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"Deathly Hallows" Film Split Revealed; Images of Xeno, Scrimgeour, Bagshot, and Gregorovitch Online (Update)

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Posted by: Edward
August 12, 2010, 01:35 PM

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly features a cover story on the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film, which, at long last, reveals the split for the final installments of the film.  High Res scans of the entire EW feature can be found right here thanks to  The report features a number interviews with the cast and never before published information about the film.  A caution now to readers, for the rest of this post will contain SPOILERS!

The film, EW reports, "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."  The article goes on to feature quotes from many of the cast members and director David Yates, who speak in turn about bringing the conclusion of the Potter series to the big screen.  They also reveal details about the film; including the final scene the Trio ever filmed together.  Quoteage:
The three of them [Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint] are shooting a scene in the Room of Requirement in which Harry, Ron, and Hermione are searching for a Horcrux- in this case, a tiara-like Ravenclaw diadem.  Watson and Grint are sopping wet.  (In the film, Ron and Hermione have recently destroyed another horcrux in the water and were perused by a Voldemort-shaped tsunami.)  
As production on the two films wound down this summer, the three stars faced the prospect of having to film their final scene together.  "It was bizarre," Watson said last week by phone.  "Walking on to set that day, there was this incredibly thick atmosphere.  It felt like a moment in history.  It felt really big."  In the scene, Harry, Ron, and Hermione have broken into the Ministry of Magic.  They jinx a woman and drag her into a tiny storage area.  So the final frame ever shot of all three actors takes place in a cramped little room.  "These characters have been in the most fantaistical situations at Hogwarts- they've been in the Dark Forest, all these extraordinary places," says Yates.  "It was an odd way to finish, really."  But poetic, perhaps, considering that the whole series began with a boy who lived in a tiny room under the stairs of a house on Privet Drive.  "In a way," says Yates, "the series started with a cupboard and ended with one."
The full article can be read right here.  "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" will be in theaters on November 19, while "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" will arrive on the big screen July 2011.  The Fall Movie Preview issue of EW is on newsstands now.

Update: We now have this new photo of Dan Radcliffe as Harry Potter in formal wizard wear brandishing his wand.

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10268 Points

Critterfur, I’m one of the people who beefs the loudest about changes to the story made by the film directors, and I too know a thing or two about the moviemaking process, having worked for a filmmakers’ professional association for a number of years and previously been married for two decades to an independent video producer. I think there are several reasons why you come off as condescending:

1) You assume that the people who object to the changes know nothing about the differences between artforms.

2) You assume that we expect every single scene in a movie to be verbatim the same as in the book.

You’re wrong on both counts. The vast majority of viewers realize that some incidental material always has to go, in order for a movie to come in under four hours. (Actually I can remember a time when movies longer than that were made, with an intermission in the middle, which I wouldn’t mind seeing return – but modern film distribution and screening practices don’t make room for that, obviously. And I digress.)

The problem with the HP movies has been the bad artistic and narrative choices made by the directors, based on marketing experts’ notions of what movie audiences want to see (i.e., lots of big, noisy action scenes). They have sacrificed too much exposition (to the point where a non-reader would have trouble following the story, in some cases) and character development, not to mention the wonderful humor of the books, to make room for unnecessarily long action set pieces, like the totally gratuitous burning of the Burrow in HBP. For my money, the worst film version was GOF, where the critical return-of-Voldy-via-the-Crouches plot was slashed to the point of being completely impossible to follow – sacrificed to make room for the dragon in Task 1 breaking loose from its chains and chasing Harry around for 15 minutes and the shrubbery dragging him and Cedric around in Task 3.

You cite the rendering of the Battle of Helm’s Deep in ‘The Two Towers’ as an example of permissible artistic license on the part of a filmmaker visualizing a beloved book. That scene was indeed very long, but I didn’t hear LOTR-lovers complaining about it so much as they did about the ridiculous and unnecessary inserted scene of Aragorn falling off a cliff into a river (as if enough bad stuff didn’t already happen to these characters to keep the pace lively).

As you point out, narrative compression techniques like montages are readily available to people working in the film medium to move things along, and one picture can indeed be worth a thousand words. But the HP directors have not relied so much on these time-tested approaches as they have on opting for cramming in as many monsters and explosions as possible to appease the masses – as if enough millions of people wouldn’t come to see these flicks without them!

