If you haven't already, click the following links to read the previous seven #Pottermania posts: Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows - Part 1. This final edition will cover the book-to-film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, based on J.K. Rowling's seventh book of the Harry Potter series.
The film begins where Part 1 left off, with Voldemort obtaining the Elder Wand, Harry burying Dobby, and the trio trying to choose their next step towards defeating Voldemort. Harry decides to ask Griphook the goblin about the Lestrange’s vault as Bellatrix was very upset when she thought someone had been inside it. He agrees to help them break into Gringotts in exchange for the Sword of Gryffindor. Before leaving, the trio ask Ollivander about the wands they obtained at Malfoy Manor as well as the Deathly Hallows. He notes that Bellatrix’s wand is not to be trusted, while Draco’s wand has most likely changed it’s allegiance. The four prepare themselves for their mission as best they can, while Hermione transforms into Bellatrix with the help of their last bit of Polyjuice Potion.
Upon arrival to Diagon Alley the group sets off for Gringotts and once inside Hermione demands to see her vault. However, Griphook notes that the other goblins believe she’s an imposter, but Harry reacts quickly and uses the Imperius curse on the Head Goblin so he will lead them to the Lestrange vault. They trick the dragon guarding the vault to let them pass and they safely make it inside. Harry grabs the Horcrux cup but is forced to give Griphook the Sword of Gryffindor in the process. The goblin then abandons them in the vault, and the trio miraculously escape on the back of the dragon. After their flight to safety they jump into a lake to regroup, but in the water Harry has a vision of Voldemort killing all of the Gringotts goblins. He concludes that Voldemort knows the trio are hunting Horcruxes. Also, he sees a flash of Rowena Ravenclaw so he convinces Ron and Hermione that they need to head to Hogwarts.
The trio apparate into Hogsmeade and are helped by Dumbledore’s brother Aberforth who they realize is the man who sent Dobby to save them at Malfoy Manor. After failing to convince them to give into Voldemort’s plans, he reluctantly lets them into a passageway behind his sister’s portrait. Neville and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army greet them in the Room of Requirement where the passage ends. The DA inform the trio of the Dark Lord’s control over Hogwarts while they ask the DA about Ravenclaw’s lost item. However, Snape disrupts their mini catch-up session when he finds out that Harry has returned and calls all students to the Great Hall. Harry reveals himself with the power of the Order and DA members behind him, which leads Snape to flee the Hall after a duel with McGonagall. Moments later, Voldemort announces that he has come to take Harry Potter and that anyone who wishes to live should allow him to do so. However, all those who believe in what Dumbledore stood for stay to protect Harry and to fight the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters.
During the Battle of Hogwarts, Hermione and Ron head to the Chamber of Secrets to use a basilisk fang to destroy the Cup Horcrux. Meanwhile, Luna tells Harry that in order to find the lost diadem he must talk to the ghost of Helena Ravenclaw. She tells Harry that Tom Riddle defiled it with Dark Magic but in the end she tells him it is in the Room of Requirement. Harry senses the diadem and is about to grab it when Malfoy and his crew show up. Luckily, Ron and Hermione arrive to save Harry but they all become under attack when Goyle foolishly casts the Fiendfyre curse. The trio manage to save Zabini and Malfoy as they escape on brooms. With the diadem destroyed, Nagini is the final physical Horcrux to destroy so Harry opens his mind to Voldemort and sees him at the Hogwarts’ Boathouse. Voldemort tells Snape that he believes he cannot possess the true powers of the Elder Wand as he was not the one who killed Dumbledore, so he instructs Nagini to kill Snape. Harry runs to help Snape who tells Harry to take his tears and to view his memories in the Pensieve.
After Snape dies, Voldemort calls off his Death Eaters and informs everyone that they have one hour to give over Harry Potter or they will be slaughtered. The trio make their way back to the Great Hall and find out that Fred, Lupin, and Tonks were killed in the battle. Harry escapes to Dumbledore’s office and launches himself into Snape’s memories. Harry learns that his mother Lily and Snape were childhood friends and that Snape loathed his father James as he loved Lily. This is the reason Snape switched his allegiance to Dumbledore as he despised Voldemort for killing Lily, which is why he always protected Harry. He also learns that Dumbledore wanted Snape to kill him because he was already dying from the Horcrux ring. Lastly, Dumbledore had revealed to Snape before he died that Harry’s the final Horcrux as he has a piece of Voldemort’s soul inside him, and therefore must be killed by the Dark Lord in the end.
After learning his fate and saying goodbye to Hermione and Ron, Harry heads into the Forbidden Forest to hand himself over to Voldemort. As he sees the end in sight, Harry whispers that he is ready to die to the Golden Snitch and it reveals the Resurrection Stone hidden inside its core. Harry’s mother and father appear alongside Lupin and Sirius, and they tell him to be strong and that they are proud of him. Harry reveals himself to Voldemort and is struck by the Killing Curse, which lands him in a temporary limbo. Dumbledore appears and explains that the piece of Voldemort’s soul inside him has been destroyed. Harry decides to return to his body in order to finish off Voldemort for good.
