According to Tom Felton, Voldemort awkwardly hugging Draco was not scripted but an improvisation by Ralph Fiennes. Felton's reactions of stopping dead in his tracks, not knowing what to do, is genuine.
The fight between McGonagall and Snape was considered to be changed into Potter against Snape instead. The idea was scrapped by J.K. Rowling, who insisted that the duel should involve the same characters as them in the novel, as she saw it as a key moment for Maggie Smith's character.
When Harry goes into the Room of Requirement, in the bottom left hand corner, there is the knight that Ron rides from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). Also present, are the Cornish Pixies set loose by Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). The set is made entirely out of props from all the flims, around 72 containers of props, to be exact.
Every wand, seen in every film in the franchise, was created on-site. Taking the lead from descriptions in the books, each wand was thirteen to fifteen inches long, and created specifically for each character. No two wands were alike.
Harry's lightning bolt scar was applied by make-up teams approximately 5,800 times by the end of the series. Daniel Radcliffe had the scar applied 2,000 times while the rest were applied to stunt doubles and stand-ins.
When Harry, Ron, and Hermione enter Gringotts near the beginning, Hermione has taken Polyjuice Potion to disguise herself as Bellatrix. Before the scene was shot, Emma Watson acted out the scene for Helena Bonham Carter so she would know how to act as if she were Hermione in this situation. So, essentially, this scene is Carter acting like Watson who is acting like Hermione acting like Bellatrix.
If one were to attempt to watch all eight films in one sitting, it would take roughly 18 hours and 20 minutes (this is presuming one would not include sitting through the lengthy end credits of each film).
As with the first half of the film, Warwick Davis's company, Willow Personnel Management (named after Willow (1988), in which Davis played the title role), was called upon, to provide little people, to portray the goblins at Gringotts.
As the train with the next generation of children on board leaves Kings Cross Station, at the end of the final scene of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 heading towards Hogwarts. The song playing over the scene, is the same one as the last scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) where Harry waves goodbye to Hagrid, and leaves on the train to head home from Hogwarts. The song is titled "Leaving Hogwarts". Officially ending the franchise, besides Hedwig's Theme.
Rupert Grint and Emma Watson stated in an interview that they both had casts made of their buttocks ("bum casts") which were used to make the bicycle-like seats mounted on the broomsticks in order to make them more comfortable to ride.
This is the only entry in the series not to feature an arrangement of John Williams' "Hedwig's Theme" playing over either the Warner Bros. logo or the title at the beginning of the film. The theme is, however, used several times throughout the rest of the movie, including an extended performance at the beginning of the end credits.
Upon release, it set the record of the highest-grossing opening weekend ever, with 169.2 million dollars (previously held by The Dark Knight (2008), which earned 158.4 million dollars in its opening weekend). The record was broken again, ten months later, by The Avengers (2012), which earned 207.4 million dollars in its first three days.
The House of Black is one of the largest wizard families in the wizard world. Although it is "extinct in the male line," meaning that essentially nobody bears the surname anymore, many characters in the film are connected to that family. Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) returns for one scene. Two of his cousins are Bellatrix Black Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) and her sister, 'Narcissa Black Malfoy (Helen McCrory), and thus, by extension, Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) as well. Nymphadora Tonks (Natalia Tena) is the daughter of Andromeda Black. A Calidorra Black married Harfang Longbottom, grandfather of Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis. Dorea Black married Charles Potter, making James (Adrian Rawlins) and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) members of that family as well. Ironically, Cedrella Black married Septimus Weasley, making the Weasley and Black clans, who loathe each other, family as well.
Kate Winslet was first considered for and reportedly offered the role of Helena Ravenclaw. The role was rejected by her agent before she was able to consider it, believing that Winslet would not want to "follow suit with every other actor in Britain by being a part of Harry Potter". The role subsequently went to Kelly Macdonald.
