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People are crazy...

If you haven't heard, I'll tell you now. They are splitting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into 2 movies. 

I must admit to being furious, but apparently I'm in the minority from the looks of the comments on that news post. How on earth could they cut it? Why can't they just make one long movie? Yes, I want everything in it! But honestly, how can you cut the movie in two without it being terrible? I honestly don't know what is wrong with people, thinking this is a good idea. Maybe I'll have to apologize in MAY 2011 when the last movie comes out, but right now, I'm going along with one lovely comment I was able to find...

"I have mixed feeling about this. I would have liked one long movie but I seem to be in the minority. When I read the book I wondered how they were going to film all the important parts but I never considered a two part movie. I am a fan of long movies like Gone with the Wind and Titanic and could not fathom those movies being cut and shown 6 months apart. Also, a 2 YEAR wait just for part 1 2 ½ years for part 2-WHY? I wonder if it is scheduling conflicts with the actors. I just hope it works. What is funny to me also is that many of the people on here get so excited anytime there is new movie news then the movie comes out and it is –I hate the movie, I hate the director, I hate the screen writer, I hate the music, I hate the hair styles, where is Harry’s scar, they cut this, they should have never cut that, Ron was not book Ron, Hermione was this, Harry was that, my popcorn was stale, Blah,Blah,Blah I can’t wait to see the board after DH part 1 is out and everyone is tearing it apart like they have done with OOTP this past year and some that are already anticipating a bad HBP. Why did they stop it there, they should have done this, ETC

Posted by Louise on March 12, 2008 @ 05:57 PM"
Okay, that's more to give me a small laugh to distract from the angry. Doesn't work long unfortunately. ~_~;

I just want to skip 5 years for the announcement of Harry Potter:the miniseries. No, I'm serious... that's what I've wanted almost from the beginning. Every single sentence from the books addressed with as much time taken as needed. Ah, yes... in a perfect world.

Well, what can I do? Please, please don't let it be horrible.


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Mar. 13th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
i am now tempted to go look through Deathly Hallows for cuttable sub-plots. Because I'm almost certain there are some. :/
Mar. 13th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't want anything cut, but at the same time... this just seems ridiculous to me.
Mar. 13th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't really mind if they at least shortened the bit in the middle where they're camping and not doing all that much, that dragged in the book. Other than that there's nothing I'd really want them to cut, but I'm sure there's something in there that they could, if they needed to make the movie shorter; I don't believe what the guy said in the article, that there's nothing in the book that they could cut out.
Mar. 13th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Indeed, I see what you mean. Lots of people think that WB just doesn't want the Harry Potter money making to end. ~_~; If that's true I'm very disappointed. If they were going to cut anything than why not book 5, the longest book? (Which I loved after I got over the shock of the cuts.)

I've thought that maybe they are just going to throw in all the important things they cut up from the other movies (Snape's Worst Memory!). But even then, why not a 3 hour movie instead of cutting it in half? It really does seem like it's just for the money, doesn't it? Ah, dear... I only hope I'm wrong.
Mar. 13th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Well, it is true that much of what made OotP long was nonessential sub-plotting, but still. I absolutely do not believe it's necessary to chop Deathly Hallows in half.
As sad as it is, money does seem a likely motive. =/ Everything hinges on money these days; with something as lucrative as Harry Potter, they're gonna take every single chance they can get to extend its lifespan.

(What's the word on Half-Blood Prince, the movie? I actually think it'd be cool if they could make one long movie of HBP and Deathly Hallows together, because HBP read like a really long prologue to me; but if they're feeling the need to chop Hallows in half just on its own, that's never gonna happen.)
Mar. 13th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
I actually haven't heard much about Movie 6. What's out there, seems to have been lost under the news of Movie 7. I'm hopeful for Movie 6, because... there's just not a whole lot of big stuff in there for you to ignore the little things, you know? And maybe there's the more likely chance to get some huge things they missed before the last one... oh, excuse me ones. (As you can see I've still not accepted it yet.)
Mar. 13th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was wondering if that might be the case (it's got lost under Movie 7, or 7s or w/e), as I hadn't heard anything at all. They have this habit of pacing the movies much more hastily than the books (which in the case of OotP made it really, really hard for anyone who hadn't read the book to understand what was going on in the movie), and I wonder what they're going to do about that with Half-Blood Prince, because it really isn't meant to be fast-paced. It's not at all an action plot (which is part of why I read it as a sort of prologue to Deathly Hallows).

What have they missed that they really need to get in, hm...
Mar. 13th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Well, they messed up in cutting Lily from that teeny bit of Snape's Worst Memory shown. But I expect they'll just hit that in 7 during The Prince's Tale. Other than that... they never explained the wands connecting in 4, or stuff about MWPP in 3. Those are the large scenes. I expect we should catch up with Dobby if they aren't to write him off in 7s, but then... in making two movies, can they cut anything out at all, really? Well, yes... they could, but still.

I'm foreseeing a large amount of flashbacks in the 7s. Which I don't mind a bit of. One of the most touching parts in 5, I think, were the flashbacks during Harry's possesion. Really heartbreaking and beautiful. If they can put in flashbacks that fit that way, I have no problem at all.
Mar. 13th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
You're right, they did leave a bunch of things out that didn't seem all that important until Deathly Hallows came out... (I hear they were going to leave Kreacher out of the fifth movie, but JKR told them they'd regret it later if they did!)
They've kind of left Dobby behind, you're right (probably because he's expensive :P), and it wouldn't surprise me too much if they found a way not to use him in the 7s, actually; but if they're making two movies, they shouldn't cut.

Hm, flashbacks tread a fine line, though...
Gah, now I'm all worried!
Mar. 13th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes. I heard that too. They really should bring in Dobby and Kreacher for 6. Aren't they told by Harry to watch Draco? That would be a good way to bring them both in briefly before the important roles in the 7s.

And a fine line, indeed. It is troubling.
Mar. 13th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, right, yes, Harry's Draco-paranoia! I had forgotten about that. You're right, if they leave that bit in, it's a good way to reconnect with Dobby.

Still, the house-elves are expensive. =/ It wouldn't surprise me if they cut Dobby out.
Mar. 13th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Ugh, like they aren't making good money with these movies. But you're right... I wouldn't put it past them to cut him anyways.
Mar. 14th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm surprised by this news, but I can't say I'm terribly upset by it either. Most people don't want to spend six hours in a movie theater and watch a movie like Ben Hur anymore. Pretty much everybody I know who saw the three LOTR movies said they were too long, and the last HP movie was outsold by, of all things, I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY. (As in, the movie about a fake gay couple starring Adam Sandler and the guy from The King of Queens.)

I guess you could look at it and say that WB doesn't want the HP cash to stop flowing, and you'd probably be right. But on a practical level, it prevents unnecessary cutting and gives each movie a reasonable time. I'm just gonna be upset that I'm basically going to pay $10 per ticket to see two different parts of one movie. =P
Mar. 14th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes. Unfortunately most people don't want to sit and watch a long movie. Most people are happy with the news. I just fail to grasp how you turn one solid plotline into two seperate movies without totally killing it.

In all honesty, I suppose I should consider it lucky that the movies have stayed as true as they have. Despite cuts and silly changes, they are some of the best book to movie translations I've seen. Most movies based on books seem to completely mess with the story. And I suppose as a writer, it hits me particularly hard. I'd never let something like that happen to my stories. ~_~;
May. 14th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Nice quote

The end of labor is to gain leisure.

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