Seven Hopeful “Harry Potter” Moments

The Harry Potter books are a complex series, filled with a range of highs and lows. Here are seven hopeful moments from the books.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

When Harry realized that Hagrid actually came, revealed that he was a wizard, and that he would be leaving the Dursleys.



He sat up and Hagrid’s heavy coat fell off him. The hut was full of sunlight, the storm was over, Hagrid himself was asleep on the collapsed sofa, and there was an owl rapping its claw on the window, a newspaper held in its beak.

Harry scrambled to his feet, so happy he felt as though a large balloon was swelling inside him. He went straight to the window and jerked it open. The owl swooped in and dropped the newspaper on top of Hagrid, who didn’t wake up. The owl then fluttered onto the floor and began to attack Hagrid’s coat.“ (SS 61-62)


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Just when it was looking like Tom Riddle would defeat Harry, Fawkes came with the sword of Gryffindor to help.



Music was coming from somewhere. Riddle whirled around to stare down the empty Chamber. The music was growing louder. It was eerie, spine-tingling, unearthly; it lifted the hair on Harry’s scalp and made his heart feel as though it was swelling to twice its normal size. Then, as the music reached such a pitch that Harry felt it vibrating inside his own ribs, flames erupted at the top of the nearest pillar.

A crimson bird the size of a swan had appeared, piping its weird music to the vaulted ceiling. It had a glittering golden tail as long as a peacock’s and gleaming golden talons, which were gripping a ragged bundle.” (CoS 315)


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

For a minute, things looked dark when the Dementors were about to kiss Harry. Fortunately, a Patronus came and saved Harry before it was too late.



And then, through the fog that was drowning him, he thought he saw a silvery light growing brighter and brighter. . . . He felt himself fall forward onto the grass. . . . Facedown, too weak to move, sick and shaking, Harry opened his eyes. The dementor must have released him. The blinding light was illuminating the grass around him. . . . The screaming had stopped, the cold was ebbing away. . . . Something was driving the dementors back. . . . It was circling around him and Black and Hermione. . . . They were leaving. . . . The air was warm again. . . . “(PoA 384-385)


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

When Voldemort was resurrected and summoned the Death Eaters, things weren’t looking good for Harry. Fortunately, the dead came to help Harry during his duel with Voldemort.



And then an unearthly and beautiful sound filled the air. . . . It was coming from every thread of the light-spun web vibrating around Harry and Voldemort. It was a sound Harry recognized, though he had heard it only once before in his life: phoenix song.

It was the sound of hope to Harry . . . the most beautiful and welcome thing he had ever heard in his life. . . . He felt as though the song were inside him instead of just around him. . . . It was the sound he connected with Dumbledore, and it was almost as though a friend were speaking in his ear. . . .” ( GoF 664)


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

At the Department of Mysteries when a few members of Dumbledore’s Army were facing off against the Death Eaters. Several of Harry’s friends were injured and things were looking bleak, members of the Order of the Phoenix came to help.



Harry turned to look where Neville was staring. Directly above them, framed in the doorway from the Brain Room, stood Albus Dumbledore, his wand aloft, his face white and furious. Harry felt a kind of electric charge surge through every particle of his body — they were saved.” (OotP 805)


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

When Harry, Dumbledore, and Death Eaters were on the top of the lighting tower and Dumbledore was defenseless, there was a brief moment of hope that members of the Order would come and save them.



But at that moment there were renewed sounds of scuffling from below and a voice shouted, ‘They’ve blocked the stairs — Reducto! REDUCTO!’
Harry’s heart leapt: So these four had not eliminated all opposition, but merely broken through the fight to the top of the tower, and, by the sound of it, created a barrier behind them —“ (HBP 594).


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

After many deaths and hours of battles, when many thought Harry was dead, his appearance gave people hope that they might win.



The yell of shock, the cheers, the screams on every side of ‘Harry!’
‘HE’S ALIVE!’ were stifled at once. The crowd was afraid, and silence fell abruptly and completely as Voldemort and Harry looked at each other, and began, at the same moment, to circle each other.” (DH 737)


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Minal Daswani

I entered the wizarding world in 2006, and haven’t left. In my Muggle time, I enjoy reading, bingeing TV shows, baking, and travellng.