It was reported that a huge blaze wrecked the Hogwarts set, after a battle scene went spectacularly wrong. According to the report, explosives used in action sequences, set light to scenery for the wizardry school, and that firefighters battled for forty minutes to bring the flames under control, but the set - centerpiece for the films Battle of Hogwarts climax - was left badly damaged. It was later confirmed, that the fire was greatly exaggerated, and that the set that had been damaged, was going to need to be rebuilt anyway, for use in another scene. Some actors were still filming at the studio, but none of the movie's biggest stars - Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, or Rupert Grint - were involved. No one was injured.
Six of the eight Harry Potter movies have been nominated for an Oscar, totaling twelve nominations in the franchise. This final film was nominated for three Academy Awards in 2012, and since the franchise had never won an Oscar, there was some expectation that this movie would do it. When the film failed to win any of them, it became film history that the Harry Potter franchise never won an Oscar.
In the penultimate scene, you can see that Harry destroys the Elder Wand and heaves it overboard. However, in the book, he uses it to mend his own wand (that he claims he is contented with), since the Elder Wand was the only wand capable of mending broken wands. He then returns the Elder Wand back to Dumbledore's grave, and hopes to die of natural causes himself. This will leave the wand without a legitimate master and will cause it to lose its power.
Throughout the entire series, no teacher has ever made it past a single year teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts. Year one, Professor Quirrell. Year two, Gilderoy Lockhart. Year three, Professor Lupin. Year four, Mad-Eye Moody/Barty Crouch, Jr. Year five, Dolores Umbridge. Year six, Professor Snape. And then, mentioned is Death Eater Amycus Carrow (Neville mentions they practice Curses on first years). In the books, it is implied that Voldemort once requested the post, and subsequently Cursed it when he did not get it. After Voldemort's death, this Curse is lifted.
This movie, the last in the Harry Potter franchise, has the equal highest number of Academy Award nominations by a Harry Potter movie, totaling three. The other entry to do this, was the first film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). This is the only Harry Potter movie to be Oscar nominated for the Best Make-Up and Hairstyling Academy Award.
Of the three main actors, Rupert Grint was the only one who never seriously considered leaving the franchise at some point. Daniel Radcliffe thought about leaving after the third film, and Emma Watson after the fifth. Neither did depart, however, and all three actors stayed on for all eight films.
It is possible that Neville Longbottom has killed the most people in the film franchise on screen - with dozens of Voldemorts followers probably dying after Neville destroys the bridge in the final installment.
Even though Dumbledore never mentioned what happened to his late sister Ariana, his brother Aberforth claimed Dumbledore 'sacrificed' many things including their sister. This implies that even though Dumbledore may not have killed his sister, it was his ambitions in the past that lead to her death. The book indeed confirms that Dumbledore and his friend Grindelwald had ambitious plans to establish a Wizard World Order, which clashed with Aberforth's views. This led to a heated duel that accidentally killed Ariana, something for which Aberforth always blamed Albus.
There was a pitched scene, to David Yates, about a possible cameo of the Ford Anglia, from the second film, that returns to save Ron from a pair of Death Eaters that corner him during the battle, but was scrapped because it seemed childish, and the car would quite possibly be destroyed in the forest by now.
Chris Columbus, the director of the first two Harry Potter films, was amazed how beautifully Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint matured over the series, compared to some child actors, who start out adorable, and then either lose that, or become bad actors as they grow older.
Caio Cesar, a prominent Brazilian voice actor, who dubbed Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, and in other films, was also a military cop, and died at the age of 27 in 2015, after being shot in his neck, at the Complexo do Alemão slums, in Rio de Janeiro.
Katie Bell appears in this movie as a student. Still, fans of the books will know that she probably should have graduated already, since she was on the Quidditch team in Harry's first year, and it was said that first years typically never make the team. Of course, this is not a solid rule, since Harry did make the team in his first year, however, it was also said that he was the youngest to make a house team in a century.
