Underrated Brave Moments from the Women of “Harry Potter”

The bravest moments of Harry Potter are spoken about quite a lot through the fandom, but the female moments aren’t spoken about enough. There are many times through the Harry Potter series that they have to risk it all and put on a brave face.

Without all of these moments, the story of Harry Potter would be entirely different from the one we know. Below, we’re taking a look back at some of the female characters’ bravest moments.


1. Hermione Granger



Hermione Granger, being a Gryffindor through and through, was always going to be one of the bravest Harry Potter characters. She has several courageous moments throughout the books, but one particular moment stands out.

At the beginning of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hermione makes the bold decision to alter her parents’ memories so they forget her. She does this to protect them since she wants them to be safe through the Second Wizarding War, and unfortunately, she knows that they’d become Death Eater targets because she is a target herself. Her decision is such a risky move because Hermione doesn’t know whether she will see her parents again, and it’s a moment that is not spoken about enough. Hermione risked losing her family in order to protect them as best she could.


2. Ginny Weasley



Very similar to Hermione, Ginny Weasley shows some unbelievable bravery throughout the Harry Potter franchise. She stood up to Tom Riddle, fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, and was never afraid to speak her mind.

An underrated fearless moment from Ginny is when she ventures back to Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and restarts Dumbledore’s Army with the help of Luna and Neville. Even though her family is risking their lives as part of the Order of the Phoenix and the golden trio are away hunting Horcruxes, Ginny steps up by reviving Dumbledore’s Army in the hopes of students wanting to fight against the dark side. Dumbledore’s Army certainly rose to the occasion when it came to it and eventually helped overthrow Voldemort and his Death Eaters.


3. Luna Lovegood



Even though Luna Lovegood was Sorted into Ravenclaw, she definitely has some Gryffindor bravery inside of her. She truly is one of a kind.

Besides helping restart Dumbledore’s Army in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Luna shows her utmost bravery when she is kidnapped by Death Eaters and held hostage in Malfoy Manor along with Ollivander and Griphook. She manages to remain calm, proving how valiant she really is, and puts Ollivander and Griphook’s feelings before her own; she’d rather they were safe and well. This also suggests that she’d risk her life for her friends – which, of course, is further demonstrated when she fights in the Battle of Hogwarts later on.


4. Professor McGonagall



Professor Minerva McGonagall is a fan favorite with her firm but fair ways at Hogwarts. As the books go on, Professor McGonagall grows closer to the students and gets slightly softer too.

Professor McGonagall certainly has some brave, memorable moments – such as fighting in the Battle of Hogwarts. But an underrated trait of McGonagall’s is standing up to her fellow professors to protect her students. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, McGonagall is the only teacher to stand up to Umbridge, even in front of the entire school. It’s similar to when she also stands up to Professor Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to protect Harry and show that she is on his side. Confronting her colleagues – especially Snape – is a dangerous move, but McGonagall proves she’d rather face the consequences to make sure her students are safe.


5. Molly Weasley



Molly Weasley is practically the mother of the entire fandom – everyone aspires to have a mother figure like her in their lives. The Weasleys and Harry are so lucky.

Molly is always willing to protect her family, no matter who she has to defeat. This is evident in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when she kills Bellatrix Lestrange to keep Ginny safe. It shows just how much a mother is willing to risk to safeguard her children.


If you think these characters are incredible, then we also have to thank the wonderful actresses who brought them to life on the big screen! Did we include your favorite heroic action? If not, let us know your favorite in the comments below!


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