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  • Actor-Inspired Element: For the scene where we get to see Hermione's bedroom, Emma Watson told the set department to add more books. They obliged.
  • Billing Displacement: Michael Gambon received extremely high billing, despite only appearing in one scene towards the end.
  • Completely Different Title: Given that Deathly Hallows is nigh untranslatable, foreign versions use their local language's equivalent of an alternate title, Harry Potter and the Relics of Death.
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  • Content Leak: The book was leaked online via photos of each page four days prior to the release.
  • Creator Breakdown: The revelation that Harry was a Horcrux and his coming to terms with having to die coincided with Rowling struggling with her faith and belief in the afterlife.
  • Deleted Role: Stanislav Ianevski filmed scenes at the wedding as Viktor Krum. They ended up on the cutting room floor. Production stills show him dancing with Emma Watson.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • Near the beginning in Part I, where Dudley says goodbye to Harry and makes amends for all the bullying he used to do.
    • A scene was filmed for Part I where Tonks tells Molly she's pregnant, but it was cut for time. In a Freeze-Frame Bonus you can see her wearing a maternity gown at Bill and Fleur's wedding.
    • A deleted scene for Deathly Hallows: Part II would've shown Hagrid fighting the Death Eaters and ultimately being captured by them; as this was removed, Hagrid's first appearance is simply him already captured.
  • Fake Brit:
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    • Sort of. Kelly Macdonald is Scottish and adopts an I Am Very British accent for Helena Ravenclaw. Oddly enough Rowena Ravenclaw is described as "fair Ravenclaw from Glen", implying she was Scottish.
    • Straighter example with Domhnall Gleeson (Irish) who puts on an English accent as Bill Weasley. It sounds quite close to a stage school cockney accent, but he'd improve significantly in his later roles.
  • Fake Irish: Welsh actor Rhys Ifans does an Irish accent for Xenophilius Lovegood. His nationality is not mentioned in the books (and the audio books give him an English accent), but Evanna Lynch's Irish portrayal of Luna is so accepted that her father becomes Irish too.
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  • Follow the Leader: Following WB's decision to split this book into two films, many other franchises based off YA books did the same. Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent for one. Avengers: Infinity War likewise originally had 'Part 1' in the title, before the trend died out after The Divergent Series: Allegiant bombed; similarly, Justice League (2017) was originally planned to be a two-part film before being rewritten as a singular installment.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Most people guessed beforehand who R.A.B. was, Sirius' brother Regulus Black, with some even correctly guessing his middle name Arcturus, from his grandfather on the Black Family Tree. This was pretty much given away by the Dub Name Change, if one was willing to investigate — the Black family is named after the color in all translations, and R.A.B's initials were indeed changed accordingly.
    • Notably, Emerson (from MuggleNet) and Melissa (from The Leaky Cauldron) were given the opportunity to interview Rowling the day after the book was released, immediately after their first read through. They both guessed R.A.B.'s identity immediately.
    • Tara Gilesbie, of all people, correctly guessed Harry being a Horcrux and having to commit suicide to kill Voldemort.
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  • Jossed: A lot of readers had imagined that Ginny's name was short for Virginia. This book confirms her full name is actually Ginevra.
  • Method Acting: In order to play Hermione impersonating Bellatrix, Helena Bonham Carter watched Emma Watson act out the scene first and then copied what she did.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Sort of. Warwick Davis plays Griphook in this film, replacing Verne Troyer from the first film. But Davis had provided the voice in the first film, dubbing Troyer (who is American).
    • Nina Young played the Grey Lady in the first film. Now Kelly Macdonald plays her for her only speaking part.
    • Aberforth was played by an extra in the fifth film. Ciaran Hinds replaces him here.
    • A minor example. Mafalda Hopkirk's voice was provided by Jessica Hynes in the fifth film. She physically appears here played by Sophie Thompson. However, Emma Watson still provides the voice (as we only hear Mafalda speak while Hermione is impersonating her).
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Emma Thompson's sister Sophie Thompson plays Mafalda Hopkirk in Part 1. And, as well publicised, Brendan Gleeson's son Domhnall Gleeson plays Bill Weasley.
    • Tom Felton convinced his girlfriend Jade Gordon to appear as Draco's wife in the epilogue.
  • Spared by the Cut: Peter Pettigrew's death scene was cut for being too disturbing (he's killed by his own artificial hand).
  • Throw It In!:
    • The famous 'awkward Voldemort hug' was ad-libbed by Ralph Fiennes on set. Tom Felton was genuinely weirded out.
    • Evanna Lynch came up with Luna's eccentric dancing at the wedding herself.
    • Nick Moran ad-libbed Scabior's violent twist in the air when Bellatrix attacks him with her whip. Although the filmmakers loved it, Moran ended up having to repeat the stunt for several takes.
    • Helena Bonham-Carter and Emma Watson came up with the idea of Bellatrix carving 'Mudblood' into Hermione's arm on the spur of the moment, and it was put in.
  • Trolling Creator: Leading up the book's release, Rolling kept hinting that she may Torch the Franchise and Run by killing Harry so that no sequel books could be written about him. Which she did, but not permanently.
  • What Could Have Been: See subpage.
  • Word of God:
    • According to J. K. Rowling, Bellatrix was the one who killed Tonks, and Dolohov killed Remus.
    • Bill and Fleur's daughter Victoire was born on the date of the Battle of Hogwarts, two years later. Her name is French for 'victory'.
    • Inverted in that one of the few things she has never revealed is which house Albus Potter gets sorted into. That is, until Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, where it is revealed that he was sorted into Slytherin. While she didn't write the play, she did approve it.
  • Working Title: Harry Potter and the Elder Wand and Harry Potter and the Peverell Quest. The latter was rejected for being way too cheesy, but the former would have made a lot more sense, especially since the other Hallows (the Resurrection Stone and the Invisibility Cloak) aren't really important to the story the way the Wand is, except in the thematic sense. The Stone is only discovered towards the end and put to use exactly once, and while the Cloak sees a fair amount of use, it's nothing that Harry hasn't done before, and it isn't over-used. Though it must be noted that Harry only uses the Elder Wand once, to repair his original holly-phoenix feather one.

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