With the triumphant return of The Wizarding World in the wake of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the sequel for which is set for a November 2018 release), we’re running back through the Harry Potter series, examining the best of each in one “My Favorite Scene” column a month. This installment ends our eight month journey through the original Wizarding World series with the finale: Harry Potter and the Dealthly Hallows Part Two.
The seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series is split over two films and, unlike every other adaptation that has tried to milk extra box office cash from extending franchises, this choice is absolutely necessary to give an appropriate adaptation of the finale. I think the finale is the second best film of the eight. It delivers payoff after payoff moment, one of my favorite being the escape from Gringotts by our trio of heroes on the back of an albino dragon. If you do a dragon right, it’s almost impossible for me to not feature it in a My Favorite Scene column.
Deathly Hallows picks up on the dark tone from Dumbledore’s death at the end of Half-Blood Prince, and never lets you forget this is life or death; absolute war between Voldemort’s forces and the Wizarding World. Picking up where Dobby’s sacrifice left off, Part Two is the payoff for all the set up done in Part one. Harry, Ron and Hermione scramble to find the last Horcruxes, the secrets of the Deathly Hallows, and Voldemort marches on Hogwarts for a final magical battle for the ages that ends in a final duel between Harry and Voldemort that doesn’t disappoint.
Deathly Hallows brings us back home to Hogwarts as Snape is deposed as Headmaster, and the faculty prepare for the seige of Voldemort’s forces. Just when you think that the castle has offered up every secret it has to offer, Maggie Smith activates Hogwarts defenses and the magical fortress/school reveals another dimension in another wonderful scene that I will shamelessly sneak in here, as it also highlights the beautiful score Alexandre Desplat delivered for the finale.
Most of the character-building in Deathly Hallows takes place in part one, the exception being the final revelation of Snape’s story, the love he had for Harry’s mother as children, and how all he’s done for the cause, he’s done in her memory. The flashback scenes between Lily and Severus were so well-done, but what could be Alan Rickman’s final moment than his final moments?
Great Snape 8 of 8
To honor Severus Snape and the late Alan Rickman we have our final Great Snape Moment. Deathly Hallows has a devastating body count (Rowling really is ruthless), but Snape’s death is so awful because we finally understand him; we finally GET him, and just as we do, he’s gone. The only comfort being Harry there to hold him and to tell him he finally got it, and having his mother’s eyes, Snape was looking at something of Lily’s when he made his last sacrifice.
It would have been easy to end the book and the film on the triumphant note of Voldemort’s defeat, but Rowling doesn’t usually do the easy thing. The last scene of the film, is a pretty straight adaptation of the book’s epilogue: “19 Years Later”. Now 37, we see Harry and Ginny usher their boys on the train along with Ron and Hermione’s. There a nod between Draco and Harry as Draco puts his son, Scorpius on the Hogwarts Express (This is exactly where “book 8” or the stage play that I’m sure WB will try to make into a film when Fantastic Beasts is done, which will be about the time the trio will be around 37 years old). It’s Rowling’s statement that life goes on. The world keeps on turning whether we care or not. It’s also the open door to more stories (one more for Harry, and possibly many more to take place within the wider Wizarding World).
The journey through the series is now complete, and it’s been a blast revisiting these films. To check out the past entries: Sorcerer’s Stone click here , Chamber of Secrets click here; Prisoner of Azkaban here; The Goblet of Fire here; and The Order of the Phoenix here; and The Half-Blood Prince here , and The Deathly Hallows Part One here. See you for Fantastic Beasts 2 in 15 months.