"Harry Potter... 'The Boy Who Lived'...come to die."
The Grand Finale film of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was split into two films (Part 1 and Part 2), to cram in as much of the material as possible - and even that barely scratched the surface, according to some fans.Harry, Ron and Hermione's only hope to defeat Voldemort is destroying all his Horcruxes as he infiltratesthe Ministry of Magic. Nowhere is safe, all of their previous support is gone, and it's acomplete madhouse at Hogwarts.Both of the movies were critically acclaimed. Part 1 was the third highest-grossing movie of the yearnote behind Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland but had the highest opening, plus it was nominated for two Oscars. Part 2, on the other hand, brought the house down. It was one of the best reviewed movies of the year and grossed over a billion dollarsnote It is the 9th film to achieve this feat. and is one of the most commercially successful movies ever.Oh, and the split between Part 1 and Part 2 is at the end of chapter 23.
Tropes in these films:
open/close all folders
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Actor Allusion: The café has a promotional poster for Equus on the wall. It's hard to see in the movie itself, but visible in the special features.
Remus and Tonks in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene where Tonks is apparently about to announce her pregnancy too, but is interrupted. Their relationship is not mentioned again, until the resurrection stone scene in part 2 when Harry is magically aware of their son Teddy's existence.
A scene explaining the Taboo (Ron mentions hearing about it in the Ministry) was cut from Deathly Hallows – Part 1, so it's never explained despite its effects showing up in two plot-critical moments (the book-verbatim Death Eater attack in the café, and a new change to the Lovegood house scene where Xenophilius says Voldemort's name to summon Death Eaters), making them seem like Diabolus ex Machina rather than a jinx. It also saves the writers some trouble, because through the movies they have been downright spotty about wizards saying Voldemort's name, a feature which was important in the books.
The reason why Harry doesn't realize Bathilda Bagshot is possessed by Nagini in the seventh film is because he is a Parselmouth — snake-talk appears to him as human speech, unlike the gibberish it is to others. In the movie, we hear him and possessed Bathilda talk in Parseltongue from an observer's viewpoint.
Adaptational Villainy: Unlike his counterpart in the books, who was definitely under the Imperius Curse, Pius Thicknesse is implied to have joined the Death Eaters and Voldemort of his free will.
He seems very tense compared to the other Death Eaters in the room, most noticeably when Nagini is slithering by his feet. It can be inferred that he may have been coerced into cooperating against his will, while not actually being under the Imperius Curse.
Adult Fear: Induced during the fight with Nagini, Harry falls through a wall and Nagini follows him; the room at the other side? A nursery... now with a GIANT snake in it. Eep...
It's also an allusion to the fact that Harry was a baby in Godric's Hollow, and thus it's not the first time he was involved in a fight in a nursery there.
A Nazi by Any Other Name: The movie shows a snippet of Hermione's torture from the book, except instead of just hearing her disembodied screams, we also see Belatrix doing...something with the dagger in her hand to Hermione's arm. When we see her arm, we can see that Lestrange carved "Mudblood" into the inside of Hermione's forearm, much like how the Nazis tattooed numbers into the forearms of the Jews in concentration camps.
Artifact of Doom: The locket; the locket caused Harry and Ron's tempers to flare and tried to tempt Ron into killing Harry when it was opened by preying on his fears and jealousy.
Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Of all of the many hundreds of Ministry of Magic workers the trio could have used for polyjuice potion, Hermione becomes a petite brunette, Harry becomes an average height guy with black hair, and Ron is, wait for it, a tall ginger. Justified since the trio are implied to have scouted the Ministry before going in and picked which people they were going to impersonate, though arguably the sensible thing to do would've been to find people who looked nothing like them.
In an example of Fridge Brilliance, though, it is established in both the books and the film that when the polyjuice potion starts to wear off, for a few minutes you get a blend of the real and disguised features. By picking people that look like them, they can squeeze a few extra minutes out of the potion. Also, since they only get one shot at this, they need to be as comfortable as possible — they need a form they can quickly adapt to. This is noted in the books by Hermione when she polyjuices into Bellatrix, and by Harry when he polyjuices into a plump red-haired boy to resemble the Weasleys.
Ax-Crazy: Continuing from the last two movies, Bellatrix Lestrange.
Voldemort had a couple of them, most notably when he found out the the trio stole the Hufflepuff Cup from Gringotts. He killed the goblin who brought him the message and anyone else who was around and couldn't get away fast enough.
