It’s hard to argue that one of the most badass breakout characters in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is Professor Minerva McGonagall. And author J.K. Rowling fought to keep it that way.
Fans who have seen the movie (and read the book) know that there’s a pretty big showdown between McGonagall and Professor Snape about halfway through the story. According to Rowling, an early draft of Steve Kloves’ script had Harry Potter facing off against Snape instead of McGonagall. That was not something she was going to allow to happen.
“I don’t like the marginalization of women when the fighting breaks out. We get to fight too. I really wanted that,” she explained in an exclusive MTV News sneak peek at a featurette from the “Deathly Hallows Part 2” Blu-ray and DVD, in stores on November 11. “In the book, Minerva McGonagall is the one who does it and for me it was very important that she did that.”
For Rowling, it was important that McGonagall got her moment in the spotlight. Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley in the films, said that seeing McGonagall show off her true strength was one of her favorite parts of the movie.
“Teachers have been so repressed in how they see Hogwarts. Obviously from its new sort of ruling, you can see that they’re just itching for their fight back against evil and I love that. Professor McGonagall, she just completely shows what she’s made of,” Wright said.
“Deathly Hallows: Part 2” hits DVD and Blu-Ray on November 11.
Are you glad McGonagall got her big battle scene against Snape? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!