You’ve read the Harry Potter books, you know who lives and who dies (not everyone can survive an epic battle of good versus evil, after all), and so you know what to expect from the upcoming conclusion to the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”. There is a giant battle at Hogwarts, and some big names in the Potter universe aren’t going to make it out. At least you thought you knew what to expect. In an interview with Cine Premiere Mexico, via HPANA, Andrew Ackland-Snow, the art director for the film, dropped the news that one character death has been changed, and apparently changed with the blessing of writer J.K. Rowling.
Here’s what Ackland-Snow had to say, and a bit of advice, STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE CHANGES. You’ve been warned.
“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 boathouse 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.”
It remains to be seen if, or how, this will impact the rest of the story. Initially the alteration seems minor, and more cinematic in nature, but you never know how an apparently small modification can cause a ripple effect. Then again, maybe it won’t change a thing. How do you think this will impact the movie?
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” open on July 15, with all of the usual players involved.