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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

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Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction – the Horcruxes. On their own and on the run, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever… but dark forces in their midst threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place. The long-feared war has begun, and the Dark Lord has seized control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrifying and arresting all who might oppose him. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with order to bring him to Voldemort… alive.

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Release Dates

Release Dates

North America

Mexico - November 17, 2010
Puerto Rico
- November 18, 2010
Canada
- November 19, 2010
Panama
- November 19, 2010
United States
– November 19, 2010

Europe

Austria - November 17, 2010
Belgium
- November 17, 2010
Germany
- November 17, 2010
Finland
- November 17, 2010
Netherlands
- November 17, 2010
Slovakia
- November 17, 2010
Sweden
- November 17, 2010
Croatia
- November 18, 2010
Czech Republic
- November 18, 2010
Denmark
– November 18, 2010
Greece
– November 18, 2010
Macedonia
- November 18, 2010
Portugal
– November 18, 2010
Slovenia
- November 18, 2010
Switzerland (German)
– November 18, 2010
Ukraine
- November 18, 2010
Bulgaria
- November 19, 2010
Estonia
- November 19, 2010
Iceland
– November 19, 2010
Ireland
- November 19, 2010
Italy
- November 19, 2010
Latvia
- November 19, 2010
Lithuania
– November 19, 2010
Norway
– November 19, 2010
Poland
- November 19, 2010
Russia
- November 19, 2010
Spain
- November 19, 2010
United Kingdom
– November 19, 2010
Serbia – November 21, 2010
France – November 24, 2010
Switzerland (French) – November 24, 2010
Hungary – November 25, 2010
Georgia – November 26, 2010
Armenia – December 4, 2010

Asia

Kuwait - November 17, 2010
Singapore
- November 17, 2010
Turkey
- November 17, 2010
Israel
– November 18, 2010
Kazakhstan
- November 18, 2010
Malaysia
- November 18, 2010
Philippines
- November 18, 2010
United Arab Emirates
– November 18, 2010
India - November 19, 2010
Indonesia
- November 19, 2010
Japan
- November 19, 2010
Taiwan
- November 19, 2010
Vietnam
- November 26, 2010
Hong Kong
- December 16, 2010
South Korea - December 16, 2010

South America

Argentina – November 18, 2010
Columbia – November 18, 2010
Peru – November 18, 2010
Brazil – November 19, 2010

Africa

Egypt – November 17, 2010
South Africa – November 26, 2010

Oceania

Australia – November 18, 2010
New Zealand – November 18, 2010

Accolades

Accolades

  • Nominations
  • Awards

Academy Awards

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Nicolas Aithadi
Tim Burke
Christian Manz
John Richardson

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Stuart Craig
Stephenie McMillan

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Films

Best Costume
Jany Temime

Best Fantasy Film

Best Director
David Yates

Best Make-Up
Mark Coulier
Nick Dudman
Amanda Knight
Warner Bros.

Best Special Effects
Nicolas Aithadi
Tim Burke
Christian Manz
John Richardson

Art Directors Guild

Excellence in Production Design – Fantasy Film
Andrew Ackland-Snow (senior art director)
Mark Bartholomew (art director)
Adam Brockbank (illustrator)
Alastair Bullock (art director)
Paul Catling (illustrator)
Stuart Craig (production designer)
Julia Dehoff (set designer)
Peter Dorme (assistant art director)
Martin Foley (art director)
Kate Grimble (art director)
Nicholas Henderson (art director)
Christian Huband (art director)
Molly Hughes (art director)
Neil Lamont (supervising art director)
Amanda Leggatt (set designer)
Eduardo Lima (graphic designer)
Peter McKinstry (illustrator)
Stephenie McMillan (set decorator)
Miraphora Mina (graphic designer)
Andrew Palmer (set designer)
Oliver Roberts (art director)
Alex Smith (set designer)
Hattie Storey (art director)
Stephen Swain (on-set art director)
Gary Tomkins (art director)
Emma Vane (set designer)
Matt Walker (scenic artist)
Marcus Williams (scenic artist)
Andrew Williamson (illustrator)
Ashley Winter (assistant art director)

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards

Best Make Up & Hair
Nick Dudman
Amanda Knight
Lisa Tomblin
Warner Bros.

