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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Summary

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Summary

Riding the Dragon

We jump right back in where the story left off: Voldemort has stolen the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's tomb.

What's the Elder Wand? Oh, only the most powerful wand in the world, according to legend. And Voldemort has it. (Yeah—we're off to the races right away.)

So, Harry and his pals are in an extra hurry now to figure out where the rest of these Horcruxes are and destroy them. To that end, they interview Griphook, a goblin who worked at the Gringotts bank and got mixed up in Harry's drama at the end of the last film when the kids were trying to escape from Malfoy Manor.

From that whole escapade, Harry has realized that Bellatrix probably has one of the Horcruxes in her vault, and he wants Griphook to help him retrieve it. Griphook agrees, but only on the condition that Harry give him the Sword of Gryffindor in return. Sure, the sword is what they were planning to use to destroy the Horcruxes, but step one is getting the Horcrux, right? So, Harry agrees.

Unfortunately, the trip to Gringotts doesn't exactly go smoothly. The bank seems to have been warned that imposters might be trying to get into Bellatrix's vault, and even when Harry and the others manage to get over the first hurdle, they get into serious issues once they actually enter the vault: Bellatrix's treasure has a spell on it that causes it to multiply when touched, so the kids end up nearly swallowed in a mountain of duplicate treasures.

Then, when they get past all that nonsense, Griphook kind of leaves them in a lurch after he's gotten his hands on the Sword of Gryffindor. After all, in his view, he only promised to get them into the vault, not out of it. So, he scurries off, leaving the kids behind.

Luckily, this crew is resourceful, and Harry, Hermione, and Ron use a dragon that has been imprisoned in Gringotts' basement to ride out of the bank.

Once they've gotten a safe distance from the bank (and uh, the entire city), the kids jump off the dragon's back. When he hits the water, Harry gets a flash of what's going on in Voldemort's mind, and it's not good: Voldemort knows that they're after his Horcruxes, and he's not pleased.

Back to Hogwarts

Oh, but one good thing comes from the vision: when Voldemort's thoughts turn to Hogwarts, Harry realizes that one of the Horcruxes is probably there. So, he and the gang head back there to see if they can find it.

When they arrive in Hogsmeade (you know, the town near Hogwarts), they immediately trip some kind of magical alarm that alerts the Death Eaters to their presence. They take refuge in a nearby house, and the owner turns out to be none other than Aberforth Dumbledore. Yup, that's right—Albus Dumbledore's brother.

As it turns out, he's the person Harry's been seeing in that little piece of magic mirror he's been carrying around. Aberforth sent Dobby to help Harry at the end of the last movie, and he makes himself useful now (after some balking) by helping the kids get into the school via a secret passage behind one of his paintings.

Once Harry enters the school, it's chaos. Voldemort shows up outside and starts threatening to make all kinds of trouble if the school's inhabitants don't turn Harry over within the hour. The Order of the Phoenix show up, ready to fight alongside the rest of the students (excluding Slytherin, natch) and professors.

It's going to be a battle, y'all.

But Harry isn't focused on the fighting part just yet, since he still needs to find the Horcrux hidden in the school. With Luna's help, he figures out that the object is likely Rowena Ravenclaw's lost diadem, and that he should talk to the Grey Lady (Ravenclaw Tower's resident ghost) to find out where it is.

It takes some coaxing, but Harry eventually gets what he needs from the Grey Lady (a.k.a. Rowena Ravenclaw's deceased daughter): The crown is in the Room of Requirement. So, Harry hightails it over there.

Unfortunately, things go pear-shaped there as well (what, did you expect any step of this story to be easy?). Malfoy and his lackeys, Crabbe and Goyle, trail Harry into the room because Harry has Malfoy's wand, and Malfoy wants it back.

Hermione and Ron show up to assist, fresh from destroying the Horcrux stolen from Bellatrix's vault, but the room literally ends up engulfed in flames before it's all over, and Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco, and Goyle barely make it out (Crabbe? Not so lucky, we're afraid).

Slippery Snakes

But anyway, Harry has achieved his goal: he's got the Horcrux. Using a fang that Hermione and Ron stole out of the Chamber of Secrets, they destroy the diadem.

Since Voldemort has strong reactions whenever these Horcruxes go bye-bye, the destruction of the diadem causes Harry to have yet another flash of Voldemort's thoughts. From that, he finds out that Nagini is the last Horcrux, and Voldemort is thinking about how to keep her safe.

