This post contains spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2.
I’ll talk about Part One first, then Part Two, and I’ll start by sharing what I like about the movie. Then I’ll share what I don’t like about the movie. I’ll end with my overall thoughts on both movies.
I like that Part One added the scene where Hermione uses obliviate on her parents. I also like the added foreshadowing for Ron and Hermione’s relationship. I also really like the addition of Harry being able to sense Horcruxes, as that foreshadows the reveal that he is a Horcrux. I like that the movie cuts the boring scenes.
I love the animations for “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” That’s so much fun to watch. I also really like the scene where Dobby rescues the trio and the other prisoners from Malfoy Manor.
I don’t like that the movie cut some things. I can’t forgive them for cutting Dudley’s goodbye. I’m sorry but that scene needs to be in the movie. They also cut Lupin’s offer to help the trio on their quest.
Harry’s supposed to be disguised using Polyjuice Potion at the wedding, but he’s not. There are inconsistencies with the Polyjuice Potion later in the movie too.
The movie doesn’t explain the taboo, and it doesn’t show the taboo in the coffee shop scene. Someone’s supposed to say Voldemort’s name, but they don’t. Because they didn’t trigger the taboo, they shouldn’t have encountered Death Eaters.
The movies stopped showing corporeal patronuses for some reason, which seems weird.
After Harry and Ron get the sword of Gryffindor from the frozen pool, Hermione asks Harry where her wand is since he was borrowing it. Harry says he doesn’t know, and the movie never reveals whether or not they located her wand.
All the scenes of them walking places are boring.
For Part Two, it also cut the boring stuff from the book. It also continued with Harry sensing Horcruxes. I like the addition of Neville and Luna’s relationship. I love the duel between Snape and McGonagall. Snape’s death is oddly touching, and I love watching his memories play out in the Pensieve. His unrequited love with Lily adds interesting depth to his character. One of Snape’s memories in the Pensieve shows Lily saying goodbye to Harry and that she loves him, but Snape wasn’t there to see that.
When Harry and Aberforth argue, Harry tells him they’re looking for Horcruxes, but that information is supposed to be a secret only the trio knows.
There are a bunch of students in the Room of Requirement who are too old to still be students, e.g. Cho and Katie. Luna is also there, but she’s supposed to be in hiding because she escaped Malfoy Manor. Hogwarts is run by Death Eaters, so she can’t exactly attend class.
What is with all the screaming when the students are gathered in the Great Hall before the battle? Also, why in the world did the movie not show the student evacuations? Most of the students were sent away for safety. The professors aren’t going to let underage witches and wizards be cannon fodder for the Death Eaters.
The movie leaves out some important information, and it leaves out some of Petunia Dursley’s characterization.
I am not a fan of the ending. I love how the book ends in the Great Hall with everyone watching Harry and Voldemort, and when Voldemort dies, he does so like a normal person, not the weird thing he does in the movie. I don’t like how the movie shows Voldemort and Harry away from everyone else and running through the castle and everything else. I also don’t like that Kreacher and the house elves were cut from the ending.
Lastly, I don’t like that Harry doesn’t fix his old wand using the Elder Wand in the movie. That’d be an easy scene to include.
Overall, I think these movies are a decent adaptation of the final Harry Potter book. There are some inconsistencies and changes that aren’t great, especially the climax. I’m upset the movies ruined the climax.
I do think breaking the final book into two movies was a good call. There are so many important scenes and events that not much can be cut to shorten the run time. The first part is a little lacking because it’s not supposed to stand by itself, but I really enjoy the second part except for the climax.
What do you think of these movies? Do you think they’re good adaptations? Do you agree the producers were right to divide the story into two parts? Let me know in the comments.