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  • When producer David Heyman was asked if there were any actors and actresses that he wished had been in the franchise, but never were, he answered Eileen Atkins, Sir Ian McKellen, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Craig, James McAvoy, and Anne-Marie Duff. He now wished to work with them on future projects. Daniel Radcliffe would have loved to see Dame Helen Mirren, Dame Judi Dench, and Stephen Fry (the narrator of the U.K. Harry Potter audio-books).
  • This is the last of eight movies based on the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling.
  • This is the only Harry Potter movie to be released in 3-D, in theaters, in its entirety (only select scenes were available for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), and only in IMAX).
  • It had been reported that, due to her commitment to Nanny McPhee Returns (2010), Dame Emma Thompson would be unable to appear in the Deathly Hallows movies. However, she was able to return shortly before the end of filming to once again play Professor Trelawney. She joined her Nanny McPhee castmates Dame Maggie Smith, Rhys Ifans, and Kelly Macdonald. Her sister Sophie Thompson was in Part 1, as Mafalda Hopkirk.
  • It was reported that a huge blaze wrecked the Hogwarts set after a battle scene went spectacularly wrong. According to the report, explosives used in action sequences, set light to scenery for the wizardry school, and that firefighters battled for forty minutes to bring the flames under control, but the set, centerpiece for this movie's Battle of Hogwarts climax, was left badly damaged. It was later confirmed that the fire was greatly exaggerated, and that the set that had been damaged was going to need to be rebuilt anyway for use in another scene. Some actors and actresses were still filming at the studio, but none of the movie's biggest stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, or Rupert Grint, were involved. No one was injured.
  • Kate Winslet was first considered for, and reportedly offered, the role of Helena Ravenclaw. The role was rejected by her agent before she was able to consider it, believing that Winslet would not want to "follow suit with every other actor in Britain by being a part of Harry Potter." The role subsequently went to Kelly Macdonald.
  • Most of the events in this movie, from the raid on Gringotts to the Battle of Hogwarts, take place over the course of a single day.
  • In the story, Voldemort created several Horcruxes in an attempt to cheat death. Appropriately, his name is French for "Flight of Death" or it can also mean "Steal/Cheat of death".
  • Alan Rickman, Bonnie Wright, Devon Murray, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Somerville, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Matthew Lewis, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Josh Herdman, and Warwick Davis (as Professor Flitwick and/or Griphook the Goblin) are the only actors and actresses to appear in all eight movies.
  • (At around fifty-two minutes) Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have stated in several separate interviews that filming their much awaited on-screen kiss was an "extremely awkward" experience, due to both Emma and Rupert stating that they've always felt "like brother and sister". It took only six takes to complete, whereas the kiss between Harry and Ginny took around ten, Ron and Lavender approximately fifteen, and Harry and Cho took over thirty takes, by comparison.
  • As with the first half of this movie, Warwick Davis' company, Willow Personnel Management, was called upon to provide little people to portray the goblins at Gringotts.
  • (At around fifty-seven minutes) When Harry goes into the Room of Requirement, in the bottom left hand corner, there is the knight that Ron rides from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001). Also present are the Cornish Pixies set loose by Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). The set is made entirely out of props from all of the movies, around seventy-two containers of props.
  • In every shot in which Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) appeared together, she always moved so that she stands on his right, traditionally the position of the most loyal and trusted follower.
  • 210,000 coins were made for the scene inside the vault at Gringotts.
  • In total, Daniel Radcliffe went through one hundred sixty pairs of prop glasses by the end of the franchise.
  • Five twenty-nine-ton trucks worth of polystyrene rubble was used to create scenes of destruction throughout this movie.
  • Over 25,000 items of clothing and costuming were used in the Harry Potter film franchise.
  • Daniel Radcliffe reportedly broke eighty wands throughout the franchise, because he used them as drumsticks.
  • Every wand seen in every film in the franchise was created on-site. Taking the lead from descriptions in the books, each wand was thirteen to fifteen inches long, and created specifically for each character. No two wands were alike.
