It’s been 20 years since we first got to witness the marvel that was the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Over the years the fandom for that world has continued to increase and there are a lot of projects that continue to take us back to the world. It won’t have been possible without the masterpiece that was written by J. K. Rowling. Let’s take a look at a few of the moments from the final battle of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part I & II and how they differ from the book.
There is a certain divide between fans of the movies and the books even though both are equally revered. It is no wonder that there are a lot of differences between the books and movies, the movies cannot be absolutely accurate to the books. But there are some significant differences when it comes to the final chapter in the story that ended with the battle between Harry Potter and Voldemort. There are even moments that were not a part of the movie that got added into the books.
#1 The Midnight Ultimatum
The very first thing we hear before the battle begins at Hogwarts was Voldemort demanding the students to hand Harry over. Then Professor McGonagall orders the students to evacuate the school so that the Order of Phoenix and the Hogwarts teacher could fight Voldemort. This is actually quite similar to the book except for the condition that Voldemort provides the students also included until midnight. The movie sees him only giving them an hour. Voldemort also mentions, “I have great respect for the teachers of Hogwarts. I do not want to spill any blood.”
#2 The Ravenclaw Diadem
The very first Horcrux that Harry decides to destroy before he can fight Voldemort is the Ravenclaw diadem. The book actually sees Harry realizing the diadem when he has a telepathic moment with Voldemort. He then finds the Gray Lady with the help of Nearly Headless Nick. The movie sees Lunca Lovegood providing the idea that is indeed the diadem and also guiding Harry to the Gray Lady. The story behind the diadem is changed significantly in the movie as to the location of the diadem and the history associated with it.
#3 Seamus Blowing Up The Bridge
Seamus Finnigan’s tendency of setting things up on fire actually works out in the movie. McGonagall ends up giving Seamus permission to blow up the bridge to stop the Death Eaters from reaching Hogwarts during the battle. This was added into the movie and it actually pays off considering we had seen that arc over the years and it makes for an interesting culmination. But the book has a completely different narrative as the Death Eaters are not able to enter Hogwarts simply because of Voldemort’s orders.
#4 Room of Requirement
One of the most interesting parts of the Harry Potter mythology has to be the Room of Requirements. The movie and the book see the same thing as Harry has to get to the Room of Requirements in order to destroy the diadem. But the difference in the narrative takes place when the book doesn’t see him going there alone. He actually reunites with Ron and Hermoine before going in and they also find Ginny Weasly, Tonks, and Neville’s grandmother. The movie sees an alteration here as Harry meets up with his friends later in the room.
#5 Fred’s Death
The most tragic moment in the battle has to be the death of Fred. We don’t get to see what actually happened in this scene as his death occurs offscreen but the book actually has a complete scene for his death. In the book, the death is caused by an explosion that was due to Rookwood. Ron and Percy find out about this and they run after him but Hermione stops Ron because they had to find Nagini. The death did have an emotional impact in the movie but no one can deny the weight that the book carried for this scene.
#6 Snape’s Death
Harry discovers that Nagini is one of the Horcruxes of Voldemort and heads after it. But in order to find it, he has to go inside Voldemort’s mind and the movie shows that this scene happens in the boathouse but in the book, the events take place in the Shrieking Shack. In the movie, the trio uses the cloak to hide and go to discover the events that unfold in the boathouse. The book has a lot of exciting events that unfold during this particular moment as we see them come across a variety of events. Even the death of Snape is different in the books as here Snape actually picks his wand to defend himself whereas the same doesn’t happen in the movie.
#7 Lily Potter Memories
Harry Potter makes a rather interesting discovery following the events of Snape’s death. Snape requests him to go to Dumbledore’s Pensieve in order to watch his memories. We see a lot of interesting events take place here as we see Snape’s memories around Lily Potter. The movie actually indicates that Snape was rather close to Lily and things took a turn when Lily ends up meeting James. The book sees a certain difference in the narrative as Lily seems to be intrigued away from Snape when she ends up meeting James and Sirius. A rather interesting scene cut from the movie actually involved Snape trying to save Lupin’s life.
#8 Harry & Voldemort’s Duel
During the events of the Forbidden Forest, most of the narrative is rather similar in the book and movie. But the difference in the arc takes place when Harry actually ends up meeting Dumbledore in his afterlife. The movie sees the two talking about things that don’t really reveal much. But the book has a completely different narrative where we get to see Albus talking about Grindelwald. He narrates an incident where the Dark Lord is actually redeemed as he died trying to protect Dumbledore and the Elder Wand.
#9 Neville’s Moment
Neville actually gets one of the most honorable scenes when he talks up to Voldemort following Harry’s death. The movie actually sees Neville take his time before he decides to charge at Voldemort. But the book has a different arc as Neville is seen charging at him when Voldemort announces that Harry died when he was running away. Neville has some rather heroic moments in the movie that also include him chopping off Nagini with Godric Gryffindor’s sword. The book sees a different narrative where Voldemort actually mocks Neville by putting the Sorting Hat on his head.
#10 Final Duel
The final duel between Harry and Voldemort takes place outside Hogwarts but that is not actually the case in the book where this duel takes place in the Great Hall. There are a variety of battles that take place in the Great Hall. Some of these include Ron and Neville vs. Fenrir Greyback and Voldemort actually fights with McGonagall, Slughorn, and Kingsley. One of the most interesting moments in the book has to be when Harry calls Voldemort Tom in front of everyone. This is actually supposed to belittle Voldemort and it has its effect as Voldemort lashes out in fury. Even the aftermath of the battles shows that the trio walks into Dumbledore’s office as all the portraits applaud and praise them.