The Volturi confrontation was a gathering of Volturi and Cullen allies in Forks, Washington, which nearly resulted in a massive battle between the two groups. Many powerful vampires were united on December 31st, 2006 in regards to the existence of Renesmee Cullen: a human-vampire hybrid.
Those involved included the entire Volturi coven, as well as the Olympic, Denali, Egyptian, Irish, Amazon, and Romanian covens, several nomadic vampires, two vampire hybrids; and the Uley and Black packs. The French coven is also involved in the movie.
A few months after the birth of Renesmee Carlie Cullen, Irina saw Bella, Jacob, and Renesmee hunting when she traveled to Forks. She rushed to the Volturi as she mistook the hybrid Renesmee for an immortal child. Soon after her report, Alice foresaw that the Volturi were planning a trip to Forks to punish the Cullens on this accusation.
While the Volturi gathered witnesses to watch their act of justice, the Cullens used the time to find their own. In the end, they received aid from a large group of vampires, among which a goodly number of covens, numerous nomadic vampires and another human/vampire hybrid, Nahuel, to demonstrate that Renesmee was neither an immortal child nor a threat.
Because of Alice's advance warning about the Volturi's hidden agenda to acquire more gifted vampires, the Cullens' allies used time to practice their powers in case an unwanted battle ensued. Zafrina and Kate helped Bella learn to expand her mental shield, which turned out to be crucial in protecting their allies from the mental attacks of the Volturi guard. Meanwhile, as more vampires entered the area, a number of young local Quileutes turned into wolves, adding more members to the Uley and Black packs.
Bella's shield allowed a fair negotiation and trial of sorts to commence, rather than the Volturi's usual biased judgment taking place with those involved being incapacitated, and unable to speak in their own defense. After some discussion the Volturi concluded that Irina had made a terrible mistake and executed her. Tanya and Kate were enraged by Irina's death, but the Cullens and their allies were able to restrain them before they initiated a battle that would end badly for all involved. Eventually, while greatly saddened, they accepted that what Irina did was wrong.
Both before and during the confrontation, the Cullens and their allies began divvying up opponents. Bella had set her sights on Alec and Jane, believing that without their powers they were helpless. However Kate desired to inflict her power on Jane while Stefan wished to avenge his coven by killing Alec. Edward decided on Demetri so that Alice could be free from his tracking power. Tanya wanted avenge Irina by targeting Caius. Bella feared that she would become a primary target to Volturi in turn, but Zafrina vowed to protect her with her illusions.
Bella's power showed the advantage she gave to the Cullens and their allies as she blocks the Volturi's strongest weapons, inducing a sense of fear in Aro. In the movie, Alice showed Aro the vision of the Volturi's eventual demise if they did not leave the Cullens in peace.
The confrontation had some dramatic fore bearings for the future. Though it had ended peacefully, the effects were profound. Aro had brought witnesses to ensure the reputation of the Volturi, but this backfired when the Volturi were proven wrong, and how they sought endless excuses for an all out war.
Due to the way the Volturi had behaved during the confrontation, many of their witnesses saw through Aro's facade. They percieved, as Garrett pointed out, that Aro had not come for justice, but to destroy the opposition and acquire more power for himself. One such witness on the Volturi's side, Charles, had the gift of knowing when a lie was being spoken. Charles voiced his disapproval at the Volturi, as did some of the other witnesses. Many of the witnesses grew afraid as a result and departed. Others were alarmed by the seemingly unjust execution of Irina, on the grounds of being a false witness. Some felt that Renesmee was easily mistakable for an immortal child, and therefore Irina should have been spared. Consequently the Volturi's reputation was tarnished throughout the vampire world. Vladimir and Stefan took some pleasure from this, bitter as they were over the outcome.
But even more troubling was that the Volturi themselves had their confidence shaken. Never before had they been faced with the possibility of being destroyed by an opposing force. With all of their offensive powers negated thanks to Bella, Aro grew afraid during the confrontation. Edward explained there was a good chance that, if the Volturi had tried to fight, they would have been utterly destroyed. They were forced to retreat from a fight, a bitter humiliation for them. It was generally agreed amongst the Cullens that the Volturi would attempt to avenge themselves for this. Siobhan and Carlisle contemplated as much, in which case they would stand and fight and the Volturi would eventually meet their end. Siobhan predicted that one day the world would eventually be free of the Volturi.
In the film Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Aro's plan to initiate the battle was thwarted by Alice's vision. Alice's vision foretells the scenario that would follow if Aro went ahead with his plans, although no such vision is mentioned in the book. Alice and Jasper arrived at the battleground before the fight began, surprising everyone—especially Aro. Alice told Aro that she had brought “proof” that Renesmee wasn’t a threat, to which Aro agreed to see. She then “showed” Aro her proof, but realizes that he was still adamant about a violent outcome. Alice then signaled Bella, who then sent Jacob and Renesmee on their way.
Alice, seeing that Jacob and Renesmee were on their way to safety, delivered a kick to Aro’s head, sending him flying to the back of his party. This infuriated Aro and he ordered two of his guards to “take her away”. Caius ordered Santiago, one of the guards, to “get them”; referring to the escaping Jacob and Renesmee. Carlisle became infuriated at Aro taking Alice against her will and charged forward to save her; after easily knocking two of the guards aside, Carlisle was unfortunately beheaded by Aro and his body was burned by Caius. Carlisle's death immediately initiated the battle, with an enraged Edward leading both his vampire allies and wolves in the charge against the Volturi. Aro spreads his arms, and his entire guard surge forward.