  • Harry's lightning bolt scar was applied by make-up teams approximately 5,800 times by the end of the film franchise. Daniel Radcliffe had the scar applied 2,000 times, while the rest were applied to stunt doubles and stand-ins.
  • (At around one hour and forty-five minutes) Molly Weasley's line, "Not my daughter, you bitch!" is Dame Julie Walters' favorite line throughout her role as Mrs. Weasley.
  • According to producer David Heyman, the movie's assembled workprint was five and a half hours long, and the shooting script was close to five hundred pages. This explains why the movie was split into two.
  • Director David Yates said that the epilogue was re-shot because the heavy make-up originally applied on the actors and actresses at adult age didn't reflect well in the dailies.
  • This is the only entry in the franchise not to feature an arrangement of John Williams' "Hedwig's Theme" playing over either the Warner Brothers logo, or the title at the beginning of the movie. The theme is, however, used several times throughout the rest of the movie, including an extended performance at the beginning of the end credits.
  • The Triwizard cloak which Harry wears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) with "POTTER" printed on the back can be seen in the background during some of the Boathouse scenes.
  • According to J.K. Rowling, the Battle of Hogwarts was fought on May 2, 1998. Victoire Weasley (Bill and Fleur's eldest daughter), seen in the background in the epilogue, has the same birth date, two years later, her name meaning "victory" in French.
  • Production working title: "Extra Time".
  • Kelly Macdonald (Helena Ravenclaw) was the last person cast.
  • An estimated average of five thousand feet of film was shot, and printed, for each production day.
  • Sir John Hurt's reprisal as Ollivander was the longest gap in the franchise, nine years, while Miriam Margolyes' brief reprisal as Professor Pomona Sprout was second, eight years.
  • Upon release, it set the record of the highest-grossing opening weekend ever, with $169.2 million (previously held by The Dark Knight (2008), which earned $158.4 million in its opening weekend). The record was broken again ten months later by The Avengers (2012), which earned $207.4 million in its first three days.
  • The hint that Neville (Matthew Lewis) ends up in a relationship with Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) was created especially for this movie. J.K. Rowling had revealed that Neville and Luna married different people long before the final movie came out. She later described it as a brief summer affair, before they both found out they did not belong to each other.
  • Six of the eight Harry Potter movies had been nominated for an Oscar, totalling twelve nominations in the franchise. This final movie was nominated for three Academy Awards in 2012, and since the franchise had never won an Oscar, there was some expectation that this movie would do it. When this movie failed to win any of them, it became film history that the Harry Potter franchise never won an Oscar. However, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), part of the extended Harry Potter universe, did win an Oscar for Best Costume.
  • This movie, the last in the Harry Potter film franchise, has the equal highest number of Academy Award nominations by a Harry Potter movie, totalling three. The other entry to do this was the first film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001). This is the only Harry Potter movie to be Oscar nominated for the Best Make-Up and Hairstyling Academy Award.
  • (At around one hour and fifty-five minutes) In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001), Harry's chocolate frog flies out the window of the Hogwarts Express. What happened to said frog is unknown, but in the epilogue of this movie, a chocolate frog is seen climbing up the window of the Weasley and Potter children's carriage.
  • In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001), Griphook the Goblin was played by Verne Troyer. In this movie, the same character was played by Warwick Davis. Davis provided the voice in both cases.
  • The only film in the franchise where Hermione actually controls a broom.
  • (At around thirty-seven minutes) The fight between Professor McGonagall (Dame Maggie Smith) and Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) was considered to be changed into Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) against Snape instead. The idea was scrapped by J.K. Rowling, who insisted that the duel should involve the same characters as in the novel, as she saw it as a key moment for McGonagall.
