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Post  Lady Arabella on Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:02 pm

Most touching moment
Luanee - Mar 3, 2004 11:49 pm
Edited by Kip Carter Nov 17, 2005 12:45 am
It is widely known that there is lot of humor provided by JKR in HP books, but I found some of the moments to be quite touching too.. so I shall start this thread for all to recollect their 'most touching moment' in HP...

Mine is the scene in PoA, where Hagrid was telling Harry and Ron how miserable Hermione was the past few days, having stressed over her tremendous study workload, yet she found time to help him research on Buckbeak's trial, but Harry and Ron were ignoring her over the confiscated Firebolt and Crookshank's behaviour towards Scabbers.

You know, I thought she meant more to you than broomsticks or pets... (Sorry I do not have the book with me).  


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alexa - Mar 3, 2004 11:12 pm (#1 of 240)  
This is a great thread, Luanee.

Mine is the scene in GoF, when Ron came down in pyjamas to look for Harry and accidentally interrupted the conversation between Harry and Sirius. Harry suddenly got angry and threw one of the "Potter really stinks" badge at Ron. Then he say, "There I hope that gives you a scar, that's what you always want, isn't it" (sorry, I also didn't have the book with me, too eager to post, I may post another message once I found the actual quote). I don't know why, for some reasons, I was very touched by that scene.

Another touching moment is of course from Dumbledore, when he explained to Harry why he didn't make him a prefect. 'I feel I owe you another explanation, Harry,' said Dumbledore hesitantly. 'You may, perhaps, have wondered why I never chose you as a prefect? I must confess . . . that I rather thought . . . you had enough responsibility to be going on with.'


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Rod Beecham - Mar 4, 2004 1:04 am (#2 of 240)  
Both the above are very affecting, I agree, but my nomination would be Neville's mother handing him the bubble-gum wrapper in OoP, and Neville's quiet response: "Thanks, Mum."


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virgoddess1313 - Mar 4, 2004 6:23 am (#3 of 240)  
The most touching thing to me was in OtP after Dumbledore has told Harry about the prophesy and there was the single tear that ran down Dumbledore's cheek, I completely fell to pieces. I'd managed to hold it together after Sirius' death until I got to the part.

And Rod, that part certainly was a heartbreaker, too!


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Denise P. - Mar 4, 2004 6:43 am (#4 of 240)  
Mine has to be at the end of GoF when Mrs Weasley hugs Harry and he is about to cry but then Hermione slams her hand down (capturing the bug, Rita)


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Fawkes Forever - Mar 4, 2004 6:48 am (#5 of 240)  
Denise, you beat me to the post. That’s the same as myself. That scene is just so moving.....

'Cus all Harry needs is a great big mummy hug!


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Bash - Mar 4, 2004 6:54 am (#6 of 240)  
I liked when Harry's first Patronus got rid of the Dementors in PoA and he first recognised it.

Voldemort would disagree about Hermione, she is just a lump of meat, whereas a Firebolt is an international standard broom.


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Loopy Lupin - Mar 4, 2004 7:49 am (#7 of 240)  
This is kind of weird, but some of the more touching moments for me are times when the gang is just sort of hanging around enjoying each other's company. Like in GOF after the world cup, Harry's polishing his Firebolt, Hermione's reading, and Bill and Ron are playing chess. It’s just kind of touching that Harry can just hang out with his surrogate family since he doesn't really get to do that with the Dursleys.


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Julia. - Mar 4, 2004 8:00 am (#8 of 240)  
Hmmmm, the most touching moment, good question. I think I'll go with the scene after the battle at the DoM when Dumbledore was explaning everything to Harry. "Harry looked up at him and saw a tear trickling down Dumbledore's face into his long silver beard."  I felt so horrible for the poor guy, I wanted to run into the book and give him a hug!  


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Sherbie Lemon - Mar 4, 2004 8:02 am (#9 of 240)  
Mine come from PoA when the trio and the three Marauders are in the Shreiking Shack:

HOW DARE YOU SPEAK TO HARRY?' roared Black. 'HOW DARE YOU FACE HIM? HOW DARE YOU TALK ABOUT JAMES IN FRONT OF HIM?

It just breaks my heart that Sirius sacrificed himself to get to Harry. That he broke out of a place where no one before him had been able to, just to protect a boy he never met. That he gets so incensed about Peter touching Harry.

“I'll understand, of course, if you want to stay with your aunt and uncle,' said Black. 'But...well...think about it. Once my name's cleared...if you wanted a...a different home.' Some sort of explosion took place in the pit of Harry's stomach. 'What-live with you?'...'Leave the Dursleys?' 'Of course, I thought you wouldn't want to,' said Black quickly. 'I understand, I just thought I'd-' 'Are you insane?' said Harry, his voice easily as croaky as Black's. ' Of course I want to leave the Dursleys! Have you got a house? When can I move in?' Black turned right around to look at him...'You want to?' he said. 'You mean it?' 'Yeah, I mean it!' said Harry. Black's gaunt face broke into the first true smile Harry had seen upon it.

I think anything with Sirius has become much more touching to me, now that he is not alive. In OotP, when Harry is so upset, that is another touching moment. That he would throw things at Dumbledore because he is so crushed...

Of course, the part that you wrote about, Alexa and Virgogoddess, I actually fell apart there.

Now I'm getting depressed.


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septentrion - Mar 4, 2004 9:03 am (#10 of 240)  
well, there're a lot of touching moments in the books but the one which makes me cry every time I read it is Sirius' death and Harry's grief. It's as strong as if it was somebody I love who died. JKR has just the words to describe what's happening in one's mind at that moments.


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Choices - Mar 4, 2004 9:54 am (#11 of 240)  
The scene with Dumbledore and the tear running down his cheek is definitely a kleenex moment. No one has mentioned a movie scene yet, so I will. I always cry at the end of CoS when Hagrid comes into the dining hall (returning from Azkaban) and thanks the kids and Harry hugs him. ("Sob"....leaving to go get a kleenex) That scene is just so touching to me.


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Madame Librarian - Mar 4, 2004 9:56 am (#12 of 240)  
Saddest = End of OoP. Harry expressing his huge grief and anger. DD trying to explain it all.

Most touching = Neville and his mum when she gives him the gum wrapper. Gran taking it away. Neville getting it back out of the bin.

Lots more that got to me. Great question, Liz.

(*Sniffs loudly. People at library give her an odd look.*) Now you've got me all weepy.

Ciao. Barb


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Chris. - Mar 4, 2004 9:56 am (#13 of 240)  
The bit where Dumbledore tells Harry why he didn't make him Prefect. Oh! I felt so sorry for him!  


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tracie1976 - Mar 4, 2004 9:58 am (#14 of 240)  
That whole scene at the end of OotP gets my eyes watering the most. Especially when Harry is throwing Dumbledore's things around trying to cope with Sirius's death and Dumbledore trying to explain everything.


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Luanee - Mar 4, 2004 3:45 pm (#15 of 240)  
Just reading this thread alone makes my eyes all watery....

Btw, Barb, if you noticed, this question was posted by the humble me...  



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Neville Longbottom - Mar 4, 2004 3:55 pm (#16 of 240)  
I agree that the scene with Neville and his mother is the most touching one. There were many others, who are really sad, too, for example Mrs Weasley's boggart or Harry seeing his parents in the Mirror of Erised. But the Neville scene really got me, even while rereading the book.



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Chris. - Mar 4, 2004 3:56 pm (#17 of 240)  
Another touching moment for me:

Chamber of Secrets: Bloomsbury Edition P214

... Professor McGonagall was still staring at him, and for a moment, Harry thought she was going to explode, but when she spoke, it was in a strangely croaky voice.


'Of course,' she said, and Harry, amazed saw a tear glistening in her beady eye. 'Of course, I realise this has all been hardest on the friends of those who have been ... I quite understand. Yes, Potter, of course you may visit Miss Granger. I will inform Professor Binns where you've gone. Tell Madam Pomfrey I have given my permission.'


Harry and Ron walked away, hardly daring to believe that they'd avoided detention. As they turned the corner, they distinctly heard Professor McGonagall blow her nose.



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Madame Librarian - Mar 4, 2004 4:45 pm (#18 of 240)  
Luanee, I shall iron my fingers and toes for being so unobservant. Not only did I assume that Liz posed the question, but I also assumed we were on the vote thread rather than this stand-alone one. I am sorry for the goof. Please--give yourself 25 points and I shall deduct 25 points from myself.

Ciao. Barb


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SarcasticGinny - Mar 4, 2004 7:42 pm (#19 of 240)  
Mine is the same as Denise's. When Molly hugs Harry, it’s just the way JKR describes Harry fighting SO hard not to cry after all that he'd been through that night...he had every right to cry and I felt so bad for him that he had to fight that too!


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freshwater - Mar 4, 2004 8:12 pm (#20 of 240)  
I agree with you, Sarcastic Ginny. That "howl of misery rising up inside him" (I think that was the phrase) just breaks my heart, especially because it was the unique experience of being held as if by a mother that was releasing it in him. I was so frustrated that Hermione's banging the window shut startled Harry and Mrs. Weasely into breaking apart before he could vent some real emotions.


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Luanee - Mar 4, 2004 8:50 pm (#21 of 240)  
It's all right, Barb.  

Yes freshwater, I was quite annoyed with Hermione breaking up that scene too... it was so touching, that motherly hug from Molly...



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Devika - Mar 5, 2004 5:19 am (#22 of 240)  
I love this thread!! There were some really touching moments. But if this was a vote mine would have to go to the one at the end of OoP in DD's office when a tear trickles down his cheek and also when he tells Harry why he wasn't made Prefect. Other than that, there's the Molly hugging Harry scene. Also Mirror of Erised... it was better when I read it a second time. But I still think JKR surpassed herself in the scene in OoP... I just can't help at least getting goosebumps everytime I read it!


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scully jones - Mar 5, 2004 5:57 am (#23 of 240)  
The only scene in any of the Harry Potter books that I actually cried during was:

When Harry was yelling and throwing stuff in Dumbledore's Office in OoTP. He'd never dare to do anything like that unless his emotions were really out of control...
 

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coolbeans3131 - Mar 5, 2004 6:28 am (#24 of 240)  
The one that gets me the most is when he goes to the hospital wing at the end of GoF. Right when he walks in and all his loved ones are looking at him and scared for him, and he has to walk in and try to put on a brave face for them. He cares so much for them, he didn't want them to be any more worried that they already were. I wish I could hug Harry! *sob*


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firebird - Mar 5, 2004 8:55 am (#25 of 240)  
This is a wonderful thread! There are so many touching moments in the books! For me:

First is where Snape reveals the Dark Mark to Fudge... That's when I realised Snape was a halfway decent guy... *sniff* (He's my favourite character now btw...)

Another is Phineas Nigellus hearing about Sirius's death! My god, I felt sad when I read that, when he says slowly, 'Am I to understand that my great-great-grandson - the last of the Blacks - is dead?' and then he says brusquely, 'I don't believe it.' and walks to his other portrait and Harry thinks he is walking all around the house, looking for Sirius....... I didn't care much for Sirius or for Harry's anger, but I felt a great lump in my throat when I read that.

Another one: When Luna is posting up a plea to get her possessions back after people had stolen them, and Harry realises he is feeling sorry for her. I felt sad then too... *LUMP* (Because he was wallowing in guilt and enormous grief - Sirius's death was so raw and fresh inside him - yet he still felt pity for the plight of another, and Luna too, who deserved it)

I don't usually get emotional about things, especially sort of, I don't know.. obviously sentimental incidents... like DD crying or Molly hugging Harry (though they are sweet)... but I like subtle little expressions of grief or pity or decency like I described above. They really affect me and I brood on them forever... Luanee this is a wonderful thread! I have loads more examples but I can't think of any others right now.

edit: One more: Luanee said: "Mine is the scene in PoA, where Hagrid was telling Harry and Ron how miserable Hermione was the past few days, having stressed over her tremendous study workload, yet she found time to help him research on Buckbeak's trial" I second that one! I'm glad Ron and Harry felt uncomfortable...


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icthestrals - Mar 5, 2004 10:01 am (#26 of 240)  
Along with all the other times already mentioned, my heart broke when Harry was trying desperately to find some way of contacting Sirius again-through the mirror and then running to find Nick. I could completely understand how he felt.


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Acceber - Mar 5, 2004 12:34 pm (#27 of 240)  
My personal favorite 'most touching moment' (great thread Luanee) is in OoP when there's a tear in Dumbledore's "long silver beard". I know people have said it, but I had to reinforce it. It's just my character .


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Bash - Mar 5, 2004 12:39 pm (#28 of 240)  
Hey yes, I forgot about the Mirror of Erised. When I was thirteen and had a copy of PS I was really moved by the powerfully emotively charged episode with the mirror and then afterwards with the nightmares. Notice how black and white the scenario seemed then as opposed to shades of grey.


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Weeny Owl - Mar 5, 2004 10:27 pm (#29 of 240)  
When Hagrid gave Harry the photo album with pictures of James, Lily, and him as a baby. When Hagrid said how he'd owled their old friends, that just really got to me. Hagrid is such a sweetie.


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HarrysAngel - Mar 6, 2004 3:23 am (#30 of 240)  
I get a lump in my throat at the bit when Sirius is falling through the veil and it says something about Sirius's 'wasted, once-handsome face'.

Poor Sirius. He had so much going for him, and Voldemort stole it all. That line just sums it up for me.



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Little Ginny - Mar 6, 2004 10:25 am (#31 of 240)  
I was most touched by the scene when Remus realises that Sirius is innocent and tries to help him. Especially when I read it second or third time, I'm so relieved that at least two of James' old friends have found together at last.


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freshwater - Mar 6, 2004 4:53 pm (#32 of 240)  
Firebird, I'm glad you mentioned the scene where Harry realizes he's feeling sorry for Luna as she posts notices of her missing belongings. His comment "but that's no reason for them to take your stuff' (something like that) shows how baffled he is that anyone would do something so mean and petty. And of course, his compassion for her --even though she was not obviously distressed or feeling sorry for herself-- rising up through his own pain and confusion following Sirius' death....that really got to me.


