15 Things You Didn't Know About The Battle Of Hogwarts
The most crucial part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was its climactic conflict where Harry and Voldemort finally faced off. This is known as the Battle of Hogwarts where the Death Eaters and the heroes clashed in a fight to determine the fate of the Wizarding World. While the movie version did a good job in portraying this battle, there are a lot more details that can be found in the novel. In addition, J.K. Rowling has revealed plenty of other things that took place during and after the Battle of Hogwarts that provide many more answers to fans. These are the most interesting facts about what really happened at the Battle of Hogwarts.
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The Centaurs Arrived In The Nick Of Time To Aid The Heroes In The Battle
The centaurs were openly hostile toward humans in the series and refused to help when the Battle of Hogwarts began. However, they did spring to action after Hagrid accosted them for their inaction when he thought Harry had perished. Although not shown in the movie, the centaurs arrived just in the nick of time to attack the Death Eaters to provide Harry the opening to reveal that he was still alive. The centaurs charging into battle also pushed the Resurrection Stone Harry had left in the forest into the ground and buried it forever.
The movies made it appear as if Harry extracted the sword from the Sorting Hat in Chamber of Secret on his own, with Neville's move also looking similar in Deathly Hallows - Part 2. In truth, both of them had to request the Sorting Hat for help. Upon seeing Nagini during the Battle of Hogwarts, Neville had asked the Sorting Hat that was perched on his head at the time for assistance and received the sword since he was a true Gryffindor.
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Harry Felt Justified In Torturing Amycus Carrow
Harry crossed the ethical line when he used the Cruciatus curse to torment the Death Eater Amycus Carrow after he had spat on Professor McGonagall when the Battle of Hogwarts was about to begin. While this was a one-off move of cruelty on Harry's part, J.K. Rowling revealed that Harry didn't feel any remorse for it.
Harry is not, and never has been, a saint. Like Snape, he is flawed and mortal.
Harry’s faults are primarily anger and occasional arrogance.
On this occasion, he is very angry and acts accordingly. He is also in an extreme situation, and attempting to defend somebody very good against a violent and murderous opponent.
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More Than Fifty People Perished During The Battle
It's unclear just how many perished in the Battle of Hogwarts within the movie, but the novel provides more insight here. In addition to Fred Weasley, Tonks, Lupin, and Colin Creevey, there were more than fifty people that were confirmed to have died. These have become known as the Fallen Fifty and don't include the list of Death Eater deaths.
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Professor Kettleburn Participated In The Battle Of Hogwarts From Hogsmeade
Professor Kettleburn was the Care of Magical Creatures teacher who retired before Harry started studying the subject. He moved to Hogsmeade after retirement and played a small hand in the Battle of Hogwarts. As revealed in Chapter Four of Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, Professor Kettleburn threw his stock of Flobberworms at the Death Eaters that crossed his house as a way of distracting them.
Colin Creevey was a Muggle-Born and was thus barred from attending Hogwarts during Deathly Hallows when it was under the Death Eater regime. He still showed up for the Battle of Hogwarts despite being underage, even partaking in the conflict. Colin ended up perishing and it turns out he had not only snuck into the battle but had snuck into the school itself since no one had called him to fight.