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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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i personally would not like to wait for 2 different movies to come out for the one book. make it 3 hours. they were able to make the 5th book, which was the longest, much shorter. they can definitely pull off making the 7th into 3 hours. seriously, its a 7 part series, you cant have part 7a and part 7b its like pointless. they can make the 7th one into one movie, i have faith in that.
the movie is going to take a lot longer to make anyways. the scene in gringotts? and in the forest? and in the ministry? and all wedding? and in hogwarts? and in godrics hollow? there are so many special effects
and remember- a lot of space is taken up with discriptive writing, since movies are showing you, the descriptions arent there, it takes less space/time.
they do it, it be terribly butchered like all movies that are based on books, but they cant make it into two parts! if they did, i'd watch anyways, but i would be very mad....

Posted by Jess from Washington on November 25, 2008 12:51 AM

My English isn't very well, but I want to tell my opinion too. I think, it is a wise decision to make two films of the seventh book about Harry Potter. In the previous books there were very interesting moments, but they weren't basic for the main subject, so they could be cut out. But in last part of this epopee everything is so bound and confused, that without the previous event it be impossible to understand the following. Besides, it is an excellent opportunity to observe all favourite actors in their role a little more. It last time, in fact...
I completely support this decision.

Posted by Anastasia from Russia, Ulyanovsk on December 4, 2008 07:33 AM

I agree with you Anastasia. Additionaly, although previous books, such as OotP were also long, they described one year at Hogwarts. Dviding them up would mean disrupting the year. They couldn't be cut at the semester because the events arem't spread out evenly. DH does not have this problem because the trio does not return to school. I do hope both parts are made on schedule.

Posted by Anonymous from Arizona on December 4, 2008 2:26 PM

One movie! Make it one movie!
I'd rather sit down for four hours than watch part one and wait six months for the other to come out! One movie!

Posted by Anonymous on December 13, 2008 4:02 PM

They should end the part one when Ron returns to the camp.

Posted by HP lover from NJ on January 12, 2009 1:28 PM

it's definitely a very wise decision to have 2 parts of the book... because the way they ruined order of phoenix was phenomenal.. i hope they stick to the facts and add their stuff in it...

Posted by anisha from mumbai,india on April 22, 2009 03:12 AM

I think they should end it just when the locket is suffocating Harry in the lake. That would make it a nice cliffhanger for those who haven't read the last book so they don't know what happens.

Plus i think overall it was a good idea to make it split into two movies. To fit all the information crucial to the end of the story into one whole movie would be almost impossible to fit into a reasonable viewing time.

Posted by Craig Edwards from Telford on April 23, 2009 10:33 AM

I very much agree with the decision to split the film into two, as I cannot see one film doing it justice. Despite the insistence of the film makers that this is the reason for splitting the film into two (as it is so very in-depth), but the cynicist in me knows that the real reason is so that they can sell two lots of box office tickets, two lots of DVD sales, two lots of action figures, etc.).

This aside, I believe that a good point at which to end the first film would be when Ron returnsand the locket is destroyed.

Posted by Liz Paul from Manchester, England on May 16, 2009 08:28 AM

I am so excited for the seventh movie I really think that turning it into two films was the way to go. And this way it be very true to the book.

Also I was reading on a Harry Potter website that David Heyman the producer was looking forward to a few scenes in particular in the 7th movie: "the multiple Harries at the beginning, the escape from Malfoy Mansion, the for Dobby-that was really moving. And the whole final scene, where all the people from Harry's past who are come to walk with Harry as he goes to face Voldemort" is what he said and since he mentioned Dobby's I have a feeling that may end up being where they end the first one :)

Posted by Leah from Nevada on May 29, 2009 8:37 PM

Do you think that Dumbledore won the Elder wand due to the fact that he disarmed his friend sacrificing his sister? This meant he had won the Elder wand as Harry did enabling him to defeat his friend at their next meeting. Is this why he froze Harry on the roof instead of disarming Draco? It might explain Dumbledore's guilt for his sister's .

Posted by Mike from Alva, Oklahoma on June 1, 2009 11:55 PM

The silver doe chapter is in the middle of the book and the producers had said they wanted a cliffhanger, maybe the first ending comes when Ron is preparing to stab the locket, and after being taunted Voldemort inside the locket his red eyes turn to Harry and he swings the sword.

Posted by Eric from Ontario on July 1, 2009 12:07 PM

They shouldn't have a cliffhanger that stops in the middle of an action scene. That would feel more like an end of a TV show, not a movie.

The cliffhanger, however, could be when they get caught and taken to Malfoy Mansion, or after Dobbie Funeral like mentioned above. I like the latter better...there is some resolution and they can work in a lot of dialogue to close out the movie so it feels like an end of a movie but still prepare the viewer for Grigotts and Hogwarts.

Posted by Jeff from Newtown, PA on July 7, 2009 1:12 PM

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