Ten years ago, the acclaimed and memorable conclusion to the ‘Harry Potter’ saga debuted in Trafalgar Square in London, a week before its official release in theaters around the world. Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” was a huge success and ended one of the most important franchises in contemporary cinema.
Based on the eponymous novel by JK Rowling, the film continues the story of the previous chapter and sets up the final showdown between the titular wizard (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and Voldemort, the Dark Lord of the wizarding world (Ralph Fiennes), in a epic battle filled with twists, fears and emotions. Packed with countless statuettes, the feature film grossed over $ 1.3 billion at the box office, ranked third highest grossing production in history and remains Warner’s most successful work. Bros.
To celebrate its impending anniversary, CinePOP has put together a short list of ten behind-the-scenes trivia, which you can check out below:
IT’S ALL IMPROVISO
According to Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the franchise, the moment Voldemort hugs him was not in the script, having been an improvisation of Fiennes. Felton’s reaction to the stop, not knowing what to do, was genuine.
THE FURY OF TITAN
The iconic fight between Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) and Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) has been considered altered, pitting Harry against Snape. However, the idea was rejected by Rowling, who insisted the duel should involve the same characters as the novel – because it was a turning point for McGonagall.
Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have stated on several occasions in separate interviews that filming the kissing scene between Hermione and Ron, their respective characters, was an “extremely strange” experience, as the two still felt like “brother and sister”. Despite this, it took six takes to complete the streak (compared to ten for Harry and Ginny kissing and 30 for Harry and Cho).
In every sequence in which Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) appear together, she has always moved to the wizard’s right side, traditionally the position of her most loyal and trustworthy disciple.
When Harry, Ron, and Hermione arrive in Gringotts at the start of the film, Hermione took the Polyjuice Potion to disguise herself as Bellatrix and gain access to Godric Gryffindor’s sword. Before the footage was shot, Watson showed her interpretation to Carter so she would know how Hermione would react in a situation like this. So essentially the scene features Carter playing Watson, who plays Hermione playing Bellatrix.
LA BAGUETTE CHOOSES YOUR MAGICIAN
Each of the wands seen in the franchise was created on location. According to descriptions in the books, the chopsticks measured between 33cm and 38cm and were designed specifically for each character. That is, no wand was the same as another.
According to producer David Heyman, the first glimpse of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” lasted no less than five and a half hours, while the filming script ran to around 500 pages. This explains why the film was split in two.
SIBILA IS BACK
Due to her engagement in the fantasy sequel “Nanny McPhee and Lessons in Magic”, reports have indicated that Emma Thompson will not be able to reprise her role as Sibyl Trelawney in the feature film. However, she returned for a brief appearance at the end of the work, consoling those who had lost loved ones in battle.
Six of the eight films in the saga were nominated for an Oscar, for a total of twelve nominations. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” won three nominations (Best Art Direction, Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects) and, never having brought home any statuettes, the film sort victorious – but the result was not expected. In contrast, ‘Animais Fantásticos e Onde Habitam’, which takes place in the same universe, won the Oscar for best costume design.
DEATH IS JUST THE BEGINNING
Ahead of the publication of the last book, Radcliffe asked Rowling if Harry would die in the end. After an anxious silence, the novelist gave him a rather cryptic answer: “You have a death scene. She was of course referring to the moment Voldemort destroys the Horcrux he created in Harry, only for it to come back to life and destroy it.
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