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* Three first-year students take on a fully-grown mountain troll and not only survive, but ''defeat'' the troll.
** Immediately afterward, Hermione saves the boys from being punished by [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness not only lying to the teachers but also willingly making herself look like a rule breaker]], telling them that she thought she could handle the troll herself and went looking for it to defeat it and the boys came in to save her (in reality, the troll found her by chance and the boys broke the rules to rescue her). Considering the fact that she was not only at these boys' throats for much of the book but considers being punished for rule breaking to be ''worse'' than dying, this was a pretty gutsy move on her part.
* Later, those same three first-year wizards take on an obstacle course designed by their teachers and beat it.
* Snape [[spoiler:reversing Quirrell's hex]].
* Ron. Chess match. [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]].
* Hermione saving Harry's ass by setting Snape's robes on fire. [[spoiler:In truth, Hermione saved him by accidentally knocking over Quirrell on the way, who was enchanting Harry's broom. Snape was chanting ''the counterspell''.]]
* Harry catching the Snitch with ''his mouth''.
* Dumbledore's scene in the hospital wing with Harry.
* Neville -- the class klutz -- standing up to his friends to protect the honor of his House. His ''only'' friends. It gets more awesome [[spoiler:when you realize that Lupin and even Dumbledore, in similar situations, didn't have the courage to do what Neville does in his first year.]]And, this act ends up giving Gryffindor enough House Points to win the House Cup.
** This turns out to be {{Foreshadowing}} of the final book, where he [[spoiler:openly defies Voldemort himself]]!
* Neville also jumping into the fray when Ron fought Malfoy. Neville took on the two physically strongest first years, at the same time and he held his own against the two long enough for Ron to give Malfoy a black eye.
* The [[spoiler:poke of death!]]
* Lily's sacrifice. Voldemort wasn't even going to kill her in the first place, but she offered herself instead of her son, got killed first, and essentially ''defeated Voldemort'' by protecting her son.
* "I think I can tell the wrong sort for myself, thanks."
* Harry frightening Peeves away by impersonating the Bloody Baron.
* Fred and George enchanting snowballs to fly at the back of Quirrell's head. [[FridgeBrilliance They were basically throwing snowballs in Voldemort's face.]]

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izPKXdbuK90 The chess scene]].
* Dust-Voldemort trying to kill Harry. Scary as hell? Yes. Completely awesome? ''Hell yes!''
* When Quirell was warning about the troll and fainting and the students begin to panic and run amok, Dumbledore stopped them simply by shouting [[BigShutUp "SIIIIIIIILENCE!!!]]. Before calmly instructing the teachers and prefects on how to deal with the situation. Unlike the [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire later example]], he didn't even need a wand to make his voice heard.