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firebird - Mar 7, 2004 9:03 am (#33 of 240)  
I know freshwater... Harry sometimes has these unexpected bursts of pity that are wonderfully sweet... You expect him to wallow in self-pity (as he is doing) but then he finds compassion welling up inside him for Luna.

Another part of OoP is right after the Penseive scene, where Snape catches him, and bellows: 'You will not repeat what you saw to anybody!' and Harry tries to say 'No, of course I won't.' Because of course:

What was making Harry feel so horrified and unhappy was not being shouted at or having jars thrown at him; it was that he knew how it felt to be humiliated in the middle of a circle of onlookers, knew exactly how Snape had felt as his father had taunted him


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Anna L. Black - Mar 7, 2004 9:33 am (#34 of 240)  
Edited by Mar 7, 2004 9:36 am
I agree with Sherbie Lemon, the scene in the Shrieking Shack is just... beautiful:

'THAT'S NOT TRUE!' Harry yelled. 'HE WAS THEIR SECRET-KEEPER! HE SAID SO BEFORE YOU TURNED UP, HE SAID HE KILLED THEM!'

He was pointing at Black, who shook his head slowly; the sunken eyes were suddenly over-bright.

'Harry... I as good as killed them,' he croaked. 'I persuaded Lily and James to change to Peter at the last moment, persuaded them to use him as Secret-Keeper instead of me... I'm to blame, I know it... the night they died, I'd arranged to check on Peter, make sure he was still safe, but when I arrived at his hiding place, he'd gone. Yet there was no sign of a struggle. It didn't feel right. I was scared. I set out for your parents' house straight away. And when I saw their house, destroyed, and their bodies - I realised what Peter must have done. What I'd done.'

His voice broke. He turned away.

And then there's:

He looked at Harry who did not look away.

'Believe me,' croaked Black. 'Believe me. I never betrayed James and Lily. I would have died before I betrayed them.'

And at long last, Harry believed him. Throat too tight to speak, he nodded.

I can read it over... and over... and over... and - You got the point  I know most of the scene almost by heart, it's my favourite scene in the whole series so far.

Edit: Too much red color?


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alexa - Mar 8, 2004 12:27 am (#35 of 240)  
Yes Anna, a little bit too much red.  Hope none of us are color blind. There are really a lot of touching moments.

I have to mention another one. After Harry's first task of fighting dragon, Ron went all white and finally apologize to Harry. Hermione burst into tears and said, "you are all so stupid" (something like that). Oh, dear Hermione.


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SHEla WOLFsbane - Mar 8, 2004 1:01 am (#36 of 240)  
“Harry Potter WILL do the task!” squeaked the elf. "Dobby knew Harry had not found the right book, so Dobby did it for him!" "What?" said Harry. "But YOU don't know what the second task is- "Dobby knows, sir! Harry Potter has to go into the lake and find his Wheezy-" "Find my what?" "- and take his Wheezy back from the merpeople!" "What's a Wheezy?" "Your Wheezy, sir, your Wheezy - Wheezy who is giving Dobby his sweater!"....... "WHAT?" Harry gasped. "They've got... they've got RON?" "The thing Harry Potter will miss most, sir!" squeaked Dobby.

I had to reread that scene twice (through my tears) to make sure I read it right. Dobby's love for Harry, his knowledge of Harrys love for Ron. It just... well, all of it moved me.


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Luanee - Mar 8, 2004 8:50 pm (#37 of 240)  
It's my pleasure you people enjoyed this thread, thanks.

And I would like to add the scene when Percy saw Ron being rescued out of the pond after the 2nd task in GoF. No matter how Percy turn out later, that scene will forever redeem him...



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septentrion - Mar 9, 2004 2:52 am (#38 of 240)  
the more I read this thread, the more I remember touching moments I had forgotten (I haven't read my books for some time !).



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Emily - Mar 9, 2004 4:31 pm (#39 of 240)  
Oh no, the most touching moment. I can't pick just 1! Well, here are my top 3, in no particular order:



When Sirius tells his story in the Shrieking Shack, and Harry finally believes him.


At the end of OotP, I mean the very end, on the platform, with a lot of my favorite characters standing there, 'ranged on Harry's side', or something like that. It was just a very hopeful message.


In GoF, when we see Lily and James coming out of Voldies wand during the duel.

Oh, yes, there are lots more! How about:


Seeing Snape bullied by James + crew


The Mirror of Erised


Dobby taking time and personal comfort to warn Harry about the great dangers in CoS


Dumbly explaining everything


Sirius dying


Neville's Mom giving him the gum wrapper

You get the idea, so I'll stop there. Maybe I'm weird, but I've only cried twice the entire series: PoA, when Harry finally believes Sirius, and Ootp, when Sirius dies. Maybe it's something to do with the beginning and ending of their relationship...

Thanks Luanee for starting such an interesting discussion!



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Mrs. Sirius - Mar 9, 2004 9:02 pm (#40 of 240)  
Oh Sherbie Lemon, I do agree with you. The most touching scenes for me come from POA, in the shrieking shack. Sirius' line that you quote and this one that follows just about bring me to tears:

THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED! roared Black. "DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!"

This whole scene is just packed with emotions for me. When Sirius and Lupin get ready to kill Pettigrew, Harry runs in front of him and says "No" You can't kill him" it seems that he is trying to think of a reason why not, so he follows it up with "You can't". He says this because he doesn't want his father's friend to become killers, even to vindicate his own father's death.

It just doesn't get too much more selfless and emotional than that.

In GoF the infirmary scene when Harry has tears in his eyes but doesn't let anyone see them and then says "I told him to take the cup" and then Molly give him his first "mommy" since infancy, I just wanted to reach into the book and give him the hug.

From OoTP, I don't know which got me more. Phineaus going to look for Sirius or Harry finally able to feel something other than his own misery while talking to Luna.

Sirius' death didn't start to register with me until Harry is DD's office and refuses to look at Phineas. It really hit When Phineas leaves to search for Sirius.


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Ulrikke - Mar 10, 2004 10:56 am (#41 of 240)  
Wow, reading this thread has got me all emotional.

A touching moment for me is in 'The Woes of Mrs. Weasley', when Molly's boggart have been removed.

'Sirius was staring at the patch of the carpet where the Boggart, pretending to be Harry's body, had lain.'

Every time I read this I get a lump in my throat, because it shows how much he cares for Harry. I wonder if Sirius Boggart would have been the same: Seeing Harry dead.

Also the one firebird mentioned:

'What was making Harry feel so horrified and unhappy was not being shouted at or having jars thrown at him; it was that he knew exactly how it felt to be humiliated in the middle of a circle of onlookers, knew exactly how Snape had felt as his father had taunted him, and that judging from what he'd just seen, his father had been every bit as arrogant as Snape had always told him.'


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Molly Weasly Wannabe - Mar 10, 2004 10:27 pm (#42 of 240)  
The most touching thing I have read was from GoF when Harry is in the graveyard and the people Voldemort has killed is coming out of the wand. I cried my eyes out when Lily was yelling at Harry to hold on because his father was on his way. For some reason that really touched me. To see that his parents' were still there to help him out, and to make sure he was alright even in death.


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Bash - Mar 11, 2004 7:51 pm (#43 of 240)  
I forgot about the chapter Keeper of the Keys in PS! That was really moving! Hagrid was at his best!



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Jenny M. - Mar 14, 2004 2:51 pm (#44 of 240)  
My favorite touching scenes from the books are:

-end of PoA, when Sirius offers that Harry may come live with him, and they have that joyous acceptance of each other.

-end of OotP, when Phineas Nigellus learns of his great-great-grandson's death and Harry watches him go off to search through the Black mansion for Sirius.

My favorite movie scene is from the first movie when Hagrid gives Harry the birthday cake in the shack. When I saw the movie, at that scene, dozens of people in the theater (including me) all said "Awwww."


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Fawkes Forever - Mar 15, 2004 8:57 am (#45 of 240)  
Just thought of another one... I found it an incredibly poignant moment, well it certainly got to me anyways

It's from OotP, when Moody shows Harry the picture of the original order.. & it goes through who some of the people in the photo are, & what happened them. Harrys reaction was quite similar to what mine would have been.

I just found it so sad... *sniff* Even now thinking about it I'm welling up (& I'm at work imagine how embarrasing that would be ) Just thinking about all those happy smiling faces, unaware of what fate lay round the corner from them..... *blub* Opps better stop before I do make myself cry!

Luanee, what have you started.... ?  I'm not complaining, this is a great thought provoking thread  



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Luanee - Mar 15, 2004 4:01 pm (#46 of 240)  
Thanks, Fawkes... I just hope we don't start crying in front of the PC and make our co-workers stare at us...


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Accio Sirius - Mar 17, 2004 4:11 pm (#47 of 240)  
Ravenclaw girl already mentioned my moment--When Sirius is starring at the boggart. So few words, so much emotion!

And when the tear ran down Dumbledore's cheek is a big one for me too.

The other one that gets me is at the end of GoF and Harry is telling the story and he tells about seeing his parents and he looks over at Sirius and he has his face in his hands!!! : (


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Julia. - Mar 17, 2004 7:02 pm (#48 of 240)  
I just finished a re-read of PoA, and I came across this passage, which almost made me cry.

“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him. How else could you produce that particular Patronus? Prongs rode again last night.”  


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Susurro Notities - Mar 19, 2004 10:21 pm (#49 of 240)  
Edited by Mar 19, 2004 10:22 pm

I am a sucker for the obvious - I cry when Dumbledore does at the end of OoP. I adore Molly hugging Harry. The photo in OoP is ever so sad - so many gone. Sirius, Lupin, and Harry in the Shrieking Shack finally understanding.
Yet I have not found references to the touching scenes that made us all fall in love with Harry. Hagrid's entrance into Harry's life, Harry buying sweets on the train for Ron because it was the first time he had the opportunity to share, and Harry's first meeting with Malfory. "You'll soon find out some wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don't want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you out there.' He held out his hand to shake Harry's, but Harry didn't take it. 'I think I can tell who is the wrong sort for myself, thanks,' he said coolly."
Lastly the mirror of Erised scenes - oh how Harry needs, wants, desires a family - it just hurts.



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Choices - Mar 20, 2004 6:06 pm (#50 of 240)  

I love the "young" Harry - he is so touchingly sweet. In the movie, when Hagrid tells him he is a wizard (in the hut on the island in the ocean) and Harry says, "But I'm just Harry, just Harry". It's sad because it's like he's been told all his life that he is nothing special.
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Re: Most Touching Moment

Post  Lady Arabella on Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:06 pm

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Dr Filibuster - Mar 20, 2004 6:16 pm (#51 of 240)  
I like the moments where the other Gryffindors (including Lupin) boost Neville's confidence.

In PS/SS Harry tells him he's worth more than Malfoy...which he takes in and repeats back "I'm worth twelve of you Malfoy" in the scrap at Quidditch.


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vball man - Mar 27, 2004 9:40 pm (#52 of 240)  
I think this is my most touching moment. Think of Hagrid, grows up with no mother, wrongfully expelled, disrespected by most wizards, spends years of his life working in a rather low-end job, then....

“As to our second new appointment,” Dumbledore continued as the lukewarm applause for Professor Lupin died away. "Well, I am sorry to tell you that Professor Kettleburn, our Care of Magical Creatures teacher, retired at the end of last year in order to enjoy more time with his remaining limbs. However, I am delighted to say that his place will be filled by none other than Rubeus Hagrid, who has agreed to take on this teaching job in addition to his gamekeeping duties."

Harry, Ron, and Hermione stared at one another, stunned. Then they joined in with the applause, which was tumultuous at the Gryffindor table in particular. Harry leaned forward to see Hagrid, who was ruby-red in the face and staring down at his enormous hands, his wide grin hidden in the tangle of his black beard.

“We should've known!” Ron roared, pounding the table. "Who else would have assigned us a biting book?"

Harry, Ron, and Hermione were the last to stop clapping, and as Professor Dumbledore started speaking again, they saw that Hagrid was wiping his eyes on the tablecloth.

Wow! Bam! Expecto Patronum!


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Accio Sirius - Mar 28, 2004 5:06 am (#53 of 240)  
Edited by Mar 28, 2004 5:07 am
V-ball man,

Excellent post. It made me think of another touching/laughing cry, which is when Gryffindor finally wins the Quidditch cup in POA and a sobbing Wood hugs Harry. And then Harry says he could have produced the world's best Patronus. Harry has so few genuinely joyful moments, it's always so touching when he does. Of course, Wood just cracks me up.


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vball man - Mar 28, 2004 10:30 am (#54 of 240)  
yeah - I have to confess that on my volleyball team in college, I was Oliver Wood. I take everything maybe a little too seriously. I almost prefer volleyball drills to playing. That is one of the best things about JKR's books. Some of her characters seem almost too weird. But I personally know a "Luna Lovegood", a "Lucius Malfoy", my wife is "Hermione Wagner", and believe me, there are quite a few "Gilderoy Lockhart"s out there!


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Czarina - Mar 29, 2004 7:35 am (#55 of 240)  
I think another touching moment is simply at the beginning of GoF, when Molly has all of her children home at the Burrow (plus Hermione and Harry - future inlaws??). She is just so happy to have them all home again! It's so hard, especially with big families, to have all the grown children home at the same time.


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Catherine - Mar 29, 2004 11:10 am (#56 of 240)  
I'd have to give dittos for all of the scenes already mentioned, but I have to put in a few galleons of my own, as I can't pick just one:

The Mirror of Erised--the whole chapter.

When Ron sacrifices himself in the chess match.

When Harry reaches toward his stag Patronus and says, "Prongs."

When Sirius tells him "You are truly your father's son" in PoA.

When Cedric's "echo" asks Harry to take his body back to Hogwarts

When Dumbledore implores them to choose what is right over what is easy, and to "remember Cedric Diggory."