In order to get a sense of where to find Voldemort, Harry then deliberately goes back into Voldemort's mind and learns that Voldemort and the snake have gone to talk to Snape by the water. Harry knows where they need to go.

When they arrive, they see Voldemort attack Snape, since he believes that's the only way to make sure the Elder Wand's allegiance is to him. Voldemort and the snake leave, and when Harry rushes to Snape to try to help, Snape makes Harry take his tears so he can use them to view his memories in the Pensieve in Dumbledore's office. Snape then dies gazing into Harry's eyes.

Then, Voldemort makes another public service announcement to everyone on the Hogwarts grounds: Harry needs to meet him in the Forbidden Forest soon, or Voldemort is going to kill everyone that is helping him. Yikes—these kids are really running out of time.

Tears and Fears

Harry heads back into the castle to view Snape's tears in the Pensieve before worrying about all that, but he has to walk through a whole bunch of carnage on his way. Fred Weasley is dead, as are Tonks and Lupin. Harry is upset, but he knows he has to continue his mission—and that includes looking at whatever Snape wanted him to see in his memories.

And boy, is that memory a doozy. You can see the detailed summary for all the deets, but the two biggest things we learn from the memory are:

1. Snape has been loyal to Dumbledore this entire time. And he only killed Dumbledore because Dumbledore—who was already dying—asked him to.
2. Turns out, Voldemort made one extra Horcrux that he didn't mean to: Harry. And that means Harry has to die in order for Voldemort to die. So, uh, that's some bad news.

Harry leaves Dumbledore's office in shock, and heads pretty much directly to the Forbidden Forest. There, he lets Voldemort fire the Killing Curse directly at him. Yes, really—just like that.

Cue "The End," right?

So Long, Noseless One

Well, not exactly. After Voldemort "kills" him, Harry seems to end up in some kind of limbo talking to Dumbledore. There, he learns that while the part of Voldemort that lived within him has been destroyed, he (Harry, that is) can still choose go back to the land of the living to keep fighting.

He seems kind of tempted to stay with Dumbledore and away from all that drama, but you know Harry…he's not going to leave his friends to fight and die without him.

So, he goes back to the world of the living and fakes dead for a little while so he can catch Voldemort off guard. That plan works, and after Neville kills Nagini, Voldemort is so weak that when he and Harry cast dueling spells at each other, Harry's spell overtakes his and he disintegrates into thin air.

Voldemort has been defeated. Ta-da!

Lots of folks have been lost along the way, but Harry, Hermione, and Ron get a happy ending, finally. We even get to see a flash-forward to their lives as adults, sending their own kids off to Hogwarts. For a movie with tons of death, it's a pretty warm and fuzzy ending.

  • Scene 1

    Scene 1

    • We open with a bit of a montage—you know, just to get us situated. First, we're moving over the sea. Then, we flash back to Voldemort getting the wand out of Dumbledore's grave (remember that from the last movie?). Cue the Warner Bros. logo.
  • Scene 2

    Scene 2

    • Now we're with some Dementors, who appear to be watching over Hogwarts. That is Hogwarts, right? It looks pretty dreary.
    • Yup, it's definitely Hogwarts: Snape is standing in one of the castle's towers looking down at…what? Students marching? Looks like a scene straight out of WWII movie. What is going on here?
    • Cue the titles.
  • Scene 3

    Scene 3

    • Now we're back on the beach outside Bill and Fleur's place, which is where we left Harry and the gang at the end of the last film.
    • Harry is sitting next to Dobby's grave and staring into that weird piece of mirror from the last film. Remember? The one with the dude who looks like Dumbledore in it?
    • When are we going to find out what that piece of mirror is about, anyway? We have so many questions.
  • Scene 4

    Scene 4

    • Inside Bill and Fleur's house, Bill, Fleur, and Luna are chatting.
    • Harry comes in and says he needs to talk to "the goblin." We suppose that he means Griphook, the goblin from Gringotts that Bellatrix Lestrange had tried to torture for information at the end of the last film.
  • Scene 5

    Scene 5

    • Harry goes to Griphook for a chat, with Hermione and Ron listening in.
    • Griphook wants to know how Harry got the Sword of Gryffindor.
    • Hmm, Harry's been kind of wondering the same thing, since the sword appeared to him in a lake, no?
    • And Harry has his own questions about the sword: Why did Bellatrix think the sword was in her vault?
    • Griphook explains that Snape swapped out the real sword for a fake one. Super puzzling. If Snape had the real sword, and the real sword made its way to Harry…hmmm…
    • Anyway, as it turns out, Harry wants to get into Bellatrix's vault, and he wants Griphook's help.
    • Griphook says the price of his help is the Sword of Gryffindor.
  • Scene 6

