Death Altered in “Deathly Hallows: Part Two”

Once crucial scene in the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two” will experience a significant change from the original J.K. Rowling novel.


According to an interview with art director Andrew Ackland-Snow (via HPANA), the death of Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) will change its locale. In the book, Snape is killed at the Shrieking Shack by Voldermort’s snake Nagini.

In the film, the action will take place at the Hogwarts boathouse instead. The aim was to make the death sequence more poignant on-screen, to yield a location that will create a more “dramatic” and “romantic” feel to Snape’s death.

“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” he says.

He goes on to say author Rowling approves of the change – “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 boathouse 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.”