|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2|
130 min. (2h.10min.)
- "It All Ends 7.15"
- —Official tagline
David Yates, who directed the preceding two films, directed both parts, while Steve Kloves returned to script. The first part was released internationally on November 18, 2010 and the following day in the United Kingdom and the United States, with the second released on 13 July 2011. Production of the two films occurred concurrently, and treated as if it were one film. The idea to split the films had been around since the middle of 2007, but only really came into serious consideration after producer David Heyman was able to talk to writer Steve Kloves when the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike ended and Heyman had Rowling's approval.
On 12 March 2008, Warner Bros. additionally confirmed that the film would be split into two, to do justice to the book.David Yates, director of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince will return to direct and Steve Kloves is going to write the screenplay. According to Warner Bros. executive Alan F. Horn it will allow "an extra hour and a half to celebrate what this franchise has been and do justice to all the words and ideas in the amazing story." Heyman described the workings behind the split: "Deathly Hallows is so rich, the story so dense and there is so much that is resolved that, after discussing it with Rowling, we came to the conclusion that two parts were needed." Due to the WGA strike, Kloves was not able to start work on the script until it ended.
Before David Yates was officially chosen to direct the film, others had expressed an interest in the job. Alfonso Cuarón, director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, had said that he would be "tempted" to return to direct.Guillermo del Toro, who passed on Prisoner of Azkaban, had expressed interest in directing Deathly Hallows, but an increased workload ruled him out of the project.
Heyman noted that the films will be a closer recreation of the books than the previous films because of the length a two-part adaptation entails.Daniel Radcliffe said: "This is a road film, particularly in Part One of the film. People have been so used to seeing Harry Potter at Hogwarts and we're just not there for the first part of the film. That seems to have really freshened things up, and hopefully will get people seeing the films with fresh eyes again, because it's just a totally different look when you're not just sat in the same room the whole time."
Although Yates had retained composer Nicholas Hooper for Half-Blood Prince, John Williams (who composed the scores to the first three films) had expressed interest in returning to score the film - however he did not state which part he would be contributing to. In January 2010 Alexandre Desplat, a French composer, was confirmed to produce the score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. In November 2010 it was confirmed that Alexandre Desplat (despite many fans wanting Williams) would compose the second part. Yates and Heyman have noted that some of the events of this film had an effect on the way the sixth film was written.
In the wake of the success of the 3-D film Avatar in late 2009, Warner Bros. announced that the Deathly Hallows films will be converted to 3-D for showing in 3-D. However, the first film was not released in 3-D due to time constraints. The second film is nonetheless being widely released in traditional 2-D as well for ticket-buyers who prefer that viewing option.
Deathly Hallows: Part 2 opened to critical acclaim along with instant commercial success: on the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating of 96%. The film set many new box office records, including biggest opening day in the United States ($91,071,119), in the United Kingdom ($14.8 million) and in 13 other countries, biggest US and worldwide opening weekend ($169,189,427; $483,189,427) and biggest US midnight release ($43,500,000).
Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the highest-grossing film of 2011, the 9th film in history to have grossed over $1 billion, and as of September 26, 2011, the 3rd highest-grossing film of all time, with $1,328,111,219.
PlotThe film begins after the events of the previous film, with Lord Voldemort stealing the Elder Wand from Albus Dumbledore's tomb and shooting a large bolt of lightning into the sky. It then cuts to Hogwarts which is no longer a safe place to stay, but a shadowy concentration camp surrounded by Dementors with the students being marched through the Entrance Courtyard. Severus Snape, now Headmaster, stands in the top of the Quad Battlements and watches the students with a blank expression.
At Shell Cottage, Harry Potter sits in front of Dobby's grave after the latter's funeral, gazing into the Two-way mirror. He suspects that there is a Horcrux in Bellatrix Lestrange's vault at Gringotts, so he, Ron, and Hermione strike a deal with Griphook: Griphook will get them into Gringotts Wizarding Bank to find the Horcrux in exchange for the Sword of Gryffindor, a bargain to which the trio reluctantly agree. Harry then questions Garrick Ollivander, who examines and identifies the stolen wands of Bellatrix Lestrange and Draco Malfoy. He cautions Harry about Bellatrix's wand, as it is "unyielding", and advises him to treat it carefully. With Draco's wand however, Ollivander states that Harry won it from Draco and its allegiance changed to him. Harry then asks him if he knows about the Deathly Hallows and Ollivander claims he does not think they exist, although Harry knows he has told Voldemort about the Elder Wand through his connection. After Harry tells Ollivander that Voldemort has acquired the Elder Wand, the latter warns Harry that he really doesn't stand a chance in defeating Voldemort if what he has heard is true.
With Harry and Griphook under the Invisibility Cloak, Hermione disguised as Bellatrix and Ron as a foreign wizard with bushy facial hair, the trio and Griphook Apparate to Gringotts. During the first phase of the mission, Harry and Ron are forced to use the Imperius Curse on Bogrod to cover up Hermione's unsuccessful impersonation of Bellatrix. They manage to get into the vault despite their disguises being removed by The Thief's Downfall and find Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, the Horcrux, but set off the Geminiocurse, causing everything they touch to multiply exponentially. Griphook takes the sword from them after they get the cup, saying that he never said he would help them get out, but only in. He flees the vault and calls security; the trio are almost crushed by the gold and captured, but Hermione gets them to jump on the back of a dragon kept as a security measure. Setting the dragon free, it wreaks havoc as it kills several goblins, including Bogrod, who is still under the control of Ron's Imperius Curse. The dragon crashes through the roof and flies off with the trio on its back. After jumping off the dragon into a lake, Harry has a vision of Voldemort furiously killing Griphook and many other Gringotts employees and personnel at Malfoy Manor for allowing his Horcrux to get stolen. Choosing to keep Nagini by his side, he summons his followers and orders them to invade Hogwarts to ensure the Horcrux he has hidden there is still safe.Having sensed Voldemort thinking of his Horcrux and Hogwarts through their connection, Harry tells Ron and Hermione that they have to go there and destroy it before Voldemort can get to it, adding that Voldemort seems to be getting more fragile and afraid with each Horcrux destroyed. They Apparate to Hogsmeade, but immediately trigger Caterwauling alarms set up by Death Eaters, who were waiting for Harry. The trio are almost captured, but Aberforth Dumbledore gets them safely into his home and berates them for coming to the village. Harry discovers that it was Aberforth who has been watching them through the mirror shard and the one who sent Dobby to rescue them after seeing the two-way mirror hung up on the wall. Aberforth provides them with food and advises them to give up on their mission, go into hiding and save themselves. Harry said that he trusts Albus Dumbledore's judgement that the task has to be seen through no matter what, but Aberforth insists that Albus had left them a suicide mission and it was hopeless. After Harry insists on finishing what he has started, Aberforth summons Neville Longbottom through a secret passage behind Ariana's portrait to bring them into Hogwarts. Bruised and beaten by the Death Eaters of the staff, Neville and most of the students have been hiding in the Room of Requirement all year. They welcome Harry in with tremendous applause and jump at the idea of helping Harry finish Voldemort, but Harry still doesn't know what the remaining Horcruxes look like or where they are. After saying that one of them may be connected to Ravenclaw, Luna Lovegood suggests that Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem might be the one, despite no one alive today has seen it. Ginny comes forward and after gazing at Harry for a moment, she tells everyone that Snape is now aware of Harry's break in and wanted everyone in the Great Hall.
In the Hall, Snape orders anyone who may hold information regarding Harry's location to tell him immediately or face punishment. Harry then reveals himself after hiding within the crowd as a student and rebukes Snape for standing where Dumbledore once stood as Headmaster, ordering him to tell the students the truth of how he betrayed and killed Dumbledore as Order of the Phoenix members enter the Great Hall. Snape draws his wand in anger, but Minerva McGonagall steps in to defend Harry. Snape and McGonagall face each other off for a moment, with McGonagall relentlessly firing curses that Snape noticeably deflects at the Carrow siblings, effectively knocking them out. Snape is then forced to Apparate, leaving McGonagall behind declaring him to be a coward. Voldemort then amplifies his voice so everyone inside the castle can hear him and tells them to give Harry up in exchange for their lives. Pansy Parkinson suddenly yells for them to grab him, but Ginny and other members of Dumbledore's Army surround Harry to reassure him that they are on his side.
McGonagall orders Argus Filch to take Parkinson and the other Slytherin students to the dungeons, to which all the other students applaud. While the others stand and fight, McGonagall brings the knight statues of Hogwarts to life to aid them in battle while Filius Flitwick, Horace Slughorn, and Molly Weasley cast a shield around the castle. Harry recklessly rushes to the Ravenclaw common room, but Luna calls him to wait and listen to her. She says that no person alive had seen it, and that only Helena Ravenclaw will know where the diadem is. She subsequently brings him down to where the ghost resides. Helena is reluctant at first to tell Harry where the diadem is, believing that he will use it to sharpen his own wits as well as declaring that Voldemort has already defiled it with Dark magic. After Harry is able to convince her that he will only seek it to destroy it, Helena tells Harry that Voldemort has hidden it in the room "where everything is hidden"..
