As a fan of pop culture, you probably have a list of favorite books, television series’, and films that you can watch again and again.
When you revisit your favorite entertainment, something special happens.
The moments occur where you learn something new or when you see something in a different light. There are moments where you read a sentence you just skimmed over before or notice the depth of a scene you only saw as 2 dimensional.
One of pop culture’s biggest staples is Harry Potter. From the series to the films, true Potter fans never grow tired of hearing the stories told from Hogwarts.
You never stop hoping for your own letter delivered by a beautiful owl and most important, you never stop believing in the magic that exists in JK Rowling’s words.
In Rowling’s words, we find all sorts of magic, and the most powerful of all magic is hope.
That hope is born from the heroes of the story, the characters who stop at nothing to do what’s right. There are extremely powerful voices in the world Rowling created, and some of those give off some serious girl power vibes.
So why not take a look at some empowering moments with some of our favorite female Harry Potter characters.
Hermoine is responsible for basically creating Dumbledore’s army. Yes, Harry and Ron helped, and she did an insane number of things strictly on her own, but this was a massive undertaking.
It also proves that girl power moments can happen in a great show of solo heroism, or as simply taking initiative in a group and being the bind that holds it all together.
Without Hermione, Dumbledore’s army wouldn’t have existed at all. She isn’t just a power player behind it, she is the glue that holds it together, the gears that help it move, and the glimmer of hope that allows the group to exist, even in the face of uncertainty.
It was hard to narrow it down to one moment for Hermione, but we think that an entire army being nonexistent without her is a pretty powerful thing.
It’s in her name.
No seriously. Her name means ‘female warrior’ in Latin.
She exudes girl power in everything she does.
Even if her brand of girl power is laced with a specific type of evil.
Let’s be honest. She is a total badass, and she scares us too! If we had to name a few people we’d never want to be left alone with, she’d be one of them.
In the same breath, we’re sort of in awe of her relentless quest to please the Dark Lord. She puts her loyalty to him above everything.
If we’re talking one moment though, one girl power moment, we have to examine the way she taunted Harry Potter when he dared to stand against her.
“I was and am the Dark Lord’s most loyal servant. I learned the Dark Arts from him, and I know spells of such power that you, pathetic little boy, can never hope to compete!”
While we’re totally team Harry, it was a pretty big show of confidence. Sometimes, that’s all you need to make a statement.
The battle between Snape and Professor McGonagall is a moment that JK Rowling fought for when it came to filming the Harry Potter films.
In the book, McGonagall took on Snape.
In the film, there was an idea that it should be Harry instead.
When the author of the books fights for the scene to be played out in the exact way she wrote it, you know it’s an important moment.
Their confrontation is one of our favorites in both the book and film. Snape has a genuine sense of fear in his eyes and Professor McGonagall…she just embodies strength and composure.
She may not defeat him, but she sends him running – or flying – for the hills. We still get chills thinking about it.
We have to comment on something else, too. Call this one an honorary mention.
Professor McGonagall is totally unafraid to use Voldemort’s name. There is no ‘he who shall not be named’ where she’s concerned. He would come for them either way, why not say his name in the meantime?
Part of what makes Luna Lovegood such a strong female character is her unyielding sense of kindness.
You may wonder what that means in terms of girl power, but the answer is actually quite simple.
It takes a strong woman to wear kindness and hope like a badge of honor when she’s up against unkindness and doubt.
If you ask anyone what they love most about Luna, an overwhelming response would be her heart and how it was always willing to give.
In terms of a specific moment of girl power, her rescuing Ginny and Ron jumps out at us.
In the Department of Mysteries, she was able to protect Ron who was confused by a spell and Ginny who was injured by a Death Eater.
In addition to her kindness and bravery; Luna is a character many fans could relate to. She may spend most of her time seemingly floating just above everyone else in her own little world, but she is more in tune with what was going on around her than she’s given credit for.
Perhaps that’s how she is able to be such a good friend to anyone in need, and what’s more powerful than strong companionship?
So Tonks definitely was not alone in Fighting Death Eaters at the school, but her contribution to the battle is a show of inner strength.
Before the battle, Tonks was noted as looking depressed and keeping to herself. However, she still joins in the fierce battle with no certainty that a win would be in their favor.
If you’ve ever dealt with a personal struggle, the last thing you most often want to do is throw yourself into another stressful situation. This is especially true when the situation has to do with a lot outside of yourself.
However, this didn’t stop Tonks from stepping up and being part of the bigger picture when she was needed.
Let’s be honest, this moment didn’t take long to decide upon.
Ginny overcomes the pull of Voldemort’s soul. If that isn’t some straight up girl power, we don’t know what is.
