“One of the best reviewed episodes”
Is this really the end? Warner Bros. certainly doesn’t want it to be, hence the decision to split the film of the final Potter book into two parts and thereby extend their lucrative franchise an extra year (Part II is due in 2011).
The gamble will pay off, obviously, since the built-in fan base that’s made these movies so huge will be as unwilling to let their favorite wizard go as the filmmakers. And the three people on the planet who haven’t read the book will get themselves a nice cliffhanger to savor in the meantime.
Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows follows one of the franchise’s most successful and best-reviewed episodes, Half-Blood Prince, which bodies well for the home run two-partier. After Dumbledore’s demise, Harry, Ron, and Hermione venture into the real world to search for the Horcruxes that will help them destroy Voldemort, Harry’s arch nemesis who’s ascended to power at Hogwarts. The real suspense here is where David Yates will leave us hanging—and whether Harry can’t show up that upstart Twilight franchise at the box-office with his extended swansong.