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March 13th, 2008


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10:27 am - I thought it was just a stupid rumour
So, apparently it's been officially announced: Deathly Hallows is going to be split into two movies.

All I have to say is this: WHAT THE BLAZING FUCK?

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From:biichan
Date:March 12th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
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It worked for the Blair Witch Project.
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From:cat_empress
Date:March 13th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
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That makes no sense whatsoever. Possibly because of the fact that DH is considerably shorter than the three books that weren't split up.

Also, I'm liking how you journal is suddenly right-aligned. It looks nice.
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From:drakyndra
Date:March 13th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
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Exactly! It is plumbing the depths of WTFness!

But all I did to my LJ was change the comment headers so they were more easy to read. I didn't do anything about alignments...
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From:doylefan22
Date:March 13th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
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I love how they manage to shoe horn all the books with the exciting and interesting plots into one yet with the one where you can cull about 10 chapters and lose nothing we get two films.

We're going to get an hour of them pointlessly wandering around camping and being generally useless, aren't we? Have they not heard of the term montage?

Call me cynical but surely this is just a ploy by Warner to keep the cash cow going for an extra film?
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From:drakyndra
Date:March 13th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
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Thing is, I do genuinely like Deathly Hallows the book. But, like you said, it can be really easily reduced with a montagey bit.

It really does look like they're trying to keep it going.
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From:elliptic_eye
Date:March 13th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
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That… seems the least likely choice for splitting up with the possible but remote option of Book One, yes.

Quite apart from the, er, narrative issues with that, by the time they finish, aren't those kids going to be about thirty?
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From:drakyndra
Date:March 13th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
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Indeed. It's just... the whole book is building towards the big finish at the end, so what's going to be the climax of the first movie? The best thing I can think of is ending with Ron coming back to save Harry on the sword hunt...

They aren't quite Hollywood teens (I think they're about two or three years older for HBP).
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From:crossoverman
Date:March 13th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
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Warner Bros is getting to the end of a lucrative franchise and they want to tease out the money-making for as long as humanly possible... goddamit!

After eviscerating Book 5, they are going to do two-films for a Book that could easily be chopped in half?
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From:drakyndra
Date:March 13th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
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I can see the logic from a cynical perspective, but HP is my Happy Place. I don't like seeing it reduced to profit margins.

It's just... yeah.
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From:ponderous77
Date:March 13th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
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I never thought the news of more Potter would cause me pain, but ouch, the transparent money-spinning burns. They claim this way they can preserve the book's depth, but we all know they just want to pad these two movies out with a ton of overblown action sequences. I sort of wish it would just be the trio in a tent arguing over how to cook mushrooms and not Malfoy Manor (with added explosions!) and a second movie that is really just a 2.5 hour Battle of Hogwarts.
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From:drakyndra
Date:March 13th, 2008 10:41 am (UTC)
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I'd believe them more about preserving integrity if they hadn't, as you mentioned skipped vital backstory stuff in favour of pointless new action stuff in the past. (Y HALO THAR POINTLESS DRAGON CHASE AROUND HOGWARTS!)

The Battle of Hogwarts bit better be freaking awesome, mind. Though I can't see how Harry going into the Forest can possibly be as beautifully sad as the book was.
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From:xwingace
Date:March 13th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC)
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(And now for an actual comment on the entry...)

Eh, yes, WTF, indeed. They managed to cut down on Azkaban, Goblet and Phoenix, but Hallows needs more plot time? I don't think so...

XWWA
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From:drakyndra
Date:March 13th, 2008 10:42 am (UTC)
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It's very stupid logic.

Or a blatant cover up for "we just want to drag our money spinner out longer."
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From:drakyndra
Date:March 13th, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)

Re: whaaa?

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I am distressed at how likely it is that conversation actually happened.
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From:bellmeister
Date:March 13th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
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I have to say I like the idea, I think a lot of movies could benefit from not being crammed to be cut down to a reasonable size, I must agree with some people though that it seems a strange one to actually do it for.
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From:drakyndra
Date:March 13th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
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There's a thread over on JournalFen where a bunch of people are talking about how the entire HP series would be better as a mini-series (or animated series, for that matter).

You have a valid point, it seems weird to split things now.
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From:danel4d
Date:March 13th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
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I've seen a fair bit of discussion about this on LJ elsewhere already, and after a lot of people wondered where the split it would be (with some concern that it'd be when Ron walks out) someone pointed out that a good way would be for destroying Locketcrux to be the climax of Film 1, and then having the visit to Xenophilius as a kind of denouement - they're the trio again, and it ends with a bit of drama as they desperately apparate away from a trap. Come back a few weeks later for film 2, with Ron and Hermione now really annoyed at Harry's obsession with the Hallows, then have Malfoy Manor as a dramatic bit early on.

Someone else pointed out that, apart from anything else, it really needed to end at least after the bit with Xeno because it's the first point in the book that the titular Hallows actually get a mention.
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From:drakyndra
Date:March 13th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
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I've been pondering this myself, and my two thoughts on the split were at either Ron's return, or just after Malfor Manor. But I think what you say about the Xeno thing is a really good point - that gives us an explanation of the Hallows right at the end, and Ron the dramatic climax of the first one.

...I wonder if we'll get a post-credits sequence. (I suspect the Epilogue might end up post-credits in Movie 2)

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