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Report: Alteration Made to Snape Death Scene in "Deathly Hallows," Says Art Director

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Posted by: Edward
January 18, 2011, 12:44 PM

An interview with the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" art director, Andrew Ackland-Snow, has revealed a bit of curious information from the forthcoming conclusion to final part of the Harry Potter film series.  This information, which is being reported in Cine Premiere Mexico, is quite spoiler-rific and details the death sequence of Severus Snape (portrayed by actor Alan Rickman) in the final film.  If you wish to find out this J. K. Rowling approved change, read below.

Last spoiler warning!

Cine Premiere Mexico reports:
"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."
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" arrives in theaters this July.

Thanks to HPANA for the heads up.

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71 Points

Hmm. I’m skeptical. I was skeptical about Yates directing DH to begin with, but in part one, he proved to me to do an excellent job, so maybe him and his crew will have stepped up this time. Personally, it doesn’t matter where he dies, it was harsh and as long as it’s portrayed as such, along with the Prince’s Tale done perfectly, I’ll be fine. They changed the final battle? How weird. I guess I didn’t really think much about it when seeing the first trailer. Oh well. I guess we’ll have to see come July 15th.

Posted by hermioneweasley17 on January 19, 2011, 02:09 PM report to moderator
6352 Points

One thing’s for sure about DH2 – it’s the last time Hollywood can screw with JKR’s amazing story.

Posted by KB Prez [ROAR!] on January 19, 2011, 02:43 PM report to moderator

haha so tru KB Prez…so true…it’s sad tough….cause they screwed something that could have been so awesome…

Posted by argoras on January 19, 2011, 03:39 PM report to moderator
104 Points

I heard they changed Snape’s last words to “Use the Force, Harry.”

Posted by Joost on January 19, 2011, 04:34 PM report to moderator
432 Points

if J.K. says its all wicked, then its all good by me… :D
and i think theat the crystal house is going to be pretty awesome, but i dont think its suposed to be romantic. dramatics, aye, but romantic…?
and what the hack is the boat house?

Posted by Hermione Weasley on January 19, 2011, 06:35 PM report to moderator
29 Points

The book was far from perfect. The complaining is nothing but book purism at it’s best. They believe the book was just too perfect that there’s no need to even pen a script just use the book. They change the location, so what? it doesn’t change the outcome of the story, he still dies. He’s the art director I’m sure when he used the word “romantic” it was more of a metaphoric way of describing the sequence at which he dies. I’m thinking this boathouse will tie into his past with Lily, where they last spoke or something, point is, we can only see how it would play out. Maybe it would turn out better than the book. But of course fans can never accept that

Posted by Kaypain on January 19, 2011, 07:05 PM report to moderator
637 Points

WHAT????!!!! I loved Snape’s death!!! I just hope they make Fred, Bellatrix, Wormtail, Crabbe, and Colin die. A crystal shack…? What? Who cares if it’s dramatic? He wasn’t SUPPOSED to die a dramatic, heroic death, Harry only finds out he’s good when he sees his memories. It says that Harry didn’t feel any sympathy or sadness for him, since Harry didn’t yet know he was a hero!

Posted by spelljinxcursehexcharm on January 19, 2011, 09:07 PM report to moderator
4208 Points

A crystal house? Does he mean a green house? I hope JKR approved the change. It would work then.

Posted by Fresca ROAR on January 19, 2011, 09:45 PM report to moderator
4208 Points

A crystal house? Does he mean a green house? I hope JKR approved the change. It would work then.

Posted by Fresca ROAR on January 19, 2011, 09:45 PM report to moderator
4208 Points

A crystal house? Does he mean a green house? I hope JKR approved the change. It would work then.

Posted by Fresca ROAR on January 19, 2011, 09:46 PM report to moderator
11774 Points

Yes, @Fresca, it does look a little bit like a greenhouse, but with leaded panes of glass. A link to the picture was posted by rbraun8 on one of the previous pages:

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on January 20, 2011, 03:49 AM report to moderator

A truly appalling change to the canon. They simply cannot leave well enough alone. It disgusts me.

Posted by Beazle on January 20, 2011, 03:23 PM report to moderator
29 Points

It’s not a “crystal” house… it’s a damn translation error.
He dies in the boat house, and its not made of crystal. I they meant the Windows are crystal and the trio watch through the windows and you can see hogwarts on fire through the crystal windows. And the change makes sense. You want to keep the focus on the battle and if the trio runs off to the shack you lose track of what’s going on at hogwarts. It’s a logistical change. Besides your losing track of whats important. Snaps death is what’s important. The location isn’t. Id much rather they get the emotion spot on than worry about the location.

It also makes sense from a budgetary standpoint. The shrieking shack is an expensive set that was built on a gimble. The boat house is far simpler and requires no gimble. Lighting will be easier, also.

Posted by Kaypain on January 20, 2011, 07:27 PM report to moderator

NOOO, NO AND NO!!!!!!!!! Why do they insist on changing important scenes? Didn´t they learned the lesson after the fans hated the stupid burning Burrow scene??? We don´t mind a little plot changing to make the adaptation, but STICK TO THE BOOK!!! I loved the DH part 1 but it was bad enough that they RUINED the torture scene cos Ron didn´t scream!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anna Luiza on January 20, 2011, 08:44 PM report to moderator
637 Points

This probably sounds really harsh, but I want fred to die. Because it’s not like the good side was going to have no losses. I personally LIKE percy. Of course Fred didn’t deserve to die, but the book wouldn’t be as good without it. Now if Snape hadn’t died, Harry would’ve never known why Snape was good, and it also brings to light how awfully Voldemort treats the Death eaters who he thinks are so loyal to him, and love has to truly win. His death was supposed to be horrible, unfair, and the worst in every way. He wasn’t supposed to die in a glass boat. It wasn’t supposed to be “romantic” or “dramatic”, it was supposed to be gruesome and remorseless, since Harry doesn’t know that he was good yet.

Posted by spelljinxcursehexcharm on January 20, 2011, 11:07 PM report to moderator
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