Arthur Bowen, the child actor that plays Albus Severus Potter (Harry's son) in the epilogue, can also be seen in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince buying roasted chestnuts at a stand in Diagon Alley. At the time of writing, these two appearances are his only acting roles.
When Chris Columbus scripted Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Watson believed Holmes obsessed over a case even at Christmas, because unlike other boys his age, he had no family to which go home, like Harry Potter or Kevin McCallister, and Columbus has ties to both the Harry Potter and Home alone franchises.
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) foreshadows the Harry Potter series; the teenage Watson resembles Harry Potter; school experiments; Holmes has a rivalry with Dudley, another student similar to Harry's with Draco Malfoy; Dudley and Malfoy both come from rich parents; cavernous libraries; sweets; train stations; the novelization uses the word potty/Potter; students being injured and needing to see the school nurse; teaches and students eating in the Great Hall; Holmes, Watson and a third character Elizabeth solving mysteries while at school and Harry, Ron and Hermione doing the same at Hogwarts; staircases; Harry/Holmes and Watson creeping through a school library at night; both Watson and Hagrid say "sorry about at"; the end of school term; the threat of expulsion; no family for Harry to return to, even at Christmas; Harry has a scar on his forehead while Holmes has one on his cheek; seemingly innocent teaching staff exposed as the opposite; head boys, etc.
Sean Biggerstaff: Biggerstaff's character, former Gryffindor Quidditch Captain Oliver Wood, leads an aerial assault on the Death Eaters via broomstick during the Battle of Hogwarts. He can clearly be heard saying, "Come on!" to six people, also on broomsticks.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Not long after Alan Rickman started to play Severus Snape, J.K. Rowling told him some character secrets about Snape that would not be otherwise revealed until the last book. Most significantly, Rickman was one of the very few people other than Rowling to know (years ahead of the last book's publication) that Snape had been in love with Lily Evans (later Potter) when they were students at Hogwarts, and both Snape's protection of, and antagonism toward Harry, came from that. Rowling said that she shared this information with Rickman because "he needed to understand, I think, and does completely understand, and did completely understand where this bitterness towards this boy, who's living proof of Lily's preference for another man, came from." According to Rickman, the directors prior to the publication of the last book were not privy to the information of Snape's true character either, and he had to ask them to defer to him on the portrayal of Snape, whether or not they understood why. Rowling joked in an interview, that Rickman would often gloat that he knew more than the other actors.
Before the final book was published, Daniel Radcliffe asked J.K. Rowling whether his character Harry would die at the end. After a silence, Rowling gave him the very cryptic answer, "You get a death scene".
When she was still quite young, Emma Watson was asked in an interview how she would feel about kissing either Daniel Radcliffe or Rupert Grint, to which she replied "No chance! It's not written in my contract!" However, by the end of the film franchise, she ended up having to kiss both of them. Emma was actually tipped off by J.K. Rowling, about the possibility of the kissing becoming an eventuality, around the time they were filming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
According to J.K. Rowling, one of the few characters that was sure to survive the entire series was Hagrid. She had always had an image of a grieving Hagrid, carrying a deceased Harry back to Hogwarts, which was fitting, since it was Hagrid who had once carried the infant Harry to his uncle and aunt, and also brought Harry into the wizarding world.
When Harry revealed that he was still alive in the Hogwarts courtyard, Draco was meant to initially break ranks with the Death Eaters and throw Harry his wand. The scene was filmed, but not included in the final edit.
The filmmakers wanted Voldemort's appearance to change subtly with the destruction of his Horcruxes. As each Horcrux is destroyed he gets increasingly hollow-eyed and develops small lesions on his skin.
Daphne de Beistegui, the young girl who played Harry's daughter Lily in the epilogue scene, became very attached to Daniel Radcliffe, and even when the cameras were not rolling, she would be hugging him. Radcliffe stated in an interview, that she seemed to have adopted him as a second father, but didn't mind her hugging him at all, saying that he thought she was really adorable. He also has mentioned that Daphne's mother was pregnant with her while working on the first film.