    Scene 6

    • Harry, Hermione, and Ron then chat about why Harry wants to get into the vault. Based on Bellatrix's reaction to learning that someone had visited her valuables, Harry thinks she probably has at least one other item that's super-duper important in there—like, maybe another Horcrux. So, he wants to get in there, find the item (if it exists), and destroy it.
  • Scene 7

    Scene 7

    • Now the kids are meeting with Ollivander, and they're asking him if a wand they've acquired is safe to use. It's Bellatrix's, so that's a smart question.
    • He says to be careful when using it.
    • Then the have another wand they want to run by him: Draco Malfoy's.
    • Or rather, it used to be Draco's. Ollivander seems to think that its allegiance may have changed, since Harry won it from him. Ollivander explains that the wand chooses the wizard.
    • Harry asks about the Deathly Hallows, and Ollivander is familiar with the story and even gives us a nice little recap (for those of us who needed a reminder—clever, David Yates).
    • Harry asks Ollivander if he believes in the Hallows, and the wandmaker says he "sees no reason" to believe that stuff, but Harry isn't buying it. He thinks Ollivander does believe in the Hallows—and that he told Voldemort about them.
    • Ollivander basically admits that Harry's right. He defends himself by reminding Harry that Voldemort tortured him. And besides, Ollivander asserts, there's no way that Voldemort could ever find the one Hallow that would interest him: the Elder Wand.
    • Unfortunately, thanks to his weird telepathic connection with the Dark Lord, Harry knows that Ollivander is wrong and that Voldemort has found the Elder Wand already. Ollivander tells him to watch out, then—and says that Harry really doesn't have a chance against Voldemort, if Harry is right about the Elder Wand.
    • Oh, cheerful.
  • Scene 8

    Scene 8

    • Out on the beach, the kids are preparing to break into Bellatrix Lestrange's vault. Hermione has taken Polyjuice Potion to transform into Bellatrix, Ron is wearing a disguise, and Harry is carrying Griphook on his back under the invisibility cloak.
    • They apparate to Gringotts, and Hermione adjusts to pretending to being the nasty Bellatrix (it does not come naturally to her).
    • They enter the bank and head toward the tellers.
    • When Hermione tries to get the tellers to let her into Bellatrix's vault, they insist that she present her wand.
    • Griphook whispers that the tellers are suspicious. He can tell that they've been warned about an imposter coming.
    • From under the invisibility cloak, Harry uses the Imperius Curse on the teller, and suddenly they're on their way to the vault. Whoa, Harry's using Unforgivable Curses now? He really must be desperate to get that Horcrux.
    • In the cart down to the vault, they pass under some kind of magical waterfall, which apparently washes away all enchantments. Uh-oh.
    • Yep, that's right—suddenly Hermione and Ron look like themselves again. Oh, and they're all dumped out of the cart and several feet down to a hard concrete floor—apparently, once the enchantments were broken, the cart itself realized the kids shouldn't be there.
    • Luckily, some quick magic on Hermione's part prevents them all from going splat.
    • The Gringotts representative who has been accompanying them down to the vault is suddenly angry, when he realizes who they are (or aren't), until they Imperio him again.
    • Then, the kids hear an ominous noise, and it turns out to be a dragon. They keep a dragon beneath Gringotts. This can't be a good sign.
    • Also not good: the dragon does not look happy.
    • However, Griphook and the teller start shaking some things that make noise, and that scares the dragon. Apparently, he's been conditioned to expect pain when that noise happens. How sad.
    • They get past the dragon and enter the vault.
    • Once in there, they have a new set of problems to deal with. It seems there's some kind of charm on the treasure that makes it multiply when touched.
    • So, they're getting buried by fake treasure.
    • It's a total gong show, but Griphook manages to find what they're looking for: a gold cup that Harry believes is one of Voldemort's Horcruxes.
    • Victory, right? Well, not so fast: the goblin demands that Harry give him the sword before he'll hand the cup over.
    • They make the exchange, but then the goblin says he's peacing out. He promised to get them in there, but he didn't say anything about getting them out. Oh, dirty play, Griphook.
    • To make matters worse, other wizards have arrived to deal with the intruders.
    • So, just to keep score: the kids have been discovered as imposters, they no longer hold the item (the sword) that would destroy the Horcrux they just found, and they've lost their guide to getting in and out of Gringotts. We can't speak for you, but our hearts can't take all this stress.
    • Luckily, the kids think fast and find a solution: the dragon. Hermione, Ron, and Harry get on the beast's back and use him to escape.
    • The dragon is clearly very happy to be free, and once he bursts out of Gringotts, he books out far, far away from the bank with the kids still on his back.
    • When they're over a lake, the kids jump off. As they enter the water, Harry seems to see Voldemort's thoughts.
  • Scene 9

