Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is very much its own, thoroughly satisfying film. But there are a remarkable number of other famous movie scenes that pop into mind while watching it, some so blatant they can only be homages, others probably creeping in because – well, there are only so many ways to do crowd scenes.
Here at my choices for the Top Five Other-Movie Allusions to look for in the Potter finale.
1. MRS.WEASLEY GOES ALIENS ON BELLATRIX
In a huge Hogwarts battle, when Bellatrix Lestrange attacks Ginny Weasley, Mrs. W. (Julie Walters) leaps at the villain with her wand and yells, “Not my daughter, you bitch!” That’s such a clear echo of Sigourney Weaver’s cry “Get away from her, you bitch!” when a different kind of monster attacks her surrogate daughter in Aliens, there’s no chance this one is accidental. It's the most unexpected and the most fun reference.
2. RON AND HERMIONE BOARD THE TITANIC
Alone and threatened in a creepy underground room, Ron and Hermione are shocked by a Titanic-sized deluge of water and immediately have a long romantic kiss. Apparently torrents of water will do that to you; just ask Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet. Thankfully Ron and Hermione don’t swim their way through the rest of the movie.
3. DEATH EATERS ACT LIKE BRAVEHEART
When Voldemort and his Death Eaters attack Hogwarts, the overhead shot of hordes of screaming warriors heading across a plain looks and sounds a lot like Braveheart's Scots minus the blue faces. Let’s assume this belongs in the accidental category, because there’s no way Voldemort is screaming “They’ll never take away our freedom!”
4. WHEN HARRY MET SCARLETT
After the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry takes a lonely, stunned walk through a room whose floor is filled with rows of the dead and injured -- a walk that looks a lot like Scarlett O’Hara’s shocked walk through the streets of Atlanta, covered with injured soldiers. Maybe another accident, but the Potter scene echoes one of the most iconic scenes in Gone With the Wind.
5. HARRY AND VOLDEMORT DUEL WITH LIGHT SABERS – I MEAN WANDS
You can’t miss the most obvious of the Potter borrowings from earlier fantasies. Harry’s and Voldemort’s dueling wands spew long streaks of light in a climactic duel that is pure Star Wars.
And I’ve read the book, so I knew this wasn’t happening, but here as in the novel I kept waiting for Severus Snape to growl, “Harry, I am your father!” Very clever, that J.K. Rowling.