If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, we think it goes without saying that you’ve been rejoicing the big Netflix news. Of course, fans own every film at least once, (there are the copies you watch and the ones you still haven’t opened) but that doesn’t mean that the promise of the films hitting Netflix this month wasn’t super exciting.
Now, not everyone will be seeing those films on their Netflix list just yet, but with a rollout happening in a few areas, we’re hoping there are more to follow!
No matter what, the news was so exciting that it took us on a first class trip down memory lane. We started thinking back to how it felt to see so many of our favorite moments from the books on the big screen.
We thought back to the first time we took a look at Hogwarts, to the first time we saw the students perform a spell, to the first time we saw Dumbledore and Hagrid and Professor McGonagall, and we thought back to the magic that came with each of those special moments.
We wanted to share some of our favorite scenes from the Harry Potter films with you, to mark this momentous occasion.
We’d read his description in the books, but something about seeing him on screen for the first time was just magical. Hagrid was the embodiment of that soft cuddly teddy bear of a person who just had a light about him.
He comes in and saves the day, full on with a birthday cake baked for Harry and all. He truly starts Harry’s journey as a wizard, he quite honestly brings the magic to him.
We wouldn’t have the rest of the films if it weren’t for that moment, so it’s an important one…and we couldn’t imagine anyone else making it quite as special.
When we wrote this list, we didn’t realize that quite a few of our favorite scenes were tinged with sadness. Well, maybe we did…we’re kind of big on the emotional pull of our favorite pop culture things.
When Harry sees his parents in the Mirror of Erised, it’s the perfect longing moment. He sees ‘the most desperate desire of his heart’…he sees himself standing alongside his parents. He sees his family in its entirety. His little family, the one he never got to know.
It’s beautiful, it made us cry, and it was perfectly done in the film. Not too much…not too little, just enough.
It’s almost Christmas…at least if you’re asking us it is…so this was a must-include. When you become a true fan of anything, you find yourself wanting to know what the characters in your story would do in certain situations.
One big question is…what would Christmas look like in our favorite fandom?
The Yule Ball was a peek into a Hogwarts Christmas and it was a lovely one. It was nice to see our favorite students all dressed up, enjoying the holiday. Of course, there was a little drama – but what school dance really ever exists without it?
There’s really not much to explain here, but seeing Quidditch in any capacity on the big screen was awesome. The way the scenes were so intricately detailed, the way they captured such a unique and competitive sport and did so with the right amount of ‘wizardly’ flair was incredible.
Some fans (okay…most fans) believe that the scenes describing the World Cup in the book were better than what we got to see on screen, and there’s a truth to that, but it was still an awesome thing to see.
This was a legendary moment in the book, but seeing it on screen made it more real. You don’t have to be a mother to understand an undying love and protection – but if you are one (or a parent at all) you feel her pain and frustration.
Not only did Molly Weasley let Bellatrix know that she was barking up the wrong tree…she also went on to destroy her – literally.
Audiences around the world cheered when they saw that one.
We shipped Ron and Hermione from the beginning so this was a big one for us. Seeing the two share their first kiss was cute, it was also a special moment for them.
As Ron, Hermione, and Harry did so much together – it was almost expected that we’d see their first kiss with him around in some capacity.
The fact that it was a moment shared between just the two of them was sweet, even if their surroundings weren’t ‘ideally romantic’. In fact, that actually made it more perfect.
Oh, and that little giggle afterward. We giggled, too.
You could tell us that this moment didn’t have you ugly crying when you watched the movie, but we probably wouldn’t believe you.
It was one thing to read about Hermione wiping her parent’s memory for their own protection. It was another thing to see the look on her face as she did it.
It was harder, yet, to see her watch herself fade from the photographs around the house. A smiling young Hermione whom her parents must not remember.
It’s a testament to what you do for those you love, no matter how painful the aftermath.
This was a big moment for fans of Draco because it was a small moment of clarity for his character. He wasn’t just a soulless villain, he wasn’t the evil ruler that he was ‘destined’ to be.
When tasked with killing Dumbledore, he just…couldn’t do it.
It was a scene that pulled on your heartstrings because you see Draco’s inner turmoil all over his face. He knows what those around him expect of him, he knows what’s at stake, but he can’t muster up the…for a lack of better a word…strength to actually do it.
If you ask us, however, it’s not that Draco isn’t strong enough to kill Dumbledore, it’s that he’s too strong to be fooled by the idea that it’s what he’s meant to do.
When films tell an origin story, there are a few ways they can really nail it. One of those ways is to keep it simple, and Harry Potter did just that. In an animation board type of storytelling – we got a look into the Deathly Hollows.
The Elder Wand, the Ressurection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility were given to three brothers from Death himself, but the ‘gifts’ didn’t come without a price.
It was hauntingly beautiful to see the stories played out, and without theatrics. It was simple and striking – the kind of thing that sticks with you.
Snape’s love for Lily was hard enough to read. To watch it play out was another level of pain entirely. While their stories took very different turns, taking them down different paths completely…Snape’s love for Lily lived on.
What happened next for Snape was a life only half lived. A future, not just personally without the woman he loved…but without her existence at all.
In the film, he holds Lily’s lifeless body, which did not happen in the book. He undoubtedly feels pain not just for the moments he’d lost before she died, but for all of the moments he’d lose after.
It was the heartwrenching promise of nothing more for Snape but memories of the woman he loved. Whether you hated him or not, that’s painful to watch.
Okay, this one is a tearjerker for a few reasons. One is that it’s the last scene of the Harry Potter films. Another is that it’s a glimpse into the future of the lives we followed for so long as a collective fandom.
We see what’s next for some of our favorite wizards, and we’re given just enough information to sort of build out our own futures for them, too.
It’s the gift that J.K. Rowling kept giving her fans. It’s an ending that allows us to keep dreaming at Hogwarts.
It really doesn’t take a special occasion to start a Harry Potter binge, but it doesn’t hurt either. What better occasion than being able to watch every single Harry Potter movie without having to switch discs? Call us lazy…we’ll accept it, we just prefer…invested. So invested that we’d much rather sit in suspense for the few seconds between films than toy with discs and movie containers.
We know it’s an impossible decision, but we’d love to hear what some of your favorite Harry Potter scenes are! Let us know in our comment section!
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