Best Special Visual Effects
Nicolas Aithadi
Tim Burke
Christian Manz
John Richardson

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

Best Makeup
Mark Coulier
Paula Eden
Katy Fray
Paul Spateri
Lisa Tomblin

Best Visual Effects
Nicolas Aithadi
Tim Burke
Christian Manz
John Richardson

Empire Awards

Best Actress
Emma Watson

Hugo Awards

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
Steve Kloves
David Yates

Kids’ Choice Awards

Favorite Movie Actress
Emma Watson

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

Best Family Film

Best Visual Effects

MTV Movie Awards

Best Movie

Best Male Performance
Daniel Radcliffe

Best Female Performance
Emma Watson

Best Kiss
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson

Best Fight
Arben Bajraktaraj
Rupert Grint
Rod Hunt
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson

Motion Picture Sound Editors

Best Sound Editing – Music in a Feature Film
Peter Clarke (music editor)
Robert Houston (music editor)
Allan Jenkins (music editor)
Gerard McCann (supervising music editor)
Stuart Morton (music editor)
Kirsty Whalley (music editor)

Best Sound Editing – Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film
James Mather (supervising sound editor)
Bjorn Ole Schroeder (supervising dialogue editor)
Daniel Laurie (supervising adr editor)

National Movie Awards

Performance of the Year
Rupert Grint

Performance of the Year
Daniel Radcliffe

Performance of the Year
Emma Watson

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Best Cinematography
Eduardo Serra

Best Visual Effects

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

Best Cinematography
Eduardo Serra

Best Production Design
Stuart Craig

Satellite Awards

Best Cinematography

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat

Teen Choice Awards

Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Daniel Radcliffe

Visual Effects Society Awards

Outstanding Visual Effcts in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Tim Burke
Emma Norton
John Richardson

Outstanding Animated Charater in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Jason Baker
William Brand
Matthieu Goutte
Laurent Laban
for the character of Kreacher

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

Best Art Direction

Empire Awards

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

MTV Movie Awards

Best Villain
Tom Felton

Teen Choice Awards

Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Choice Movie Villain
Tom Felton

Choice Movie Liplock
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson

Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Emma Watson

Visual Effects Society Awards

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Laurie Brugger
Ben Lambert
Marine Poirson
Matheiu Vig
for the character of Dobby

Mistakes

Mistakes

The magic locket – When Harry holds the mysterious locket up in front of Kreacher, the chains are together from Harry’s POV and separated from Kreacher’s.

Pick an arm, any arm – When Bellatrix goes to carve “Mudblood” into Hermione’s arm, she moves to Hermione’s right arm. In the next shot she’s carving into the left arm.

Indecisive book – When Hermione and Harry are sitting on the rocks on the cliff the camera behind Harry shows Hermione putting down a book closed. When the cameras switch to behind Hermione it appears that the wind has blown the book open, but the cameras switch back to show the book closed again and switch one final time to see the book yet again open, flapping in the wind.

Apparating glasses – When Hermione stuns Harry to disguise him from the Snatchers, she takes his glasses off him and puts them in her own pocket. When Harry and Ron are put in the cellar at Malfoy Manor, Harry takes his glasses out of his pocket.

Moondancing waitress – When the waitress in the coffee shop comes to take Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s order, she covers the same piece of ground twice.

Topsy turvy pin – At the Ministry of Magic, as Yaxley is reprimanding Ron, who is disguised as Reg Cattermole, the initial on Yaxley’s Ministry tie pin changes direction. In one shot, the letter “M” is tilted to the left, and in a subsequent shot, it’s slanted in the opposite direction.

Self-cleaning paper – The piece of paper on which Xenophilius Lovegood draws the Hallows symbol changes between shots. When he is drawing the symbols there is a smudge on the paper, but when the shot pans away, and he is talking to Harry, there is no smudge on the paper.

