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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Cast

  • Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe)

    Harry has been through tons of changes since we met him. Remember way back when, when he was a kiddo who didn't even know he was a wizard? Yeah, it's a little hazy for us, too.

    But nothing signals adulthood like leading the charge against the darkest forces of evil, right? Let's take a look at what's changed for the Boy Who Lived…and what—if anything—is the same.

    Time to Lead

    Remember the Harry who kind of struggled with the whole "taking the lead" thing in the Deathly Hallows Part I? Who kind of led his friends aimlessly through the woods for a while searching for Horcruxes, without a clear sense of what they were doing or where they should be looking?

    Well, that teen seems to be totally gone. Harry finally seems comfortable taking charge and is much more decisive about what each next step should be, partially because he seems to have gotten into a real groove figuring out where the next Horcruxes are likely to be.

    Case in point: Even though everyone's still recuperating from their adventure in Malfoy Manor at the end of the last film, Harry is eager to jump right back into the fray by heading on a new dangerous mission: a break-in at the Gringotts bank.

    Why, you ask? Because he's sure that a Horcrux is in Bellatrix's vault:

    HERMIONE: Are you thinking there's a Horcrux in Bellatrix's vault?

    HARRY: Well, she was terrified when she thought we'd been in there. She kept asking what else we'd taken. I bet you anything there's a Horcrux in there, another piece of his soul. Let's find it, and kill it, and then we're one step closer to killing him.

    See what we mean? He's so focused, so sure of his next step…and we have to say, we like this new confidence-look on Harry. Bonus: It makes us a little more willing to hope that he and his buddies can actually win the battle against evil.

    Lord Voldemort and Harry: Bosom Buddies?

    Of course, sometimes Harry's confidence in what to do next comes from the fact that he can still see into Voldemort's mind. Yes, yes, we all know—that ability has caused Harry a lot of heartache in he past, and it's hard for him to control—but the fact is that the link between their minds definitely comes in handy as he gets closer destroying Voldemort.

    Right after he steals the Horcrux from Bellatrix's vault, for example, he can actually feel Voldemort's anger as he learns of the break-in. That momentary glimpse into Voldemort's mind and emotions accomplishes a few things:

    1. It alerts Harry to the fact that Voldemort knows what they are up to.
    2. It tells Harry they're on the right track with the whole Horcrux hunt.
    3. It reveals the location of the next Horcrux. You see, Voldemort's thoughts turn to Hogwarts, which tells Harry that he's got one hidden there.

    It's a useful—if more than a little terrifying—ability. In fact, Ron even encourages Harry to open his mind to Voldemort so they know where to find him (and Nagini, Voldemort's snake/Horcrux):

    RON: Look inside him, Harry. Find out where he is. If we find him, we can find the snake. And we can end this!

    Sure, that's pretty much the opposite of what everyone has been trying to get Harry to do since the connection between H & V was discovered, but these are strange times. Luckily, Harry's dives into Voldemort's mind end up helping rather than hurting these days, and Harry seems a lot more in control of when/how long those moments happen.

    We suppose that's another sign of adulthood, right? Learning how to take negatives and turn them into positives? Way to go, Harry—we approve.

    Um, Yeah, About That "Boy That Lived" Stuff…

    So, now for the tough news about Harry's journey in this film: He has to die in order for Voldemort to be defeated.

    Yep, for real. That bombshell lands on Harry toward the very end of the film, when he views one of Snape's memories in the Pensieve. As it turns out, Dumbledore knew this was the case all along, but demanded that Harry only be told right as Voldemort was at his weakest. He told Snape all this shortly before his death, so Snape would know what to do.

    We get to see the convo in the Pensieve flashback:

    DUMBLEDORE: On the night Lord Voldemort went to Godric's Hollow to kill Harry, and Lily Potter cast herself between them, the curse rebounded. When that happened, a part of Voldemort's soul latched itself onto the only living thing it could find: Harry himself. There's a reason Harry can speak with snakes. There's a reason he can look into Lord Voldemort's mind. A part of Voldemort lives inside him.

