Harry Potter and the Deathly Cliffhanger

While the world awaits this summer’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, production is already underway on the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (see a photo from the set below) – both of which represent the film adaptation of the final Harry Potter novel. Star Daniel Radcliffe and Potter producer David Heyman sat down with Empire to talk about where they plan to conclude the first part, as well as how they’re going to tackle the book’s controversial ending.

According to Radliffe, the first Deathly Hallows movie will end "at a very tense cliffhanger." Heymann added, "We've played around with a couple of places 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." No more was said about the cliffhanger, though clever Potter fans might be able to figure it out all on their own.

***(If you haven’t read the book and don’t want it spoiled, stop reading here)***

Now about that ending – remember, it takes place 19 years later and shows us what all the characters have been up to. Well, good news is they won’t be replacing this cast with a bunch of older actors; instead, filmmakers plan to use some Benjamin Button-like technology to age up the three main characters. Seems like that could go either way, and even Radcliffe was a bit apprehensive: "I am nervous about that because if it's good I'll be really, really pleased; 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." Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One hits theaters on November 19th, 2010.

What do you fans think? Should they use technology to age the original actors or bring in a new set of older folks for the final scenes of this eight-part movie franchise?

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