This story may contain spoilers.
For the most part, the Harry Potter movie series has been very loyal to the original stories by J.K. Rowling. However, in the upcoming “Deathly Hallows” sequel film, a crucial scene will experience a substantial change.
In the final chapters of the book, Severus Snape (played by Alan Rickman in the movie) is killed at the Shrieking Shack by Nagini … something that will change in the translation to film. Instead, the slithering agent of Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) will catch up with the Slytherin professor at the Hogwarts boathouse instead.
To some, the change won’t affect their enjoyment of the events. But to others, it may be seen as a minor travesty. Rowling, who has creative input on the movies, has apparently signed off on the change and “loved” the idea.
The change was confirmed by Andrew Ackland-Snow and is being made in order make the death sequence more poignant on-screen. It is hoped that the location will create a more “dramatic” and “romantic” feel to Snape’s death.
“We wanted to change a bit where Snape dies,” he said in a statement. “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.”
The second part of “The Deathly Hallows” has already been described as an action movie, picking up from where the last film left off … and it will also be in 3D.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” opens on July 15.