The Additional Scenes of Deathly Hallows Part 1-How Would They Have Looked in the Film?

Sunday, April 17th, 2011 | Author: Rhea

After months of waiting, I have finally got the Deathly Hallows Part 1 DVD! I’m really excited. I’ve been looking forward to seeing the special features for a very long time, especially the additional scenes. It has been interesting to watch those scenes and think about how they would fit into the movie.

The Burrow Shed- When I first heard of this scene I thought it would show a little emotional moment between Ron and Arthur. I was let down because I wanted to see a family moment, since such moments are not found very often in the movies. The scene was a nice way to show Mr. Weasley’s fondness for Muggles and Muggle machinery put to use. It also shows us where Ron got the idea of carrying the radio with him. It is a little strange, however, to show Mr. Weasley repairing a radio with a screwdriver since wizards have their own wireless which I’m sure can be repaired by magic. I loved the set, though. It’s the perfect shed at the Burrow- dirty, cluttered and full of Muggle articles that I can picture Arthur taking apart, along with rickety chairs and old cupboards.

The Dursley House (Harry and Aunt Petunia)- I’m not sure whether this should have been in the film or not. When I first saw this scene, I was disappointed that it wasn’t there but the more I thought about Petunia, the more I felt it was slightly out of character for her to say what she did. In the book, Petunia wasn’t able to overcome the awkwardness and muster the courage to admit that she did love Lily once upon a time, so leaving this scene out is justified. This was a spectacular bit of acting, though. Fiona Shaw is amazing, she conveys so much just with her eyes.

Dudley and Harry- Somehow, this didn’t play out as I had imagined it. The ‘waste of space’ line wasn’t as effective as it was in the book. It would have been nice in the film anyway so that the filmgoers would have known that Dudley was decent to Harry in the end, but it wasn’t necessary. Harry Melling’s acting was spot on. He looks completely gormless and awkward- the perfect Dudley.

The Granger House-I actually had expected a few more Death Eaters to be in this scene. After thinking about it I realized that sending only one Death Eater showcases the typical arrogance of Voldemort, who believes that Muggles are powerless against him. All I can say is, Yaxley was lucky that there wasn’t someone with a gun behind one of the doors!

Ministry of Magic Lifts- I don’t mind that this scene wasn’t in the film since I find it a little strange that Arthur told Reg Cattermole that he would help him, in front of Runcorn. Of course, I have got no doubts that the Weasleys would have fully supported the Cattermoles but I don’t think Arthur would have risked his job by asserting this in front of a supporter of the Ministry. He needed his job for the sake of the Order, if for nothing else. Also, Harry warning Arthur that he is being tracked doesn’t fit as well into the movie as it does into the book. What I actually craved was some proper interaction between Ron and Arthur like we got in the book.

Harry, Ron and Hermione Discuss Horcruxes in the Tent- This scene was pretty unnecessary, especially for book fans, since we already know everything Harry says about the Horcruxes. That little detail should actually have been included in the Half Blood Prince. The rest of the scene wasn’t needed in the film as well but I do think that this scene, among many others, is proof that Steve Kloves (who has been railed against by a number of book fans) has tried to stay as close to the book as possible for this film, hence the ‘beating heart’ dialogue.

Rabbit Chase in the Forest- This is the only scene about which I can say with complete certainty that I am very, very happy that it was not in the film. First, I wondered why Harry and Ron would be picking on a defenseless rabbit even if it is only to vent their frustration. I’m sure Hermione wouldn’t be at all pleased. Second, I have no idea why they started firing spells at each other. I don’t think it’s something that they would do. I don’t think it builds up to the fight between Harry and Ron either. There is a lot of build-up to that moment in the film which I feel is sufficient.

Montage:Ron and Hermione Skimming Stones- Please, please, please don’t get me wrong. I love Ron and Hermione and I’m completely in favour of their relationship, but I’m actually quite glad that this wasn’t in the movie. I think both Hermione and Ron were out of character in this scene. The whole Trio is supposed to be pretty distressed at this point. It would have probably distracted the watchers from the tension that is supposed to be building at this time. I would have loved a scene with just Ron and Hermione in it, though.

At the end of this scene, I saw something that infuriated me. When Harry, who is sitting at a distance, looks into the mirror the eye that he sees (Aberforth Dumbledore’s eye) is green! I have no idea why they did that! I’ve checked the movie and it is there too.

