Tomorrow the first part of the final instalment of the Harry Potter films is released, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Even those who haven’t read the books, get excited about the films and you can see why. We’ve watched as the characters have grown older, been through good times and bad, grown closer, some have died and they have all struggled on. It’s nearly time to say goodbye to the magical kids but before we do we thought we’d pay homage to the films by picking the 10 most memorable Harry Potter moments so far…
The bit where.. Dumbledore dies in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Wizardry, why? It’s the final scene, it’s moving and leaves us gagging for the final instalment.
The bit where… we see Voldemort for the first time in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Wizardry, why? We always knew he who must not be named would be pretty terrifying to look at, but when Professor Quirrell takes off his turban to reveal that Voldemort is alive at the back of his head, it’s very scary and really sets the scene for his reign of terror in the other films.
The bit where… Hermione gets all girl power on us and slaps Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Wizardry, why? Well, she stands up for what she believes is right and quite rightly gets upset when Malfoy sneers at the idea of Buckbeak being executed. He gets his comeuppance when she wacks him one.
The bit where… Harry visits Diagon Alley for the first time in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Wizardry, why? It’s his first time in London and, like all school kids, he needs to get all his stuff for the term. The secret world is exciting and gives us a taster of the wizardry world, us muggles will never get to enter.
The bit where… the Quidditch World Cup takes place in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Wizardry, why? It’s pretty great when something you read about comes to life, and even better when it is done well. This scene is truly spectacular. The stadium is as big as we hoped and the Death Eater’s attack is wonderfully terrifying when transferred from words to pictures.
The bit where… the Millennium Bridge is pretty much destroyed in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Wizardry, why? As it’s a place that we all know, it seems that bit more scary when the Death Eaters come and destroy it. It looks really realistic and it’s always cool seeing famous landmarks being destroyed, isn’t it?
The bit where… when Ron rescues Harry in the flying car in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Wizardry, why? Ron acts like a bit of a bad ass and rescues his best mate. Aww. It’s a pretty crazy ride and Harry’s facial expressions are just priceless.
The bit where… Harry snogs Cho Chang in Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix
Wizardry, why? He has a big crush on her, they work together well for the better in the D.A. sessions and it’s Harry’s hotly anticipated first kiss.
The bit where.. they all seem like teenagers for the first time at The Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Wizardry, why? Firstly the ballroom looks amazing, secondly Hermione looks beautiful, thirdly even Hagrid is feeling in the mood of love, and finally only bloody Jarvis Cocker is the singer in the band.
The bit where… Harry sees his parents in The Mirror of Erised in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Wizardry, why? Harry’s parents are quite a big part of the film even though they are dead, so it’s emotional seeing Harry looking at them in the mirror. It makes us really feel for the young boy and reminds us again what a nasty piece of work Voldemort is.