The Droobles wrapper

When Harry is begging Hermione not to be dead

When Lupin is holding Harry away from the arch saying that Sirius is dead.

When Harry is yelling "Sirius Black!" into the two way mirror with no results.

I need to go get a tissue now...


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Prefect Marcus - Mar 29, 2004 11:53 am (#57 of 240)  
Edited by Mar 29, 2004 11:53 am
I have to say that the most touching moments to me are all the times that deal with Neville and his parents. These include (among others):

The Crucio Lecture.
The immediate aftermath in the hallway.
That evening in Harry's Dorm when Harry doesn't notice Neville is laying awake.
Neville launching himself at Draco for his St. Mungus remarks.
The bubblegum wrapper scene.

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draco all the way - Apr 4, 2004 10:25 pm (#58 of 240)  
I don't know why but I just love the way Harry and Ron come to defend Hermione every time Draco or someone is being mean to her. They have a very strong friendship!

Then I almost always get choked up when I read the part in GoF when Harry chucks one of the Support the Real Champion badges at Ron and stalks off and Ron just stands there in his "too short pyjamas".


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Joanna S Lupin - Apr 5, 2004 1:53 pm (#59 of 240)  
Wow, so many touching moments out here, it's great I'm really sobbing now(it's midnight and I'm at home so nobody sees luckily)

One more thing that always makes me cry is in GoF when Hagrid is talking about his dad, and showing his picture.


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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 6, 2004 5:31 pm (#60 of 240)  
I don't think anyone has mentioned this yet, and I'm sorry if I'm wrong, but I was very touched by the scene in GOF where Arthur rebukes Vernon Dursley for failing to say goodbye to Harry. I loved how it highlighted Arthur's strengths as an upright, caring, family man and the pitiful lack of warmth Harry has received (and has now come to expect) from his relatives. Arthur's hand, firmly on Harry's shoulder, ignoring Harry's protest that it's "all right, really"...(*Kim wipes tear from eye*)


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firebird - Apr 6, 2004 6:32 pm (#61 of 240)  
Draco ATW: 'Then I almost always get choked up when I read the part in GoF when Harry chucks one of the Support the Real Champion badges at Ron and stalks off and Ron just stands there in his "too short pyjamas".'

Wow, yes. I second that. I had totally forgotten about that. Poor Ronniekins, I really felt for him then. Even though he was being a prick, his 'too short pyjamas' always make me feel sad for him. Because that's the reason he's acting jealous. All he has are those stupid hand-me-down pyjamas and Harry gets all the fame and money.


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Nathaniel Shafer - Apr 12, 2004 9:33 am (#62 of 240)  
Edited Apr 12, 2004 10:33 am
One scene I always find very touching, but has not yet been mentioned is at the end of CoS when the Weasleys first see that Ginny is still alive.

For a moment there was silence as Harry, Ron, Ginny, and Lockhart stood in the doorway, covered in much and slime and (in Harry's case) blood. Then there was a scream.

'Ginny!'

It was Mrs. Weasley, who had been sitting crying in front of the fire. She leapt to her feet, closely followed by Mr. Weasley, and both of them flung themselves on their daughter.

That one gets me emotional every time because we see the very moment that they see their daughter proven to be alive.


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Acceber - Apr 12, 2004 4:31 pm (#63 of 240)  
I was rerererereading the end of GoF the other day and at the end of "Veritaserum", where Harry takes his dreamless sleep potion and Molly puts her arm around him, I found I couldn't keep reading into the next chapter. I just put the book down and sobbed and sobbed into the rug. It's weird, I've never reacted that way to Harry before. Maybe I'm growing up.

Sorry, you didn't need to read that, but I just had to tell someone.


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Padfoot - Apr 13, 2004 1:52 pm (#64 of 240)  
Acceber, we understand. We've all been there. Well, I know I have. I always break down when reading the last speech by DD at the end of GoF. When he is talking about Cedric.


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Tomoé - Apr 16, 2004 9:53 am (#65 of 240)  
Edited Apr 16, 2004 10:55 am
I have two not really touching but heart-breaking must-eat-your-words moments.

Sirius talking about Crouch Sr and Winky : "If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equal." Knowing what he did with Kreacher, he would place himself in the same category than the man who sent him in Azkaban without trial.

Amos Diggory about Cedric getting the snitch while Harry fell off from his broom : "One falls off his broom, one stays on, you don't need to be a genius to tell witch one's the better flier!" Knowing his son will come back from the maze dead and Harry alive, it sounds like he's son is a looser by his own critera.

Both moments get me teary because I'm sure Amos don't think his son was a looser and Sirius is not that bad.


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Accio Sirius - Apr 16, 2004 11:10 am (#66 of 240)  
Re-reading CoS, when Harry tells Ron he thinks his house is the greatest and Ron blushes all over--that really touches me. Ron's embarrassed about being poor, then pleased that Harry likes his ramshackle house but he doesn't have clue how much Harry would have given to grow up in a loving household. Sniff.


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The Grey Lady - Apr 16, 2004 6:04 pm (#67 of 240)  
Edited Apr 16, 2004 7:05 pm
There two moments in OotP that stick with me:

When Harry is raging at Dumbledore after Sirius died.
I DON'T CARE!...I'VE HAD ENOUGH, I'VE SEEN ENOUGH, I WANT OUT, I WANT IT TO END, I DON'T CARE ANYMORE--
The whole seen is so well written, I was sobbing quietly in my dorm room.

And, it took me 3 re-reads to see this,
Harry sat there for a long time, gazing out at the water, trying not to think about his godfather or to remember that it was directly across from here, on the opposite bank, that Sirius had collapsed trying to fend off a hundred dementors...The sun had fallen before he realized that he was cold. He got up and returned to the castle, wiping his face on his sleeve as he went.
I broke down here, had to stop reading and go outside for some air, in fact, I didn't pick the book back up until the next day. I just got this amazing mental picture of Harry sitting by the lake....*sniff*


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Fawkes Egg - Apr 26, 2004 5:15 pm (#68 of 240)  
I've just finished rerererereading GoF, so here are a few:

Harry being hugged by Mrs. Weasley in the hospital wing.

Sirius' letters to Harry.

Dobby looking out for Harry with the second task (that elf may be "weird", to quote Harry, but he's cool!).

Sirius in Dumbledore's office - that whole scene I wanted to hug him as much as Harry.

Sirius promising Harry they'll meet again soon, and growling at Fudge.

Hedwig giving Harry a reassuring hoot even though she was mad at him.

Fawkes comforting Harry in Dumbledore's office.


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freshwater - Apr 26, 2004 5:26 pm (#69 of 240)  
Good points, Fawkes Egg. I'd never noticed before how often the animals in the series provide comfort.


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vball man - Apr 28, 2004 3:01 pm (#70 of 240)  
When Hagrid writes the second letter about Buckbeak and he has no more tears left to spill on the page.


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Ozymandias - May 5, 2004 1:45 am (#71 of 240)  
I can't believe nobody has posted this one:

In PS/SS, at the end-of-year feast when Neville wins the points to put Gryffindor over the top in the House championship. (sorry I don't have the quote).

This makes me choke up every time.

Farewell, and may the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. ~Erin


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Hagsquid - May 5, 2004 2:08 am (#72 of 240)  
Hagrid being out of tears for me too. I about cried at this point. :'(

As far as touching on the other end of the spectrum... the point where Umbridge is chased from the castle by Peeves, and the part where the weasly twins flee with there broomsticks, had me on my feet cheering. :-D


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popkin - May 8, 2004 7:55 am (#73 of 240)  
I agree with you all, but the one scene which is guaranteed to make me cry every time is when Harry is tearing up Dumbledore's office.


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scully jones - May 8, 2004 7:55 pm (#74 of 240)  
I agree popkin.. I didn't even start crying until that part of the book. The death didn't even hit me until that point.


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Padfoot - May 10, 2004 11:19 am (#75 of 240)  
Sirius' death happened so fast for me to cry then. Now that I think about it, it was probably when Harry was in DD's office afterwards that I got upset too.


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SarcasticGinny - May 10, 2004 1:26 pm (#76 of 240)  
I didn't get upset until I saw how badly he reacted to being around people. His jumping up and leaving Hagrid's when Hagrid was trying to comfort him made my insides squirm for both characters.


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freshwater - May 10, 2004 2:43 pm (#77 of 240)  
I know what you mean, Sarcastic Ginny. The way JKR showed that Harry was uncomfortable being with his friends, uncomfortable being alone, uncomfortable being with Hagrid.....it was a great insight into his grief at that time.


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Kieran Burke - May 15, 2004 4:04 am (#78 of 240)  
I think the most touching moment for me is in book 5. It's not the moment where Dumbledore sheds a tear but a little while before that. It's when Harry begins to wreck his office shouting that he doesn't want to be human anymore. I knew exactly how he felt, it really relates to me when I lost someone very important in my life. I saw something so human in Harry that I've never seen before, it really brought something to his character, even though it was heartbreaking to read. I almost cried myself at that point, and I'm a guy! I never cry! :p


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haymoni - May 15, 2004 3:13 pm (#79 of 240)  
Actually, that part kind of freaked me out. Harry didn't want to be human (mortal) - neither did Voldemort.


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Hermionefan(#1) - May 23, 2004 11:54 am (#80 of 240)  
I ditto everything posted. One of mine was when Neville won the 10 House Points in PS/SS and won them the House Cup. Also I agree with Hagsquid, I can't wait for the movie OP when they show the Weasley Twins flying out of school on Umbridge. The way JK Rowling described that really painted a picture in my mind.


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haymoni - May 24, 2004 9:13 am (#81 of 240)  
They may actually show Peeves!


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freshwater - May 24, 2004 10:37 pm (#82 of 240)  
They MUST show Peeves saluting Fred (or was it George?) in response to "Give her hell for us, Peeves!", or it just wouldn't be the same. It's the perfect climax for that scene.


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Hermionefan(#1) - May 26, 2004 12:14 pm (#83 of 240)  
How are they going to incorporate Peeves when he hasn't been in any of the movies? Will he just appear? I don't get why they didn't put Peeves in the movies. He's one of my favorite characters!


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sewfuninme - Jun 8, 2004 5:35 am (#84 of 240)  
As Lupin is my favorite character, I think one of the most touching moments is at the end of the battle at the MoM. Not so much Sirius going through the veil, as Harry and Lupin's reaction. Harry is trying to get closer, and Lupin is holding him back. You can hear the pain in Lupin's voice as he tells Harry that there is nothing that can be done to save Sirius, and then later, that Sirius can't come back because he's dead. Lupin's voice "is breaking as he struggled to contain Harry." Shortly thereafter, Lupin quietly ends the jelly legs hex, and starts to look for the others. "Lupin turned away from the archway as he spoke. It sounded as though every word was causing him pain." Lupin's reaction to his best friend dying, being taken away from him again, is so painful, so sad. I am always touched when reading this scene.


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Neville Longbottom - Jun 8, 2004 1:06 pm (#85 of 240)  
I must admit, that I don't miss Peeves at all. I think he's horrible and I even forgot, that they left him out of the movies. But for the sake of you, I hope he's in (though, not to often).

Many touching moments were already said, but I want to add another one. McGonagall comforting Trelawney in book 5. Seeing how much these two women dislike each other, I found McGonagall's reaction really nice and touching. Maybe it was a bit like "Nobody insults Sybill but me".


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riquelme - Jun 9, 2004 11:34 pm (#86 of 240)  
to me, the most touching moment came when Moody shows Harry the photo of all the Order members at that time. The other touching moment was the one where Ron and Hermione kind of forgive each other in Prisoner of Azkaban


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JKR4PM - Jun 10, 2004 8:38 pm (#87 of 240)  
Harry and Cedric arguing over who will take the Tri-Wizard Cup, each trying to out-noble the other.


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Erikson - Jun 11, 2004 11:46 am (#88 of 240)  
It's really strange...I read all the messages and my eyes are burning...I think my most touching moment is when somebody dies... Cedric's death is painful but it does not compare with Sirius' death. When he passed through the veil I was so shocked. Then it came the part when Harry realises that he is gone...forever and he can't accept it *sniff* ...and then comes the part with "I DON'T CARE!!!" I read in the middle of the night...I couldn't stop crying and I couldn't stop reading...and I had a very important contest at maths after two days... OK now I really need a tissue... P.S. That was the first time I cried reading Harry Potter.


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Padfoot - Jun 11, 2004 12:58 pm (#89 of 240)  
Yes, it's darn near impossible to have dry eyes when Harry is dealing with his grief over Sirius.


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Catherine - Jun 11, 2004 1:17 pm (#90 of 240)  
I've posted on this thread before, but I have something new to add.

I was listening to the audio of PoA, and when Jim Dale read aloud the name of the chapter, "Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs" I got shivers.

And I’ve said this before, but everytime I read the passage when Harry's patronus comes back to him and he says, "Prongs" I well up with tears.


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Czarina II - Jun 11, 2004 9:49 pm (#91 of 240)  
Am I the only person on this forum who DIDN'T cry about Sirius? Strange.


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Chris. - Jun 12, 2004 1:58 am (#92 of 240)  
I didn't. Yes, it was sad an' all but not enough to actually make me really depressed. However, after a re-read, I was quite shocked at Harry's behaviour in Dumbledore's office even after having read it a few times before.


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sewfuninme - Jun 12, 2004 4:16 am (#93 of 240)  
No, I didn't cry about Sirius' death, either. As I noted in an earlier post, Lupin's reaction (and Harry's) were much more touching to me than Sirius' actual death.


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Denise P. - Jun 12, 2004 6:22 am (#94 of 240)  
Edited Jun 12, 2004 7:24 am
I didn't cry but I also knew he was going to die before I ever got the book (I had someone who knew I didn't mind spoilers tell me after she was able to read the book a few days prior to its release). Even if I had not known, I would not have been unduly upset, I was not really happy with Sirius in the book.


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Erikson - Jun 13, 2004 12:14 pm (#95 of 240)  
I agree with you sewfuninme. But I really liked Sirius as a person. He had so much to give. What I like about him is that he went on and no matter what he sticked to his believes.