Topsy turvy pin… again – In the first scene at Malfoy Manor, Voldemort asks Pius Thicknesse for his opinion on the current situation. In the first shot of Pius, the ministry pin on his tie is seen with the “M” vertical. In the shot of him replying, the bottom of the “M” is tilted slightly to the right seen from camera POV. In the shot of him reacting to Voldemort saying he will prove useful, the “M” is vertical again.

Indecisive book… again – When Hermione first tells Harry of the sign of the Deathly Hallows, the book she had been consulting is lying beside her closed, but in the next shot the book is lying open.

Apparating Harry and Hermione – When Hermione casts the Disarming Charm at Mundungus Fletcher and takes his wand (in Grimmauld Place), she and Harry are standing somewhere but in the next scene, they seem to move straight forward in no time.

Newspapers – When Mundungus Fletcher comes to Grimald Place, he knocks over a stand of newspapers, in a later shot, the stand is upright again.

Switching wizards – When Harry, Hermione, and Ron Disapparate from The Burrow, Ron is on the left, Hermione is in the middle, and Harry is on the right, but when they arrive in London, Harry is on the left, and Ron is on the right.

Apparating Yaxley – When Yaxley is chasing Harry, Hermione, and Ron when they escape from the Ministry, Yaxley suddenly gets much closer to Hermione and Ron just before they Disapparate.

Look! A camera! – Just after Harry and Hermione fail to destroy the Horcrux, and Harry says “We need to keep it safe,” he looks inside the piece of his mirror. The camera is briefly seen in the reflection.

Hunting blind – It’s obvious that Harry’s glasses don’t have lenses during certain parts of the film.

Polyjuice problem – After Fred and George take Polyjuice Potion to turn into Harry, they both immediately shrink to Harry’s size. However, their sleeves and trouser legs still fit them perfectly, when they should now be far too long.

Light as a feather – When Harry walks across the frozen pond, both in his shoes and when he is barefoot, there are no footprints left on the ice. The pond is covered with a light snow that Harry brushes away to see the sword of Gryffindor beneath the frozen surface. The snow would show any tracks.

Where’s he gone?! – When Hermione is reading Rita Skeeter’s book, she tells Harry that she has discovered that the boy in the photo at Bathilda Bagshot’s house is Gellert Grindelwald. She hands Harry the book. If you look closely, you can see there is an oval shaped hole in the front cover where the moving picture of Dumbledore would be.

Wand juggle – At the meeting at the start of the film, Lord Voldemort’s wand switches hands between shots after he takes it out.

Shortened line – When Xenophilius draws the Hallows symbol, he draws it so that the bottom of the line touches the bottom of the circle. The shot cuts away and back again when he draws the triangle, but the line is no longer touching the bottom of the circle.

Self-rolling newspaper – When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are talking to Xenophilius Lovegood at his house about the Deathly Hallows, the newspaper on the shelf behind him is rolled up, but in the next shot it is unrolled.

Triangle trouble – When Xenophilius Lovegood is drawing the triangle in the Deathly Hallows symbol, he starts with the left side, moving the pen DOWN on the page. The shot changes to Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but we can still hear him drawing and the sound indicates that he never lifts his pen from the paper. However, when it cuts back to him finishing the symbol, the right side is already drawn and he is finishing the bottom. With the way he was drawing it, he should have drawn the left side first, then the bottom, and finally the right. However, this would not be possible to do unless he lifted his pen from the paper, which, as stated before, the sound indicates that he did not do.

Indecisive book… again…again – In the forest, when Hermione is sitting with her back against a tree, reading, the book changes position between shots after Harry walks over to her. In a close-up, the top of the book is over her knees, in the following wide-shot, the book is below her knees, and then moves back to its original position in the next shot.

Hairy Voldy – In the second to last shot, where Lord Voldemort is drawing the Elder Wand out of Dumbledore’s hands and then thrusts the wand into the air, Lord Voldemort’s arm has hair on it. In the book, he is described as completely hairless, and in every other shot in every other movie, they have been careful to remain true to this.