    SNAPE: So, when the time comes, the boy must die?

    So, yup, Harry himself is a Horcrux—and so, now he has to die so that little fragment of Voldemort's soul can be destroyed. It's a strange feeling to be siding with Snape, but we have to agree: After all this struggling to keep Harry alive, now he has to die?

    That's, well, that's pretty infuriating.

    The Boy Who Lived Anyway

    Now for the good news: Harry ends up surviving Voldemort's Killing Curse. Yep—again.

    You know that lightning bolt on Harry's forehead? Well, maybe that's a clue that lightning can strike twice, at least for him.

    No one else has ever survived the Killing Curse, but Harry has survived it twice by the end of the series: once as a baby, and once when he meets Voldemort in the forest, leaves the Resurrection Stone (a gift from Dumbledore) in the dirt, and allows Voldemort to attack him without fighting back.

    So, what's that about? Was it the fact that the Elder Wand isn't really working for Voldemort, and so only had enough gusto to take care of the Horcrux and not Harry? Or did some miracle take place because Harry was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save human/wizardkind? We're not sure about all that, but one thing's for sure: Harry is a ridiculously brave dude.

    We know, we know—we've been saying that all along, but he really takes the whole bravery and self-sacrificing gig to a new level here. And because of those qualities, we're super-grateful he gets to stick around.

  • Severus Snape (Alan Rickman)

    Is he a loyal double-agent? Or has he really crossed over to the Dark Side for good?

    These questions about Snape's loyalties have been haunting us for basically the entire series, and particularly since we saw Snape murder Dumbledore at the end of Half-Blood Prince.

    But we finally get our answers in the final installment of the series.

    Drumroll, Please…

    Snape is…a loyal double agent! And a very, very brave one, to boot. In fact, he might be giving Harry a run for his money in terms of sheer gutsiness.

    As it turns out, Snape was working with Dumbledore all along and following his lead. Even when he killed him.

    Confused? Let us explain. Remember when Dumbledore got that ganky rot on his hand from handling one of the Horcruxes (in Half-Blood Prince)? Well, as it turns out, the curse was eventually going to kill Dumbledore. Snape could try to help Dumbledore stave off the effects of the curse temporarily, but it would have eventually overtaken the Headmaster.

    Knowing all that—and aware that Draco had been given the job of killing him—Dumbledore asks Snape to be the one to finish him off. That would accomplish a few things:

    1. Prevent Draco from having to murder someone. Dumbledore wasn't keen on the whole "making kids murder" thing.
    2. Help Snape convince Voldemort once and for all of his loyalty to the Dark Side.
    3. Give Dumbledore a quick death, as opposed to a long, painful one at the hands of that gross curse.

    Snape didn't love the idea, but he clearly did what he was told to do—and without anyone knowing. Based on the fact that McGonagall chases Snape from the building once Harry arrives to search for the Horcrux, we're guessing that she, like basically everyone else, had no idea Snape was still working for #TeamDumbledore.

    So, just to recap, Snape had to pretend to pal around with evil people and put himself in constant danger without alerting any of his true allies (the good guys) that he was working for them. Imagine how brave you'd have to be to do that (and how lonely it would be).

    He Doesn't Like Harry…But He's Been Protecting Him the Whole Time

    We only learn all this intel about Snape's true loyalties when Snape gives Harry a memory (via his tears) to throw into the Pensieve. And that's not the only bombshell that gets dropped in that recollection.

    Just to be clear: Snape has always disliked Harry, because Harry reminds Snape of Harry's father. And Snape hated Harry's father.

    But why? Well, among other reasons, there's the fact that Snape loved Harry's mother. In the Pensieve, Harry gets to see some of the history that led to that jumble of feelings, including Snape's childhood bonding with Harry's mother and James Potter's less-than-nice treatment of Snape.

