Warner Bros. has announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be filmed as a two-part presentation, with part one to be released for the 2010 holiday season and part two to come out in summer 2011. And in an e-mail, Steve Kloves, who's written all the Potter films except Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, says the creative and studio teams are doing it this way for all the right reasons:

"Years ago," he writes, "we briefly and seriously considered doing Goblet of Fire as two films. So this concept is not altogether new. As for Deathly Hallows, I intuited almost from the first moments I began reading it and certainly once Id finished that to realize the story in a single film was going to be a tall order. Others in 'the group' felt similarly. So the idea of two films began to get kicked around as early as late summer of 2007. We didnt take it lightly. But ultimately everyone felt that despite the challenges it would present, it was the most sound creative decision. Im sure some will think were crazy. My wife looked at me cross-eyed when I first mentioned it. But Im really excited about it because it should allow us to stretch a bit with the characters and give them the proper send-off. The story is highly emotional and those moments deserve time to breathe. And, personally, I feel we owe it to Jo in order to preserve the integrity of the work and the fans for their loyalty all these years to give them the best and most complete experience possible. Id love to do it in three parts!"

And for good measure, Kloves adds that working with Order of the Phoenix director David Yates on the currently filming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince "was a brilliant experience, so this should be a treat!"