Memorable Harry Potter Book Moments

I had just finished yet another Harry Potter book marathon when my husband suggested we do a HP movie marathon too. I had always stayed away from the movies on purpose before this (except for the Goblet of Fire movie), because I am a “the-books-are-always-better-than-the-movies” girl. And after being done with three-fourth of the movie marathon, my resolve is even more determined.

The movies.. well.. they barely contain a quarter of the magic that is sealed in the books. Granted there are length limitations for a movie but that takes away the brilliance of some scenes which deserve to be described in the same minute detail as they are in the books.

Sharing some of my memorable Harry Potter Book moments:

#1 Harry and Ron become friends with Hermione.

Harry, Ron and Hermione never actually speak or decide upon being friends. Infact, Harry and Ron start out by actually disliking her. But in this scene, when after they have saved Hermione’s life from the troll at Halloween and Hermione lies to Professor McGonagall to save Harry and Ron from punishment; there is an unspoken agreement and the three of them end up being best friends, organically. True, “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

#2 When Dumbledore awards ten points to Neville

Throughout the series, most people have never encouraged Neville, even while he tries to improve himself. So at the end of the first book, when Gryffindor ties with Slytherin for the House Cup and Dumbledore says, “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. I therefore award ten points to Mr Neville Longbottom”; that moment was very well deserved and I could feel the deafening row of the Great Hall and visualise the Slytherin banners turning to Gryffindor as if it was actually happening around me.

#3 Harry sets Dobby free

When Harry tricks Mr Malfoy into handing Dobby a sock and the way the look of incredulous joy, disbelief and relief is described on Dobby’s face is one of my favourite moments. Top it with how Dobby goes all bad-ass on his ex-master and blasts him in a crumbling heap down the stairs with a firm, “You shall not harm Harry Potter!”.

#4 Crookshanks freezing the Whomping Willow

Gotta hand it over to the cleverest cat in the wizarding world. Crookshanks did some amazing stuff in the third year – what with making friends with ‘dog’ Sirius and identifying ‘rat’ Wormtail, stealing Neville’s passwords and when Harry and Hermione were desperately circling the Whomping Willow, bleeding and distraught, he just darted forward and freezed the tree with one paw! Ha-ha!!

#5 The First Triwizard Tournament

The Goblet of Fire is my favourite book for many reasons. I absolutely love each and every scene in this book but I am going to pick two for this list. The first being Harry’s faceoff with the Hungarian Horntail.

That was seriously cool bit of flying especially when Harry learns to master the Accio charm just the night before!! Didn’t think the Firebolt would come honestly. But it did and I loved the way Harry kept annoying and tantalizing the dragon, forcing her to finally spread her great black leathery wings and take flight while he dived and seized the golden egg with one hand.

#6 Voldemort’s return to his body

The entire chapter of Flesh, Blood and Bone was intriguing. The centre scene being Voldemort’s re-birth.

It’s not daily that you get to read about a Dark Lord rising. And the ritual was very mesmerising too. And when Harry stares into Voldemort’s inhuman face. It was all very eerie and cant-stop-reading at the same time. And well, Voldemort gave a great speech too!!

#7 Fred and George’s departure from Hogwarts

This is always going to be an iconic scene. All the firecrackers and mayhem and Umbridge running around soot faced was pretty satisfying to read. And when Umbridge cornered them, the twins couldn’t care less. They just raised thier wands, accio‘ ed thier brooms and flew off into the sunset to tumultuous applause. Even Peeves, who has never listened to any teacher, swept off his hat to them.

This is the stuff of Hogwarts legend!!

#8 Dumbledore’s death

Everything that happened in the events leading up to and after Dumbledore’s death were surprising and terrible to read about.

Dumbledore and Harry seeing the Dark Mark over the school; Dumbledore and Harry flying over the school boundaries while Dumbledore chants and lowers the enchantments in real time; Dumbledore freezing Harry under the Invisibility Cloak; Snape sweeping in and accessing the situation in a sharp moment; Dumbledore pleading with Snape; Snape blasting Dumbledore off the tallest tower; Dumbledore’s body flowing in a graceful arc, hanging suspended in mid-air for a second and then falling out of sight; Harry realising that he is now frozen in place in horror than than with a spell; Harry rushing towards Snape; Snape reminding Harry to close his mind even when he flees; Hagrid not believing that Dumbledore’s dead; Dumbledore’s body lying like a broken wax work at the foot of the tower; Fawkes’s final most beautiful and most haunting lament filling the grounds…

#9 Dumbledore’s funeral

Dumbledore’s funeral is a memorable scene for me from the books, not only because of the grand ceremony and the tributes paid to the great wizard but also because it was at Dumbledore’s funeral that Harry makes the decision of not returning to Hogwarts and Ron and Hermione tell him that they will come with him too. He also breaks up with Ginny and closing the last page on that book was closing a page unto Hogwarts itself.

#10 Dobby’s death

I still cry whenever I read this scene… Dobby did not deserve to die!! It was just unfair and so heart breaking.. I just cannot believe that fate can be so cruel.

Dobby rescuing Harry, Ron and Hermione from the Malfoy Manor; Harry realising Dobby is hurt; the silver knife handle protruding from the little elf’s chest; Dobby’s eyes glistening like shiny orbs and his lips forming his last words… “Harry Potter”.

Legacies

I had my initial reservations about Legacies because I am a huge fan of the The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. And I did not want to start something which might ruin my memories of them. Blame it on the heartbreak I suffered from Game of Thrones Season 8.

Legacies did not disappoint.

When I started watching it, I had wanted to be disapproving of it. And the first three episodes did feel like I was watching The Flash Season 1. Every episode a new monster turns up and the Super Squad slays it.