Wrong way! – During the scene when Harry and Hagrid are on the motorbike going through a tunnel, the bus signals that it is going to Dartford. Both of the tunnels at Dartford carry northbound traffic, going away from Dartford – all southbound traffic, toward Dartford, travels on the bridge (visible in some shots). No traffic enters the tunnels heading southbound toward Dartford.

Clothes change – Early in the scene where Hermione is cutting Harry’s hair in the tent, Ron is lying on the bed with his arm in a sling and wearing what looks like a sweatshirt. In the shot where he comes in and says, “The sword was stolen,” he is in a different outfit, and his sling is gone. Since we could hear the scissors cutting Harry’s hair at the beginning of the shot, we know that Ron was wearing something different and was in a sling just a moment before he walks in.

Dry ice – When Harry dives through the hole in the icy lake, water floods over the edge of the hole and flows over a large part of the ice, dampening the snow on the ice. When it cuts to Ron pulling Harry out of the hole, the wet snow around the hole has decreased by several feet, only surrounding a small part of the hole itself.

Moving items – When Mundungus arrives at the house with Kreacher and Dobby all over him, the pot, glassware, wire basket, bottle, etc. on the counter beside the sink disappear, reappear, and/or change entirely in the close-up and following shots.

Run, Weasley – After Ron pulls Harry out of the hole in the icy lake and leans Harry up against a rock, we see Ron back up a few feet. When it cuts to Harry getting up, Ron is much farther away.

Fake root – Watch as Ron pulls Harry out of the icy lake and leans Harry up against a large root. When Harry’s back comes in contact with the root, it wobbles. Unless Harry weighs multiple times more than he does, the root wouldn’t flinch.

Worlds apart – After Ron destroys the Horcrux, Harry goes to sit beside him. The distance between him and Ron increases in the next shot.

Disapparating wand – When Hermione picks up The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore in Bathilda Bagshot’s house, she picks it up with her left hand, while her right hand is holding her wand . When it cuts she is holding the book with both hands.

Revealing Hallows – Luna’s dad pulls Harry aside at Bill and Fleur’s wedding to tell him that he fully supported Dumbledore and now supports Harry. He’s wearing a silver pendant in the shape of the Deathly Hallows symbol. In the close-up of the jewelry, it is over his yellow vest. In the consecutive medium shot, it is partly under the same vest.

Hand position – When Mundungus is confronted about the locket and says, “Could I help it if Mad-Eye fell off his broom?” Ron places his hand on the chair with his hand facing away from Mundungus. Depending on the angle of the following shots, Ron’s hand is either facing Mundungus or facing the opposite way.

Hair flip – When Ginny asks Harry to zip her up, she has a hairlock on her left side that changes from hanging over her left shoulder or behind her shoulder, depending on the shot.

Faithful bag – When Hermione Disapparates herself, Harry, and Ron from the wedding, she does not have her beaded bag, nor is it on her person when they first appear in London. After ducking into the alley, she suddenly has it in her hand. From then on, she always has it.

Reflection – When Harry is holding his wand over the icy lake, the light is reflected on the surface. When it cuts to a close-up the reflection disappears.

Dobby juggle – On the beach when Harry is holding Dobby, and Dobby says, “Dobby is happy to be with his friend,” Harry is holding Dobby by his shoulder. In the next shot Harry is holding Dobby by his neck.

Apparating table – When Harry, Hermione, and Ron confront Mundungus about the locket, he sits down in the corner chair, and the side table is beside the chair, with the mess of Daily Prophets on the floor in front of the table. However, in the following shots the table is three or four feet away from the chair, against the wall, with one Daily Prophet between it and the chair.

Self-replenishing Amaretti – In the diner, when both Hermione and Ron aim their wands at Dolohov, the boxes of Amaretti cookies explode off the shelf behind him. However, in the following shot one Amaretti box (facing the wall) is still on the shelf before vanishing and reappearing once again.

Apparating Harry – When the Dursleys are leaving, we see Harry standing in front of the house, quite a distance from the front door. When it cuts Harry has moved much closer to the front door.