Meanwhile, Ron and Hermione venture down into the Chamber of Secrets to acquire a Basilisk fang so as to get rid of the cup. After Hermione destroys it at Ron's insistence, they are almost killed by a tsunami that forms as a result of the cup's destruction, which is felt by both Voldemort and Harry. However, the waves dissipate and the two finally share a passionate kiss and laugh as their romance has begun. The Death Eaters and Snatchers at this time have arrived and attempt to break down the shield, but are unable to do so, resulting in three Snatchers disintegrating from running directly into it. Voldemort finally decides to cast a powerful spell to cause the shield to collapse and dissolve, thus beginning the Battle of Hogwarts. However, the amount of power he has used causes the Elder Wand to crack slightly along its length, but doesn't break. Realising the shield has been dissolved, Scabior and the Snatchers all pursue Neville over the Wooden Bridge to get into Hogwarts; however, Neville causes the bridge to collapse, effectively killing Scabior and most of the Snatchers but managing to save himself after a close shave by grabbing the edge of the bridge. The Death Eaters, Dementors, Giants and Acromantulas all attack Hogwarts with the students, staff, and the Order of the Phoenix valiantly fighting back. Harry runs into Ginny and Neville. Neville was searching for Luna, who, in secret, he was madly in love with and tell her of his feelings for him since the battle might be fatal for him. Harry heads to the Room of Requirement, but stops to kiss Ginny. He wants to say that he loves her but she holds his face and whispers that she knew before allowing him to continue with his mission.In the Room of Requirement, Harry finds the diadem in a wooden case that he is able to sense through his connection to Voldemort, but is then confronted by Draco Malfoy, Gregory Goyle, and Blaise Zabini. During the confrontation, Draco asks for his wand back remarking that his mother's wand is "powerful but not the same". Harry senses Draco's reluctance to aid Voldemort since he hesitated to identify Harry to Bellatrix earlier at Malfoy Manor, but before Draco can speak, Ron and Hermione intervene by casting Stunning jinxes at Malfoy, although Goyle casts several Killing Curses at the trio and narrowly misses Hermione, before running off with Ron in immediate pursuit for almost cursing his girlfriend. Goyle casts Fiendfyre on the Room, and it quickly goes out of control, forcing Ron to run back to Harry and Hermione, warning them about the impending danger. However Goyle, due to his inexperience, is unable to stop his wand from conjuring even more flames hence he resorts to tossing his wand away and climbs up a large pile of furniture with Malfoy and Blaise. During the climb, Goyle loses his footing by accidentally grabbing a loose chair and falls into the flames, which engulf and kill him instantly. His death upsets Malfoy greatly, but the loss doesn't stop him from reaching the peak of the furniture pile. Meanwhile, the trio desperately try to run from the spreading flames, which take the form of a various creatures including a Dragon, Chimera and Serpent, but wind up trapped between the piles of lost items with the Fiendfyre emerging from all sides. Ron is able to spot a small stack of broomsticks, which they use to travel above the flames and back to the door. However, as they were escaping; Harry, seeing Malfoy and Blaise desperately trying to avoid falling into the flames and almost slipping to their deaths, decides to fly back to them and save them. Ron begrudgingly accepts to do the same, before threatening Harry if they die trying to save them. The trio are able to save their rivals just in time and quickly fly out of the entrance to the Room of Requirement with the diadem, which Harry immediately destroys with a basilisk fang that Hermione had in her bag. Ron then kicks the destroyed diadem back into the burning Room of Requirement just as its doors close and the Fiendfyre forms into three visages of Voldemort charging at the entrance. Voldemort senses the diadem's destruction, before Pius Thicknesse interrupts his concentration which causes Voldemort to mercilessly kill him in frustration.
After destroying the diadem, Harry has a vision of Nagini and Voldemort in the Boathouse, with Voldemort ordering Lucius to bring him Snape. The trio run through the devastated castle, avoiding the Dark monsters and attacking the Death Eaters as they make their way. Fenrir Greyback is spotted feasting on Lavender Brown's flesh but Hermione blasts him away from her out of a window over a cliff, although they are shocked at what they have just seen as Lavender lies dead on the ground. Hundreds of Dementors descend on the castle but Aberforth, Kingsley, Katie Bell, Ginny, Romilda Vane, Padma, Leanne, and Seamus step in, with Aberforth casting a massive shield-like Patronus Charm to repel them. The trio go down to the Boathouse, where they hide behind the building and listen to Snape and Voldemort discussing the Elder Wand. Snape tries to convince Voldemort that the Elder Wand is the latter's to command, but Voldemort has had a different theory. He believes that since Snape has killed Dumbledore, the Elder Wand serves him, and not himself. After he bids farewell to Snape as a valued member of the Death Eaters, Voldemort slits Snape's throat with Sectumsempra and orders Nagini to finish him off so that he can gain control of the Elder Wand. Nagini strikes Snape several times as the trio hear and watch in horror, leaving Snape terribly wounded but not yet dead. Voldemort then departs the Boathouse with Nagini and amplifies his voice again, ordering his forces to temporarily retreat to the Forbidden Forest and calling for all combatants to dispose of their dead with dignity. He then taunts Harry of how his friends had died trying to protect him and then warns Harry that if he will not give up his life, Voldemort will destroy the castle as well as anyone who stands in his way to find him. Harry quietly walks into the Boathouse and bends down beside Snape to check his wounds as Ron and Hermione stand nearby watching. Harry sights a tear falling from Snape's eyes, but upon the latter's insistence to "take them", Harry realises they are memories and gets Hermione to hand him a glass phial to contain them. Snape instructs him to take it to the Pensieve, then whispers for Harry to look at him once more and remarks that he has the same eyes as his mother, Lily Evans, before succumbing to his wounds.
With most of Hogwarts now crumbled and ruined, the trio slowly make their way through the deserted area and find everyone in the Great Hall, mourning the deaths of their friends. Padma Patil and Sybill Trelawney tearfully cover up an unidentified professor's body while there are others covering up the bodies of those who died in the battle. The trio then go over to the Weasleys, who are all devastated over Fred Weasley's death, with Ron and his mother grieving over Fred's body. Harry then sees that Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks have also died in the battle. Unable to stay there, knowing that they had died because of him, Harry leaves the Great Hall and walks to the Headmaster's office. The office is much emptier and gloomier than Harry has remembered, but the Pensieve reveals itself to Harry, apparently knowing what Harry needs to do. Harry then pours Snape's memories into the Pensieve and lays his face into it.
In the Pensieve, Harry sees two young girls in a meadow, one red head and one brunette, Harry's mother and aunt respectively. Harry sees that Lily is merrily opening a flower's petals with magic but Petunia calls her a freak and slaps the flower away from her. Then a young Snape comes out from a tree and reveals himself to them, scaring Petunia away. Throughout their childhood, Snape and Lily have been good friends, playing around with nearby flora with their magic. Later on, it can be seen that Snape had developed a crush on her. At Hogwarts, Lily is Sorted into Gryffindor and introduces herself to Harry's father James Potter and his best friend Sirius Black at the Gryffindor table as a disappointed Snape looks on. Snape and Lily have remained friends during their time at school, but Harry sees how James and Sirius have frequently and relentlessly bullied Snape. Snape's hatred of James has only worsened when Lily fell for James in their seventh year and later married him. As a young adult Death Eater, Snape has told Voldemort all he has heard of the Prophecy about who will destroy him, not knowing Voldemort will target Harry and hence, Lily. When Voldemort sets off to kill baby Harry and his parents, Snape turns to Albus Dumbledore, the only person who can protect Lily, whom Snape had never stopped loving. Snape begged Dumbledore to hide them after telling Voldemort about the Prophecy. Dumbledore agrees on the condition that Snape defect from the Death Eaters, to which Snape complies immediately.
Despite Dumbledore's efforts, Wormtail's betrayal gives away the Potter's location to Voldemort, allowing the Dark Lord to murder Harry's parents, but is unable to kill Harry himself. As Snape visits Godric's Hollow that night, he finds Lily dead and breaks down, mortified, cradling Lily's dead body in his arms as baby Harry Potter watches on from his crib, crying with his newly inflicted scar. Dumbledore convinces a devastated and distraught Snape to help him protect Harry should Voldemort return so that Lily will not have died in vain, which Snape agrees to only if Dumbledore never tells anyone his true feelings for her. Over the years, Snape remained at Hogwarts and used Occlumency to hide his loyalty to Dumbledore from Voldemort and everyone else, yet he personally despises Harry, who served as a constant physical reminder that Lily had loved the man who bullied him. Eventually, Snape grew to hold Harry in some respect and come to care a great deal for Dumbledore as both a friend and mentor. It is revealed that Snape saved Dumbledore's life temporarily from the curse contained in Marvolo Gaunt's Ring by containing it in his hand. Despite his efforts, the curse will take effect in about a year. Dumbledore tells Snape that he knows of Draco's orders to kill him, and to both spare Draco and gain Voldemort's complete trust, Snape has to be the one to kill Dumbledore while giving him a merciful and painless death. Dumbledore then tells Snape that when the Killing Curse rebounded off of Harry as an infant, a part of Voldemort's soul broke away and latched itself into Harry. This meant Harry too is a Horcrux, but it was a horcrux that Voldemort never meant to make. Harry had to die in order to kill Voldemort. Snape was supposed to tell Harry this only when all the other Horcruxes are destroyed, but Snape had remained too reluctant. Snape is also shocked and insulted that Dumbledore kept Harry alive all this time just so that he can die at the proper moment. Dumbledore had underestimated Snape's devotion to Lily, but this changed when Snape cast his own Patronus, the silver doe (same as Lily's), proving to Dumbledore how much he still loved her and to Harry that it had been Snape who had lead him to the sword in the Forest of Dean using his Patronus.
