When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes out in July, it’ll be the end of the Harry Potter movie franchise and give Daniel Radcliffe reason to do more naked theater with horses or whatever it is he wants to do. Some people were sort of disappointed with the slow pace of Part 1, but it was only the first half of a book. Part 2 promises to be much more full of action and more death.
While both Part 1 and 2 are very, very close to the book, director David Yates did want to make one small change regarding the death of Snape that was approved by JK Rowling, and if you haven’t read the book and you plan on it, spoilers ahead.
In an interview with Cine Premiere Mexico Potter art director Andrew Ackland-Snow said the following:
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.
It’s a bit confusing, but essentially, he’s just changing the scenery, which may not seem like all that big of a deal— it’s something that directors do all the time, but with Harry Potter, if you’re a big HP fan, before you see Part 2 in the summer and freak the fuck out over this small change, just know that it was in fact Rowling approved.