Things You Didn't Know About 'The Deathly Hallows' If You've Only Seen The Movies

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which provides the conclusion to the conflict between Harry and Voldemort, contains so many important details that it was split into two movies to fully tell the story, yet there are still major plot points that didn't make the cut or were altered. Anyone who hasn't read the final book can't claim to know what really went on in the story, because there are major revelations found only on the page.

The best way to appreciate the ending of Harry Potter is to know exactly what happened in the source material - and that's why these details are important. 


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    Rufus Scrimgeour Is Slain Because He Refuses To Betray Harry

    Rufus Scrimgeour Is Slain Because He Refuses To Betray Harry
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Harry isn't too fond of Rufus Scrimgeour because of the latter's many attempts to get Harry to endorse the Ministry's improper practices, but Scrimgeour's final act proves he was loyal to Harry all along. 

    Voldemort personally captures Scrimgeour to interrogate him over Harry's whereabouts - Scrimgeour visited Harry just a day prior and knows he is at the Burrow. Voldemort must have broken into Scrimgeour's mind to learn Harry's location since the Death Eaters arrive at the Burrow during Bill and Fleur's wedding, but he learns nothing else about Harry.

    Scrimgeour is extensively tormented by Voldemort through the Cruciatus Curse but chooses to perish rather than rat out Harry. His sacrifice causes Harry to gain new respect for Scrimgeour, and he feels sad about Scrimgeour's demise.

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    Voldemort Replays The Demise Of Harry's Parents In His Mind

    Voldemort Replays The Demise Of Harry's Parents In His Mind
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Voldemort experiences a surge of heightened emotions when he learns that Harry has stolen the cup Horcrux from Gringotts. Harry is forced to look into Voldemort's mind because of the piece of the Dark Lord's soul within him, and he sees Voldemort recalling the night of the Potters' elimination.

    Harry witnesses firsthand not just what happened, but also what Voldemort was thinking at the time. The narration shifts to Voldemort's point of view as he arrives at Godric's Hollow, finds the Fidelius Charm lifted due to Peter Pettigrew's betrayal, and slays Lily and James.

    Harry also realizes the pain and confusion Voldemort felt when the Killing Curse rebounded on him, and understanding Voldemort at such a level gives him the idea to continue spying on Voldemort to learn the location of the diadem Horcrux at Hogwarts.

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    Kreacher Is Finally Treated With Kindness

    Kreacher Is Finally Treated With Kindness
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Kreacher is summoned to 12 Grimmauld Place by Harry so he can be questioned about the locket Horcrux. In the process, Harry feels pity for Kreacher when he sees the latter is still stricken with grief over Regulus's demise.

    Harry is encouraged by Hermione to show Kreacher kindness and realizes that it was everyone else's fault Kreacher had acted so maliciously before because none of them had ever treated him as a real being. 

    Kreacher changes his ways instantly, becoming very caring in personality and acknowledging Harry as his rightful master. He also partakes in the Battle of Hogwarts when he leads the house-elves in Regulus Black's name against the Death Eaters.

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    Harry Realizes He's Descended From The Peverells

    Harry Realizes He's Descended From The Peverells
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Nobody tells Harry that the Invisibility Cloak is one of the Deathly Hallows, but he's able to deduce this fact. Harry learns about the Deathly Hallows from The Tale of the Three Brothers, picking up on Albus Dumbledore's clues. 

    Harry traces back the cloak's history and figures out that Dumbledore borrowed it from James because Dumbledore had also realized it was a Deathly Hallow. Upon learning from Xenophilius Lovegood that the Peverell brothers created them, Harry comes to the conclusion that his ancestor was the third Peverell brother and the Invisibility Cloak was passed down to his descendants.

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    Viktor Krum Attends Fleur And Bill's Wedding And Gets Into An Argument With Xenophilius Lovegood

    Viktor Krum Attends Fleur And Bill's Wedding And Gets Into An Argument With Xenophilius Lovegood
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Harry first comes across the Deathly Hallows symbol when he sees Xenophilius Lovegood wearing a necklace with the Hallows insignia at Bill and Fleur's wedding. Harry doesn't think much of it until Viktor Krum points to it as something that makes him extremely angry.

    Krum, who was invited by Fleur, resists the urge to attack Xenophilius out of respect for their friendship; however, he's unable to contain himself. Krum confronts Xenophilius over the necklace and gets into a screaming match with him, and Krum storms out of the wedding.

    Krum reveals that the Deathly Hallows mark is what Gellert Grindelwald used as his own insignia, and he mistakenly believes Xenophilius is making fun of the many people who perished because of Grindelwald, including Krum's grandfather. 

    687 votes
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    Ron Fools The Ministry And The Death Eaters By Disguising A Ghoul As Himself

    Ron Fools The Ministry And The Death Eaters By Disguising A Ghoul As Himself
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Ron's status as a pure-blood means that his attendance at Hogwarts is mandatory under the Death Eater regime. He comes up with a plan to avoid being taken away by disguising the ghoul in the Burrow's attic as himself.

    The ghoul's appearance is transfigured to make him look like Ron, complete with red hair and freckles. His bizarre features are explained as Ron suffering from a disease called Spattergroit, which is highly contagious to wizards.

    When Ministry officials under Voldemort's hold pay a visit to the Burrow, they fall for Ron's plan and list him as highly ill and unable to attend Hogwarts.

    415 votes