  • When Ron asks Harry on how he would recognize Hufflepuff's Cup as a horcrux in the bank vault, Harry says he would have seen it. This, of course, refers to the one of the four Riddle flashbacks originally written for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), which set up this McGuffin, but director David Yates decided not to film it, as he felt it would get overly involved with Voldemort's past. For those unfamiliar with the novel, in that flashback, young Tom Riddle spent some time with Helga Hufflepuff's descendant, Hepzibah Smith, to get that prized cup, and poisoned her in the process.
  • The shortest Harry Potter movie, running at two hours and ten minutes.
  • The Australia House in London served as Gringotts Bank in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001). For this movie, however, a set was built at Leavesden Studios, as the scenes involving the dragon crashing through the building, would have been impossible to film on-location.
  • Rupert Grint and Emma Watson stated in an interview that they both had casts made of their buttocks ("bum casts"), which were used to make the bicycle-like seats mounted on the broomsticks, in order to make them more comfortable to ride.
  • For this final movie, the model of Hogwarts was created digitally, as opposed to the physical miniature scale model used in the previous movies.
  • Following the completion of this movie, most of the Hogwarts sets were put on display for the public as part of the Warner Brothers Studio Tour London.
  • (Cameo) Sean Biggerstaff: (At around one hour and five minutes) Biggerstaff's character, former Gryffindor Quidditch Captain and Keeper, Oliver Wood, leads an aerial assault on the Death Eaters via broomstick during the Battle of Hogwarts. He can clearly be heard saying, "Come on!" to six people, also on broomsticks.
  • (At around fourteen minutes) In this movie, Harry used the first of the three Unforgivable Curses, by using the Imperius curse on the goblin in the bank. He previously used the Cruciatus Curse in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) against Bellatrix, and tried out the Killing Curse on the Slytherin Locket in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010) in a deleted scene.
  • If one were to attempt to watch all eight movies in one sitting, it would take roughly eighteen hours and twenty minutes (this is presuming one would not include sitting through the lengthy end credits of each movie).
  • J.K. Rowling has never stated into which house Harry Potter's son Albus Severus was sorted. However, it's worth noting that the boy's initials are A.S.P., and an asp is one of the world's deadliest vipers. In fact, in the play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", Albus is sorted into Slytherin, along with Scorpius Malfoy (son of Draco).
  • (At around one hour and forty minutes) According to Tom Felton, Voldemort awkwardly hugging Draco was not scripted, but an improvisation by Ralph Fiennes. Felton's reactions of stopping dead in his tracks, not knowing what to do, is genuine.
  • On the final day of filming, Rupert Grint gave Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson a trumpet. There was no real reason behind the gift.
  • When Harry, Ron, and Hermione enter Gringotts near the beginning, Hermione has taken Polyjuice Potion to disguise herself as Bellatrix. Before the scene was shot, Emma Watson acted out the scene for Helena Bonham Carter so she would know how to act as if she were Hermione in this situation. So, essentially, this scene is Carter acting like Watson who is acting like Hermione acting like Bellatrix.
  • As the train with the next generation of children on board leaves King's Cross Station heading towards Hogwarts, at the end of the movie, the song playing over the scene is the same one as the last scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001), where Harry waves goodbye to Hagrid and leaves on the train to head home from Hogwarts. The song is titled "Leaving Hogwarts". Officially ending the franchise, besides Hedwig's Theme.
  • The House of Black is one of the largest wizard families in the wizard world. Although it is "extinct in the male line", meaning that essentially nobody bears the surname anymore, many characters in this movie are connected to that family. Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) returns for one scene. Two of his cousins are Bellatrix Black Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) and her sister, Narcissa Black Malfoy (Helen McCrory), and thus, by extension, Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) as well. Nymphadora Tonks (Natalia Tena) is the daughter of Andromeda Black. Calidorra Black married Harfang Longbottom, grandfather of Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis). Dorea Black married Charles Potter, making James (Adrian Rawlins) and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) members of that family as well. Ironically, Cedrella Black married Septimus Weasley, making the Weasley and Black clans, who loathe each other, family as well.