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vball man - Jun 13, 2004 1:26 pm (#96 of 240)  
I was not that upset about Black, either. I think because Harry and Black never get to the point of more than friends. It seems to me that there is more of a basis for a paternal relationship with Lupin than Black. Harry spent more time with Lupin, and he confided more of himself to Lupin, in book 3, especially. I would have been more upset over Lupin dying, because he was closer to Harry.


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draco all the way - Jun 14, 2004 7:04 am (#97 of 240)  
Edited Jun 14, 2004 8:06 am
You know after all the tissue talk I felt so zombie-ish! I never cried for HP! Cedric's death was the most shocking thing ever but no tears! And though I really like Sirius, nope, nothing! But I do get pleasant shivers when I read the parts about the marauders and the Shrieking Shack scene always makes me grin because they're so brotherly. I'm a softie for kinship, and “one for all, all for one” mumbo jumbo.

The most strong emotion I get is uncontrollable laughter. The way the Weasleys deliver their lines always makes me giggle from behind the book and then I get funny stares from passerbys. But no crying. I only ever cried for Little Women.

And like Vballman I would have felt horrible if Lupin or Ron had died.


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Padfoot - Jun 14, 2004 11:48 am (#98 of 240)  
I don't think I cried the first time I read of Sirius' death. I definitely did when Harry had his hissy fit in DD's office. But now, I always get upset when Sirius dies, because I know how it will affect Harry. And let’s face it, I want Sirius back. No fair Jo! *goes off to grumble*


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Isenduil - Jun 14, 2004 8:55 pm (#99 of 240)  
Ehhh, you’re not the only one draco_all_the_way, I have never once cried. Only emotions I ever show are humor and anger. Humor at so much in the books I don't want to get into it. And anger with the way the Slytherins act because they remind me of how some kids at school would act and Bellatrix just because she is probably one of the most evil characters in the book, save Voldemort but she seems so much more human.


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Erikson - Jun 15, 2004 11:25 am (#100 of 240)  
Vballman you have a very good point I really hope Lupin isn't the next, I like him very much too However I wonder what Harry thinks about him but I guess he will only realise that when he will lose him and I hope that won't happen!!! P.S. Thanks for answering my messages everyone!!!
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Isenduil - Jun 15, 2004 2:19 pm (#101 of 240)  
Sorry but I have to say I think he is next. Re reading GoF and came across the part where Wormtail get's the silver hand and that can't just be a coincidence


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sewfuninme - Jun 16, 2004 1:24 pm (#102 of 240)  
Also, when HRH first see Lupin on the train Ron comments that "looks like one good hex would do him in" or to that effect. (Just moved, can only find some of the HP books.) Lupin dying would be a tear jerker for me.


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Czarina II - Jun 16, 2004 7:40 pm (#103 of 240)  
I don't know if I would cry at Lupin's death either -- I have not cried reading anything fictional in recent memory.

The most touching HP moment for me was when I was perusing fan art on a site someone linked here. There was a picture of the Marauders at Hogwarts -- they were really happy and just having fun. Then there was a piece entitled "The Marauders Now." The first portrait was Lupin, looking really weak and lonely (though defiant and determined at the same time); the second was Peter in his DE hood (he looked REALLY nervous); the third was just the Veil with the curtains billowing softly; and the last was of a gleaming white Prongs. I nearly cried -- it was just so well done and it really conveyed the sadness Lupin must feel.


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Genipher - Jun 17, 2004 9:43 am (#104 of 240)  
I think the most touching moment for me has already been mentioned - When Molly hugs him at the end of GoF and Harry realizes he has no memory of ever being hugged like that - from a mother.

The second most touching moment for me is in GoF after Voldemort has come back and Harry has just been returned to Hogwarts by the portkey.

Chapter 35 Page 670-671 American hardcover edition: "...he tightened his hold on the two things he was still clutching: the smooth, cold handle of the Tri-wizard Cup and Cedric's body...Harry let go of the cup, but he clutched Cedric to him even more tightly...'Harry, let go of him,' he heard Fudge's voice say, and he felt fingers trying to pry him from Cedric's limp body, but Harry wouldn't let him go. Then Dumbledore's face, which was still blurred and misted, came closer. 'Harry, you can't help him now. It's over. Let go' 'He wanted me to bring him back,' Harry muttered - it seemed important to explain this 'He wanted me to bring him to his parents...' 'That's right, Harry...just let go now...'"

Oh- so touching.


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Luanee - Jun 17, 2004 11:30 pm (#105 of 240)  
Edited Jun 18, 2004 12:31 am
Yes, Genipher, how come I didn't think of that scene? I must go back and re-read GoF tonight.. sob...


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Genipher - Jun 18, 2004 7:51 am (#106 of 240)  
It's the little moments that count the most, I think. Smile


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Erikson - Jun 18, 2004 11:23 am (#107 of 240)  
I think that too Genipher. Maybe they count so much because they show that they are humans after all and that's a very important thing, at least for me


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draco all the way - Jun 19, 2004 4:58 am (#108 of 240)  
Here's one: In ps/ss when Dudley goes to the zoo, the dursleys buy Dudley and Piers expensive ice creams and then they are forced to buy Harry a cheap lemon ice lolly because the ice cream lady asks Harry what he wants before they can leave. It sounds really non-touching the way I say it but Jo's version makes you feel really sad for Harry.

Oh and Czarina II, I've seen that piece of fanart too. I don't know why, but it made me laugh.


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Casey - Jun 24, 2004 5:33 am (#109 of 240)  
I don't know if this has already been mentioned, because I didn't read all the posts. But, when Sirius signs Harry's permission slip so he can go to Hogsmeade.

Also, I love it when Harry shares all of his sweets with Ron on the train in the first book.

Geez...there are too many moments. I'm a crybaby.


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MadelineRock - Jul 3, 2004 6:46 pm (#110 of 240)  
I think the most touching scenes are with Dobby. Dobby shows a love and devotion to Harry that does not seem common in house elves, and I just think the sweet innocence of Dobby makes it that much more touching. Like when Dobby brought Harry his Christmas present in GoF, two hand knitted socks, one with broomsticks and one with snitches, and how he got teary eyed when Harry put them on. And how touched Dobby was that Ron gave him a pair of socks and a sweater as well. And even though it was kind of weird, I thought it was adorable that Dobby decorated the Room of Requirement with all Harry decorations for Christmas. I guess Dobby's love for Harry reminds me off a child's love, so sweet, innocent and unconditional.


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Leila 2X4B - Jul 3, 2004 8:29 pm (#111 of 240)  
The most touching scenes for me are as follows: When Harry is hugged by Molly. I concur. When Lupin yells at the table and tells Molly that she is not the only one who loves Harry. When Harry wants to die as Voldemort is possessing him. When Hermione states that Sirius has been very lonely for a long time and that is why he treats Harry like James. Lastly, When Dumbledore sheds a tear for Harry. I concur again.


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weasley by nature - Jul 5, 2004 1:44 pm (#112 of 240)  
I don't know if this one is touching but it was the only time when I ever cried when reading a Harry Potter book. In Goblet of Fire, when Harry fights Draco and Hermione gets the buck teeth and Snape says "I see no difference" not allowing her to go to the hospital ward and Hermione runs off crying made me cry, Sad. I think it's a sad scene at least. Authority figures insulting a student in front of other students always makes my blood boil. I think I'm the only one who put this. I also really liked the scenes, that others have mentioned, where Sirius and Molly are fighting over Harry and Sirius thinks of Harry as James because he's lonely Sad


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Hollywand - Jul 9, 2004 5:20 pm (#113 of 240)  
By far the most touching moment for me is Harry's resistance to Voldemort in the graveyard in the Goblet of Fire. Harry is so completely alone, bled, out numbered and out gunned and prone amongst the headstones against this hideous, evil adult that wills his death. It's so incredibly powerful as an analogy for an abusive relationship. And then, Rowling turns the whole thing around, as Harry decides, ok, if this is my moment of death, I'm not going to go down cowering. I'm going to face it head on, I'm going to fight back against this ultimate injustice. It's so awesome as Fawkes appears, encircles them in golden light, and Harry gives Voldemort the surprise of his evil life. I love it. The other moment I love most is when Harry meets Fawkes for the first time. He looks at the sickly bird and thinks, "all I need is for something inexplicable to go wrong." At which point, Fawkes self combusts! I get tickled everytime I read the passage. ;-)


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freshwater - Jul 9, 2004 6:29 pm (#114 of 240)  
Very well put, Hollywand! I second everything you said. I love the bit in the CoS movie where Harry meet Fawkes for the first time...a perfect example of "Great, what else could go wrong? Oh...." LOL


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Prefect Marcus - Jul 9, 2004 7:47 pm (#115 of 240)  
Yes, it is very moving, Hollywand. Just one thing -- Fawkes was never at the graveyard. Phoenix song was heard, but there was no phoenix.

Sorry.


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Hollywand - Jul 9, 2004 8:36 pm (#116 of 240)  
Ok, Marcus, technically, literally, textually, Fawkes' presence is not delineated, but spiritually the song and golden cage of light, Dumbledore's words in Harry's ear, very much present enough for me. It was good to review the text and see more significant clues, so thanks for that.


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Prefect Marcus - Jul 10, 2004 8:21 am (#117 of 240)  
You are welcome, Hollywand. That's why we post here at the forum.


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Magika - Jul 12, 2004 2:37 pm (#118 of 240)  
Well, my most touching moment is one that has not yet been mentioned! In OotP,after Gryffindor have just lost their Quidditch-game against Slytherin, because Ron let in all the goals. Ron takes looong time getting back to the Gryffindor tower.

]He was very pale indeed and there was snow in his hair. When he saw Harry and Hermione, he stopped dead in his tracks. 'Where have you been?' said Hermione anxiously, springing up. 'Walking,' Ron mumbled. He was still wearing his Quidditch things. 'You look frozen,' said Hermione. 'Come and sit down!' Ron walked to the fireside and sank into the chair furthest from Harry's, not looking at him. The stolen snitch zoomed over their heads. 'I'm sorry,' Ron mumbled, looking at his feet. 'What for?' said Harry. 'For thinking I could play Quidditch,' said Ron. 'I'm going to resign first thing in the morning.


Aaaaw. I just love that scene. Hermione's concern for Ron, the way Ron avoids Harry's eyes...

I guess I'm a softie with Ron Smile I didn't cry when Sirius died either, in fact I haven't cried at all while reading the books ('weirdo'), but if Hermione, Neville, Fred/george or Ron had died, I don't think I would ever be able to pull myself together again. I would cry my eyes out...


Another beautiful scene is when Molly hugs Harry, and Harry is straining not to cry in the end of GoF. Why did Hermione have to make noise, why??? I also love the end of OofP, when Harry speaks to Luna about her missing stuff. So sweet!


-Silch-

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spug - Jul 13, 2004 11:14 pm (#119 of 240)  

I didn't cry when Sirius died either, in fact I haven't cried at all while reading the books ('weirdo') -Magika



You didn't? Actually, a lot of people say that and I find it bizarre that I seem to be the only one who cried when Sirius died. I didn't actually cry when he died (I was just like, "What? No way!") but when Harry was back in Dumbledore's office. I couldn't bare how upset he was, and Sirius was one of my favorite characters. It's funny, because I don't ever cry at books or movies, because I can tell myself it's not real, that it didn't happen. I can't even remember the last time I cried because of a book. I guess it's just because HP seems so real to me. Wink

Padfoot, in post 98, sums up how I felt pretty much exactly: I don't think I cried the first time I read of Sirius' death. I definitely did when Harry had his hissy fit in DD's office. But now, I always get upset when Sirius dies, because I know how it will affect Harry. And lets face it, I want Sirius back. No fair Jo! *goes off to grumble*


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Magika - Jul 14, 2004 1:12 am (#120 of 240)  
Well, S.P.U.G., no I didn't Wink It's not that it's not sad, because it really was. But Sirius wasn't my favourite person, because I didn't feel that I knew him and loved him as much as f.ex. Lupin, Dumbledore, Ron, Neville or Hermione.

But it was sad! I'd rather see Sirius alive.

-Si-


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The Artful Dodger - Jul 14, 2004 8:13 am (#121 of 240)  
My most touching moment is in PoA, when Harry tells Lupin how he feels in the presence of a Dementor: "When they get near me -- " Harry stared at Lupin's desk, "I can hear Voldemort murdering my mum". It is so heartbreaking to see Harry suffer from the pain it causes in him. Another, positively touching moment is in OoP, when Harry has received his lifetime Quidditch ban, and Ron feels so miserable he wants to leave the team, and Hermione says: "I can think of something that might cheer you both up. Hagrid's back." One of the most uplifting scenes in the books.


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Hermione Weasley - Jul 18, 2004 9:10 pm (#122 of 240)  
Alexa in post 35 you talked about Hermione bursting into tears after the first task in GOF...

That is actually my most comical moment. I burst out laughing every time I read that part.

My most touching moment (aside from all the obvious touching moments like with Sirius and Dumbledore, Molly hugging Harry etc.) is when Hagrid drowns in sorrow with a tank full of mead, any of the times.


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Susurro Notities - Jul 19, 2004 6:27 pm (#123 of 240)  
Edited by Jul 19, 2004 7:27 pm
I'll understand, of course, if you want to stay with your aunt and uncle,' said Black. 'But...well...think about it. Once my name's cleared...if you wanted a...a different home...'

Some sort of explosion took place in the pit of Harry's stomach.

'What - live with you? he said, accidentally cracking his head on a bit of rock protruding from the ceiling. 'Leave the Dursleys?'
Of course, I thought you wouldn't want to,' said Black quickly, 'I understand, I just thought I'd _'
'Are you insane?' said Harry, his voice easily as croaky as Black's.
'Of course I want to leave the Dursleys!" (GoF, American, p. 379)

A real home for Harry. I believed it would come true because I so wanted it for him. So sweet that both he and Sirius would get what they both never had and both desired so much - a home with love.


