The theme for this round’s Harry Potter Moment of the Week (over on Uncorked Thoughts) is Most Anticipated Moment. I’m not sure if this meant things we were looking forward to as we initially read the series or not (like Harry defeating Voldemort, or certain characters hooking up), but I decided to take it in a slightly different direction and talk about the moments I look forward to when I reread the books.
Because I reread these books all the time. Basically, at any given moment, no matter what books are stacked on my nightstand or even open on my lap, you can be sure I’m rereading some Harry Potter book as well. Right now, I think I’m around the Quidditch World Cup in Goblet of Fire. What can I say — I love reading Harry Potter! It’s a total comfort book, an easy way to charge my creative batteries, and just makes me happy.
So! I’ve noticed that whenever I get really into an HP book, there’s always some specific sentence or moment I’m really looking forward to reaching and reliving again. My toes start to wiggle, I sit forward a little in my seat, I get all jumpy and excited, like I’m in a car and the roadsigns are confirming we’re almost at our final destination. Here are those scenes, in order:
1. Neville wins his 10 points in Philosopher’s Stone
Cue immediate tears. Book or movie, this scene slaughters me. I love Neville getting his moment, I love Dumbledore for giving it to him, I love everybody in this Great Hall.
2. Ron finds out Ginny is in the Chamber of Secrets
That moment of dread when you realize Slytherin’s monster has taken Ginny is awful enough, but the moment Ron reacts, slowly sliding down the wall, always sends a sick feeling right into my gut. (Also, Chamber of Secrets is a surprisingly suspenseful, scary book! Every time I reread it, I’m like, DAMN THIS IS SO MUCH DARKER THAN I REMEMBER.)
3. Dumbledore talks to Harry about his Patronus in Prisoner of Azkaban
*incoherent screaming muffled by a pillow* Dumbledore’s assurance to Harry that his father still lives inside of him, that he protects Harry to this day in the form of Harry’s very particular Patronus, never fails to bring a wibbly wobbly sheen of tears to my eyes.
4. The entire second task in Goblet of Fire
Whenever I’m trying to write and want a little inspiration in the form of something creepy and atmospheric, I always go to the Second Task in Goblet of Fire. For some reason, it’s always been a favorite for me. When I read it, I can almost see the rippling weeds and feel the silence of being underwater pressing on my ears
5. Peeves salutes Fred and George in Order of the Pheonix
HOW WONDERFUL IS THIS ENTIRE SCENE, FIRST OF ALL. But, even though Fred and George defying Umbridge and literally flying off into the sunset is great, my favorite bit, the bit that always makes me wiggle my toes anxiously and turn the pages all the faster to get to, is Peeves taking the order from the twins. I don’t even know, you guys. That sign of respect, the promise of all out hell, gets to me every time.
6. Harry shows his loyalty in Half Blood Prince
I’ll admit, the first time I read HBP, I wasn’t the book’s biggest fan. It’s only been on rereads that I’ve come to really love this moment, where Harry blurts out what, to him, is an obvious truth: he’s utterly loyal to Dumbledore, through and through. (That Dumbledore should be emotionally touched by this blind devotion, considering, as we find out in DH, he’s basically been grooming Harry for the slaughter this whole time, is another matter entirely,.)
7. The Forest Again in DEathly Hallows
Because I always know that’s when I’m going to start crying.
So, there you have it. My most anticipated “omg omg we’re almost at that part” moments in each Harry Potter book. What are your favorite moments in HP? Or, do you have other books that you reread just to get to that one specific scene or sentence, just to relive that moment? Tell me about them! And if you did this HP moment of the week, throw me a link in the comments!