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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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Producers always have to cut out parts to make a film. I hope the Half-Blood Prince film includes much more of the book than GoF and OoTP and is worth the wait. I can't believe it is being moved from Novenber 21 to July 17. At least the wait to the first DH film is shorter from that.

Posted by Anonymous from Arizona on August 15, 2008 4:04 PM

I seriously hated GoF and midly OotP because they were to short, i meen in GoF Dobby doesn't even make his movie debut as a free elf!

ok ok... ly hallows

I think that they should make it a 3 & 1/2 hour movie, that way we get all the knowlege at once, meaning we better understand the story line. If they do needa split it, they should split it at the Part were Exenophilius Lovegood says:

"Are you refering to the mark of the ly Hallows?"

I think that set up the story line for part 2.

Posted by Callum from Utopia, Queensland, AUSTRALIA on August 20, 2008 6:19 PM

I am totally bummed about the movie release being pushed back to 2009. I was already starting to count down the weekends to November. Hey - have to look forward to something right - ifthere truly won't be any more books. Oh yeah Beedle the Bard in December - that should be cool. I do so wish for more actual story though - I'm not picky - JK can write about whomever she chooses at whatever point in Harry's timeline and I read it!

Posted by tina from long island on August 29, 2008 6:24 PM

I love that they are splitting it into two movies because then hopefully they get more out of the book, especially poor Severus' story. I just don't like wait in years, that's the part that makes me angry.

Posted by Joni from Michigan on September 26, 2008 10:21 PM

They should have it as one movie. Look how long LOTR was. Who complained about that? But now that it's 2 movies, they should try to release them as close together as possible. Otherwise, it wouldn't make sense to some people.

Posted by Sarah from London, UK on October 15, 2008 06:59 AM

I definitely think it is best they are making two movies with ly hallows. There is so much information, drama, and that so much would be lost if not. The place i think they should split would be when Ron leaves. For the people who have not read the book but have followed the movies this be a highly emotional moment. Also, the next chapter is such a good place to start the second movie. You have Harry and Hermione going back to Godric's Hollow where Harry was born and Dumbledore grew up. So much can be done. Also for the first part of the movie you could have all these great looks back to Half blood prince. I hope they do a good job with these.

Posted by Hollie from kansas city mo on November 9, 2008 11:21 AM

I agree that would be an emotional place to break it, Hollie. I do wonder though if it might be too downbeat? I think it needs to be more of a cliff hanger than that. A lot depends on where the screenwriters decide to make cuts and contractions, but I'm guessing that they deal with that bit in the middle where the trio, and then Hermione and Harry, are in hiding as fast as possible. If this is the case then I can see two or three good spots to make the cut. First, as Harry and Hermione escape from Godric's Hollow. Then Part II could open pretty much with Hermione telling Harry about his wand. After which there would be a quick return of Ron. Another good spot for the break is the escape from Malfoy Manor. If they broke it where Bellatrix throws the knife it would work really well visually. You see the knife fly and then... nothing. Roll credits. Part II starts with Harry hitting the ground outside Shell Cottage with Dobby in his arms. You get a real cliffhanger at the end of Part I and a really powerful, motivating start to Part II with Dobby's and Harry starting to get it all together. After that it's a roller coaster to the end.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on November 9, 2008 11:10 PM

Dobby HAS to be in Dh. He rescues them for Pete's sake! And is it just me, or can anyone else imagine the guy who plays Lucius Malfoy with extremely puffy hair as Xenophilius (did my best, his name isn't in the reference)? I know it won't happen, but it's just a little bit of a mental picture.

Posted by Sarah from London, UK on November 17, 2008 12:13 PM

Harry Potter first 3 films were most truest to the books. But from 4 part onwards (and probably including part 6) they were too short. They included the scenes of more footage but dropped a lot of details from the books. As all the books are over, Harry Potter Universe can be taken quite long by the 7th movie. Moreover, the first part of 7th movie contain a lot of grief and sorrow since Dumbledore's absence, Harry, Ron and Hermione broke up, and tale of ly Hallows seems less related in the series at start. I dont know what this have impact on second part of the movie. Even if they want to make 2 parts, then either both parts should be released simultaneously or after a short time.

Posted by Sagar Patil from India on November 18, 2008 09:00 AM

Hey guys,

Can anyone tell me what role Nigel is supposed to play?
I can't remember reading about him in the books...

Posted by Claire from Townsville, Australia on November 21, 2008 04:07 AM

You didn't. He's a creation of the movies. It looks like the Creevey brothers have been written out of the movies, I don't know why. Nigel should have been Dennis Creevey, I think.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles on November 21, 2008 04:25 AM

I think you're right, Dave, and Nigel has replaced the Creevey brothers. I suppose it might have been difficult showing that double-barrelled relationship on film. Especially when they're cutting to the bone anyway. One of the first rules is to keep secondary characters to a minimum. In a way the Creevy brothers function as one character. There is very little delineation drawn between them except that they sort of reinforce each other and heighten the comedy.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on November 21, 2008 04:37 AM

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