    After seeing how things played out…we have to say, we feel a bit bad for Snape. Other students (including James) didn't treat Snape well, and he spent basically his whole life loving a girl who didn't return the feels.

    Rough stuff.

    In Snape's memory of Lily's death and the aftermath, we learn that Snape has been protecting Harry basically since his parents' death. As Snape grieved, Dumbledore asked him to turn that feeling to a good purpose:

    SNAPE: You said you would keep her safe.

    DUMBLEDORE: Lily and James put their faith in the wrong person, Severus. Rather like you. The boy survives.

    SNAPE: He doesn't need protection; the Dark Lord has gone.

    DUMBLEDORE: The Dark Lord will return. And when he does, the boy will be in terrible danger! He has her eyes. If you truly loved her…

    SNAPE: No one can know.

    DUMBLEDORE: I shall never reveal the best of you, Severus.

    So, yeah, Snape was in extra agony because his friends on the Dark Side (as you know, Snape took a brief turn there) were responsible for his beloved's death. However, he did agree to try to atone by keeping Harry safe from evil, and he really didn't want credit for it.

    We're not sure why he doesn't want people to know he's a good guy, but that's our Snape: crusty and cantankerous even when he's being heroic.

    Unfortunately, Snape felt a wee bit bamboozled when he realized later that Dumbledore was still totally prepared to let Harry die for their cause. Well, more than prepared: Dumbledore believed that Harry had to die in order for Voldemort to be defeated:

    SNAPE: So, when the time comes, the boy must die?

    DUMBLEDORE: Yes. Yes. He must die.

    SNAPE: You've kept him alive so that he can die at the proper moment. You've been raising him like a pig for slaughter.

    Like us, Dumbledore was surprised at Snape's anger at this news:

    DUMBLEDORE: Don't tell me now that you've grown to care for the boy?

    Snape wasn't about to go that far, of course—but he responded by releasing his Patronus, a doe. (Which, coincidentally, was also Lily's Patronus.)

    DUMBLEDORE: Lily? After all this time?

    SNAPE: Always.

    So, yeah, he was still so in love with Lily that his protective spirit animal matched hers, even after all those years. Because of that love, he wasn't thrilled to hear that Lily's son would now have to die, too.

    (Oh, and side note: Remember that doe Patronus that led Harry to the Sword of Gryffindor in the previous installment of The Deathly Hallows? Guess we know now it was Snape giving Harry an assist there.)

    He…Dies

    So, as if the tale of Snape's covert heroics and unrequited love isn't sad enough or you, here's the kicker: He dies.

    Voldemort believes that Snape is the true "owner" of the Elder Wand, and so he kills his "buddy" in order to change the wand's allegiance.

    Harry is watching as all this happens and tries to help, but it's too late. However, he does do Snape a solid on one front: He allows Snape to stare into Lily Potter's eyes one last time before he dies:

    SNAPE: Look at me. You have your mother's eyes.

    It's a sad ending for sure, but we're at least glad that Snape got to pass into the great beyond looking into the eyes of his beloved…as manifested in her teen son's face. (Oh, man. That's a little twisted.) Snape was a tortured but full-on hero, and so we'd say he deserved some peace and bliss in the end.

  • Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon)

    What, did you think Dumbledore's character development would halt just because he died two films ago? Guess again. We're still learning new things about the late, great headmaster.

    He's Got Lots of Secrets

    We know he's been dead for a little while now, but we assume you remember how Dumbledore kind of loved withholding certain bits of information from others? Well, he's still managing to make waves with that tendency, even after death.

    When Snape gives Harry his tears/memories to view in the Pensieve, Harry learns that Dumbledore kept a huge secret from him: Harry has to die in order for Voldemort to be defeated.

    So, yeah, that seems like the kind of thing that Dumbledore should have told Harry, right? Even Snape agrees that keeping that secret for most of Harry's life isn't cool.

