Right, just realised something. A main reason why Im angry they cut it out.
When Harry was found to be alive, no one else reacted, other than Draco. Ron and Hermione just stood there smiling. Ginny just stood there, Neville just stood there, everyone he would count as friends just stood there. None of them tried to help, none of them gave their wand to him.
But Draco, the person he had fallen out with the most, even though Voldemort could have killed him, ran to Harry and gave him his wand.
Doesnt that speak a lot?
YES. I had a lot of problems with the last film, but I feel this was my most major one. This was a big deal.
Pretty sure this did not happen in the book.
It didn’t happen in the book, but they did film this scene for the movie & ended up not using it. Honestly, if they had just kept to what actually did happen in the book (i.e. Slytherins that left came back with reinforcements to fight against Voldemort, led by Prof. Slughorn, according to JKR. They weren’t all evil scumbags who were sent to the dungeons by McGonagall, like in the movie), I would’ve been fine with them not including the Draco thing, but because they made all the Slytherins out to be evil in the movie, I feel like this scene needed to have been included to keep the idea— the point JKR was making w/ that battle— that it was all of Hogwarts, united, that defeated Voldemort… not just Harry and the Gryffindors w/ a few ‘puffs & ‘claws thrown in the mix, as it was in the movie.
Also, in case it isn’t obvious, I identify w/ Slytherin, & I highly resent the fact that they gave Slytherins nearly no redemption whatsoever in the movie except for the line about Snape from the epilogue— but, honestly, that just made it seem like Snape was an exception to the “all Slytherins are evil” rule rather than a “it’s our choices that make us good or evil- not the house you’re sorted into, or anything else out of your control,” which is what JKR meant it to be.
TL;DR: By ignoring other stuff that did happen in the book, and not including this scene, they really altered the point of the story, and that’s incredibly frustrating to me, because I love HP ‘cause of the story and what it says about humanity.