“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Plot Holes: Explained
As expected, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” part one had a huge premiere. However, because the movie series started before the final book was released, there are some gaping plot holes in the “Deathly Hallows” movie. In defense of Warner Brothers, it was unavoidable. Because the movies were in production as the books were being released, Warner Brothers didn’t know what seemingly innocuous plot point would eventually play a major roll in the final movie. As a result, there were several things that were introduced in “Deathly Hallows” that left moviegoers who had not read the books puzzled. For those of you who have not read the books, and at the risk of revealing what a geek I am (oh wait a minute, you already knew that), here are explanations to some of the plot holes.
**Warning, these are spoilers if you have not seen the movie yet**
Why is Harry carrying around a mirror shard?
The mirror shard was a gift from Sirius given to Harry in “Order of the Phoenix.” The mirror is part of a set that allows people to communicate with each other. After Sirius’ death, Harry put it in his school trunk and forgot about it. He later found the broken mirror while packing at the beginning of the “Deathly Hallows” book. He kept it with him because early in the novel, he saw an eye looking at him through the mirror. Thinking that it might somehow be Dumbledore, Harry took the mirror with him when he left the Dursley’s house. The fact that Harry thinks the eye on the other end of the mirror belongs to Dumbledore gives a clue as to who it is and this person will play a roll in the second movie.
Who is Bill, and how did he get together with Fleur?
In case you missed it, Bill is Arthur and Molly Weasley’s eldest son. Ron mentions him through out the movies, but not knowing that he would play a role in the final book, Warner Brothers cut him out of the previous movies. Bill is a member of the Order of the Phoenix, and in the book, he got the scar on his face from Fenrir Greyback during the battle between the Death Eaters and the Order at the end of “Half-Blood Prince.”
Bill first met Fleur when he, Arthur and Molly visited Harry during the Triwizard Tournament in “Goblet of Fire”. They meet again in “Order of the Phoenix” when Fleur gets a job at the Gringotts Wizard Bank where Bill works. I found it particularly strange that it was not made clear in the movie that the wedding at the Weasley’s home was Bill and Fleur’s wedding.
Where was Dobby?
With the exception of Neville, Dobby probably received the most cutting during the adapting of the novels into movies. After being freed at the end of “Chamber of Secrets,” Dobby went to work with the other house elves at Hogwarts. In the books, Hogwarts has an army of house elves who clean the castle and prepare the banquets for the students. One of the subplots cut from the “Goblet of Fire” movie was Hermione’s crusade for House-elf’s rights.
In the novels, Dobby played a semi-important roll in “Goblet of Fire,” “Order of the Phoenix” and “Half-Blood Prince.” As a matter of fact, in the novel, it was Dobby who gave Harry the gillyweed in “Goblet of Fire,” not Neville. Because Dobby was cut out of the previous movies, he was added to the scene with Kreature and Mundungus Fletcher so that he would have another presence in the movie other than him appearing at Malfoy Manor only to be killed ten minutes later.
Why did Kreature obey Harry?
In the beginning of the “Half-Blood Prince” book, Harry finds out that Sirius bequeathed Number 12 Grimmauld Place to him in his will. Along with the house, Kreature, the house elf, also passes on to Harry. As a result, Kreature is bound to do whatever Harry requests.
What happened to Regulus, and how did he switch out the locket?
In the book version of “Deathly Hallows,” Kreature tells Harry, Hermione and Ron that Voldemort requests that Regulus allow him to borrow his house elf. Voldemort then goes to the cave shown in “Half-Blood Prince” and makes Kreature drink the potion from the basin. When it is empty, Voldemort places the locket into the basin before it refills. After returning to Grimmauld Place, Kreature tells Regulus what happened. Regulus then orders Kreature to take him to the cave. Once there, Regulus drinks the potion out of the basin and switches the lockets. He then orders Kreature to leave and destroy the horcrux. Regulus dies in the cave and becomes one of the inferi in the pool surrounding the island where the basin was located. A popular theory among fans is that the inferi that grabbed Harry in the “Half-Blood Prince” movie was in fact Regulus Black.
What is the ring horcrux that Dumbledore destroyed?
If you missed the reference to the ring horcrux, it’s because it was only alluded to in the “Half-Blood Prince” movie. The ring belonged to Tom Riddle’s maternal grandfather Marvolo Gaunt. Tom Riddle stole the ring from his uncle Morfin Gaunt, who inherited the ring after Marvolo’s death and turned it into a horcrux. Dumbledore found and destroyed the ring during the summer between the “Order of the Phoenix” and “Half-Blood Prince” books.
Why was the Goblin in the dungeon with Ollivander and Luna?
If he looks familiar to you, Griphook is the goblin that Harry meets at Gringotts in “Sorcerer’s Stone.” In the book, the snatchers bring Griphook to Malfoy Manor with Harry, Ron, Hermione and Dean Thomas. Griphook, as well as Mr. Ollivander, will play key roles in the beginning of part two the “Deathly Hallows” movie.
What is Shell Cottage, and how did Ron know about it?
Shell Cottage is the home of Bill and Fleur. In the book, Shell Cottage is where Ron goes after his argument with Harry.