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Breaking Dawn - part 2 book to movie differences

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The following are noted differences between the original Breaking Dawn novel and the movie.

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In the book, Bella first looks at her book after following Alice's trail back to the cottage the day after they find out the Volturi is coming for them. Edward is waiting outside. After 13 seconds of waiting, he rushes into the cottage, just then Bella burns the book. In the movie, Bella checks the book when Edward goes to fill up water for her bath. By the time he comes out, she has already set the book on fire in the fireplace. This occurs after all witnesses have amassed.
Bella wakes up from her transformation in a silk blue dress and wearing stiletto heels. As Bella wakes up from her transformation, she is barefoot.
Bella thinks to herself that she and Edward are the same temperature after she reacts to the temperature change. In the movie, Edward says this.
Bella encounters a deer and a mountain lion separately. Bella encounters a deer and a mountain lion at the same time.
Seth receives medical treatment from Carlisle after Bella accidentally broke his shoulder. Seth gets hurt, but the injuries aren't serious enough for medical attention.
After Jacob told Charlie about the supernatural world and Bella being different, he asks Jacob if she can turn into an animal. Charlie asks Bella personally, but Jacob is still the one who answers.
Edward, Renesmee, Emmett, Jasper, Jacob, Carlisle, and Seth are present when Charlie confronts Bella. Edward, Carlisle, and Jacob leave Bella and Charlie temporarily, and then Edward brings Renesmee out to meet Charlie.
There is a brief moment where Charlie and Bella talk before he leaves. There is no moment.
Jacob arrives at the Cullen house after the Cullens realized the Volturi were coming to kill them. Jacob is present when they realized this.
The Denalis are contacted by Carlisle via the phone and then traveled to Forks for explanation before agreeing to help the Cullens. Edward, Jacob, Bella and Renesmee travel to the Denalis' home to tell them about the danger and about Renesmee.
The vampires identified as being in covens are the Denalis, Amazons, Romanians, Irish and Egyptians, plus the Cullens themselves (the "Olympic Coven") and the Volturi. The movie includes a "French coven", which includes Henri and Yvette, and is not mentioned in the books. A Japanese nomadic vampire, Toshiro, appears also only in the movie, only to be killed off by the Volturi when Aro finds he planned on meeting with the Cullens and siding with them. The vampires Kachiri, Charles, and Makenna do not appear in the movie.
Maggie, of the Irish coven, has bright red hair. Siobhan the leader is physically composing and attractive. Maggie has darker brown hair. Siobhan appears more overweight and less attractive.
Zafrina is more talkative than Senna. Senna is the talkative one.
Bella first realizes her shield when Eleazar explains to her about her power and how much advantage she could provide for them if she learns how to use it. Bella first realizes her shield when Eleazar tells Edward "he never told him his wife was a shield". To prove the point, Kate tests her power on her. Tanya suggests she learn how to project it.
Kate shocks Edward and then tries to shock Renesmee to motivate Bella to project her shield better. Kate shocks Edward and then threatens to shock Renesmee.
Jacob comments Stefan and Vladimir as "creep-tacular." Jacob comments them as "creepy."
Bella first meets J. Jenks at his office after the witnesses have all arrived. She figures out his profession and asks him to forge legal documents for Renesmee and Jacob. Bella first meets J. Jenks at a local restaurant after the witnesses have arrived. Jasper tells J. to make the documents, and by the time Bella meets J, he has already finished the arrangements.
On Christmas Day, Bella, Renesmee, Edward, Jacob, Sue, Sam, Emily and Jacob's pack all celebrate Christmas at Charlie's house. Bella, Edward, Renesmee, Jacob, Sue, Seth and Leah are the only ones to do so.
Edward gives Charlie a fishing machine for Christmas. Bella and Edward give Charlie and Sue tickets to Fraser River for fishing in order to keep them from danger.
Bella gives Renesmee the golden locket on Christmas. Bella gives Renesmee the golden locket the night before the confrontation.
The confrontation is almost completely peaceful. Everyone prepares for battle; Renesmee crawls onto Jacob's back and they prepare to escape. Before the fight began, Alice and Jasper emerge just in time to stop it and present Nahuel and Huilen.

Aro decides to retreat after witnessing the effect of Bella's shield and seeing the disadvantage that he has.

The confrontation seemingly turns violent and a battle ensues. Jacob and Renesmee are chased by Santiago as they run across the forest. Many characters lose their lives, including Aro, Carlisle and Jasper. However, this turns out to be a vision of the definite future if the Volturi decided to fight.

After Nahuel and Huilen's testimony, Aro decides to retreat after seeing his demise in Alice's vision, which shows that he will die if he decides to start a fight.

Benjamin opens a sinkhole in the ground with his power over earth in an attempt to slow the Volturi from proceeding forward. In the battle vision, Benjamin creates a sinkhole with a punch and many participants either fall or get pushed down. As did some shape-shifters - namely Leah.
Bella wears Aro's necklace during the confrontation. Bella does receive the necklace, but does not wear it at the confrontation.
Renesmee grows to the size of a three year-old toddler at the end of the series. Renesmee grows to the size of a young child at the end of the movie.
Zafrina, Benjamin, Maggie, Alistair, Bella, Eleazar, Kate, Charles and Siobhan's gifts are all explained and explored. Renata's and Chelsea's powers are also mentioned. Alec's gift manifests in the form of a hazy shimmer. Many gifts are neglected to be mentioned, the only ones that did get explored are Bella's, Kate's, Benjamin's and Zafrina's. Alec's gift manifests in the form of a black vapor. Charles, Chelsea and Renata do not exist in the movies.
Aro has Renata as his personal bodyguard. Aro has no personal bodyguard, which makes him vulnerable in the movie.
Alice's vision cannot see shape-shifters or half-vampires. Alice sees the result of a humongous battle involving the shape-shifters, the Cullens, the Volturi and their respective allies; and then sees a happy future of Jacob and Renesmee, who is a grown woman.
Alec tests Bella's shield with his power: it wraps around her shield like a bubble but does no damage. alec has a chance to test his gift.
Garrett gives a long speech to the Volturi's witnesses: he accuses the Volturi's pretense of justifying act to shroud their true agenda of acquiring more power to themselves, and tells the witnesses to choose a new side. Garrett doesn't say anything.
Stefan and Vladimir leave town before the Cullens and their friends stopped celebrating their victory against the Volturi's accusations. Stefan and Vladimir tell the Cullens to attack instead of letting them leave. When they fail, they leave town.
Bella first removes her shield the day of the confrontation, at their cottage; hours after the Volturi left in peace. She explains the shield removal was Zafrina's idea. Bella removes her shield several months after the confrontation in the meadow. She explains that she had been practicing to lift her shield.
On Bella's first hunt, she destroys all her dress so Edward gives her his shirt. Bella doesn't destroy her dress at all.

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