In “Half-Blood Prince,” the characters get to experience a love potion, which smells differently to different people. Hermione describes how it smells to her. In the book, she talks about a few things, but we get a little more in the movie version of the scene.
She’s describing what she smells, and the fumes from the potion are changing color. Green for freshly-mown grass, blue for toothpaste, etc. She pauses when the fumes turn orange – which is, coincidentally, the color of Ron’s hair. The book version has her talking about things related to Ron, but it’s a lot harder to tell what she’s thinking.
A Very Different Kind of Role
Just before the cast began filming “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” Daniel Radcliffe had the chance to star in a play called “Equus.” It’s not the kind of thing you take a young Potter-loving kid to see. It’s a lot more adult than anything that happens in the Harry Potter stories.
This is why we’re a little surprised to see the play get a shout-out during the seventh of eight movies from the series. During the battle against the Death Eaters in the cafe, a poster for the play can be spotted on the wall behind Hermione. A small background detail but a fun one.
A Tricky Deflection
Since the very first book, the debate has raged about how much Snape still followed the whims of his old master Voldemort and how much he was on Dumbledore’s side. The final book mostly put the debate to rest, but there is still plenty of chatter. However, one slick moment in the final movie gives us a hint that he was always on the side of good.
While Snape is dueling McGonagall during the Battle of Hogwarts, he just so happens to deflect one of her spells at his fellow death eaters, dealing damage to them while keeping himself safe. Slick, Severus.
Technically, He Didn’t Try
Every fan of this long-running series can tell you there are tons of details that you can trace back to the very beginning like Harry had to put his mouth on the first Golden Snitch he caught to get the final Deathly Hallow. How about when Dobby tries to save Harry’s life in the second film, and Harry responds with a tired “Never try to save my life again”?
Dobby is clearly a house elf that has his own way of doing things, though. Also, from then on, he never “tries” to save Harry – he just does. Successfully. Yoda, we think, would appreciate the distinction.
An Impossible Question
Snape makes it clear from the very start that he isn’t a fan of Harry as soon as the first class starts. He immediately hit Harry with a tough potion question: what do you get if you add the powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood? Harry, of course, doesn’t know, but this question is more than just a mean gotcha.
The Victorian flower code says that the asphodel is actually a lily, and wormwood has themes of lingering mourning. All this to say that Snape still mourned for his lost Lily, who just so happens to be Harry’s mother. No wonder he wanted to take it out on Harry.