Characters we could see in the movie based on the time period:
- Orion and Walburga Black
- Abraxas Malfoy
- Dorea Black and Charius Potter
- Cedrella Black and Septimus Weasley
- Albus Dumbledore
- Gellert Grindelwald
- Armando Dippet
- Bob Odgen
- Marvolo, Morfin and Merope Gaunt
- Minerva McGonagall and Tom Riddle as children
and probably a lot more that I’m forgetting because I suck.
Don’t forget the Flamels.
I was watching the movie with my roommate a few minutes ago, and came across a revelation. Every time I have seen the movie, I haven’t cried about Dumbledore’s death. I had my time of mourning him with the books, and now I just get a little sad over that. However, no one would believe me because the part that ALWAYS makes me cry precedes that moment.
I was never in the “Draco is evil” camp. I recognized for a vast majority of the books that a lot of the “bad” things he did were either to impress someone (mostly his father) or because someone he cared about was threatened. I was the same way with Snape. I knew that he was flawed at best and made countless mistakes throughout his life, but I always felt that deep down inside, he was a hero. Insert the Astronomy Tower scene.
In the movie, you see something that I just don’t feel comes across as well on paper. You see Draco’s tortured expression as he is finally confronted with the situation he has been preparing for for the past year or so. He doesn’t want to do it, hates that he has to, and wishes that he didn’t have to choose his own family’s well-being over a headmaster that, though not very close to him, was the closest thing he had to a positive male role model. The Slytherin prince, who has never EVER allowed himself to look anything but pristine, isn’t even trying to hide his anguish and torment and it can’t help but break your heart. I believe this is the moment that he decides that maybe, just maybe, he could handle not following the Deatheater agenda 100%.
Then there is Snape. Dumbledore has become his closest friend and confidant over the last several years. He is the only one who knows why Snape has done what he is done, and I know that Snape would easily lay down his life for the headmaster. Yet, he is asked to do the opposite of what feels right and kill him. You can tell that he is conflicted about his decision, even after he makes an unbreakable vow to do it. You can see in his face that he would rather die. He can barely look as the spell hits Dumbledore, but knows that he needs to keep face for the Deatheaters.
And then, there is Dumbledore himself. He sees all of this written all over their faces, and knows that he has to make this event happen exactly as it has. He forces Draco to disarm him, so that Snape never has true possession of the Elder Wand and makes Snape kill him in order to ensure that the next school year isn’t as bad as it could have been. Snape as headmaster was the best option that Dumbledore had.
You see all three of these people, who have been spending years trying to keep face, absolutely destroyed and all knowing that things aren’t going to get any better anytime soon. They take one last glance at each other and try to muster enough strength, because the show must go on, as they have an audience.
THAT is what makes my heart break. That is why every time I so much as think about it, I can’t help but cry. Because, these characters are so real to me, I grew up with them as constant friends in my life, and like my real-world friends, I don’t like seeing them hurt this much.
tl;dr, The Astronomy Tower sucks because of all of the feels, Jessie is way too talkative when she is tired, and she hates editing.