Even as Potterheads eagerly nestle into their seats in air-conditioned multiplexes around the globe to view, at long last, 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,' they may notice a pang of uneasiness in the pit of their Hogwarts-sweater-vest-covered bellies. And it's not (necessarily) because they're eating the theater nachos.
No, it's because after these devoted fans have taken in the life-and-death drama and budding teen romance of the sixth installment in the magical franchise they'll have to wait 16 long months for their next boy wizard fix -- when the first part (that's right, there are two) of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,' J.K. Rowling's explosive finale to the 'Potter' saga, hits theaters.
But don't go into withdrawal just yet. With filming already underway on the two-part conclusion, we've scoured the Interwebs to bring you the most up-to-date news (and a couple of rumors) about the 'Deathly Hallows' movies. So stop shaking, see what's been revealed about 'Hallows' thus far, then chime in with anything you've heard through the 'Potter' grapevine. (WARNING: Spoilers may lie ahead.) -- By Tom DiChiara & Alicia Roda
Double Your Pleasure
Like we said before, rather than try to condense a whole lot of plot (Rowling's book runs a whopping 784 pages -- and weights 2.4 pounds in hardcover) into one 2.5-hour movie, 'Deathly Hallows' has been split into two films. With stalwart fans currently decrying all the plot points left out of 'Half-Blood Prince,' this move is looking smarter every day. So both fans and Warner Bros.' wallet win. Hooray! 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I' is set to open Nov. 19, 2010, with 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II' slated to follow quick suit with a July 15, 2011, bow.
The Boys Are Back
In addition to the entire cast, the 'Half-Blood Prince' director-writer team of David Yates and Steve Kloves is returning for both installments of 'Deathly Hallows.' Cloves has acted as scribe on every 'Potter' film except 'Order of the Phoenix,' while Yates has directed both 'Phoenix' and 'Prince.' So aside from J.K. Rowling -- and probably some fans -- these guys know the Potterverse better than anyone, and are thus equipped to give Harry and co. the grand swan song they deserve.
The End Is Nighy
After complaining that he's "the only British actor who hasn't been in 'Harry Potter,'" Bill Nighy (you know, hip-swiveling singer Billy Mack from 'Love Actually' and face-tentacled Davy Jones from 'Pirates of the Caribbean') has finally landed a part in 'Hallows.' Nighy recently told 'Potter' fan site The Leaky Cauldron: "I don't think I'm allowed to say it, but I'm going to be in the next 'Harry Potter' film. I won't say which character, but he's a goodie. I just got the gig." With Nighy mum on his on-screen alter-ego, rampant speculation has pegged him as the new Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour.
Music to Our Ears
Legendary composer John Williams, who scored the first three 'Harry Potter' films (and is responsible for that catchy title music), is rumored to be returning as composer for 'The Deathly Hallows: Part II.' Our two cents: If the guy who scored 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones' returns for Potter's final chapter, we'll be dancing in the aisles.
The Final Showdown
No shocker here. The final two films will build to that climactic good-vs.-evil, Harry-vs.-Voldemort duel to the death fans have been itching for since the books first hit shelves. Of course, there's that whole matter of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) hunting down those hard-to-come-by Horcruxes that contain the splintered pieces of You Know Who's vile soul. So, basically, there's a ton of chilling, enthralling, eye-popping ground -- not to mention that much-anticipated Hermione-Ron liplock -- to be covered before the moment of truth. And we can't wait to savor every second of it.
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