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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 11)

oh wow, that's so cool!

i also agree, as i believe i have said before, that it should be cut where dobby s. it just seems like when you leave the theater, you should have a sense of gloom and mourn because when you come back in the summer, you'll be action packed and all that sad feeling be gone. but there should be a recap.

Posted by hannah from montana on March 15, 2008 05:50 AM

For those fans who were doubting on the length of both movies, here might be an answer from HP producer David Heyman:

"There’s always been difficulty making sure that the ones that are two hours, two and a half hours long – making sure that those are the right length. I think by having two films that are two and a half hours – although we’re not sure of the length – then it be a richer experience."

Although nothing is confirmed, it seems to be a thumbs-up!

Posted by winnie from hong kong on March 15, 2008 08:03 AM

i think the first movie should end when ron comeback and if the half blood prince movie sucks like ootp del toro should direct Dh

Posted by Dan from kentucky on March 15, 2008 11:20 AM

I love HP, but I'm kinda ready for the phenom of it all to be over.

I guess I'd be more enthusiastic, but I've been dissappointed by the last 2 films...they should have been longer and more epic and now, they are adding etxtra wait time to just get it out. Makes me sad that they didn't do justice to the earlier works and now are dragging the ending out...seems like just another way for J.K. to not wanna give up the HP universe, so she's letting them make it longer...they'll probably add in a bunch of 'Dumledore was ' propaganda while they are at it.

Posted by Tim from Flagstaff, AZ on March 15, 2008 7:48 PM

I love the idea of two films, but not sure Dobby or Shell Cottage be in the film. IN THE FILMS We have not seen the older Weasley brothers except in a photo, and Fleur Delacourt is not in Half Blood Prince. We do not know that there are house elves at Hogwarts and Dobby has not been seen since Chamber of Secrets. The essence of the story be there, but be prepared for changes.

Posted by Su from Buckinghamshire, UK on March 16, 2008 07:46 AM

Dana from Monkeyhead:
Please don't think I want Dobby excluded by any means. He has been the most loyal to Harry aside from Ron and Hermione. He has played an integral part in all the books since being introducedin CoS. But he hasn't been that lucky to be on screen.

Everyone seems to agree that each movie should be at least 2 hours+ in length. Now comes the hard part for the screenwriter,director and producer. Where to end the first and begin the second? Most people seem to agree between Dobby's or the Godric's Hollow visit. I could see the first movie possibly ending as Harry and Hermione go out the window before disapparating. The second could start with the last few minutes of the first movie and go from there. We have never seen Bill or Charlie Weasley in the movies except in the picture in PoA. Are they really going to be in this last film or are they going to be alluded to but not seen.

Posted by Stephanie from Maryland on March 16, 2008 10:53 AM

Stephanie from Maryland:
That’s exactly the way I pictured the ending of the first part: Harry and Hermione disapparating out of the window, and then there could be a flashback of how Voldemort tried to the baby Harry the first time.

All the characters must be included also (in Half-Blood Prince and ly Hallows). Specially Dobby because he saves Harry’s life. Kreacher has an equally important role too as he tells the trio about Regulus Black. I hope the movie makers don’t remove or change too many characters and events this time.

Posted by Javed from Vancouver, Canada on March 17, 2008 12:14 AM

I suppose the term "cliffhanger" is not exactly appropriate given that the entire aunce probably have some idea of what happens, but... in terms of story and leaving the aunce on a knife edge, I'd chop it in the drawing room of Malfoy Manor just as Bellatrix throws the knife when Harry and Dobby disapparate. Focus on Bellatrix and you see the knife leave her hand. Okay, everyone here knows what happens, but there might be a couple of people in the world who don't! That's just in terms of story. It also gives a really powerful and heartbreaking entry to the second part. It all depend on how they decide to handle the various parts of the book on film. I think quite a bit of the camping section could be handled fairly swiftly, focusing on very brief episodes showing Ron falling into despair - rather like poor Boromir and the Ring actually. (Bit off topic, but I wonder if the effect the Horcrux had on Ron was part of the reason he was able to use Parseltongue later? And can Ginny speak it too?) Anyway, the whole thing changes after Malfoy Manor. Harry has found out what he needs to do and then it's a nonstop charge to the end of the book. I am SOOOO looking forward to seeing Neville take out Nagini!

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on March 17, 2008 06:23 AM

My bet is that Charlie not be seen ~ he's not in any of DH except the final battle, and then only a mention.

If they use Shell Cottage, and I don't see how they could get around that, then they'll just cast Bill for the first time. No big deal.

I do hope we see the scene with the Dursley's going into hiding. There needs to be some sort of final closure bit with Petunia not saying anything, but Dudley offering his (unspoken) apologies to Harry.

Posted by Perdie from Arlington, MA on March 17, 2008 11:28 AM

Someone made the comment earlier that they would stop the 1st movie after poor Dobby s. I'm afraid they may not even have Dobby in the movie. He has only ever shown up in one movie. To me, Dobby is a very important character, and for the life of me I can't figure out why he wasn't in the others. I cried when he d in DH. I just can't see them putting him in the last movie, which is a crying shame!

Posted by cdavis from usa on March 17, 2008 3:02 PM

A lot of interesting points brought to light here. Would a 4 hour movie really bring in the crowd? Of course it . But, from the movie world, why only bring in 250 million once, when you can do it twice with the same film?
If they really want to make this movie into 2 parts, I'm all for it. But...Wouldn't it be nice if Jo turned around and made the second part worth watching? Perhaps with a bit more detail in the epilogue. Something that she originally wrote specifically for the final part of the last film?
The biggest gripe regarding the closing of 7 is people wanted more. If they are going to split the movie into 2, all we can do is Hope that the more people wanted in the book comes to the screen.
Food for thought.

Posted by Count Espire from Gringotts Bank/Portland, OR on March 17, 2008 3:56 PM

i would love to see bill and charlie in DH. ofcourse they have to cast bill as his wedding cermony is an important scene of DH. about the parting of DH, i think first part should end when harry and hermione escaped from voldemort in godric's hollow.
thumbs-up to heyman's statement. if each part is gonna be 2 and half hour long, we might be entertained by all the scenes that cover DH.

Posted by hassan from pakistan on March 18, 2008 12:36 AM

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