Hey, hey, all! Glad you guys enjoyed the Pokemon Go tag haha. Like I said, it was lots of fun! Anyway, this Friday I’m back again with a new Harry Potter Summer post. Today I’ll be discussing my top 5 favorite chapters in the entire series. This seems like it would be a hard list to narrow down considering how many chapters there are throughout all seven books, but I found this surprisingly simple. I guess I’ve always known which ones stood out to me. Here are the 5 chapters in the Harry Potter series that I could go to again and again and again.
*If you haven’t read the entire Harry Potter series, there will be spoilers. You have been warned. (But also, who are you and why haven’t you read HP? What are you even doing with your life?)
5. The Flaw in the Plan (Deathly Hallows, Ch. 36): Yeesh, this is an emotional one, am I right? Honestly, all of my picks are emotional, but come on. That chapter drawing? *Cue the crying.* So much of the good stuff also happens in this one, like the face-off between Neville and Voldemort, and then with Harry jumping up. God, I remember feeling so devastated and in disbelief over the possibility of Harry being dead. I was just a mess reading this. But it’s not only devastating, it’s epic!
4. Snape’s Worst Memory (Order of the Phoenix, Ch. 28): I hate Snape. That’s no secret at this point. But I love re-reading this chapter because of the Marauders. I love seeing them interact as teenagers during and after their exams. And I love seeing Lily and James interact. Yes, the Marauders were immature (except maybe Remus), but because I know they grow out of it to become brave, amazing men, I can look past it. This is also a moment I like to cite as far as Snape being an asshole. The “Mudblood” comment is completely unforgivable to me.
3. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs (Prisoner of Azkaban, Ch. 18): Again, I’m obsessed with the Marauders, so I feel like this chapter speaks for itself. This is important, though, because this chapter really set my love for them in motion. This is the chapter that put everything out there and gave the reader the truth and backstory of this incredible group of friends. There was no turning back. And their backstory is truly lovely and heartbreaking at once. Gah, I love those boys.
2. The Lost Prophecy (Order of the Phoenix, Ch. 37): Okay, this chapter absolutely destroys me. It’s probably one of the most emotional, raw chapters in the entire series which is, of course, why I love it so much. This immediately follows Sirius’s death, and it’s the first time we see Harry totally break down. He’s in so much pain, throwing things and yelling, and just generally making my heart clench. And then there’s Dumbledore telling him the truth about the prophecy and him having to come to terms with that. Oh boy, this chapter is full of punches. I can barely read it without being overcome by emotions. Such an absolute shame that the movie condensed this to about 15 seconds and eliminated all that emotion. *sigh*
1. The Forest Again (Deathly Hallows, Ch. 34): I thought The Lost Prophecy was emotional? No, no, no, no. This. Chapter. I remember reading Deathly Hallows for the first time and totally sobbing through this entire chapter. JKR recently said this is her favorite chapter too, and I honestly don’t know how anyone could not love this. It’s beautifully written, and every single word is an emotional blow. When Harry starts talking to Lily, James, Sirius, and Remus, I lose it every time. Harry is so brave and mature and self-aware. It’s amazing. I can’t read or watch this part without shedding a few tears. From the moment I first read it, this became my favorite chapter not just of this series but, perhaps, of any.
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At first, I was going to try to put a quote with each choice, but I ended up having too much trouble picking just one quote or a quote short enough, so I gave up haha. But there they are. Now I want to go re-read them all for the hundredth time! What are your favorite Harry Potter chapters in the series? Do we have any in common? Let me know below!
Until next time,