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Mundane Madness - Jul 20, 2004 7:25 am (#124 of 240)  
First of, I am proud that I never cried during the books. I never got weak, emotional, or lumpy. After Sirius dies, I did not feel sad, mostly because I was too angry with Harry for being so immature and teenagerish. This is mostly because I skipped the rebellious I'm always right and perfect teenager feeling. However, what was sad for me was that Dumbledore took the blame for Sirius's death. Harry was totally responsible, because he did not want to believe that he could ever make a mistake. I don't think I can forgive Harry for that after OOTP. Anyway, my most touching moments were Neville's mom and the wrapper, because even though she can't remember him, she gives him that token. All of Snape's memories are touching. I did not cry then, but that night, I thought about it and cried. I also started to hate Harry even more that time, because he only felt sorry for Snape for a few minutes. He only cared about why his father would do that, not what he did. Anyway, I also felt pretty bad about Ron and the Cedric badge scene, mostly because Harry didn't even know what Ron came down to say. Maybe he was going to apologize, but Harry assumed he was there to taunt or "spit" at him.


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FCBarca - Jul 20, 2004 1:01 pm (#125 of 240)  
I also have never cried over anything in the books, quite simply because they're just books. Just to add, I am a big HP fan, as when I say things like that, people think I don't like the books.

The most touching moment...maybe Harry's grief over Sirius, at the end of OotP. I suppose you could say Harry's life in general is touching...


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zelmia - Jul 20, 2004 6:48 pm (#126 of 240)  
Edited Jul 20, 2004 7:48 pm
I don't know if this counts as touching, but the one thing that really stands out for me is when Snape, during the Occlumency Lesson, reads Harry's memory of Aunt Marge's dog chasing him up a tree. At this, Snape says simply, "Who did the dog belong to?" to which Harry replies with equal simplicity, "My Aunt Marge."
Snape doesn't pass any kind of judgement or use this opportunity to ridicule Harry further. In fact, in all 5 books, this is the only time these 2 characters actually interact in a respectful manner toward one another. And I had extremely high hopes that it would be the impetus they needed to come to some kind of - albeit mute - understanding.
Sadly, however, it was not to be.


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SHEla WOLFsbane - Jul 20, 2004 10:14 pm (#127 of 240)  
Zelmia, I so have to agree with you. I had high hopes as well that Harry, and Snape would have reached an understanding...

Mundane Madness, I also have to share in your sentiments. Regarding Harry, and my anger toward him. Neville, and the wrappers from his mom, along with dobby telling Harry that he has to save his Wheezy in GoF are two of the more touching moments for me.


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The Artful Dodger - Jul 21, 2004 4:44 pm (#128 of 240)  
Zelmia, SHEla WOLFsbane, I had these hopes, too, especially when Harry saw how Snape was tortured by James and Sirius. I really expected him to say "I'm sorry for what they did to you" or something on that line, but he didn't. So I think it is rather Harry's fault, not Snape's, that they still hate each other.


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zelmia - Jul 21, 2004 5:00 pm (#129 of 240)  
Edited Jul 21, 2004 6:00 pm
I wouldn't be so quick to assign blame, Dodger. They both had a lot already invested in the "hate" aspect of their relationship. And Snape was the adult so, I feel the greater responsibility falls to him as adult, as teacher, and as ally in the War.


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The Artful Dodger - Jul 21, 2004 7:20 pm (#130 of 240)  
I'm not saying Snape isn't guilty, just that Harry missed a chance to change his relationship to Snape to the better. And, by the way, I think there are moments in which Snape overcomes his hatred against Harry (giving Umbridge fake Veritaserum, alarming the Order when Harry tells him Sirius is in danger). Harry never has such moments. But, of course, Snape might do these things rather out of his loyalty to Dumbledore, and not because he wants to do Harry a favour.


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Hermione Weasley - Jul 21, 2004 7:47 pm (#131 of 240)  
In OoP, Molly tries to get rid of the boggart and breaks down crying. Lupin comes in to console her.

“Molly, that's enough,” said Lupin firmly. "This isn't like last time. The Order are better prepared, we've got a head start, we know what Voldemort's up to---"

Mrs. Weasley gave a little squeak of fright at the sound of the name.

“Oh, Molly, come one, it's about time you got used to hearing it---look, I can't promise no one's going to get hurt, nobody can promise that, but we're much better off than we were last time, you weren't in the Order then, you don't understand, last time we were outnumbered twenty to one by the Death Eaters and they were picking us off one by one... “

Harry thought of the photograph again, of his parents' beaming faces. He knew Moody was still watching him.

“Don't worry about Percy,” said Sirius abruptly. "He'll come round. It's a matter of time before Voldemort moves into the open; once he does, the whole Ministry's going to be begging us to forgive them. And I'm not sure I'll be accepting their apology," he added bitterly.

“And as for who's going to look after Ron and Ginny if you and Arthur died,” said Lupin, smiling slightly, "what do you think we'd do, let them starve?"

I thought that that whole scene was extremely touching. Lupin, who is obviously poor and had his own monthly problems aside from Voldemort, consoling a grieving mother and promising to provide for her children knowing maybe he can't. Too too sweet. I'm beginning to like Lupin a whole lot. JKR needs to expand his story some more.


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The Niffler - Jul 22, 2004 10:12 pm (#132 of 240)  
Edited Jul 22, 2004 11:12 pm
That sounded so funny when you said "monthly problems"! Hehehe...

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Hermione Weasley - Jul 23, 2004 6:30 am (#133 of 240)  
I know, I thought about that myself actually! I was wondering if anyone would say anything about it! Smile


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Professor V - Jul 23, 2004 7:17 am (#134 of 240)  
You are all right, there are so many touching moments in the books, one would be hard pressed to list them all. But as to what touched me the most - Harry from the moment Sirius fell through the veil. In all honesty it wasn't the first time I read it, but every time I've read it since then, it feels like I'm right there, a part of Harry and it just breaks my heart. Start with the expectation that Sirius will come back through any second, the hope of seeing Sirius again if Dumbledore kills him, till the rages in Dumbledore's office all are simply put - profound.

I know some people aren't fond of Harry, especially after Sirius's death. I can understand that, but I think to some extent we all tend to think that Harry should react as an adult might.

I teach teenagers and sometimes you come across a kid who is heads and tails above his/her peers. This kid seems to handle so much more and is such a mature fashion that it is easy for us to "forget" that they really are only a teenager, with all the mixed up feelings, trying to decide who and what they are. When children like this, Harry included, behave badly it is that much more shocking and unexpected.


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Padfoot - Jul 23, 2004 8:47 am (#135 of 240)  
I know some people aren't fond of Harry, especially after Sirius's death. -Professor V

Actually I felt angry at DD not Harry for Sirius' death. When Harry explodes in DD's office, I felt he was justified. Yes, that is not the way an adult behaves, but Harry is not an adult. Although he is fast becoming one. I looked at this tantrum of sorts as Harry's last part of being a teenager. I think that he needed to vent (And boy did he!) so he could move on and become the much stronger adult that will defeat Voldy. I was angry (still a little miffed) at DD for holding back information for so long that might have prevented Sirius from dying.


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Professor V - Jul 23, 2004 7:32 pm (#136 of 240)  
Edited Jul 23, 2004 8:33 pm
I wasn't mad at Harry, I agree with you his reaction was very understandable. I'm still a bit miffed with DD as well.


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FCBarca - Jul 24, 2004 1:32 pm (#137 of 240)  
Sirius's death was 100% Bella's (and Sirius's) fault, in my opinion. I obviously know what people mean, when they blame Dumbledore, and when Harry blames himself. But Sirius was killed in a fair duel, so I think it's Bella's fault, because she killed him, and Sirius's fault, because he got big-headed at the wrong moment.

When I read "The Lost Prophecy" chapter again, it amuses me. Harry rants and raves at the man who has just saved his life for the third time (fourth, if you include Dumbledore taking Harry to the Dursley's.) I understand why Harry shouts, but breaking the poor man's things (even though they can be repaired), for saving his life, is just not right.  

I think most of the most touching moments have been listed, so I'll just be repeating other people's posts...


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Hollywand - Jul 24, 2004 8:10 pm (#138 of 240)  
Agree with you compeletely, FCBarca. Bellatrix is Padfoot's blood relation, for goodness sake. Sirius should not have given her that second chance. Dang it. One thing I do admire about Dumbledore is that he allowed Harry to have his adolescent hissy fit; it's the flip side of the Molly Weasley hug. Harry has always had the Dursleys put everything before him, given him practically no material possessions, told him he was worthless. So for Dumbledore to demonstrate that Harry is more important to him than "things", even special magical "things", made Dumbledore a real hero in my estimation. A rite of passage for Harry. If DD had told Harry everything at eleven, and let Sirius and Snape do as they please, could you imagine that pathway as an improvement?


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Sticky Glue - Jul 24, 2004 8:22 pm (#139 of 240)  
I always find the most touching moment is just after Harry has been breaking the things in Dumbledores office. Not because he was breaking things, but because of the emotion, I cry every time I read it.


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Leila 2X4B - Jul 25, 2004 5:33 pm (#140 of 240)  
The office scene was touching. I, however, do not blame DD because I do not feel that Harry would have benefited from knowing early. It actually may have interfered with all that he had done before. He really wasn't ready to know.


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T Brightwater - Jul 27, 2004 3:22 pm (#141 of 240)  
I find Phineas Nigellus's reaction to Sirius's death incredibly moving. Minutes earlier he was referring to "my worthless great-great-grandson" in a bored way - and then he hears that Sirius is dead. Like Harry, I can imagine him walking through all the portraits in 12 Grimmauld Place, calling for Sirius. It's heartrending because it's so unexpected. Is this the first time we see a Slytherin displaying anything like grief?


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Prefect Marcus - Jul 27, 2004 4:26 pm (#142 of 240)  
T Brightwater -- Is this the first time we see a Slytherin displaying anything like grief?

Well, Pansy Parkinson bursts into tears and runs to see how Draco is right after he got clawed by Buckbeak.


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Luke E.A. Lockhart - Jul 27, 2004 6:19 pm (#143 of 240)  
Well, Pansy Parkinson bursts into tears and runs to see how Draco is right after he got clawed by Buckbeak.

That's not grief. That's faked wimpiness.


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Leila 2X4B - Jul 27, 2004 7:46 pm (#144 of 240)  
I think Pansy cared a great deal about Malfoy. Just because we are not supposed to like him doesn't mean nobody can.


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Kasse - Jul 28, 2004 6:11 am (#145 of 240)  
I do not know if this one has been mentioned yet and if it already has then forgive me.... I found the letter that Sirius wrote at the end of POA very touching especially the permission slip


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Gemini12602 - Jul 28, 2004 10:12 am (#146 of 240)  
I haven't read through this whole thread, so if its already posted, then forgive me... but the scene that gets me every time is in GoF when Dumbledore is giving his speech at the end of the year feast and he raises his glass and says "To Cedric Diggory" Just powerful stuff right there!!


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narisa - Jul 29, 2004 5:43 am (#147 of 240)  
Edited Jul 29, 2004 6:43 am
For me, it's Sirius dead, the way he pass through that veil because he is my favorite character, I was so shock and have to read the page again.

Another is when Harry told Lupin what he saw when dementors come close and Lupin look like he want to hug Harry. Also the end-of-year feast in GoF,the DD speech. (See I use hyphen, I learn a lot about it since people post in some threads) Other was mentioned.


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TomProffitt - Jul 29, 2004 4:23 pm (#148 of 240)  
Edited Jul 29, 2004 5:23 pm
For me it is the whole sequence in PoA when Harry cannot make himself conjure up a Patronus, because he really wants to hear his parents’ voices, even though they are dying.

Oy.

And the fault for Sirius' death lies with He Who Must Not Be Named.


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zelmia - Jul 30, 2004 1:42 pm (#149 of 240)  
Edited Jul 30, 2004 2:44 pm
In spite of all the touching and moving events that have occurred in the saga, my all-time, as-yet unchallenged, champion is way back in PS/SS when Dumbledore is giving out the last-minute points:

“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. I therefore award ten points to Mr. Neville Longbottom."


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Ludicrous Patents Office - Aug 2, 2004 6:05 pm (#150 of 240)  
This is the thread that sparked me to sign up. My most touching moment is in OoP (pp.47 in the American edition) when the Advance Guard arrive to take Harry away. JKR shows us how deeply people care about Harry and his parents. Harry does not realize it though. I love the interaction between Harry and Professor Lupin.
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Luke E.A. Lockhart - Aug 2, 2004 6:30 pm (#151 of 240)  
I would have to vote for Harry's willingness to die at the end of OotP when being possessed by Voldemort - it seemed the least contrived "emotional" moment.


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Matilda the Pygmy Puff - Aug 16, 2004 9:23 am (#152 of 240)  
The most touching scene for me was at the end of GoF when Dumbledore was informing the school about Cedric's death.

I cry like a baby every time I read that.


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Good Evans - Aug 16, 2004 11:07 am (#153 of 240)  
Alice giving Neville the sweetie wrapper and Neville daring the others to laugh by a look. ahhhhhhh......sob!


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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 16, 2004 2:23 pm (#154 of 240)  
Edited Aug 16, 2004 3:34 pm
My most touching moment..."Harry looked up at him and saw a tear trickling down Dumbledore's face into his long silver beard."

It takes alot to make me cry in the real world, but when I'm reading, and have to stop and put down the book, and really cry...

Anyway, some things make me sad, but so far in the series that has been my most touching moment.

Edit: I see alot of human triumph and tragedy going on, but to me Dumbledore is the tragic character, the one who knows what's going on, knows how it has to play out(kind of like JKR don't you think)but this is the story line.

