I generally don't like it when movies stray from the books, unless there's a really, really good reason, and this time I think production designer Stuart Craig has an utterly awesome reason for changing the location of a certain death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows---Part 2. Here, I'll let him tell you:
(per "Wizard of Destruction" by Rebecca Keegan):
"In the book (the character) dies in the Shrieking Shack. I specifically asked J.K Rowling if she would mind if we transposed that to a boathouse. I felt it would make a very interesting, very theatrical set. There was a lot of glass in the design for the boathouse. Through the glass, you're aware of Hogwarts in flames and the water inside the boathouse reflects the flames. You get a great sense of the height and the drama."
-Stuart Craig, production designer
Light. It. Up! I'm now more excited than I ever thought I could be for a scene that ripped my heart out when I read it in the book. Well done, Stuart.
So, which night will you be seeing the movie?
Also, Lisa Galek is hosting two contests, including a very fun blogfest on Harry Potter's Birthday, July 31. C'mon, you know you're going to want you some more Harry after the movie's done. ;)