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The final Potter film finds its split

08.13.2010

Tired of trimming pages from the rather huge Harry Potter books, Warner Bros. decided it just couldn’t be done with the final installment, DEATHLY HALLOWS, and decided to break it in half.

But where to do it? There are a few places in the book the split could happen, and earlier reports suggested it would be around chapters 22 or 23. But now Entertainment Weekly has revealed exactly where the schism will take place in their latest story about the film.

Part I will end at about Chapter 24 of the book, with Voldemort gaining possession of the Elder Wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows that allow the bearer to conquer death.

Seems like a good a place as any I suppose, sort of a “bad guys are winning” EMPIRE STRIKES BACK kind of deal. But this means that nearly the entire last part of the film will be the massive battle of Hogwarts, which was almost too much of a clusterf*ck on the page, and I’m not sure if it will turn out better or worse onscreen.

I didn’t really like how that book ended, and thus the series with it. (SPOILERS) I thought it was a very predictable way for Voldemort to die (the power of love, really?), and there were barely any casualties that mattered, and everyone went on to live a happy life and name their kids after their dead friends. I guess I understand WHY it ended that way, but it just reminded me that it was really a kids' book at heart, and they couldn’t do anything too jarring to upset the younger fans. Don’t get me wrong, I love the series, but I just wasn’t thrilled with how it was all wrapped up. It just seemed too easy.

Extra Tidbit: I would actually be fine with paying double price for a ticket and sitting through five hours of Harry Potter straight. I'm guessing most people would.
Source: EW

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7:33AM on 08/14/2010
The perfect place to end the first film; it's the darkest moment in the book, when it really feels like the good guys have no chance of winning. It's gonna be one hell of a powerful cliffhanger.

Also, I am really glad they chose to split the movie in two. It's a dense and gripping book and it would be a shame to skip any of the cool parts in it.

***SPOILERS BELOW***

Finally, I see what you mean about the ending... but I can't be disappointed by it. The good guys had to triumph; in the
The perfect place to end the first film; it's the darkest moment in the book, when it really feels like the good guys have no chance of winning. It's gonna be one hell of a powerful cliffhanger.

Also, I am really glad they chose to split the movie in two. It's a dense and gripping book and it would be a shame to skip any of the cool parts in it.

***SPOILERS BELOW***

Finally, I see what you mean about the ending... but I can't be disappointed by it. The good guys had to triumph; in the classic "hero arc" fantasy-genre battle of good against evil, the good guys have to win; otherwise, we don't get any catharsis or closure. The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars... all of these great works of fiction end with the good guys triumphing. There was just no other way to do it with Potter.
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5:22PM on 08/13/2010

I'm glad they split this thing in half.

If they made this a 5-hour movie the movie probably wouldn't sell well. Breaking it into two-parts makes perfect sense, and I agree, the ending of Deathly Hallows pissed me off. I'm hoping the film adaptation will be more epic, and Voldemort dies in a better way.
If they made this a 5-hour movie the movie probably wouldn't sell well. Breaking it into two-parts makes perfect sense, and I agree, the ending of Deathly Hallows pissed me off. I'm hoping the film adaptation will be more epic, and Voldemort dies in a better way.
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4:38PM on 08/13/2010
I gave up after the one with the tents and the obstacle course with all the young wizards. What was it called? The Giblet of Mastodon or something?
I gave up after the one with the tents and the obstacle course with all the young wizards. What was it called? The Giblet of Mastodon or something?
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7:19PM on 08/13/2010
you're the most negative dude I've ever seen.. do you like anything?
you're the most negative dude I've ever seen.. do you like anything?
8:27PM on 08/13/2010
I agree with JohnLock here. Negative. This is the only pace that I hate seeing Nathan Fillion's face.
I agree with JohnLock here. Negative. This is the only pace that I hate seeing Nathan Fillion's face.
8:28PM on 08/13/2010
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3:06PM on 08/13/2010
While I agree a 5 hour film would be awesome, I actually like the way the book ended. Even if it wasn't as dark as I expected, there were a few casualties I didn't expect. I thought a few characters were short-changed, but never-the-less a good ending.
While I agree a 5 hour film would be awesome, I actually like the way the book ended. Even if it wasn't as dark as I expected, there were a few casualties I didn't expect. I thought a few characters were short-changed, but never-the-less a good ending.
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3:26PM on 08/13/2010
One of my favorite characters got a horribly anti-climatic death.
One of my favorite characters got a horribly anti-climatic death.
4:25PM on 08/13/2010
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It has to be Lupin man... i was like wtf dude? Harry and the gang should've let him go around with them, i know why he/they didn't... but still... that would've been AWESOME
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It has to be Lupin man... i was like wtf dude? Harry and the gang should've let him go around with them, i know why he/they didn't... but still... that would've been AWESOME
2:58PM on 08/13/2010
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2:57PM on 08/13/2010
I'm convinced that the battle of Hogwarts will be better on film than it was in the book. And they owe us after cutting a good mini-battle from Half Blood. Man I wish they had split films 4, 5 & 6 into two halves as well . . .
I'm convinced that the battle of Hogwarts will be better on film than it was in the book. And they owe us after cutting a good mini-battle from Half Blood. Man I wish they had split films 4, 5 & 6 into two halves as well . . .
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2:24PM on 08/13/2010