The filmmakers took many creative liberties with Severus Snape's memories in the Pensieve. In addition to adding scenes that were not in the book, such as the scene where Snape goes to Godric's Hollow and cries over Lily Potter's dead body, the sequence also includes instances from events which Snape never actually witnessed first hand.
Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have stated in several separate interviews, that filming their much awaited on-screen kiss was an "extremely awkward" experience, due to both Emma and Rupert stating that they've always felt "like brother and sister." It took only six takes to complete; whereas the kiss between Harry and Ginny took around ten, Ron and Lavender approximately fifteen, and Harry and Cho took over thirty takes, by comparison.
At the end of the film, Harry has two sons and a daughter, one of whom he addresses as "Albus Severus Potter." The older one, never addressed by name, is James Sirius Potter (named after Harry's father and godfather). The girl's name is Lily Luna Potter (named after Harry's mother and good friend Luna Lovegood).
By her own admission, killing off Remus Lupin was one of the hardest decisions that J.K. Rowling had to make while writing the books. She felt that, in order to show that war sometimes demands impossible sacrifices, someone's parent had to die. After briefly considering Arthur Weasley, she finally chose both Lupin and Tonks as the casualties, as it made their infant son Teddy an orphan, which closely mirrored infant Harry losing his parents in the previous war. In the book, Harry appropriately becomes Teddy's godfather, but Teddy was deleted from the movie.
Alan Rickman admitted to feeling awkward during the scene in which Professors Snape and McGonagall duel: "Thank God for computer graphics, because holding a wand is not throwing the most threatening thing you can do, and you're pointing it at Dame Maggie Smith who you grown up worshiping from the cheap seats at the National Theater, and she's pointing a wand at you. She can arch an eyebrow like nobody. So thank God for the sheets of flame."
J.K. Rowling always knew that one of the Weasley family members had to die at the end, as it wouldn't have been realistic if they would all survive. She actually considered having Arthur or Ron as the Weasley casualty at some point. Ron was seriously in danger to be killed off in a time when she "wasn't in a very happy place", but she admitted that she would not have done it, as he forms an integral part of the series. Arthur was also briefly considered, but she decided that as one of few good fathers in the book, he was also allowed to live. She ultimately settled on having Fred killed as it serves two purposes: to give a sense of loss for George and the payoff of Percy's rivalry against his Ministry's arch-rival Rookwood (who was revealed to be a Death Eater).
Although all of the films, except Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), have had a customized version of the Warner Bros. logo, this one has a scene (a replay from the previous film of Voldemort robbing Dumbledore's grave) before the studio logo - the first time this has been done for a studio-made Hollywood film in over 75 years.
According to J.K. Rowling, the battle of Hogwarts was fought on May 2, 1998. Victoire Weasley (Bill and Fleur's eldest daughter) seen at the background, in the epilogue, has the same birth date, 2 years later, her name meaning "victory" in French.
In the book, Snape's (Alan Rickman's) death originally takes place at the Shrieking Shack, a place where he has a significant personal history (as a boy, he was nearly killed there by Remus Lupin in werewolf form, but that information never made it into the movies). The art directors suggested and moved the location (with J.K. Rowling's agreement) to the boathouse in order to make it more dramatic and poignant. One of the art directors, Andrew Ackland-Snow added, "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."
The script was originally written, like the book, to include Draco Malfoy's bully friends, Crabbe and Goyle. As in the book, Crabbe was to be killed in a climactic battle. Jamie Waylett's arrest and conviction on drug charges, however, forced the filmmakers to change this plan. Crabbe was written out of the script, with Goyle being killed in his place (since the character and his performer, Josh Herdman, have been with the franchise since the beginning). Another Slytherin character called Blaise Zabini (portrayed by Louis Cordice since Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)) takes Crabbe's place from the book.
