|Deathly Hallows Pt2: Movie Review
by the REAL Ginny Weasley
|1. The Battle Begins...NOW!
|As a result of the omitted chaos, they in turn had to cut out one of my favorite scenes.
I absolutely adore when Harry hexes Carrow from beneath the Invisibility Cloak just because he
spit at Professor McGonagall. By making Harry’s entrance so structured and official, they
therefore had to omit Harry’s surprise entrance.
I will say this — they wrote a great part for McGonagall for the final film. It redeems them for all
the times she had about one line to say per hour.
|3. Dumbledore's Backstory
|4. The Chamber of Secrets
|Yes, the book does describe Ron and Hermione bravely entering the Chamber of Secrets to
collect basilisk fangs to destroy the horcruxes.
But they don’t show it.
Then we get to use our imagination. We can imagine that Ron struggled to open the chamber
door by doing his best Parseltongue impression. By showing us, it just makes me criticize the
movie makers for making it look so easy.
Plus, they moved Ron and Hermione’s kiss into the Chamber of Secrets, making this epic scene
something it just
wasn’t in the book.
(Interesting Info: both Emma Watson and Rupert Grint separately described filming this scene
as an “absolutely horrible” experience.)
|5. The Final Confrontation...alone
|Harry and Voldemort have their epic battle, but not in the Great Hall. They battle over every
inch of the castle except the Great Hall.
First they run through the castle...then they run up the clock tower…then Harry rocks some
quotes that have absolutely nothing to do with the book or the storyline for that matter…then
Harry grabs Voldemort and throws him off the castle, where they zip around and around and
then up and down and then back and forth before finally landing in the courtyard outside the
door leading to the Great Hall.
...and they do it all alone. No one watches Harry defeat Voldemort. No one gets to see the
Elder Wand pledge allegiance to Draco’s conquered wand.
Specifically, the walk down the hallway of Gringotts and most of the Gringott’s scene.
I had heard that Helena Bonham Carter loved her chance to play Hermione, referring to the
scene in which Hermione becomes Bellatrix with the help of Polyjuice Potion. I will definitely
give her credit — she did a fantastic job in this scene.
I love how silent it is when Ron, Harry, Hermione, and Griphook walk up to the front desk at
Gringott’s. There was hardly any background music...hardly any noise at all. Not only did this
create a terrific tension-filled scene, it also made it that much more powerful when the dragon
smashed through the wall.
The scene in Gringott’s was virtually the only scene in Deathly Hallows Part II that did not take
place at Hogwarts and was not part of the ultimate battle. Luckily, it was done well so we
weren't yawning, moaning, and clawing our eyes out to get to the good stuff.
A lot of the Harry Potter actors were asked what character they would like to play if they were
given the chance to start over.
Every actor, male or female, said Hermione.
There’s no doubt that this series is about Harry Potter. It’s even named after him. Hermione,
however, is no doubt the second most important character to the storyline.
A lot of this love is attributed to the book, but I have to give the movies credit. Choosing Emma
Watson to portray Hermione was one of the best casting decisions they ever made. She can now
look back on the series and be ridiculously proud of herself and the work she did.
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Under the Influence
If you were born the year that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone premiered, you are now ten
If you were seven years old when the movie premiered, you probably graduate from high
school this year.
If you gave yourself a dollar once a day starting with the day that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s
Stone premiered, you would now have $3,529 (which is not as much as I thought it would be
when I came up with this.)
If you really wanted to play Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor, as referred to as
Quasi una fantasia, but more popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata, once a month since the
first movie premiered, just for the heck of it, you would have played this 117 times.
As for myself?
I was in my first semester of college when the first movie premiered. Now, I just finished my
sixth year of teaching.
There have been so many things I’ve loved along the way, and certainly many things I loathed
about the movie’s adaptation. To quote myself from my stupendous review of Deathly Hallows
Part I, “It is that love/hate relationship with the movies that led to the coining of the term loave (a
combination, for those of you that don’t remember from my last review, of the word love and
Once again, Deathly Hallows Part II gets a lot of credit for following the right order of the book. In
essence, the movie was only broken up into the Gringott’s break-in and the Hogwarts battle, so
it would be difficult to mess up the order at all. At first glance, it seems as though it is a perfect
adaptation of the novel.
It really only has one more flaw. There are so many minor details wrong throughout the movie,
if you organized them into a list, you wouldn’t think the movie followed the book at all.
Let’s break it down, shall we?
This complaint actually stems from the producers making this film into two movies. In the
book, the battle begins as a chaotic culmination of Harry’s quest to destroy horcruxes. In the
movie, the battle was virtually the entire storyline. Therefore, it needed a beginning, middle,
Shortly after Harry first arrives at Hogwarts through the passage behind Arianna’s portrait,
Snape summons the student body into the Great Hall in organized rows and lines. He is
questioning the students over the rumors of the Chosen One’s return when Harry emerges
valiantly from the crowd and confronts Snape about
McGonagall then takes over, battling Snape and the Carrow siblings until they are driven from
the Great Hall.
