The 'Harry Potter' Films' 10 Best Moments So Far: 'Sorcerer's Stone' Through 'Half-Blood Prince'

Harry Potter Greatest Moments

By Kristen Shalbinski

The end is upon us, Potterheads: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is officially in theaters. I'm getting goose bumps just thinking about seeing it (again)! It's been almost 10 years since we joined our favorite boy wizard for his first trip on the Hogwarts Express, and Harry sure has faced some obstacles along the way. Six films later, we're almost at the end (sniff, lone tear forming in corner of eye, sniff). And so, in honor of this decade-long franchise, here is a list of the 10 most memorable moments from the "Harry Potter" films thus far, in chronological order and not including "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and "Part 2."

10. "You're a Wizard Harry" ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone")

This is the moment that started our decade long journey with Harry. After their escape from Privet Drive and the massive amounts of Hogwarts letters, the Dursleys flee to a deserted shack by the sea. At exactly 12:00 a.m. on Harry's 11th birthday, our favorite giant Hagrid breaks down the door and gives young Potter the news he has waited for his entire life: "You're a wizard, Harry."

Why It's Memorable: A giant breaking into a house and bending a shotgun is pretty memorable, but the news that Harry is a wizard? That's life-changing.

9. Lifelong Friends Meet For the First Time ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone")

One of the key themes in the "Harry Potter" is the importance of friendship, a point that's driven home book after book by Harry, Ron and Hermione. Through thick and thin this trio has stuck together, and their bond will be tested further in 'Deathly Hallows.' When Harry, Ron and Hermione meet on the Hogwarts Express, the friendship is sparked -- but after defeating the Troll, the bond between the three of them is cemented forever.

Why It's Memorable: It's amazing that after everything this trio has gone through in the series, they are still the best of friends. They've had their fair share of fights and upsets, but in the end that has just made them stronger.

8. Tom Marvolo Riddle = Lord Voldemort ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets")

One of the main questions everyone had while watching 'Chamber of Secrets' was: Who is Tom Riddle? We find out when Harry and Tom meet in the Chamber of Secrets and, through an anagram of Tom Marvolo Riddle, he reveals that he is Lord Voldemort, heir of Salazar Slytherin.

Why It's Memorable: Finding out that Voldemort's 16-year-old self lives within a diary is a little frightening. This moment reminds us that Voldemort is always present in Harry's life and is willing to do whatever it takes to kill the Boy Who Lived.

7. Sirius Black Is Harry's Godfather ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban")

Throughout 'Prisoner of Azkaban' we are made to believe that Sirius Black is a murderous lunatic and partly responsible for the death of James and Lily Potter. In the end, however, we discover that he was framed by Peter Pettigrew... and he is actually Harry's godfather.

Why It's Memorable: Harry has grown without being able to turn to his parents for guidance, but finding out that Sirius is his godfather and also his father's best friend fills the void.

6. Scabbers Is Peter Pettigrew ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban")

At the end of "Prisoner of Azkaban," Lupin and Sirius reveal that Ron's pet rat Scabbers is in fact Peter Pettigrew, who was involved with the deaths of James and Lily Potter. The fact that the rodent, who has been with the Weasley family for 12 years, is actually a murderer is a pretty mind-blowing revelation, especially for anyone who had not read the book beforehand.

Why It's Memorable: Everyone, in the audience and in the Potter universe, thought that Peter Pettigrew was killed by Sirius Black (with only a finger as evidence). To find out that he is still alive and has been in hiding as a pet rat is mind-boggling.

5. Voldemort Rises ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire")

This is the moment we have all feared since 'Sorcerer's Stone,' the return of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. With the blood of his enemy, bone of his father and flesh of his servant, Voldemort is brought back and restored to full health and power. Harry witnesses his rebirth and barely escapes alive.

Why It's Memorable: After four films we finally get to see You-Know-Who in the flesh. We've only ever heard about him and briefly saw his face in 'Sorcerer's Stone,' but this was the moment we have all been waiting for.

4. The Prophecy ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix")

Deep inside the Department of Mysteries in the Hall of Prophecies, Harry comes upon a crystal sphere with his name on it. As he touches it we hear, "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches… For neither can live while the other survives." Harry realizes that this prophecy is referring to Voldemort and himself.

Why It's Memorable: We all suspected it, but this moment confirms that Harry is the "Chosen One" and he is the only one who will be able to defeat Voldemort in the end.

3. A Sirius Death ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix")

During the climax of "Order of the Phoneix," Sirius Black and the other members of the Order come to the rescue at the Ministry of Magic, where Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville and Luna are battling the Death Eaters. Sirius is kicking some serious butt alongside Harry, but then you hear it, 'Avada Kedavra.' Bellatrix Lestrange unleashes the fatal curse on Sirius and he falls through the veil.

Why It's Memorable: Harry's relationship with Sirius became so strong after such a short period of time; Sirius's death was devastating to watch, especially when Harry unleashes a scream of utter agony.

2. Voldemort's Horcruxes ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince")

Harry uses the Pensieve to view a memory he's extracted from Slughorn. In it, we see a young Tom Riddle asking Slughorn about Horcruxes. "One splits one's soul and hides part of it in an object," says Slughorn. "By doing so, you are protected should you be attacked and your body destroyed." Through this memory we come to find out that Voldemort succeeded in creating a Horcrux... or, in this case, seven Horcruxes.

Why It's Memorable: If Dumbledore is seriously worried about something then everyone should take notice. Harry and Dumbledore find out that the only way to defeat Voldemort for good is to find these Horcruxes, destroy them and then go after Voldemort.

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

At the top of the Astronomy Tower, Malfoy corners Dumbledore and disarms him. His mission is to kill Dumbledore in order to gain honor with Voldemort and his fellow Death Eaters. As the moment creeps closer, we believe that Malfoy might actually do it, but Snape steps in. And, just when we think all is well, Snape hits Dumbledore with the killing curse, sending him plummeting from the tower.

Why It's Memorable: Never in a million years did any of us think that Dumbledore would be murdered, especially by Snape. Dumbledore is supposed to guide Harry on his mission to defeat Voldemort, but now that mission is left solely to Harry... and his friends, of course.

After 'Deathly Hallows, Parts 1' comes out, there certainly will be more moments to add to this list. What are some of your favorite moments from the series so far?


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