Time-traveling song – In the scene where Harry and Hermione are dancing in the tent, a radio is on. The song playing is “O Children” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, which was released in 2004. However, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows takes place in 1997-1998. This makes it impossible for “O Children” to have been on the radio at the time.

Ineffective Full Body-Bind – In the scene in the cafe, Hermione performs the Full Body-Bind Curse on a Death Eater, and Ron talks about killing him. Harry says, “It’s best we wipe their memories.” As he says that, he is looking down at the Death Eater. In the very next shot, his head has slightly moved, and he is looking straight at Ron.

Where? – Throughout the movie, every character but Harry incorrectly refers to the Weasley residence as “The Burrows.”

Information courtesy of IMDb and Movie Mistakes.

Trivia

Trivia

  • Jason Isaacs originally considered not returning for this film, fearing that his character’s arrest and imprisonment at the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) would mean very little if any screen time in the finale. Upon meeting J.K. Rowling, he begged to be let out of prison. She told him “You’re out. Chapter one.” This immediately convinced him to sign on for the film.
  • Filming the “Seven Harrys” scene was so complex that Daniel Radcliffe counted over 90 takes for just a single shot.
  • As in her previous films, Evanna Lynch designed a lot for her Luna Lovegood character, including what she wore, jewelry, and things for the Lovegoods’ home. She even came up with their dance moves for the wedding scene.
  • According to David Heyman, the work print of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was 5.5 hours long, and the shooting script was close to 500 pages, which justified the decision to split the movie into two.
  • Upon seeing the set for Hermione’s bedroom, Emma Watson told the set decorators that there should be more books, which they happily accommodated.
  • David Holmes, 25, Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double, was seriously injured on the set at Leavesden Studios, near Watford, Hertfordshire. He was performing an aerial sequence when he fell to the ground following an explosion, which was part of the stunt, and sustained a serious back injury.
  • Bill Weasley is played by Domhnall Gleeson, son of cast member Brendan Gleeson.
  • One of the posters in the cafe where the trio ends up after Apparating to London is from Daniel Radcliffe’s play Equus.
  • Composer Alexandre Desplat’s favorite Harry Potter character is Dobby.
  • Guillermo del Toro expressed interest in directing this installment.
  • Over 500 wands were created for the film. They are checked out and checked in before, during, and after the filming day is completed. Many came back broken.
  • This is the first of the films to have J.K. Rowling as a producer.
  • The main street set in Godric’s Hollow is the same set used for Hogsmeade in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), albeit with some set dressing changes.
  • Jamie Campbell Bower broke his ankle while performing his jump stunt (after stealing the Elder Wand). His injury ruled him out of auditioning for Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer (2013).
  • 40 versions of Slytherin’s locket were made for the scene in which Harry and Ron try to destroy it.
  • Even though it’s hard to see, Tonks is in fact wearing a maternity gown at Bill and Fleur’s wedding.
  • In the opening of the film, when Hermione is called down to tea, we can hear her parents talking about Australia along with an announcer, presumably on the TV, taking about a countryside. This is a reference to the book, in which Hermione says she not only wiped herself from her parents memories but also gave them new identities and made them think that they’d love nothing more than to move to Australia, which we presume that they do.
  • The exterior scenes of Malfoy Manor were shot at Hardwick Hall, one of the most significant Elizabethan country houses in England.
  • Bruno Delbonnel declined to return for the final two films, saying “I think I was scared of repeating myself.” Subsequently, the filmmakers hired fellow French-Portuguese cinematographer Eduardo Serra.
  • Nick Moran has said in interviews that his role as Scabior came across as being too intense and had to be cut down.
  • M. Night Shyamalan was interested in directing this installment.
  • John Williams, who composed the scores to the first three films, expressed his interest in returning to score Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but was unable to do so due to scheduling conflicts.
  • The character Griphook was played by Verne Troyer in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), making him one of the few Americans cast, but was voiced by Warwick Davis. In this film, Davis plays Griphook in both body and voice.
