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 think one long movie (3+ hours) would defintely be the best. Who really wants to go see part one of ly hallows and have to wait 6 months to year for part two. Make one long movie with say 10-15 minute intermission, so that we can finally have some closure on the movies. I've read ly Hallows 3 times aobut to work on my fourth time and if i had to read half the book then wait 6 months to a year to read the other half I would either be seriuosly teed off or lose interest in the book altogether.
Posted by Matt from Union City, TN on February 21, 2008 08:09 AM
Following the lead of Lord of the Rings, make one movie that conveys the story to the movie only fans. Then release an extended version for the book fans. That way, the theater version can still be about 3 hours and wrap up the story, but a longer version can include all the nuances that satisfy the readers. So what if the "extended" version is 4 hours long, hit pause or stop it and resume it later!
This is what they should have done with OOP.
Posted by Anthony from Somewhere in Illinois on February 21, 2008 08:28 AM
This is a great topic!
I think it would be nice to draw it out a little longer and make the last book into two movies. I hope too much isn't left out! I agree with those of you who think the first movie should end after Dobby's .
Some of you have written that it would be nice to see the movie in 3D. I was able to watch the last movie in 3D and it was great. Only the 20 minutes of the movie (during the fight at the ministry) were shown in 3D but it made the fight scene much more interesting. I do hope that there be more 3D selections from the upcoming movies.
I also agree with many of you that said the actors should be forced to read the books. It seems like it would be difficult to gauge the personality of the characters without reading the books. And we all know that they pay the actors enough money to require that they read!
Posted by china from texas on February 21, 2008 3:47 PM
Oh, difficult indeed... I guess I wouldn't mind neither a looooong movie nor a two-part film. About the distance between the two, it would be excellent if they did the same that happened with The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions; I remember Revolutions was released 3 or 4 months after Reloaded. Obviously, the two parts should be filmed at the same time. And I agree that the 1st should finish with Dobby's . And speaking of Dobby, if he doesn't appear in HBP, I be seriously annoyed, to say the least. They have cut him off enough, don't you think? I mean, I really can't picture Neville stealing gillyweed from Snape's private stores! Honestly! Can you?
I don't mind what they do, as long as they are totally and utterly true to ly Hallows. And the same goes for HBP. And as to the director, I think Guillermo del Toro would do an excellent job... too bad (and thank God) he's considering doing The Hobbit instead! Of course if he's not involved, I would vote for Columbus. I'd love to say Cuarón should do it, him being my countryman and all, but I HATED his direction of PoA. Who on Earth shows the Whomping Willow three hundred times, but doesn't even bother to explain who the Marauders were? But anyway... I just hope whoever directs it, does it justice.
Posted by Ari from Mexico on February 21, 2008 4:51 PM
I agree with Ari from Mexico.
Neville's a wuss (like I'm sorry, I love him to but he is a wuss) and he's afraid of Snape. I mean, in the previous movie we see Neville's boggart take Snape's form. Why would he go breaking into Snape's office?
Plus, my favorite line from Barty Crouch Jr's confession in GoF was something along the lines of: "I planted the hint in the very beginning. Don't you remember? That book I gave to the Longbottom boy. Magical Water Plants of the Mediterranean." I dunno if that's right, my book's upstairs.
But anyways! I loved Columbous, he was my favorite director so far because he didn't waste his time with stupid and weird special effects (coughs at OotP) or 8 billion shots of the Whomping Willow (coughs louder at PoA). I mean seriously, I didn't go to the movies to see different angles of a tree. I went to see the PoA movie, which is evidently code word for "Lemme see how many shots of the Whomping Willow I can fit in the span of two hours!".
If they butcher ly Hallows I sue. I mean seriously like I'm not even joking. There's soooo much stuff you HAVE to keep in there otherwise it won't make sense. I tried to explain to one of my friends what a Horcrux was (because I have a black diary that I call my Horcrux... it's name is Tom.. =D he doesn't write back though *sobs*) and it took me about half an hour to tell her the whole story of Voldemort and his Horcruxes and how he was the Heir of Slytherin and everything....
