Two “Deathly Hollows”

The final Harry Potter book will be two movies, the L.A. Times reports today, confirming an earlier story. Fulfilling the producer’s fears, the move is being regarded as a cynical effort to reap more money from the franchise. Defending the decision, HP star Daniel Radcliffe says, “I think it’s the only way you can do it, without cutting out a huge portion of the book…There have been compartmentalized subplots in the other books that have made them easier to cut… but the seventh book doesn’t really have any subplots. It’s one driving, pounding story from the word go.”

The next HP movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is being filmed now. Radcliff says it is “…the funniest of the films so far.” It releases this November. Part I of Deathly Hollows is scheduled for Nov. 2010 and Part II for May, 2011.

Earlier rumors that Steven Spielberg will direct the movies were incorrect. The director will be David Yates, of HP 4&5, and currently directing HP6.

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