Studio Will Wizard 2 Movies From Final Potter Book

Pounding Deathly Hallows will be a two-parter
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2008 2:45 AM CDT
An artist's impression of Hogwarts Castle from the Harry Potter series.   (AP Photo/Universal Studios Orlando, HO)
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(Newser) – The Harry Potter series finished after seven books but fans will have an eighth movie to look forward to, the Los Angeles Times reports. Warner Bros. has decided to split the final Potter book, the hefty 784-page Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, into two films to come out in 2010 and 2011. Book six,  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is in the middle of filming now.

The producer denied the split was an effort to squeeze more money out of the wildly successful series. "It was born out of purely creative reasons," he said. "You cannot remove elements of this book" so it fits into a single film. Star Daniel Radcliffe agreed. "It's one driving, pounding story from the word go," he said. The challenge now is where to make the split.