Many people, myself included, are a little hesitant with Warner Bros.’ decision to split the seventh Harry Potter book into two movies. Is it a push to extend the franchise and make more money? Probably. Will it make for a better conclusion to the story? I really don’t know.
David Yates, the director on both films, seems to think the adaptation will suffer less because of the Warner Bros. decision. At this point, I trust the man, and I have to admit that I’m kinda happy we’ll be seeing three more new Harry Potter films instead of just two.
In an interview with the LA Times, Yates talks about the problems and concerns he has in making these movies. More importantly, though, he reveals a possible “split point” for the two films.
If you haven’t read the book, this might be considered a spoiler. Here are a couple of quotes:
“We’re here in the forest, we’ve just finished the scene where Harry, Hermione and Ron are captured by the Snatchers after being chased through the woods. The Snatchers are brutal and scary but they aren’t the most intelligent of creatures.They’re trying to figure out exactly who it is they’ve caught.”
The article goes on to say:
I asked Yates if he had decided on the splitting point — the juncture at which the seventh film will stop.
”Yes, I think we have,” he said. “Things can change when you edit, of course, but the idea now is that it will be not long after the sequence that we are filming here today. That’s what we’re experimenting with. We’ve had three or four different ideas about where to cut off the seventh film. 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.”
So there you have it. The idea, at the moment, is to end part one shortly after Harry, Ron, and Hermione are captured.
I still don’t know how I feel about a cliffhanger ending, but all we can do is wait and see if this whole thing works. It is important to stay true to the books, yes, but it’s more important to give the films an emotionally satisfying ending.