    Scene 9

    • As they get out of the water, Harry tells the others what he learned from his vision: Voldemort knows that they're after his Horcruxes, and that they've broken into Gringotts. He's, er, just a bit angry.
    • And wait, there's more: From the vision, Harry realizes that one of the Horcruxes is at Hogwarts. So they need to go there and find it.
    • But how are they going to get in without being detected? Apparently, they're going to have to break in.
  • Scene 10

    Scene 10

    • Voldemort is talking to his snake. He tells the snake that Harry has discovered his secret.
    • Oh, and then we flash to a shot of Griphook, who is clearly dead—by Voldemort's hand, it appears. The Sword of Gryffindor disappears from his hand.
    • We guess being greedy didn't end up paying off for the goblin.
  • Scene 11

    Scene 11

    • Harry, Hermione, and Ron arrive in Hogsmeade, and some kind of screechy alarm goes off when they arrive. They seek cover quickly, but it's hard to find a place to hide. Suddenly, they hear a voice inviting them inside a building.
    • Ron and Hermione are shocked: The person who invited them in looked like Dumbledore.
    • The kids look around the house where they have taken refuge. There's a picture of a lady, and a mirror with one shard missing that shows Harry in it. We're guessing that has something to do with that magic shard of glass Harry's been carrying around.
    • Suddenly, their host appears, and Harry realizes that he's Aberforth, Dumbledore's brother.
    • It's his face Harry's been seeing in that mirror fragment, and Aberforth has clearly been using the mirror to keep an eye on Harry.
    • Aberforth seems to think that the battle against Voldemort is over, but Harry isn't hearing that. He says that Dumbledore has given him a mission, and confides that he's hunting Horcruxes.
    • Aberforth scoffs at his brother's tendency to send others into danger, and at Harry's decision to trust Dumbledore in pursuing the mission.
    • However, Harry isn't backing down: He wants to get into Hogwarts to finish the job.
    • Aberforth turns to the painting of the woman on the wall and tells her, "You know what to do." She disappears into the back of the painting.
    • Hermione asks Aberforth about the girl in the painting. We learn that she is Aberforth and Dumbledore's sister, Ariana.
    • Aberforth excuses himself, and Ariana (within the painting) returns. Suddenly, Neville appears from behind the painting.
  • Scene 12

    Scene 12

    • Neville leads Harry, Hermione, and Ron through a secret passage into Hogwarts. As they go, Neville updates the kids on the nasty goings-on at Hogwarts since they left.
    • When they reach the other end, Harry, Hermione, and Ron receive a heroes' welcome, and some kids run off to alert the Order that Harry has arrived at Hogwarts to fight.
    • When all the celebrating is over, the kids tell the others why they're actually back: They have to find something in the castle.
    • Of course, they don't know what it is, or where. But they think it has something to do with Ravenclaw. The others are, er, less than impressed with the lack of concrete direction here.
    • Then, Luna pipes up to suggest that maybe the Horcrux is Rowena Ravenclaw's lost diadem.
    • We have to take a pause here for some romance: Ginny arrives and is thrilled to see Harry.
    • It's sweet, but we don't get to linger on their moony moment for too long. She has some bad news: Snape knows that Harry was spotted in Hogsmeade.
  • Scene 13

