Potterheads Hate Deathly Hallows Movie For Ignoring the Book's Most Badass Scene

Potterheads Hate Deathly Hallows Movie For Ignoring the Book's Most Badass Scene
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Some Harry Potter fans are still not over the insult the Deathly Hallows movie felt like.


  • The Harry Potter movies are famously loose when it comes to book accuracy
  • Book fans still believe the movies butchered the Battle of Hogwarts, but it was especially painful with one particular scene
  • In the movies, Aberforth Dumbledore fended off dementors from Hogwarts.
  • However, the books described the dementors stand-off differently — and in much better way, fans believe

Some people (and we may or may not mean ourselves...) still weep when they hear Alexander Desplat's Lily's Theme or Courtyard Apocalypse, but the majestic soundtrack is the only thing devoted Potterheads love about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

There's a general sentiment in the fandom that the movie's vision of Battle of Hogwarts was a huge miss. Deathly Hallows Part 2 ignored the majority of book scenes fans felt were essential to the story.

And while we're still not over that weird Harry-Voldemort flight or the latter's death scene, there's one particular part of the books fans are particularly bitter about.Potterheads Hate Deathly Hallows Movie For Ignoring the Book's Most Badass Scene - image 1

Remember when the defenders of Hogwarts had to fight dementors, among other Voldemort's monsters? In the movie, it was Aberforth, Dumbledore's brother, who cast the Patronus charm that pushed the happiness-sucking creatures away.

The fact that it was him — the person who actually lost all hope before the Battle of Hogwarts — casting the most essential Patronus felt like an insult to true book fans.

They remember too well just how the dementor fight was done in the books. Needless to say, it was much more beautiful — and cinematic also, so David Yates had one job to transfer it to the screens, which he didn't.

In the book, Harry, Ron and Hermione run through Hogwarts seeing their friends hurt and killed by Death Eaters and Voldemort's beasts. That's why they failed at fighting dementors — it was pretty tough to actually think of something happy when you witness something like that.

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However, right when they needed them the most, Luna, Ernie, and Seamus came to the rescue, casting powerful Patronuses running solely on the fact that they were still there, fighting and not giving up.

Remember the actual words Luna said? We're here to refresh your memory:

“That’s right,” said Luna encouragingly, as if they were back in the Room of Requirement and this was simply spell practice for the D.A. “That’s right, Harry... come on, think of something happy...” “Something happy?” he said, his voice cracked. “We’re all still here,” she whispered, “we’re still fighting. Come on, now...”

That was the moment Harry was finally able to summon his own Patronus stag and send the rest of the dementors away.

But in the movie, we had Aberforth effortlessly jumping into the fight last minute like some kind of a hero, as if he wasn't the one convincing Harry to give up several hours ago. Was there even time for Luna Lovegood to shine?

"Because we have to fill up screen time with Voldemort and Harry flying around the castle in a scene that didn’t happen at all in the books," Redditor Smoke_Stack707 noted bitterly.

According to book connoisseurs, movie-only Harry Potter will be absolutely mind-blown if HBO actually portrays the saga in a book-accurate way. For them, the upcoming reboot of The Boy Who Lived's story is the only hope for justice.

Currently, the release date of the HBO reboot is unknown, and so is the cast and plot details.

Source: Reddit