An overlooked reaction was Harry to seeing Ginny almost killed by Bellatrix. Originally going after Voldemort, he changed direction upon seeing that, but was passed by Molly, described above.
Breather Episode: This film notably takes a break from frantically trying to cram as much plot as it can into the movies, instead focusing on long, atmospheric shots of the characters and scenery. It really emphasizes how the Power Trio are now on their own.
Brick Joke: After Ron leaves in the seventh movie, Hermione ties her scarf to a tree just before she and Harry disapparate. They apparate back into the same location and run into a gang of Snatchers. The leader is wearing Hermione's scarf. It is also the same Snatcher who smelled her perfume while walking through the woods.
Chekhov's Gun: When the Power Trio is attacked in the café, Ron uses the deluminator to put out the lights. This is the light in the deluminator that he later uses to find Harry and Hermione when he wanted to come back to them.
Cliff Hanger: At the end, Voldemort obtaining the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's grave.
Continuity Nod: When Harry and Hermione arrive in Godric's Hollow, Hermione says she still thinks they should have used polyjuice potion. (In the book, they do use polyjuice potion, but in the film its cheaper and more moving for the graveyard scene, to use the actual actors.)
Crapsack World: Seen when the Golden Trio are wandering through Britain, with Scenery Porn of beautiful yet cold and empty fields and highways, the scorched remains of a caravan park where the Death Eaters have struck, and their dark contrails overhead.
The scene where Hermione is brutally interrogated by Bellatrix Lestrange. It happens offscreen in the book, but you get to see plenty of it in the film adaptation, and it strongly resembles rape.
The Nazi-esque posters and pamphlets being printed from the same film. Another Nazi-esque bit of symbolism is Bellatrix carved Hermione's arm with "Mudblood", which is reminiscent of the serial numbers tattooed onto the forearms of interns in concentration camps.
Downer Ending: Although our heroes have escaped from Malfoy Manor, they are broken by the setback (especially poor Hermione, who was brutally interrogated by Bellatrix) and Dobby is dead. Also, to top it all off, Voldemort has found the Elder Wand, which apparently guarantees that Voldemort will triumph over Harry and his friends. Oh, and the Ministry of Magic is still under the control of the Death Eaters.
Dragon Hoard: When breaking into the LeStrange vault to steal the golden Cup of Helga Hufflepuff, Harry, Ron and Hermione have to pass one of Gringotts' captive guard dragons.
Dying Moment of Awesome: Dobby in the book and movie, after he was stabbed by Bellatrix. "Such a beautiful place, to be with friends..." *sobsob*
Eat The Camera: In Deathly Hallows Part 1, Voldemort kills Charity Burbage, a professor at Hogwarts whom he considered repugnant for supporting Muggles. He tells his huge pet snake Nagini that "dinner is ready", and she slithers across the table, until the camera enters her mouth as she starts devouring Burbage's corpse.
Eureka Moment: Hermione gets one while she's cutting Harry's hair.
Fanservice: The nude kissing scene between Horcrux!Harry and Horcrux!Hermione is this to male and female fans alike.
Fascinating Eyebrow: Emma Watson finally managed control over her infamous overacting eyebrows to be able to just raise one to punctuate the joke of Ron trying to win Hermione over by "voting" for her idea to see Xenophilius Lovegood.
Gory Discretion Shot: Inverted and played straight with the discovery of Bathilda Bagshot's body in Deathly Hallows – Part 1. While you don't see her body, as it is being used by Nagini like a suit, the indication that Bagshot was brutally murdered is the rather large and gruesome pool of blood dripping from the ceiling of her house.
Green-Eyed Monster: The locket turns Ron into this by inflaming his insecurity about his relationship to Hermione, which sparks jealousy over her appearing to dote on Harry. Part of his motivation for abandoning them is seeing them coming back from the close call with the Snatchers and thinking they've been doing... something else.
The Guards Must Be Crazy: The snatchers fail to confiscate Ron's Deluminator and Harry's piece of mirror, despite the fact that one is a magical device and the other a potential weapon. Perhaps justified in that the wizarding world tends to focus on spells and wands, rather than the vast number of different weapons that Muggles use.
Hammerspace: Hermione's bag. Justified by the 'Undetectable Extension Charm' she placed on it, mentioned in both book and film.
Headphones Equal Isolation: The waitress at the diner is in the kitchen with her back turned and headphones playing music on, and doesn't hear the loud and destructive wand battle between the Trio and a pair of Death Eaters.
