Warner Brothers and JK Rowling going for as much money as possible

This Gringotts Bank coin collection by Noble is a lovely gift for Harry Potter fans of all ages.They're splitting the final Harry Potter film into two parts ... for no apparent reason.

It's not the biggest Potter book (in word/page count).
It's not the most complicated (in Mike Brain Power Usage Accumulator)
It's not got the highest count of new characters for us to assimilate.

So why ... why split?

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Although the wheeled out response is:
"I think it's the only way you can do it without cutting out a huge portion of the book," star Daniel Radcliffe, 18, told the Times on the set of Half-Blood Prince, the sixth Potter film, which is due in theaters on Nov. 21. "There have been compartmentalized subplots in the other books that have made them easier to cut--although those cuts were still to the horror of some fans--but the seventh book doesn't really have any subplots. It's one driving, pounding story from the word go."

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Harry Potter 6 ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince") is out mid-November this year.
Harry Potter 7(a) (" Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I") is scheduled for November 2010
Harry Potter 7.2 ("(" Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II") is scheduled for March 2011

So it's not like they need more time to film/post-prod part 2 - just splitting for ....

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