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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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