Sunday, 7 August 2011

50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments: 30-21

Part 3! What do you think so far?

Again, Lucy's version is here.

Spoiler warning... you know by now.

On with the show!

30. The Howler - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The Situation: After stealing his parents' flying car to get to Hogwarts instead of just waiting for them to come back and sort the situation out that way, and then destroying said car on the enchanted Whomping Willow, Ron receives a Howler from his mother - an angry letter which screams at you. Nice.

Why we love it: Julie Walters screaming at the top of her voice so the entire Great Hall can hear Ron being scolded? It's comedy gold. Not to mention more of Ron's fantastic facial expressions. They never get old.

29. Harry's Patronus - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Situation: In this particular instance, it's Harry, having gone back in time using Hermione's Time Turner, using the power he knew was in him to save himself and his godfather, Sirius Black, from having their souls sucked out by Dementors.

Why we love it: It's an epic moment where Harry demonstrates ability far beyond what normal 13 year olds can do, plus he stops the absolutely brilliant Gary "G-Man" Oldman from "a fate worse than death".

28. The Dementor on the Train - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Situation: On their way to Hogwarts, our trio are interrupted by the arrival of a dementor, one of the guards of Azkaban prison, who is looking for escaped convict Sirius Black.

Why we love it: It's our first glimpse at the dementors, and they are truly terrifying. Harry is all but passed out before out lovely Lupin comes to the rescue, in his first appearance too. This is probably the first instance where the audience knows that this film series is getting dark... very dark.

27. "There's a TROOOOOOLL in the Dungeon!" - Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone

The Situation: Somehow, a troll has managed to get into Hogwarts, causing mayhem. Professor Quirrell is the one to inform everyone of its presence, running into the Great Hall screaming and interrupting the Halloween feast.

Why we love it: Like many of the moments so far, it's because this scene is hilarious. Quirrell in a panic is something that I would pay to watch all day. Also, Malfoy's scream surely breaks his jaw, as it stretches further than what can be possible for a boy of 11.

26. Malfoy the Ferret - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Situation: Draco is, as ever, taunting Harry, this time because of his participation in the Triwizard tournament. New teacher Professor Moody sees this and decides that Draco needs a little alternative punishment, and transforms him into a ferret.

Why we love this: Do I really have to explain? The fact that Moody puts him down Crabbe's trousers and Goyle tries to retrieve him is a moment that haunts you for a while.

25. Neville and Luna - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

The Situation: Usually I am adament about the films sticking to the books religiously, but in this case I was overjoyed that they decided to deviate from them. In the middle of the Battle of Hogwarts, Neville decides this is the right time to declare his feelings for Luna ("I'm mad for her. I think it's about time I told her, since we'll probably both be dead by dawn!").

Why we love it: Because this is one of the most disappointing things about the book series - the fact that Luna and Neville did not end up together. Yet here they have their moment. It's unbelievably cute. By this point, our Neville-love could not be stronger. It's two of our favourite characters ending up as it should have been.

24. Silent Study with Snape - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Situation: Some students are clearly in silent study, being watched over by Snape, but Harry and Ron have to deal with the problem that they are still without dates for the Yule Ball, and discuss their options. Needless to say, Snape is not happy at the disturbance.

Why we love it: It's Snape dealing out physical punishment! It's so fun to see Snape become more and more exasperated with the pair of them as the scene goes on, and that sleeve-hitch is one of Snape's best moments.

23. Pre-title sequence - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

The Situation: A personal favourite of mine: this scene shows the state that Hogwarts has deteriorated into since Snape has become headmaster and Voldemort has taken over the school. Students march, dementors float menacingly above the school and Death Eaters patrol the corridors. Snape observes, while other well-loved teachers have stayed behind to protect the students.

Why we love it: It's actually an incredibly moving scene, and it's the very first one! It's haunting to see what the school has become since Voldemort has taken over compared to other films where it was much more cheery, and  it's so sad to see Snape standing there, watching something he has no control over.

22. "Not my daughter, you bitch!" - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

The Situation: Bellatrix Lestrange attacks Ginny, and Molly gets pissed. Bellatrix then regrets it.

Why we love it: It is the one-liner of the series, and is just brilliant. There's a sense of satisfaction now we know that Bellatrix is gone - she finally gets her comeuppance after all her heinous crimes, even if we are sad to see Helena Bonham Carter go.

21. Defending Hogwarts - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

The Situation: Knowing that Voldemort and his Death Eaters are going to infiltrate the school, McGonagall leads a mission to set up defenses everywhere, and has some brilliant one-liners in doing so.

Why we love it: It's preparing us for the epic battle that is to come really. The staff and Order of the Phoenix are clearly resigned to what has happened, and their defensive stances regarding the school are touching. But really, we love it because this is where Maggie Smith finally gets her chance to shine as she takes control, and lets out the kick-ass teacher we knew to be in there. It's her best dialogue, i.e:

Plus, this conversation:
Neville Longbottom: Professor, you're actually giving us permission to do this? To blow it up? Boom?
Minerva McGonagall: Boom!
Neville Longbottom: Wicked. Um, and how exactly do you propose we do this, Professor?
Minerva McGonagall: Why don't you confer with Mr. Finnegan? As I recall, he has a particular proclivity for pyrotechnics.
Seamus Finnigan: I can bring her down.
Minerva McGonagall: That's the spirit. Off you go.
Seamus too gets his moment of glory! See, there's just so much goodness!

And that's it for part 3! Top 20 starts tomorrow, keep your eyes peeled for it.

1 comment:

  1. Neville and Luna didn't make sense to me, either in fanon or in the movies. If Luna was going to get with anyone, it would have been Dean because of all that time they spent at Shell Cottage, but that's impossible because Dean is obviously in love with Seamus ;)

    that said, it is a really cute moment, something enhanced by her angry shouting at Harry not ten minutes previously :)