The hint that Neville (Matthew Lewis) ends up in a relationship with Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) was created especially for the movie. J.K. Rowling had revealed that both Neville and Luna married different people long before the final movie came out. She later described it as a brief summer affair, before they both found out they did not belong to each other.
When Ron asks Harry on how he would recognize Hufflepuff's Cup as a horcrux in the bank vault, Harry says he would have seen it. This, of course, refers to the one of the four Riddle flashbacks originally written for the sixth film, which sets up this McGuffin device, but David Yates decided not to film it, as he felt it would get overly involved with Voldemort's past. For those unfamiliar with the novel, in that flashback, young Tom Riddle spent some time with Helga Hufflepuff's descendant, Hepzibah Smith, to get that prized cup, and in the process, poisons her.
Of the Eight pieces of Voldemort's soul, Dumbledore (the ring), Hermione (the cup), Ron (the locket), and Neville (the snake) each destroy one. Voldemort destroys the unintentional one inside Harry. And Harry destroys two [the diary and the diadem (though only in the movie, as in the book, it's destroyed by the fire Goyle starts)]. The last bit of his soul, which resides in his own body, is destroyed by Harry and Voldemort in the Battle at Hogwarts when Voldemort cast a spell and it rebounds off Harry's.
Although Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) does in fact survive in the end, this is the only Harry Potter movie in which Harry himself does not deliver the final line (his son Albus Severus Potter does instead). It should also be noted, that in the end of the actual book, Harry does in fact deliver the last spoken line, although the remaining text is narration.
In the first movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry's chocolate frog flies out the window of the Hogwarts Express. What happened to said frog is unknown, but in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), a chocolate frog is seen climbing up the window of the Weasley and Potter children's carriage.
Although it is never stated in the movies, the last book implies that Harry and Voldemort are family through the three brothers from the Deathly Hallows legend. Harry is a distant relative of Ignotus Peverell, which is how he ended up with the Invisibility Cloak; Voldemort was related to Cadmus Peverell, and thereby unknowingly inherited the Resurrection Stone (which he set into a ring and, from which, made a Horcrux).
J.K. Rowling has never stated which house Harry Potter's son, Albus Severus was Sorted into. However, it's worth noting that the boy's initials are A.S.P., and an asp is one of the world's deadliest vipers. In fact, in the later book "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", Albus is sorted into Slytherin, along with Scorpius Malfoy (son of Draco Malfoy)
J.K. Rowling admitted that having Ron and Hermione end up together, was more a wish fulfillment than a logical consequence. She had envisioned them becoming a couple in the beginning, and decided to stick with it, despite her reservations. She added that they'd probably be "alright with a bit of counseling". Emma Watson herself also stated she wasn't convinced that Ron would always make Hermione happy and vice versa. However, both have said that the relationship will most likely work out with some counseling with Ron overcoming his self-esteem issues and Hermione not being so critical. And ultimately they still love each other.
According to J.K. Rowling, Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) marries Hannah Abbott, and becomes a Herbology teacher at Hogwarts. His parents, Frank and Alice, however, never recover from their mental affliction, and spend the rest of their days in the hospital.
When Harry comes to Voldemort in the forest, Voldemort calls him The Boy Who Lived. Harry is called this in the very first chapter of the first book, and Voldemort and Hagrid are the only ones to call Harry that.
The Australia House, in London, served as Gringotts Bank in the first film. For this film, however, a set was built at Leavesden Studios, as the scenes involving the dragon crashing through the building, would have been impossible to film on location.
When Harry enters the Room of the Requirement, and the boy gets on the radio to alert the Order that he's there, you can see Neville's mimbulus mimbletonia on the desk: the plant that he's holding on the carriage at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
In the novel, the fight between Snape and McGonagall occurs in a corridor, with help from Professor Sprout and Professor Flitwick, while Harry and Luna are hidden under the invisibility cloak. Snape then flees into a nearby classroom, and jumps out of the window transforming into a bat, as McGonagall shouts 'COWARD!'