‘Harry Potter’ Director Purposely Made Harry and Voldemort’s Last Fight Scene Different From the Book

by Jeremy Spirogis
Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes at the premiere of

J.Okay. Rowling’s standard e book collection turned a blockbuster franchise with the Harry Potter films. For a decade, followers of the best-sellers watched as their favourite characters got here to life on the large display.

The story culminated in a single last showdown between Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Unlike the e book, the film’s struggle scene occurred not within the Great Hall however open air, a acutely aware resolution by director David Yates. 

Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes at the premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'
Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes on the premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | Peter Kramer/Getty Images

‘Harry Potter’ director needed the duel to really feel like a Western

Dissecting the memorable scene with Rotten Tomatoes in 2019, Yates defined that it had been his intention to make it really feel like a Western.

“In the book, that confrontation takes place in the Great Hall, and I always felt that it was important, in a way, having waited seven movies for this confrontation to finally take place, I always felt it would be wonderful to give this confrontation almost the feel of a Western,” he mentioned. 

Yates, who directed three different Harry Potter movies in addition to the Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them films, continued, saying he thoughtfully deliberate the scene to really feel like a duel in a Western. 

“It’s very iconically defined by these two figures in this vast courtyard, facing off with each other,” he mentioned. “Not with necessarily a big audience, as took place in the book, but something that felt much more singular, and the architecture and the landscape of the school was very much like a Western.”

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He additionally shared how the 2 characters find yourself within the courtyard had been his concept. 

“Dan would grab Ralph, and actually pull him off this tower, and they would apparate around the school together, and as they apparated around the school together, we’d explore this weird visual synthesis that exists between the two of them, and they’d eventually tumble down into the courtyard,” Yates mentioned. 

He ‘always wanted’ Harry Potter and Voldemort ‘out of the Great Hall’

Yates had time to think about how he’d convey the ultimate battle to life having labored on the Harry Potter franchise for years. He knew he needed Harry and Voldemort’s struggle not within the Great Hall however in a way more intimate setting.  

“I always wanted to get it out of the Great Hall, away from an audience, so the sequence became much more about a boy facing down this nemesis, this demon that had haunted him right throughout his childhood,” Yates mentioned. “This is the figure that had killed his parents. And so it became a much more iconic, singular battle between these two figures.”

Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton at the premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton at the premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'
Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton on the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I | JIMI CELESTE/Patrick McMullan through Getty Images

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He continued, saying he needed it to get messy.

“I like that singularity and I like that simplicity, because you could really focus right into Harry’s eyes and Voldemort’s realization, in the moment when he loses the Elder Wand, that he’s beaten,” Yates mentioned.

“So for me, I like taking it into this down and dirty place, where it was literally a scramble in the mud to finally decide who was gonna win that battle that had been going on for such a long time,” he added. “That leanness and earthiness was always something that I felt was right for that final confrontation.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II hit theaters in July 2011. According to Box Office Mojo, the end result of all of the Harry Potter films earned $1.three billion worldwide.

Today, greater than 9 years since audiences watched Harry and Voldemort struggle one final time, the scene stays one of the memorable scenes from the franchise.  

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