Then in a very organized manner, members of the Order and select faculty place protective
charms around the castle while the Death Eaters gather outside in a nice little crowd waiting to
The director might as well have had the actors look into the screen and say, “The Battle Begins...
I guess I should have seen this one coming. There was little mention of Dumbledore’s backstory
in Deathly Hallows Part I. They showed Harry reading the opposing articles written by Doge and
Skeeter, but the audience doesn’t hear a word of it.
Part of me hoped they were saving the big reveal for Harry’s scenes with Aberforth in
Hogsmeade, but that just wasn’t the case.
Harry let us know that Aberforth was Albus’s brother, while Hermione pointed out that Arianna
was their sister. That was it.
No mention of Dumbledore’s parents. No mention of Arianna’s accident. No mention of the
friendship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald.
In a movie with the words Deathly Hallows in the title, there was no mention of their chase for
the Deathly Hallows.
While I rank these complaints as top five, my actual list could go on for another ten years.
The cups in the Gringott’s vault multiply but don’t burn, making it very easy to climb the pile to
grab the horcrux.
They had previously omitted Pettigrew’s death from Deathly Hallows Part I, and made no effort
to revisit his storyline in this movie, so in essence he disappeared.
There is no mention of Lupin and Tonks having a baby, Harry becoming the baby’s godfather,
or Lupin at all.
The Grey Lady tells Harry exactly where to find the diadem, which made sense considering they
cut out Harry placing the Half-Blood Prince book under the diadem in the sixth movie.
They cut out all mention of there being a portrait of Dumbledore in Snape’s office.
Harry speaks to Ron and Hermione before heading to the forest to meet his fate.
Neville doesn’t kill the snake right away after pulling the Sword of Gryffindor out of the Sorting
Hat. Instead, Ron and Hermione run around the castle chasing the thing for what seems like
hours before Neville finally comes along to fulfill his destiny.
Harry doesn’t throw the Invisibility Cloak over himself when he is in Hagrid’s arms faking his
death. Instead, he jumps up at an inopportune time and runs away like a small puppy.
Draco and his family walk away from the castle calmly before Voldemort is even defeated, with
no sense of urgency whatsoever.
Once again, Neville and the actor who played him rocked it out in this movie.
There were a few hints that led me to believe that Neville was not going to kill the snake in the
film. Harry warns Ron and Hermione about the snake, not Neville.
Later on, Neville pulls the Sword of Gryffindor out of the hat, but does not kill the snake right
away. Instead, it was Ron and Hermione who chased after it.
I told my crowd that if my theory was correct, I was walking out of the theater then and there.
Luckily, that was not the case. While it didn’t happen at the moment I’d hoped, Neville
courageously killed Nagini with the Sword of Gryffindor, just as his character was destined to
Stories recently emerged that Alan Rickman, the actor who plays Snape, knew about Snape’s
love for Lily early on into the filming of the series, despite the fact that the seventh book hadn’t
been published yet.
J.K. was quoted as saying, “He needed to understand, I think, and does completely understand
and did completely understand where this bitterness towards this boy, whose living proof of
Lily’s preference for another man, came from.”
Hat’s off to you, Alan Rickman. You truly did my favorite character justice. The movie also
gets a lot of credit here for their interpretation of The Prince’s Tale.
(Interesting Info: The actress playing Draco’s wife is Tom Felton’s real life girlfriend).
I’m not sure I would call this scene perfect. I spent so much time trying to decide if they had
done a good job with the animation and graphics that I almost forgot to enjoy it.
Then the greatest thing happened.
The movie ended with the same music that the very first movie did.
It took no more than the first three notes to give me chills. I’m pretty sure my mouth was wide
open, but if it was I didn’t notice. That’s when it really hits.
This was the end...
While I loaved all eight of these movies, I have grouped the movies into two categories:
Movies in which I leaned towards Loathe:
Prisoner of Azkaban
Order of the Phoenix
Movies in which I leaned towards Love:
Chamber of Secrets
Goblet of Fire
Deathly Hallows Part I
So where am I placing our final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II?
Drum roll please...
I actually am leaning towards love!! That makes the official score 5-3, meaning that while we’ve
had our share of stress along the way, ultimately the series wins out in the end.
And so, we have reached our conclusion.
No more plans for books and movies in the near future, but one can always hope. For now, we
can only look back at an epic decade of movies, fourteen years of magnificence in total. A lot
may have changed in that time, but one thing is certain. We were given the chance to witness it