Cutting the Best Part of Battle of Hogwarts was Deathly Hallows' Biggest Fail
The unseen heroics of Grawp and Buckbeak left on the cutting room floor is by far The Deathly Hallows - part 2 biggest mistake.
As the Harry Potter book series continued to expand, the filmmakers faced the daunting challenge of condensing the rich narrative into the limited time frame of a movie. Subsequently, the final film in the franchise, The Deathly Hallows - part 2, brought together many of the familiar characters from across the series to defeat Lord Voldemort.
However, under pressure to tighten the story for the grand finale, some heartbreaking cuts had to be made. One of these cuts in particular stands out as the film's biggest failure, and it involves two of the series' much-loved characters.
The cut scene in question is from chapter 36 of The Deathly Hallows, which involves a heartwarming moment when two of the franchise's much-beloved characters make a brave appearance during the climactic Battle of Hogwarts. Hagrid's half-brother, Grawp, joined forces with the majestic hippogriff Buckbeak, who had previously captured the hearts of fans in Prisoner of Azkaban. Together with the thestrals, they formed an awe-inspiring team that fearlessly attacked Voldemort's forces, leading to them retreating from the initial confrontation.
Though this scene was brief, it would have been a nostalgic and sentimental reunion with these two endearing characters, giving fans a chance to bid them a fond farewell.
Since Grawp and Buckbeak were important characters in the previous films, their presence in the Battle of Hogwarts would have had a strong emotional impact on the audience. However, unfortunately, Deathly Hallows director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves were given the colossal task of wrapping up numerous character arcs and storylines within a limited time and budget of the final movie, and the Battle of Hogwarts had too many significant and emotionally charged moments, leaving little room to accommodate additional scenes.
Though delightful, the return of Grawp and Buckbeak wasn't deemed crucial to advancing the primary storyline. It's understandable that the film needed to prioritize core plot elements and character resolutions. Nevertheless, the fleeting mention of these cherished characters leaves fans yearning for a more satisfying farewell.
While the movie's time constraints necessitated tough decisions, the missed opportunity to showcase Grawp and Buckbeak one last time leaves a bittersweet taste in fans' mouths. The Battle of Hogwarts was a battle not just for survival, but also for preserving friendships and the bonds forged throughout the series.
In the end, The Deathly Hallows - part 2 still provided an epic conclusion to the beloved film franchise. While the omission of Grawp and Buckbeak's heroic moment was necessary, we can't help but wonder what could have been if they had not been cut. Fortunately, there's a chance that we may eventually get to see the moment come to the screen in the upcoming HBO adaptation of the books; finally allowing fans to witness the send-off the two characters deserve.