The Most Magical Moments
Harry Potter Week has come to an end over on WatchMojo, MsMojo and WatchMojoUK, which means it’s finally time for the big reveal of our pick of the Top 10 Harry Potter Movie Moments! This list received a huge number of votes on our suggest page, so narrowing down the top 10 was difficult, but with your help, we chose the 10 moments we’ll always remember from the Harry Potter franchise. We’ll be going over five scenes from the classic movies that “Accio” all the feels, excluding character deaths, which really deserve their own list. If your favorite Potter moment didn’t make the top 5, make sure to check out the full video HERE for 5 more unforgettable moments, or head over to the suggest page HERE where you’ll find over 50 beloved scenes from the movies. Let’s get started! As we’ll be going over all eight of the films, spoilers abound. You’ve been warned.
#5: The Flying Car – “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002)
When the barrier to Platform 9 ¾ suddenly fails, sealing Ron and Harry from the Hogwarts Express, they patiently wait for Ron’s parents to return to help them find a sensible, alternative route to school. Ha, just kidding. With a flying car and enough confidence to choke a Hippogriff, the wizards concoct a much more daring plan. Taking off with Mr. Weasley’s magically altered Ford Anglia, they sail above the clouds and follow the track of the school train. Their plan goes swimmingly – until of course the train chugs up behind them, and they’re walloped by a willow with some major rage issues. It’s all fun and games until someone breaks a wand.
#4: Expecto Patronum! – “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004)
With a madman on the loose, the Minister of Magic makes a characteristically bad choice when he employs soul-sucking ghouls to protect the students of Hogwarts. While for most the wraithlike Dementors merely provoke feelings of despair, poor Harry is more deeply affected. Fortunately, there’s a defensive spell specifically for warding them off! Unfortunately, it’s incredibly difficult. After Harry struggled with the spell all year, he’s able to tap into hitherto unknown stores of inner strength to save both himself and his grandfather Sirius. Harry’s third year is all about facing down fears, and in this moment audiences got their first glimpse of the hero he’d become.
#3: Voldemort’s Return – “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005)
Getting to the end of the Triwizard Tournament was hard enough, but Harry could have no idea what truly lay in store for him. When he and Edward Cull – er, Cedric Diggory – take hold of the Triwizard Cup in what should be a victory for Hogwarts, they’re instead transported to a shadowy graveyard. Cedric is murdered, a shocking moment that’s almost eclipsed by what happens next, as Harry becomes instrumental in the resurrection of Voldemort himself. His grotesque body slowly growing out of smoky air, He Who Must Not Be Named is suddenly back, opening a dark new chapter in the wizarding world.
#2: The Truth About Snape is Revealed – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (2011)
Snape’s doesn’t hide the fact that he dislikes Harry, his petty torments stemming from his unquenched hatred for Harry’s dad, who, yeah, was a huge jerk to him. Not knowing the full story, Harry was never able to understand why Dumbledore trusted the Potions Master. After Snape flat-out kills the headmaster, there are few people Harry hates more. However, at the moment of his death, Snape provides him with memories that reveal the truth: Snape’s childhood friendship with his mother, his regrets, his role as a double-agent, and his agreement with Dumbledore. Not a one-dimensional bully at all, there are few characters as complex as Snape.
#1: You’re a Wizard, Harry! – “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (2001)
Vanishing glass, owls, and mysterious letters . . . We all knew what was up going into the theatre, but for Harry it was still a mystery. When Hagrid, Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts, shows up on the scene, he spells the truth out with four little words that changes Harry’s life forever. The wizarding world is unlocked, and we were right there with him, stepping out into an enchanting new world. It’s the moment when the adventure really begins and a line that’s become synonymous with magic.
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