I think I will quit for now while I'm ahead. Oh, Hollywand, am still working on waltzing, some of this fits in...am finding wording difficult. But I promise waltzing theory will be out before book 6! :-)


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Erikson - Aug 23, 2004 10:59 am (#155 of 240)  
I remembered three fave parts from CS movie. Here there are:

'Your scar is legend as the wizard who made it'

'Voldemort killed my parents. He was nothing more than a murderer"

and

'Let's hope mister Potter will always be here to save the day'

'Don't worry. I will be' (i love DD's smile here)

and of course

'There's no hogwarts without you Hagrid'

In PoAm I liked the memory they put so harry could cast a patronus :')


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MzWhizz123 - Aug 23, 2004 6:00 pm (#156 of 240)  
My Most Touching Moment was after the TWC and Molly was hugging Harry in the Hospital ward. After reading the book umpteen times, that pat still makes me tear up :`)


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vball man - Aug 27, 2004 5:42 am (#157 of 240)  
For me, I think that the tear in DD's office at the end of OoP wasn't that touching. However, I think that it will be VERY touching later, after we know the whole story. We don't get to see, yet, why DD empathizes so well with Harry. I think we will see in the end that DD was a boy very much like Harry. Then we'll see that DD knows exactly what Harry's going through and now feels is difficult to be the one putting him through it.


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Erikson - Aug 28, 2004 7:45 am (#158 of 240)  
I like the part where DD said his plan wouldn't work because he cared too much about Harry


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freshwater - Aug 29, 2004 9:05 pm (#159 of 240)  
Erikson, I agree with you on two things particularly: 1) Harry's memory in PoA movie that allowed him to make a Patronus....so right that it was not something thrilling and explosive, but was important as a seemingly inconsequential moment of daily life: his parents just talking to him **sob, sniff**, and 2) DD's explanation of how he cared too much for Harry; cared more for him and his happiness than for the safety of the WW and his long-term plan...I think that showed such deep emotion that our Harry couldn't even process it at the time. I wonder if Harry will reflect on that conversation sometime in book 6?


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João Paulo Costa - Sep 15, 2004 5:53 am (#160 of 240)  
For me, the most touching moment is in the endof the GoF, when Dumbledore says: "(...)Remember Cedric... When there cames a time in wich you have to choose between what is right and what is easy, remember a boy that was kind, and intelligent and brave, and was killed because he crossed Lord Voldemort’s path..."

[note: the phrasing might not be this, but I do not have the book with me]

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phoenix fire - Sep 23, 2004 8:00 pm (#161 of 240)  
Edited Sep 23, 2004 9:27 pm
I get a little choked up when it is ultimately Neville who wins the House Cup for Gryffindor at the end of SS with those extra 10 points for standing up to his friends. And when Neville tries to knock Malfoy's lights out for making fun of St. Mungo's patients whose brains have been addled by magic. Dear sweet Neville.


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Wendelin the Weird - Sep 25, 2004 1:17 pm (#162 of 240)  
My most touching in moment is when Fred & George are feeding the Giant Squid toast at the lake...


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freshwater - Sep 26, 2004 10:08 am (#163 of 240)  
Thats, uh...weird, Wendelin. **grin**


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Daioma Dumbledore - Sep 30, 2004 5:22 am (#164 of 240)  
A couple of my most touching moments:

1. in GOF when the competitors had their family come to watch their last event and Harry was wondering who would be there for him & it was Molly & Bill (I think Bill??), I just want so badly for Harry to know the love of a mother and that I believe was the beginning of Molly really beginning to show that sort of affection for Harry

2. IN OoTP when Harry was searching for & found Nearly Headless Nick to ask about people becoming Ghosts, that just got to me.

That's all for now, I'm sure I'll think of more, I'm a big big softly!


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B]Mademoiselle Fleur[/B] - Oct 5, 2004 7:14 pm (#165 of 240)  
My two most touching moments are the end of OotP when DD tells Harry why he is not prefect, and the scene with Neville and his parents at Christmas. Also, what about the movies? I think the most touching moments in the movies are in PoA when Lupin is telling Harry about how his mother was able to find beauty in people even when they cannot see it themselves. I don't know why that touched me so much, I just really felt for poor, discriminated against Lupin. And also when Harry gets a photo of his parents at the end of SS.


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Erikson - Oct 15, 2004 9:31 am (#166 of 240)  
I also liked the part in GoF when Snape shows Fudge the death mark on his arm

he's a good guy I wish he had more friends


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essie125 - Oct 25, 2004 4:01 am (#167 of 240)  
I didn't cry about Sirius dying, because the first time I read OoP I was reading it very quickly to get to the end. And I couldn't understand what had happened to Sirius. I knew someone was going to die in this book and first I thought it was Ron in the Boggart scene, but I quickly realized that it couldn't be Ron because he was still downstairs. So I was quite confused when Sirius died. But talking about touching moments. i think OoP is just filled with one touching moment after the other. You go from excited, to sad, to happy, to confused, to dying of laughter, to being absolutely gobsmacked, to being very agitated. JKR really did a great job in this book in playing with our emotions. that's why I was so tired after reading it. and well like I said before confused. It was a little bit much. But definitely worth it.


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Jessalynn Quirky - Oct 25, 2004 6:08 pm (#168 of 240)  
Talk about an emotional roller coaster ride.....try reading it in less than 10 hours like I did!

I didn't cry over Sirius' death either, but I did have to reread that part several times in disbelief.


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haymoni - Oct 25, 2004 8:31 pm (#169 of 240)  
Yes - first I thought that Ron died (boggart scene), then I thought Hermione died (MOM battle)- I had to keep re-reading that part just to make sure.


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wwtMask - Oct 27, 2004 4:47 am (#170 of 240)  
Edited Oct 27, 2004 5:47 am
Well, I can't really say I've cried at any time reading the books, though there have been parts in the audio books that got me awfully close (credit to Stephen Frye on that score).

- In GoF, when Harry throws one of the "Potter Stinks" badges at Ron.

- In GoF, right after the first task when Harry and Ron make up and Hermione cries and says they're both stupid.

- in GoF, when Molly hugs Harry "like a mother". It always seems sad to me that he had no memory of receiving comfort like that despite all the things he's been forced to endure.

- In GoF, right at Dumbledore's last few lines about Cedric. I could listen to that over and over and still get choked up.

- in OotP, when Harry gets angry at Ron and Hermione after they suggest the DA. I think, at that moment, Harry reveals the dread and horror he's had to deal with and how lonely he felt when his best friends could not understand or relate to it.

- In OotP, the entire scene in Dumbly's office, but especially his last line when he explains why he gave Ron the prefect badge instead of Harry. This uncharacteristic show of sadness and weakness from Dumbledore really put the rest of the scene in perspective. Despite all of the things he was doing and worrying about, and all of the actions he was taking to keep Harry and The Order safe, he still cared enough about Harry's happiness to try to take the pressure off of him.


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IriSka - Nov 16, 2004 4:42 pm (#171 of 240)  
For me: 1) the scene in PoA when Harry & Ron start to talk with Hermione again. Just how happy & relieved she was. 2) When Molly & Bill come as Harry's family. Just so touching!!


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Nicole Bloom - Dec 3, 2004 5:58 pm (#172 of 240)  
I have a bunch of favs. Molly's hug in GoF, DD's speech in GoF, the Shack in PoA, but mostly, Sirius' death. The rest of the novel after that was amazing. I cried from the second it happened until the end of the book. Yes, it's sappy. But when I was finished, I put the book down and never wanted to read Harry Potter again. I was SO MAD at JKR. It took me almost a year before picking up OotP again and after my second read, I wasn't so mad anymore mainly because I feel we'll eventually get an explaination for Sirius' death.

Oh and Neville's mom with the gum wrapper made me feel so sad for him


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Mara Jade - Dec 13, 2004 9:25 pm (#173 of 240)  
There are so many touching moments in the series...I think I have to agree with every one mentioned so far, but for me the most significant is DD's Cedric Diggory speech at the end of GoF, the line about 'choosing between what is right and what is easy'. For me that line summarises the whole point of the series.

I should also mention the scenes involving Hagrid defending Dumbledore...Hagrid has clearly had a difficult life - his mother leaving, losing his father at 12, suffering prejudice from most of the community and generally spending his whole life as an outcase - and could quite easily have turned into a bitter, selfish man. Instead he is kind and thoughtful and accepts everyone (and everything!) for who they are. In the midst of the chaos and turmoil happening around them, I see Hagrid's unwavering loyalty to Dumbledore as a symbol of strength, hope and solidarity.


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SarcasticGinny - Dec 18, 2004 6:28 am (#174 of 240)  
I am with the people who say Sirius's death didn't hit them to start with, and on re-reads of OOTP, I still don't cry for Sirius.

I did, however, re-read POA, and I got choked up when Sirius asks Harry to live with him, in a manner that very much seems to assume Harry would say no. "I understand, of course, if you want to live with your uncle and aunt" or something like that. He seems so unsure of himself, but throws himself out there anyways. Poor Sirius!

And even worse is Harry's lakeside patronus thought "He's going to be okay, I'm going to live with him." That one hits me because neither will really come true. *sniff*


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Tessa's Dad - Dec 18, 2004 8:50 am (#175 of 240)  
The most touching moment was when Harry finally found the family he was looking for in the Mirror of Erised. I believe he found his family at the end of Order of the Phoenix. Before leading the Dursley’s away, he turned back to see his Wizarding family standing together. He finally had a family that would stand up and defend him against all odds. Unfortunately, this scene mirrors my life to a certain extent. It still brings tears to my eyes after the sixth reading.


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Miccaya - Dec 27, 2004 4:13 pm (#176 of 240)  
When Harry's crying by the lake. I bawl everytime.


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Miriam Huber - Jan 17, 2005 5:43 am (#177 of 240)  
Like you, Tessa´s Dad: When Harry understands who is looking at him out of the Mirror of Erised and says tentatively: „Mom? Dad?“, I have always some difficulty not to cry.

And I am not crying, but kind of can share the pain, when, in the first chapter of CoS, Harry (quote out of my head) „was missing Howarts so much, it was like a constant stomach ache.“ Imagine that little boy, 11/12 years old, who, for the first time in his life, had friends, and who just had a year in this fascinating wizarding world and now is kind of exiled (as if we were never to read any of the books again, let alone book 6 and 7 - imagine!)...


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Regan of Gong - Jan 19, 2005 6:13 pm (#178 of 240)  
I reckon how Ron comes down the stairs in GoF, Harry throws the badge at him, yells etc etc. But the description of how he hated him, right down to the several inches of bare ankle below his pj's trouser leg.

The poor kid, he's grown out of them and he's really poor. He probably hates them, but can't afford new ones. That was really sad, no-one seems to appreciate him, he comes from a massive family...that was touching


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Mrs. Sirius - Jan 19, 2005 9:32 pm (#179 of 240)  
When Harry goes to his first occlumency lesson Snape tells Harry he is weak and wears his emotions on his sleeves. He goes on about how you have to keep your emotions contained and suppressed. It's so sad to think of all the pain he is pushing back. We do learn about the pain and humiliation he suffered at the hands of the Maurders, but it seemed to be the emotions that he learned to suppress over a lifetime.

Although he's being brutal to Harry I stilled wanted to comfort the very young Snape.


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Bathilda - Jan 25, 2005 10:40 am (#180 of 240)  
Regan of Gong, I love the too small pajamas moment too. It really paints the picture.

I love the Winning of the Quidditch Cup in PoA!! I love the maniacal tone of Wood in all things Quidditch, and when they finally win, Wood can't stop sobbing. It's great.

The moment that always has me in tears though, is in OoP when Moody shows the picture of the old Order to Harry, and all Harry can think is that these were all people living and happy one moment, and dead the next. I think that in this moment, the reality of Voldermort, the importance of the Order and Harry's life in general come into focus for Harry and he feels every bit of it. That scene is beautifully written. I really like that it's Moody who shows him, and that it's Lupin who sees that he needs some help out of the scene.


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MoonRider - Feb 7, 2005 3:34 pm (#181 of 240)  
One of the "scenes" (books) that I found most touching was when Mrs. Weasley hugged Harry the very first time. I actually got kind of choked-up. I thought t'myself: "I betcha it's the first time he's ever been hugged in his whole life."


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T Brightwater - Feb 10, 2005 9:04 pm (#182 of 240)  
I've mentioned this before, but it just hit me all over again. I read the last two chapters of OotP to my mother last weekend (she loves HP but has macular degeneration). In the previous session I had managed to get through Sirius's death without breaking down, but once again, when I got to Harry imagining Phineas Nigellus walking from portrait to portrait in 12 GP calling for Sirius, I just about lost it.


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freshwater - Feb 12, 2005 11:42 pm (#183 of 240)  
The whole of Dumbledore's explanation to Harry at the end of OotP just grabs at my heart....but particularly his statement, "I never dreamed I would have someone like you on my hands." As far as we know DD never had any children of his own. So after all of his earlier comments of how proud he was of all of Harry's previous achievements and successes, this statement sounds especially wistful and full of yearning.


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wwtMask - Feb 21, 2005 10:31 am (#184 of 240)  
One of the "scenes" (books) that I found most touching was when Mrs. Weasley hugged Harry the very first time. I actually got kind of choked-up. I thought t'myself: "I betcha it's the first time he's ever been hugged in his whole life."

I hate to be nitpicky, but Harry got a pretty good hug from Hermione in PS before he went to face Quirrel. But, yes, I agree that that particular scene is pretty powerful and is one of the few in the entire series that makes me a bit misty-eyed.


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Ponine - Mar 15, 2005 1:48 pm (#185 of 240)  
Regan - Ron in his too short pyjamas really gets to me, too. Harry wanting to smash everything in Dumbledore's office is absolutely gutting, and very, very well written, I think. Molly's boggart made me cry, I felt, and still feel, her fear, and pain and sadness... it was awful.... Sad I must admit, too, that even if I am not a big Luna fan, I felt her tugging at my heart strings when she so matter of factly described to Harry how her stuff has been taken, and how people find her strange. She seemed so small, and so aware, strong and able, absolutely, but also very, very alone... I am wayyy to sentimental of a person to be on this thread without becoming all mushy and wanting to hug everyone... *sniffle*


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OkieAngel - Apr 20, 2005 1:10 pm (#186 of 240)  
We have a tradition in my house, I always read Harry Potter out loud. This started waaay back with SS, because I was recovering from major surgery and couldn't leave my bed, so my best friend bought me the first and second books to occupy my time. I was halfway through SS when my husband nonchalantly asks me if it was any good. I excitedly tried to explain the story to him, and read him an excerpt from where I was at in the story. Well, that got him interested, so he ended up curling up on the bed beside me as I read out loud. Eventually, the kids wandered in, wondering where Dad had disappeared to. They looked so hurt at being "left out" that I told them to get comfortable and I started the book all over. That was the beginning of one of the most wonderful times we had spent as a family. No television, no video games, my husband even unplugged the phone. This has become the way that we always read the books through the first time. So, in a way, these are the most touching moments for me.