    Scene 13

    • Now we see the Hogwarts students marching in formation into the Great Hall, where Snape speaks to them.
    • He tells them the children that Harry was spotted in Hogsmeade—and that if anyone helps Harry, student or teacher, they will be punished. Anyone who fails to report knowing that someone helped Harry is also going to be punished.
    • So, having said all that, Snape wants to know if anyone has anything to admit or report.
    • Suddenly Harry steps forward, and the Order appears behind him.
    • Snape starts to point his wand at Harry, and McGonagall steps in front of him. Then, she uses her wand to scoot Snape out of the hall via the glass window.
    • Suddenly, we hear Voldemort's voice calling Harry, and then a girl starts screaming and cowering in the corner.
    • We hear Voldemort's voice speaking to everyone as though through some kind of magical PA system. He demands that the students give him Harry Potter without a fight. They have one hour.
    • Pansy Parkinson pipes up once the announcement is over and demands that they give Harry over.
    • After a shocked pause, McGonagall then orders Filch to take all of Slytherin down to the basement. Seems reasonable.
    • Then McGonagall asks Harry why he's here, and Harry explains he needs time to search for something. McGonagall promises to secure the castle to give him some time.
    • Harry then goes to look for the Horcrux, and Ron and Hermione go to find something to destroy it.
    • McGonagall and other professors and members of the Order of the Phoenix cast spells to try to protect the castle from Voldemort.
  • Scene 14

    Scene 14

    • Luna is chasing Harry. He doesn't want to listen, but she insists she knows how to help him.
    • If Harry is going after the diadem, she thinks they need to talk to a ghost to figure out where it's located.
    • Luna leads him to the ghost of the Grey Lady (she's Ravenclaw's resident ghost), and then leaves him—she thinks it's better if they talk alone.
    • The Grey Lady is a little prickly, but Harry manages to ingratiate himself.
    • He calls her Helena, realizing that she's the (ghost) daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw. She says she can't tell him anything…at first.
  • Scene 15

    Scene 15

    • Meanwhile, Voldemort and his cronies are waiting outside Hogwarts. They start attacking the castle by casting spells from their wands.
    • The spells create fireworks against the protective enchantments that McGonagall and others have put up.
  • Scene 16

    Scene 16

    • Inside, Harry is getting desperate for the information about the crown, and Helena is upset.
    • She tells Harry that Tom Riddle ruined the crown with dark magic, and then hid it.
    • Harry promises to destroy it, if she can just tell him where it is.
    • She tells him the crown is in the room where everything is hidden, and he seems to know what that means. He's running again.
  • Scene 17

    Scene 17

    • The Order is watching the Death Eaters trying to enter the castle. The twins (Ron's brothers) share a moment.
  • Scene 18

    Scene 18

    • Down below, Ron and Hermione are apparently trying to enter the Chamber of Secrets. Ron manages to break in with some Parseltongue (which he apparently learned from Harry talking in his sleep).
  • Scene 19

    Scene 19

    • The Death Eaters are still trying to get into the castle, but the protective enchantments are holding. For now.
  • Scene 20

    Scene 20

    • Down in the Chamber of Secrets, Ron and Hermione have gotten a basilisk fang and use it to destroy the gold cup from Bellatrix's vault.
    • Elsewhere, Harry and Voldemort can both feel pain as the Horcrux is destroyed. A wave of scary looking water rises up against Hermione and Ron, and then recedes.
    • Hermione and Ron are thrilled…and then start making out.
    • Really, guys, is there time for this?
  • Scene 21

    Scene 21

    • Voldemort is mad and sends out some more terrible spells against the castle. His wand doesn't seem to be working properly for him, but it does enough: The castle's protections have broken.
    • The Death Eaters rush onto the grounds. Neville, fleeing from them, almost falls to his death on a bridge when it breaks, but he manages to scramble back up to safety. Whew.
    • It's total mayhem now, guys. Giants are suddenly rushing the grounds along with the Death Eaters.
    • The good guys retreat inside Hogwarts, with the bad guys in pursuit.
    • Suddenly, everyone is dueling.
    • Harry and Ginny run into each other and make some time for kissyface, but then it's back to work for both of them.
    • Harry arrives at a wall. Elsewhere, Ron and Hermione, who are looking at the Marauder's Map, realize he's probably in the Room of Requirement.
    • Meanwhile, Draco is trying to lead his buddies in pursuit of Harry. Oh great, just what we need right now. He sees that Harry has entered the Room of Requirement.
    • Inside, Harry finds the diadem. He hears all kinds of creepy whispering when he picks it up, which is definitely a sign he's found a Horcrux.
    • There's a problem, though: Draco and his friends, Crabbe and Goyle, arrive looking for Draco's wand.
    • Harry asks Draco why he didn't give Harry up to Bellatrix (at the end of the last movie). Draco doesn't answer, and his buddies tell him to finish Harry off.
    • Luckily, Ron and Hermione arrive, and Ron chases Draco and friends off.
    • Hermione and Harry go after the crown, which had been knocked onto a huge pile of other stuff.
    • Ron then comes running back, screaming. Crabbe has unleashed this crazy snake-monster thing made of Fiendfyre. It's like regular fire, but it's super hot and acts like a heat-seeking missile and is almost impossible to control or put out. And yes, it's as freaky as it sounds.
    • Suddenly, all the kids are on the run from the Fiendfyre, which they have no power to stop.
    • Ron, Harry, and Hermione get broomsticks to stay above the fire, but Harry refuses to leave Malfoy and Goyle (Crabbe…yeah, well, you can guess what the Fiendfyre snake did to him).
    • They manage to get them out of the room safely.
    • Draco takes off, and Harry and friends destroy the Horcrux just outside the room.
    • Voldemort feels it happen. He's getting weaker, guys…
  • Scene 22

