It is no longer a big surprise to fans that the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would be divided into two separate movies. The first part will be released in November this year while the final part of the motion event of our generation will be shown in July 2011.
So after learning that the final book of the series will be done in 2 parts, the big question for many Potter fanatics like myself was exactly where in the book would the split between the movies happen. In the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, the dividing line was finally revealed, and it happens much later in the story than anticipated.
SPOILER WARNING: Do not continue if you haven’t read the book and or want to be surprised when you see the movie.
According to EW‘s story, the first film will end at the conclusion of Chapter 24 of the book. That is the moment where Voldemort retrieves the Elder Wand from the tomb of Professor Dumbledore. The wand is one of the Deathly Hallows, the three magical items that can be used to defeat death.
The book has 36 chapters, not including the epilogue, so the split occurs two-thirds of the way through the story. Director David Yates says that breaking up the novel in this way creates a sense of two distinct movies. He said, “I didn’t want the two films to feel similar in tone.” He describes the first part as “quite verite, quite real,” while the second is “much more operatic and colorful and fantasy-oriented.”
This is the first official behind-the-scenes footage from the most anticipated movie of the year.