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  • Guillermo del Toro expressed interest in directing this installment.
  • Bill Weasley was played by Domhnall Gleeson, son of cast member Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody). Ironically, the novel mentions that after an attack Bill is so scarred that he now resembles Moody.
  • David Holmes, twenty-five, Daniel Radcliffe's stunt-double, was seriously injured on the set at Leavesden Studios, near Watford, Hertfordshire. He was performing an aerial sequence when he fell to the ground following an explosion, which was part of the stunt, and sustained a serious back injury.
  • M. Night Shyamalan was interested in directing this installment.
  • John Williams, who composed the scores for the first three movies, expressed his interest in returning to score the final two, but was unable to do so due to a scheduling conflict.
  • The character Griphook was played by Verne Troyer in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001); making him one of the few Americans cast; but was voiced by Warwick Davis. In this movie, Davis played Griphook in body and voice. Davis also played Professor Filius Flitwick throughout the franchise.
  • Sir John Hurt and Bill Nighy have played prominent roles in adaptations of another well-known fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings. Hurt was the voice of Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings (1978). Nighy was the voice of Samwise Gamgee in the BBC Radio broadcast.
  • Composer Nicholas Hooper turned down the opportunity to score the final two movies, saying that working on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) took a toll on his family's personal life.
  • The seventh of eight movies based on the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling.
  • At first, both parts would have been converted to IMAX 3-D during post-production, but Warner Brothers cancelled this conversion for this movie, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) was the only Harry Potter movie that was released entirely in 3-D.
  • Brendan Gleeson, Michael Byrne, Peter Mullan, and David O'Hara appeared in Braveheart (1995).
  • Bruno Delbonnel declined to return for the final two movies, saying that "I think I was scared of repeating myself." Subsequently, the filmmakers hired fellow French-Portuguese Cinematographer Eduardo Serra.
  • Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) originally considered not returning for this movie, fearing that his character's arrest and imprisonment at the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) would mean very little, if any, screentime in the finale. Upon meeting J.K. Rowling, he begged to be let out of prison. She told him "You're out. Chapter one." This immediately convinced him to sign on for the movie.
  • Nick Moran has said in interviews that his role as Scabior came across as being too intense, and had to be cut down.
  • Originally to be released in 3-D, this decision was scrapped just a few weeks before release, due to the difficulty of converting this movie into the format.
  • Over five hundred wands were created for this movie. They were checked out and checked in before, during, and after the filming day is completed. Many came back broken.
  • Composer Alexandre Desplat's favorite Harry Potter character is Dobby.
  • One of the posters in the café where Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) end up after apparating into London is for Radcliffe's play "Equus".
  • First of the Harry Potter movies to have J.K. Rowling as a producer.
  • (At around two minutes) In the opening of this movie, when Hermione (Emma Watson) is called down to tea, we can hear her parents talking about Australia along with an announcer, presumably on the television, talking about a countryside. This is a reference to the book, in which Hermione says she not only wiped herself from her parents' memories, but gave them new identities, and made them think that they'd love nothing more than to move to Australia, which we presume that they do.
  • (At around one hour and forty minutes) It had been erroneously reported that this movie would contain a few scenes of Daniel Radcliffe in the nude, leading to speculation amongst fans that this movie would earn a stricter rating. This turned out not to be the case. Although the scene in which visions of Harry and Hermione kissing appear to try to deter Ron give the illusion that Radcliffe and Emma Watson were both nude, in reality, both wore jeans, and Watson was provided with a strapless bra so she would not have to be completely topless. Director David Yates said that complete nudity was not necessary, as the characters would be partially obscured by fog.
  • Linguist expert Dr. Francis Nolan devised the Parseltongue language for this, and the other Harry Potter movies which feature the serpent speak.
  • Rhys Ifans admitted that he never read the books, but took the role of Mr. Lovegood for the chance to work with an all-star cast.
  • According to producer David Heyman, the work print of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was at five and a half hours long, and the shooting script was close to five hundred pages, which justified the decision to split the movie into two.
  • Sir John Hurt's reprisal as Ollivander marks the longest gap, nine years, since his previous appearance in the franchise. Toby Jones' reprisal as Dobby was second longest, at eight years.
  • The main street set in Godric's Hollow is the same set used for the Hogsmeade set in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), albeit with some set dressing changes.
  • (At around one hour and fifty-five minutes) Jamie Campbell Bower broke his ankle while performing his jump stunt (after stealing the Elder Wand). His injury ruled him out of the auditioning of Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer (2013).