  • Even though Albus Dumbledore never mentioned what happened to his late sister Ariana, his brother Aberforth claimed Albus "sacrificed" many things, including their sister. This implies that even though Albus may not have killed his sister, it was his ambitions in the past that led to her death. The book confirms that Albus and his friend Grindelwald had ambitious plans to establish a Wizard World Order, which clashed with Aberforth's views. This led to a heated duel that accidentally killed Ariana, something for which Aberforth always blamed Albus.
  • There was a pitched scene to director David Yates about a possible cameo of the Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) that returns to save Ron from a pair of Death Eaters that corner him during the battle, but was scrapped because it seemed childish, and the car would quite possibly be destroyed in the forest by now.
  • (At around thirty-three minutes) When Harry enters The Room of Requirement, and the boy gets on the radio to alert the Order that he's there, you can see Neville's mimbulus mimbletonia on the desk: the plant that he was holding on the carriage at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
  • (At around one hour and thirty minutes) When Harry comes to Voldemort in the forest, Voldemort calls him "The Boy Who Lived". Harry was called this in the first chapter of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone", and Voldemort and Hagrid are the only ones to call him that.
  • Of the three main performers, Rupert Grint was the only one who never seriously considered leaving the franchise at some point. Daniel Radcliffe thought about leaving after the third movie, and Emma Watson after the fifth. Neither did depart, however, and all three stayed on for all eight movies.
  • Katie Bell appears in this movie as a student. Still, fans of the books will know that she probably should have graduated already, since she was on the Quidditch team in Harry's first year, and it was said that first years typically never make the team. Of course, this is not a solid rule, since Harry did make the team in his first year. However, it was also said that he was the youngest seeker in a century.
  • This movie includes seven cast members from HBO's Game of Thrones (2011). This includes Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow), who plays Dagmer Cleftjaw, Freddie Stroma (Cormac Mclaggen), who plays Dickon Tarly, Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks), who was cast as Osha, Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore), who portrayed Mance Rayder, David Bradley (Argus Filch) played Walder Frey, Michelle Fairley (Mrs. Granger) played Catelyn Stark, and Jim Broadbent is set to play a significant season seven character.
  • The House crests can be seen on the shields of the stone soldiers as they protect Hogwarts. From left to right it's Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw.
  • Sir Michael Gambon, Dame Maggie Smith, Geraldine Somerville, Kelly Macdonald, and Sophie Thompson appeared in Gosford Park (2001).
  • Arthur Bowen (Albus Severus Potter) can also be seen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), buying roasted chestnuts at a stand in Diagon Alley. At the time of writing, these two appearances are his only acting roles.
  • In the Room of Requirement, Draco (Tom Felton) tells Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) he has "his mother's" (Narcissa Malfoy's (Helen McCrory's)) wand. However, it was Narcissa's wand that was shown as having been taken by Dobby (Toby Jones) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), during the skirmish at Malfoy Manor.
  • Featured two sets of twins: James Phelps and Oliver Phelps (born February 25, 1986) and Amber Evans and Ruby Evans (born January 7, 1979). The Phelps twins played Fred and George Weasley. The Evans twins were listed as "Twin Girl 1" and "Twin Girl 2".
  • While reading the books, Daniel Radcliffe was convinced that at least one member of the main trio would die by the end of the series. J.K. Rowling said that when she started writing the books, she had intended to keep all three alive. However, midway through the series, Rowling was going through a difficult time in her life, and seriously considered killing off Ron. However, she later said that she always knew deep down that none of the three would die.
  • Ferrets were mentioned and/or seen in three "Harry Potter" movies: 1. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Hermione (Emma Watson) urges the condemned Buckbeak, "Come and get the nice dead ferret" (when she and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) rescue the Hippogriff. 2. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Draco (Tom Felton) was briefly turned into a ferret. 3. In this movie's epilogue, James Sirius Potter (Will Dunn) and Albus Severus Potter (Arthur Bowen) have ferrets as pets or familiars.