  • First time that Brendan Gleeson, Michael Byrne, Peter Mullan, and David O’Hara have appeared in the same movie since Braveheart (1995).
  • Linguist expert Dr. Francis Nolan devised the Parseltongue language for this and the other Harry Potter films it features in.
  • Frances de la Tour reprises the role of Madame Olympe Maxime in this film; the character does not appear in the book. She may be a substitute for Viktor Krum, who appeared prominently at the same scene in the book.
  • The scenes featuring Dobby and Kreecher were filmed twice. First they were played physically on set by their respective voice actors so that the other actors and animators had a guideline to work with. Then the same scene was shot without the voice actors so that the SFX team could put in their CG characters in post-production.
  • This is the only Harry Potter film Industrial Light & Magic did not provide visual effects for.
  • Scabior’s violent twist in the air when Bellatrix uses her whip on him was not in the original script. Nick Moran improvised it on the set to avoid being upstaged by Helena Bonham Carter. The filmmakers liked that touch and decided to use it. Moran was delighted until he realized that, for it to work, that stunt would have to be repeated for several takes.
  • Nick Moran was interested in knowing how his character would appear in costume. He saw earlier renderings and was unsatisfied with some of it. He requested several items to be added, including knee-high boots that had to be laced up all the way and were uncomfortable while running. He had no clue he would have to be running in the forest after Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson for a good amount of takes.
  • This is the only film in the series not to feature Dame Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall) or David Bradley (Argus Filch).
  • A scene was filmed in which Tonks told Mrs. Weasley that she was pregnant but ultimately cut from the final version.
  • Composer Nicholas Hooper turned down the opportunity to score the final two films, saying that working on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) took a toll on his family’s personal life.
  • Originally to be released in 3D, this decision was scrapped just weeks before release, due to the difficulty of converting the film into the format.
  • John Hurt’s reprisal as Ollivander marks the longest gap – nine years – in a character’s appearance in the series. Toby Jones’s reprisal as Dobby was second longest, at eight years.
  • Stanislav Ianevski did appear in his role as Viktor Krum for the wedding scene, but his scenes were cut from the final film (although promo pictures of him dancing with Emma Watson exist, as well as behind-the-scenes footage).
  • Filming the torture scene where Bellatrix is torturing Hermione at Malfoy Manor at the climax proved to be very intense for the actors involved (most of the scene was cut to avoid an R rating in the US and a 15 rating in the UK). It was so intense and brutal that Helena Bonham Carter approached Emma Watson right afterward to make sure they were still on good terms.
  • Having Bellatrix carve “Mudblood” into Hermione’s arm during the torture scene was not in the original script, but it was an idea that both Emma Watson and Helena Bonham Carter came up with together on the spur of the moment during filming.
  • It had been reported that the film would contain a few scenes of Daniel Radcliffe in the nude, leading to speculation among fans that the film would earn a more strict rating. This turned out not to be the case, although the scene in which visions of Harry and Hermione kiss appear to try to deter Ron from destroying the Horcrux give the illusion that Radcliffe and Emma Watson are both nude. In reality both actors wore jeans ,and Watson was provided with a strapless bra so she would not have to be completely topless. Director David Yates said that complete nudity was not necessary since the characters would be partially obscured by fog.
  • This is the only Harry Potter film not to feature Hogwarts, although the Hogwarts lake does briefly appear in the final scene where Voldemort takes the Elder Wand from Albus Dumbledore’s grave.
  • The revelation that RAB was Sirius Black’s brother was actually correctly guessed by book readers soon after Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was published and a good two years before Deathly Hallows was. Of all the surnames that J.K. Rowling came up with for the series, Black is the only one that readily translates into other languages. In foreign language editions of the book in which this surname is translated, RAB was similarly altered, such that the “B” always matched the first letter of the word for “black.” For example, Dutch editions translated “Sirius Black” as “Sirius Zwarts” and “RAB” to “RAZ.” Finnish editions used “Sirius Musta” and “RAM.”

Information courtesy of IMDb.

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