Nice!

Can't wait for this!! The Harry Potter films have been consistently enjoyable with my favorites being Prisoner of Azkaban and the Order of the Phoenix so far. It's good to see that they are handling this go around better than the previous release when it was bumped from it's original release slot due to interference by Harry showing his Potter on stage in the play about him being naked with a horse. I hope they end this amazing series in an epic fashion that will CRUSH the box office!
Can't wait for this!! The Harry Potter films have been consistently enjoyable with my favorites being Prisoner of Azkaban and the Order of the Phoenix so far. It's good to see that they are handling this go around better than the previous release when it was bumped from it's original release slot due to interference by Harry showing his Potter on stage in the play about him being naked with a horse. I hope they end this amazing series in an epic fashion that will CRUSH the box office!
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2:22PM on 08/13/2010
'a "'bad guys are winning Emire Strikes Back" kind of deal'? Sheesh...
'a "'bad guys are winning Emire Strikes Back" kind of deal'? Sheesh...
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2:57PM on 08/13/2010
Its a perfect analogy.
Its a perfect analogy.
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1:57PM on 08/13/2010
They didn't get tired of trimming the books down, they wanted to make more money, and making two films for this book is a great way to do just that. Twlight is doing the same thing, no?
They didn't get tired of trimming the books down, they wanted to make more money, and making two films for this book is a great way to do just that. Twlight is doing the same thing, no?
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3:32AM on 08/14/2010
Have you read Book 7? Can't do it in less than 5+ hours and make it accurate to the plot.
Have you read Book 7? Can't do it in less than 5+ hours and make it accurate to the plot.
1:57PM on 08/13/2010
Im not a big Harry Potter fan but I have enjoyed the movies. What I would love to happen in the end that would separate the books from the movies, is have Harry die. It would be completely unexpected. The only bad thing would be all the enthusiasts that won't be able to handle it, but I feel it would be the best way to end this film series and cause a lot of discussion. Ending it with the same ending in the books will just let this franchise end quietly. This will let it end loudly.
Im not a big Harry Potter fan but I have enjoyed the movies. What I would love to happen in the end that would separate the books from the movies, is have Harry die. It would be completely unexpected. The only bad thing would be all the enthusiasts that won't be able to handle it, but I feel it would be the best way to end this film series and cause a lot of discussion. Ending it with the same ending in the books will just let this franchise end quietly. This will let it end loudly.
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1:21PM on 08/13/2010
I'm glad Malfoy Manor will be the climax of this film as it was pretty exciting. The entire Part 2 will take place in one day which is pretty cool.
I'm glad Malfoy Manor will be the climax of this film as it was pretty exciting. The entire Part 2 will take place in one day which is pretty cool.
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12:50PM on 08/13/2010

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I agree with you 110%. Would love to just sit through an epic 5 hour Harry Potter movie.
I agree with you 110%. Would love to just sit through an epic 5 hour Harry Potter movie.
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2:55PM on 08/13/2010
Especially with a 15 minute orchestral suite intermission for more popcorn/bathroom. Would be truly epic beyond epic. Who wouldn't go see that? Honestly!
Especially with a 15 minute orchestral suite intermission for more popcorn/bathroom. Would be truly epic beyond epic. Who wouldn't go see that? Honestly!
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