  • The death of Alan Rickman on January 14, 2016, caused the word "Always" (spoken by Snape during his memories, seen by Harry Potter) to go viral across the world, in tribute to the late actor.
  • Emma-Jayne Corboz played Susan Bones (uncredited), taking over the role from Eleanor Columbus, who had played the student in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), both of which were directed by her father, Chris.
  • Leslie Phillips (as of November 21, 2019) is the oldest living cast member of any "Harry Potter" movie. He was eighty-five years, seven months, and twenty-four days old when Toby Papworth (fifteen-month-old Harry Potter) was born.
  • The only non-Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be nominated for Best Art Direction.
  • The third Harry Potter movie to be the highest-grossing movie worldwide the year it was released. The first two being Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001), and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
  • Unlike the novel, Harry is fully clothed instead of being naked when his spirit arrives in limbo. This was likely due to censorship for younger audiences.
  • Goyle was the only Hogwarts pupil who cast the killing curse in the film franchise as he tried to kill Hermione with it in the Room of Requirement. When Harry used the curse trying to destroy the horcrux locket in part 1, he was no longer attending Hogwarts.
  • The only Harry Potter movie to gross over $1 billion worldwide. The closest any of the previous installments got to the milestone was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001) at $975 million.
  • Near the start of this movie, Ron (Rupert Grint) asks Hermione (Emma Watson) if she is sure she has the hair of Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter), and Hermione says she is positive. This could be a joke in reference to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), as Hermione accidentally took a cat hair and became Millicent Bulstrode's cat instead.
  • No consideration was given to this movie's 3-D presentation during filming, as the filmmakers did not even find out the movie would be converted until shooting was almost completed. In post-production, Director David Yates consciously chose to make the 3-D conversion "conservative" in terms of depth because he was worried about the conversion becoming distracting and taking the audience out of the story.
  • This is the only movie where Snape referred to Harry by his first name. In previous movies, he referred to him as "Mr. Potter".
  • First time in the film franchise that we see Hermione ride a broom.
  • The shard of mirror that Harry carried should not have been a piece of Aberforth's mirror as Aberforth bought Sirius' (presumably whole) mirror from Mundungus. Harry's shard was in fact the remaining piece of his own shattered portion of the original pair of mirrors.
  • When Snape is fighting McGonagall, you can see Snape fending off McGonagalls curses and killing 2 death eaters with it
  • At about 1 hour and 7 minutes during a battle scene at Hogwarts there is a callback to the monsters faced in the first three movies. While Harry, Ron, and Hermione are running through the grounds they first encounter a Troll (first movie), then spiders (second movie), and finally dementors (third movie).
  • First and only film on the franchise with an 8.1 rating.
  • As far as anyone can tell, Harry Potter is the only person to have all 3 of the Deathly Hallows and give them up voluntarily. He dropped or forgot the Invisibility Cloak during the raid on Gringotts, he deliberately drops the Resurrection Stone in the Forbidden Forest, and he breaks the Elder Wand in two. (In the book, he returns the wand to Dumbledore's grave after mending his own wand).

Spoilers

  • Not long after Alan Rickman started to play Severus Snape, J.K. Rowling told him some character secrets about Snape that would not be otherwise revealed until the last book. Most significantly, Rickman was one of the very few people other than Rowling to know (years ahead of the last book's publication) that Snape had been in love with Lily Evans (later Potter) when they were students at Hogwarts, and both Snape's protection of, and antagonism toward Harry, came from that. Rowling said that she shared this information with Rickman because "he needed to understand, I think, and does completely understand, and did completely understand where this bitterness towards this boy, who's living proof of Lily's preference for another man (a man who had tormented and ridiculed him), came from." According to Rickman, the directors prior to the publication of the last book were not privy to the information of Snape's true character either, and he had to ask them to defer to him on the portrayal of Snape, whether or not they understood why. Rowling joked in an interview, that Rickman would often gloat that he knew more than the other actors and actresses.