    Scene 22

    • Voldemort leaves the Death Eaters, saying he needs to protect his snake.
    • Harry can "see" Voldemort's emotional reaction/thoughts in his mind. He now knows that Voldemort's snake, Nagini, is the last Horcrux.
    • He tells Ron what he saw.
    • Even though everyone has encouraged Harry to shut off this connection to Voldemort's mind up (as it has, er, caused some problems in the past), Ron now implores him to actually try to see inside Voldemort's mind this one time to see where he is.
    • Harry does it, and he sees Voldemort having a conversation with Lucius Malfoy. He asks Lucius to bring Snape to him.
    • Harry now knows where to find Voldemort, and so the kids rush off.
    • On their way out of the castle, they check out the mess around them. There are lots of dead people, and lots of fighting is still happening.
    • There's good news, though: Aberforth has joined the fight. Guess he wasn't as jaded and defeated as he claimed to be, huh?
  • Scene 23

    Scene 23

    • Harry and the others find Voldemort talking to Snape.
    • Voldemort is quizzing Snape about the wand he stole from Dumbledore—the Elder Wand, that is.
    • Snape claims that the wand will definitely work for Voldemort and now "serves" him.
    • Voldemort is skeptical, though. He believes that since Snape killed Dumbledore, Snape will remain master of the wand as long as he is alive.
    • So, Voldemort slashes Snape's throat and orders the snake attack him.
    • When Voldemort and Nagini leave, Harry goes to see if he can help Snape.
    • He presses his hands to Snape's neck wound, and Snape demands that Harry take some of his tears.
    • Apparently, they'll allow him to view something in Dumbledore's Pensieve.
    • Then he asks Harry to look into his eyes, commenting that they are the same as Harry's mother's. He dies looking into those eyes.
    • Suddenly, Voldemort is doing that magical loudspeaker thing again and addressing everyone on the Hogwarts grounds.
    • He demands that Harry meet him in the Forbidden Forest, or he'll kill everyone who's been helping him. He's allowing for a brief cease-fire, though, so the combatants can bury their dead.
    • Harry and the others enter the castle and check out all the damage. And this is where the tears start, Shmoopers.
    • Fred Weasley is dead. As are Tonks and Lupin. Yeah, we know—we just can't.
    • Harry watches the mourners briefly, and he's clearly grief-stricken as well.
    • However, he has a job to do, so he moves on fairly quickly to Dumbledore's office, where the Pensieve is located.
    • He places Snape's tears in the bowl and dives into the memory Snape wanted him to see.
    • Basically, we're treated to a kind of megamix of Snape's memories.
    • First, we see young Lily (Harry's mom), Petunia (Lily's sister), and Snape. Petunia is calling Lily a freak because she can do magic, and Snape comforts her. Clearly, he wants to be friends with Lily.
    • Now the memory follows the kids to their first day at Hogwarts, where Lily is sorted into Gryffindor. Snape doesn't look pleased at that development.
    • Harry sees the romance between Lily and James Potter developing, and the fact that James is not super nice to Snape. He hears his own conversations with Snape in voiceover.
    • Ah, it's suddenly clear why he didn't like Harry from the start: He reminded Snape of James Potter.
    • Then we see Lily's death, and Snape grieving. Snape is mad at Dumbledore for not protecting her more effectively.
    • Dumbledore asks Snape to protect Harry, and Snape asks that no one ever know.
    • We also find out that Dumbledore was already dying before Snape killed him. Remember that cursed ring that ruined Dumbledore's hand in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?
    • Well, when Dumbledore came into contact with the ring, that was actually a death sentence—the curse on that ring would have eventually killed Dumbledore, if Snape hadn't.
    • Apparently, Dumbledore was aware that Voldemort had tasked Malfoy with killing him, and so he asked Snape do it instead at the proper time. After all, Dumbledore was dying anyway, and if Snape killed Dumbledore, he would totally earn Voldemort's trust.
    • So, yeah, there you have it, Shmoopers: Snape was loyal all along.
    • Thought that was the biggest reveal ever? Guess again.
    • The memory caps off with the biggest surprise of all: Dumbledore explains to Snape that Harry himself became a Horcrux when his mother was murdered. Wait, if Harry's a Horcrux, and Horcruxes have to be destroyed…does that mean? No, it can't...
    • Yup, you've guessed it: Harry has to die in order for Voldemort to be defeated.
    • In the memory, Dumbledore tells Snape that they must wait to tell Harry, but at the right time. When Voldemort is very weak, Harry must hear all this and must die in order for Voldemort to be killed.
    • So, yeah, that's kind of the showstopper moment.
  • Scene 24