  • Frances de la Tour reprises the role of Madame Olympe Maxime (from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)) in this movie, even though the character does not appear in the book. She may be a substitute for Viktor Krum (also from the Goblet story), who appeared prominently in the same scene in the book.
  • Filming the "seven Harrys" scene was so complex, that Daniel Radcliffe counted over ninety takes for just a single shot.
  • The scenes featuring Dobby and Kreacher were filmed twice. First they were played physically on-set by their respective voice actors so the other actors, actresses, and animators had a guideline with which to work. Then the same scene was shot without the voice actors, so the visual effects team could put in their CGI characters in post-production.
  • The only Harry Potter movie without visual effects provided by Industrial Light & Magic.
  • Upon seeing the set for Hermione's bedroom, Emma Watson told the set decorators that there should be more books, which they happily accommodated.
  • Warwick Davis worked a third job. Aside from the two characters he played in the franchise, Davis runs a company called Willow Personnel Management. This company helps little people to find work on film, and found the on-set stand-ins for Dobby and Kreacher.
  • (At around two hours) Scabior's violent twist in the air, when Bellatrix uses her whip on him, was not in the original script. Nick Moran improvised it on the set to avoid being upstaged by Helena Bonham Carter. The filmmakers liked that touch and decided to use it. Moran was delighted until he realized that, for it to work, that stunt would have to be repeated for several takes.
  • Nick Moran was interested in knowing how his character would appear in costume. He saw earlier renderings and was unsatisfied with some of it. He requested several items to be added, including knee-high boots that had to be laced up "all the way and were uncomfortable while running". He had no clue he would have to be running in the forest after Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson for a good amount of takes.
  • At first, this was meant to be only one movie, but due to the size of the book, and the decision that nothing could be left out, to squeeze into one movie, the producers decided to split it into this movie and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011).
  • The exterior scenes of Malfoy Manor were shot at Hardwick Hall, one of the most significant Elizabethan country houses in England.
  • Stanislav Yanevski did appear in his role as Viktor Krum for the wedding scene, but his scenes were cut from the final movie (although promo pictures of him dancing with Emma Watson exist, as well as behind-the-scenes footage).
  • Elphias Doge (David Ryall) states he knew Dumbledore (Sir Michael Gambon) the longest. This is likely to be true of the actors. Ryall and Gambon shared a great deal of screentime in The Singing Detective (1986). Also, they were cast in Much Ado About Nothing (1967).
  • The only film in the franchise not to feature Dame Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall), David Bradley (Argus Filch), or Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas).
  • As in her previous movies, Evanna Lynch designed a lot for her Luna Lovegood character, including what she wore, jewelry, and things for the Lovegood's house. She even came up with their dance moves for the wedding scene, which she based on the concept of "wafting wrackspurts away" (which is how it's said to have looked to Harry in the novel).
  • A scene was filmed in which Nymphadora Tonks (Natalia Tena) told Molly Weasley (Dame Julie Walters) that she was pregnant, but ultimately cut from the final version.
  • Even though it's hard to see, Nymphadora Tonks (Natalia Tena) is wearing a maternity gown at Bill Weasley (Domhnall Gleeson) and Fleur Delacour's (Clémence Poésy's) wedding.
  • (At around one hour and twenty-one minutes) The famous scene between Hermione and Harry dancing was written exclusively for this movie, and it was an original idea of screenwriter Steve Kloves, not featured in the novel. The scene is amongst producer David Heyman's favorite moments in the franchise, and the song selected for the dance was "O Children", performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
  • Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Timothy Spall, and Jamie Campbell Bower appeared in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).
  • Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) had lost so much weight during his one-year hiatus from the Harry Potter movies that he had to wear special face prosthetics in this movie. It took the make-up department nearly six months to create the prosthetics that would look realistic enough when viewed close up, but in the end, nearly all of his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
  • Features the only appearance of Mundungus Fletcher (Andy Linden) in the film franchise. In the books, Fletcher has appeared in every installment since Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and he is briefly mentioned in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone, but he was always written out of the respective movie adaptations.
  • Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter) and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix LeStrange) played the Queen of Hearts in two separate versions of "Alice in Wonderland". Richardson in Alice in Wonderland (1999) and Carter in Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).
  • (At around one hour and twenty-five minutes) While in Godric's Hollow, Hermione says that she still thinks they should have used Polyjuice Potion. In the book, they did, and appeared to be a middle-aged muggle couple.
  • Chris Columbus, the director of the first two Harry Potter movies, was amazed how beautifully Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint matured over the franchise, compared to some child actors and actresses who start out adorable and then either lose that or become bad actors and actresses as they grow older.
