Why Harry Potter’s ‘Deathly Hallows’ Is Two Movies

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:07 pm,

harry potter and the deathly hallows Why Harry Potters Deathly Hallows Is Two Movies

We’ve not even seen the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince yet (although we would have if Warner Bros. hadn’t have delayed it…), and yet there’s already talk about the next and last film in the successful series. If y’all are wondering what is happening with the seventh Harry Potter tale, titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, then Screen Rant is here to help.

It was announced over a year ago by WB that Deathly Hallows is going to be split into two separate movies because, as franchise producer David Heyman stated back then:

“[The last book] is so rich, the story so dense and there is so much that is resolved that after discussing it with Jo [Rowling], we came to the conclusion that two parts were needed to do it justice.”

Now over a year on, courtesy of Empire, we have some new info on the matter. In an interview with Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, along with Heyman, explained how the film is going to be split (sort of…):

“We’ve played around with a couple of places… and ultimately settled on a place that we think is very exciting, and I think quite bold, in that it’s not necessarily where one might expect. You want to give a sense of completion, on one hand, but a sense that there’s another piece, more to come. We tried one and then Steve (Kloves, screenwriter) came up with the idea to try it another way and when we tried that, it felt just right.”

Radcliffe chimed it in with a clue-like piece of info, for those who have read the book(s), by saying the first part will end on a major cliffhanger of some sort.

When looking ahead to how they were going to deal with the later part of the last book [possible spoilers ahead about the Deathly Hallows book and story], Radcliffe and Heyman noted that it takes place almost 20 years later, and they discussed how they would like that to be portrayed on-screen – Heyman is keen to employ the revolutionary technology used for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but Radcliffe wasn’t so keen on that idea:

“I am nervous about that because if it’s good I’ll be really, really pleased; if it’s not good and that’s what people are left with, that would be awful. If it’s a choice between having me, Rupert [Grint] and Emma [Watson] looking a bit stupid and it being slightly comical or having other actors play us, I would go for other actors every time. So, we’ll see.”

I look at this in two ways: on the one hand I can see the need to split Deathly Hallows into two parts – Not only going by what this experienced franchise producer says, but also on the word of those who have read and are mega fans of the books. The last book is very heavy and detail-laden (as I expect most, if not all, of them are, but this one even more so), and let’s not forget this is the closing out of a long running and very successful franchise, and WB may want to “do it justice,” as Heyman said last year.

If there’s just so much in there that doing it one film, even if it were to have a longer run-time than the others, will only feel rushed and unsatisfying, then for the sake of making it high quality they simply have to split it into two… if that’s what’s needed.

However, on the other hand (and I’m sure a lot of fans out there lean more towards this angle) this may just be a sly move on WB’s part to get fans to pay $20 instead of $10 to see how the franchise concludes. I’m sure WB knows that they have something very valuable on their hands with the Harry Potter franchise, and this splitting move could be looked at as them just wanting to make as much money as possible before there’s no Harry Potter’s left to make.

Ultimately, from a purely story-telling point of view, I actually think splitting Deathly Hallows into two parts might be not be too bad of an idea. As I said, if it needs the extra time then by all means it should be given it, and that ultimately would make for a better overall viewing experience in that things don’t feel rushed, incomplete and ultimately unsatisfying.

There’s also the reason of us getting more movies out of the franchise… that’s nothing but a good thing…

The information given in the above interview obviously seems vague to someone who only knows these stories through the movie versions, but it sounds like they’re at least giving some serious thought as to how to do it right. Hopefully, anyway…

What are your thoughts on Deathly Hallows being split into two parts? And what about the possibility of using the Benjamin Button technology?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I is currently scheduled for a November 19th, 2010 release and Part 2 is currently scheduled for a July 15th, 2011 release.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is being released on July 15th this year.

Source: Empire

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  1. They only have a couple movies left, and at the rate they’re cranking them out I don’t think it’ll be an issue.

