When I first read the Harry Potter books, I was studying abroad in England. I bought the Bloomsbury version of the books with black–and–white cover photos designed for the adult audience. Classy.
With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, it’s the end of an era. I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces from past films (Sybill Trelawney, Cho Chang). And I eagerly anticipate the “Look. . .at. . .me” moment and “19 Years Later.”
Into the Pensieve: Favorite Film Scenes
– Little Hermione’s magical confidence (“It’s Wing-gar-dium Levi-oh-SAA!”)
– The opening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Lumos maxima! Sure, underage magic outside of Hogwarts is not allowed. But it’s a thrilling scene and introduces the audience to the mesmerizing vision of director Alfonso Cuaron.
– Harry takes flight on Buckbeak in Hagrid’s verdant classroom setting
– The second Expecto Patronum
– The Yule Ball: the date-arranging, especially Harry nervously asking Cho Chang (she’s Scottish!) in the Owlery; the dance itself with Cho and Cedric Diggory looking fine, Hermione looking beautiful, and Pulp and Radiohead members cameo-ing as the Weird Sisters.
– The first appearance of Voldemort and the Death Eaters: the terrifying reveal of Voldemort in the graveyard, the crazed laughter of Bellatrix Lestrange as she escapes from Azkaban
– The battle at the Ministry with Dumbledore’s Army, the Order of the Phoenix, and the Death Eaters
– Harry’s first kiss (with Cho), Ron’s first kiss (with Lavender Brown), Hermione’s first kisses: Victor Krum kisses her hand, she kisses Harry in the Horcrux locket hallucination, and she will finally kiss Ron in the last film
– The horrifying sight of Katie Bell suspended in the air after touching the cursed necklace
– With Ron’s blood on her hands, Hermione casts charms to protect their location after escaping from the Ministry
– Harry’s enthusiastic and awkward dancing with Hermione in the tent
– In fact, anything Team Harmony—Hermione hugging Harry, Hermione smacking Harry, “I’m sure that Harry’s kissing was more than satisfactory”
– The sinuous delivery of Alan Rickman as Snape
– The proud and protective gestures of Hedwig, whose death was the once of the most devastating parts of the series for me (and for many others)
View 23 memorable Harry Potter props on Entertainment Weekly’s website here