I’m seriously wondering about the phone charges Tom and MTV News racked up with this next installment of their Epic Phone Call. In part 4, Tom discussed the fluidity of the Deathly Hallows split as written into the script. The last book in the Harry Potter series is being split into two films, and the division is still a heavily guarded, possibly not decided yet, secret.
At some point in the cinematic adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the filmmakers are going to take an eight-month break: the time between the November 2010 opening of the first part and the July 2011 release of the second. The big question, of course, is where exactly the break will be.
Last summer, we got word that part one of “Deathly Hallows” would end directly after Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are captured by the Snatchers. Part two would then open as Harry, his friends and their captors arrive at Malfoy Manor. But it seems like nothing, at this point, is definite when it comes the much-hyped “Deathly Hallows” split.
“The scripts were set for it,” co-star Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) told MTV News. “There was one and two. There had to be a middle point. But they’ve said throughout it could change.”
The decision to keep the split point fluid was made both as a practical and creative matter: With the story is shot as one long film, the filmmakers are free to change their minds about where the split makes sense in post-production. “It’s tricky to shoot as two separate films, so we’ve been trying to think of it as one and just shoot as much as possible and once they’ve edited it down, it will feel like there’s a natural cut somewhere in the middle,” Felton explained.
Regardless of what might happen in the edit room, was the split, as planned in the scripts, supposed to be Harry and his friends’ kidnapping? “I wouldn’t want to speculate, because I’ll probably get it wrong anyway,” Felton said.