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The Trials And Tribulations Of The Harry Potter Epilogue Scene

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It's the scene a lot of fans say they could've done without. It's the scene some people were dreading when the film was released. And it might possibly be the scene that's garnered the most criticism over the years in the Harry Potter franchise. But how exactly to the stars and creators of the movies feel about the fame Epilogue scene? Let's ask them! But first, some background.

The final chapter of the Harry Potter series finds Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Harry all grown up with children of their own. It's nineteen years later and their kids are heading off to Hogwarts, making the lives of our heros come full circle. The scene in the movie, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part Two, was actually shot twice. The first time, it was shot on location at King's Cross station, but the filmmakers and the actors didn't feel like they got what they wanted out of such a pivotal scene - especially when it came to the makeup.

This was a point of concern for everyone involved, one that could've been avoided if the team had taken Daniel Radcliffe's advice - hire other actors. He believed that putting himself and his friends in prosthetics to make them look older would be "too distracting" for audiences and no one would connect with the emotions of the scene. However, producer David Heyman felt differently and explained that he was insistent on having the kids play older versions of themselves. He said:

“After all we have been through with these characters, the way that a generation has grown up with them, they need to be the ones on screen when it’s time to bring it to a close. There’s an expectation — even if it is not articulated — that they need to be on the screen when it’s coming to an end.”

Months after the movie had wrapped, shortly after New Years Eve of this past year, the kids went back into the Leavesden studio to reshoot and hopefully rework some of the kinks. The Potter makeup team went make to basics to try and soften the aging affect on the core characters. As most people would agree, the end result was far from perfect, but then again, there was only so much the team could do. Rick Baker, a seven-time Oscar winner in the field, explains

“There’s nothing harder than the human face because we all spend so much time looking at them. You can create creatures and aliens and all of those things but people judge human faces in a different way. Especially if it’s a human face they recognize because it’s already famous.”

And no one's face is more famous than DanRad's … except Brad Pitt's. They seemed to get it pretty right in Benjamin Button, huh?

What do U think? Did the epilogue scene work for U?

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39 comments to “The Trials And Tribulations Of The Harry Potter Epilogue Scene”

  1. 1

    Where was Harry's other son, James? It only showed Albus… the whole scene was too weird, and it was done terribly.

  2. 2

    I actually loved the scene…. haha but I guess I'm just such a die hard fan I would've loved it if daniel radcliffe was doing the chicken dance.

  3. ONIT says – reply to this


    Even though the same discussion went on and on about the same scene in the book, the book version was much longer and all the information given was extremely interesting. The film version could've done much better.

  4. 4

    Re: amelitaliz23 – he is the one that went through the wall first or they left him at home…….hahahahahaha

    not everything follows the book to a T

  5. 5

    I think they looked fine. 19 years later would make them 37-38 years old. I don't think different actors should have played the parts. I'm 34 and if I compare pictures of me at 18 and now, I have some subtle lines around my eyes, but otherwise I look the same. Only if they were trying to make it seem like they were 45-50 years old do I think they should have gotten older actors to play the part.

  6. 6

    i think that the scene was really well played. it wasn't fantastic but i actually liked the feeling it gave at the end. and JK rowling had to write the scene in the first place so people wouldn't keep writing more harry potter stories and plagiarizing her. but overall i thought that film was fantastic.

  7. 7

    Personally I thought they did a good job. It's not like they were trying to look like they were in their 70's or 80's. Whats the big deal?

  8. 8

    I think they did ok, if anything maybe they made them look a little too old. 19 years later means they're in their late 30, not ancient!

  9. 9

    I didn't think the scene was bad, it definitely didn't leave us hanging but it should of been a little better.

  10. 10

    I thought it was good enough and was happy they used the actors and just made them look older. They looked about the right age. I definitely wish they could have put all the details that are in the book in but that would have been hard.

  11. 11

    Since this was for the movie, what they SHOULD have done was spend an extra ten minutes of film and expanded on all the information J.K. Rowling has given out about what happened to the characters after the last book ended. Not just that they grew up and had kids, but that Harry and Ron became Aurors, that Hermione worked to free all house elves. They could have shown them getting engaged, married, having their first kid, working at their jobs. They could have shown that Luna Lovegood became a naturalist and had two kids. That Neville Longbottom became an Auror then settled down as an Herbology professor. All of these little tidbits would have added IMMENSELY to the ending and shown the series a lot of love. THAT'S what I would have loved to have seen. It was already a 2.5+ hour movie. Ten extra minutes would have made the end even better.

  12. 12

    finally this shit is over

  13. 13

    In my opinion, this scene was for the book fans. The epilogue was crucial to the ending of the series, and as a dedicated reader, I would've been disappointed if they had omitted it from the film. I think it was done well and would've been dissatisfied with the film if it had ended where it did right before the epilogue scene.

  14. 14

    I thought it was perfect…I was actually scared that they were going to have other actors play the aged characters, I was so happy they kept the original actors. Like other people have already said, the scene was done for the book readers, it was one of the scenes I was looking forward to the most.

  15. 15

    I loved the scene.. It would have been terrible to have other actors play their characters. This really was the only way.

  16. 16

    I enjoyed that part of the movie, because I was excited to see what they were going to do with it… I was kind of disappointed with how weird they made Ginny look though. And the fact that Harry and Ginny's kids look really nothing like them at all… one kid looked like a completely different race, and the other one looked like a skate boarded in my opinion… it just ruined it I think. I think casting of their kids could of been done better. But it was a good. I was bummed they didn't extend that, to show the school… and Luna and Neville's situation.

