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Welcome to WatchTank and today we are counting down picks to reveal the ten subtle things, which you have missed while watching ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’.
But, before we venture into that, how about a trip down the memory lane?
For most of the millennials, they have spent a significant part of their childhood with ‘the boy who lived’, (You exactly know what I mean, right?!)
Harry James Potter, or better known as Harry Potter, is a fictional character by author J.K. Rowling who realized that he is a wizard on his 11th birthday. The book which has seven editions, was later made into a movie. The first installment of, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was released in 1997. The last of this series was ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ which got released into two parts in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Now, that was some sheer nostalgia, right?! So, what is the wait for?
Let us delve deep and reveal the ten things which we guess; you have missed while watching ‘the chosen one’.
10. The continuity problem
The movie ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ suffers from a bit of continuity in the transition from the book to the movie. Did the Pottermaniacs’ take notice there? When Ron asked Harry how would he know how the Hufflepuff Cup looks like, Harry claims to have it seen before. However, we didn’t come across any riddle flashback in the previous installment, i.e. the ‘The Half-Blood Prince’. So, this makes little sense while placed in the movies. See, now you get it correct.
9. The bitterness between Dumbledore and Harry
In ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’, we have Ciaran Hinds as portraying the role of Dumbledore. While it is not mentioned in the book, there is a certain tension between the two actors in the movie. Even you thought the same, right?!
The concealed bitterness between Hinds and Radcliffe makes the scene so much real. Hinds ‘Dumbledore’ is not only grumpy and short-tempered but also has an underlying bitterness that makes Harry’s outburst truly justified.
The way Hinds comes right out and says, “I don’t care that you’ve given up,” you can’t help but hate him. Radcliffe’s Harry also plays this part with much care and ease. It is the place where Harry truly comes behaves like an adult, and we can’t help but fall in love with him, all over again.
8. The famous wand fight
All the Potter fans can never forget the public fight between Snape and Professor McGonagall. Frankly, this was very cool. Actor Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) reportedly faced a problem with the scene, top make this fight look real.
He had almost worshipped Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), as an actor almost his entire life. Couldn’t even imagine it giving her a hard time. If you inspect at Snape’s movement, you find that he is not attacking. Rather, he is changing courses so that the fire from the wand would hit the death heaters behind him.
7. Ron and Hermoine’s First Kiss
The first kiss is always special, right?! We all longed for the first kiss to happen between Ron and Hermoine. Yes, it occurred. Both of them were filled with emotions after destroying a Horcrux in the Chamber of Secrets. It’s portrayed most adorably, but instead of feeling all excited and romantic, we were sobbing.
Besides, apart from this first kiss, the book also has quite a few mood cheering moments that didn’t get portrayed in the film.
The makers must have missed it for sure.
6. Actor getting replaced
Another moment of awkwardness in this last installment of the Harry Potter series was the fact that Crabbe was missing from the scene. This was because the actor who was portraying Crabbe, got arrested for drug possession. This led to a replacement by the actor Blaise Zabini.
This got clearer during the Room of Requirement scene, and Goyle casting and perishing in the Fiendfyre. It feels mostly awkward because you don’t have any clue what happened to Crabbe. Did Draco not ask him along? Was his family being held hostage by Voldemort? Or is he dead? On the good part, Blaise, as an actor, did well.
5. The moment where we shed a tear for Snape
Throughout the entire series, we hated Professor Snape. Even you did, right?! However, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’, changed that all. Alan Rickman was a fantastic actor. His portrayal of Professor Severus Snape saddened the audience like nobody else.
The person whom we hated with all might, by his superb acting, changed that entire hatred to sympathy. You know that you observing a true artist when you truly felt for a character, whom you would have hated in reality. Truly, an inspiration to watch out.
4. No dramatic death for Lord Voldemort
We hoped, really hoped, that Lord Voldemort’s would be very dramatic. However, all hopes went to vain. There is nothing like an actual show in front of the school, not a single conversation between Harry and
Voldemort where he asks the later to work for remorse, and no mention of the several mistakes that the Dark Lord has made with the Elder Wand, and Professor Dumbledore’s plans. The fans were much disappointed as the end occurred abruptly, minus a real showdown.
However, what we are the loud shrieks and a lot of mindless actions. The makers were too eager to end the shot. Voldemort also didn’t die like a man, which ruined all the delicious themes Rowling had slowly built up over these years through her books.
3. Neville’s speech and the fight that followed
Neville gave a dramatic speech that it mattered nothing if Harry’s dead, and that also doesn’t stop the fight as they are in a war. This speech won hearts. It seemed better than the book and showed Neville’s maturity. However, Harry Potter ruined it all. His entry with the Sword of Gryffindor made the war sloppy. They deceived Neville of getting that moment of honor in favor of getting all excited with Harry’s comeback. Don’t you think this was a poor choice that Neville has just rallied the troops effectively and defied Voldemort? The moment was destroyed there, and while recreating it, the battle lost its pace.
2. Strange chase sequence
Following Neville’s speech and Harry’s entry, we have this very awkward chase scene through the castle. Here, Voldemort keeps using his silky-scarves off his robes, in attempts to strangle people? I mean, who does that? Is this the way to articulate the final action sequence? Then, he drives them both out of a window, and it seemed like Harry is attempting suicide, with no solid plan. What a farce!
Now, before reaching the finale scene, we have a few honorary mentions.
- The scene between Dumbledore and Potter
The scene in the woods between Dumbledore and Harry is nailed to perfection. Precisely, Gambon has always been the perfect choice for Dumbledore. Throughout the sequence, he looked so serene. And the background color palette is just on-point.
- Subtle mention of the Deathly Hallows
‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire’ (2005) had subtle references of the Deathly Hallows. Dumbledore makes Harry understand the truth behind Barty Crouch, Jr. before the Triwizard Tournament’s final event.
The two are in Professor Dumbledore’s office for the discussion. In a single shot, Dumbledore turns and faces a glass display case with several magical objects.
To the left of this frame, there is a visible pyramid with a circle in the middle. This is the sign for the Deathly Hallows that becomes significant later on in the franchise. You missed that, right?!
1. Breaking the wand
This was hilarious. Harry informs Ron and Hermione about him being the master of the Elder Wand. Harry is never seen repairing his wands. But, in this scene, he is seen breaking it into two halves. Like seriously?! All this is so easy? You want to rid of a powerful magical object, so just break it into pieces. Get the deal done then clap your hands together and feel proud as you have done your work as the Chosen One. Who would buy that?!
That is the end of that list. However, no matter how much we criticize, the end of this movie kind of bought an emptiness. It seemed like suddenly we are all grown up. Part 2 felt like the grand finale of any event. Over the years, we have loved this boy with a scar and would continue to do so.
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