  • The script was originally written, like the book, to include Draco Malfoy's bully friends, Crabbe and Goyle. As in the book, Crabbe was to be killed in a climactic battle. Jamie Waylett's arrest and conviction on drug charges, however, forced the filmmakers to change this plan. Crabbe was written out of the script, with Goyle being killed in his place (since the character and his performer, Josh Herdman, have been with the franchise since the beginning). Another Slytherin character called Blaise Zabini (portrayed by Louis Cordice since Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)) takes Crabbe's place from the book.
  • The filmmakers persuaded Tom Felton to convince his girlfriend, Jade Gordon, to play Draco Malfoy's wife, Astoria Greengrass, in this movie's epilogue.
  • At the end of this movie, Harry has two sons and a daughter, one of whom he addresses as "Albus Severus Potter". The older one, never addressed by name, is James Sirius Potter (named after Harry's father and godfather). The girl's name is Lily Luna Potter (named after Harry's mother and good friend Luna Lovegood).
  • Other than Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) causing Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes') spell to backfire, the only good character depicted as directly killing a Death Eater (in this case, Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter)) is Molly Weasley (Dame Julie Walters).
  • J.K. Rowling always knew that one of the Weasley family members had to die at the end, as it wouldn't have been realistic if they would all survive. She actually considered having Arthur or Ron as the Weasley casualty at some point. Ron was seriously in danger to be killed off in a time when she "wasn't in a very happy place", but she admitted that she would not have done it, as he forms an integral part of the series. Arthur was also briefly considered during Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), but she decided that as one of few good fathers in the book, he was also allowed to live, and Sirius Black was the casualty of that book instead. She ultimately settled on having Fred killed, as it serves two purposes: to give a sense of loss for George, and the payoff of Percy's rivalry against his Ministry's archrival Rookwood (who was revealed to be a Death Eater).
  • Although it was never mentioned in the book, nor this movie, who killed Remus Lupin (David Thewlis) and Nymphadora Tonks (Natalia Tena), J.K. Rowling revealed, as an anecdote, that Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) killed Nymphadora, and Antonin Dolohov (Arben Bajraktaraj) killed Remus.
  • In the book, Snape's (Alan Rickman's) death originally takes place at the Shrieking Shack, a place where he has a significant personal history (as a boy, he was nearly killed there by Remus Lupin in werewolf form, but that information never made it into the movies). The art directors suggested and moved the location (with J.K. Rowling's agreement) to the boathouse in order to make it more dramatic and poignant. Art director Andrew Ackland-Snow added, "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."
  • Although all of the movies, except Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001), have had a customized version of the Warner Brothers logo, this one has a scene (a replay from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) of Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) robbing Dumbledore's (Sir Michael Gambon's) grave) before the studio logo. The first time this has been done for a studio-made Hollywood movie in over seventy-five years.
  • Before the final book was published, Daniel Radcliffe asked J.K. Rowling whether his character Harry would die at the end. After a silence, Rowling gave him the very cryptic answer, "You get a death scene".
  • According to J.K. Rowling, one of the few characters that was sure to survive the entire series was Hagrid. She had always had an image of a grieving Hagrid, carrying a deceased Harry back to Hogwarts, which was fitting, since it was Hagrid who had once carried the infant Harry to his uncle and aunt, and also brought Harry into the wizarding world. After the movies were released, Rowling said that Hagrid would have been a natural character to kill off, but she always knew that she wanted to include that image in the end of the last book, which kept him safe throughout the series.
  • By her own admission, killing off Remus Lupin was one of the hardest decisions that J.K. Rowling had to make while writing the books. She felt that, in order to show that war sometimes demands impossible sacrifices, someone's parent had to die. After briefly considering Arthur Weasley, she finally chose both Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks as the casualties, as it made their infant son Teddy an orphan, which closely mirrored infant Harry losing his parents in the previous war. In the book, Harry appropriately becomes Teddy's godfather, but Teddy was deleted from the movie.