    SNAPE: So, when the time comes, the boy must die?

    DUMBLEDORE: Yes. Yes. He must die.

    SNAPE: You've kept him alive so that he can die at the proper moment. You've been raising him like a pig for slaughter.

    Of course, Dumbledore has his reasons for keeping Harry out of the loop on this one. Would you have the strength to keep fighting if you knew that you were going to die eventually anyway? Might be difficult.

    And of course, Dumbledore needed Harry to keep fighting, since Harry was probably the only person he could entrust with the Horcrux mission. So, we kind of get where Dumbledore was coming from here.

    Brother or Bother?

    But you know who doesn't have a lot of sympathy for Dumbledore's little ways, though? His brother, Aberforth.

    Harry, Ron, and Hermione meet Aberforth when they come to Hogsmeade trying to gain access to Hogwarts, and Aberforth is a little, er, reluctant to help Harry finish up some dangerous scheme of his brother's:

    HARRY: We need to get into Hogwarts. Tonight. Dumbledore gave us a job to do.

    ABERFORTH: Did he, now? Nice job? Easy?

    HARRY: We've been hunting Horcruxes. We think the last one's inside the castle, but we'll need your help getting in.

    ABERFORTH: It's not a job my brother's given you, it's a suicide mission. Do yourself a favor, boy, go home. Live a little longer.

    HARRY: Dumbledore trusted me to see this through.

    ABERFORTH: What makes you think you can trust him? What makes you think you can believe anything my brother told you?

    Now, Harry has definitely struggled with doubts about Dumbledore's intense secrecy and wondered whether he actually knew Dumbledore all that well, but Aberforth's anger is way more intense than Harry's frustrations ever were. Clearly, the brothers had some serious drama back in the day.

    Harry isn't really interested in hearing about it, though—he's still a diehard Dumbledore fanboy:

    HARRY: I'm not interested in what happened between you and your brother. I don't care that you've given up. I trusted the man I knew. We need to get into the castle tonight.

    That's a pretty tremendous endorsement, if you ask us. If Harry can forgive and trust Dumbledore's wisdom even after everything they went through and all the secrets, then perhaps we can cut him some slack as well. After all, Dumbledore always did things with the best of intentions…even if those intentions didn't have the best results.

  • Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes)

    We know it's not nice to enjoy other people's suffering, but there is something really satisfying about watching this sadistic, evil, psychotic wizard get what's coming to him.

    Finally.

    Yup, that's right: Voldemort finally goes down in this film. And the best part? He contributes to his own downfall. Let's take a look at how he helped banish his evil self from the world, once and for all.

    Wand Magic

    But let's begin at the beginning.

    When the film starts, he has just gotten his hands on the Elder Wand, which is supposedly the most powerful wand in the world. Ever. Even Ollivander, the famous wand maker, tells Harry that if Voldemort is in possession of the wand, everyone else is in big trouble:

    OLLIVANDER: He's after you, Mr. Potter. If it's true, what you say, that he has the Elder Wand, I'm afraid you really don't stand a chance.

    So, yeah, with multiple Horcruxes still out there undestroyed, and Voldemort in possession of this super wand, we're not feeling fantastic about Harry's odds of defeating the Dark Lord.

    Horcrux Horrors

    Luckily, Harry jumps right back on the Horcrux hunting horse (say that five times fast) and starts knocking out Horcruxes one by one. First, he guesses accurately that Bellatrix has a Horcrux in her vault, so he goes to steal that one—which tips Voldemort off about Harry's mission.

    Despite now being aware of Harry's strategy for defeating him, Voldemort isn't super effective at stopping it. In fact, he even gives Harry a clue to here the location of the next Horcrux when a fit of anger opens up that connection between his mind and Harry's.

    After "seeing" Voldemort realize Harry's plans, Harry notices that his thoughts turn immediately to Hogwarts. So, Harry goes to Hogwarts, finds the next Horcrux (Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem), and boom: that's yet another step closer to Voldemort's destruction.

