14 Keys to Make Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Fantastic Movies

| September 14, 2009 at 11:30 am
14 Keys to Make Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Fantastic Movies

I think it’s great that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is being split into two movies.

There are some scenes and details that aren’t necessary to further the plot but I think are important enough or interesting enough to warrant inclusion in the films. Most of the events I mention resonate emotionally.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

What the Deathly Hallows Needs

The book got a lot of things right. Hopefully the films will follow suit.

1. The Dursleys show their true colours to more wizards.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince didn’t start with the Dursleys. I hope that isn’t the case here. Dudley lets his humanity show and thanks Harry for saving his life (kind of). Plus, we see the Dursleys’ treatment of Harry disgust two new wizards.

2. Kingsley Shacklebolt’s words make me shiver.

Kingsley Shacklebolt’s Patronus warns the Weasley family and their guests:

The Ministry has fallen. Scrimgeour is dead. They are coming.

Ten simple words, but full of such foreboding it’s chilling.

3. Kreacher was loved.

Kreacher, the house elf, tells Harry, Hermione, and Ron the story of how Regulus Black took him to Voldemort’s cave. Regulus Black doesn’t force Kreacher to drink the potion, but instead drinks it himself. Regulus dies while Kreacher lives on.

4. Remus Lupin lets his fear and anger show. He yells and gets violent.

Remus Lupin offers to help Harry, Hermione, and Ron in their task. He also mentions that his wife, Tonks, is pregnant. Harry yells at Remus for abandoning his wife and child. Remus repels Harry and storms out.

5. Harry and Ron have one of their more amusing conversations.

A silver doe leads Harry to the Sword of Gryffindor. Ron uses the sword to destroy the Horcrux locket. Harry and Ron talk:

Ron: “I’m sorry. I’m sorry I left. I’m a — a —”
Harry: “You’ve sort of made up for it tonight. Getting the sword. Finishing off the Horcrux. Saving my life.”
Ron: “That makes me sound a lot cooler than I was.”
Harry: “Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was. I’ve been trying to tell you that for years.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
J.K. Rowling

6. Hermione doesn’t get blubbery when Ron returns; she gets wonderfully violent.

When Hermione sees that Ron has returned, she yells at him and pounds on him with her fists.

Ron: “It could’ve been worse. Remember those birds she set on me?”
Hermione: “I still haven’t ruled it out.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
J.K. Rowling

7. Excruciating pain is inflicted upon Hermione (and we know how they liked sugar coating things in The Half-Blood Prince film).

While Harry, Hermione, and Ron are held captive at the Malfoy residence, Hermione is tortured. Repeatedly.

8. Yay, a dragon! It’s just so cool, I have to see it.

Harry, Hermione, and Ron break into Gringotts Wizarding Bank. They escape on a dragon.

9. Harry tortures a Death Eater and means it.

Harry uses the Cruciatus Curse on Amycus Carrow when he spits in Professor McGonagall’s face. Harry says, “I see what Bellatrix meant; you need to really mean it.”

10. McGonagall becomes more than just a teacher.

McGonagall binds the Carrows and helps Harry.

Pansy Parkinson wants to hand Harry over to Voldemort. Professor McGonagall responds, “Thank you, Miss Parkinson. You will leave the Hall first with Mr. Filch.”

11. Ron and Hermione finally have ‘their moment’… at the most inopportune time, of course.

Ron wants to warn the house elves at Hogwarts so they don’t die like Dobby did. Hermione is so moved by this she flings her arms around Ron and they kiss. Harry, standing next to them with a war about to break out, asks weakly, “Is this the moment?”

12. Everything since the first word of the first book has led up to this moment… Severus Snape’s story.

The second Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film should contain each and every one of Severus Snape’s memories. It felt like the entire series led up to that revelation. It’s my favorite part; I’ve gone back numerous times since finishing the book just to reread “The Prince’s Tale.” If the film leaves out a single punctuation mark, it will be doing a disservice to Snape.

13. Alan Rickman is Severus Snape; don’t mess up the most important moments of all eight films by neglecting this.

During Snape’s memories, I want to see Alan Rickman playing his character from the scene where he begs Dumbledore to protect Lily onward. This is also the memory where J.K. Rowling refers to him as “the adult Snape” (page 676). It’s like a note to the filmmakers: ‘insert Alan Rickman here.’

I love Alan Rickman as Severus Snape. More than just a perfect fit for the role, he’s also an amazing actor and no kid has Alan’s years of experience. If he is not the one asking Dumbledore for help, not the one lamenting Lily’s death, then we never get to truly see Snape at his best, at his most vulnerable, because Alan Rickman is Severus Snape.

14. Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy are parents, not Death Eaters.

Narcissa Malfoy lies about Harry’s death to Voldemort because she wants to find her son, Draco. Inside Hogwarts, Lucius and Narcissa race through the battling crowd, screaming for their son.

Welcome Unfaithfulness to the Deathly Hallows

Plenty of details have been changed in the films. Sometimes entire scenes are fabricated just for the movies. So here are a couple changes I think would be worth making.

I. Dobby deserves a better death.

While Dobby is fleeing with Harry, Disapparating, Bellatrix kills him with a knife. It’d be nice to see Dobby receive the killing blow in a more meaningful manner (stabbed while actually helping Harry or something).

II. The final battle needs more emotion… starting with Voldemort’s howling rage.

While Harry and Voldemort are getting ready for their last duel, they have a long, drawn out conversation. It would be much more dramatic if, during this exchange, Harry shows Voldemort the destroyed Horcruxes instead of just mentioning them. I want to see Voldemort’s fury as he looks upon the ruined remains of his hard work.

When I read this scene in the book, I was disappointed that this was missing. Showing is always better than telling. After all, does Harry saying "There are no more Horcruxes" (page 737) really do justice to all the time and effort spent destroying them?

Divining the Deathly Hallows

There’s a lot of stuff I’d like to see in the movies. But, more than anything else, I want to see Alan Rickman bring Severus Snape to life.

Every single one of Snape’s memories needs to be in the film.

Severus Snape needs to be portrayed by Alan Rickman from the memory in which he’s first referred to as “the adult Snape” (where he pleads with Dumbledore to protect Lily) onward.

My other 13 points are still important, and I think the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films will suffer if any are left out.

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    I’ve been wondering how they are going to sort out the mess they made in The Half Blood Prince. In the book, it says Harry hid the book where the crown thing is but in the movie Ginny hides the book and Harry has his eyes closed. How is Harry supposed to realise where the crown thing is given what happened in the film? I think they really stuffed up an important piece of the story and it will be interesting to see how they rectify that in the last film.

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