Harry, in shock that Snape was always on Dumbledore's side and a large part in fighting against Voldemort all along, now understands Snape's actions and knows what he has to do: to give up his life so that Voldemort can finally be killed. He tells Ron and Hermione that he is going to the Forbidden Forest to their shock. Hermione sobbingly insists that Harry let her go with him, but Harry refuses, reminding them that they have to kill Nagini, the only other Horcrux left. After a tearful goodbye, Harry walks to the Forest. He digs the Golden Snitch out from his pocket, and as he tells the Snitch, "I am ready to die," the inscription on the Snitch "I open at the close" reappears, and the Snitch opens up, allowing Harry to realise what the inscription means. Inside the Snitch is the Resurrection Stone that he uses to call back his parents, Remus, and Sirius. They provide him with emotional support before Harry walks to his demise, knowing from Sirius that dying is "quicker than falling asleep". As he finishes conversing with his parents, his godfather, and Lupin and is ready to go on, he drops the stone onto the forest floor to ensure it becomes lost forever. Harry finds Voldemort and the Death Eaters waiting for him in the middle of the forest, having captured Rubeus Hagrid, who yells for him to run. Harry stands still and closes his eyes as Voldemort slowly raises the Elder Wand and fires the Killing Curse at Harry.At first it seems to be over, but Harry wakes up in a marble white version of King's Cross Station. His glasses have vanished and so are all the injuries he has suffered. There, he finds a childlike, skeletal and bloodied version of Voldemort bent into a fetal position under a seat and groaning in agony for which he feels both pity and revulsion. The spirit of Albus Dumbledore reveals itself nearby and tells Harry he can not help the bloodied creature. Dumbledore ties up all the loose ends, telling Harry everything he has withheld in the past and that Harry is not actually dead; instead, the Killing Curse has only destroyed the Horcrux bit of Voldemort inside him, which is what the small bloodied creature represents. Harry asks if he has to go back, but Dumbledore says that is up to him; he can either go back and finish Voldemort, or he can continue to the afterlife. Harry asks the former head-master if he thought it peculiar that Snape's Patronus was the same as his mother's, and Dumbledore replies that he thought it wasn't peculiar at all. He concludes that he has always said that "Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it", but he changes it to: "Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who deserve it." Dumbledore walks off into the light and Harry yells after him asking what to do, but Dumbledore continues walking and vanishes.
Harry re-awakens in the Forest, but plays dead to fool Voldemort. Narcissa Malfoy bends down to him and checks his pulse to find him alive. She covertly asks if Draco is still alive, to which Harry confirms by nodding slightly. Knowing all that she needs to know, Narcissa lies to the Death Eaters that Harry is dead. Voldemort and the Death Eaters march back to the castle with Hagrid tearfully carrying Harry in his arms. Voldemort triumphantly declares Harry's death to the castle, causing Ginny to start screaming in heartbreak and disbelief, only to be held back by Arthur Weasley as she attempts to run over to 'Harry's dead body'. She keeps struggling until Voldemort keeps her and everyone else back with a wave of his wand. He announces to them that the time has come for them to either join him or die. Against his better judgement, Draco emerges from the other Hogwarts members to be with his parents and Voldemort gives him a congratulatory hug. Neville steps forward and after enduring some taunting from Voldemort, he declares that they are not finished. He said they may have lost Harry, Fred, Remus, Tonks, and many others, but they died fighting for liberty and justice. He also surmised that they still carried those they love in their hearts which is the reason enough to keep fighting to the end. Proving himself a true Gryffindor, Neville pulls the Sword of Gryffindor out of the Sorting Hat, which he has found in the rubble of the castle. At that moment, Harry jumps out of Hagrid's arms and reveals himself to everyone around him that he is still alive, to the great relief of his friends and allies. Voldemort, totally thunderstruck, is furious that he has failed again to kill Harry and fires more curses at Harry, who runs to join the others back in the castle. Many Death Eaters quickly realise Voldemort's failure will mark a turn in the tide, so they choose to Disapparate while Narcissa and Draco retreat on foot across the Viaduct Bridge. Bellatrix angrily urges Lucius to help the Death Eaters but after all that has happened, Lucius chooses to abandon the Death Eaters to avoid being imprisioned in Azkaban along with his family. As the remaining Death Eaters initiate one final stand against the defenders of Hogwarts, Lucius takes one last look at the castle, his old comrades and his former master, and runs to catch up with his family.
The battle recommences with Voldemort sending Neville flying back into the Great Hall before he can give Harry the sword. Voldemort and Harry duel all over the castle, while Ron and Hermione both try to destroy Nagini. In the Great Hall, the battle rages on, leaving many of the Death Eaters defeated. Meanwhile Bellatrix runs at and almost kills Ginny. An enraged Molly Weasley takes over. Bellatrix deflects Molly's first curse and retaliates at Molly, seemingly having the upper-hand, before cackling for the last time. The taunting laughter prompts Molly to shoot four curses at Bellatrix, who deflects them all, awestruck at Molly's determination and ability to use such a dark spell, until Molly finally hits her on the chest with such force, her arms are thrown into the air. Bellatrix body froze, pale and cracked; as if the spell sucked all the moisture from her body, leaving her a gaunt, desiccated corpse, face still frozen in shock at been defeated. Molly fires a curse that rips her body to shreds, ridding the world of the sadistic Bellatrix once and for all. Inside Hogwarts' rooftops, Harry tells Voldemort that the Elder Wand will never work for him because it has never been Snape's; he then grabs Voldemort around the neck and throws themselves over the edge of the castle before Voldemort Apparates them. Voldemort flies uncontrollably around Hogwarts, crashing into many things, as he and Harry wrestle in the air before crash-landing on the Entrance Courtyard, dropping their wands. The two enemies desperately crawl to their respective wands and retrieve them at the same time - but again, their attacks result in stalemate.Meanwhile, Neville awakens in the Great Hall and retrieves the Sword of Gryffindor amidst the chaos. In the atrium, Nagini corners Ron and Hermione after their attempts to destroy her fail. In desperation, Ron fires a curse at Nagini, but Voldemort's protective measures render her unharmed. Nagini recoils, then lunges at the pair but Neville steps in at the last moment and decapitates her with an upwards swing. Nagini vanishes into black smoke and Voldemort drops to his knees as he realises his last Horcrux is gone. Harry sees his adversary fall and, realising he is finally vulnerable, readies himself for another spell. Mustering the last of his strength, Voldemort casts one more Killing Curse as Harry counters with his Disarming Charm. The two spells collide again, but this time Harry forces Voldemort's curse back until green light seeps through the fissures in the wand and engulf him. The Elder Wand meanwhile responds to Expelliarmus and flies through the air, landing in the hands of its true master at last.
Harry watches as Voldemort slowly falls to the floor, disintegrating into ash and nothingness and groaning in defeat; the war is finally over. While everyone else recovers from the battle, Harry explains to Ron and Hermione why the Elder Wand didn't work for Voldemort. Voldemort had killed Snape, but Snape had never beaten Dumbledore; Dumbledore's death had been planned between them, so that Dumbledore would not die in defeat. But Draco disarmed Dumbledore that night against the latter's will, so the Elder Wand had turned to him until Harry had taken Draco's wand from him. Now Harry is the master of the Elder Wand, but he knows that even though it is powerful, it has caused more trouble than it has been worth. He snaps it in half and throws the pieces over the edge of the bridge, despite Ron and Hermione's obvious lust for the Wand's ownership. The three friends hold hands and gaze dreamily into the distance, wondering what will come next now that it is all over.Nineteen years later, Harry and Ginny are married with three children, James Sirius Potter, Albus Severus Potter, and Lily Luna Potter. They arrive at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters to see Albus and James off to Hogwarts. They meet up with Ron and Hermione, also married with two children, Hugo Weasley and Rose Weasley. Draco is also present, married and with a son, who resembles him in many ways, named Scorpius Malfoy. Albus asks his father what will happen if he is Sorted into Slytherin. Harry tells him that if that happens, Slytherin will have gained a wonderful young wizard, although the Sorting Hat also takes one's wishes into account. Addressing him by his full name, Albus Severus Potter, Harry also reveals to him that Albus Severus is named after the two men who have been headmasters during Harry's years at Hogwarts, and that one of them (Severus Snape) was a Slytherin and the bravest man Harry has ever known. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny happily watch as their children depart for school on the Hogwarts Express and make their futures as other parents and their children wave goodbye to each other. Their adventures at Hogwarts may be over but they are now part of something new and even more amazing: guiding their children through their own adventures.
