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Race to the grand finale

hollywood Updated: Aug 30, 2010 01:01 IST

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Of all the old acquaintances coming to movie screens for the holidays — Rooster Cogburn, Gulliver, Yogi Bear, the Focker family, the Narnia crew — one kid with glasses stands above them all.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the beginning of the end for one of Hollywood's most remarkable undertakings, a decade-long dash to adapt JK Rowling’s seven novels about the young wizard before Daniel Radcliffe and his co-stars outgrew the roles.

Radcliffe campaigned from the start to break the story into two movies. Unlike the earlier books, which had secondary plot lines that could be omitted, Deathly Hallows had few details to drop, Radcliffe said.

“It’s just the three of them on the road, and that’s what you’re focussing on, that’s where everything happens. So there’s very little you can actually cut without changing the story,” Rad-cliffe said. “There was no way you could do justice to the book and really capture the story in one film,” Radcliffe said.

He added “We do want to make films not just for the huge fans of the books, but also for everyone.”