10 Powerful Movie Scenes That Will Always Give Us Goosebumps

The magical world of Harry Potter is a special space where fans go to escape the harsh truths of reality, however, Hogwarts isn’t all that much better in terms of magical fun. Between abyssal drama and deep symbolism, the movies can actually be quite dark.

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On the other hand, the movies’ serious tone somehow makes for a more emotional experience, which is why viewers are so attached to the franchise. While fans hold all of the moments close to their hearts, there are specific scenes that will forever stick with them.

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Magician’s Chess


The life-size chess set in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

There are several reasons why The Sorcerer’s Stone Still holds up to this day, but it’s undoubtedly a classic for a reason. While this scene pales in comparison to later more serious scenes in the franchise, it’s still an intense moment that gets fans’ hearts racing.

It became pretty clear during the scene that Ron was going to be left on his own, and the audience didn’t have much faith in his abilities. However, he was able to prove his worth in his efforts to sacrifice himself for his friends, and luckily they ended up winning the match.

Battle in the bedroom


This anxiety-provoking battle of Chamber of Secrets was enough to put fans on the edge of their seats. Between the Phoenix blinding the Basilisk and Harry slaying the menacing creature once and for all, it was a riveting battle that viewers love to watch to this day.


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Since Harry was still a young wizard in this movie, he made some rookie mistakes that made fans nervous as to how he was going to escape the scary situation. However, with the help of the Gryffindor sword, Harry was able to save the day again.

Harry’s Patronus Spell


Harry casts his Patronus

It’s hard for viewers to forget this heartwarming scene from the prisoner of azkaban. While fans wanted to believe, along with Harry, that his father was able to cast the Patronus to save him and Sirius Black from the Dementors, they sadly found out that wasn’t the case.


However, viewers were almost even more thrilled to find out that it was Harry himself who was able to cast such a powerful Patronus spell due to time travel. It was an epic scene that taught fans that through courage and sacrifice, they are capable of anything they set their minds to.

Graveyard scene from Harry and Cedric


Just when viewers thought they had escaped the stress of Triwizard Cup competitions, one of the franchise’s most intense and overwhelming scenes occurs. Cedric Diggory has become such a beloved character in such a short time, so naturally, fans were left heartbroken when they witnessed his sudden demise at the hands of Voldemort.


Helping Cedric through the maze was one of Harry’s best decisions in the Goblet of Fire, however, Harry was unable to protect him from his inevitable and deadly fate. Rest assured, however, that Cedric was surely grateful that Harry had been so good to him, even in his final moments.

The tragic murder of Sirius Black


the The order of the Phoenix is one of the most tragic films in the franchise, thanks to this heartbreaking loss. When the audience first saw Sirius appear to save Harry from Lucius’ wrath, they were sure they thought he had come to the rescue to save the day. however, this was far from the case.

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When Bellatrix Lestrange first cast that unexpected and fatal spell on Sirius, the world as fans knew it was over. Sirius Black will always be a character who will remain close not only to Harry’s heart, but also to lovers of the saga.

Harry and Dumbledore’s Cave Trip


Harry and Dumbledore in the Horcrux Cave in Half Blood Prince

Although difficult to watch, this moment in the Half-Blood Prince is one of the most iconic of all. When Harry and Dumbledore went to the cave to get the Horcrux Medallion, the professor knew exactly what to do when he saw the layers of protective spells Voldemort had put in place.

While Harry didn’t want to see Dumbledore vulnerable and in pain, he obeyed Dumbledore’s wish to force him to drink the forbidden substance no matter how much he resisted. Dumbledore made many important decisions throughout Half-Blood Princehowever, the fact that he followed his instincts to complete the grueling process of retrieving the Horcrux was all the more gratifying after their release.

Dobby’s Honorable Death


Dobbys Death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

If fans didn’t hate Bellatrix Lestrange enough already, this death scene of The Deathly Hallows part 1 was sure to change his mind. Not only did she rob the wizarding world of beloved Sirius Black, but she also made sure to take the life of one of everyone’s favorite house-elves.

There’s no denying that Bellatrix Lestrange is the most evil Harry Potter character by his willingness to kill innocent people in the blink of an eye, but even this moment cannot take away Dobby’s great legacy. Not to mention how beautiful his view of the grave is, so much so that the moment always moves viewers to tears.

The resurrection stone


harry potter the resurrection stone

Hearing Harry mumble the words “I’m ready to die” in The Deathly Hallows part 2 was something the audience just wasn’t prepared for. Still, franchise lovers enjoyed the touching moment with Harry and the spirits of his loved ones, when they promised they’d be with him ‘until the end’.

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For various reasons, this scene not only gave viewers goosebumps, but it immediately moved them to tears. Throughout the series, fans have always wanted to see the dynamic between Harry and his parents, so this scene definitely gave everyone that perfect sense of closure.

Harry’s Final Return


Voldemort threatens Harry Potter.

Fans’ hearts collectively sank after watching Harry voluntarily attempt to sacrifice himself in The Deathly Hallows part 2 upon discovering that he himself was a Horcrux. Nonetheless, viewers around the world were thrilled that it couldn’t be done, given that the part of Voldemort’s soul in Harry is dead and not Harry himself.

Not only was Neville’s speech heroic and moving moments before, but it was the perfect opportunity to stall Voldemort’s army long enough for Harry to make his epic return and engage in one of the scenes from most epic battles in history. Nothing was more satisfying for dedicated fans than seeing Harry beat Voldemort once and for all.

Snape’s Last Moments of Truth


Harry Potter Severus Snape Lily Potter Death Alan Rickman

One of the most unforgettable moments in the entire film series was when audiences finally found out about Snape’s allegiance to Harry’s family. Between his heartbreaking backstory and all he’s done to protect Harry over the years, fans couldn’t help but be moved to tears by this big reveal.

While viewers weren’t entirely sure of Snape’s motivations throughout the franchise, it was nice to know that fans had a reason to love him, despite his cold exterior. Fans were absolutely devastated to witness his death moments later, but luckily Harry was able to see the truth and recognize Snape’s efforts in his final moments.

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