But it’s okay because J.K Rowling approved it! With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows being split into two films fans are expecting just about everything from the book to be in the final movie. Part 1 ended with around 300+ pages left to go so Warner Bros. and director David Yates have plenty of time to give the franchise the send off it deserves.
But, as with most of the Potter films some changes have been made. We’ve already heard that the final battle between Harry and Voldemort has been beefed up to make it a bit more cinematic, and now it has been revealed that a key scene (one of my most anticipated) has been given a location change.
Art director Andrew Ackland-Snow told Cine Premiere Mexico magazine (via SnitchSeeker) that the location of Severus Snape’s death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II had been changed, with J.K. Rowling’s approval.
“We wanted to change a bit where Snape dies. In the book, he dies on the Shrieking Shack, and we wanted to get him out from, not a conventional interior, but from that kind of box, to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere. We asked J.K. if she agreed for that to happen in there, because we hadn’t really seen it before. We made a crystal house, and you can see what happens in the boat house from there – Are you listening Harry? -, but also the school is in flames…and she loved it. Besides, it’s a very romantic place to die. Snape dies in a extremely good way, I gotta say.”
Stuart Craig, who has been the production designer on all the Potter films, revealed that he actually shed a few tears following the shooting of this pivotal scene involving Snape, so it looks like Alan Rickman has given another amazing performance for the final film.
Fans might not be happy with changes like these, but seeing Snape breathing his final words to Harry as Hogwarts burns in the background should be quite something. I can’t wait to see this, along with the whole Battle of Hogwarts, in July.