Doubling Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows Times Two

by Robin Forman

And God said "let there be Harry Potter!"

And there was.

And everyone was happy…except the Evangelicals.*

And then Hollywood said "let there be more Harry Potter!"

And there will be.

Today (Thursday, March 13) the producers for the final installment of the Harry Potter series announced that the screen adaptation of the final book — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — will come in two pieces.

One film is slated to be released in November of 2010 and the second part will follow in May of 2011.

For those of us who were devastated to see the series end — this particular writer purchased a copy of the final book in the series and has yet to remove it from the bag in the closet as to perpetuate Harry Potter…IT WILL NEVER END! — this stretches out what has been a wonderful journey through a land of magic and adventure. This was series to enjoy while wishing wholeheartedly that we too had wands and an invitation to Hogwarts.

The muggle** blogs were on this news like robes on wizards — some before it was made official. Michelle Graham of FilmSchoolRejects wrote on January 14th:

It seems that the big bosses over at Warner Brothers have realized that, while a single film was fine for the likes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the way the books doubled and tripled in size…means that fitting the entire plot of a giant-sized Potter book into a single film will incite fans to mayhem and riots…the studios are debating the release of a parts One and Two to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
According to The Los Angeles Times, on a break from filming the film for the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, actor Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter, said of the decision for two parts: "I think it's the only way you can do it without cutting out a huge portion of the book."

Yet there is skepticism.

Is this a box office numbers ploy?

Is this a conspiracy to make J.K. Rowling richer than Warren Buffet?

Is this so the Democrats will win the presidential election? Nah.

Producer David Heyman said that the decision was "born out of purely creative reasons." He said that this book needed to present on screen in its entirety.

And who cares?

We get two Harry Potters…for the price of two Harry Potters!

*Pat Robertson and other Evangelical preachers have condemned the Harry Potter series, and endorsed a Christian alternative.

**To the uninitiated (and would they really be reading this far down in this post?) a muggle refers to normal human beings without magical powers.

For other posts related to the Harry Potter series, please see:
(Promotional poster for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows from Scholastic Publishers. To see a video on the making of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, due out later this year, please check below.)

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