  17. 17

    i thought they looked alright, but dan's nose and ruperts beer belly were kind of funny. besides that i thought they did the scene beautifully!

  18. 18

    Re: amelitaliz23 – he went through the wall at 9 3/4 first, AND you can see him sitting in the same train booth with Rose and the other children….he was definitely there.

  19. 19

    I only had a problem with Ron's belly. No way would Hermione put up with that shit, she'd have him whipped into shape, I wasn't believing it for a second she'd let him get so… I dunno, unsexy? LOL

  20. 20

    Re: Jash14 – well said!

  21. 21

    Re: mustbenargles – you know Harry adopted Remus and Tonks son, so that was kid that didn't look like Ginny and Harry.

  22. 22

    They looked too old. They were supposed to be about 36 years old. Come on now, they looked like they were 50. WTF?! Hermoine could've had some kind of style and Ron did not need that beer belly. Seriously? He is an auror. Ginny's hair was like a 1962 bad wig. How many 26 year olds really look their age? And they didn't even explain how Harry adopted Tonks and Remus son, they didn't go into what they have accomplished. Not too mention, let me go back a bit, the final fight scene with Voldemort was supposed to be in the great hall with everyone watching. WACK! You just killed the scariest wizrd of all time who has been trying to murder you since you were born, and no one cheers. wtf. But if i didn't read the books, i guess i would be ok with the ending.

  23. 23

    Not complaining because she is super hot by why did everybody "age" except Hermoine??

  24. 24

    Re: JustReckless – best comment award. ROFL

  25. 25

    Re: JustReckless – Ohh no it's far from over! There's still Pottermore and many more things to come =)

  26. 26

    I personally loved the scene. Harry and Hermione looked great, and I loved Ron's beer belly because have you seen how much that boy can eat? That fast metabolism doesn't last forever. It could have been a bit longer with more dialogue, but I thought the fact that they just let the scenery explain everything was great. It could have been better, but that could be said about any scene.

  27. 27

    I liked it, Dan, Emma and Rupert looked great. Epilogue would've been great if someone had pushed Ginny in front of the train though!

  28. 28

    I for one would still like to know the validatady of a previous post I read from this site and others regauarding JKs alternate ending when Harry's son shows sighns of evil and the cycle starts all over again after Harry wiped the minds of all knowledge of Voldermorts name…what do you think?

  29. 29

    I agree with Daniel Radcliffe; it distracted me from the scene and I found it comedic which was not what they intended. Though at the same time, I was really anxious for that scene just too see how they did it. It didn't take away from the movie for me, it was just a bit awkward.

  30. 30

    As a diehard Harry Potter (the books) addict i actually loved this final scene. If they had other actors play them it would have ruined the whole movie series for me. I do think they could have included a bit more information in it, but judging by all my tears it was the perfect end to an amazing series :)

  31. 31

    i hated the epilogue when i read it but i felt for the movie it worked. there was something wonderful and bittersweet about seeing their faces as the screen went black, and i feel like i finally understood the purpose of the epilogue…to show life goes on. it made the characters feel even more real. i can appreciate the epilogue now (but i do still think parts of it are too silly…thank god the movie left that out). anyway, i thought the aging effects turned out great!

  32. 32

    Re: martianchick76 – Ummm…except for the fact that Lupin and Tonk's son was born around when the final battle took place, which would make him 19 years old when the epilogue took place.

  33. 33

    I didn't like it in the book. I have an aversion to lengthy explanations that aren't incorporated in the plot and was made as an afterthought, but I understand why JK Rowling must have made it. They say she didn't want anyone else writing about Harry Potter and the epilogue sort of covered all the bases, so to speak.

    The epilogue in the film was just hilarious. I would have taken Daniel Radcliffe's advice. Using those young actors to play older versions of their characters made me struggle with my suspension of disbelief. Nope, the makeup artist didn't do a good job at all.

  34. 34

    The first time I saw it I couldn't keep my eyes off of Harry's face.. I thought his looked so real! The others not so much. And I agree with the others saying the book version was much better - I cried reading it, but felt nothing watching the movie epilogue.

  35. 35

    I hated the epilogue.I mean.Bonnie still looks ugly.and Daniel's kids look nothing like him and Bonnie could've looked younger,like 25 or something,but no.the lame make-up team had to provide botox for her.and what up with the hairstyle chick?you 're supposed to have decent hair.not have your mom's hairstyle.oh.and have better fashion sense too. because that outfit is so not workin for you.and judging by the little girl,her hair looks blonde.not red.

  36. 36

    I loved the scene and thought the make-up was brilliantly subtle! My only disappointment was not seeing Luna and Longbottom at the station :o )

  37. 37

    Could've done without it in the book to begin with tbh…

  38. 38

    Those that are bitching or complaining about how they did/ended the movie you are just all ungrateful. Why can't you be happy that they did the scene and shut up. I swear the world these days are filled with ungrateful little tossers. They didn't have to put that in the film but they did it. I bet if they shortened the movie a bit just so they could put more at the end you ungratefuls would be complaining about them not putting enough in that. Gosh shut up and be GRATEFUL that they are movies in the first place.

  39. 39

    the script and everything in this scene were bad, they look the same except for tom felton I feel bad for him he is the only who changed but in an ugly way