Some of the Volturi’s guards and witnesses were taken out very easily. Others proved to be more durable. Jane, seeing that Demetri was losing his fight to Jasper, attempted to use her tormenting gift to give Demetri the advantage. Bella immediately shielded Jasper. Alec, Jane’s brother, noticed this and tackled Bella to distract her. In the book Bella had identified Alec as one of her primary targets. Jane then took the opportunity to torment and incapacitate Jasper again; Demetri, with the help of Felix, beheaded him, infuriating Alice. At this point Bella overwhelmed Alec and kicked him to the ground. An enraged Emmett saw Alec charging at Bella and rushed over, brutally beheading him before throwing his body away. Alice then broke free of her captors.
Meanwhile, Jacob and Renesmee were being pursued by Santiago in the forest nearby as they ran.
Back on the battleground, Edward attempted to take out Demetri, but got overpowered. Demetri knocks Edward's leg out, throwing him off balance. As Seth killed a guard, Jane incapacitated him with her power, and Felix moved in and killed him, which shocked his sister, Leah, who howled in grief. Jacob heard her and became instantly overwhelmed with sadness. With Jacob distracted, Santiago got a chance to catch up and carry on his attack, but Jacob immediately snapped out of his pain and killed Santiago. He then successfully escaped with Renesmee.
Benjamin, an ally of the Cullens, noticed that the Volturi's party was pairing up against the Cullens and their allies. Garrett was knocked down, and Demetri was pummeling Edward. Benjamin used his gift to create a large sinkhole in the middle of the ground, allowing his side to use it as an opportunity to kill off more of the Volturi easily. The earth splits open to reveal a magma pit at the bottom. The Cullens and their allies do so with the help of the Uley and Black packs. Esme was nearly killed when a Volturi guard fell into the hole with her, but Leah sees this and decides to save Esme. Leah pounces on the guard and pulls him off Esme and they plummet to their deaths. Both Sam—Alpha of the Uley pack—and Esme were deeply saddened by this. Demetri still has Edward pinned down and held him there until the ground beneath him collapsed, sending him into the sinkhole. Demetri—thinking he has finished off Edward—was taken by surprise when Edward suddenly emerged and, with a surprise attack, beheaded him.
Alice began to charge at a panic-ridden Jane, dodging and taking down many of the Volturi guards and witnesses along the way. Jane tried to use her gift only to see that Alice was being shielded by Bella. Realizing that she didn’t have a chance without her power, Jane began to run away but Alice caught up to her and threw her to a waiting Sam, who then tore off her head. Aro was devastated and infuriated by this as Caius, who was also infuriated at the Volturi's loss of allies, joined the fight: He attempted to take out Tanya, the leader of the Denali coven. Garrett, a nomadic vampire, came to Tanya's aid and kicked him into the awaiting hands of Kate, Tanya’s sister. Kate used her shocking power to immobilize Caius, allowing Tanya to slowly, and coldly partially behead and kill him; thus, avenging their sister Irina whom Caius had executed earlier during the confrontation. Stefan and Vladimir, two vampires who greatly despised the Volturi, charged at Marcus, a Volturi elder, who openly welcomed his death as the two of them easily severed his body.
Aro, infuriated by his amount of losses, finally joined the fight. Edward noticed this and began to charge toward him, as did Bella. Aro delivered a blow that sent Bella flying across the battleground into Edward's arms. A brief two-on-one scuffle dazed him for a moment and Edward then attempted to kill Aro himself only to be outperformed when Aro turned around and tried to behead him. Bella attacked Aro again, saving Edward from being beheaded. With the help of Edward, she was able to finally behead Aro.
Bella then grabbed a torch and set Aro’s head ablaze while, in the background, many of the Volturi’s leftover guard members closed in on both her and Edward. Aro’s head was consumed by fire while Bella and Edward were likely being attacked by the Volturi's leftover agents.
The vision ended and we see a deathly frightened expression on the face of a very much alive Aro: everything that happened during the fight was simply a vision of what would happen if Aro initiated the battle. "Now you know. That's your future. Unless you decide on another course," Alice said to Aro in regards to his demise.
For the sake of self-preservation, Aro concluded that "there is no danger" in regards to Renesmee's existence and retreated with his coven members and witnesses, much to Caius' dismay.
Olympic Coven and alliesEdit
- Olympic coven
Carlisle, Esme, Edward, Bella, Renesmee, Emmett and Alice Cullen; Rosalie, and Jasper Hale.
- Black pack
Jacob Black, Leah and Seth Clearwater, Embry Call, Quil Ateara V, and 3 other unnamed members.
- Uley pack
Sam Uley, Jared Cameron, Paul Lahote, Brady Fuller, Collin Littlesea, and 4 other unnamed members.
- Denali coven
Tanya, Kate, Garrett, Carmen and Eleazar.
- Egyptian coven
Amun, Kebi, Benjamin and Tia.
- Irish coven
Maggie, Siobhan and Liam.
- Amazon coven
Kachiri (book only), Zafrina and Senna.
- Romanian coven
Vladimir and Stefan.
Nahuel, Huilen, Peter, Charlotte, Randall, and Mary.
- Olympic coven
Volturi and alliesEdit
Aro, Caius, Marcus, Sulpicia, Athenodora, Jane, Alec, Demetri, Felix, Santiago, Renata, Chelsea, Corin, Afton, Heidi, and 17 other unnamed members of the guard.
- Denali coven
Irina (killed for misinforming the Volturi).
- French coven
Henri and Yvette (movie only).
Makenna, Charles, and 41 other unnamed nomadic vampires.
The second part of the film adaptation received notable praise for its battle sequence with many critics commending the "departure" from the novel and complimenting the "twist" ending itself.