Harry Potter was an icon to everyone’s childhood, but J.K. Rowling sure knew how to spark some emotion.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child just released earlier this week and boy did it bring back some long lost feelings about Harry Potter and its effects on my childhood. Harry and friends encompassed my entire childhood from first grade to my senior year in high school so getting another book from Rowling in my early twenties has definitely caused some feelings to resurface. Not to mention, ABC Family had one of their Harry Potter weekends this weekend following the release of the play/book, so without further ado, here are 10 times, J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter crew hit us right in the feels:
1. The Mirror of Erised
Although early on in the series and initially read at a young age, the whole Mirror of Erised business in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s (or Philosopher’s) Stone was a shot straight to the heart. Ron thought it was a mirror that showed their future, but unfortunately for Harry, his parents were not coming back from the dead. The countless hours Harry spent in front of the mirror was rather heart-wrenching as he just sat and gazed at the family that he would never get to meet.
2. When Dobby died…
Honestly, this was one that I didn’t see coming. It also was a scene that I wasn’t expecting to get so gosh darn emotional over. I’ll never forget watching it on opening night and as the credits to Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 started to roll I just sat and sobbed uncontrollably. Many of the moviegoers around me felt my pain, but honestly we all just needed a minute.
3. Anytime someone said, “You have your mother’s eyes.”
Something I generally think is overlooked is how sad it is whenever anyone said this to Harry. Like, no s*** he has his mother’s eyes. Stop reminding him because literally anytime you bring this up it just highlights the fact that he has no parents. Maybe that’s just my opinion, but honestly whenever anyone said it, it was at a bad time and only increased the level of sadness of the scene.
4. When Sirius and Harry finally got close…but then Sirius died.
In all honesty, Sirius was easily my favorite good guy in the series. He was always played off like he was just that cool uncle that’s not really your uncle, but to many he actually filled that role of Harry’s godfather. At the beginning of Order of the Phoenix you really see how well the two connect and how much their relationship truly means to Harry only for it to be ended abruptly by one of the most evil sidekicks of all time, Bellatrix.
5. Neville and the Cruciatus Curse
This is another personal one that cut straight to the heart for me. When Moody (Barty Crouch Jr. disguised) practiced the Cruciatus curse in front of Neville, everyone knew that Neville was bothered by it. Neville essentially lost his parents to the unforgivable curse (due in part by Barty Crouch Jr.). You can imagine the emotions that this caused Neville to feel.
6. When Ron mumbles Hermione’s name during recovery.
If you follow my ‘Stranger Things’ reviews, you’ll know I’m a sucker for the “nice guy gets the girl” plot line. Although Ron has a bit of a big ego issue at this point in the series, it’s good to finally see all the sexual tension buildup payoff as Ron mumbles Hermione’s name in unconsciousness. It pretty much solidifies their imminent relationship.
7. RIP Dumbledore
Despite being known throughout the episode that Malfoy was trying to assassinate Dumbledore, it still came as a shock that the “best wizard of all time” came to his untimely death so easily. Dumbledore had wiggled his way out of a lot throughout the series, and he seemed to have simply just given up. It becomes evident later on that he had to do what he did, but it still was not an easy death to mourn. Plus, that scene with the wands in the air at the end still gives me the chills to this day.
8. When Norbert left Hagrid
Poor Hagrid had finally found a creature that he hatched from an egg that he had always wanted, and Malfoy had to go and screw it up. Hagrid loved Norbert like he was his newly born child and just as he became a father, Norbert was taken from him. Although Hagrid seemed to portray a lot of emotion throughout the series, this time he definitely was allowed to be the big lovable crybaby that he is.
9. George and Fred’s untimely separation
It’s still too soon to talk about this one. I had no words when it happened, and I still have no words for how upset I was when the twins were separated. The two of them together brought so much joy and humor to the series and they brought laughs to even the worst of situations. Fred and George were the iconic twins every pair of brothers wanted to be and one can only dream to be as clever and mischievous as this duo.
Quite possibly the most frustrating yet heartbreaking love story for any adolescent to ever read. At a young age I can’t say I truly understood the pain and suffering that Snape went through playing both sides of the battle let alone how he trucked through losing the love of his life. Watching his memory in the Pensieve is something that still brings me to tears nowadays and will go down as a heartache that not even a Nicholas Sparks’ novel could come close to.
Harry Potter goes down in history as one of my favorite franchises up their with Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, and many other iconic sets of books/movies. No magic-themed movie(s) truly compares to this set of films for me and it will forever sit in my heart as my favorite books and movies of all time. Be sure to let us know your thoughts about how you felt during the movies in the comments below.