Those Potter fans expecting a Lord of the Rings-style 3 hour epic for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be disappointed, as producers David Barron and David Heyman confirmed at CinemaCon that the final film in the franchise will have the shortest running time of the series.
What’s the running time of the final film?
Barron: It will be one of the shortest films.
Heyman: It will be the shortest film.
So what does that mean?
Heyman: We don’t know yet, because we’re still editing.
Barron: It’s not a short film, but it will be shorter than the others.
When I spoke to you guys last time, you mentioned that the last film was much more of an action film. Is that still the case?
Heyman: It’s not non-stop action, but it’s a lot of action. But, one the the things that makes Harry Potter so special is it’s not just action, not just magic, it’s characters, humanity and truth.
Barron: And a strong emotional core.
Heyman: And that’s what this film has: a real strong emotional center. So yeah there’s a lot of action, and it’s a really thrilling ride, and it ends with the final confrontation with Voldemort with Harry, but most importantly it’s a film that moves you and it makes you really involved and invested in the characters.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is currently the shortest film, running 138 minutes (2 hours 18 minutes). A 2 hour+ finale will still be pretty long, but as Part 1 covered around 500 pages of the book there is only around 300 pages left to show in Part 2, so this running time could have been expected.
Producer David Heyman has said The Battle of Hogwarts will last 30 minutes long and they have beefed up the final Harry vs. Voldemort battle, so despite not having an epic length Part 2 should still deliver a finale of epic proportions.