    Vic

  2. I will seriously explode with glee if they do the Bellatrix/Mrs. Weasley fight to the “Wizards in Winter” track by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

  3. I totally agree that they should make Deathly Hollows two movies. There is ALOT of details and answered questions in Deathly Hollows and if not all questions got answered then that would be the true thieving though a few of you seem to think WB only is doing it for the money. It may be a small factor but they really do need to make it into two movies for everything to unfold correctly. I like where they are choosing to end it though Joshi had a good idea of it ending right after Ron saves Harry, I liked the way he described it lol. I also agree that they should’ve made Goblet of Fire two movies and I even signed a petition for it but alas they did not but I still liked all of the movies regardless of what they left out. I LOVE Harry Potter and I always have since I read the first book and I plan to keep up and wait unpatiently for the second part of the movie hehe. I think the first part should be named Harry Potter and the Beginning of the Journey whilst the second part should be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. As for the Benjamin Button technology, I think they should use it because it just wouldn’t be the same without our beloved actors that already play those parts and they may not pick people that look enough like them and it would just suck and we want to perfect the 7th book and the Epilogue is rather important because it is the full closure of the series and who’d want that ruined?

  4. First of all I would like to say thank you to J.K. Rowling and anyone else in association with the creation of the Harry Potter Series. My aunt purchased books 1-4 for me in April near the end of my 4th grade year. Before that point i was struggling in school, had post-partum depression, and was finding it difficult to even get through a day. That coming summer though, I began reading those books, and was finished before the start of the next schoolyear. That year, my spelling began to improve immensely, I made a lot of new friends, my social skills improved, I joined the math masters, basketball, and was in the spelling bee. Overall, i became a generally happy child. Now, I am 19 and attending Devry Keller Universty. I am an independent student, and I believe I owe it all to the Harry Potter series and with the movies I will now be able to share this wonderful experience with my future children at an even earlier age. Thank you.

    I think that the splitting up of the 7th movie is one of the best ideas i’ve heard for a book/based series. But I believe if you used the styles from benjaminn button to age harry potter and friends in the last scene I think that would cause the movies to lose authenticity. They’ll feel ‘cheesy’, if you will. The best possible choice, i think, would be this.

    since it will no doubt be a short scene that will not require alot of acting, I think your first priority should be to find actors who look like the characters, acting quality and experience mostly set aside. Then assign them to read the books… at least the last 3. and watch all the movies. Just to study thier charaters. With enough study you really get to know the characters, and if the actors look enough like an older version of the characters then they will definately be able to make the viewer believe that they are.

  5. I think that splitting the book into two films is the best way for it to end. I know this could be some way for WB to gain more money, but this i think is only their way of thinking. But I really don’t know is how to start the film as the sixth film (as i have seen it (twice!)) did not have Harry ending it with Ginny Weasley. Don’t get me wrong it was one of the best films that was more loyal to the book than the fifth one, but there are some minor set-backs as to how they ended the film to how the seventh is going to start. As for the split, it won’t be at the part where Ron returns. It will probably be when they escape Malfoy’s Manor as they are apparating away then it goes all dark and will be continued to the second part when Dobby dies. Finally I think using the original actors will be the best thing for it to end as it won’t have the sense of completion otherwise and that’s what all HP fans want is justice to this last and final book and for the directors to follow it as JK Rowling has written. But it doesn’t have to be exact word for word, just enough for the book to be done justice.

  6. Ok guys dont get carried away!! To me it sounds like the greater part of the second film will be twenty years later so just having older actors would NOT work using the technology they used in begimin button sounds good to me as it was very good film
    thanks.

  7. I reckon it's a great idea – however, the camping scenes were dragged a bit too much. I think if they did flashes at what was happening at Hogwart's while Harry and Co are bludging, that could spice it up.
    Though, I'm probably just liking the idea as I have school for about two hours that day, then try and get into the movie before getting ready for my formal a few hours later :p

  8. It's only the last chapter that's 19 years later, so it would be cheaper to use he bb technology rather than go through the lengthy audition processes, plus extra money on wages. They need new people for that scene anyway.

  9. I reckon it's a great idea – however, the camping scenes were dragged a bit too much. I think if they did flashes at what was happening at Hogwart's while Harry and Co are bludging, that could spice it up.
    Though, I'm probably just liking the idea as I have school for about two hours that day, then try and get into the movie before getting ready for my formal a few hours later :p

  10. It's only the last chapter that's 19 years later, so it would be cheaper to use he bb technology rather than go through the lengthy audition processes, plus extra money on wages. They need new people for that scene anyway.