Dan Radcliffe Says Split of Movies for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows a "Tense Cliffhanger"
April 21, 2009, 05:29 AM
The new issue of Empire Magazine is set to contain a new feature on the Harry Potter films, with new interviews from actor Dan Radcliffe and producer David Heyman. Empire has released an excerpt, where the pair discuss the splitting of the two movies for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. While he did not specific where exactly the split is to take place, producer David Heyman talks about the thought behind selecting the split point. He says:
"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.
They also speak to briefly on filming for the epilogue for the film. As noted here several times before those scenes will feature the regular cast members who will be aged for those scenes. Dan Radcliff speaks again on this: "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."
This issue of Empire is due out on April 23. Related Note: TLC has received several credible reports that the split is possibly during the visit to Xeno Lovegood's home, when the Death Eaters arrive and beging their attack. While this would be almost the half-way point in the book as well (Chapter 20), please treat this very much as rumor for the time being.
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I don’t mind cliff hangers so much. Yes, of course they raise my blood pressure a little,but I think it will be REALLY interesting to see where they split.
I wonder though, are they going to release DH part 1 to DVD before part 2 is released? I don’t know if I would be able to handle a year long cliff hanger. I can barely handle LOST season finale cliff hangers for a couple months.
To me, Harry Jumping into the pool, Ron attempting to kill the horcrux, the trio being attacked by snatchers all three= cliffhangers. I think if you get to Malfoy manner you are too late in the book, a lot happens after that yes, but it goes really fast. I still think it would be a good idea to end it with the trio reuniting and having killed the locket, and moving the xeno arch to before Ron comes back, that way you wrap it up while still leaving the search for more horcruxes and you have the introduction to the Hallows, but if its going to be a cliffhanger, I think you can still split it somewhere in the silver Doe sequence and I still think Lovegood’s could be done without Ron, and have it in the first half of the movie before the silver doe. But that is just my opinion.
“I still think it would be a good idea to end it with the trio reuniting and having killed the locket, and moving the xeno arch to before Ron comes back,…”
I don’t think it’s possible to move the Xeno/Finding out about the Deathly Hallows arc to anywhere else in the story. After learning about the Hallows, Harry immediately becomes obsessed with them. The thought of attaining them grips Harry so thoroughly that not even the Horcruxes seem to matter to him anymore. Harry can’t enter this mental state before the Locket is destroyed, because, then, Harry focusing on the sword and the destruction of the Locket Horcrux would be out of character for the “Hallows obsessed Harry”…
Only Dobby’s death and the events that preceeded it are able to shake Harry out of his new obsession. Therefore, it’s crucial that the Xeno scene remains exactly where it is in the story arc.