Tom Riddle’s diary allowed Voldemort to control her without her even realizing it. It seemed that the more she gave of herself to the diary, the stronger the evil grew. The possession was truly only possible because she poured her heart out.
This meant that she allowed herself to be vulnerable enough for the possession to take over.
She may not have known of the possession while it was happening, but after it happened, she was strong enough to withstand what came next.
Imagine being taken over by the darkest kind of evil, knowing that the words and thoughts you shared allowed someone to weave their way into your soul. It’s devastating to imagine.
Not only did Ginny have to imagine it, she also had to live it. She could have fallen victim to her circumstance, but she didn’t. She only got stronger.
Ginny is a force to be reckoned with through the series, doing what she wants, saying what she thinks, and standing up for what she believes in. She’s a girl we’d all like to mirror a little bit of in our own lives.
In considering one of Molly Weasley’s most ‘girl power’ moments, we must look at her character as a whole.
Molly is many things, but at the heart of who she is, Molly is a mother. Not just a mother to her own children, but a woman who opens her heart to those in need.
One moment we remember fondly was when Harry feels Molly’s embrace as only a mother could provide. In Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling describes the hug and it shows how her love truly knew no bounds.
“He had no memory of ever being hugged like this, as though by a mother. The full weight of everything he had seen that night seemed to fall in upon him as Mrs. Weasley held him to her. His mother’s face, his father’s voice, the sight of Cedric, dead on the ground all started spinning in his head until he could hardly bear it until he was screwing up his face against the howl of misery fighting to get out of him.”
Molly isn’t just hugging Harry at that moment, she is hugging him for all of the painful moments he’d ever experienced before. She is preparing his heart for those to come.
She opens her heart to Harry and loves him as one of her own.
Oh, and did we mention that she totally took on Bellatrix Lestrange? Yeah, that was awesome, too.
Call it an act of girl power or a moment of motherly love, but the bond Narcissa has with her son Draco, is part of her saving grace.
It is also something that caused her to take the biggest risk.
Her risk is actually born of Harry Potter taking a risk of his own to save Draco. In a ripple effect, Narcissa saved Harry, and in turn was able to get to Draco.
However, lying to save Harry proved to be no easy task. She could have been found out and the consequences…they could have been deadly for so many.
Narcissa puts herself in a world of danger, but to a mother, there was no other option. She has to do what she can to keep Draco safe. It is a decision spurred by the most unselfish love there is; a mother’s love.
Fleur’s girl power can be seen in many forms through the story, but perhaps our favorite is her loyalty and dedication. This is especially true when that loyalty puts her in the face of danger and instead of cowering away or running scared, she simply stands tall.
One of these moments for Fleur was born from her loyalty to Harry for saving the life of her sister. She allows Harry, Ron, and Hermione along with Griphook to stay at her home, putting both her life and her fiance ́s in danger.
She was headstrong and steadfast and brave. Those are the qualities we look for in someone who radiates girl power.
For Lily’s shining moment, we’ll have to look into the past. Specifically, the defining moment that led to Harry Potter’s future.
We all know a Lily, at least, we do if we’re lucky. Lily’s life was cut short but done so in a way that not only gave her son a chance at life. She also allowed him the greatest protection.
When Voldemort enters the home she shared with James and Harry, James tried to save his wife and son by holding Voldemort off. Unfortunately, James was killed while Lily and Harry are still inside.
When faced with both Harry and Lily, Voldemort gave Lily the opportunity to step aside, having been asked by Snape to spare her life.
Lily wouldn’t have it, and Voldemort murdered her as she guarded the body and life of her son.
Not only did she save his life at the moment, she also left him with lifelong protection. The experience, it left him with a little lightning bolt shaped scar.
Her presence may have been physically missing from Harry’s life, but her spirit was never too far away. It’s more of that ever powerful love.
Professor Sprout was just that, even in her most stressful moments, a professor. The idea that learning remains important no matter what’s going on around you is powerful in a major way.
Take, for instance, the moment when the Harry Potter world as we know it was grieving after the death of Dumbledore. The staff tries to decide what to do and Sprout says that if even one student wishes to come to class, then the school should remain open.
For that, she inspires not only those around her but the students at Hogwarts. She allows a moment of despair to be seen as a moment with even a small glimmer of hope. She knows the importance of power, not just in moments where being powerful comes easy, but in moments where it doesn’t.
As we said, Harry Potter is full of empowering characters, dialogue, and moments.
It’s the most natural thing in the world to think of magic, hope, and strength in the Harry Potter world but those special moments that we think of less as they’re happening and more once they’re over – those are the ones that make the difference.
Which of our favorite girl power moments made you feel empowered?
If we missed one, let us know what your favorite is.
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