    When Voldemort realizes the diadem has been destroyed, he knows he has to protect his last (known) Horcrux: his snake, Nagini:

    VOLDEMORT: Come, Nagini, I need to keep you safe.

    Unfortunately for Voldemort, Harry is privy to that moment because, once again, Voldemort's anger has opened up that connection between their minds:

    HARRY: It's the snake. She's the last one. It's the last Horcrux.

    So, Harry sets out to destroy the snake and (fingers crossed) destroy Voldemort soon after.

    Only one problem, though: the snake isn't actually the last Horcrux. Harry is. Dumbledore explained how this happened to Snape, and we see the convo via Dumbledore's Pensieve:

    DUMBLEDORE: On the night Lord Voldemort went to Godric's Hollow to kill Harry, and Lily Potter cast herself between them, the curse rebounded. When that happened, a part of Voldemort's soul latched itself onto the only living thing it could find: Harry himself. There's a reason Harry can speak with snakes. There's a reason he can look into Lord Voldemort's mind. A part of Voldemort lives inside him.

    So, yeah, if Voldemort is to be destroyed, Harry needs to be destroyed, too.

    Love Strikes Again

    Or: make that temporarily destroyed. Harry tries in good faith to let Voldemort kill him so that someone else (presumably) can finally finish the Dark Lord off later. Voldemort, unaware that Harry is a Horcrux, is beyond thrilled when Harry gives himself up:

    VOLDEMORT: Harry Potter: the "Boy Who Lived." Come to die. Avada Kedavra!

    However, Harry doesn't die (and for those keeping score at home, that makes Voldemort 0/2 in using the Killing Curse directly on Harry). Instead, only the Horcrux living on/in Harry dies, and Harry lives to fight again. And this time, he duels with Voldemort and wins, which results in Voldemort disintegrating into thin air.

    And that, folks, is the end of the Dark Lord. For good, this time.

    …We hope.

  • Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint)

    While Ron and Hermione are there for all the heavy action in the film, they don't quite get the same character growth and attention that we've seen in other films.

    But hey: what are you going to do? It's an action-heavy finale to an adventure series, so we can't really expect a lot of cerebral dives into the changing motivations and feelings of every character.

    One nice thing we should note: Ron continues to step up and impress everyone with his smarts and helpfulness in the effort to defeat Voldemort. For example, Ron is the one who figures out how to destroy the Horcruxes without the Sword of Gryffindor—which is a huge deal:

    RON: Harry, Hermione and I have been thinking, it doesn't matter if we find a Horcrux.

    HARRY: What do you mean?

    HERMIONE: Unless we can destroy it.

    RON: So, we were thinking—

    HERMIONE: Well, Ron was thinking. It was Ron's idea. It's completely brilliant.

    RON: You destroyed Tom Riddle's diary with a basilisk fang, right? Well, me and Hermione think we know where we might find one.

    So, yeah, it's all well and good that Harry's figuring out where these Horcruxes are, but WTG Ron for figuring out how to destroy them. That's a key discovery, and it shows just how much Ron has grown up…and what an invaluable member of the group he is.

  • Hermione Granger (Emma Watson)

    Like Ron, Hermione doesn't get a ton of airtime in this particular film—at least not in terms of character development. She's still brilliant, of course—but we should note that she's also gladly sharing the brainiac spotlight now, when the chance arises.

    Just look at how freely she praises Ron for his idea about how to destroy the Horcruxes:

    RON: Harry, Hermione and I have been thinking, it doesn't matter if we find a Horcrux.

    HARRY: What do you mean?

    HERMIONE: Unless we can destroy it.

    RON: So, we were thinking—

    HERMIONE: Well, Ron was thinking. It was Ron's idea. It's completely brilliant.