  • Michael Byrne (Gellert Grindelward) and Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) previously played General Friedrich Olbricht in dramas depicting the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler: Byrne in The Plot to Kill Hitler (1990) and Nighy in Valkyrie (2008).
  • Due to the death of Timothy Bateson, the role of Kreacher had to be re-cast for this movie.
  • (At around one minute) Near the start of this movie, Hermione is in her bedroom reading the Daily Prophet. This mirrors the book, where Harry is in his room at Privet Drive reading the Prophet about the past of Dumbledore.
  • This movie includes four cast members from HBO's Game of Thrones (2011). This includes Michelle Fairley (Mrs. Granger) who portrayed Catelyn Stark, Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow) who played Dagmer Cleftjaw, Freddie Stroma (Cormac Mclaggen) who played Dickon Tarly, Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) who portrayed Osha. This is the only movie in the franchise which does not include David Bradley (Argus Filch), who plays Walder Frey in Thrones.
  • (At around two hours) When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are caught in the woods by the snatchers, Hermione tells them her name is Penelope Clearwater, which is the name of Percy Weasley's girlfriend in the books.
  • (At around forty-six minutes) Freddie Stroma's (Cormac McLaggen's) line in this movie, "My father WILL hear about this!" (on the Hogwarts Express), is reminiscent of Tom Felton's (Draco Malfoy's) statements in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001) (Dark Forest detention scene), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) (Care of Magical Creatures lesson scene), and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (near the end of the ferret scene).
  • Hermione's bloodstained hands were digitally "cleaned up" for the trailer, to ensure a wider (PG-13) distribution.
  • The setting for Godric's Hollow was the historic village of Lavenham, Suffolk, famous for its medieval architecture and half-timbered cottages. Exterior shots were filmed in the town under top secrecy, without the actors present, and the scene in which Harry and Hermione walk through the village was created using CGI.
  • Fleur Delacour's (Clémence Poésy's) wedding gown, with two phoenixes embroidered around it, was inspired by the famous peacock gown in the fall 2008 collection by designer Alexander McQueen.
  • When the locket horcrux is opened, some of the first things that comes out are spiders, because it is one of Ron's fears. The look on Rupert Grint's face is genuine, as he has a fear of spiders.
  • Despite first appearing in the book version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, this movie is the first and only one to feature Mundugus Fletcher.
  • Miranda Richardson and Helena Bonham Carter appeared in Merlin (1998).
  • Bill Nighy and Alan Rickman appeared in Love Actually (2003).
  • Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) and Toby Jones (Dobby) appeared in A Boy Called Christmas (2020).
  • John Hurt and Toby Jones's father, Freddie Jones, appeared together in The Elephant Man opposite John Gielgud. Gielgud was J.K. Rowling's model for Albus Dumbledore.
  • David Ryall is the sixth Harry Potter actor to also play Winston Churchill. Robert Hardy, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall, Brendan Gleeson, and Gary Oldman have also played the part. In Ryall's scene for this film, the character discuss Rita Skeeter, played by Miranda Richardson. Richardson has played Churchill's wife.

Spoilers

  • Filming the torture scene, where Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) is torturing Hermione (Emma Watson) at Malfoy Manor at the climax, proved to be very intense for the actresses involved (most of the scene was cut, to avoid an "R" rating in the U.S., and a "15" rating in the U.K.). It was so intense and brutal that Helena Bonham Carter approached Emma Watson immediately afterward to make sure they were still on good terms.
  • This is the only Harry Potter movie not to feature Hogwarts, although the Hogwarts Lake does briefly appear in the final scene where Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) takes the Elder Wand from Albus Dumbledore's (Sir Michael Gambon's) grave.
  • (At around two hours and five minutes) Having Bellatrix carve "mudblood" into Hermione's arm during the torture scene was not in the original script, but it was an idea with which Emma Watson and Helena Bonham Carter came up together, on the spur of the moment during filming.
  • The revelation that "R.A.B." was Sirius Black's brother Regulus was correctly guessed by book readers soon after "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" was published, and a good two years before "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". Of all of the surnames that J.K. Rowling came up with for the series, Black is the only one that readily translates into other languages. In foreign language editions of the book, in which this surname was translated, R.A.B. was similarly altered, such that the "B" always matched the first letter of the word for black. For example, Dutch editions translated Sirius Black as Sirius Zwarts, and R.A.B. to R.A.Z. Finnish editions used Sirius Musta and R.A.M.