  • Although Harry survives in the end, this is the only Harry Potter movie in which he does not deliver the final line (his son Albus Severus Potter does instead). It should also be noted that in the end of the book, Harry delivers the last spoken line, although the remaining text is narration.
  • When Harry revealed that he was still alive in the Hogwarts courtyard, Draco was meant to initially break ranks with the Death Eaters and throw Harry his wand. The scene was filmed, but not included in the final edit. However, it can be found in the game, which is based on the movie.
  • The filmmakers took many creative liberties with Severus Snape's memories in the Pensieve. In addition to adding scenes that were not in the book, such as the scene where Snape goes to Godric's Hollow and cries over Lily Potter's dead body, the sequence also includes instances from events which Snape never actually witnessed first hand.
  • The filmmakers wanted Voldemort's appearance to change subtly with the destruction of his Horcruxes. As each Horcrux is destroyed, he gets increasingly hollow-eyed and develops small lesions on his skin.
  • Daphne de Beistegui, the young girl who played Harry's daughter Lily in the epilogue scene, became very attached to Daniel Radcliffe, and even when the cameras were not rolling, she would be hugging him. Radcliffe stated in an interview that she seemed to have adopted him as a second father, but didn't mind her hugging him at all, saying that he thought she was really adorable. He also has mentioned that Daphne's mother was pregnant with her while working on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001).
  • When she was still quite young, Emma Watson was asked in an interview how she would feel about kissing either Daniel Radcliffe or Rupert Grint, to which she replied "No chance! It's not written in my contract!" However, by the end of the film franchise, she ended up having to kiss both of them. Emma was actually tipped off by J.K. Rowling, about the possibility of the kissing becoming an eventuality, around the time they were filming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
  • (At around fifty-six minutes) Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ginny (Bonnie Wright) kiss once in each half of The Deathly Hallows movies, at the kitchen before the wedding (in Part 1) and at the stairs during the battle (in this movie).
  • Harry destroyed two Horcruxes and the last bit of soul left inside Voldemort.
  • Of the eight pieces of Voldemort's soul, Dumbledore (the ring), Hermione (the cup), Ron (the locket), and Neville (the snake) each destroy one. Voldemort destroys the unintentional one inside Harry, and Harry destroys two [the diary and the diadem (though only in the movie, as in the book, it's destroyed by the fire Goyle starts)]. The last bit of his soul, which resides in his own body, is destroyed by Harry and Voldemort in the Battle at Hogwarts when Voldemort cast a spell, and it rebounded off Harry's.
  • In the scene where Neville (Matthew Lewis) stands up to Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), when Harry revealed himself to be alive, and everyone reacted with joy, George (Oliver Phelps) turned and went to say "Fred" before remembering that he is dead.
  • It was revealed in this movie that Snape has long been in love with Lily, Harry's mother. The actor and actress shared another odd romantic arrangement back in Close My Eyes (1991).
  • Throughout the entire film franchise, no teacher has ever made it past a single year teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts. Year one, Professor Quirrell. Year two, Gilderoy Lockhart. Year three, Professor Lupin. Year four, Mad-Eye Moody/Barty Crouch, Jr. Year five, Dolores Umbridge. Year six, Professor Snape, and then, mentioned is Death Eater Amycus Carrow (Neville mentions they practice Curses on first years). In the books, it was implied that Voldemort once requested the post, and subsequently Cursed it when he did not get it. After Voldemort's death, this Curse is lifted.
  • J.K. Rowling admitted that having Ron and Hermione end up together, was more a wish fulfillment than a logical consequence. She had envisioned them becoming a couple in the beginning, and decided to stick with it, despite her reservations. She added that they'd probably be "alright with a bit of counselling". Emma Watson also stated she wasn't convinced that Ron would always make Hermione happy and vice versa. However, both have said that the relationship will most likely work out with some counselling, with Ron overcoming his self-esteem issues, and Hermione not being so critical, and ultimately, they still love each other.
