Deathly Hallows Split Script Contest
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The screen is blank. Slowly, bits of the screen become clearer, until it is evident that the camera is facing out of the ground. The camera is looking up at Harry as he digs a hole where the camera is buried. Spots of rain begin to trickle onto the camera, and a lightning bolt is seen straight up above Harry. As the flecks of dirt get taken off the camera, it zooms up and pauses on Harry's haggard, yet resolute face. The camera pans while retreating to reveal Ron positioned behind Harry, holding a crying Hermione in his arms. There is a lifeless sack lying at their feet, on the grassy cliff. Ominous, but quiet music plays, but gets louder and more dramatic as the scene progresses. The rain pours heavily for the duration of the scene.
Ron: Harry, it...it wasn't your fault.
Harry: (Angrily, Harry turns to face Ron.) Then whose was it?? (Ron is silent, but Harry continues.) I asked him to come! I asked for his help! Dobby came because of me!
Ron: (Ron struggles with his words.) I'm just saying.... that.... if you let me help dig...
A switch flips inside Harry. He yanks the shovel out of the ground, turns it upside down and runs towards Ron thrusting the shovel right in front of Ron's face.
Harry: It needs to be me! It's me he's spent his life trying to protect! What good are you for -
Hermione: Harry! (Harry looks at her, and realizes his unjust anger. Hermione fights back her tears and confronts Harry.) It's not your fault, and it certainly isn't Ron's. (pause) Dobby died a hero, and this is no way to honor that! Look at yourself! (As Hermione says this, Harry begins to tear up, and sinks to his knees.) Dumbledore said this would happen! (Hermione pauses, then proceeds.) If we fight amongst ourselves, we're only giving You-Know-Who what he wants. If you want to bury Dobby alone, then Ron and I will go, but give him the burial he deserves.
Hermione turns to Ron and nods towards the direction of Shell Cottage. Ron and Harry look at each other, and share a moment, and then Hermione and Ron walk off screen. Harry works up the strength, then gets up, and resumes shoveling while fighting back tears. The music hastily drops to a dreary mumble. The camera focuses on Harry for several seconds, and then we start seeing a montage of others in the wizarding world.
The music gradually increases in volume as we see Bill and Fleur comforting each other inside the cottage, Lucius Malfoy plotting over a table with other death eaters, Neville and Ginny in Hogwarts surrounded by other students, Molly and Arthur Weasley sitting at a table sipping tea and looking nervous, Snape in his office, fingers clasped together and deep in thought, Lupin with Tonks and their baby, and lastly to Ron and Hermione, arms around each other, walking back to Shell Cottage. The camera settles on them turning around to look at Harry digging intently in the distance. All the while, the rain has been pouring down heavily.
With one last shot of Harry in the distance, the camera pans out, and then up to the sky as it quickly zooms to the grounds of Hogwarts. By this point, the dynamic bass intensity of the music has increased drastically. The camera swivels through the grounds of Hogwarts and past the towers to ensure the audience understands where this location is. The rain pours ever heavier as the camera approaches a hooded figure standing over a stone tomb. The music gradually gets louder as the camera settles overhead for a close-up view of the tomb, in which an engraving, clear to the viewer, reads simply 'Albus P.W.B. Dumbledore.'
The figure's hands shove the cover off the tomb, and his hands reach inside and are removed to reveal an old, wooden wand. The cloaked figure pulls his hood off, revealing himself to be Voldemort, and points his wand to the sky, utters 'Morsmorde,' and out shoots the dark mark over Hogwarts. The music reaches its climax as Voldemort begins to laugh in triumph. As he laughs, the Harry Potter theme plays in a similar manner as during the title sequence of 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.' The camera rises to a bird's eye of view of Voldemort. Each consecutive shot is from the same angle, but shot farther away from Voldemort, and closer to the dark mark in the sky. Voldemort's laugh is heard the entire time. The camera finally settles on a close up of the dark mark, and then slowly fades, with Voldemort's laugh reaching a final echo as the screen turns black.