New images from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were recently revealed to compliment this week’s release of a two-minute featurette. Fans were also given confirmation on the location of the “split” in the films.

The Deathly Hallows is the seventh, and final instillation in author JK Rowling’s wildly successful book series. Warner Bros. famously chose to split the book into two movies; ostensibly due to the length and scope of the story. One can imagine they might also be motivated by a desire to squeeze the last bit of juice from the golden egg that is this franchise.

However, fans are only too happy to have two additional Potter films to look forward to. As a bona fide boy wizard lover (does that sound wrong?) I can be counted amongst those more than willing to make two trips to the Cineplex for The Deathly Hallows.


THE SPLIT POINT

[SPOILER ALERT!!!!]

EW has announced that the “split point” in the film is  “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.”  Those of us who have read the book can attest that this is a fantastic cliffhanger moment in the story.

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NEW DEATHLY HALLOWS IMAGES & FEATURETTE

RupertGrint.net did Potter fans the favor of scanning these images from the magazine and uploading them online. The images depict some of the key moments in the story: Harry’s goodbyes to those he loves (Ginny and Hedwig) and his struggle to succeed in a battle that is, as Daniel Radcliffe attests, “much bigger than any one of them.

My hope for the film series has always been that they would mature along with the kids, as that is the path the book series took. The films have certainly done so and if these images are to believed these final two films are worthy depictions of Harry’s assent into manhood.

The featurette explores the emotional trajectory of the films three central characters Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and of course, Harry Potter. It also provides fans with some engaging glimpses of the final films.  Check it out:

What do you think of the images, featurette and location of the film split?

Are you looking forward to the final Potter films?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I soars into theaters on November 19th – Part II on July 15, 2011.

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Sources:  EW, RupertGrint.net via Collider and SpolierTV