So please, can the ‘sarcastically speaking as if to a child.’ We KNOW that we’re not going to get all our favorite tiny nuances, subplots or minor characters on the big screen – not even if they make TV mini-series versions in the future. But we object vociferously to the obviously bad choices made by people who clearly don’t ‘get’ the books, and we will continue to do so if it happens again in the final films.

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on August 13, 2010, 10:00 AM report to moderator
151 Points

does anyone know what the hell is: ‘’wye do you live?’’ ‘’becouse ive got something worth living for" scene in the trailer?? can’t remember it from the books??? PLZ HELP!

Posted by L. Ravenclaw on August 13, 2010, 10:27 AM report to moderator
151 Points

does anyone know what the hell is: ‘’wye do you live?’’ ‘’becouse ive got something worth living for" scene in the trailer?? can’t remember it from the books??? PLZ HELP!

Posted by L. Ravenclaw on August 13, 2010, 10:28 AM report to moderator
151 Points

does anyone know what the hell is: ‘’wye do you live?’’ ‘’becouse ive got something worth living for" scene in the trailer?? can’t remember it from the books??? PLZ HELP!

Posted by L. Ravenclaw on August 13, 2010, 10:28 AM report to moderator

the split is perfect in order to make part 1 the best film it could possibly be but it results in a weaker part 2. I know people will say gringotts, the battle of hogwarts, its build up, dumbledores past and the epiloge are all big events but realistically all of that will be coverd in 1h45mins max. Any longer and they would be stretching the source material far too thin. The Director has no choice but to include 30-40mins of completely news scenes in all order for the second part not to feel like 1 overly long, drawn out battle.The Earliest they could’ve ended part 1 is when the trio get captured but even then the part 2 too would still be short of material. if they ended it any earlier than that part 1 would feel incomeplete. They should be aming for a running time of around 2h20mins for each film. My bets on part 1 being the superior film, its has the most unique settings and set peices, its where the trio go through their emotional arc and will feel completely fresh

Posted by teigaga on August 13, 2010, 11:12 AM report to moderator
1542 Points

Does anyone konw where to buy one in Hong Kong?

Posted by Beatrice Jean Granger on August 13, 2010, 11:27 AM report to moderator
75566 Points

Exciting – but yeah it’s coming to an end.

Posted by Girlraven1 on August 13, 2010, 11:32 AM report to moderator
8317 Points

AHA!!! Now I CAN’T WAIT!!!

Posted by forgetmenot_007 on August 13, 2010, 12:18 PM report to moderator
1740 Points

I don’t know what to say………Harry Potter has finally ended and after the movie releases, Harry Potter will just be history….

2866 Points

Oh my God !!!!

Posted by ~ Asi ~ on August 13, 2010, 01:03 PM report to moderator
39 Points

GREAT ! – I really wanted the split to be where they are on the bank of the lake and the dragon is soaring away – Harry ’ sees’ Voldy breaking open the tomb and says " HE’S at Hogwarts ! " Cut !!!

Posted by Prof Thicky on August 13, 2010, 01:06 PM report to moderator
104 Points

I really think they must have build up how important the Elder Wand is to make that the climax of Part 1.

WeenyOwl, you know I hear a lot of people complain how unnecessary the burning of the Burrows was and that it was a set piece added to the HBP. However it’s basically just rearranging the Death Eater attack on Hogwarts(a big set piece in itself, and essentially repeating the battle in OOTP) in the HBP book from the end to the middle of the movie and leaving the ending to be about Snape killing Dumbledore.

Posted by Fastbak on August 13, 2010, 01:26 PM report to moderator
2408 Points

I like that new updated Harry picture, it’s alot better than the HBP promo piks of Harry. They always looked weird and airbrushed. Potter looks good here, good picture

Posted by KiwiMcI on August 13, 2010, 01:50 PM report to moderator
2408 Points

I think people have to remember HP is a blockbuster. Blockbuster-popcorn-fare have effects. It’s expected of the genre. And to be honest the only plot that was difficult to follow for the uninitiated was likely HBP.

Posted by KiwiMcI on August 13, 2010, 02:02 PM report to moderator
2408 Points

Also there’s no way Part 2 will be thinly spread plot wise. You can easily adapt that 24 hours into an awesome action movie. It isn’t all battle there are loads of strand of story happening, I hope it’s gonna be a great send off

Posted by KiwiMcI on August 13, 2010, 02:04 PM report to moderator
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