"Deathly Hallows" split in two parts
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"Deathly Hallows" split in two parts

Scene from "Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix"

14 Mar – Warner Bros. has announced that the movie adaptation of the last "Harry Potter" book called "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows" will be split into two parts. Part one of "Deathly Hallows" will be released worldwide in November 2010, and the second just six months after.

The studio has been trying to find a way to successfully adapt the last book. Its hefty volume chronicles the boy wizard's final battle with Lord Voldemort and will conclude the highly successful franchise. But studio executives insist that the reason for the split was creative and not financial.

"The 784-pager could not be condensed into a 120- or 130-page screenplay," said Alan Horn, President of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc, as reported on various online sites. "But we wanted to do it right by this final, final episode."

"Harry Potter" fan sites are already buzzing about where in the book the film would be split. A local fan told Cinema Online, "I feel it (the split) will bring more justice to the book. A lot of interesting characters and scenes were not featured in the previous movies and as a fan, I would like to see the book translated well onto the screen."

David Yates returns to direct the two-parter, which will be filmed concurrently, and David Heyman returns as producer. Last year, "Harry Potter" surpassed "James Bond" as the top-grossing film franchise in history, raking in US$4.8bil worldwide for the first five movies. The sixth and next instalment called "Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince" bows in local cinemas this 20 Nov.

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