David Yates On Splitting Up Potter: Expect A Cliffhanger
It’s easy (and likely accurate, depending on how you look at it) to assume that Warner Bros. split the final chapter of the Harry Potter series into two for monetary reasons. With only a couple of years left in the series, the studio was faced with either coming up with new material to win back that diverse audience or extending Potter’s stay. The choice was simple.
Yet, readers of the novels may note just how necessary it is to split the adaptation of the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in two. An epic filled to the brim with characters, non-stop action, and handfuls of vital scenes, the book lends itself far better to four hours than it does to two. In my opinion, the studio made a smart decision both financially and artistically.
Now as the flick is filming, director David Yates is letting out details onf just how he plans to break it up. Speaking to the LA Times this weekend, Yates said, “I will get the benefit of two budgets, the running time of two films and all the resources that brings with it to tell this huge adventure…With two films, much less will be lost."
Yates also touched on just where he may decide to end the first part and beginning the second. “The idea now is that it will be not long after the sequence that we are filming here today [ note: read the full article to figure out which scene. Be warned, though. Spoilers are within]. That's what we're experimenting with. We've had three or four different ideas about where to cut off the seventh film.” Yates continued, “Traditionally, the movies have ended with a death or a bereavement, some sort of passage or arrival. This time we think we will end with more a cliffhanger. Again, though, that's the thought as of this moment."
Many were disappointed when it was announced that Yates would indeed direct the last film. I think a lot of people had convinced themselves that Guillermo Del Toro would actually take the director’s seat. Yates seems to know what he’s doing though and as long as his adaptations get better as they go, then I don’t think fans will be disappointed.
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