Hoist By Their Own Petard: What ultimately drives Ron to destroy the locket is the soul fragment presenting itself as Harry and Hermione mocking him and then making out, the very thing it was driving him to think was happening earlier on.
I Have You Now, My Pretty: Scabior, the head Snatcher. After he captures Hermione, calls her "My lovely" and sniffs her hair. The actor Nick Moran told Entertainment Weekly they cut out his line: "You're going to be my favorite."
Insistent Terminology: When Dobby refers to Mundungus Fletcher as a thief, he insists that he is instead a "purveyor of rare and wondrous objects."
Intro Dump/Infodump: Scene Two, when Bill Weasley introduces himself, his injury from Grayback and his impending wedding, as well as Tonks and Lupin already being married. Partly justified, in the sheer number of subplots left to die in the previous movies. Particularly notable because none of those characters pop up again during that specific film.
Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Kreacher, after capturing Mundungus, pretty much used this trope to force him to reveal who he sold Slytherin's Locket to, and then (although by accident rather than deliberately, due to the shock of the revelation of who he sold it to) scalded him.
Lame Pun Reaction: Never mind the fact that his brother just had his ear cut off; Fred is disgusted beyond belief that, with the world of ear-related humor before him, George went with holey.
This may be a Stealth Pun on St George, patron saint of England
Leave Your Quest Test: Depressed after Ron walks out on them and Voldemort's forces are all-powerful, Hermione suggests that she and Harry just stay hidden by the river where they're camped out and grow old together. It's doubtful she's serious, but it's a telling moment for this normally driven character.
Musical Spoiler: Whenever the Slytherin locket is influencing someone's behavior, there is a characteristic, high-pitched noise. The noise appears when Harry talks to Bathilda Bagshot in her home, hinting early that she is in fact Nagini.
Oblivious Janitor Cut: While the hero trio is attacked at the diner, the waiter/cook is in the kitchen, blithely listening to music on her headphones.
Harry gets one while wandering around, away from civilization, for weeks at a time. At one point, we see Hermione cutting his hair (manually, with a pair of scissors), so he may also have shaving equipment that, because of his circumstances, he can't use daily. Or maybe Daniel Radcliffe didn't want to grow his facial hair out further, but the director wanted another visual indicator of Harry's "on the run" status.
Lucius Malfoy from both Hallows films, his dishevelment symbolizing how far he's fallen from Voldemort's graces.
P.O.V. Cam: As Harry is dragged out of the frozen pond.
Shoot the Dog: At the start, before the crew are about to fly off, Harry lets Hedwig go. She comes back and attacks one of the Death Eaters chasing Harry during the Battle for Little Whinging, and ends up taking a Killing Curse.
Took a Level in Badass: Ron takes a small but noticeable level between Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows – Part 1, possibly in response to some fans criticising how he was made into a bit too much of a comic relief in the previous six movies. In Hallows he becomes a more mature and reliable sidekick, and some of his greatest moments in the last two movies even have him acting more confident and determined than in the books. After destroying the locket in the book, Ron is understandably upset and is comforted by Harry, while in the film he's rather upbeat about it, and casually quips that there are now "only three to go!"
The final fight between Harry and Voldemort. In the books, Harry appears from beneath his invisibility cloak in the midst of the battle to deliver a Shut Up, Hannibal! to Voldemort, just before the Dark Lord tosses a killing curse at him, which backfires horribly. Again. In Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the fight sprawls the entire breadth of the castle, from Voldemort stalking him in the hallways, battling in the Astronomy Tower, and pulling a Freefall Fight before landing in the courtyard, where they engage in a Beam-O-War duel which Harry wins when his Expelliarmus reaches Voldy. Yes, it is just as epic as it sounds.
We also get to see Ron and Hermione enter the Chamber of Secrets, showing a scene only referred to in the books.
Adaptation Explanation Extrication: The material is re-introduced in several ways in Hallows Part 2: merely knowing that Bellatrix was afraid of what they might have taken from her vault lets him know a Horcrux is there, and once they get inside, Harry's scar gives him a Spider-Sense, letting him track down the object in question (a cup, theoretically Helga Hufflepuff's but maybe anybody's). This same ability allows him to learn that Nagini is a Horcrux, and another is connected to Rowena Ravenclaw, and later to sense the presence of the diadem in the Room of Requirement, hidden in a velvet jewel box instead of sitting on a warlock statue.