Pre-production began on January 26, 2009, and filming began on February 19, 2009 at Leavesden Film Studios, where the previous six films had been shot, and Pinewood Studios. Eduardo Serra is the cinematographer. Yates said that the film will be shot "with loads of hand-held cameras. I want to shake things up every time I go into this world. I like experimenting as we go along." Filming is reportedly over, ending the decade long of filming for the cast.
During production at Leavesden, Radcliffe's stunt double David Holmes suffered a serious spinal injury during filming of an aerial sequence. Holmes fell to the ground following an explosion which was part of the stunt. It is probable that the aerial sequence and explosion is the Battle of the Seven Potters. This left Holmes paralysed from the waist down and it is reported he will be unable to ever walk again.
David Heyman gave additional details on the filming schedule on the two films:
"We finished the sixth film which'll be coming out next summer and we start filming the seventh which we'll be breaking into two parts for a 54 week shoot starting in February (2009)."
Test shots were done on January 26, 2009 as Emma Watson revealed on her Official Website.  Unfortunately, just days later it was reported that a stunt double for Daniel Radcliffe was seriously injured while testing an explosion scene.
Several months after primary filming concluded, most of the epilogue was re-shot. As explained by David Yates in the November 2011 Blu-ray release of the film, it was determined that the make-up used for the first version of the epilogue made the lead characters look too rough (in another commentary on the Blu-ray, Rupert Grint says his original make-up made him look like Donald Trump, it was noted on various websites when photos emerged of the filming of the original version that the aging make-up was particularly unattractive). The reshoot took place at Christmas 2010, but instead of shooting on location at King's Cross, as was the case with the original version of the epilogue, the station was recreated at Leavesden. The 2011 Blu-ray does not include the original version of the epilogue among its deleted scenes, but behind-the-scenes footage of the original version is included in the Blu-ray "Maximum Movie Mode" feature.
Filming on location
- On April 21, 2009, photos of Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) with a tent camped in an open field along with the Deathly Hallows staff and crew have been circling around the web. The report says that it was shot in Scotland.
- On the same day, The-Leaky-Cauldron.org first reported that location filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been set in Piccadilly Circus and Shaftesbury Avenue portion of London, England.
- Hundreds of photos of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint including the crew & staff & 200+ extras for the film production has been released on the net during shooting hours from midnight to 6 a.m. and on the next day, April 22.
- On April 22, BBC News reported that Deathly Hallows filming on the coastline of Wales will take place from 11th to 15th May 2009 on Freshwater West beach of the Pembrokeshire National Park where the scenes for Shell Cottage are said to be shot.
- On 24 April, The T-L-C website released the first photos of the Shell Cottage while under construction on the coastline in the Pembrokeshire area of Wales.
- Various pictures can be seen of the cast of HP-DH filming scenes from the film on this Site. These are the Shell Cottage scenes, most likely.
- They started shooting the forest scenes at Swinley Forest on 10 June 2009.
- Numerous photos of the main casts including pictures of Sophie Thompson (Mafalda Hopkirk), David O'Hara (Albert Runcorn), and Steffan Rhodri (Reg Cattermole) and the set reports from Deathly Hallows filming in Whitehall, London have emerged on-line since 28 June 2009, which appear to be the scene in which Harry, Hermione and Ron infiltrated the Ministry of Magic to obtain the real Horcrux locket from Dolores Umbridge.
- Stunt sequences for Deathly Hallows were shot Thursday (July 23) and Friday night (July 24) in Dartford Tunnel in Kent, England, with Harry and Hagrid's doubles (Daniel Radcliffe and Robbie Coltrane were not filming) driving against the traffic on Sirius's motorcycle. This scene follows the Seven Potters escapade in Privet Drive; Harry's double is also noted to be pointing his wand at an unknown enemy. Photos from the location shoot have emerged on-line since 27th July, 2009.
- According to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, which is hosting a Harry Potter Exhibition, some of David Thewlis' costumes were sent to the UK because Thewlis will need to wear them for the wedding scenes. This filming began on August 10, 2009.
- Harry Potter films' producer David Heyman, once revealed in an interview that they will also use a combination of make-up and computer effects to make Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright and Tom Felton look older for the Epilogue chapter. They are very similar to the special effects that were used in the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt.
In November 2010, it was announced that Alexandre Desplat, who composed the score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, would compose the score for the film. On 29 May 2011, it was announced that the score for Part 2 was completed.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - 7 July 2011 (London premiere)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - 11 July 2011 (New York premiere)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - 12 July 2011 (Australia premiere)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - 13 July 2011 (Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Serbia, The Netherlands premiere)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - 14 July 2011 (Korea, Argentina, Asian, Europe premiere)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - 15 July 2011 (Worldwide premiere)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - 11 November 2011 (DVD and Blu-ray)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - 2 December 2011 (DVD and Blu-ray) (UK)
- 7 September 2012: Wizard's Collection (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet + "Creating the World of Harry Potter")
- Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
- Toby Papworth as Baby Harry Potter 
- Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
- Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
- Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
- Suzie Toase as Alecto Carrow
- Ralph Ineson as Amycus Carrow
- Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall
- Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn
- Warwick Davis as Filius Flitwick
- Miriam Margolyes as Pomona Sprout
- Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid
- Emma Thompson as Sybill Trelawney
- Unidentified actress as Female Hogwarts teacher
- Gemma Jones as Poppy Pomfrey
- David Bradley as Argus Filch
- Pauline Stone as Nurse Wainscott
- Rebecca Harrison as Healer
Order of the Phoenix
- David Thewlis as Remus Lupin
- Natalia Tena as Nymphadora Tonks
- Domhnall Gleeson as Bill Weasley 
- Clémence Poésy as Fleur Delacour
- Julie Walters as Molly Weasley
- Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley
- James Phelps as Fred Weasley
- Oliver Phelps as George Weasley
- George Harris as Kingsley Shacklebolt
- Ciarán Hinds as Aberforth Dumbledore
Lord Voldemort, his Death Eaters and followers
- Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort. 
- Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange 
- Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy 
- Helen McCrory as Narcissa Malfoy 
- Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy 
- Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew (Appears in Memory)
- Rod Hunt as Thorfinn Rowle.
- Arben Bajraktaraj as Antonin Dolohov.
- Richard Trinder as Unidentified Male Death Eater (III)
- Jon Campling  (uncredited)
- Simon Grover  (uncredited)
- Paul Khanna  (uncredited)
- Tony Kirwood 
- Graham Duff 
- Catherine Balavage  (uncredited)
- James Williamson  (uncredited)
- Timothy Shieff  (uncredited)
- Elizabeth Jee  (uncredited)
- Seong Hwan Jo  (uncredited)
- Joe Kallis  (uncredited)
- Courtney Fearon  (uncredited)
- Artem Sinelnikov 
- Michael Thompson 
- Charlie Ryall 
- Jay De Silva 
- Alain Stash 
- Emil Hostina 
- Richard Strange
- David Sharpe
- Jamie McLeod-Ross 
- Matthew Bancroft 
- Ben Champniss 
- Natalie Hallam  (uncredited)
- Jeff Lipman  (uncredited)
- Chris Glynn  (uncredited)
- Ian Peck as Hogsmeade Death Eater
- Benjamin Northover as Hogsmeade Death Eater
- Penelope McGhie
- Peter G. Reed
- Judith Sharp
- Bob Yves Van Hellenberg Hubar
- Granville Saxton
- Ashley McGuire
- Paul Davies (uncredited)
- Johann Benet (uncredited)
- Robert Luke Elden (uncredited)
- Dave Legeno as Fenrir Greyback 
- Nick Moran as Scabior 
- David Decio as Chief Snatcher (uncredited)
- Mike Gentry  (uncredited)
- Samuel Supple
- Jennifer Clegg
- Matthew Morley
- Ian Seale
- David Sellicks (uncredited)}}
Ministry of Magic
- Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley
- Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
- Georgina Leonidas as Katie Bell
