Daniel Radcliffe has spoken exclusively to Total Film about the two-part split of final franchise installment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Tension is mounting as the epic wizarding series finally nears a close, and we had a word with the star about the decision to adapt the last book in two parts.
Radcliffe is adamant that the book (not the longest in the Potter canon), couldn’t have been done justice in a single movie: “We could never have adapted it into one film.”
“If you come to me with a satisfactory adaptation of the seventh book into one film, then we can have this debate! All the books from The Goblet of Fire onwards were big, but with every one, you could cut swathes out without detracting from the main story.”
On why this one’s different, Radcliffe explained: “In The Deathly Hallows there are no subplots. It’s all the same story and it’s hard to lose a page.”
"If we’d have done it in one film we’d have had to reconfigure the entire story and it just wouldn’t have been an adaptation of the book.”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released 15 July 2011.
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