  • According to J.K. Rowling, Neville Longbottom marries Hannah Abbott and becomes a Herbology teacher at Hogwarts. His parents, Frank and Alice, however, never recover from their mental affliction, and spend the rest of their days in the hospital.
  • Although it is never stated in the movies, the last book implies that Harry and Voldemort are family through the three brothers from the Deathly Hallows legend. Harry is a distant relative of Ignotus Peverell, which is how he ended up with the Invisibility Cloak; Voldemort was related to Cadmus Peverell, and thereby unknowingly inherited the Resurrection Stone (which he set into a ring and, from which, made a Horcrux).
  • Alan Rickman admitted to feeling awkward during the scene in which Professors Snape and McGonagall duel: "Thank God for computer graphics, because holding a wand is not throwing the most threatening thing you can do, and you're pointing it at Dame Maggie Smith, who you grew up worshipping from the cheap seats at the National Theater, and she's pointing a wand at you. She can arch an eyebrow like nobody. So thank God for the sheets of flame."
  • (At around one hour and two minutes) In this movie, the diadem of Ravenclaw was technically the only Horcrux to be destroyed by two people, as Harry stabbed it with a Basilisk fang, before Ron kicked it into the fire created by Goyle.
  • (At around one hour and fifty minutes) In the penultimate scene, you can see that Harry destroys the Elder Wand and heaves it overboard. However, in the book, he used it to mend his own wand (with which he claims he is contented), since the Elder Wand was the only wand capable of mending broken wands. He then returns the Elder Wand back to Dumbledore's grave, and hopes to die of natural causes. This will leave the wand without a legitimate Master, and will cause it to lose its power.
  • It is possible that Neville Longbottom has killed the most people in the film franchise on-screen, with dozens of Voldemort's followers probably dying after Neville destroys the bridge in this movie.
  • In the novel, the fight between Snape and McGonagall occurs in a corridor, with help from Professor Sprout and Professor Flitwick, while Harry and Luna are hidden under the invisibility cloak. Snape then flees into a nearby classroom, and jumps out of the window transforming into a bat, as McGonagall shouts "coward!"
  • After Voldemort killed Harry as a Horcrux, Harry lost the ability to speak Parseltongue.
  • If you watch carefully in the duel between Snape and McGonagall, you can see Snape deflect a spell cast from McGonagall purposefully killing the Carrows behind him. This foreshadows which side Snape was truely on, and that he was never really evil.
  • A new musical piece, "Lily's Theme", was played three times in this movie. The last time was when Harry is speaking to his mother, Lily. The previous two times, however, are during the opening scene of Snape looking over the courtyard, and during his death scene, so that it foreshadowed his unrequited love for her.
  • In this movie, Voldemort feels his Horcruxes being destroyed as he is seen in discomfort each time one gets destroyed. Harry and Nagini, due to having a part of Voldermort's soul in them, also feel the destruction. Before he dies, it is implied by his facial expression that Voldemort was aware that Nagini, his final Horcrux, was killed, thus making him mortal.
  • Voldemort caused his death in three ways. Firstly, by "killing" Harry, he unintentionally destroyed Harry as a Horcrux, as Voldemort was unaware he was a Horcrux. Secondly, he possibly forgot about Nagini due to his determination to kill Harry and remembered her after she died, and thirdly, as he was not the true owner of the Elder Wand, it recognized Harry as its owner and allowed his killing curse to rebound and kill him.
  • In Harry's opening scene beside Dobby's headstone, looking at his reflection in the shard of glass, the reflection briefly flashes the image of Aberforth Dumbledore (Ciarán Hinds). It is later revealed to be a shard of Aberforth's mirror, and the reflection is him watching over Harry and his friends.
  • According to the book, the date of Voldemort's death and the conclusion of the Battle of Hogwarts was May 2, 1998.
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