Now we have what looks to be confirmation, though it’s important to remember the old adage that “looks can be deceiving” in this particular case. Joshua Herdman, who plays Slytherin crony Goyle in the films, broke the news in a Q&A held in the UK several weeks ago. “Potter” fansite MuggleNet is quick to point out that “the director and producers have made it clear that they could very well change” the split point, so take all of this for what it’s worth. Be warned, there’s also a moderate spoiler, unrelated to the split point, in Herdman’s comments.
According to Herdman, part one of “Deathly Hallows” will close right after Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are captured by the Snatchers. Part two will open as the trio and their captors arrive at Malfoy Manor. So that’s that.
Herdman also confirmed — and here’s that aforementioned SPOILER — that his character will be the Slytherin henchman who dies, not Crabbe (played by Jamie Waylett), as it is written in the book. MuggleNet states that the change came after Waylett was arrested and convicted of cannabis possession, and that he is not expected to have a part in “Deathly Hallows.”
Is this split point the right place? Can you think of any other good break points? How about the other news, regarding Goyle and the seemingly now-absent Crabbe?