Then, Jo came back from the dead.

This episode is one of my favorite moments of Season 1. I love this family 🧡

Speaking of the Saltzman twins:

Both are the extreme ends of a spectrum and co-dependent on each other. While Jossie is an introvert and the care taker, Lizzie needs the care and is the outspoken one. Lizzie also has emotional issues and has her own meltdown sessions like how I have done so many countless times. These girls remind me a lot of my own passive-aggressive nature.

And from here on, the plot picked up pace, the monsters got interesting and the emotions started flowing.

While in the TVD and the Originals, the focus was mainly on the three factions – witches, vampires and werewolves – Legacies talks about all those creatures whose existence is now regarded as just a myth.

We have all sorts of supernaturals – there’s dragons, arachnids, gargoyles, night hags and even unicorns. However, my favorite was the Necromancer.

He was quite the right mix of comic relief and mystery.

And I also liked Lizzie Saltzman’s version of the Legacies courtesy of a Jinni!! (Whoever told you Genie’s granted only three wishes?)

Welcome to the Salvatore Boarding School!!

To be fair, they have called it out quite clearly in the first episode that they wanted it to be Hogwarts-ish but they had to settle down for a downsized version of it. But that doesn’t mean it’s lost it’s charm. I would still love for this school to exist.

The supporting cast of students is not there just to aid in the help of fighting monsters but each get their own special moments to shine. Each person is also given unique character traits. Lizzie has her storm clouds, Josie is bi-sexual, MG is a comic nerd, Kaleb has the swag, Penelope is the evil ex with a purpose, Rafael has his werewolf aggression and Landon is a phoenix!!

We can’t speak of Legacies without mentioning Hope Andrea Mikaelson.

Okay, now I don’t exactly like Hope (I think it’s bit too much that every boy and girl on campus seems to have a crush on her? Or like, how she won Miss Mystic Falls without literally doing anything!) but I think she is very courageous and confident. And she did say this one line that got me thinking, “The only thing that’s stopping me from being happy is me.”

Do you also think that Hope looks like Katherine Langford?

Danielle Rose Russell has done a wonderful job of being Hope but everytime she pulls her hair up in a pony I am immediately reminded of Katherine and what might have been.  But I still wouldn’t trade Danielle for her.

There are many subtle hints at Damon and Elena’s children – yes, children, as in plural – and the even the name of the daughter is mentioned as Stefanie Salvatore. Matt has a couple of appearances before they retire him as Sheriff.

Caroline’s absence from the school is explained well but I really want to see her on the show. It was good to see Alaric too. And I wish they would let us know what happening back in New Orleans.

Books or Their Movies??

Part I) Popular Books that were better than their Movies

Harry Potter Series

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Harry Potter is what defined my childhood and made me what I am. When I read the books, my imagination soared, they brought me so much happiness.

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Well, I’m not saying the movies were bad. In fact, the initial movies were really good but they started twisting the plot to fit the screenplay and the latter movies were just so bleak you know.

I was emotionally invested into the books, which is why, even after reading them n times, I still cry over Dobby, feel that numbness when Dumbledore is thrown off the tower and oh I feel so bad for Snape!

To complete my book collection, I saved money and hunted for the books wherever I could. But with the movies, even though they are on TV every other day, I don’t feel like watching them.

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The Da Vinci Code

Well, in fairness, with hugely descriptive books such as these, it’s difficult to fit everything into a 2 hour movie. The author has put ample amount of research into the book and crafted it well to trigger intrigue. The movie tries quite well but just doesn’t hold a candle to the book.

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Lisbeth Salander blew me off! I couldn’t stop till I finished all three books. This is a character that has intrigued me and annoyed me in equal measure. I have read many characters in many novels but Salander is a character which is complex as well as really easy to understand at the same time.

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While, the movie is stylish enough, it doesn’t dive deep into the minds of the characters. We can see their actions but we can’t hear their thoughts.

Part II) Popular Series/Movies that were better than their Books

Game of Thrones

*Trying not to think about the finale here*

But this series was simply outstanding. It’s something that doesn’t need my justification because it will always stay legendary.

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Hence, when I came to it’s books –

  • First off, I think MBBS students also do not read such fat and fine print books.
  • Secondly, I get being descriptive but describing a person travelling over 5 pages is exhausting to read. And, I used to stay up in the night to read these books dutifully. There are so many sections that needed a trim.
  • Thirdly, I don’t know if I will live long enough till the last book comes out.

The Vampire Diaries

I am a fan of this series. It’s my love, my passion, my foray into a new world of supernatural obsession. It’s where I met my fictional love, Damon Salvatore. It’s when I unintentionally started binge-watching 😝

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I made an attempt to read the first book and I found it pretty basic. It didn’t stir the craze and hence I couldn’t truly move forward and read it completely.

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Gone Girl

I vaguely remember reading the book but I remember the movie characters pretty well. So I guess I can safely say the movie made a much bigger impact on me than the book.

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I read that the endings in the movie and the book are different but I can’t seem to remember the book ending. Which could only mean I was sufficiently satisfied with the movie version.

Part III) Popular Books that were as good as their Movies

Devil Wears Prada

The glitz , the glamour, the arrogance, the style – matched up every bit to the book.

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The Girl on the Train

The performances in this movie did justice to bringing the book alive.

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The suspense, the revelation, the ending was all like I remembered it and wanted it to be.

P.S. I Love You

Oh, I loveee this book. It makes me cry, feel warm within and just makes me feel so grateful for my life.

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And the movie brought out the same deep ache and mushiness.

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I love them both!!