Dumbledore is set up over the course of parts one and two as being not as kind and fatherly as he appeared. Now, in the book, all of this finally comes together and Dumbledore is revealed to still have been a good man who in the end essentially arranges Voldemort's downfall. But in the movie, most of his conversation with Harry at King's Cross is cut, and the subplot is left dangling. (Conversely, most of the explicit references to Dumbledore's dark side, such as his brief alliance with Grindelwald and his complicity in the death of his sister, don't get a mention either, so all that's left are a few vague hints of wrongdoing.)
Anti-Climax: Averted in the film - in the book the climax takes about three pages or so. In the film, however, Harry and Voldemort have an epic duel for five minutes, with Voldemort flying around all over Hogwarts and Harry holding on for dear life. Then their wands induce a Priori Incantatem-likeBeam-O-War, and they duel for almost a minute before Neville cuts Nagini in two, which causes Voldemort to disintegrate due to all the Horcruxes being destroyed and his strength weakening to the point where his killing curse slowly rebounds on him.
Back for the Finale: Pomona Sprout, Ollivander, the Sorting Hat, even the Chamber of Secrets and the Basilisk (though only in skeletal form).
Harry: C'mon Tom. Lets finish this the way we started. Together.
Big Damn Heroes: Neville jumping out to kill Nagini with the Sword of Gryffindor.
The Big Damn Kiss: Between Ron and Hermione after destroying the Hufflepuff's Cup Horcrux and being engulfed in a torrent of water caused by it.
Big "NO!": Happens a lot. Ginny Weasley cries a couple of rather impressive ones when it is believed that Harry, who she's been deeply in love with through the whole series, is dead.
Bond Villain Stupidity: While Voldemort has insisted that he has to be the one to kill Harry, evidently that does not extend to personally making sure he's absolutely dead.
In the climax, Voldemort has Harry tied up in his robes. When we get back to the duo after a cut to the hunt for Nagini, he is just slapping him. Harry, the boy he had set out to kill, is defenseless in front of him, and he's resorting to slapping when he could kill him at any time with the Elder Wand. This may, however, qualify as a result of his Villainous Breakdown.
Similarly, a darker version of this trope is done with the Grey Lady (the tower ghost Luna takes Harry to see), who mimics a lot of Moaning Myrtle's gestures to Ron back in the second film, while a Horcrux was the topic of discussion in both situations, a Horcrux moreover that directly relates to the character on an important and personal level (the diary's personal thing being that Myrtle's death is how it was created), possibly showing that a Horcrux is extremely disturbing to the dead.
Cleavage Window: On Hermione when she arrests their fall in Gringots, due to her wearing Bellatrix's clothes.
Combat Tentacles: During the final fight between Harry and Voldemort, Voldemort briefly uses the longer parts of his robes to ensnare Harry.
Demoted to Extra: Anybody who isn't Harry, Ron, Hermione, Voldemort, Snape, McGonagall, Neville, or Luna only ends up with a couple of lines or a one-scene minimum.
Dumbledore (posthumously) can arguably be an aversion of this, considering he has an entire five-minute scene with Harry (taking place in Harry's mind) as well as appearing prominently in flashbacks, and more lines than most of the other characters.
Hagrid in particular only appears near the end of the movie, where he is found captured by the Death Eaters without an explanation and carries Harry back to the castle after Voldemort supposedly kills him. Then, after the battle, he reunites with Harry.
Dissonant Serenity: Neville gets this after waking up from Voldemort's knock-out blow. It's so bad, he's actually completely oblivious to another fighter being thrown back not more than 3 feet from where he is. Did we mention that the guy getting thrown back was on fire?
Snape's death scene is even more graphic than the book, with Voldemort slashing Snape's throat open with Sectumsempra then having Nagini finish him, with blood splattering on the walls. And this is coming from filmmakers who cut Wormtail's death scene due to "suicide" (which it technically wasn't) being too "graphic."
It's debatable as to which is more graphic. In the book Nagini bit him several times and, while no blood is specifically stated to have splattered, it did gush from his mouth, ears, nose and eyes, along with the memory that Harry has to collect and put into a phial for evidence. And there is a discretion shot in the movie.
From the same film, Bellatrix's death. In the book, Molly simply hit her with an unidentified spell that killed her instantly. In the film, a spell causes her corset to tighten (likely crushing her internal organs and ribs) and is hit by another that blows her into embers.
Finish Him!: Voldemort says this to his pet Nagini after slashing Snape's throat open with Sectumsempra at the boathouse.
Gory Discretion Shot: Severus Snape's death. Even then it's a Nothing Is Scarier moment as we see only a view through a dirty window, but can hear clearly the sound of the snake striking him again and again.
