Divergent, The Hunger Games and The Lord of the Rings — these are all magnificent film franchises based on amazing book series. However, although they are all iconic, only one author has earned the title of Master Storyteller: J.K. Rowling — who dreamt of a boy who lived in a cupboard under the stairs.
Two decades, seven books and eight movies later, there is not a child (or adult) who doesn't know the name Harry Potter. As far as the films go, many fans are divided over how the source material has been adapted. That said, I've used all the magic at my disposal to compile a list of the greatest book-to-film moments from the series that rocked the world.
1. Harry's First Quidditch Match
My personal favorite is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It's the book and movie that started it all; the story that first welcomes us to the wondrous wizarding world. Every moment is truly and utterly amazing, like seeing the world through magical glasses. The greatest book to movie moment was Harry's first quidditch match. Specifically, that moment when the youngest seeker in a century made Hogwarts history by catching the Golden Snitch in a rather unorthodox manner. Unbeknownst to us, this catch would be an essential key to unrevealing one of the the most magical secrets of the series.
2. The Flying Ford Anglia
If I were to see a Ford Anglia flying in the air and crashing into a willow with serious anger issues I'd check myself into Arkham, no questions asked. However, Ron and Harry's little endeavor really set the pace for the Hogwarts scholastic year early on. Dark, humorous and ripe with excitement, The Chamber of Secrets brings to life all the mishaps Rowling envisioned for this young duo.
3. Hermione Punches Draco
Sweet, sweet revenge. After years of torment and bullying, Draco finally got a piece of what he deserved: a good punch in the face by everyone's favorite "Mudblood," Hermione Granger. It was amazingly satisfying to see the snobbish Draco get socked (rather than hexed) by the greatest witch of their generation.
4. The Battle In The Graveyard
An iconic moment in the series, the battle in the graveyard during the Triwizard Tournament symbolizes the revival of the Dark Wizard, Lord Voldemort. Cedric's death is also very significant. Unlike his parents's death (which Harry cannot remember), Cedric's murder would not be easily forgotten, and would be the first of many such heart-wrenching losses. Craftily written and skillfully portrayed, the dawn of this new and darker era was baptized in blood, the ghosts of the past and death.
5. The Death Of Sirius Black
Although there might be slight inconsistencies in how Sirius Blacks dies between the book and movie, the moment Harry loses his godfather is a wound that has yet to heal in the hearts of all fans. Sirius mistakenly calling Harry "James," Bellatrix's shrieking taunts, Sirius taking his final breath before falling into the veil and Harry's horrible yells are all hallmarks of one of the worst moments in the whole series — a moment that brought us all to tears.
6. The Death And Farewell Of Professor Dumbledore
Yes, another death makes it to the list, but that just proves how important such moments were. This also indicates just how dark Harry Potter's story became after the Triwizard Tournament. The death of Professor Dumbledore shocked the world into silence, it was discussed in hushed tones out of fear of spoiling this unexpected death for those not caught up with the events of the wizarding world.
This also created one of the series' most iconic moments: the raising of the wands all around Hogwarts — one final solute to the greatest wizard that ever existed. This scene has also been used as a respectful last farewell to all the actors of the #HarryPotter series who have passed away over the years.
7. The Tale Of Three Brothers
A piece of visual beauty, I absolutely love the way The Tale of Three Brothers was brought to life in the movies. Already a chilling and meaningful story in the books, its portrayal in the movie was magic and real art unfolding before audiences. It was breathtakingly beautiful in every aspect, giving a mystical twist to the mundane shadow puppet stories we've all seen before.
8. The Amazing Molly Weasely
The final book and movie had numerous amazing and unforgettable moments, but fans everywhere are united in one common belief: The greatest moment in the Deathly Hallows was when the lovable Molly Weasley stole the stage. During her duel with the bloodthirsty Bellatrix, Molly proved to be a more formidable foe than anyone ever expected. The last words Bellatrix would ever hear proved to be this Weasley's most famous words:
Not my daughter, you Bitch!
An amazing moment in both the books and the movies.
With over a decade under its belt and a future still filled with wonderful and magical possibilities, I honestly cannot wait to see what else J.K. Rowling has in store for all of us. With at least four more #FantasticBeasts sequels planned, the future is bright for Potter fans across the globe. I am as sure as the sky is blue and that Dobby is free that we are in for even more amazing and magical adventures in the years to come.
Which was your favorite book to movie moment in the Harry Potter franchise?