As for actual scenes in the books, all that have been previously mentioned are great tissue moments, but one that was always poignant for me is when Harry and Dudley are being attacked by dementors. They had been bickering, Dudley was taunting Harry about Cedric and James, Harry pulls his wand and wants to hex Dudley so badly, but he doesn't. He then begins to sense the dementors and tries to warn Dudley, in return Dudley decks him. After collecting his wand (and his thoughts) Harry struggles to produce a patronus, which he directs to save Dudley. I am always struck by this scene. Harry didn't have to save Dudley, he could have left him to a fate worse than death, but he didn't. Another moment I see as "defining" is in SS when Hermione tells Harry that he's a great wizard. He says that he's not as good as she is, then she kinda laughs and says "Books and cleverness, there are more important things, like friendship and bravery..." The all-time tearjerker for me though, is Phineas Nigellus's reaction to being told Sirius is dead. Oh man, the visualization of that scene haunted me for days.


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T Brightwater - Apr 20, 2005 1:47 pm (#187 of 240)  
I've read the whole series out loud to my mother, who has very low vision. It's great fun.

The all-time tearjerker for me though, is Phineas Nigellus's reaction to being told Sirius is dead. Oh man, the visualization of that scene haunted me for days.

Same here.

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freshwater - Apr 23, 2005 10:14 pm (#188 of 240)  
I've read all the books aloud to my son....it's such fun to put just the right emphasis on certain dialogue or descriptions, and hear my son laugh out loud or repeat the words dramatically!


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far from prefect - May 18, 2005 3:59 pm (#189 of 240)  
Another advocate for reading aloud! My now-21-year-old daughter and I have read them aloud to each other since the beginning. Sometimes taking big steadying breaths to get through the parts that choke us up.

I am moved by all the parts that everyone has mentioned and there is one more that hasn't been mentioned that is so darned poignant that it breaks my heart. That is when Lupin is teaching Harry how to conjure a patronus and tells him to think of a happy memory. It is a struggle for Harry to come up with any! How sad is that?

I've lost count of how many times I have read the books, but they still have the power to move me even though I know what is coming. Thank you, Jo...


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Berty Bott - May 19, 2005 7:41 am (#190 of 240)  
My absolute fondest moment (and that’s hard to pick because there are sooooooo many) will always be when Neville gets the extra 10 points in the end of SS. That hit me really hard because I can identify with his feelings in that moment. He doesn’t even know what he did took a lot of courage and warrant recognition. Recognition wasn’t what drove him to stand up to the trio. Being a true Gryffendor and caring about his house is what drove him. And DUMBLEDOR DIDNT MISS IT!!! Most people miss small little acts of courage and caring like that. I get all teary every time I read that passage because its exactly that kind of recognition that we need more of in the world.


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Choices - May 19, 2005 10:00 am (#191 of 240)  
There are so many wonderful moments in these books - some make me cry with sadness and some with joy, but the saddest by far to me is when Dumbledore is talking to Harry and the tear runs down Dumbledore's cheek. Every time I read that I just have to put the book down and sob for a few minutes.


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Uncle Mikey - Aug 11, 2005 7:13 pm (#192 of 240)  
I guess since no one's mentioned it, I'll go ahead and state that I got a severe Warm Fuzzy when Madame Maxime appeared at Dumbledore's funeral in HBP, and shared a very compassionate greeting with Hagrid. For me a rather bright spot in an otherwise sad chapter.


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Mrs. Sirius - Aug 11, 2005 9:44 pm (#193 of 240)  
At this point I just cried and cried and cried "...in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione. pg 607 (Bloomsbury)


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Snuffles - Aug 12, 2005 12:02 am (#194 of 240)  
I know exactly how you felt Mrs. Sirius. **hands Mrs. Sirius another tissue**


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Madame Pomfrey - Aug 12, 2005 8:00 am (#195 of 240)  
The most touching moment for me was this.. "I'm not worried, Harry," said Dumbledore,his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. "I am with you." This was really a tissue time for me.  


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Vulture - Aug 22, 2005 1:07 pm (#196 of 240)  
Edited Aug 22, 2005 2:09 pm
I think a good contender has to be at the very end of Book 5, where Harry cannot speak, to tell his friends what it means "to see them ranged together, on his side". If it gets in a movie, I'd like to see it with Radiohead's "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" _ don't ask me why, it just seems right.

I imagine the scene going through all the faces, one by one, then the whole bunch looking at him, and then _ a brief glimmer of a grinning Sirius among them, that fades again.


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Vulture - Aug 23, 2005 10:50 am (#197 of 240)  
Also _ do touching moments have to be sad ? The moment Gryffindor won the Quidditch Cup, and after, was one for me.


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Soul Mate for Sirius - Aug 23, 2005 1:36 pm (#198 of 240)  
Okay, there are sooooo many great moments listed already, and I have to agree with them all.

Sirius was my favorite character, and the scene where Lupin is holding Harry back in the DoM gets me every time, but, now that I've read OotP, I get a little teary eyed in every scene that Harry and Sirius are together.

Also, when Hermione tells Harry that he is a great wizard at the end of SS/PS.

In CoS, when Ron faints in the wardrobe as he and Harry overhear McG telling the staff that Ginny had been taken into the Chamber I cry every time, especially now that we've gotten to know Ginny more in the following books. I have a younger brother who, so much like Ginny, is defiant without being as bad as say, Fred/George. I feel for Ron in that scene. I would prolly react the same way if I thought my little brother had been taken and was most likely dead.

Now that HBP has come out, there are so many more touching moments that I won't bore everyone and list all the ones I like. The one that got me the most was at the very end when Ron says "We’ll be there Harry, at your aunt and uncles, and after" or something like that (don't have my book with me, I'm at work.) I knew Ron and Hermione were too loyal to Harry not to go, but Ron actually saying it, and Harry's reaction of disbelief really make me cry. I couldn't believe Harry was shocked to hear his two best friends would come with him. Does he really have so little faith in the strength of the trio's friendship and loyalty to each other?


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vball man - Aug 23, 2005 9:43 pm (#199 of 240)  
There were three most touching moments in HBP.

1. "I'm not worried,Harry," said Dumbledore,his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water."I am with you."

2. Dumbledore drinking the liquid in the cave. It seemed like he was drinking guilt. Powerful religious typology.

3. Fleur's loyalty to the injured Bill. Molly's fear had been genuine. She feared that her son was marrying Fleur only because of her looks. She feared that he was choosing poorly. It turns out that Molly had judged the book by its cover. When she falls back against Arthur and offer the tiara - well, touching.

JKR, if you're reading, very nicely done. Thanks for all these moments.


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MWPP - Aug 24, 2005 6:11 pm (#200 of 240)  
Definitely when Lupin broke down after he heard about Dumbldore's death. I just started sobbing.
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Winky Woo - Sep 12, 2005 3:14 pm (#201 of 240)  
As well as the ones above, (which had me sobbing out loud) I got a warm squidgy feeling when Arthur made Molly reveal her pet name that he calls her when they are on their own -"Mollywobbles!" Even Mr Winky looked up and went "Ahhhh!" when he got to that bit....


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Patrick Mullan - Sep 21, 2005 3:34 am (#202 of 240)  
One of the most touching moments for me occurs in HBP when Harry and Dumbledore are in the headmaster's office.

Dumbledore has just revealed to Harry how the Ministry of Magic had been wanting to use Harry as a mascot.

Rufus Scrimgeour, the Minister of Magic had attempted to get Harry to agree to be a poster boy or something for the Ministry

Dumbledore and Harry are talking to each other, and Dumbledore says,

“.....Well, it appears that Rufus found a way to corner you at last. “

“He accused me of being 'Dumbledore's man through and through.' “

“How very rude of him.”

“I told him I was”.

Dumbledore opened his mouth to speak and then closed it again. Behind Harry, Fawkes the phoenix let out a low, soft, musical cry. To Harry's intense embarrassment, he suddenly realized that Dumbledore's bright blue eyes looked rather watery, and stared hastily at his own knees....."

These moments always startle and touch my heart because Dumbledore, for all of his great intelligence and power he is really a soft hearted, noble man. Dumbledore is so busy giving of himself to others, that he is completely defenseless when affection and loyalty is returned to him.

IF we could all have a bit of Dumbledore in us, this world would surely be a better place.


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Phlegm452 - Sep 21, 2005 9:52 am (#203 of 240)  
Edited Sep 21, 2005 10:54 am
The most touching moment.. Well that's tough. Sirius dying was my number 1, and Harry calling for him. Then there's the idea of Philleus going from painting to painting in the Black house, calling for him. Third would have to be Neville and his mother.


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Matrona - Sep 21, 2005 10:15 am (#204 of 240)  
--When Harry is told that the champions' families are there to watch the third task, he doesn't think anyone would have showed up for him, but he finds Molly and Bill Weasley have come to support him. (I love the Weasleys.)

--In PS when Harry realizes that the following Tuesday is going to be his birthday, and even though he never gets any real presents, he still looks forward to it as a special day.

--Also in PS, at Christmas, when Harry simply doesn't expect any presents, but looks forward to Christmas anyway for other reasons. And then Molly Weasley sends him a sweater and some homemade fudge.

--Dumbledore's pleas and cries of pain when he has to drink the potion. (I didn't stop crying from there until I finished the book.)

--When Harry goes up to Dumbledore's dead body, straightens Dumbledore's glasses, and wipes the blood from Dumbledore's mouth with his own sleeve. I cry just thinking about that. It reminds me of Molly smoothing out Harry's bedcovers "unnecessarily" at the end of GoF (a touching moment in its own right).

--Luna reminding Harry of the voices. "They were just lurking out of sight, that's all. You heard them."


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Patrick Mullan - Sep 22, 2005 11:57 am (#205 of 240)  
There is nothing that you can do to stop this thread from bringing a tear to your eye.


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muggle born - Oct 6, 2005 12:32 am (#206 of 240)  
Harry finding Dumbledore at the bottom of the tower and Ginny leading him away, And Dumbledore's funeral make me cry every time I read them.


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Cass Lass - Oct 22, 2005 11:40 am (#207 of 240)  
Sorry if this is just a repetition, I haven't had a chance to read all the posts! I have quite a few touching moments but the one that's lurking in my mind right now is the conversation between Harry and Luna (post death of Sirius)when he finds her putting up her notice. He starts to empathise with her and something other than his anguish floods him:

An odd feeling rose in Harry; an emotion quite different from the anger and grief that had filled him since Sirius's death. It was a few moments before he realised that he was feeling sorry for Luna.

I didn't know whether to cry for Harry or Luna, so I just wept for both of them!!


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kingdolohov - Oct 24, 2005 7:06 pm (#208 of 240)  
For me, it's when Dumbledore explains the Mirror of Erised to Harry. He says that whoever looks into it sees what would make them the happiest, and for Harry that was the family he has never had.

Also, earlier in the chapter when Lily is crying in the mirror.


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Esther Rose - Oct 25, 2005 6:25 am (#209 of 240)  
I still find Lily's tears odd. Touching but odd that Harry would see his mother crying. Even if she was crying out of happiness.


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Ace Potter - Oct 30, 2005 2:06 am (#210 of 240)  
The most touching for me is when harry is helping dumbledore out of the cave and tells him not to worry and then dumbledore tells him he is not worried because he is with harry.


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Patrick Mullan - Nov 2, 2005 4:59 am (#211 of 240)  
That was a very touching moment Ace.

It is also the subject of some discussion.

I think JKR has left us a clue in that touching moment


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Regan of Gong - Nov 2, 2005 11:02 pm (#212 of 240)  
Has no-one mentioned the part where Hagrid gives Harry the photo album yet? That was pretty cool,

Harry couldn't speak, but Hagrid understood.

3, 2, 1, Awwwwww...


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Rare Welsh Red - Nov 8, 2005 5:52 am (#213 of 240)  
Mine is during the fight in the MoM, when Harry's friends are being picked off one by one and the broken-nosed Neville declares something like, "He's nod alone - he's god be."

Waaaaahh!


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Steve Newton - Nov 8, 2005 6:07 am (#214 of 240)  
Rare Welsh Red, maybe I read too much into things but to me that is one of the most important lines in the books. "he's god be"


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Maddest Dragon - Dec 8, 2005 7:52 pm (#215 of 240)  
When Harry is in Dumbledore's office at the end of GoF and is recounting his ordeal at Dumbledore's gentle insistence... and Sirius has a comforting hand on Harry's shoulder, and Fawkes sits on his lap and heals his injured leg. Each of them is giving him a piece of what he needs to heal.

And it's all the more poignant in a re-read, knowing that the next great adventures will end with the loss of them.


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Vulture - Aug 21, 2006 5:17 pm (#216 of 240)  
Edited Aug 21, 2006 6:33 pm
Well, I've just read this whole thread through for the first time (though I did post 2 earlier), and it has reminded me of loads of moments I had forgotten. I agree with many of them as touching moments, more than I could write.

In no particular order:

_ I mentioned this before: from the moment of victory in the Quidditch Final in Book 3 to the end of that chapter;

_ Luna "smiling slightly" as Harry realises about the voices beyond the Veil in Book 5;

_ in Book 5, the part in Dumbledore's office after the Ministry Battle where Dumbledore refers to "very useful" information given to the Malfoys by Kreacher. Harry says gruffly: "Like what ?" Dumbledore answers quietly: "Like the fact that the person Sirius cared for most in the world was you. Like the fact that you were coming to see Sirius as a mixture of father and brother ..."