Hooked Up Afterwards: We never really see Harry and Ginny have a proper relationship in the films - they do towards the end of the book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry breaks it off for Deathly Hallows because he doesn't want Ginny involved in the danger. However in the films we just see longing glances and essentially two kisses, leading to a Hooked Up Afterwards for the time skip.
I Always Wanted to Say That: Said by Professor McGonagall of all people, after using the Piertotum Locomotor spell. Considering whatit does, can you blame her? Especially cute is the schoolgirl giggle she gives after delivering the line.
Loophole Abuse: Done by Griphook after he double crosses the trio during the raid on Bellatrix's vault at Gringotts.
Griphook:I said I'd get you in. I never said anything about letting you out!
Million Mook March: Averted when Voldomort's men think they've won they just shuffle wearily across the bridge to Hogwarts, exhausted after fighting all night.
Mundane Made Awesome: The way the movie handles Neville killing Nagini. If it wasn't for the slow motion, lack of sound, and the Visual Effects of Awesome, it probably would have turned out much more embarrassing than it looked.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Voldemort vs. Harry in the expanded fight scene. As Voldemort's wand won't work, he retorts to using his fists to give Harry a pummeling.
Oh Crap: The students gasp when Snape pulls out his wand but back away, screaming at the sight of Professor McGonagall; they back away even more when she fires her first spell, for they can see that shit has hit the fan and will not be coming off of it for a while.
Precision F-Strike: As mentioned just above this sentence, Molly Weasley's line from the novel is kept intact.
Redemption Rejection: In the film, Draco is called by his parents to join the Death Eaters, and he gets several long seconds of worry before siding with them. "Them" being his parents, not the Death Eaters. During the final battle, he and his parents flee Hogwarts instead of staying and fighting for Voldemort.
Skyward Scream: Voldemort does this in his death scene. The effect of the rebounding death curse starts to disintegrate him, and he lets out a last, haunting scream as he turns to the sky and breaks up into nothing.
One of the biggest laughs is, after the final battle, whilst all the main characters are resting and congratulating themselves, Argus Filch, a Squib with no magical ability, starts to clean up the mess with a push broom.
Unskilled, but Strong: Harry is able to stand toe to toe with Voldemort by the time the eighth film rolls around due to this, though without Voldemort's knowledge and experience he is left running away much of the time. This is notable because up until this point anyone Voldemort has battled has been slaughtered, like the goblins and workers in Gringotts, or the human guards at Azkaban. Dumbledore, described by most characters as the most powerful wizard alive (for awhile, anyway) is only able to fight him to a stalemate, making Harry's strength all the more remarkable.
Urban Legends: Word flits around the Internet that the boy (Arthur Bowen) playing Albus Severus Potter also played the baby Harry back in the original film. Cool as it sounds, this is untrue. The baby was played by a set of triplets with the last name of "Saunders", and Arthur Bowen was 2 years old when the first film was being made.
Villainous Breakdown: It's safe to say that this happens to Voldemort as the film progresses as his Horcruxes are destroyed. This results in him randomly killing Pius Thicknesse when he asks Voldy if he's alright. Of course, the murder is completely in line for the guy. By the end of the night even Bellatrix is tip-toeing around him.
Voice of the Resistance: Sends out the message to Remus & co. "Abrupt weather report; lightning has struck! I repeat, lightning has struck!"
Wormtail's death is cut from Deathly Hallows – Part 1, but Wormtail doesn't appear at all in Part 2. Timothy Spall was originally intended to reprise the role in Part 2, suggesting that he was intended to be killed off anyway, but his part ended up being cut. Some believe Dobby's attack killed him, or that he is among those killed by Voldemort at the beginning of Part 2 after the Gringotts scene.
Crabbe fits this trope when he doesn't appear in Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (where Goyle does), although there was a reason the filmmakers cut him out (his actor Jamie Waylett was arrested for possession of drugs). Still, it wouldn't have been too hard to at least give mention to him in the Room of Requirement scene.
Filmmakers prefer not to give mention to forever-absent characters as it draws explicit attention to their disappearance, pulling the audience away from the moment at hand; this was Christopher Nolan's reasoning to not mention The Joker in The Dark Knight Rises.
You and What Army?: Neville completes his transformation into a badass when he says this to taunt the Death Eaters when they try to get past the protective enchantments and three of them end up disintegrating. It's all the more awesome considering Neville says this to about a thousand Death Eaters who are inches away from attacking.