First seeing Hogwarts
This was amazing. Book and film. Everything about it was so magical and perfect. I just. I cannot even describe the feels I get from this every single time. It's the moment which makes me feel like I'm finally coming home again.
Quidditch World Cup
I loved this! It was one of the rare occurrences in the earlier books where we saw a different side to the witches and wizards. We saw them out of their institutions and we also saw foreign witches and wizards. Everything was so fresh and new and exciting. I felt like I was experiencing everything that our favourite trio were. I thought it was amazingly done in the film too. Beauuuuutiful.
The Truth of Sirius
Sirius Black hurts my heart. It's such a heartbreaking story. From what his relationship was like with his family, to his friendship with James, to his time in Azkaban, to being finally reuinted with his godson only to have everything snatched away. I can't read that scene in the Ministry without breaking my heart. I adored the scene in the Shrieking Shack though where all of the truth comes out; That we finally find out who it was that was behind the Muggle murders and behind the betrayal of the Potters. *Shivers*.
Harry and the Pensieve
The moment of revelation. We FINALLY got to find out what it was that Voldemort was up to. We finally got a glimpse of the past of the most dangerous wizard alive. We got to see his ancestors and, most importantly, his mother. I was captivated by these scenes and the strengthening of the bond between Harry and Dumbledore *tears*.
The Battle of Hogwarts
This. So much this. This is what the seven years had been building up to. Where else would this battle have taken place? We saw the best and the worst of people. Tragedy was everywhere, but there was also so much closure, romance, excitement, tension, anticipation. It was the perfect ending to this powerful series. I loved the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort. It was just perfect.
Hermione at her best. This idea was ingenious and I loved that the students were not going to just sit down and let Umbridge's oppressive scheme continue. I loved the strength that these characters showed in these scenes and it amazing reading the chapters. It was all so smartly done; from the coins to signal meetings, to the Room of Requirement, to seeing Harry really come into his own. Although I'd still love to punch Marietta Edgecomb in the face.
I have a love/ hate relationship with this section of the series. I loved learning about Snape's history but I hate that he was snatched away from us as soon as we learn that he's a good guy. It breaks my heart but it's such an important part of Deathly Hallows. It's one of my favourite parts ever. It's so moving; it's a perfect ending to the Harry/ Snape feud and we finally discover who his allegiance was to.
Midnight Film Showings
Arrrrr I used to love when the films came out! Me and my partner would get ourselves tickets and mooch on over for the brilliant midnight showings. They were always so, so much fun. People were dressed up and there was such a buzz of excitement in the air. I'll never experience anything like that again. I really don't think there'll be another thing that'll connect with me as much as Potter. We're such a lovely fandom too! :)
Meeting J.K. Rowling
This doesn't need an explanation. It would be wrong to write this list and not include one of the best days of my life. Granted I freaked out and couldn't actually talk to her. I just squeaked a thank you and grinned at her like an absolute fool but it was AMAZING. She is amazing. She's so lovely and down to earth. I hope I get the chance to meet her again. I may even squeeze out a sentence next time.
Devouring The Deathly Hallows
In just a few hours. I should have savoured it, but I needed it. I needed to read it like I need air to breathe. I couldn't put it down. It's one of the most perfect books I've ever read. I just sat on a bed and read until I was finished. I cried so many times but it was just the most perfect conclusion to the most amazing series. There was so many bittersweet moments, so many heartbreaking moments, so many happy moments. It was just phenomenal. My favourite book to date.
That's my list! What are your favourite Harry Potter memories?