    Hermione seemed like she had a lot to prove when she first started at Hogwarts, but now that she knows (and knows everyone else knows) that she's the smartest kid around, she seems more comfortable sharing the smarty-pants love.

    However, she's still super insightful and clever about things that elude others. Harry says as much when he explains to Ron and Hermione why he's giving himself up to Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest:

    HARRY: I'm going there now.

    RON: Are you mad? No, you can't give yourself up to him.

    HERMIONE: What is it, Harry? What is it you know?

    HARRY: There's a reason I can hear them. The Horcruxes. I think I've known for a while. And I think you have, too.

    HERMIONE: I'll go with you.

    HARRY: No, kill the snake.

    In this convo, it looks like Harry realizes that Hermione figured out a while ago that Harry himself is a Horcrux and might have to die. We certainly didn't see that coming, so we're pretty impressed that she would figure that out. (Sure, Harry figured it out, too, but he is a Horcrux, so maybe he had a slight edge in solving that puzzle).

    In any case, even though she's been out of the classroom for a whole year, Hermione remains head of the class, for sure.

  • Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch)

    Luna's main claim to fame in this film is helping Harry along in figuring out the identity and location of Voldemort's Hogwarts Horcrux. When Harry announces that he thinks the Horcrux has something to do with Ravenclaw, Luna chimes in pretty quickly:

    HARRY: I think it has something to do with Ravenclaw. Um, it'll be small, easily concealed. Anyone, any ideas?

    LUNA: Well, there's Rowena Ravenclaw's lost diadem.

    RON: Oh, bloody hell, here we go.

    LUNA: Lost diadem of Ravenclaw? Hasn't anyone heard of it? It's quite famous.

    CHO: Yes, but Luna, it's lost. For centuries now. There isn't a person alive today who's seen it.

    Despite Ron and Cho's naysaying, Harry ends up agreeing that they're probably looking for Ravenclaw's lost diadem and goes in search of it in Ravenclaw Tower. Once again, though, Luna has to step in and give him a nudge in the right direction. She literally has to chase Harry down to get him to listen, though:

    LUNA: Harry, wait! I need to talk to you!

    HARRY: I'm a bit preoccupied at the moment.

    […]

    LUNA: Harry Potter, you listen to me right now! Do you remember what Cho said about Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem? There is not a person alive who's seen it. It's obvious, isn't it? We have to talk to someone who's dead.

    Thanks to Luna, Harry finds out the location of the diadem from Ravenclaw's resident ghost, the Grey Lady (a.k.a. Rowena Ravenclaw's daughter). Luna's super sweet, but we're glad she can be insistent and tough when it matters.

  • Griphook (Warwick Davis)

    Griphook is kind of an odd duck—er, odd goblin.

    Up until being kidnapped at the end of the last film (and then rescued with Harry and the others), he worked at Gringotts (the Wizarding bank), and so Harry is super interested in getting his help in his Horcrux quest.

    You see, Harry thinks that Bellatrix Lestrange has hidden a Horcrux in her vault, and he wants Griphook's help in breaking in to steal it.

    Griphook is willing, but there's a catch: He wants the Sword of Gryffindor in return—which Harry needs in order to destroy any Horcrux they find. Harry tries to offer him gold, but Griphook isn't having it:

    HARRY: I have gold. Lots of it.

    GRIPHOOK: I've no interest in gold.

    HARRY: Then what?

    GRIPHOOK [Gesturing toward the sword]: That. That is my price.

    So, Harry agrees—since what else can he do? He's not getting into the vault without Griphook, that's for sure.

    Unfortunately, the wily goblin decides he's going to peace out mid-mission, leaving Harry, Hermione, and Ron battling all kinds of dangers in Gringotts:

    GRIPHOOK: I said I'd get you in. I didn't say anything about getting you out.

    Real nice, eh? Well, karma comes back to bite him in the butt: We later see him lying dead with the Sword of Gryffindor disappearing from his hand. Guess he should have stuck with Harry, who would have helped protect him from evil types, right?

