There were seven Harry Potter books, but we'll get eight movies.
Rather than try to shove all of the exposition and explanation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into one either super-long or super-brisk movie, the folks at Warner Bros. have elected to end the cinematic portion of the tale with two movies, which will be shot simultaneously and be released within six months of one another, according to Variety.
Let me start or join the chorus of, "What a relief," if not, "Why just the finale?" Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, due at theaters in November, is going to take some work to bring it into one movie. The last two movies have achieved a lot on style points and faithfully aging the teen trio at the center of the saga. But they have sacrificed large swaths of story, including entire subplots, and moved at such quick paces there was little room for nuance or contemplation.
And Deathly Hallows needs that space. One of the big mysteries is, at what point in the story will they cut it, or will screen scribe Steve Kloves rejigger the tale a bit to give that first half a rousing finale?
Above: Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Copyrighted photo by Jaap Buitendijk | Warner Bros. Pictures.