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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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As for your criticism on Bonham-Carter's performance, Tina: No wonder it was a bit dry. They've cut most of her scenes. She had some really great ideas for Bellatrix, 98% of which she wasn't allowed to act upon....

Posted by Siena from Leeds, UK on February 17, 2008 05:36 AM

two films... that's really cool. i dont think my mom pay for both, meaning the regal costs like 10 dollars for adults and 7 dollars for child. but the thing that would make it really cool, is if they made it 3-D! then the spells get shot right at your face and voldemort looks you right in the eye. I wouldn't be able to sleep for a month, but i'm a fan, so who cares?! they would have an advantage also because with 3-D glasses, it costs 15 dollars for anyone to go see it. two harry potter movies, i think i'll never watch another movie again...

Posted by Dana from monkeyhead, california on February 17, 2008 08:19 AM

I agree that ly Hallows is worthy of 2 movies, there is far too much information in the book for it to be justified with one film - but do movie only Harry Potter fans outweigh the book nut Harry Potter fans? That I think be the ultimate deciding factor as to whether we get the usual 2.5hrs outing or if we get either a good 4hr film - or even better 2 amazingly wonderful 2.5hr films.
I agree that the of Dobby would make for a good ending - but then, considering that only we book readers know the importance of Dobby - Dobby even make it into the movie? (although it would be a travesty if he is left out). Movie only HP fans only know of Dobby as the 'elf' from the second film, they know nothing of his devotion and love to Harry - my guess is that if Dobby and Kreacher feature in HBP movie then we get Dobby in DH, but if he does not appear then I don't see him being in the last film at all.
There is so much information to be inlcuded - the entire revalation of the role of Severus Snape is fundamental, getting the aunce to grasp the concept of the Hallows - especially how the Elder Wand adheres itself to its new owner be erm - tricky.
Two films - but don't leave too much time between them (can you launch one and then a second a month later) as I want to buy the whole film on Dvd asap!

Posted by Orlando from England on February 17, 2008 08:21 AM

I think that two movies be so awsome. If only they did something different with it. You know like 3-D or something. The end of number one would be at the high point of the story, like when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are in the woods, and Ron leaves. The trio has fallen, the screen would say. And then, the lights would go on and you could have an intermission and get food and go to the bathroom and then your back! For the next adventure! Harry and Hermione at Godric's Hollow when Bathilda strikes! That would be the best Harry Potter movie so far. Just think of the records it break!

Posted by Rani from new york on February 17, 2008 08:27 AM

Wow - I'm impressed - where do you get your info Sienna? I hadn't heard any of those things about HBP. It makes no sense to cut out Bill and Fleur just to make room for Ron to do more "snogging" with Lavendar. The Weasley family is so large, they should be scouring England for redheads to use at Bill and Fleur's wedding - which I think has to be included in the DH movie(s)- what other event would have everyone together so they can scatter when Kingsleys Patronus announces the fall of the ministry? Sometimes I think they try so hard to appeal to the masses with the movies that they turn the plot of the book into a skeletal version of itself. JK created a rich, full world chock full of details, and while I think it would be impossible for the movies to live up to the books, I do think they could do a better job of it.

I love the idea of Judi Dench as Neville's Grandmother Sienna! I was wondering who would be a strong character for her, and you've found it. Too bad she probably be cut from the movies as she isn't a integral part of any plot line. They didn't include any scenes from St. Mungo's in OotP which is when they could have introduced her.

Posted by tina on February 17, 2008 09:01 AM

I was thinking about the comment by Tina about some of the actors seem to be just playing roles from the scripts. I agree. I think it should be a requirement for any actors playing major characters to actually read the books, as that would give them so much more insight into the character they are portraying than the scripts seem to. Just a thought...

Posted by steph on February 17, 2008 09:30 AM

I would happily sit through two three hour movies for Harry Potter and the ly Hallows.

Posted by Ashley Ross from Missouri on February 17, 2008 11:35 AM

I agree that the breaking point should be when Hermione and Harry are in the graveyard. That scene would make a lot of people cry and they would go back to see where "Bathilda" is taking them.
Are they seriously thinking of making the ly Hallows into two movies, or is this an idea of Dave Haber's?
And if they might make two different movies, would they come out on different dates or would there be one premiere for the two of them, back to back?
I would go to two different midnight premieres. How awesome would that be?

Posted by Ashley Ross from Missouri on February 17, 2008 11:43 AM

I think that in order to get all the details into it they should make 2 movies. I think that as the books got longer and more details were included the movies started to become harder to make. The 1st and 2nd were the most like the books however the 3rd 4th and 5th gradually left out more and more details. I was so angry with them when the 5th movie came out. They left out so many things I was prepared to not get the DVD(something i do with all of the harry potter movies) and never watch it again. I think that by making it 2 movies it also keep Harry Potter alive now that the books have ended. Eventually there be no more harry potter movies or books to look forward too. I really do think that in order to stick to the correct details and include all of them they should make 2 movies.

Posted by Katie from San Jose, California on February 17, 2008 3:18 PM

I would LOVE if they made #6 into two movies! I always wondered why the movies werent longer, I mean Potter fans wouldn't mind sitting in a theater an hour longer to watch Harry Potter. I wouldnt at least. Anyway, it would be really great if we got 9 (they'd probably have to do it for DH too, right?) Harry Potter movies instead of only 7, I know I'd be one happy fan!

Posted by Corinne from Littleton, Colorado on February 17, 2008 4:46 PM

I think that two movies would be a great idea, first because they'd be able to get more details into them, and second, it would give us another movie to look forward to.

Posted by Alex from Hinton WV on February 17, 2008 5:03 PM

In response to an earlier comment, I didn't make it up. It's been widely rumored in the press, but never officially confirmed one way or the other.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on February 17, 2008 6:15 PM

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