Managed to see Part 1 this morning. Must agree with Adam and Robert. We needed to get back to the core story in greater depth, allow our main actors some breathing space to flesh out their characters for more realism and JKR makes this all possible at this point in the Harry Potter opus by giving us all a chance to slow down and appreciate our friendships under stressful, even life threatening times. Have to admit the middle section of this book was a very hard slog to read and the movie tackles it much better in my opinion - but then, we have been watching these three young people literally grow up and flesh out their respective roles... so in no small way we all have a vested interest in the outcome that will follow in Part 2. I am glad David Yates is at the helm and that we are not switching Directors midstream again. Dividing the last book into two films offers a better chance to tie up any loose ends and prepare us for the conclusion of Part 2 - smart thinking. Of course the marketing and accounting departments over at Warner would not be disappointed - but, this is probably one of those rare chances when it makes better sense all round, including the artistic decision to do so. Simply cannot wait for Part 2 now.