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Exclusive: Harry Potter Deathly Hallows
How they're splitting the final film

21 April 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is edging ever-closer to release, but we're already thinking ahead to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and so when we sat down recently to talk to Daniel Radcliffe and franchise producer David Heyman, we asked them about the split between the planned two parts of Deathly Hallows.

"We've played around with a couple of places," said Heyman, "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."

Daniel Radcliffe added that the split is "at a very tense cliffhanger", which may be a bigger clue for fans.

The pair also discussed the coda to the end of the seventh book (*Mild spoilers follow*), which takes place 19 years after the main story. While Heyman is keen to use Benjamin Button-like technology to age the three main actors to play their older selves, Radcliffe is equally keen to get it right. 

"I am nervous about that," he told us, "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 and Emma 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."

There's much more from Heyman and Radcliffe in this month's Empire, out on April 23. Did we mention it's our birthday and we've got lots of good stuff in there? We did, once or twice? Oh good.


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split potter (spoilers)
its deffinatley gonna gt split at the end of Chpter 15 when ron leaves. then part 2 is gonna start by watson going " He's g-g-gone!!" More

Posted by Oromis at 03:36 on 18 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: POtter
There are gazillions of new photos from the Wales/Shell Cottage set. I'll post just one, hope it's not too spoilerish: Helena Bonham Carter as Hermione!!! (that's when Hermione took the Polyjuice Potion): http://i43.tinypic.com/ic38xs.jpg SPOILER BELOW: * * * * * * * * * * They are changing the Malfoy Mannor scenes. Apparently there will be no torture, because Hermione is carrying the dead Dobby's body for the funeral and the goblin's legs aren't broken. More

Posted by Ivana Nikita at 23:16 on 12 May 2009 | Report This Post

POtter
Sorry dude they are getting too old. Hermoine is like an "old chick" now and is not even cute anymore! RT Edit - link removed More

Posted by rttech82 at 14:07 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Harry Potter Deathly Hallows
I felt a similar 'if they are found, they are dead' thing while reading the book which conveys a real sense of panic about how things can possibly be sorted out, and yes the bit you refer to would definitely be very cliff hangery, finally explaining and underlining the previously apparently silly fear of a person's name. And I did wonder if that would be the cliffhanger ending of the first half. But I feel there will be some concession to the young uns and the filmmakers will feel some res More

Posted by jobloffski at 07:59 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Harry Potter Deathly Hallows
#000000]sftballgirl5 you're absolutely right!  I had the Silver Doe scene in mind ever since I heard they would be splitting the last book into two movies. We have some resolution with Ron coming back and struggling briefly with the hocrux before destroying the locket, then Hermione's Rage.  But, I think the breaking of the taboo makes a better cliffhanger.  Someone watching the movie, who hasn't read the book (but I hope not too many people fit this description, becaus More

Posted by Book.enthusiast at 23:05 on 22 April 2009 | Report This Post

Split? ***Spoilers Ahead***
I always thought the best split point would be after the Silver Doe. That makes the first film about destroying the first horcrux, the second film about the deathly hallows. Don't know if that's a good enough "tense cliffhanger." For a cliffhanger ending, my guess is either when Voldemort breaks Harry's wand at Bathilda Bagshot's house or when Harry breaks the taboo and the snatchers catch them (before they are taken to the Malfoy Manor). More

Posted by sftballgirl5 at 04:31 on 22 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: My guess
SPOILERS (although I'll try to swerve them) What if they messed with the order? Put the Malfoy Manor bit before the Xeno Lovegood bit. That way there's a bit more story left for the second film. If it ends at Malfoy Manor there's only the horcrux then the big finale basically, which isn't enough for a film IMO. If it ends at Xeno Lovegoods it basically just adds another action sequence in at the start of part 2, and kills off a character very early on in the 2nd film. If then ended after M More

Posted by CB at 20:17 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: My guess
L: Martin1876 My guess all along for how they will split it, is that the first of the two will end at Xeno Lovegood's, with the last line "Are you referring to the sign of the Deathly Hallows?" That would fit in with Heyman, "more to come", and DR's "cliffhanger", as you have just been introduced to the title object of the book (or film), yet you have no clue of what these are. That seems the most logical place. Have just flicked through the mid section of the book and this point wo More

Posted by jobloffski at 16:10 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

Split
ollie1515, I think that too, though the location of the scene (and burial of the character you are talking about) may have to be done elsewhere as it is at Bill and Fleur's house and given that they won't appear in the HBP they may well not make the Hallows films either. More

Posted by Hobin Wan Kenobi at 15:09 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

My guess
My guess all along for how they will split it, is that the first of the two will end at Xeno Lovegood's, with the last line "Are you referring to the sign of the Deathly Hallows?" That would fit in with Heyman, "more to come", and DR's "cliffhanger", as you have just been introduced to the title object of the book (or film), yet you have no clue of what these are. More

Posted by Martin1876 at 13:52 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Spoiler
Any other guesses on where they'll split it? More

Posted by bbX1138 at 13:42 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Spoiler
L: Old_Pyrate Yes, so looking forward to Harry Potter and the Dull Camping Trip (perhaps they could liven it up with a tent catching fire like in Top Gear). Seven films would have been over long for a franchise. Seven films where the last film is split into two parts with nothing happening in the first part will be intolerable. Ollie1515 - Is Dobby really a fan favourite? sp; It's all about how its done, there are many terrible events (some depicted, some referred to) to cut More

Posted by jobloffski at 13:21 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

MILD SPOILER*** Ageing of characters
To be honest, as much as i absolutely love the Harry Potter films i would much rather prefer they get older actors to replace them at the '19 years later' bit. Radcliffe and co just cant act for shit and i shiver at the thought of them having to strain their acting abilities to appear older. It might just ruin the lot for me! More

Posted by marty_mcfly84 at 12:28 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

Spoiler
Yes, so looking forward to Harry Potter and the Dull Camping Trip (perhaps they could liven it up with a tent catching fire like in Top Gear). Seven films would have been over long for a franchise. Seven films where the last film is split into two parts with nothing happening in the first part will be intolerable. Ollie1515 - Is Dobby really a fan favourite? More

Posted by Old_Pyrate at 12:09 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

The split
*Mild spoilers ensue* I believe that the split will be the escape from Malfoy Manor and the cliffhanger the death of a fan favourite. Just my prediciton More

Posted by ollie1515 at 10:26 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

Epilouge
I pretend that the epilouge doesn't exist in the book... So, I am going to pretend that it wont be in the movie. Worst. Ending. Ever. More

Posted by Chedderzz at 10:25 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

After Benjamin Button it'd be great if they could use the same actors for the prologue, that would make for an absolutely fantastic ending - to have been with the same three for eight films and then have the final scene be played by three randoms wouldn't really be fitting an end to such a long series of films. That's my opinion anyway. More

Posted by Anduril666 at 10:09 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

aww man !!! really cant wait now for either the sixth one or the seventh films!!! More

Posted by vivlitherland at 09:58 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

getting very excited
about both half-blood prince and deathly hallows. More

Posted by missphoenix at 09:20 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

If the split is where I think it might be, then part 1 is going to be a bit dull if its anything like the book. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the book as a whole, but you could definitely see a difference in story telling pace and the first half was a bit of a plod. More

Posted by steveg66 at 08:17 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

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