Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! A list of upcoming topics can be found here.
It's a free week, and I thought it'd be fun to make a list of:
Favorite Movie Moments
My introduction to the world of Harry Potter actually began with the movie adaptation of Sorcerer's Stone. After seeing the film, I devoured the four books that were available at the time. The movies have always held an extra special meaning for me, and I thought I'd highlight my favorite moments from each of them for this week's post.
There are so many memorable scenes to choose from, but I absolutely loved the giant living chessboard the trio has to get across in their quest to find the stone. I just thought it was amazing, and it was so cool how Ron got to be the hero here.
Chamber of Secrets
The diary flashback was so well done, showing us how young Tom Riddle appeared to be the model student, though Dumbledore suspected something else lurking beneath the facade even then. Christian Coulson was excellent as Riddle, portraying both the suave prefect and the power hungry, future ultimate evil.
Prisoner of Azkaban
To start with, I have to mention Hermione punching Malfoy; that punk had it coming! Two of my all-time favorite characters in the series make their first appearances: Remus Lupin and Sirius Black. Therefore, I need to pick a scene with both of them in it, so I'm going with their reunion in the Shrieking Shack. That part where Lupin tries to stall Sirius from killing Peter Pettigrew in order to explain everything to Harry first and Sirius exclaims that he's spent 12 years in Azkaban waiting for this moment of revenge—it floors me every time. So much anguish in that single line.
Goblet of Fire
Every scene with David Tennant as Barry Crouch, Jr. gets a thumb's-up from me! I also really like the Yule Ball scenes. The shock on Harry and Ron's faces and Ron's ensuing jealousy when Hermione turns up with Krum are both hilarious.
Order of the Phoenix
Lupin and Sirius, together again—yay! I loved Harry's flight over London to Grimmauld Place; the city looked so beautiful. There's also Harry and Sirius's poignant chat in front of the Black family tree, and on a much lighter note, Fred and George's departure from Hogwarts! This is the only HP film I saw in IMAX, and the duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic was EPIC.
This sounds so terribly inappropriate, but it's true: I laughed out loud in the theater during Aragog's funeral thanks to Harry acting all loopy after drinking Felix Felicis. The parts where he imitates Aragog's pincers and is like, "Oh yeah!" when Slughorn asks if the deceased had any family crack me up. I also loved the visual effects used for the cave scene when Dumbledore sets it ablaze to drive away the Inferi—just spectacular.
Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Watching Harry's doubles transform into him after drinking Polyjuice Potion is a lot of fun and one of the lighter moments. One of my other favorite scenes is Harry getting Hermione to dance with him in the tent. They're both in such low spirits after Ron's departure, and forgetting about their troubles for a few is precisely what they need.
Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Oh man, where to start with this one? It's the end, and each minute is precious. There's the thrilling break-in to and escape from Gringott's, the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry's gut-wrenching look into Snape's memories, the epic duel at the end, the Epilogue, and so much more. So basically the whole movie qualifies as a highlight to me. But, the scene that makes me bawl my freaking eyes out EVERY TIME is Harry's trip into the forest with the Resurrection Stone. I'm tearing up right now! That scene is made of 100% perfection and is just . . . beautiful.
What are some of your favorite moments from the films?