Dobbyís burial, but this way there wonít be much left for the second movie (only the last 12 chapters out of a total of 36). In my opinion the first part should end after Harry and Hermione escape from Voldemort at the ruins of the Potterís house in Godricís Hollow (near the end of chapter 17). Another good place to end the first part is after the locket is destroyed (Chapter 19: The Silver Doe).

Allan (from Texas), has a good point that each part should be 2+ hours. Two and a half hours for each movie would be great.

Posted by Javed from Vancouver, Canada on March 13, 2008 9:02 PM

I agree. It's really important that they have all of this book more than it was for the others, although I also wish that they had made the other movies more in-depth. Hopefully it won't be too fast and confusing for everybody like 5 was...

Posted by Anonymous on March 13, 2008 9:23 PM

That's a point well made, Adrian! "The Godfather" is another example of three (very long) films telling one story! I think it is because directors like Coppola just didn't care about the film companies but did what their story material deserved: they gave it time and detail and out came one of the most celebrated films in history..

Posted by Siena from Leeds, UK on March 14, 2008 06:17 AM

Yes! This is really exciting! 2 movies for ly Hallows!

I am really looking forward to this! I believe ly Hallows is the best of the pack and at this point, I cannot allow they make a lot of cuts in this movie. It's okay if they make one movie as long as the minimum is 4 hours because I really expect every line in the last book to be completely on screen. Can you imagine the Order of the Phoenix movie based on 870 pages of spine in just a little more than 2 hours? It sucked! Nevertheless, the movie was great.

ly Hallows is a very important story in the series. I would expect an explosive Battle of Hogwarts to be more than 1 hour, and every encounter with Voldy and the Eaters to be in the movie, every search and destruction of a Horcrux likewise be put on screen, every of a character to be also. Otherwise, I'm calling my lawyer and sue you guys for not fulfilling to my Harry Potter demands...

Posted by Engr. Josh from Bacolod City on March 14, 2008 08:06 AM

Yesss! The two movie idea ROCKS. I'm relieved Steve Kloves is doing the screenplay, and as much as I too would like to Chris Columbus direct the last film, David Yates got some stellar performances out of our trio and I trust him to this last movie justice.

As for where a good split in the two movies would be, I think after Ron comes back, the locket is destroyed and they are walking towards Lovegoods house in the country. That way we get Hermione's reaction to Ron coming back, their thought process at going to see Xeno, and the last movie can start out with their adventure at that wonderfully described house of Luna's.

Posted by Maynard Potter from Spokane, Washington on March 14, 2008 12:30 PM

Even if i didn't like the 1st movie, i love HP so much i would definitely go see the 2nd! I don't know any HP fans that wouldn't:P

Posted by Hollia on March 14, 2008 12:44 PM

I wonder if the content of fan websites like this one made any difference in their decision to make DH into 2 films. At any rate, it enable the fimmakers to include all the necessary details from the book. Can anyone recall something omitted from the movies thus far - like Dobby's absence from OOtP - that might make continuity difficult?

Posted by hollyanna from new jersey on March 14, 2008 12:55 PM

excellent idea of spliting DH into two parts. wonderful.

Posted by hassan from pakistan on March 15, 2008 01:52 AM

ly Hallows is gonna be split into 2 movies!
okay maybe I'm overexcited but this is great! I hope it turn out to be a sucess. -fingers crossed-

Posted by mia from australia on March 15, 2008 02:23 AM

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