- Jessie Cave as Lavender Brown
- Devon Murray as Seamus Finnigan
- Freddie Stroma as Cormac McLaggen
- Alfie Enoch as Dean Thomas
- Anna Shaffer as Romilda Vane
- William Melling as Nigel Wolpert
- Ekow Quartey as Bem
- Marianne Chase as Rionach O'Neal
- Grace Francis as Gryffindor student (uncredited)
- Georgie May as Gryffindor Student (uncredited)
- Ifeoma Oboko as Gryffindor Student (uncredited)
- Lauren Sherry as Gryffindor Student (uncredited)
- Aaron Virdee as Gryffindor student (uncredited)
- Ryan Butcher as Gryffindor student (uncredited)
- Jordon Coulson as Gryffindor student (uncredited)
- Laura Jeanne as Gryffindor student (uncredited)
- Paul Bailey as Gryffindor student (uncredited)
- Unknown actor as Gryffindor student (uncredited)
- Louisa Warren as Hannah Abbott
- Isabella Laughland as Leanne
- Jamie Marks as Ernie Macmillan
- Nick Shirm as Zacharias Smith
- Jade Stanger as Hufflepuff student (uncredited)
- Rayman Jilani as Hufflepuff student (uncredited)
- Kamilla Woodburn as Hufflepuff student (uncredited)
- Chris Chan as Hufflepuff student (uncredited)
- Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood
- Katie Leung as Cho Chang
- Jack Read as Michael Corner
- Afshan Azad as Padma Patil
- Sian Grace Phillips as Maisie
- Michael Landes as Ravenclaw Senior (uncredited)
- Ali Larter as Ravenclaw student (uncredited)
- Gemma Kayla as Ravenclaw Girl (uncredited))
- Joshua Savary as Ravenclaw Student (uncredited)
- Christina Low as Ravenclaw student (uncredited)
- Amber Evans as Flora Carrow
- Ruby Evans as Hestia Carrow
- Josh Herdman as Gregory Goyle
- Scarlett Byrne as Pansy Parkinson
- Louis Cordice as Blaise Zabini
- Elliot Francis as Slug Club Member (uncredited)
- George Christodoulou as Slytherin student (uncredited)
- Holly Murdoch as Slytherin student (uncredited)
- Amy Wiles as Slytherin student (uncredited)
- Isla Jane Selley as Slytherin student (uncredited)
- Rachel French as Slytherin student (uncredited)
- Leila Kotori as Slytherin student (uncredited)
- Connor Dyer as Member of Draco Malfoy's gang (uncredited)
- Kaya Lockiby-Belgrave as Hogwarts student (uncredited)
- Gideon Tekeste as Hogwarts student (Possible)
- Luannsa Goodman as Student (uncredited)
- Sammy Sidhu as Student (uncredited)
- Matthew Gill as student (uncredited)
- Amy Rose as student (uncredited)
- Lucy Chappell as student (uncredited)
- Will Dunn as James Potter II
- Arthur Bowen as Albus Potter
- Daphne de Beistegui as Lily Potter
- Helena Barlow as Rose Weasley
- Ryan Turner as Hugo Weasley
- Bertie Gilbert as Scorpius Malfoy
- Luke Newberry as Teddy Lupin (cut from the film)
- Benedict Clarke as Young Severus Snape
- Ellie Darcey-Alden as Young Lily Evans
- Ariella Paradise as Young Petunia Evans
- Alfie McIlwain as Young James Potter 
- Rohan Gotobed as Young Sirius Black
- John Hurt as Garrick Ollivander
- Sean Biggerstaff as Oliver Wood
- Hebe Beardsall as Ariana Dumbledore
- Ninette Finch as Augusta Longbottom (uncredited)
- Jade Olivia as Astoria Greengrass
- Leslie Phillips as Sorting Hat
- Anthony Allgood as Gringotts Guard 
- Laurence Richardson as Wizard
- David Knijnenburg as Wizard
- Piotr Ochman as Wizard (uncredited)
- James Currie as Mudblood (uncredited) 
- Nathan Robinson as Mudblood 
- Chris Bowe as Commuter  (uncredited) 
- Tabatha St. Vincent as Extra (uncredited)
- Danielle Bilyard as Extra (uncredited)
- Mary Epworth as Extra (uncredited)
- Ricky Wilson as Extra (uncredited)
- Bosworth Acres-Debenham as Extra (uncredited)
- Hattie Gotobed as Extra (uncredited)
- Ben Gordon as Extra (uncredited)
- Barry Huckfield as Mudblood  (uncredited)
- Alfred Camp as Wizard  (uncredited)
- Rebecca Harrison as Extra  (uncredited)
- Elham Ehsas as Extra  (uncredited)
- Monty-Gus Mclaren-Clark as sibling  (uncredited)
- Emma Brooks as Extra  (uncredited)
- Sean Francis George as Wizard Parent (uncredited)
- Michael Aston as Wizard Parent (uncredited)
- Gioacchino Jim Cuffaro as Wizard Parent (uncredited)
- Andy Callaghan as Wizard Parent (uncredited)
Ghosts and spectres
- Adrian Rawlins as James Potter
- Geraldine Somerville as Lily Potter
- Gary Oldman as Sirius Black
- Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore
- Kelly Macdonald as The Grey Lady
- Christian Coulson as Diary Horcrux form of Tom Riddle (in flashback) (uncredited)
- Ian Hart as Quirinus Quirrell (in flashback) (uncredited)
- Warwick Davis as Griphook 
- Jon Key as Bogrod 
- Kieran Jones as Goblin  (uncredited)
- Rusty Goffe as Gringotts Chief Bank Teller 
- Lisa Osmond as Gringotts Goblin  (uncredited)
- Mike Edmonds as Goblin (uncredited)
- Harrison Davis as Magic Goblin (uncredited)
- Binde Johal as Tall Goblin (uncredited)
- Annabelle Davis as Clever goblin (uncredited)
- Samantha Davis as Goblin (uncredited)
- Lauren Barnard as Goblin (uncredited)
- Katie Purvis as Goblin (uncredited)
- Andy Herd as Goblin (uncredited)
- Nathan Phillips as Goblin (uncredited)
- Martin Henderson as Goblin (uncredited)
- Adam Alderman as Goblin (uncredited)
- Karen Anderson as Goblin (uncredited)
- Alan Bennett as Goblin (uncredited)
- Sarah Bennett as Goblin (uncredited)
- Peter Burroughs as Goblin (uncredited)
- Aimee Holden as Goblin (uncredited)
- Phil Holden as Goblin (uncredited)
- Andy Inns as Goblin (uncredited)
- Steve Redford as Goblin (uncredited)
- Danny Roberts as Goblin (uncredited)
- Keijo Salmeda as Goblin (uncredited)
- Ryan Webb as Goblin (uncredited)
- Laura Whitfield as Goblin (uncredited)
- Philip Wright as Giant  (as Phil Wright)
- Gary Sayer as Giant 
- Tony Adkins as Giant 
- Matthew Bancroft as Giant  (uncredited)
- Harry Taylor as King's Cross Station Guard (cut from the film) (uncredited)
- Catherine Cordell as Muggle (uncredited)
- Harriet Palmer as Muggle (uncredited)
- Danny Oliver as Muggle (uncredited)
- Petros Koukoulomatis as Muggle (uncredited)
Staff and crew
Both parts will be written by Steve Kloves, who wrote the first, second, third, fourth, and sixth films, and directed by David Yates, who directed the previous two films. David Heyman and David Barron are producing both parts.
Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Eduardo Serra has been appointed to be the Director of Photography.
Special effects will supervised by Paul J. Franklin.
Stuart Craig will again design new sets for both films. New sets include Shell Cottage, the Gringotts Lobby, the Gringotts underground, the Lestrange vault in Gringotts and the Catwalks by the Quad battlements. Redesigned sets include the Entrance Courtyard, the Grand Staircase and the Viaduct.
Differences between the film and the book
The Wandmaker/Shell Cottage
- In the books, it's implied that Bill and Fleur purchased Shell Cottage after they got married. In the movie, Bill mentions the cottage belonged to an aunt of the Weasley family.
- Mr. Ollivander is familiar with the Deathly Hallows, while in the book, he doesn't understand what the term means.
- Though Ollivander does mention that Harry doesn't stand a chance if Voldemort has the Elder Wand, he does not seem to admire Voldemort as much as he did in the book.
- In the book, Harry shows Ollivander his broken wand and asks if he can fix it. Ollivander tells him it cannot be fixed, and Harry asks him to identify Bellatrix's wand and Draco's wand. Then, Ron has Ollivander examine Peter Pettigrew's wand to see if it can be used. In the film, Harry does not show him his broken wand, only having him identify the two intact wands he brought, with no metion of Pettigrew's wand made whatsoever.
- Ollivander isn't shown leaving Shell Cottage.
- Ollivander doesn't send Luna a new wand though it is possible she received it after the Trio left.
- In the book Bill Weasley tells Harry why goblins don't trust wizards. This does not happen in the film, although it is apparent when Griphook asks the trio how they came by the Sword of Gryffindor, to which Harry replies it came to them at their moment of need and that they didn't steal it.
- Lupin doesn't come to Shell Cottage, which can be confusing because Harry was never told about his son but mentions it later in the film. Presumably, Remus had told him off screen during the battle.
- Hermione does not talk about Bellatrix torturing her and also you can see a scar on Hermione's neck from Bellatrix. (indeed, despite being a major part of the finale of Part 1, this is never referenced again in Part 2).
- Hermione's voice does not change when she uses the Polyjuice Potion to become Bellatrix Lestrange (this happens with the Polyjuice Potion consistently in the films, presumably for the sake of sparing the audience confusion.).
- The whole incident with Travers and the bloody beggar isn't displayed due to timing.
- Hermione didn't use the Cushioning Charm when the trio, Griphook and Bogrod fell; instead she used Aresto Momentum. Also in the book, the cart flipped over but in the film the seats pull out from under them, causing them to fall.
- In the book, the items in the Lestrange's vault are under the effect of the Gemino and Flagrante curses, thus, when touched, they multiply exponentially and sear burning hot. In the film, the treasure only has the Gemino curse. Ironically, shortly afterwards the trio is seen putting essence of Dittany on their hands. It is mentioned in the video game adaptation that the Flagrante curse has been placed on the treasure.