    Scene 24

    • Harry exits the Pensieve and leaves Dumbledore's office.
    • He finds Ron and Hermione on the stairs and tells them he's going to the forest. Ron protests, but Harry insists, explaining that there's a reason he can hear the Horcruxes whispering.
    • Hermione seems to get it and starts to cry.
    • She wants to go with Harry, but he tells her to focus on killing the snake.
    • Harry and Hermione hug, and Ron and Harry share a last look. Looks like this is goodbye.
  • Scene 25

    Scene 25

    • Harry heads into the Forbidden Forest.
    • From his pocket, he takes out one of the gifts Dumbledore left him in his will in the last movie: the Snitch he caught in his first Quidditch match.
    • Harry puts the Snitch to his mouth, and it opens to reveal a stone.
    • Harry knows what this is: it's the Resurrection Stone from the "Tale of the Three Brothers." Hmm, maybe there is hope?
    • Suddenly, in front of him, Harry sees his mother and other departed friends. He asks why these ghosts are here, and Lily claims they never left.
    • Harry turns to Sirius and asks if it hurts to die, and Sirius says it's just like falling asleep. Harry's dad and Remus offer their own encouragement.
    • Harry then asks them to stay with him, and James agrees to stick with him until the end.
    • Then Harry lets the stone drop. Wait, what? No—don't you want to keep that just in case?
    • Harry really is embracing death. We know we've said it before, but what a brave kid.
  • Scene 26

    Scene 26

    • Voldemort and his cronies (including Bellatrix) are waiting in the forest. Voldemort is surprised that Harry hasn't shown up yet.
    • Then, Harry arrives. Hagrid, who's there as a prisoner of the Death Eaters, yells at Harry for showing up.
    • Voldemort casts the Killing Curse at Harry in a blinding flash of green light.
    • So. . .that's it? Movie over? Evil wins?
    • Hmm, apparently not. We flash to Harry waking up on the floor somewhere else. Is he in a train station?
    • Harry gets up, drawn by the noise of something under a bench. It's a tiny, bloody, skeleton-like thing. It appears to be in a lot of distress.
    • Suddenly, Dumbledore is there, and he remarks on how brave Harry is. He invites him to walk around with this place, which looks a lot like King's Cross, only. . .whiter and glowy-er.
    • Dumbledore informs Harry the part of Voldemort living within him has now been destroyed.
    • But, like, is Harry legit dead? Or not? It appears that he's not...
    • Harry asks if he has to go "back," and Dumbledore says it seems to be up to him.
    • Harry remarks that the snake is still alive, and Voldemort still has the Elder Wand. . .even if he goes back, the odds of success in killing Voldemort are still not fantastic.
    • Dumbledore basically assures him that he will get what he needs at the right time.
    • Harry asks if their whole interaction is real or just happening in his mind. Dumbledore says it can be both.
    • Harry then asks Dumbledore outright what he should do, but Dumbledore disappears.
  • Scene 27

    Scene 27

    • We're back in the Forbidden Forest, where it seems Voldemort has been knocked out as well after casting that curse.
    • He gets up, and Narcissa goes to check if Harry is alive.
    • She can tell that Harry is alive, but she's not concerned about that: She wants to know if her son is alive. Harry appears to tell her he is.
    • She then rises and tells the others that Harry is dead.
  • Scene 28

