The Harry Potter movies are beloved by fans, but many would agree that they miss some of the most special scenes from the books. These scenes include casual moments in the Gryffindor common room, joking around at meals, interacting with teachers, and other normal day-to-day moments at Hogwarts school. They capture the best of the characters and are why fans dream about attending Hogwarts themselves.
Since the movies only have time to focus on the scenes that are important to the story, it’s easy to forget that the main characters are children attending school, and living regular, often joyful lives. Redditor loki0501 began a discussion about some of these special moments, and other Redditors were eager to stroll down memory lane with these special (but largely unimportant) book scenes.
McGonagall’s Hate Of Divination
After the first time Trelawney predicted Harry’s death in Prisoner of Azkaban, all the third-year Gryffindors were feeling a little uncomfortable, especially Harry. While in Transfiguration class, Professor McGonagall noticed that something was off with her students. Once they explained what had happened, she laughed the situation off.
This was Redditor loki0501’s favorite small moment, commenting how McGonagall had jokingly told Harry that he did not “[have] to turn in his homework if he were to die.” McGonagall’s humor was part of what made her such a great professor, and seeing it in her class was part of the charm of the books.
Harry Hanging Out With Ginny
After almost an entire school year of battling with his feelings, Harry and Ginny finally started dating (and without their scenes from the Harry Potter movies that made audiences cringe). This period was great for Harry, who described his time with Ginny as being like moments from someone else’s life.
Redditor PotterAndPitties’s favorite small moment was when Harry and Ginny were hanging out with Ron and Hermione in the common room. Ginny was sitting on the floor leaning against Harry’s legs, teasing that the other girls at school were asking if Harry had a tattoo. “It’s a moment of peace and normalcy,” this Redditor said, stating that it was “nice to see them just have a chance to be kids.”
Harry Staying At The Leaky Cauldron
In Prisoner of Azkaban, after Harry accidentally blows up his aunt, he spends the remaining three weeks of the summer at The Leaky Cauldron. Most of that time was spent alone, and it was one of the most enjoyable summers Harry had ever had up to that point.
This was Redditor United-Inspection-65’s favorite small moment, specifically citing when Harry would do “homework while eating ice cream” in Diagon alley, as well as wander around and build relationships with the shopkeepers. Overall, this was just such a happy time of independence for Harry that readers simply enjoyed.
Harry And Ron Doing Homework
Harry, Ron, and Hermione spent countless hours cozied up in the Gryffindor common room. They would joke around, people watch, and do homework. But whatever they were doing, scenes that took place here were a favorite among fans.
Redditor KayD12364 recalled the time that Harry and Ron had each other rolling on the floor laughing as they came up with morbid death predictions for their Divination homework that they hoped would please Trelawney. Meanwhile, Hermione rolled her eyes with a slight smirk from behind her books. With all the pressure Harry faced over his Destiny, scenes where he simply had fun were always appreciated.
The Long Flight To Hogwarts
KayD12364 also enjoyed the scene where Harry and Ron flew to Hogwarts after missing the train. While this does happen in the Chamber of Secrets movie, the actual long ride is considerably less dramatic than Harry almost falling out over the Hogwarts express.
The two of them start out having the time of their lives, congratulating each other on their genius plan. They soon become “hungry and bored,” however, realizing that their plan may not have been very well thought out after all. The moment was perfect for two 12-year-old boys and gave readers a good laugh.
McGonagall Sharing Cookies
McGonagall is one of the most likable Hogwarts Professors, and surprisingly, one of the toughest and best duelists in the Harry Potter series. She can be hard on her students, but she always has a clear sense of justice, which is very clearly seen when Dolores Umbridge starts making trouble.
In one specific scene, fondly remembered by Redditor PebbleishMish, Harry gets sent to McGonagall’s office for “shouting at Umbridge.” After telling her what had happened, McGonagall simply sighs and offers Harry some cookies. This moment solidified McGonagall as Hogwart’s best professor, as fans knew immediately that McGonagall hated Umbridge as much as everyone else.
Harry And Hermione Gossiping
In Half-Blood Prince, Ron and Hermione are at odds after an argument, and Harry is forced to bounce back and forth between them. In one scene, when Harry is hanging out with Hermione in the library, the two get scolded by Madam Pince, leading Harry to start quietly making jokes about how he always thought Pince and Mr. Filch had a secret romance.
Redditor Do_not_ask_my_name favored this endearing scene because it showed that Harry was still just a kid as opposed to “Harry ‘always-dealing-with-bigger-problems’ Potter.” Since Harry often carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, it was good for audiences to see a normal high school moment.
Celebrating Teddy’s Birth
Deathly Hallows had far more adult themes than the previous books, but it still had its share of heartwarming moments. One example is when Lupin turned up at Shell Cottage to announce that his son, Teddy, had just been born.
The crew celebrated with cries of glee and drinks, welcoming the excuse to forget all of their problems. Redditor Castie479 especially liked that Lupin asked Harry to be Teddy’s godfather, saying that it was “clear how much it meant to Harry.” This would be the last time that Harry would spend time with Lupin before his death, and it was a great memory for Harry, and readers, to keep.
Harry’s 17th Birthday Present
Harry celebrated his 17th birthday party at the Weasley’s house and was deeply moved when Mrs. Weasley presented him with a watch that had belonged to her brother, Fabian. She explained that it was tradition for a wizard to receive a watch when they came of age, and the fact that she thought to pass on her late brother’s watch was extremely touching.
Harry had inherited a fortune from his parents, so he did not need brand new shiny gifts. A family heirloom from the people that had treated him as their own was far more valuable. Redditor BowrightSmith loves this moment and added that it became even better when, later, Harry checks this same watch “when he’s seeing his kids off to school” in the epilogue.
Lee Jordan’s Quidditch Commentary
Lee Jordan was the best friend of Fred and George and had proven himself to be just as witty. Until he graduated, he always did the commentary for the Quidditch games. The movies included Lee in the earlier films, but they never included his quippy remarks, or McGonagall scolding him in the background.
Redditor TheDarkLord310780 felt that Lee’s commentary “enhanced the experience of reading about the match” by adding some humor. In addition, it created a perfect way for readers to know what was going on, while still observing Harry’s inner dialogue.
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