"Deathly Hallows" Film Split Revealed; Images of Xeno, Scrimgeour, Bagshot, and Gregorovitch Online (Update)
August 12, 2010, 01:35 PM
The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly features a cover story on the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film, which, at long last, reveals the split for the final installments of the film. High Res scans of the entire EW feature can be found right here thanks to RupertGrint.net. The report features a number interviews with the cast and never before published information about the film. A caution now to readers, for the rest of this post will contain SPOILERS!
Photos from the multipage feature show photographs of Hagrid and Harry on Sirius' motorbike, Xeno Lovegood
in front of his house, Harry reaching for his wand
, Ron and Harry sneaking into the Ministry
, the Death Eaters before Voldemort
, Harry sending off Hedwig
, Harry and Hermione in the forest
, and many more. We also get our first true looks at Xenophilius, Runcorn, Scrimgeour, Bagshot, and Gregorovitch
The film, EW reports, "will end at about Chapter 24 of the book, with Voldemort gaining possession of the Elder Wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows that allow the bearer to conquer death." The article goes on to feature quotes from many of the cast members and director David Yates, who speak in turn about bringing the conclusion of the Potter series to the big screen. They also reveal details about the film; including the final scene the Trio ever filmed together. Quoteage:
The three of them [Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint] are shooting a scene in the Room of Requirement in which Harry, Ron, and Hermione are searching for a Horcrux- in this case, a tiara-like Ravenclaw diadem. Watson and Grint are sopping wet. (In the film, Ron and Hermione have recently destroyed another horcrux in the water and were perused by a Voldemort-shaped tsunami.)
As production on the two films wound down this summer, the three stars faced the prospect of having to film their final scene together. "It was bizarre," Watson said last week by phone. "Walking on to set that day, there was this incredibly thick atmosphere. It felt like a moment in history. It felt really big." In the scene, Harry, Ron, and Hermione have broken into the Ministry of Magic. They jinx a woman and drag her into a tiny storage area. So the final frame ever shot of all three actors takes place in a cramped little room. "These characters have been in the most fantaistical situations at Hogwarts- they've been in the Dark Forest, all these extraordinary places," says Yates. "It was an odd way to finish, really." But poetic, perhaps, considering that the whole series began with a boy who lived in a tiny room under the stairs of a house on Privet Drive. "In a way," says Yates, "the series started with a cupboard and ended with one."
The full article can be read right here
. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" will be in theaters on November 19, while "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" will arrive on the big screen July 2011. The Fall Movie Preview issue of EW is on newsstands now.
I’m buying my copy this weekend! (jumping up and down) :0)
I just reread the end of the chapter. I can visualize the entire scene. It’s going to be a great ending to the first film.
I’m confused about the part when they say the last scene together is them in a closest. Did they not film the Epilogue together? Did they shoot that individually? Or did they have to go back and rework the Ministry scene? I thought everyone was saying the epilogue was the final film day.
“1) You assume that the people who object to the changes know nothing about the differences between artforms.”
That because 90% of Harry Potter fans online don’t.
I’m so excited about the film, just can’t wait til November!!! :)
Hmmm..I thought the split would have been better a chapter earflier…just as Dobby dies..an then have part 2 start at his funeral
I agree 100% with what WeenyOwl says.
I know perfectly well that not every thing in a book can make it on screen, that scenes get cut, moved around, added too to help explain the plot. (though i don’t work in the television/movie business i know a reasonable amount of how a tv show or film is produced after learning about the process invovled in making Doctor Who). But i think the point with HBP was that the story and the characters were changed so much it was barely recognisable as HP. The character of Harry changed so severely i just wanted to punch him five minutes into the film! And the addition of the burning of the burrow was confused, never explained (in the film) and afterwards was casually cut back to everyone being happy when the Weasleys had just seen their house burnt to the ground. (And don’t even get me started on the fact that they didn’t give Dumbledore his beautiful funeral!, they could have easily removed the burning burrow and the stupid cafe scene and given Dumbledore the send off he deserved!) They missed out so many things that were absolutely essential to DH, so much so that i’m not sure how they’re going to explain these things to the people who don’t read the books (like my mum, she’s never read the books, and she was so confused by HBP that for a few days after seeing the film, i tried desperately to explain the plot to her, but she ended up even more confused!).
Anyway the point i’m making is that, we as fans, have a right to expect that the integrity of the books we love remains the same on screen, because without us there wouldn’t be any film.
To WeenyOwl…Thanks for the intelligent reply to my overly-long posts. I think there may be some misconceptions, however, in terms of your statements about how I think about things. I don’t assume that anyone complaining about new footage wants the books to be reproduced verbatim on the screen…I stated in my second post that the new scenes don’t always work, and that it’s totally within reason to criticize or dislike those scenes. I was, however, making a more general statement in my first post to all the people who posted things along the line of, “Wait a minute, Voldemort Tsunami? Harry lets Hedwig go? Those weren’t in the book! Oh no!” People who were complaining about the fact that there were going to be changes, additions, or deletions, rather than whether they were going to be conducive to the storyline or not. I hate to bring up Lord of the Rings again, but Peter Jackson chose to give the character Arwen a much greater character arc in the films than in the original novels (where she basically sits at home and waits for Aragorn, sewing a banner for him). One could complain that those added scenes of Arwen take away from scenes that could have offered even more exposition (and the die-hard fanboys get upset that Arwen basically replaced another character, Glorfindel). But for the films, having Arwen’s plot expand, even if it means sacrificing other characters or exposition, makes sense.
