Harry Potter’s Key Alteration to Avoid Lord of the Rings Comparison


The Harry Potter film adaptations are often hailed as successful translations from book to screen, maintaining crucial scenes while justifiably trimming others, although some omissions, like Peeves, remain a regret among fans. However, the final movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” faced a particular challenge to avoid an overextended conclusion similar to the criticisms faced by “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

The concern about multiple endings led the filmmakers to combine various climactic story threads into one significant scene set in the aftermath of the battle at Hogwarts. In the original book, Harry uses the Elder Wand’s power to repair his own wand before choosing to bury it in Dumbledore’s tomb, intending for the wand’s power to end with his own demise, as per Dumbledore’s plan.

However, the film’s producers and director felt that this resolution might lead to an excessive number of conclusions, akin to the criticism “The Return of the King” received. Consequently, they sought approval from J.K. Rowling for a departure from this significant moment in the book. Rowling, upon hearing the proposed change, gave her blessing, considering it a wonderful idea.


This alteration aimed to avoid cinematic ending fatigue while creating a satisfying conclusion. Yet, it resulted in the absence of details about the fate of the Deathly Hallows, despite the series being named after them. Such sacrifices are often necessary in adapting dense novels into cinematic experiences, as seen with “The Lord of the Rings” finale’s bloated ending.

However, the future Harry Potter TV series presents an opportunity to revisit omitted material. With more screen time in a long-form format, fans may finally see aspects that didn’t make the original film cut over a decade ago.