    Scene 28

    • Back at the castle, Neville is picking through the rubble and finds the Sorting Hat. Suddenly, he sees a group headed toward the castle.
    • Hagrid is carrying "dead" Harry in his arms ahead of Voldemort and his Death Eaters. The snake is staying close to Voldemort.
    • Ginny and others from the castle join Neville to watch. Ginny demands to know who's in Hagrid's arms. Voldemort announces that it's Harry.
    • He claims that everyone from this day forward is to put faith in him. The Death Eaters cackle with pleasure at Harry's death.
    • Voldemort invites the others to come forth and join them or, well, die.
    • Draco's parents ask him to join them. Draco resists at first, but eventually does what he's told. Voldemort commends him.
    • Then Neville hobbles forward, clearly injured. Voldemort makes a joke about hoping for better volunteers (as if Neville would join them—yeah right).
    • Naturally, that wasn't Neville's intention. He demands to say something, and Voldemort allows it.
    • Neville gives a rallying speech about how they all need to keep fighting, and even though Voldemort laughs, it's a game changer.
    • The sword of Gryffindor suddenly appears to Neville out of the Sorting Hat, and Harry makes his move, revealing that he's alive and tumbling out of Hagrid's arms.
    • First order of business: A failed attempt to attack the snake.
    • Chaos ensues. Death Eaters scurry away, seeing the writing on the wall, and Voldemort attacks (but doesn't kill) Neville. The Malfoys walk away from the castle.
    • Harry leads the others into the castle, and Voldemort follows with the snake in tow. They start dueling all around the castle.
    • Harry wants to kill the snake with the basilisk fang he's carrying around, but he doesn't get the chance.
    • Jump to: Neville waking up and spying the sword of Gryffindor lying nearby.
    • And then to: Ron and Hermione trying to kill the snake, but no dice.
    • And then to (yes, we're jumping around a ton—it's chaos): Molly Weasley and Bellatrix dueling. Molly wins.
    • Now we're with Voldemort and Harry at the top of a tower. Harry grabs Voldemort and pulls him off the tower with him.
    • They fly around the castle for a little while, gripping each other, and then tumble to the ground. Their wands are loose, but they each grab their own in time and send out spells that meet in the middle.
    • Elsewhere, Nagini is chasing Hermione and Ron, but Neville kills her with the Sword of Gryffindor.
    • That is the last Horcrux. We're getting close, Shmoopers.
    • Voldemort feels Nagini's death happen, which briefly interrupts his duel with Harry.
    • Then Harry and Voldemort once again cast dueling spells that meet in the middle. Harry's spell overtakes Voldemort's, and the Elder Wand flies to Harry.
    • Then, Voldemort legit disintegrates in front of our eyes.
    • Guys, this is it. This is the moment we've all been waiting for: Voldemort. Is. Dead.
  • Scene 29

    Scene 29

    • Harry heads back into Hogwarts, where the survivors are trying to recover from all the drama.
    • Harry gets some friendly looks as he passes, and a hug from Hagrid.
    • He is reunited with Ron and Hermione, and they walk outside together.
    • Hermione then asks the question that has been on all our minds (right?): Why didn't the Elder Wand work for Voldemort?
    • Harry explains that while Voldemort thought the wand answered to Snape, it really answered to Draco (because Draco had disarmed Dumbledore right before his death). . .until the other night, when Harry disarmed Draco.
    • Even though Harry won a different wand from Draco, that whole thing changed the Elder Wand's allegiance.
    • Ron asks what they should do with the most powerful wand in the world, clearly enticed by having all that power. Harry destroys it.
  • Scene 30

    Scene 30

    • Suddenly, we're flashing forward nineteen years, and we're back at King's Cross with a new batch of wizards heading to Hogwarts.
    • One of them is Harry and Ginny's son. Aww, they got married and had babies. They have a daughter, too.
    • Hermione and Ron are there too, sending one of their own kids off as well.
    • Harry's son is nervous. He's worried he'll get put into Slytherin.
    • Harry tells little Albus Severus that one of his namesakes was a very brave Slytherin, and it will all be fine.
    • That seems to make Albus feel better, and he boards the train. It departs, and the parents and siblings all wave goodbye.
    • We zoom out from Ron, Hermione, and Harry's faces, and that, folks, is the end.