As everyone knows by now, the seventh boy wizard movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is going to be split up into two movies – the first being released in November of 2010 and the second in July of 2011. There has been a mixed response from this announcement, but I for one am all for it. As a dedicated fan boy to the book and movies I will be sad to have no more new releases to look forward to.
Rope of Silicon has posed a good question – where will the two final Harry Potter movies be split up? This article from Empire seems to imply that they are going to do it at a point that will leave the audience with a cliffhanger, similar to the tactics of Pirates of the Caribbean or the Matrix franchises (which didn’t turn out so well). This question got me thinking, so I whipped out my Deathly Hallows hardcover and started paging through and came up with a few possible predictions for where to split the two films.
Spoilers after the jump.
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Part 1 ends after the scene at the home of Bathilda Bagshot (Chapter 17). Harry and Hermione enter the home of Bathilda with a tone of brooding disaster. Bathilda turns into Voldemort’s snake, Nagini and he struggles for his life to free himself before Voldemort arrives. Herminone comes to save him in climactic fashion and they apparate away from the house just as Voldemort appears. There is a moment before they disappear where Voldemort and Harry eye each other foreshadowing the inevitable battle. Harry’s scar throbs and he relives the night his parents were killed through Voldemort’s eyes. He comes to with Hermione – alone in the woods. He and Hermione realize where they are and the task they have before them. Hermione looks at Harry and reveals the worst part – his wand is broken.
** Roll Credits **
Part 2 begins with the story of Dumbledore and Grindewald (Chapter 18). We see the side of Dumbledore we haven’t seen before. Dumbledore and Grindewald are about to duel when the camera cuts back to Harry in the woods who was having a hallucination.
Why it Works: It seems appropriate that the first film would end with a confrontation between Harry and Voldemort foreshadowing the fight they must have. Also, in the woods it becomes a little anti-climactic so it seems a more appropriate place to start a film, rather than end one. However, it might not work because the beginning of part 2 may be a little too LOTR reminiscent.
Part 1 ends after Ron returns and destroys the Horcrux (Chapter 19). While trying to fix his wand Harry is lead to a lake by a patronus of a silver doe. In the lake he sees the sword of Gryffindor, which he knows he needs to destroy the horcrux. He dives for it and is almost drowned by the horcrux, but Ron appears and saves him. They open the horcrux to destroy it and it begins screaming Ron’s biggest fears. With a climactic blow Ron destroys the locket and Hermione runs to them. They realize what a huge task they have ahead of them, but they are together again.
** Roll Credits **
Part 2 begins with Xeno Lovegood (Chapter 20). We see him surrounded by newspapers looking on edge. The doorbell rings – it’s Hermione, Ron, and Harry.
Why It Works: Since the main plot of this book is about how to destroy horcruxes, it seems appropriate to end with the destruction of one. It also seems like the movie would end with Ron back with Hermione and Harry as they prepare for what’s ahead. However, it might not be cliff-hangy enough.
Part 1 ends after the Malfoy Manor (Chapter 23). After being captured by Death Eaters, Harry, Hermione, and Ron are in the dungeon at the Malfoy Manor. Dobby shows up and begins saving prisoners, but before he gets to Harry and Ron, Bellatrix appears and she and Harry have a climactic confrontation he gets out of there just in time, but not before Dobby is mortally wounded by Bellatrix. Harry learns that he must not go after the Elder Wand. Before the credits roll, we see Voldemort opening Dumbledore’s tomb and taking the Elder Wand.
** Roll Credits **
Part 2 begins with the break-in to Gringott’s bank (Chapter 26). After which they convene with Lupin who has just announced that he and Tonks have had a baby.
Why it Works: This seems like the most “cliff-hanger” way to end part one, and this is also after they have been told the story of the Deathly Hallows and Harry learns his true purpose. However, part one would go into chapter 25, in a book with only 36 chapters. That might not leave much for part 2.
Even though the movie is more than a year away, this has gotten me more excited. What do you think the split will look like? Conjecture away in the comments.
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