Obvious ones: Molly's hug in Book 4, the end scene in Book 5, the moment in Book 2 when McGonagall says that Ginny Weasley has been taken by the monster.

Ones which I haven't seen mentioned:

_ when Fleur looks at Harry in Book 4 and says "You saved 'er, even though she was not your 'ostage". (Sorry, it's just that I've a weakness for beautiful crying Frenchwomen.)

_ not as intense as the Book 3 Quidditch Final (see above), but the moment when Harry and Hermione, in Book 5, hear the "Weasley King" song and have their depression turn to joy as they realise that it's the Gryffindor fans.

_ in Book 4, days after Harry's return from the graveyard, when Hagrid asks him "Are y'all right ?", Harry quickly says "Yeah", and Hagrid says: "No _ you're not. But you will be." Then he says "Yeh did as well as your father could have done, Harry, an' I can give yeh no higher praise than that". I think that's a great moment. We tend to focus a lot on Dumbledore and Sirius as father-figures for Harry, but in fact (for different reasons) they both are absent a lot of the time _ it's Hagrid who, almost unnoticed, winds up giving Harry the nearest he gets to day-to-day parenting while at school. I know Hagrid is a pretty weird parent, but like the best of parents, he gets forgotten a lot or not taken seriously but suddenly produces nuggets of down-to-earth wisdom and strength just when Harry, Ron or Hermione need them.

_ the moment where (after a silence) there's a scraping of chairs and Harry is suddenly having his hand shook by everyone in the Leaky Cauldron, the first time Hagrid takes him there. I don't know why this is so emotional _ I suppose it's because of the suffering all these people have endured and what Harry symbolises to them.

_ the moment in Book 2 where Dumbledore tells Harry that if he still doubts which House he should be in, to look more closely at the sword. For some reason, I found the moment he read the words "Godric Gryffindor" to be a real choker. Maybe it's the accumulation of all that has gone before, but every time I read Book 2, that moment is still the bullseye. And before ye say so, yes, I agree that that's weird.


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haymoni - Aug 22, 2006 7:08 am (#217 of 240)  
Vulture - I agree with your comments, except the Leaky Cauldron is emotional to me because of all the suffering HARRY has endured at the hands of the Dursleys and here are all these people - glad to see him, eager to see him - total strangers all of them, showing him more affection than he's ever received in his whole life.

I really felt the movie version of this event was quite lacking.


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Madam Pince - Aug 22, 2006 9:36 am (#218 of 240)  
Great observations, Vulture! I especially think you are spot-on with Hagrid as a parent figure. Unfortunately that's why I'm so afraid for Hagrid in Book 7 -- he would be a "vulnerable spot" for Harry emotionally, and I'm so afraid that Voldemort is going to exploit that. I fear Voldemort will think it almost comical (and mere child's-play) that he could hurt Harry by going after "that great oaf, Hagrid" but I am trying to be hopeful that he will underestimate Hagrid.


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freshwater - Aug 27, 2006 9:25 am (#219 of 240)  
Great insights about Hagrid providing parenting-type support for Harry...and very well put. Take 10 points for your house. :-D


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Die Zimtzicke - Sep 2, 2006 7:19 pm (#220 of 240)  
It's a tie between two scenes. One is Dumbledore telling Harry why he didn't make him a prefect, and when Harry, after not wanting to tell anyone anything, because he is so wrapped up in his own grief, talks to Luna at the bulletin board, and finally feels something for someone else again. The fact that he can emphasize with her, when he was previously so focused on his own feelings, emotions and losses, was a great moment. I'm hoping those scenes make it into the film.

The Molly hug in GoF WOULD Have been touching, if it made Harry feel better, but it did not as I see it. He was ready to scream when Hermione slammed the window. Clearly to me he still does not see Molly as a substitute parent and does not want her having parental authority over him. In a way, for that reason, I'm glad they cut it out of the film.


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geauxtigers - Sep 2, 2006 7:42 pm (#221 of 240)  
Oh I loved that scene when Molly hugged Harry, he said something like he had no memory of ever being hugged like that, like a mom. I think that’s very touching even though it doesn't make him feel better, he has never been hugged like that before. That was a tough night, it'd be pretty hard to make him feel better. I think he see Mrs. Weasley as kinda a mother figure, she really is the only 'mom' like character in the books that treats him as her own. I think this is the beginning of Harry's realization that Molly is there for him and that she does love him like her own. It's like a Dominoe affect, Harry basically holds everything thing in and it all comes crashing down around him, and she does a simple act of kindness or love. She hugs him. I've been hugged when I'm upset, it doesn't always make me better, but something about knowing the person cares does. I dunno just my interpretation.

I also like the Luna moment at the end of OoP and the whole veil thing.

Also when Ron gets poisoned and Hermione realizes that life is too short to hold grudges with your best friend. It only takes a second to check back into reality. She realizes that she can't take anything for granted. I think that was a big step for the two them to realize that sometimes its just not worth the fight.


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freshwater - Sep 3, 2006 12:28 pm (#222 of 240)  
I agree with geauxtigers about the Molly-hugging-Harry scene. The point was not that it made him feel better or worse. The point was that he had never had someone express such caring and concern for him, and it made him feel as though he was safe enough to let go of his restraint and let out the pain. THAT's why Hermione's slamming of the window was so tragic.


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virginiaelizabeth - Sep 3, 2006 1:50 pm (#223 of 240)  
Are we talking about the scene in the hospital at the end of GoF? If so, I thought that Hermione's slamming on the glass was when she caught Rita Skeeter. Am I just confused here?

I agree about the hug. It was a simple gesture that showed Harry the she cared for him.


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Die Zimtzicke - Sep 3, 2006 4:49 pm (#224 of 240)  
If we're going to argue about Molly, we should take it to the Molly thread. I don't like her at all. So I don't want to start a debate about that scene here. I was just giving my opinion on why I would not be able to include it.

I also think a touching scene would be when Sirius, as a dog, puts his paws on Harry's shoulders. It seems to me, that he's trying to hug him in a casual enough way what Harry gets the message, but no in an embarrassing way.


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geauxtigers - Sep 3, 2006 8:37 pm (#225 of 240)  
I also liked when Sirius put his paw on Harry's shoulder.

I also find Dumbledore's speech at the end of Goblet of Fire, very difficult to read in the sense that its so sad. I think it shows alot about Dumbledore's character. Ahh there are so many moments that are so perfectly written, I could never list them all.

Die, I'd love to discuss Molly with you, I'm going there now.  


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Solitaire - Sep 3, 2006 8:46 pm (#226 of 240)  
I agree, freshwater ... that scene has always seemed especially poignant to me, too. I've often wondered what other information might have eventually tumbled out had Hermione not broken the mood.

Solitaire


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freshwater - Sep 4, 2006 3:48 pm (#227 of 240)  
Virginiaelizabeth, the scene in the hospital at the end of GoF is the scene I'm referring to. It was great that Hermione captured that pest --pun intended-- Skeeter, but the timing was tragic in that it broke the mood before Harry could release some pent up emotion and receive some true comfort from Molly.


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Laura W - Sep 5, 2006 1:00 am (#228 of 240)  
Edited Sep 5, 2006 2:05 am
*Exactly* as I would put it, freshwater.

And his howl of misery - which Hermoine's action curtailed, unfortunately - was brought on by everything he had seen and experienced in the graveyard. It took the hug of a loving mother-figure (the first he had ever had) to allow Harry to physically release the inner pain and horror in a healthy way (ie - by way of a howl of misery). Well, it would have, if not for that darned Hermoine! (big grin) Just kidding. It was also very touching how the clever Hermoine made such an effort to find out how to stop those terrible newspaper stories about her good friend, Harry. This showed how much she cared for the boy who had no one care about him and many turn against him (ie - other students) all his life. The timing was just off, that's all.

Laura

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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 6, 2006 9:14 pm (#229 of 240)  
The timing was just off, that's all.

Harry had the opportunity to release that pain but he had not the luxury of lingering there. All of Harry's joy are limited in this manner.

The love of his parents, his elation at the thought of moving in with Sirius, his joy of shared tender moments with Ginny. He can just taste it but no, he cannot stay and really dwell in love and happiness.

Just enough to build up the memories for his next expecto patronum.


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Laura W - Sep 7, 2006 1:41 am (#230 of 240)  
Well put.


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haymoni - Sep 7, 2006 5:15 am (#231 of 240)  
I'm waiting for Harry to burst like Spock or Spock's Dad - putting off all of those emotions - something's got to give.


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Holly T. - Sep 7, 2006 1:50 pm (#232 of 240)  
My son has been listening to the tape of OotP and he had it on in the car and the part where Dumbledore explains to Harry why he didn't make him prefect makes me choked up every time.


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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 7, 2006 8:53 pm (#233 of 240)  
Edited Sep 7, 2006 9:56 pm
One is Dumbledore telling Harry why he didn't make him a prefect Die Zimtzicke

I have some of this discussion before, but of all the moments in the book this is one that is least, well... believeable to me.

Sirius' death scene, just melts me., In the Shrieking Shack when Sirius and Lupin tell Harry it's up to him if they kill Wormtail, oh and when Sirius tells Wormtail -you should have as we should have died" I absolutely fell for him. In HBP when Harry thinks at the end that anything is possible if he can have just one more day with his friends, I lost it there and cried and cried.

But the scene of Dumbledore explaining why he didn't make Harry Prefect, seems illogical. DD has just explained the prophesy to Harry, he told him that knew Harry was unloved and neglected by his Aunt and Uncle and we have been given the impressing from rather reliable source that DD uses the prefect position to have friends reign in other friends. I really felt that DD made Ron prefect to "protect" Harry without giving him the extra responsibility.

I can understand if Harry might have cried knowing that DD didn't give him the position to protect him from overstress but I was surprised to see the tear. I thought it was perhaps more the overwhelmingness of what had just transpired.


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haymoni - Sep 8, 2006 4:26 am (#234 of 240)  
Mrs. S - I thought that was exactly what Dumbledore was saying - I gave the job to someone else because you have enough to be getting on with.

I think Harry got emotional because all along he had suspected that Dumbledore did not find him worthy. Now he knows differently.


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virginiaelizabeth - Sep 9, 2006 7:07 pm (#235 of 240)  
In HBP when Harry thinks at the end that anything is possible if he can have just one more day with his friends, I lost it there and cried and cried

His hand closed automatically around the fake Horcrux, but in spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.

Yepp, gets to me everytime. I think that passage is so wonderfully written. It gives me goose bumps just thinking about it. It sets the stage for what I think will be a real tear jerker of a 7th book.


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Die Zimtzicke - Sep 11, 2006 6:39 am (#236 of 240)  
Yes, it all comes back to the trio, as it should. Even though I think at the end Harry alone is the one who has to stand against Voldemort, who should also be alone, I like that image.


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juliebug - Sep 16, 2006 1:04 pm (#237 of 240)  
This has always been my very favorite thread, so it had to be where I start with my first post.

Over time, all of my favorites (and there are MANY) I think have been mentioned, but I just need to repeat them.

1. In HBP, when Dumbledore tells Harry that he is not afraid because he is with Harry. It is among the last words he speaks to Harry and I think he was really trying to make them count.

2. In HBP, when Harry is lead away from Dumbledore's body by Ginny. I was not initially a fan of a Harry/Ginny relationship. I did not feel this way because I dislike Ginny. I think she's a terrific character who I didn't want to see become defined as Harry's girl, I thought it would be demeaning to give her importance in the stories this way. Instead, this scene showed me a real love between the two of them and not just teenaged lust.

3. In GoF, when Harry returned from the graveyard via the portkey. Harry tosses aside the cup and clings to poor Cedric. He's so overcome by all that has happened to him. It's just heartbeaking to see it all crashing down around him.

4. There are so many parts of PoA that I just love. Sirius's smile when Harry joyously agrees to live with him. Their goodbye before Sirius flys off with Buckbeak. Harry and Dumbledore's discussion of all that took place and confirmation of Harry's likeness to his father.

I could go on and on and on some more, but think I should stop here. I have loved reading these posts so much and hope there are more to come.


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*Olivia* - Sep 26, 2006 3:26 am (#238 of 240)  
One of mine's in the first chapter of GoF (can't give page references because my books are at my mum's) - the bit where the boys of Little Hangleton ride their bikes over the lawns that old Frank Bryce works so hard to keep smooth, because it amuses them to see him yelling croakily at them and brandishing his stick.

Bit more heart-breaking than touching, really.

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The Weaslys - Oct 21, 2006 2:19 pm (#239 of 240)  
Just came across this thread and felt I wanted to weigh in. I agree with Juliebug that the scene where Dumbledore tells Harry he's not afraid because he is with him is so special. What a subtle piece of foreshadowing that is that Harry in the end won't be able to protect Dumbledore at all (is it Jo?). That is so sad to me. In fact all the scenes that deal with the death of that great character are so poignant to me that my throat actually constricts as I read, and yes, even a few tears threaten to sneak out.


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Columbine Fairy - Oct 30, 2006 4:34 am (#240 of 240)  
This is another thread I won't be able to stay away from. There are so many touching moments in the books for me, the aftermath of Cedric's death and Molly giving Harry a hug in the hospital wing, Harry's arguments with Rufus Scrimgeour about being Dumbledore's man through and through, every time Harry is ready to sacrifice his life for his friends (so much like his father and god father).

But probably my two most touching moments would be firstly, when Harry first leaves on the Hogwarts express - "He didn't know where he was going, but it had to be better than what he was leaving behind." And secondly, the opening chapter of PoA, when he lies down to look at the first three birthday cards he ever received - "Extremely unusual though he was, at that moment Harry Potter felt just like everyone else: glad, for the first time in his life, that it was his birthday." For some reason these two scenes really got to me. I think it's something to do with the fact that what happens in these scenes is nothing extraordinary - quite simple, really - and yet they mean so much to Harry.
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