Welcome back to #Pottermas16! This is a seasonal Harry Potter feature that Elizabeth from BookYAbber, Nicole from Nicole’s Novel Reads and myself will be hosting on our blogs all month long. You can follow along with us by using #Pottermas16, and chatting with us on Twitter (@BookYAbber, @NicoleMoy, @MarciliaLoubach).
In today’s post, we are sharing our favorite top ten most underrated moments from the Harry Potter series. Here are my choices:
Aragog’s Funeral– When Aragog dies, Hagrid asked Ron, Hermione and Harry to help bury him. The security around the castle is heightened due to the news that Voldemort is back. Harry isn’t worried because he drank his Felix Felicis potion. Harry runs into Professor Slughorn, who ends up helping with the burial. After the burial, Hagrid, Slughorn, and Harry all make toasts to Aragog and drink a little too much mead. Harry takes advantage of the inebriated Professor Slughorn to retrieve a memory of Tom Riddle asking him about Horcruxes.
Professor McGonagall and the Flying Harry– Harry might have never become the Gryffindor seeker if Professor McGonagall had not bent the rules when she caught him flying on his broomstick without proper supervision. It is also important to note that Professor McGonagall is the first to send Harry Potter a gift (his Nimbus 2000) via his first official owl post asides his acceptance letters from Hogwarts his uncle and aunt tried so hard to keep from him.
Unbreakable Vow– When Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy come calling at Snape’s home in Spinner’s End they ask Snape to prove his loyalty to the Dark Lord. He does this by swearing to an Unbreakable Vow. If Narcissa’s son Draco should fail to complete the task Voldemort gives him, Snape must complete it or face probable death. Bellatrix binds Narcissa to Snape, to seal the vow. Later in the series we find out how both Snape and Narcissa (each in their own way) actually end up helping to save Harry Potter in the end. It proves that even the darkest of wizards can repent and are capable of love. Narcissa for her son Draco, and Snape for his love of Lily Potter.
Luna and the Thestrals– Because Luna’s mother died when she was very young, she has been able to see Thestrals from a very early age. When Harry Potter encounters the creatures for the first time it is Luna that explains to him why he can see them. Later in the series, it is Luna that suggests to Harry that they use the Thestrals to get to the Ministry of Magic.
The Veil/Sirius’s Death– When Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville and Luna visit the Ministry of Magic, they end up in the Death Chamber. In the middle of this chamber is an archway known as the Veil. Everyone except Hermione is drawn to the Veil (it is assumed that everyone except Hermione believes in an afterlife or has experience with death) which is why Hermione doesn’t see it as anything extraordinary. But Hermione is right to be scared and cautious about getting too close.
They are ambushed by Death Eaters but the Order of the Phoenix arrives just in time to help them fight. Unfortunately, Sirius is hit by one of the many curses Bellatrix sends his way. He loses his balance and falls through the Veil and dies instantly. We find out in book 6 that there was never a funeral held for Sirius. His body was never recovered from inside the Veil. To this day I still think the Veil is one of the most underrated things in the series. I really want to know more about it, and how we can bring Sirius back.
Voldy loves Bella – This is a fan-fiction dream that always hangs out in the inner crevices of my mind. I love these two villains so much (I know…what’s wrong with me?). I have two moments involving these two that I find underrated.
In the Order of the Phoenix, while dueling in the Ministry of Magic Voldemort must get away, he grabs Bellatrix before apparating. She is the only Death Eater present he stops to help.
Later in the series during the Battle of Hogwarts Bellatrix attempts to kill Ginny Weasley with a curse but misses. An angry Molly Weasley comes after Bellatrix and eventually hits her with a curse that causes Bellatrix to die. When this happens Voldemort cries out. Does this mean he had feelings for Bella after all? I say yes. 😉
Narcissa Declares Harry Potter “Dead”– As the Battle of Hogwarts starts to come to a close, Voldemort attempts the Killing Curse on Harry. Narcissa is chosen to check that Harry is dead. When she realizes Harry is alive, she decides to betray Voldemort. Reuniting with her son and family are the only things that matter. Narcissa whispers to ask if Draco is okay. Harry responds with a “yes”. She then pronounces Harry to be dead. This act of mercy not only helps to save Harry but ultimately keeps the Malfoys from being sent to Azkaban once Voldemort is finally defeated by Harry Potter.
Hagrid carries “dead” Harry back to Hogwarts – Hagrid is forced to carry Harry’s lifeless body back to Hogwarts when Voldemort thinks he has defeated the young wizard. Hagrid can barely contain his grief. Though he is being forced, Hagrid is doing what he has always done. Delivering Harry back to his home.
Hagrid was the one who delivered baby Harry to the Dursleys. He also recovers Harry from the Dursleys so he can attend Hogwarts. Hagrid is the one that takes him to Diagon Alley and becomes Harry’s first friend. Through all the years it is Hagrid that has helped Harry get through many of his “rights of passage” in the wizarding world…even in death.
Christmas Eve at Godrick’s Hollow– While on the “run” Harry and Hermione visit Godrick’s Hollow on Christmas Eve. They go there to find Bathilda Bagshot. This is also the first time Harry comes face to face with his parents’ grave.
Though this is a somber and sad moment, it feels like it could almost be like a Christmas present for Harry. He finally gets to be close to his parents. He gets to see the town he and his parents lived in, even if just for a little bit. It’s very bittersweet.
Deathday Party/Ghosts– In Chamber of Secrets we find out that it is the 500th anniversary of Sir Nicholas death. Sir Nicholas invites the trio to attend his deathday party. This event that is not usually attended by living beings and the severely spoiled disgusts them. Apparently, it is the only kind of food that the ghosts can come close to tasting. The ghosts and their stories are also very interesting. Why were they still around? Why does each house have a ghost? Can the ghosts ever hope to find peace?
I would love to know what some of your favorite underrated moments from the Harry Potter Series are. Make sure to leave me your comments below.
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