Daniel Radcliffe defends Harry Potter ‘Deathly Hallows’ movie split

Actor says fitting the book into one film would have been impossible

Daniel Radcliffe has defended the decision to split the final Harry Potter book into two films.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows has been stretched out over two movies, drawing criticism from certain areas of the fanbase. But now, the lead actor has claimed that getting it all into one would have been impossible.

“We could never have adapted it into one film,” he told Total Film.

He added: “If you come to me with a satisfactory adaptation of the seventh book into one film, then we can have this debate! All the book from The Goblet Of Fire onwards were big, but with every one, you could cut swathes out without detracting from the main story.”

Radcliffe continued: “In The Deathly Hallows there are no subplots. It’s all the same story and it’s hard to lose a page. If we’d have done it all in one film we’d have had to reconfigure the entire story and it just wouldn’t have been an adaptation of the book.”

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released in the UK on July 15.