- Hermione comes up with the idea of releasing the dragon and does so, not Harry.
- In the film, Bogrod is killed by the dragon while still under Ron's Imperius curse, which he promptly forgot to remove. In the book, he is last mentioned when Ron and Hermione are struggling to keep him from falling under the tide of the vault's multiplying treasure, with nothing said of his fate thereafter.
- In the book, Griphook snatches the sword from the Trio and departs the vault. In the film, Griphook grabs the cup and demands Harry give him the sword in exchange; when Griphook is given the sword, he is true to his word by throwing the cup back to them before departing and betraying them.
- Instead of Hermione using Levicorpus on Harry so he could reach the Horcrux, Harry fights his way through the Gemino-cursed treasure and reaches for the Horcrux himself.
The Final Hiding Place/ The Missing Mirror/The Lost Diadem
- Snape and Death Eaters Alecto and Amycus Carrow watch the Hogwarts students marching across the Entrance Courtyard and the Grand Staircase.
- Harry, through his connection to Voldemort, sees the Hogwarts Castle and Helena Ravenclaw, making Harry realise that Ravenclaw is connected to one of Voldemort's Horcruxes.
- When Harry, Ron and Hermione enter Hogsmeade, they don't go under the Invisibility Cloak and the Death Eaters don't send Dementors; instead the trio run across a locked gate and Aberforth brings them inside the Hog's Head.
- Harry tells Aberforth about the mission that Dumbledore had assigned to him, whereas in the books Harry kept the secret of hunting Horcruxes to himself, Ron and Hermione as per Dumbledore's explicit instructions. Aberforth also already has knowledge of the Horcruxes.
- Aberforth doesn't tell Harry about his back-story with Albus and Ariana, and Dumbledore's back-story is never even discussed in the film (therefore leaving some of the hints left during the wedding sequence in Part I unresolved). However, Aberforth does mention that Ariana was one thing that Albus "sacrificed" in his quest for power, indicating that this sub-plot was present in some form in the original script.
- Snape and the Carrows summon all the students to the Great Hall in the film. In the book, when Alecto Carrow sees Harry in the Ravenclaw common room, she summons her brother and Snape through the Dark Mark
- In the book, when Harry, Hermione, and Ron enter the Room of Requirement, they are all engulfed, hugged, pounded on the back, their hair ruffled, and their hands shaken. Luna, Dean, Fred, George, Lee Jordan, Ginny, and Cho Chang come in later. In the film, Luna, Dean, Lee, and Cho are already there among the other DA members, and only Harry is seen hugging some of the students, including Dean, Cho and Ron's former girlfriend, Lavender Brown. Ginny later arrives to tell them that Snape is aware of Harry's appearance in Hogsmeade, and is stunned to see Harry again. Ron then complains that she didn't even acknowledge him, despite being her brother, to which Seamus says she has plenty of brothers, but only one Harry. Fred and George do not appear in this scene.
- In the book, Terry Boot explains what a diadem is, in the film, Cho explains a diadem to the trio and points out to Luna Lovegood that the diadem is lost, whereas Michael Corner does this in the book.
- In the book, Cho offers to take Harry to the Ravenclaw Common room to show Harry what the diadem looks like, which Ginny then insists that Luna show him there. Harry does not go to the Ravenclaw Common room in the film. After Snape flees, Harry starts to head up towards the Ravenclaw Common room, but Luna goes after him and reminds him that "no one alive has seen the diadem" and they need to talk to someone who is dead. She then takes Harry to see Helena Ravenclaw. Moreover, in the film, Harry has developed a magical sense of each Horcrux (possibly a connection due to the Horcrux in his scar) and therefore does not need to see the Diadem.
- In the scene in which the Grey Lady tells Harry where to find the Ravenclaw Diadem, Helena's back-story of stealing the diadem from her mother, her history with the Bloody Baron, Rowena sending the Baron after her, and the Baron eventually killing Helena and then committing suicide, is never explained. Harry seems to already know that the Grey Lady's real name is Helena Ravenclaw, implying that her history is already well-known to Hogwarts students, while in the book, it is implied that no-one, or at least very few, students are aware of this fact. Rather than merely regretful and saddened by the Diadem's conversion into a Horcrux, Helena appears greatly offended and angered by this fact, which is evident when she shouts to Harry, "I know who he is! I know what he's done! He defiled it with Dark Magic!"
- In the book, after talking to Helena, Harry encounters Hagrid and Fang, who had been sent crashing in through a nearby window by Grawp. They then set to look for Hermione and Ron, who they find having just returned from the Chamber of Secrets, which they tell Harry about Ron's idea when asked where they've been. Harry does not see Hagrid after talking to Helena in the film, and Ron and Hermione's whereabouts are not of concern, as they told him of Ron's idea before heading to the Chamber.
The Sacking of Severus Snape
- In the book, Snape enters the Ravenclaw Common room and questions Professor McGonagall being there just after she had talked to Harry and Luna, who hide under the Invisibility Cloak when Snape enters. McGonagall then proceeds to duel Snape in the Ravenclaw Common room, with Sprout and Flitwick soon joining her in the battle until Snape turns to black "smoke", smashing through a window. In the film, Snape has all the students and staff assemble in the Great Hall, where he tells them of reports of Harry's presence and asking that any student or staff member with any knowledge of Harry's whereabouts to come forth. Just then, Harry reveals himself to Snape, and tells him that, despite his exhaustive efforts, the school has a great security problem, prompting Lupin, Tonks, Kingsley, and other Order of the Phoenix members to appear in the hall's entrance. Harry is furious at him for standing in Dumbledore's place, even demanding that Snape tell everyone how he killed Dumbledore. Snape points his wand towards Harry when Professor McGonagall blocks him and then duels Snape in the Great Hall in front of the entire school before Snape retreats in the same manner as in the book.
- When Pansy Parkinson urges everyone to capture Harry, the Order of the Phoenix and many students surround Harry. In the book, everyone (except the Slytherins) point their wands at Pansy.
- Instead of evicting the Slytherin students following Pansy's outburst, Minerva McGonagall orders Argus Filch to take all of the Slytherin house students to the dungeons.
The Battle of Hogwarts
- The part of the under-age students being evacuated from Hogwarts Castle to Hogsmeade for their own safety has been omitted. However, it can be safely assumed that they were evacuated off screen, as the only students that are seen fighting are the older ones.
- The Order of the Phoenix members are not shown arriving at Hogwarts through the Room of Requirement as in the book, rather, they are seen entering the Great Hall just before Severus and Minerva duel.
- The argument between Ginny, Molly and Arthur about Ginny not being able to help in the Battle of Hogwarts is omitted.
- Like in the book, Flitwick tells McGonagall that they can't keep "You-Know-Who" out indefinitely, to which she says they can delay him. In the film, she then asserts that his name is Voldemort, and that it no longer matters if that name is said, as he is going to attempt to kill them regardless.
- In the film, the barrier around the school is produced by Molly, together with Professors Flitwick and Slughorn, each producing it from different areas around the school, whereas in the book, the barrier was produced entirely by Flitwick alone. In the book, Protego Horribilis is the spell used to produce it, while in the film, the spells used to produce the barrier were Protego Maxima, along with Fianto Duri and Repello Inimicum.
- The protective shield the Professors place around the school is shown to disintegrate anything that attempt to run through it. During the beginning of the Battle of Hogwarts, it instantly kills three Snatchers, and Neville teases the remaining Snatchers upon discovering that they are unable get past the shield.
- In the film, during the beginning of the Battle, a scene is added where, while returning from the Ravenclaw tower, Harry encounters Neville and Ginny. Neville says he has to find Luna and heads up the stairs. Ginny kisses Harry before she heads off as well.
- No explanation is given as to how Luna got back to Hogwarts; she's just suddenly present when Harry arrives. However, a deleted scene shows Luna leaving the cottage with a suitcase to go to Hogwarts, and Harry, who is sitting beside Dobby's grave, warns her that Hogwarts, under Snape, has changed, to which she says she has changed as well.
- In the film, after opening the Chamber of Secrets, Ron claims that Harry speaks Parseltongue in his sleep (which Hermione claims to be unaware of), and he remembered that to open the door. In the novel, Ron remembered how to speak Parseltongue from when Harry opened the locket, and he destroyed it.
- In the Chamber of Secrets, the piece of Voldemort's soul creates a tsunami. After the tsunami is gone, Ron and Hermione turn to each other and kiss passionately. In the book, they kiss after they returned from the Chamber and Ron says that they should warn the house-elves about the Death Eaters (this sub-plot is absent from the films).
- In the film, when Voldemort destroys the shield around Hogwarts, the Elder Wand cracks a bit by the amount of power used, which may be attributed to the wand's allegiance to Harry, not Voldemort.
- Draco Malfoy apparates into the dungeons and gets Gregory Goyle and Blaise Zabini, then they go to the Room of Requirement after Harry. This constitutes the continuity break of allowing people to Apparate into Hogwarts despite the books, and earlier films, establishing this as impossible. However, Death Eaters are shown to be able to Apparate around the castle during the battle and, as such, it may be possible that Voldemort had ordered to have Anti-Disapparation spells lifted, or that he destroyed them himself along with the protective barrier around the Castle.
