Here are five hidden messages within the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and films of the must-have YA series of the early 00s.
Authors are often scrutinised for being too flippant. As the pages turn more questions seemed to be left unanswered. This leads fans to believe that the author doesn’t know which way their story is heading. This was the case for the YA fans who quickly devoured the Harry Potter books as they released.
But J.K. Rowling knew exactly what she was doing. At moments were all seemed lost, she had it all mapped out.
Rowling even left subtle clues. But we were far too engrossed in the storyline to notice them at first.
We’ve delved into the deeper meanings hidden in plain sight in The Philosopher’s Stone. But what about the other books? There are so many messages lurking within Rowling’s writing that it can be hard to keep up.
1. Seven Harry Potters
Up until his 17th birthday Harry Potter was under the protection of a powerful spell. This enabled him to live undetected as long as he remained with blood relatives.
At the end of this spell, he would need to leave Privet Drive undetected. The Order decided that each would take the polyjuice potion. Seven Harry Potters fled from Harry’s family home that night. Seven Potters to resemble the seven pieces of Voldemort’s soul which he split.
The significance becomes more poignant as Harry’s friends took the risk out of their love for him. An act to offset Voldemort’s evil intentions.
2. The three brothers
The story of The Three Brothers was a favourite part for many HP fans. It’s rare for stories within a story to work effectively. But Rowling’s brief yet descriptive count of the brothers fit perfectly.
The story describes three brothers who encounter Death, after avoiding his snare. As a cunning gift, Death gifts each brother with anything they desire. The first brother asks for the most powerful wand. The second asks for something to allow him to bring people back from the dead. The third, something which would make him invisible.
The first brother is killed by thieves who steal the wand. The second, after receiving his deceased lover, kills himself. The third brother remains invisible until he greets Death as an old man.
The motives and ultimate fate of the brothers seem to replicate some of the key characters. Voldemort was hungry for power; he relentlessly hunted the wand. But the wand betrayed him and resulted in his death. Snape spent his whole life devoted to his lost love, Lily. This led to his death. Whereas Harry greeted death like an old friend, paving the way to his victory.
3. The loss of a brother
The Battle of Hogwarts was epic. The descriptions were phenomenal. Even the cinematography of the movie resembled the book. But the film also gave something to the viewer that the book couldn’t. And it was one of the sweetest hidden meanings in the Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter caused many reactions when he revealed he was still alive. But the cameras caught the best reaction. One that many may have missed.
As a shot zoomed into the reactions of his loved ones at seeing their beloved Potter alive. George turned to his side to share the moment with his brother, Fred. As they would have done throughout their lives as twins. But the space next to Fred was empty as he had lost his life in battle. It’s a powerful shot, which I urge you to acknowledge on your next binge.
4. A Fading Voldemort
When it comes to the storyline nothing beats the written word. The imagination you conjure when reading often isn’t completely justified on screen.
Though, the final two films show something quite powerful. Each time one of the Horcrux’s demised, the screenshot to Voldemort’s reaction. But if you look closely, each time this happens his cloak appears to fade shorter. Giving the effect of Voldemort fading each time one of the pieces of his soul is destroyed.
5. The Elder Wand
The meaning behind the Elder Wand isn’t hidden. In fact, the wand takes part in a whole different story of its own.
The final scenes of The Deathly Hallows Part 2 show Harry breaking the wand in two and throwing it into the abyss. Though, the book gives a different ending. One where Harry uses the wand to fix his own. He then places the wand back into Dumbledore’s crypt, in the hopes that it will eventually lose its power.
This is quite significant. Firstly, it sums up Potter’s overall nature. He only uses the wand to fix his own as he feels he doesn’t need that much power. It also shows the respect he has for Dumbledore, even after he passed. After all, Dumbledore was one of Harry’s father figures from infancy.
Are there any hidden messages in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows we missed? Let us know in the comments below.
Read about hidden messages in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone HERE
Read IMDB information about the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies HERE.
Book To Movie Adaptations Coming Soon
It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.
1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021
You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022
This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.
3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022
The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.
4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022
Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.
5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022
Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.
6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022
Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.
7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022
The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.
8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022
AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.
9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023
Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.
10. Ninth House – TBD
Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.
11. They Both Die at the End – TBD
When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.
12. The Selection – TBD
A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.
13. The Red Queen – TBD
Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.
14. Blackout – TBD
Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.
15. Long Way Down – TBD
Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.
That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out the five things you missed in Bridgeton Season One HERE.
Read iMDB information on The House of Gucci HERE.
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