Empire Online reports that the upcoming two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie will split at a cliffhanger moment.
The magazine spoke with star Daniel Radcliffe and franchise producer David Heyman.
"We've played around with a couple of places," Heyman told the magazine. "And ultimately settled on a place that we think is very exciting, and I think quite bold, in that it's not necessarily where one might expect. You want to give a sense of completion, on one hand, but a sense that there's another piece, more to come. We tried one, and then Steve [Kloves, the screenwriter,] came up with the idea to try it another way, and when we tried that, it felt just right."
Radcliffe added that the split is "at a very tense cliffhanger", which may be a bigger clue for fans.
The pair also discussed the end of final film installments, which are based on the seventh of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. (Spoilers ahead!)
As readers of the book know, the final scenes take place 19 years after the events of the main story. Heyman wants to use Benjamin Button-like technology to age the three main actors to play their older selves, and Radcliffe hopes they get it right.
"I am nervous about that, because if it's good, I'll be really, really pleased," Radcliffe said. "If it's not good, and that's what people are left with, that would be awful.If it's a choice between having me, Rupert and Emma looking a bit stupid and it being slightly comical or having other actors play us, I would go for other actors every time. So we'll see." The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is slated for release in November of 2010. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, based on the sixth book, opens July 15.