What scares me is I can't remember anything about the Texas Revolution or the three types of volcanoes or all the different muscles in the body but if you ask me anything about Harry Potter I can answer it with like... 8 billion details :P
Posted by Ashley Ross from Missouri on February 21, 2008 6:59 PM
I don't mind it being split into two movies. I don't know really where they stop it and start it up again. But, what I'm wondering is how they start it up again. That be hard to do because they go over what they did in the first movie or what? I don't know i guess we'll have to see
Posted by emily on February 22, 2008 2:18 PM
I love that about your black diary.
But would you really want him to write back to you?
Look at what happened to Ginny...although she did end up with the hero...
I know what you mean about the details necessary to get to the end of the story. When Muggles saw me reading DH, they invariably asked "So, does Harry in the end?" and all I could say was "That is not even the right question, and even if it was, the answer is not so simple."
Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on February 22, 2008 3:15 PM
I think that 2 movies would be awesome! They should break it when Ron leaves and say some thing on the screen, like "To be continued..." and then a month later the second one comes out!
Posted by Caitlyn from New York on February 22, 2008 3:47 PM
i am glad they're making two movies. am a huge Harry Potter fan and always be but i just can't watch a movie for 4hrs. also think part 1 could stop when they've just escaped eaters at xenophilius' and part 2 continues from there.
Posted by Aisha from Richmond on February 22, 2008 4:01 PM
It really sucks that Harry potter has to end... i think that people would gladly pay for two movies instead of one thinking that it wont end so quickly since it has meant so much to alot of people.
Also, can you imagine sitting through a 3 hour movie?I dont think i would be able to do it.And it wouldn't really beworth your money if you took a bathroom break and missed all of those tightly fitted details. No i think that since it holds alot of important details, 1 movie would be alot (and possibly too much ) to take in.and it would probably mean lots of money for producers:D
Posted by Beth from Brampton,Ontario on February 22, 2008 7:56 PM
I would pay a million dollars to watch a satisfying movie. I would love a 4 hour movie or 2 movies it really doen't matter to me as long as the movie is truest to the book. ly Hallows is a very special book to all of us and I'm sure we would not want to see it being changed into a horrible thing. I absolutely agree with Josh about the first 2 movies being true to the books. The 2nd and 3rd was not bad, but I really missed Richard Harris. Michael Gambon is sooo not Dumbledore. When I saw the 5th I could not take it. I mean, it was so rushed and they cut out Snapes memory and loads of other things I was looking forward to. And Sirius did not make me as emotional as I hoped to be. So I'm so not looking forward to the 6th movie. I really hope David Yates won't direct DH. He is probably the worst HP director to be brutally honest. In fact, now I'm wondering if the movies are made to please fans or just for the money cause basically half the world is gonna watch it. I just hope to come out of the theatre happy at heart and crying for Snape, Dobby, Fred and the others. I dont mind if they cut out the epilogue it really seems unfair that the whole new scene is full of laughing happy people when so many loved ones were lost. It sort of made me stop mourning when I did not want to. Not that I want Harry to be sad or that I'm sadistic. I just don't like the sudden change from the dark atmosphere. And Bonnie Wright being included in the "trio". She is the worst cast character in my opinion. I wish they found a more suitable Ginny like when they found Evanna Frynch to play Luna. She was so charming and the only reason why I kept watching OOTP. Oh well, let us all continue to hope for a really lovely last movie.
Posted by Mia from Australia on February 23, 2008 04:06 AM
I favour the second option of dividing final movie into two parts. As the novels are finished, there is not much left of harry potter. Many people like two part movie.
As for where to end the first part and start second, i think the departure of ron after row with harry would be a suitable scene to finish the first part and adventures starting from godric hollow where harry, hermione, voldemort and nagini featured would be suitable to start second part.
Posted by hassan from pakistan on February 23, 2008 09:27 AM
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