Daniel Radcliffe talks about the Deathly Hallows split

Exclusive: Harry Potter on the final two-parter

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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Do you agree with the decision to split Deathly Hallows in two? Or would you have preferred to see the action condensed into one movie? Let’s have your thoughts below…


    • ChrisWootton

      May 9th 2011, 15:48

      Really? It's purely a money making decision is it not? I mean, there wasn't even enough in the first part to put in the trailer... they used footage from the second part. Don't blame them though and I'm sure the fans are happy to have 2 films instead of one. I'd have split it into 3 and laughed my a*s of when I coined a trillion dollars.

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    • Brutus

      May 9th 2011, 23:05

      ChrisWootton, it might have been for WB, but for the filmmakers it was about telling the story the best they can for the last time. And that trailer was a teaser for both parts, so obviously they will use footage from both films. Part 1 had many trailers for itself.

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    • buffysangel

      May 18th 2011, 16:34

      Really, Chris? It's obvious to anyone who read the books that the final film could not possibly have been made into a coherent single movie. I detect nothing but cynicism in your comment...

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