You mention the dragon scene in Goblet of Fire. Would you rather they had stuck to the scene as it was in the book, with Harry hovering in the same place for a few minutes before taking one dive and grabbing the egg? In the novel it works because we see Harry’s thought process, and how he’s trying to outsmart the dragon…it’s all internalized. In a film, you have to SHOW things, and anything which takes more than 30 seconds or so to explain often means that an audience will lose patience. Look at Prisoner of Azkaban…I loved how the novel wove the whole plot of Peter’s betrayal of the Potters, and the whole thing about the Secret Keeper, and the Fidelius Charm, etc. But to explain all of that to a non-fan audience would just take too much effort, so in the film they reduced it to, “Peter Pettigrew told Voldemort where the Potters were”. That simple. You get the exact same effect…their friend betrayed them…and that’s all the audience really needs to know.
As for the controversial Burrow scene from Half-Blood Prince…let’s be honest…One major reason it was invented is because the movie was slowing down, getting a little too talky. It works fine in a book, where you can read a chapter at a time, and slowly absorb a little exposition here, a little there. But a movie can’t stop for three minutes and have characters talking about how dangerous the Wizarding World is now…instead, the director and writer chose to take those three minutes and SHOW the viewers that no place is safe, not even the Burrow. Also, it gave an opportunity to show Bellatrix’s cruel streak, Harry’s concern for Ginny and vice-versa…all in one scene.
Many people on here are older and experienced, it’s true, but many are not. Many people wonder aloud on posts why things have to be changed, or removed, or whatever, and sometimes it just gets a little tiring. By the way, I can mention plenty of additions to the Potter films that I absolutely loved, maybe even more so than the book, so it’s not a completely negative thing to have change.
By the way, I completely understand the frustrations of having a non-Harry Potter fan misunderstand the plotline of the films. I read the first 4 Potter books in a marathon session before the 1st film came out, and I can remember trying to explain to my mother, after watching the 1st film with her, about some of the stuff that was left out, but guess what? She didn’t care, and the additional stuff didn’t make any sense to her without putting it in context. In other words, to make someone who hasn’t read Harry Potter understand it on the level as someone who has, you basically have to get them to read the book. No film will ever serve the same purpose, no matter how faithful to the source material. Most people who only watch the Potter films (and don’t read the books) don’t really care about enjoying the story on multiple levels…they want it simplified and condensed (even if that might be frustrating to those of us who know how witty and epic the story can be). I think the movies are great because they potentially allow people to discover the books, and they work great as popcorn entertainment, but that’s all we can expect out of them, really.
OH MY POTTER!
I like, want to CRY, THAT SPLIT PART IS SO AMAZINGLY PERFECT!!
and eiVega, yeah, I think they had to go back and re-do the MoM scene.
I completely agree with your last sentence, i watched the films first (1,2 and 3) and thought ‘wow this an amazing world, i need to learn more about it’, bought the books, absolutely fell in love with them, then returned to the films and saw them as pale imitations of the books (which is painful to admit). The films just don’t have that Potterness, (i’m using the word Potterness because i can’t describe the feeling i get when reading the books, well, not without sounding like a nutter!), that the books have so wonderfully. And i do love the films, but i absolutely adore the books, so its hard for me (and i’m guessing many other people too) to switch off the little voice that says “that wasn’t in the book”, not matter how hard i try. I feel bad for the people who won’t read the books, they’re missing out on all the magic. (that last bit was a bit cheesy, but o well) :)
It’s suddenly got all depressing, i’ll lighten the mood with a little help from Dumbledore “nitwit!, blubber!, oddment!, tweak!” thank you :) takes a bow
Im slightly worried that with the added time to play with they might stick to the book a bit too closely and not flex their creativity just to please sum hardcore fans. exposition for the sake of exposition should be avoided. It would have made much more sense for them to replace the characters of bill and fleur with lupin and tonks. Theres no point trying to introduce new characters who hav no revelance to the story, its a waste of screen time. We all know lupin and tonks need more screen time to develop their relation with harry, which is pretty imprtant considering he becomes the godfather of their child. andI hope they extend the chase at the begining of the book into a motoreway chase, i hope they show hermione jinxing her parents and i hope they use the scenes at the ministry make use of sum of the rooms from the departments of misteries that were mising from OOTP, cos that scene could be realy impressive. people complaining about DD funeral, its probably gonna b in the openning of part 1.
Oh thank you critterfur and yodathehobbit !! I myself have been refraining from posting comments as I am SO tired of all the " THAT"S not in the BOOK !! " whining and moaning ! Enough already !!
I think the split is perfect and always where I envisioned it to be, I had the same exact thought as another poster here that they may inter-cut this with Harry having visions of Voldemort flying to the grave of Dumbledore, ( it appears as though Bellatrix is with him, but I’m fine with that – she;s so hot for him she can’t let him out of her sight for 2 sec’s ! LOL ! ) Anyway, IN THE BOOK… Harry was indeed having these visions even as he struggled to stay focused and speak to Ollivander and Griphook after finally coming to his decision to hunt horcruxes – not hallows. To SEE this happening, to SEE Voldemort triumphantly hold the elder wand in the air, as the skies crack with lightening and thunder….
What a perfect way to end it ! Perhaps, they’ll have Harry ask the infamous line ’ What do you know about the Deathly Hallows ?" , as the music begins to swell threateningly , and they cut to Voldemort… wow – chilling.
As far as the added scene – I think it blends in perfectly for a wonderful Ron and Hermione heroic moment and added tension and heightened drama and effect.
I for one, cannot wait for this film.