- Vincent Crabbe doesn't appear in the film (due to the actor who played Crabbe being arrested for cannabis possession). Instead, Blaise Zabini is present in the Room of Requirement with Draco Malfoy and Gregory Goyle, and Goyle dies in the Fiendfyre. Consequently, Crabbe's fate is unknown.
- The trio enter the room separately. Harry enters it as Hermione and Ron study the Marauder's Map. Harry's name vanishes and Ron says how he may have gone to the Room of Requirement, reminding Hermione she had said so a year ago.
- The diadem is in a wooden case on a table in the Room of Requirement, not on a bust of an old warlock.
- Draco Malfoy describes using his mother's wand as powerful, but not quite the same as his old one.
- Hermione disarms and stuns Blaise as they are about to attack Harry. In addition, Ron charges after Malfoy, Goyle and Zabini while Harry and Hermione climb up a pile of furniture, getting attacked by a swarm of Cornish Pixies, and Harry finds the diadem.
- In the novel, Crabbe is said to die instantly after use, but in the movie, Goyle grabs a chair which becomes dislodged, causing him to plummet into the fiery depths below.
- The diadem is taken out of the Room of Requirement by Harry and Harry destroys the diadem with a Basilisk fang. Ron then kicks it into the Fiendfyre. The part of Voldemort's soul forms three great visages of Voldemort in the flames. Hermione pulls Ron back as the doors swing shut just before the faces can reach the door.
- Pius Thicknesse is killed by Voldemort after he interrupts his concentration with an unwanted interjection, after the former senses his diadem Horcrux's destruction.
- The scene in the novel (taking place right after the Room of Requirement scene) where duels fill the hall, Percy Weasley uses a sea urchin jinx on Pius Thicknesse while announcing his resignation, and then an explosion kills Fred Weasley is omitted (though Fred's dead body is later seen in the Great Hall). Instead, Harry sees Voldemort saying he needs to keep Nagini safe, realises that Nagini is the last Horcrux, and Ron urges Harry to look within his mind and see where Voldemort is so they find him and end the battle.
- Also, during the scene where Fred's family mourn his death, Arthur is not seen stroking Molly's hair and instead hugging a weepy George before breaking from his father then hugs Ron desperately. And instead, Molly is stroking her dead son's hair while crying over his body with a sad Ron joining her.
The Elder Wand
- Aside from the major characters, the rest of the characters included during the Battle of Hogwarts such as Percy Weasley and Nymphadora Tonks who played a supporting role in the book are reduced to background characters with no dialogue. However, Tonks is shown in a deleted scene and with a little bit of dialogue. She is seen arriving at the battle with Remus, Kingsley and Fred and George.
- Percy was never shown to have been directly serving under Corneilius Fudge and Barty Crouch Sr, or putting his pride before his family in the film series, so his change of allegiance back to his family is omitted from this film.
- The film retains Fenrir Greyback's attack on Lavender Brown, however, the outcome is considerably different in that Hermione blasts Greyback out a window, presumably to his death (in the novel he is only Stunned and others kill him). The film also strongly implies that Lavender was killed by Greyback, whereas she was not killed by him in the book. However, her fate in the book is unknown, so it is possible that she may have died from the injuries sustained.
- In the book, as a huge swarm of Dementors attack, Harry finds he is unable to produce his Patronus. Hermione and Ron produce theirs, but they are not powerful enough and soon dissolve. Then, Seamus Finnigan, Luna Lovegood, and Ernie Macmillan successfully dispatch the Dementors with their Patronuses. In the film, Harry, Ron, and Hermione seem to be stunned by the approaching Dementors, but before they can do anything, Aberforth unleashes a powerful wave-like Patronus which repels the entire swarm.
- In the film, a scene is added where Death Eaters burn down the Hogwarts Quidditch pitch.
- Neville shows feelings for Luna two times in the film. The first time he is searching for her in the castle and the second time is after the battle when they sit awkwardly with each other. Matthew Lewis has said that their relationship is merely a "summer fling" before they end up with their respective spouses, Hannah Abbott and Rolf Scamander.
- Nagini is not in a protective sphere. Instead, her body is protected by strong protective charms. When Ron launches a curse at Nagini, the curse passed through her body and then struck in the staircase. Also when Harry reveals himself that he is alive, he launches a Confringo at Nagini which rebounds and strikes several Death Eaters that are standing behind Voldemort, causing them to collapse from the blast.
- Snape's death does not take place in the Shrieking Shack, but in the redesigned Boathouse that can see the castle burning. Art director Andrew Ackland-Snow explained why: "We wanted to change a bit where Snape dies. In the book, he dies in the Shrieking Shack, and we wanted to get him out from, not a conventional interior, but from that kind of box, to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere. We asked J.K. if she agreed for that to happen in there [...] and she loved it. Besides, it's a very romantic place to die. Snape dies in a extremely good way, I gotta say". 
- Voldemort slashes Snape's throat open with the Elder Wand possibly using Sectumsempra, before ordering Nagini to "finish him". Nagini is only seen pouncing on Snape, as the camera pans on the trio outside the Boathouse, listening to the thuds against the window.
- In the book, Snape's memories "gushed" from his mouth, eyes and ears. In the film, his memories are more subtly contained in his tears. The phial that Hermione hands Harry to contain them is not conjured out of thin air like it is in the book, and Snape's last words to Harry are not simply "Look...at...me." (book), but "Look at me. You have your mother's eyes."
- Scabior and the other Snatchers duel Neville on the Wooden Bridge, and they are killed when Neville cast a curse on the bridge supports which causes half of the bridge to collapse.
The Prince's Tale
- There are a number of differences in Snape's flashback:
- Snape and Lily are shown to be good friends as children, but the back-story about his and Lily's falling out was not explored in the film (as such, Snape's Worst Memory from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) was not revisited). It was simply shown that when the two friends were Sorted into their respective houses, a first year James moves next to Lily, eyeing Snape. Lily and Snape seemed to have simply grown apart from that point, whereas in the book, Lily started feeling uncomfortable with Snape's friends (these being Lucius Malfoy, Avery, Mulciber, among others) and the kind magic they have been using. Snape then tries to apologize for calling her "mudblood" but she refuses to forgive him. Also Lily met James and Sirius in the book on the Hogwarts Express with a negative impression, whereas in the film, Lily and James friendly greeted each other at the Gryffindor table in the Great Hall.
- Young Lily's eyes are brown rather than green.
- An added scene shows Lily telling baby Harry (presumably just after Voldemort breaks into their house in 1981 and he kills James Potter, and just before he kills her) to be brave and that he is loved.
- The added scene continues, showing Snape going to the Potters' house in Godric's Hollow after Voldemort ravaged the house. He walks through the halls, past James's dead body and collapses, crying, when he finds Lily's body in Harry's nursery. He then cradles her in his arms and cries as baby Harry also cries in his crib.
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Remus Lupin does not identify Snape as George's attacker during the Battle of the Seven Potters. Thus, the flashback scene which shows Snape's attack on George being accidental was omitted.
- While Snape's Patronus is shown being a doe, it is not explained how he knew where Harry and Hermione were in the Forest of Dean. Since Harry was looking at the Two-way mirror before Snape's Patronus appeared, and the inside of the Hog's Head was seen, the most likely explanation is that Aberforth was working with Snape, and that Albus may have told him of Snape's true allegiance prior to his death. It is noted in the book that Phineas Nigellus heard Hermione give away their position as he was listening from Hermione's enchanted bag.
The Forest Again/King's Cross
- After using the Resurrection Stone to bring back James, Lily, Sirius, and Remus, Harry mentions that he is sorry that Remus died right after having his son, Teddy. It is not mentioned on screen how he heard the news of his birth. It is presumed that Remus told him before the Battle of Hogwarts. However, in Part 1, when everyone arrives at Privet Drive to escort Harry to the Burrow, Tonks begins to explain how her and Remus have good news but Mad-Eye Moody tells her it can wait as well as another sequence in Part 1 where it is subtly implied: Aunt Muriel is relaying a review of Rita Skeeter's book about Albus Dumbledore while Molly, Remus, and Tonks are silently seen talking behind her. Remus says a few words and Molly smiles and claps once. Throughout the remainder of that scene, Remus and Tonks talk quietly and Remus is possibly feeling Tonks' stomach. Otherwise, however, no reference to Tonks' pregnancy is shown, and the reference to Teddy comes out of the blue for anyone not familiar with the novel.
- In the book, after viewing Snape's memory and on his way to the forest, he tells Neville that Voldemort's snake needs to be killed, and to let Hermione and Ron know this as well. In the film, Harry instead encounters Ron and Hermione and tells them not only that the snake is a Horcrux, but he is one as well and that he must die. Hermione then hugs him, crying and wants to go with him. When Hermione is hugging him, Harry saw Ron and sees a tear that slowly slides down his cheek.
