Dumbledore DIES! *Evil laugh* I just spoiled Harry Potter for you. Wait.. everyone knows that now? Fuck, I remember when that spoiler use to mean something. Now all I’m left with is a small penis and jar full of broken dreams.
Anyway, as most of you know there is loads of death in J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter novels and subsequent movies. Each one more painful than the last. They’re like the equivalent of watching Bambi’s mother die, while at the same time slamming your genitals in a sliding glass door (ladies, you can play too. Bologna origami. Go!). Death in fiction and in real life is painful enough as it is. Now why would you go and make it worse? What am I talking about? Well, due to the authors blessing one of those memorable demises has been tampered with in Deathly Hallows Part 2.
If you are a Harry Potter fanatic there is a good chance the following news will send you reeling, best not to look. For everyone else that doesn’t give a shit, you can just move along.
WARNING: This is a pretty big spoiler. Turn back while you still can!
In the novel, the traitorous Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) is dispatched by Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in the Shrieking Shack—the house constructed so that lyncanthropic Remus Lupin would have a safe haven to ride out the full moon while he was still a student in Hogwarts. According to art director Andrew Ackland-Snow, director David Yates turned to Rowling for permission to change the locale in an effort to make the scene a bit more cinematic:
“We wanted to change a bit where Snape dies. In the book, he dies in the Shrieking Shack, and we wanted to get him out from, not a conventional interior, but from that kind of box, to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere. We asked J.K. if she agreed for that to happen in there, because we hadn’t really seen it before. We made a crystal house, and you can see what happens in the boat house from there … but also the school is in flames … and she loved it. Besides, it’s a very romantic place to die. Snape dies in a extremely good way, I gotta say.”
Fuck the details. This is not a big deal. Snape’s death and back-story is one of the pivotal stories of the whole series…where he dies really isn’t important. Just as long as Snape’s story gets the back story it belongs. Am I right? You’re freaking out that they changed the location, aren’t you? You’re such a nerd.