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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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Elizabeth, I think showing Remus and Tonk's wedding would be against the plot as such that they are supposed to be in hiding from society, no emotional display of a connection should be possible. Remember how they have to flee from Harry's birthday gathering once Rufus Scrimgeour shows up. I hope they'll show this as it would really add to the politically tense and restricted situation. But in other terms you are right of course - Lupin and Tonks need more screentime, definately.

Bill and Fleur's wedding feature by the way - both characters are cast and there are online pictures about already. I am looking forward to Aunt Muriel, she is cast too!

Posted by Siena from Nottingham, UK on March 2, 2010 06:40 AM

I found a leaked trailer in response to one of my kids asking if the trailer was available. Very patchy, but it does show Bill and Fleur's wedding and Shell Cottage. It might actually be Ollivander who gives Harry the information about the ly Hallows. Looked like him, anyway. Siena, do you know if Xeno Lovegood has been included? Not that his inclusion would be definitive, one way or another. Also, I took my kids to see Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief today. The guy selling coffee and ice-cream said something about ly Hallows being in 3D - anyone know? I mean, I'd rather see a properly plotted and adapted version of the book, but 3D might be a LOT of fun. Seems to be the way a lot of films are going now, but that's a different discussion. Still, imagine that chase scene at the start in 3D. I might just be sick when Harry crashes out of the sky on that motorbike!

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on March 8, 2010 01:28 AM

I saw that trailer too where Ollivander is lying frail ( John Hurt is so good ) talking about the hallows and the Elder Wand in particular. They seemed to have taken that liberty with the plot but I think it might work actually. I am just hoping they'll still include Harry's struggle Horcruxes/Hallows, it is so moving and important.
Yes, Rhys Ifans is Xeno Lovegood - they have even built the Lovegood's house includind derigible plums or whatever they were called.
DH in 3D? I personally don't like it but I assume I am about the only one! I'd just hate the idea of Voldemort's "sweet and delicate" features hovering inches away from me...but then again, Alan Rickman's or Tom Felton's faces would surely be another matter (:

Posted by Siena from Nottingham, UK on March 10, 2010 03:52 AM

Sadly, it's often the moral/philosophical stuff that gets left out, but yes, I hope they include the Hallows/Horcrux dilemma. It's the one time in the whole series that Harry is seriously tempted by power. Hard to show in a movie, of course.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on March 10, 2010 1:49 PM

I think they split the seventh into two. There are two good options of when to stop the first:
1. After Ron saves Harry from drowning in the forest of Dean, as they walk out with sword in their hands, united. (Before all of Malfoy Manor and Shell Cottage-- it depends on how long they want each movie to be.)
2.after Ron, Hermione and Harry get out of Gringotts alive, and riding a dragon. Imagine the last scene of the movie with the three of them riding the dragon into the sunset across the sea. Magical. (the second movie would still be pretty long, what with snapes memories, the battle, and finding the last horcrux it could get pretty long.

Posted by Lily Evans from Boston, usa on July 7, 2010 02:26 AM

But don't you guys get it? They're not making the movies for the -hard fans. They're making them for the average person, who wants to go to the movie theater, watch a good movie, not too long, of course, and go home. They know that the -hard fans go see the movie whether it's good or bad, one movie or two. But the averaage consumer won't, so they're catering it to them.

Posted by Jenna from Honeydukes on July 12, 2010 4:08 PM

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