There is more on the special features disc as well. There is some insight into some of the special effects scenes as well as the friendships between the actors and the creation of the soundtrack. All this, especially the part about the soundtrack, is not like anything that we have seen on a Harry Potter DVD before and is all the more enjoyable because of that.

Happy watching!

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  1. Katherine says:

    Wow, I need the DVD so bad, but I have no money. I hope to get it for Easter though, instead of chocolate! Your comments on the scenes are really interesting, and just make me want to see them even more!

  2. Rhea says:

    Thank you. Hope you get the DVD soon! I’m sure you can find the additional scenes on the internet.

  3. I agree with you mostly. I’m glad most of the deleted scenes weren’t in the actual movie, but on the other hand I’m glad they did include some of them as deleted scenes on the DVD. The only part I do have to disagree on is that I think it may have been nice to have the scene about the horcruxes in the movie. I’m usually the first to say “who cares about the fans of the movies who’ve never read the books”, but to me I think including this scene would have made it SO much less confusing for them. It details what Dumbledore laid out for Harry about the Horcruxes that should have been covered in HBP (like you said above) and also points out why they all of a sudden stop using Voldemorts name in the middle of the movie (it’s taboo).

    Other than that… I completely agree with your other opinions! The rabbit scene…completely out of character for the two of them. And most of those scenes I found hard to place in the actual movie. They just wouldn’t have fit well. Hence them being deleted, I suppose!

    Katherine – if you haven’t seen the deleted scenes and you don’t want to wait until you have the money to get the DVD, most of them are up on my website. I was posting them as they became available online.

    • Katherine says:

      Thankyou, I’ll just look at them now. The rabbit scene sounds really weird.

      • Katherine says:

        OK, so I watched them now on Mugglenet from the link on your website though I’ll definitely get the DVD next time I’m near civilisation. I liked the scenes at the Burrow – I wanted to see some reconciliation between Dudley and Harry. I also liked the lift scene as there were lines from the book I recognised. But I’m not too bothered about the others, especially the rabbit one! I think the Horcrux scene would have been good for non book fans so maybe include that too. I can see why they didn’t include the skipping stones thing but it was nice to see Hermione not the best at something in the films for once.

        • That’s very true! It is nice to see Hermione lacking in skill at something for once, haha. Also, and I go into this on my podcast a bit too, I think it’s nice to see Ron and Hermione together. Especially after they put the dance scene in between Harry and Hermione. It lets people see the intimacy between her and Ron..when without it, you have nothing.

      • Thio says:

        I think they were just trying to hunt the rabbit. Have something to eat. And after that they started venting some frustration playing around trying to hit each other. Just boys playing… after all that time stuck being grown-ups on the run. I like the concept… Although I agree that the scene was best left off the final cut.

    • Rhea says:

      Thank you! I suppose the tent scene could have been included- it did fit in with the whole movie. As you said, it would have made it clearer. What I keep wondering now is – how are they going to find out about the cup and the snake? More than anything else, I think that should have been included in HBP.

      I thought they did mention the taboo in the movie but as I haven’t watched it completely for the second time I’m probably misremembering.

      I know what you mean about the rabbit scene. I was really weird! If I hadn’t read the description on the internet I wouldn’t have known what was happening!

  4. I think the way they’re going to find out about the cup is only because of the way Bellatrix freaked out about the trio “having been in her vault” from part 1. This will lead them to believe that something else important is being kept in there and the cup will be their lucky guess I suppose (since they have no real concrete evidence to go off of having been kept out of HBP). The snake, I’m not sure!

    This stuff has been bothering me since HBP and Part 1 came out, some if it is still unresolved and its driving me crazy haha. They’ll find a way though!

  5. Hollie says:

    Hey Rhea! Thank you for that lovely bit of writing, and a fantastic review! I haven’t been able to view the additional scenes yet – I bought a Blu-Ray copy and I have yet to get a Blu-Ray player, which I want to buy.
    But I’ll have to get out to buy a regular DVD (I thought the additional scenes would be included, but they weren’t. Silly me).

    I did see the scene with Petunia in it, and I must say, I agree with you whole-heartedly. Fiona Shaw is fantastic, isn’t she?

    • Rhea says:

      Thank you for your compliments!

      Fiona Shaw is wonderful. She’s always portrayed Petunia perfectly from the very first film. I sometimes feel that the Dursleys don’t get enough credit for their acting in the movies.