10 Most Underrated Harry Potter Movie Scenes

It’s been over a decade since the last Harry Potter movie was released, and fans are still talking about the series and discussing their favorite moments from the trio’s adventures at Hogwarts and beyond.

During these discussions, certain scenes keep coming back. Every Harry Potter movie features a heavy climax with several standout moments that are impossible to forget. And while these scenes are thrilling to watch, they can sometimes overshadow other great moments that deserve more love from fans.

Indeed, there are a number of underrated scenes that keep us hooked without resorting to explosive magic or gripping action sequences. These scenes give us a more intimate look at the wizarding world, focusing more on the characters than the plot. They can be heartwarming, tragic, funny, or even a combination of all three.

Although many of the following scenes are relatively simple compared to large sets, they still deserve a lot of admiration. Thanks to the precise script and the exceptional performances of the cast, these scenes are among the best in the franchise.

For many fans, the most memorable part of Harry’s first adventure involves a three-headed dog, a creepy plant, winged keys, and a giant chessboard. But when it comes to sheer terror, the movie climaxes in the hunt for the unicorn.

When Professor McGonagall catches Harry, Ron, Hermione and Malfoy wandering around in the middle of the night, the four are taken into custody and head to the Forbidden Forest to search for an injured unicorn with Hagrid.

This scene is the franchise’s first truly chilling sequence. Twisting tree roots, strange noises and thick layers of fog all come together to create an unsettling atmosphere, and the intensity only increases when Harry and Malfoy come across Voldemort drinking unicorn blood.

While it’s certainly not the scariest Harry Potter scene ever, it does show just how far the franchise is willing to go dark. Considered in isolation, the unicorn hunt looks more like a supernatural horror story than a coming-of-age fantasy tale.

Andrea G. Henderson