- In the book, after being supposedly killed and arriving at King's Cross, he finds himself to be naked, and then some clothes for him appear nearby when he wishes for them. In the film, he remains fully clothed. Just as in the book, he sees Voldemort in the image of a red, slimy squirming foetus, in the film appearing similar to the fragile, baby-like form that he'd taken in the film version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire prior to the Dark magic ritual in the graveyard with Harry.
- In the film, it was suggested that Harry cannot be killed simply because the Killing Curse only destroyed the part of Voldemort's soul inside Harry, and it is not explained how Voldemort anchored Harry to life when he used Harry's blood in his resurrection, thus keeping Lily's protection alive. Dumbledore also doesn't explain the reason why Harry's wand repelled Voldemort's during the Battle of the Seven Potters. As mentioned above, neither he nor Aberforth explain the former's back-story, and thus, Dumbledore does not beg Harry's forgiveness for his actions in his youth.
The Flaw in the Plan
- In the book, Voldemort uses the Cruciatus Curse on Harry's "dead" body and throws him into the sky. This is omitted in the film.
- Narcissa voluntarily goes to check if Harry is alive in the film, whereas in the book, Voldemort orders her to go check him.
- In the book, Voldemort says he would be happy if Neville joined them, but in the film, the Death Eaters laugh at him when he introduces himself, though Voldemort does promise Neville a place in their ranks.
- When Voldemort calls for Draco to step forward, he hugs him awkwardly in congratulations.
- Instead of Neville saying, "I'll join you when Hell freezes over!" in the film he makes a speech to the Death Eaters, Voldemort and everybody at Hogwarts that Harry may be dead, but inside he's still with them and that he and everyone else who died didn't die in vain and that it's not over.
- Voldemort does not torture Neville by placing the Sorting Hat on his head and setting it aflame when he refuses Voldemort's offer like in the book. In the film, Voldemort simply laughs upon hearing Neville's speech, when Harry jumps from Hagrid's arms (in the book, he is on the ground at Voldemort's feet).
- In the book, when Harry awakens, Neville pulls the sword from the Sorting Hat that he wore. In the film, Neville is stunned by Voldemort. He then wakes up in the Great Hall where the battle started again and takes the sword to kill Nagini.
- Bellatrix does not duel with the combined forces of Luna, Hermione, and Ginny before Molly intervenes and says, "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH," and Bellatrix does not taunt or underestimate Molly during their duel.
- Bellatrix and Molly Weasley duel on the top of a table after Bellatrix attacks Ginny. Molly's spell was non-verbal, so it is unknown. Some believe it to be Avada Kedavra and then Reducto, others believe it to be Petrificus Totalus (because of the blue jet from her wand) or Duro and then Reducto. Bellatrix explodes in the movie, but in the book she just falls over.
- Trelawney's scene of throwing orbs at Death Eaters is omitted.
- The Malfoy family's last appearance is directly after Harry reveals himself to be alive. Narcissa, Draco, and Lucius abandon Voldemort and the Death Eaters by walking away down the Viaduct. In the book, Lucius and Narcissa stride through the battle, ignoring all combatants, to search for Draco, whereas the film has them reunited before Harry is revealed to be alive.
- Harry and Voldemort duel throughout Hogwarts after Harry reveals himself. He fires Confringo at Nagini then makes a run for it. Voldemort fires explosions at Harry, then Disapparates with Nagini. Harry is hiding, then when Voldemort walks up the Grand Staircase, Harry fires a spell. Voldemort fires spells at Harry, Disapparates and tries to kill Harry with a Killing Curse but the spells lock. Nagini is about to pounce on Harry, but he throws the tendrils above the ceiling causing it to collapse. Voldemort fires a wave of dark energy, but Harry jumps off the staircase and runs through the Stone Bridge Tower with Voldemort in pursuit. He fires a spell, which Harry deflects onto the catwalk. Voldemort then grabs Harry using his cloak to restrain him. Then he proceeds to strangle and physically beat Harry. Later, they are seen on the castle roof, where Harry grabs Voldemort and they both plummet off into a deep rock crevice. Voldemort Apparates them in mid-fall to the Entrance Courtyard.
- While duelling Voldemort in the castle, Harry tries to stab Nagini with a basilisk's fang, which is disintegrated by Voldemort with a curse. Ron, too, tries to kill the snake with a fang and Hermione throws stones at it.
- While Harry and Voldemort are battling in the film, they do not have arguments about the former's survival, Harry does not reveal that Snape was operating under Dumbledore's orders all along, or that Dumbledore had planned his death. Harry tells Voldemort that he was correct in thinking that the Elder Wand was not answering to him, Voldemort then asserts that he killed Snape and thus is the true owner of the wand, to which Harry simply suggests that maybe the wand never belonged to Snape. In the book, Harry reveals how Draco was the owner of the wand, since he was the one who disarmed Dumbledore. Draco was then disarmed by Harry during the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor, meaning it ultimately belonged to the latter. Harry does explain this in the film, but to Hermione after the battle, when she asks why the wand did not answer to Voldemort.
- Duels between George Weasley & Lee Jordan against Yaxley, Filius Flitwick against Antonin Dolohov, Rubeus Hagrid against Walden Macnair, Ronald Weasley & Neville Longbottom against Fenrir Greyback, Aberforth Dumbledore against Augustus Rookwood, Arthur Weasley & Percy Weasley against Pius Thicknesse and Minerva McGonagall, Horace Slughorn & Kingsley Shacklebolt against Voldemort are all omitted. By the point in which they occur in the book, Greyback and Thicknesse are already dead in the film.
- Nagini doesn't die before the battle resumes, but instead dies during Harry and Voldemort's duel. While trying to strike at Ron and Hermione, she is decapitated by Neville with the Sword of Gryffindor. When killed, Nagini disintegrates into black smoke in the film.
- Harry and Voldemort's final duel takes place at the Entrance Courtyard instead of the Great Hall.
- After being struck with the Killing Curse, Voldemort's body falls to the floor, and is later laid in a chamber off the hall, away from where lay the bodies of Fred, Tonks, Lupin, others who had died fighting him. In the film, when killed, Voldemort's body disintegrates into nothingness.
- Grawp, the Centaurs and the Legion of House-elves led by Kreacher are omitted.
- In the film, Harry, Ron and Hermione stand on the remains of the Viaduct after the battle, and rather than using the Elder Wand to repair his original wand or consider returning it to Dumbledore's tomb, Harry snaps it in two and throws it over the side. Harry does not visit the Headmaster's Office, as he does in the book. This is because most of the upper half of the Grand Staircase Tower, where the Headmaster's Office is located, is gone due to fire and it collapsing.
- The scene of Kingsley Shacklebolt being named as "Acting Minster for Magic" is omitted, which also omits the details of who became the next Minister for Magic.
- The post-battle gathering at Hogwarts (which included the Malfoy family) is omitted.
Epilogue: Nineteen Years Later
- The role of Teddy Lupin (played by: Luke Newberry) was filmed but ultimately cut from the film.
- Also the role of Victoire Weasley was not in the film.
- Nearly Headless Nick
- Irma Pince
- Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank
- Cuthbert Binns
- Parvati Patil
- Vincent Crabbe
- Lee Jordan
- Colin Creevey
- Hannah Abbott
- Charlie Weasley
- Augustus Rookwood (Possibly)
- Dexter Fortescue
- Dilys Derwent
- Rolanda Hooch
- King's Cross Station guard (Didn't appear in novel; Cut from final edit)
- Eileen Prince
- Mr. Evans
- Mrs. Evans (Mentioned only as 'Mummy')
- Victoire Weasley
- Ted Lupin (Briefly mentioned by Harry and Lupin during Harry's use on the Resurrection Stone; Cut from final edit)
- Anthony Goldstein
- Terry Boot
Order of events in the film
- Dementors and Shell Cottage
- Griphook's deal
- The Wandmaker
- Underground at the Lestrange's vault
- Dragon Flight
- The Final Hiding Place
- Aberforth Dumbledore
- Neville and the army
- Headmaster Snape
- Battle of Hogwarts
- Helena Ravenclaw
- Destroying the Cup
- The Lost Diadem
- Courtyard Apocalypse
- Voldemort and Snape
- You've fought valiantly
- The Prince's Tale
- Harry Surrenders
- The Resurrection Stone
- King's Cross
- Harry Potter is dead
- Harry and Voldemort
- A new beginning
- 19 years later
- The End
- Initially when Harry and Voldemort are reaching for their wands, it can be seen that Harry's wand has no rock immediately surrounding it, in the next shot rock magically appear immediately behind it.
- During the first Room of Requirement Scene after Harry, Ron and Hermione take the secret passage which leads to it, if subtitles are on, they say that it was Neville that said "Where is it?" when in-fact it was Dean.
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Behind the Scenes
- The only film in the series where you see Hermione actually flying on a broom.
- Kelly Macdonald was the very last person cast in the series, as The Grey Lady.
- Tom Felton's real life girlfriend, Jade Olivia, plays his character's wife Astoria in the epilogue scene.
Notes and references
- All information on The All-Inclusive List of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 at the Yahoo Movie Database
- Harry Potter Official website - http://www.harrypotter.com