Harry awakes as Narcissa Malfoy is requested to check to see if he is truly dead. She inquiries about Draco and Harry nods to let her know he hasn’t been harmed, which convinces her to lie that Harry is dead. Voldemort forces Hagrid to carry Harry’s body to the entrance of Hogwarts and commands for everyone to surrender. Neville steps forward to defy Voldemort’s request and pulls the Sword of Gryffindor out of the Sorting Hat just as Harry springs to life! Duels commence, and Molly manages to kill Bellatrix while Neville slays Nagini, which leaves Voldemort vulnerable for a true death. Harry challenges Voldemort to a final duel, which ends with the Dark Lord’s death as his Killing Curse ends up rebounding off of Harry’s spell.
After searching through the Great Hall, Harry finds his best friends and the trio head to the main bridge. Harry explains that the Elder Wand had not worked for Voldemort because he was not its true master. Draco had disarmed Dumbledore on the night of his death, not Snape, so he was the true master. But, then Harry had disarmed Draco at Malfoy Manor, which resulted in him being its true master. However, Harry breaks the Elder Wand in half and throws it away as it brings nothing but death and destruction. The film ends with a scene set 19 years in the future, as Harry, Ginny, Hermione, Ron, and Draco see their children off for their annual trip to Hogwarts at King’s Cross station.
Favourite Parts of the Film
- I loved that as Snape was questioning the student body about Harry’s whereabouts the Order burst in with other Hogwarts alumni. Then to top it off, the duel between McGonagall and Snape was GLORIOUS.
- Helena Bonham Carter was brilliant throughout her performance in the scenes when Hermione was pretending to be Bellatrix Lestrange! Also, the trio finding the Horcrux and then escaping on the back of the dragon was amazing to see come to life on the big screen.
- I loved the scenes where the trio destroyed the Hufflepuff Cup Horcrux and the Ravenclaw Diadem Horcrux. I thought it was great that Ron opened the Chamber of Secrets on his own and that he convinced Hermione to stab the cup. Plus their kiss was awesome! The Room of Requirement was exciting to see come to life as the fire wove in and out of the rows and they all escaped on brooms just when you thought they were goners!
- NEVILLE SLAYING NAGINI WAS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE MOMENTS IN THE ENTIRE SERIES!!!
Plot Changes from the Book
- The Gringotts scenes were slightly different from the book. For instance, they have to confund any guards before entering the bank. Also, in combination with the multiplying spell there was supposed to be a burning spell that would injure anyone who tried to take something. This made their adventure in stealing the Horcrux way more intense in the book.
- One key storyline that was left out of the film was Aberforth’s explanation of Dumbledore’s friendship with Gellert Grindlewald as well as how their sister was killed during their childhood.
- Lastly, I liked that they used Luna to tell Harry about the ghost of Ravenclaw instead of looking at the statue in Ravenclaw tower. Plus, as Harry didn’t end up hiding the Half-Blood Prince book in the sixth movie it made sense that the ghost had hinted where to find the diadem instead of him remembering.
Top 10 Quotes (Source: IMDb)
1) “Why don’t you confer with Mr. Finnigan? As I recall, he has a particular proclivity for pyrotechnics.” – McGonagall
2) “It seems despite your exhaustive defensive strategies, you still have a bit of a security problem, Headmaster.” – Harry
3) “It doesn’t matter that Harry’s gone. People die every day. Friends, family. Yeah, we still lost Harry tonight. He’s still with us, in here. [Points to his heart] So’s Fred, Remus, Tonks … they didn’t die in vain. But YOU will. ‘Cause you’re wrong! Harry’s heart did beat for us! For all of us! It’s not over!” – Neville
4) “Not my daughter you bitch!” – Molly Weasley
5) “I’ve always wanted to use that spell!” – McGonagall [see full scene below]
6) “Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?” – Harry “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – Dumbledore
7) “Lily … after all this time?” – Dumbledore “Always.” – Snape
8) “If we die for them, Harry, I’m gonna kill you!” – Ron
9) “Students out of bed! Students out of bed!” – Filch “They are supposed to be out of bed you blithering idiot.” – McGonagall
10) “Harry Potter! You listen to me right now! Don’t you remember what Cho said about Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem? There’s not a person alive whose seen it. It’s obvious isn’t it? You have to talk to someone whose dead.” – Luna
As usual, I have added a couple of bonus items for the hardcore Harry Potter fans that want a little extra. Check out Dan Dalton’s final Buzzfeed Article covering him watching the last film for the first time in adulthood. Also, click the video link below for all the deleted scenes of the eighth film of the series.