    (Oh, and fun trivia time: The actor who plays Griphook, Warwick Davis, also plays Professor Flitwick in the series.)

  • Ollivander (John Hurt)

    We all know of Ollivander by now, of course: he's the dude who sells all the kids their wands before starting at Hogwarts. Or at least, that's what he did before his shop was destroyed a couple of movies ago.

    When this film opens, he's still regaining his strength after being trapped in Malfoy Manor as Voldemort's prisoner. Despite the fact that he's still weak, Harry wants to chat with the wandmaker about the legend of the Elder Wand, a supposedly unbeatable wand that's also one of those Deathly Hallows mentioned in the title:

    HARRY: And what do you know about the Deathly Hallows?

    OLLIVANDER: It is rumored there are three: The Elder Wand, the Cloak of Invisibility, to hide you from your enemies, and the Resurrection Stone, to bring back loved ones from the dead. Together, they make one the Master of Death. But, few truly believe that such objects exist.

    […]

    HARRY: You know one exists. You told him about it. You told him about the Elder Wand, and where he could go looking for it.

    OLLIVANDER: He tortured me. Besides, I only conveyed rumors. There's... There's no telling whether he will find it.

    HARRY: He has found it, sir. We'll let you rest.

    OLLIVANDER: He's after you, Mr. Potter. If it's true, what you say, that he has the Elder Wand, I'm afraid you really don't stand a chance.

    So, yeah, unfortunately Voldemort tortured Ollivander, and the old wandmaker gave up some intel that he thought could never be useful to the Dark Lord…but which led him right to he most powerful wand in the world. Obviously he didn't do it on purpose, but that's a pretty big boo boo—and one that's going to be pretty dangerous to Harry.

  • Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter)

    We don't get to see too much of Bellatrix in this film. In fact, most of her screen time occurs when Hermione is impersonating her—so, er, it's not even really her, just her appearance.

    The real Bellatrix does end up in a duel with Molly Weasley at the end, and Molly kills her. Another evildoer bites the dust.

  • Molly Weasley (Julie Waters)

    Molly doesn't get a ton of screen time in this film, but boy, does she make it count.

    On the heels of losing one of her boys in the Battle of Hogwarts, and with Bellatrix aiming Killing Curses at Ginny, Molly is shooting (or spelling?) to kill. When she steps in to duel with Bellatrix, she even whips out a nasty, very-un-Molly word:

    MOLLY: Not my daughter, you b****!

    And then, as if that's not shocking enough, she legit kills Bellatrix. We know, we're shocked, too. But that will teach any Death Eaters to mess with the Weasleys again.

  • Helena Ravenclaw (Kelly Macdonald)

    Who says ghosts can't be characters, too? Helena certainly manages to bring the drama during her few moments talking to Harry, so we'd say she deserves a mention.

    Helena is the Grey Lady, a.k.a. the ghost of Ravenclaw Tower, and the daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw. So, what better person (er, ghost) for Harry to turn to when he needs intel about Rowena Ravenclaw's lost crown?

    The only problem? Helena is a little skittish and even prickly around students. Apparently, she had a bad experience with one of them before, so she's not super friendly or eager to talk to them:

    HELENA: You seek my mother's diadem.

    HARRY: Yes. That's right.

    HELENA: Luna is kind, unlike so many of the others. But she was wrong; I cannot help you.

    HARRY: Wait, please! I want to destroy it! [. . .] That's what you want here, isn't it, Helena? You want it destroyed?

    HELENA: Another swore to destroy it many years ago. A strange boy with a strange name.

    HARRY: Tom Riddle.

    HELENA: But he lied.

    Ah, yes, so that explains it: Voldemort was the student who made her so standoffish and afraid where students are concerned. Understandable.

    Luckily, Harry convinces Helena that he's not like Tom, and so Helena decides to help him. Here's hoping that, once Voldemort is gone for good (and her mother's defiled crown is destroyed), she might have a little more peace.

  • Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy (Jason Isaacs and Helen McCrory)

    Lucius and Narcissa's primary role in the last couple of films has been to look pale and upset as the Dark Lord taunts them (and their son). And their situation is pretty much the same here. However, Narcissa does get a little bit of a "moment" when she goes to check Harry for signs of life after Voldemort has used the Killing Curse on him.

    She's not even concerned about whether the Dark Lord has succeeded; she's only concerned for her son. When she realizes Harry is alive, she doesn't announce it—instead, she asks for information about her boy:

    NARCISSA: Is he alive? Draco. Is he alive?

    Then, when she gets up, she does Harry a solid and announces that the boy is dead. (Since he's still lying there, she seems to guess he's playing dead for a reason, and thanks him for the information by not blowing his cover.)

    Sure, she demands that Draco join the Death Eaters when Voldemort declares his victory, but since she knows Harry is actually alive…is that really a legit request? We think we might give her a pass on that one.

  • Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton)

    Draco doesn't pop up too much in this film—well, except for one very dramatic scene in which he and some friends chase Harry to the Room of Requirement to get his wand back:

    DRACO: Well, well, what brings you here, Potter?

    HARRY: I could ask you the same.

    DRACO: You have something of mine. I'd like it back.

    HARRY: Well, what's wrong with the wand you have?

    DRACO: It's my mother's. It's powerful, but it's not the same. Doesn't quite understand me. Know what I mean?

    We have to say, even though the tone is pretty tense, this is pretty civil dialogue for Draco and Harry. And then, Harry goes ahead and changes the topic completely:

    HARRY: Why didn't you tell her? Bellatrix? You knew it was me. You didn't say anything.

    Harry is referring to a moment at the end of the previous film, when Draco refused to identify Harry (who was under the influence of a Stinging Spell) even though he could tell it was Harry. For some reason, Harry thinks this is the right time to remind Draco that he's probably a nice person, deep down.

    Hey, maybe it'll keep the situation from escalating?

    Well, not so much. Draco doesn't really have anything to say to Harry's questions, but his buddies are eager to start trouble, and suddenly the curses start flying. And then, one of Draco's buddies unleashes this super dangerous fire snake—Fiendfyre—in the Room of Requirement that almost traps and kills them all.

    But we digress. The bottom line? Draco is obviously still trying to lean to the Dark Side…but we're not convinced it's working.

  • Aberforth Dumbledore (Ciarán Hinds)

    Finally, we learn truth behind the mystery of the blue eye in Harry's little mirror fragment—you know, the one that looks like Dumbledore's eye.

    As it turns out, the eye belongs to Aberforth Dumbledore, brother of Albus, and he's been keeping a, well, eye on Harry (and even helping out when asked) since the remainder of the broken mirror came into his possession.

    Sadly, it doesn't look like Aberforth and Albus had the greatest relationship, and so Aberforth is reluctant to help Harry along in the Horcrux:

    HARRY: We need to get into Hogwarts. Tonight. Dumbledore gave us a job to do.

    ABERFORTH: Did he, now? Nice job? Easy?

    HARRY: We've been hunting Horcruxes. We think the last one's inside the castle, but we'll need your help getting in.

    ABERFORTH: It's not a job my brother's given you, it's a suicide mission. Do yourself a favor, boy, go home. Live a little longer.

    HARRY: Dumbledore trusted me to see this through.

    ABERFORTH: What makes you think you can trust him? What makes you think you can believe anything my brother told you?

    Yikes—Harry seems to have stepped into the middle of some serious brotherly…non-love.

    Despite Aberforth's kvetching, though, he does end up helping Harry, and he does end up coming into the castle to fight alongside everyone else so Harry can complete his mission.

    He must not be as jaded as he likes to make himself out to be, right? And he's Dumbledore's brother, so we know he's probably not short on bravery.