  • The character Fenrir Greyback (Dave Legeno) is a reference to Fenris the Wolf in the Nordic mythology. In that mythology, Fenrir bit the arm of Tyr and was involved in Odin's death, triggering Ragnarok. The movie shares some similarities; in the Seven Harrys scene, Bill Weasley (Domhnall Gleeson) remarks how he got his face scarred by Fenrir in a skirmish, just as how Tyr's arm got bitten (note: this was originally mentioned at the end of Half-Blood Prince novel); a small flashback of Dumbledore's murder can be seen at the beginning; in the previous movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Fenrir was amongst the Death Eaters involved, similar to Odin's death.
  • Forty versions of Slytherin's locket were made for the scene in which Harry and Ron try to destroy it.
  • Both parts of this movie were filmed at the same time, and the final scene filmed for the entire franchise was the scene in this movie where Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) escape from the Ministry of Magic, being pursued by Yaxley (Peter Mullan). The shoot was followed by a celebratory barbecue, with music from a Mariachi band and ice cream supplied by Rupert Grint from the ice cream truck he purchased with his earnings from the movies.
  • The unnamed characters in the Deathly Hallows story each have a parallel character in this movie. The three brothers each receive a gift from Death. Voldemort, like the first brother, seeks the wand that will win any duel. Voldemort ultimately ends up seeking the same Elder Wand of which was spoken in the story. Another brother wants the Resurrection Stone to bring back to life a woman he loved. Snape loved Lily Potter, and seeks through the series to redeem himself for having caused her death. The third brother seeks only to hide from death with the Invisibility Cloak, which he ultimately gives up to accept his own mortality, and he and Death meet as old friends. Harry inherits an invisibility cloak from his father, but ultimately gives himself up to be killed voluntarily. At the crossroads between life and death, Harry meets Dumbledore, who is certainly an old friend. Dumbledore himself, like Death, has at one point been in possession of all three hallows. Xenophilius Lovegood speculates that the three brothers in the story were actually, or at least based on, the three Peverell brothers. In the book, Harry and Voldemort are revealed to be descended from two of the brothers. Harry's Invisibility Cloak is in fact the one spoken of in the tale, and the Resurrection Stone is set inside a ring which is a family heirloom, which Voldemort stole from his Uncle Morfin after killing his father, grandmother, and grandfather.
  • (At around two hours and ten minutes) Dobby's (Toby Jones') last words are "Harry Potter", which are also the first words he says when we meet him in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
  • When Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) use Polyjuice Potion to transform into ministry workers, while searching for Slytherins locket (which was in the possession of Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton)), Hermione transforms into a woman named "Mafalda Hopkirk". Mafalda Hopkirk is the witch who sent Harry the letter informing him of his expulsion from Hogwarts after he used the Patronus Charm in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
  • While it is clearly implied that Harry is descended from Ignotus (Ignatius) Peverell, the third and youngest of the three brothers referred to in the Hallows story in the Tales of Beedle the Bard, the explanation of how Harry comes into possession of the Invisibility Cloak was not elaborated further when the book and movie were released. In September 2015, J.K. Rowling shed some details of the matter above. One of Harry's ancestors was an eccentric wizard by the name of Linfred of Stinchcombe, nicknamed "The Potterer" hence the surname Potter (shortened over time) who was known of creating various remedies from plants and herbs including the Skelegro potion seen in the second movie. Linfred's eldest son, Hardwin, married a beautiful witch from Godric's Hollow, Iolanthe (Yolanda) Peverell, Ignotus' granddaughter. Since there were no male heirs in her generation, she, being the eldest, inherited the cloak. When she married Hardwin, her only wish and stipulation was how the cloak and heirloom came into her family's possession remains a secret, a fact that Hardwin agreed and respected. From then until now, the cloak is passed down to the eldest of each new generation, until it passed to his father James prior to Harry.
  • At the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry tells Dobby to promise that he will never try to save his life again. Saving Harry's life is exactly how Dobby dies in this movie.
  • This movie featured the only on-screen appearance of Professor Charity Burbage (Carolyn Pickles). She was mentioned briefly in the book "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", when Hermione takes her class, and says she is "fascinated with the idea of learning about muggles from a witch." Nowhere else in the film franchise was she seen, nor mentioned, until now, when she was murdered by Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in the opening scene.
  • Although neither this movie nor the book reveal which Death Eater killed Hedwig, many fans have theorized that it was Snape. The theory states that Snape did this because he realized that Hedwig would give away which Harry was the real one, and killed her to protect him.
  • Many Harry Potter fans consider Dobby's death to be the most devastating scene of the franchise.
  • Domnhall Gleeson(Bill Weasley) and Bill Night(Minister of Magic) played father and son in About Time (2013)
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