First Still from Harry Potter 8, Plot Change Also Revealed

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Two big pieces of news for Harry Potter fans: the first still from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 has been released and the art director for the last movie has been talking with the press, revealing some interesting changes for Snape’s death scene!

The first and only still to have been released from the final movie features a bloodied and battered Neville Longbottom with Bellatrix creeping in the distance. Quite an eerie first look at the final film!

Fair warning to Potter fans: if you’re looking to stay spoiler-free for the final movie, you may want to stop reading here. We’ve warned you!

Andrew Ackland-Snow, art director for the Potter films, recently revealed in an interview with Cine Premiere Mexico that the location of Snape’s death in the final book has been changed to add more “romance” to the memorable scene:

“We wanted to change a bit where Snape dies. 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 boat house 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.”

We’re rarely fans of deviating from a book’s plot while adapting books to film (the Eragon movie acting as a great example of how disastrous that can be), but Rowling’s approval reassures enough to be okay with the change. Let us know in the comments how you feel about the change!

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