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

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Book Movie
Jacob receives the wedding invitation at the end of Eclipse. In the movie, he receives it in the opening scene.
The first scene involves Bella conspicuously driving through Forks in her "before" car, i.e. the Mercedes Guardian. The first scene in the movie shows everyone getting their wedding invitations.
Bella reminisces her education by Carlisle in history of vampires and mentioned immortal children and the death of Sasha, the adopted mother and creator of Tanya, Kate, and Irina. The word "immortal children" only appears on a computer screen when Edward is researching vampire-human hybrids. There is no mention of Sasha.
Edward first tells Bella about his rebellious stage as a vampire and nomadic years in Twilight. Edward tells Bella about this the night before their wedding day.
Bella has a nightmare about the Volturi coming to kill her and the immortal child behind her and her human family and friends lying dead on a pile. Bella has a nightmare about the Volturi, Edward stained with blood and her human family and friends lying dead on a pile.
Irina does not attend Bella and Edward's wedding. Irina does attend their wedding, but leaves quickly after seeing Seth at the place.
Tanya is the first to meet Bella. Eleazar and Carmen are the first to greet Bella.
Wedding reception speeches were not described. Several speeches are given.
When Bella and Edward leave the wedding party, her ensemble was described as deep blue. Bella left the wedding reception wearing a cream colored dress with a black bow at the waist.
In Rio de Janeiro, Edward and Bella travel directly to the easternmost part of the city to a dock so they can catch a motorboat for the journey to Isle Esme. There is no street party or dance scene. Edward instructs a taxi driver to pull over and he and Bella dance in the Lapa District in central Rio. As the international airport is directly north of the city, it's plausible they headed for the docks beside Sugarloaf mountain in southeastern Rio.
Bella decides to remain human for another year and attend Dartmouth. This doesn't happen, and there is no discussion regarding college whatsoever.
Brady Fuller and Collin Littlesea are first introduced in Eclipse. Brady and Collin are first introduced in Breaking Dawn - Part 1.
When Bella discovers she is pregnant, it had been seventeen days since the wedding. When Bella discovers she is pregnant, it had been fourteen days since the wedding.
Jacob breaks Paul's nose after he patronized him, ate his chips, took over his couch, and controlled his TV. This doesn't happen.
Paul has imprinted on Jacob's sister, Rachel. Paul is known to have imprinted on a girl, presumably Rachel. She isn't verbally introduced.
Most of the wolf pack's communicating is done telepathically. Mind-reading between the wolves is only shown once.
Jacob meets the rest of the pack in the middle of the forest after he learns of Bella's pregnancy. The pack meet at a waterfront with log piles.
Leah joins Jacob and Seth's pack the day after their separation from Sam, and informs them about what she knows after their departure. Leah joins them minutes after Seth and tells Jacob what Sam plans to do now that they had lost three members of the pack and the Cullens are aware of their plans.
Jacob and Seth communicate telepathically in wolf form after Seth leaves Sam's pack. Leah also communicates using wolf telepathy when she joins their pack.   Jacob and Seth speak in human form. Leah also communications verbally when she joins them in human form.
Jacob, Seth and Leah's aid with the Cullens is much more described. They patrol the perimeters, and evaluate hunting opportunities with the Cullens. Esme offers them clothes and food. Jacob and Leah also have several conversational moments while patrolling the areas. Their alliance with the Cullens is less described. They are seen patrolling the areas, keeping a look out for Sam's pack and Jacob helps the Cullens escape by distracting four of the wolves. Jacob and Leah only have one conversational moment together.
Jacob tells Rosalie blonde jokes to antagonize her. She continuously replies that she'd already heard of them, until he makes the last one. This doesn't happen at all.
Jacob throws a metal bowl of food at the back of Rosalie's head, thus making Rosalie angry because she got food in her hair. This doesn't happen, though it was filmed, it's only shown in the extended edition.
Alice stays with Jacob when he visits to numb her "headache" caused by Renesmee. This doesn't happen.
After viewing Edward and Bella being happy about the baby, Jacob borrows Edward's car and tries to find his object of imprinting. Leah yells at Bella for hurting Jacob while he is gone. Rather than leaving to find an imprint, he is interrupted by Carlisle to hold a discussion their plan to sneak past the wolves. Leah's scolding of Bella was either nonexistent or not in Jacob's presence again.
Jacob sees Edward's shift of hatred to love for the baby the moment he hears her thoughts and feels betrayed and angrily storms out of the house. Jacob sees Edward's shift of hatred to love for the baby, and feels betrayed, but is asked by Carlisle to talk to him.
Bella tells the Cullens and Jacob her baby names a half-day before she gives birth. It is right after Bella reveals her name decisions when she drops her cup of blood and goes into labor.
Bella tells Edward and the others about her choices of names for the baby the moment he hears the baby's thoughts. Alice is not present. Bella tells them the names one moment before she went into labor. Alice is present.
It's Rosalie who comments on Renesmee's name being unique and fitting. In the movie it is Edward who makes the comment.
Carlisle and Jacob share a discussion about his tribe's chromosomes having 24 pairs while vampires have 25, and then jump to conclusion that hybrids have 24 too. No such topic is discussed.
Jacob describes his imprinting as feeling everything in his life—his love for Bella, his family, and the loyalty to his pack—sever away, and then bound by millions of steel cables to the center of the universe—Renesmee. In the movie, he experiences his imprinting through a rush of images of Renesmee's grown-up appearance and himself as a wolf.
A fight never erupts between the Cullens and the pack, though it was initially planned. A fight erupts in the Cullen house backyard after Renesmee was born, until Jacob emerges to tell the wolves that he has imprinted on her.
In the book, Jacob goes to talk to Sam alone in order to declare his imprinting on Renesmee. Upon learning this Sam realizes that there is no other option but to return to a state of truce, and as a result there is no confrontation at the the Cullens' home. Sam and his pack descend on the house, attack the Cullens and a fight ensues as they try to get to Renesmee. Jacob then phases to intervene,Edward tells everyone about the imprinting after reading Jacob's thoughts. Once Sam hears this, the fight stops. The pack retreat with the treaty back in effect. Edward explains to the rest of the Cullens that this is "the most absolute of all the pack's laws" and that it means the hostility is over.
Bella describes the transformation process as painful flames that spreads throughout her whole body and burns her for a couple of days while her transformation goes on. When it nears its completion, the flames begin to reduce, but at the same time, her heart beats faster, more violently to fight against the venom that is killing it. Eventually, it beats as strongly and painfully as a helicopter's propeller and thuds one last time before it stops. In the movie, her transformation begins with her experiencing the painful process, but otherwise it is seen going smoothly and painlessly. Her body heals itself, and then her memories of the past flash in front of her as every drop of her blood converts. When the final drop turns white, her transformation is complete.
The Volturi do not appear until near the end of the book. The Volturi make a post-credits appearance. They read a message from Carlisle about Bella's transformation to a vampire. Aro tells Marcus and Caius that the quarrels with the Cullens are not over as they have something he wants (presumably Alice).