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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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You know what Per, i'd not even thought about that in terms of the film... Your absolutely right... they must put some kind of closure to the whole Dursley - Harry situation. Saying that, they didn't put Dumbledore's howler in OotP. The idiot film makers should have done the job properly i.e Dumbledore's explanation to Harry after Sirius' , explanation of the fidius charm and how it protected/protects Harry, who made the prophecy, the prophecy could have applied to Neville... the list goes on, i cant keep going because my lunch is over. They need to get DH right, or it all the hopes and dreams we had for Harry and the gang...

Posted by Peter Plumb from Leicester, England on March 18, 2008 06:29 AM

Elizabeth, when I read the passage where Neville beheads Nagini I cheered aloud with joy! For me it was the apex of the series - more than Harry's revlations from the Snape, more than laying down his life before Voldemort in the woods and the ensuing conversation with Dumbledore in King's Cross, when Neville s the giant snake, we know that this struggle between good and evil is not just Harry's. Everyone has a crucial role to play - remember the vagueness surrounding the prophecy in OotP? Maybe Trelawney WAS talking about Neville to some degree, instead of exclusively about Harry.

Posted by hollyanna from new jersey on March 18, 2008 12:13 PM

i don't think charley's going to show up in dh. considering how many characters they've excluded in the past movies, i wouldn't be surprised. it's less people for them to pay. bill have to be included because it's his wedding that the eaters crashed. if he doesn't show up, how else are they going to do it? and plus, they can't leave out aunt muriel and everyone at the party that harry meets. but in my opinion, dobby have to be there, because it is small big moment when dobby s. he was one of the few elves that wanted to be payed, to be different. harry has a lot in common from him. somewhere in goblet of fire or prisoner of azkaban maybe, there was a moment in the movie that hagrid says something like, "i remember you in your first year. biggest bunch of misfits i've ever seen. reminded me of myself."

it's totally true, though. harry, ron and hermione are a bunch of misfits and they always be: )
but think about it:

the trio are misfits. dobby is too. so are part of the weasleys. hagrid, some of the order, and the dursleys are misfits as well. it seems eenteresting. very eenteresting.

Posted by lana from pigsnout, sneakscope on March 18, 2008 2:21 PM

About Dobby ~ I don't honestly know how they couldn't have him in the movie. The whole scene after his is so important from a psychological standpoint. It's Dobby's and Harry's reaction to it which results in his decision to go after the Horcruxes instead of the Hallows, and is what causes the goblin (name?) to agree to help them break into Gringott's. It's also what brings Aberforth into the story for the first time.

I guess it would be possible to skate around him, but for me, a Dobby-less D.H. would be pretty sterile.

On the other hand, it was pretty funny the way they had Neville act as the human Dobby in the fourth and fifth movies ~ he was the one who provided the gillyweed, not Dobby, and in O.O.T.P. Neville found the Room of Requirement instead of the house elf.

Posted by Perdie from Arlington, MA on March 18, 2008 2:39 PM

On the subject of Dobby... He has to go in the film, i cried, literally cried out loud while reading DH for about 20mins when he d... it was so hard to read... it be a huge part of the movie, watching Harry dig Dobby's grave without magic, if Radcliffe can pull it off, it be one of the most powerfully emotional scene's in any of the movies. It just has to go in.
On a different subject...
Can't believe no-one has mentioned it yet...
What about 'Nineteen Years Later'... Will it go in? Who play who? Oh my god were going to see an older Trio, kids and the works... Its exicting stuff!

Posted by Peter Plumb from Leicester, England on March 19, 2008 05:00 AM

They'll have to include Dobby! And they shouldn't miss out on the wedding either really ( I mean, who would want to miss out on Great Auntie Muriel, maybe another role for Judi Dench would master perfectly..); I think it is a very powerful image; the contrast of the joyful wedding, then Kingsley's Patronus arrives and everything turns into chaos, the three disapparate to's the moment when I felt that the real war has broken out. I am listening to the audio version of the book again currently, after I've been listening to "Half-Blood Prince" for quite some time and it made me realise how dark "ly Hallows" really is, and so many fascinating diversions... Kreacher's Tale among the best, as the reader finally understands his past.. I hope they'll do it justice in the films. Another interesting point is Regulus Black's story; thinking about it he was a hero really ( sorry about the use of this word, but I can't find a better one here) - sacrificing his life to bring Voldemort down, sparing Kreacher. In fact this action puts him on the same level as Snape; both felt remorse and acted accordingly. I hope they'll include these subplots.

As for the cutting, another idea might be to do it after Gringotts; with the trio flying out of the building on the dragon; flying across the sky. It seems a very powerful image and they could cut it after they jumped into the water and rescued themselves to the shore, drinking pumpkin juice and contemplating about what lies ahead.

Yeah, I am looking forward to a lot of scenes in "ly Hallows" really! As you mentioned Neville, I'd like to mention Mrs Weasley. She be fighting Bellatrix; the good housewife and mother Mrs Weasley turning into a powerful warrior, I think this is great!

Posted by Siena from Leeds, UK on March 20, 2008 03:59 AM

I think the film should be split into two, and that Part One should end when Dobby is ed. I also think that NOTHING should be left out. DH was all so perfect, it would be a crime to cut out bits of the story.

Posted by Pearl from London on March 21, 2008 12:18 AM

Well, the decision it's already made, but I think it's really unffair to ALL the other movies!. I find outrageous that, the 5th part, being like 1000 pages long, it's the world's shortest movie! It's JUST 2 hours long! What is the point of making the 7th part complete, if all of the other books are incomplete! If you didn't read the other books it make no sense, no matter how long the 7th movie is.

Posted by Luna from Xalapa veracruz México on March 21, 2008 11:44 AM

I figure they should make two movies, and cut the first one right after the Trio gets captured by Greyback and the other Snatchers. The movie can end with someone saying that they're going to take them to Malfoy Manor, or else have them walk through the gates to the aforementioned place. It would be an excellent suspenseful ending. I kind of like Ron coming back or something to be the end point, but it leaving much to be desired in terms of a sense of finality, or suspense. Seems an awkward place to stop.

Posted by Irith from Atlantis, Earth on March 22, 2008 5:17 PM

Regarding Dobby: It would be possible to give that role to Kreacher. And don't scream at me - I'm only trying to figure it from the point of view of the film makers who try as hard as they can to keep character numbers down. Harry would have been just as horrified at Kreacher like that as he was by Dobby's . I'd prefer to see Dobby back myself.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on March 24, 2008 06:08 AM

I'm really glad that the book be produced in 2 seperate movies. The final book had soooo much momentum to it that they would need to extend the movies to show all the important scenes that fans want to see. So why not make two movies and the save the trouble of bathroom breaks in a really long film?:)

Posted by raha from lexington, sc on March 24, 2008 07:47 AM

They'll do what they want. I enjoy HP, so I'll see whatever they put out, a 2-3 hr movie or 2. I've been happy with all movies, they've done a good job and can't please everyone. My only complaint is movies 5 and 6. It seems a little silly splitting 7 to fit in all the details, if the others aren't. I thought 1-4 were all well done considering what the task of book-movie is. 5 on reflection was ok. I'd say 4/5, giving the others 5. I think had you not read 5, the movie would confuse you. My Dad hadn't and said he was just waiting for something to happen, and it didn't. Hopefully 6 is a little longer. Who knows, we'll find out soon: )

Posted by mmc from sa, australia on March 24, 2008 10:34 PM

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