Potter Week: Top 10 Harry Potter Moments

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As the final release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 looms closer - and we're literally counting down the hours - we thought we'd look back on our top 10 absolute favorite Harry Potter moments of all time.

Now this was one of the toughest lists we've ever had to compile.  How do you possibly go through 10 years of amazing memories and pick only 10? 

We took hours to condense the list down from more than 35 key moments to these 10!  Some of you will completely disagree with the ones we chose, but that's alright.  We want you to pick some of your own favorites and add to the list! 


10. Harry, Ron, and Hermione meet on the train to Hogwarts (Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone)

Their personalities are set in stone from the very start!  This is one of the funniest scenes in the entire first film.  Ron and Hermione immediately form a disliking for each other that obviously changes over the years.  Who can forget Ron's attempt at magic and Hermione cooly pointing out the fact that Ron has dirt on his face.  The chemistry between these three future superstars was instant and we've loved them together ever since.

9. The Demise of Professor Umbridge (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

We were waiting for this scene from the beginning of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when awful Professor Umbridge walked through that door.  Who can forget when she made poor Professor Trelawny leave?! What a horrible women.  The Weasley twins give her exactly what's coming to her.  This humorous scene shows a woman who craves order thrown into the utmost chaos.  She doesn't deal with it very well, does she?

8. Voldemorts Return in the Graveyard (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

One of the scariest scenes in the Harry Potter series is the graveyard scene.  Not only is it Harry's first direct contact with Voldemort, it's also the scene where we know everything will change for Harry.  Voldemort goes through quite the ordeal to reinstate his humanly form - up until that point, he had to rely on other people to live.  The scene marks a changing point for the wizarding world.  It's quite disturbing to see Voldemort's rebirth, with Harry's help - and not one we will easily forget!

7. First Quidditch Match (Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone)

Seeing everything in the Harry Potter series play out on screen for the first time is a completely magical, but the first glimpse of the amazing wizarding sport on the big screen was another thing entirely.  Harry Potter's natural talent on the Qudditch field is awesome to watch. Talk about a way to make yourself popular right away - win a quidditch match for your house.  Harry's off to a great start at school.  If only he knew what was in store for him.

6. Ron Admits his True Feeling for Hermione (sort-of) (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

We waited for this moment for so long!  Finally Ron admits his feelings for Hermione, chasing away silly Lavender and her "won won" nickname.  The best line is when Hermione is trying to defend her relationship with Ron to his girlfriend Lavender.  She doesn't have any legs to stand on when she boldly announces that she's his....friend.  Great comeback Hermione!  All ends well - we get rid of Lavender and Hermione finally knows how Ron feels about her.  Sadly, Ron doesn't remember anything when he fully awakes.

5. Voldemort and Snape at the Malfoy Mansion (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1)

Although this moment may not be one of the most noteworthy, it makes this list because of the sheer evil sitting around one table.  Who can forget the opening scene of the epic final installment (well the first half anyway).  Voldemort demands such respect and admiration from the dark wizards who follow him and this chilling scene sums up that loyalty with such significance.  The Malfoy's sit at the table disgraced and unwelcome in their own home and Snape truly makes us believe he has turned to the dark side (or never left).  It's a chilling and exciting opening scene.

4. Producing the Patronus (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

We see the full scale of Harry's powers unleashed in this scene - and Harry doesn't even know he's actually doing it!  In an initially confusing scene, Harry thinks his father has returned from the grave to help him.  He soon realizes that, through time travel, he is watching himself summon the powerful patronus that saves Sirius' life.  "Expecto Patronum!!" 

3. Snape Kills Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

In one of the most shocking moments in the entire series, Snape kills the beloved headmaster and vanishes from the castle.  We are always a little suspicious of Snape and his death-eater past, but if Dumbledore trusts him, so do we.  Boy were we wrong!  In an epic betrayal, the one person who always stood up for Snape is dead because of him.  But be warned, things aren't always as they seem.  Some very key moments are revealed in the last chapter.  Make sure to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to learn the truth.

2. Hermione Threatens Draco (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Draco finally gets what's coming to him from the determined girl he decides to mess with by calling a Mudblood.  But Hermione is stronger than she looks and in this hilarious scene makes sure Draco is put right back in his place.  Draco cowers like a little baby and runs away when Hermione punches his square in the face.  Amazing! It's a great case of bullied against bully - and the right side wins!  One of the best things to happen in the entire series.  Although remember violence is NOT the answer kids!  Well perhaps sometimes...

1. Harry Learns He's a Wizard (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

There is no other scene that can possibly top Harry finding out he's a wizard and having his life change forever.  Hagrid visits Harry and his family while they are trying to escape the madness.  Finally, Hagrid finds them and tells Harry he's a wizard.  Hagrid: "You're a wizard, Harry."  Harry: "I'm a what?"  It's the start of something truly great.  Eight films and 10 years later, the Harry Potter series is doing better than ever!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is set to hit theaters TONIGHT! Enjoy the final film!

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