‘Harry Potter’ Finale Will Be a Fast-Paced ‘War Film’

The release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 this Friday (November 19) has throngs of Potter-heads worldwide scraping to secure tickets for opening night, but already the cast and crew are touting next summer’s climactic Part 2 as a fast-paced war film that makes their current offering seem tame.  

“In Harry Potter 7, people keep talking about ‘Oh it’s an action movie.’ This is so sedate compared to what the next one is going to be like. The next film, because you’ve had all the plot set up already, you can just kind of enjoy the insanity of all the action,” the series’ star Daniel Radcliffe told Reuters at the New York premiere of Part 1. “The last movie is going to be really, really fast-paced and a load of action in it and it is like a war film.”

Rupert Grint, who’s played Harry’s sidekick Ron Weasley for ten years, offered a more macabre vision of the finale: 

“Some of the scenes where you’ve got all the hospital beds and piles of bodies everywhere —it’s really a whole new level for a Harry Potter film. It’s going to be epic.”

Warner Bros. opted to split the final book in J. K. Rowling’s obscenely successful children’s series into two films, perhaps to squeeze every dollar out of this goliath franchise, but rest assured, Potter fans will reap the benefits. 

“If we had done this book in one film, the stuff that would have got cut is most of this film. For me that is the most interesting part of the story, because it’s where the characters develop and change,” Radcliffe revealed. ”My pitch (for Parts 1 and 2) was that it’s a road movie that turns into a heist movie that turns into a war film.”

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Not a Potter person? Read our Harry Potter Primer for a synopsis of the first six films.