10 Most Emotional Moments From The ‘Harry Potter’ Movies, Ranked

the Harry Potter The film franchise recently turned 20 and celebrated with a popular retrospective and reunion on HBO Max. Between the anniversary and the upcoming blockbuster Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secretsthere is always so much attention on JK Rowlingbeloved Wizarding World universe, and the perennially popular Harry Potter film series.

Always delicious and highly appreciated, the eight Harry Potter films are a marvel of quality control; there is not a bad film in the lot (not to mention the less well received fantastic beasts movies, that is). Their cumulative value and impact are staggering. the Potter the films are very entertaining and the emotionally charged, even devastating moments are not lacking and remain in the memory of the spectators.

10. “Expecto Patronum”, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Expecto patronum

Alfonso Cuaronit’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the most artistically accomplished of the series, breaking away from a conventional (though admirably imposing) tone set in Sorcerer’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets.

Time travel is woven into the thrilling third act, where finally Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) flees, Hermione (Emma Watson) and Sirius (Gary Oldman) to finally master the powerful Patronus Charm. It’s a breathtaking sequence, a moment of pure reward in a film denser and more mysterious than the two that preceded it. It’s a moment for Harry to stand on his own two feet, leaping into a larger world. This is fantasy cinema at its finest.


9. The Mirror of Erised, Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

Mirror of the Rised, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Chris Columbus‘ critically underrated – though slightly cutesy at times – inaugural and second year potter movies, did a really good job of setting up the wizarding world. In addition to world-building, the early films deserve credit for getting to the heart of the matter.

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In an early marker of emotional riches to come, Harry sees his parents murdered in the Mirror of Erised. It’s also a touching moment of bonding between Harry and his mentor Albus Dumbledore (Richard Harris), a relationship that would be extensively developed in subsequent films.

8. The death of Cedric Diggory, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Cedric Diggory Death, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The first major Hogwarts death in the series is none other than Hufflepuff’s most popular boy, prefect, Quidditch captain, and even Triwizard Champion: Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson). He is murdered with Peter Pettigrew’s Killing Curse (Timothy Spall) under Voldemort’s orders (Ralph Fiennes).

The murder of a student (and a main character) was a pivotal moment in the show’s set-up. The scene of the film is very effective thanks to a chaotic staging and the tearful moans of Cédric’s father (Jeff Rawle).

7. King’s Cross Station, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Kings Cross Station Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

The non-stop action of the final entry takes a pivotal break in a kind of limbo. It seems that Harry and his friends have almost lost the battle of Hogwarts, when Harry has a meaningful visit with Dumbledore (Michel Gambon), for a course-correcting speech through a crisis of faith.

A pathetic, dead part of Voldemort is also present, which makes the dark side more pitiful than ever. The scene ends with Dumbledore’s quote which sums up much of the series thematically: “Pity not the dead, Harry. Pity the living. And above all, those who live without love.”

6. The death of Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The only family Harry has is murdered in cold blood by the ruthless Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter). Harry has seething rage and angst throughout this episode, and it all comes to a head here. It’s a crash course in forgiveness and serenity that makes our hero who he is.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is ​​arguably the weakest film in the series due to uneven pacing (these films are all pretty good), but this scene is emotionally powerful and well-acted, leading to a magical showdown. spectacular between Voldemort and Dumbledore, shot for IMAX.

5. The Battle of Hogwarts, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Battle of Hogwarts

Of course, the producers and filmmakers of the Harry Potter the series knew it was sitting on a powder keg with the final film; it’s hard to imagine David Yates‘ film turns out better, or more emotionally robust, than it did.

The Battle of Hogwarts sees many light and dark side deaths: Voldemort, Bellatrix, Fred, Tonks, Remus, Lavender…the list goes on. A carefully crafted series led to this, reaping maximum impact with an explosive spectacle.

4. The death of Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Death of Dumbledore, Harry Potter

Nominated for an Academy Award for cinema, sixth installment Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the most beautiful film of the series. No sequence is more breathtaking to watch than the devastating and effectively silent death of Albus Dumbledore.

the Half-Blood Prince novel ends with a battle in the immediate wake of Dumbledore’s death. It was an enthusiastic decision to cut that, to make the film end on a low note. It’s the most purely haunting film in the series, hinting at the silence before Deathly Hallows comes out all the stops.

3. The Truth About Snape, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Severus Snape Patronus in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The final Harry Potter film (which in its time broke many box office records, and remains the only Potter movie in the billion-dollar club) is the most viscerally powerful, after seven films of accumulation, it’s a nonstop gain (and dazzling fireworks to boot).

Towards the end of the second act, the truth about Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) is revealed in a haunting montage. After witnessing the professor’s brutal death, Harry explores Snape’s memories in the Pensieve, learning about the cold-blooded professor’s bravery and, most importantly, his love for Lily. “Always.”

2. Neville’s Speech, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The journey of the saga’s most unlikely hero comes full circle in the series’ greatest stand-up and cheer moment. When Harry is returned to Hogwarts (and presumed dead), Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) gives the survivors of the Battle of Hogwarts a most engaging speech.

It sounds like the end of hope for Hogwarts for a tick, but Neville lifts his spirits, echoing the best of what Harry hears from Dumbledore at King’s Cross – mortality, sacrifice, the greater good, honoring and remembering the dead. Longbottom’s retrieval of Godric Gryffindor’s sword from the Sorting Hat gets the pulse racing every time.

1. Dobby’s death, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Dobby's death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (2010)

This one is just painful. Asset Harry Potter fan over there do not sobbed uncontrollably over the death of the “free elf”, having sacrificed himself to save Harry, Hermione and Ron (Rupert Grint) Malfoy Manor Death Eaters? Deathly Hallows Part I opens with other brutal deaths (Hedwig the owl, Brendan Gleeson‘s Mad-Eye Moody), but this one borders on trauma. Rowling even apologized.

Splitting Rowling’s latest novel into two halves on the big screen proved interesting, with enough story to justify paying for two tickets several months apart (the same couldn’t be said for the hunger games, dusk and Divergent series copying the passage with redundant effect): Deathly Hallows IThe harrowing finale of sacrifice on the side of light and the growing threat of darkness (Voldemort requisitions the elder wand from Dumbledore’s tomb) sets up the final, most relentlessly dramatic episode.

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