Awesome / Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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  • Harry gets one at the beginning brushing off Romilda Vane on the Hogwarts Express, which is even more awesome because it's a reverse of a similar scene in "Order of the Phoenix" (where he was embarassed by his friends), showing how much Harry has grown as a person.
    Romilda: Why don't you join us in our car? You don't have to sit with THEM.
    Harry: THEY happen to be my best friends.
    (Romilda Vane sulks away)
    Harry: You ARE cool. They didn't stand with me at the Department of Mysteries.
    Luna: That's a nice thing to say.
  • Dumbledore literally putting the Dursleys in their place. Granted, he's not the first wizard to give the Dursleys grief, but he's the only one Vernon couldn't talk back to in any way. Even better, he did it all politely...except for that one moment when he got a little mad.
    • He never raises his voice, yet the Dursleys are absolutely terrified. What's more, it's the moment where Dudley finally questions his life and choices.
    Dumbledore: You have not done as I asked. You have never treated Harry as family. I'm only happy you've spared him from the appalling abuse you've brought on him (points to Dudley).
    (Dudley sat quietly in thought, wondering if he had ever been abused)
  • Fleur: "I am good-looking enough for the both of us, I theenk!"
  • "Dumbledore's man, through and through". That entire confrontation, really. He does exactly what Dumbledore did over a year ago - as subtly and politely as possible, tells the entire Wizarding government of Britain to suck his nuts.
  • Ron and Hermione: "You said to us once before, we had time to turn back if we wanted to. We've had time, haven't we?" "We're with you whatever happens."
  • Dumbledore, despite being weakened by drinking the potion that was between them and the Horcrux, summoning a massive wall of flame to ward off the Inferi attacking him and Harry. Dumbledore during that entire sequence. That wall of flame was more like an inferno.
  • Dumbledore's last CMOA: "No, Draco. It is my mercy, and not yours, that matters now."
  • Harry's fight with Snape:
    Harry: Kill me then. Kill me like you killed him, you coward—
    Snape: DON'T! CALL! ME! COWARD!
    • It's also one for Snape as he parried all of Harry's spells before he could even finish the incantations, talking calmly all the while like they're still in class. He even gave Harry tips.
    • It should be noted that though this was one of the most one-sided duels in the series, Harry fought Snape with everything he had despite knowing that Snape is an extremely powerful wizard.
  • After Deathly Hallows, Snape killing Dumbledore becomes a CMOA for both of them: Dumbledore, for laying the groundwork for Voldemort's final defeat, sacrificing his life along the way, and Snape, for being man enough to (1) kill his only remaining friend (Dumbledore asked him because he was going to die anyway, and this way Snape avoided Dumbledore much suffering, and was able to fool Voldemort into trusting him completely) and (2) shoulder the hatred of the entire Wizarding World, not to mention the one person he was truly trying to protect, for the rest of his life. Damn, just... Damn.
  • After Harry defends himself against Snape when he tries to curse him under the pretense of teaching in the first DADA class:
    Snape: Do you remember me telling you we were practicising non-verbal spells, Potter?
    Harry: Yes.
    Snape: Yes, sir.
  • While everyone is terrified by Voldemort's return, the Weasley Twins have the titanium balls to put this sign outside their shop:
    "WHY ARE YOU WORRYING ABOUT YOU-KNOW-WHO?
    YOU SHOULD BE WORRYING ABOUT U-NO-POO
    THE CONSTIPATION SENSATION THAT'S GRIPPING THE NATION!"
  • After Harry got himself detention until the end of the year, including missing the final Quidditch match, he thought Ginny would hate him. After Hermione has gotten enough jabs in at Harry, well, he was wrong:
    Hermionie: "[without the book, Harry wouldn't have]-gotten a reputation for Potions brilliance you don't deserve!"
    Ginny: "Give it a rest, Hermione. By the sound of it, Malfoy was trying to use an Unforgivable Curse. You should be glad Harry had something good up his sleeve."
    Hermione, stunned: "Well, of course I'm glad Harry wasn't cursed. But you can't call that Sectumsempra spell good, Ginny; Look where it's landed him! And I'd have thought seeing what this has done to your chances in the match-"
    Ginny, snapping: "Oh, don't start acting as though you understand Quidditch; you'll only embarrass yourself."
  • During Fudge's meeting with the British Prime Minister in the initial chapter when he comes to meet and introduce him to his replacement Richard Scrimgeour, we learn that Madame Bones, Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, was killed by Voldemort. Not Voldemort's Death Eaters, Voldemort himself. She was that much of a threat, and from what Fudge says, she fought.
  • Bob Ogden is a rather unappreciated character—he's plainly very progressive for his time. He considers blood status "neither here nor there" and, even more impressively, he sees a young woman being abused by her father and brother and reports them to the authorities—a first in a 'verse where Social Services Does Not Exist. He's not some big hero, but he is a rather awesome wizard in his own way.
  • Tom Riddle speaking to an Ax-Crazy Morfin Gaunt calmly and fearlessly despite only being 16-17 years old. Even Harry feels grudging admiration for the teen's lack of fear.
  • When Snape arrived at the Astronomy Tower, all of the Death Eaters went quiet and simply got out of his way. Even Greyback, the most feared werewolf in England, seemed fearful of Snape! One must wonder what Snape did to get such status among the Death Eaters.
  • Thanks to the DA lessons, the students of Hogwarts were able to protect the school quite efficiently. Granted, that wasn't enough to stop the Death Eathers, but managed to hold them back enough that no one were killed that night [[spoiler: except Dumbledore, but he planned it long before, and it also was just another step in his plan to Voldemort's defeat. And the fact that it was possible not only because of the fighing capabilies of the single students, but also because of friendship and sense of comunity it formed outside of the Houses' boundaries. It's a shame it wasn't in the movie, really.
  • Snape gets one for shutting down Bellatrix Lestrange while completely snarking at her during their meeting in the beginning. Also, he asking her if she doubts of Voldemort's ability in legilimency becomes an offscreen one when you learn he was actually with Dumbledore from the beginning, meaning he succesfully used occlumancy against Voldemort, at least once. Also, points must be given to Bellatrix for being the only one not trusting Snape, considering that's the only she thinks Voldemort might be wrong.

     Movie 

  • Dumbledore's claim: "Being me has its privileges."
  • After being reduced to a near-catatonic wreck in the sixth movie by the Horcrux potion, Dumbledore snaps out of it and wrecks the whole bunch of Inferi trying to kill Harry. What was a mere wall of flames in the book, is instead turned into a full-on inferno raging throughout the entire cave.
    • And the very fact that Dumbledore forced Harry to give him the potion.
  • Ginny running through a wall of fire, which was holding back two adult, fully trained wizards, to follow Harry into the darkness in which an unknown number of Death Eaters were waiting, topped only by the Back-to-Back Badasses moment of the series' OTP
  • There's also how Ginny handles the aftermath of the Sectumsempra incident. "You need to get rid of it. Today." She's there to help him when he needs her most, and then she plucks up her courage and kisses him.
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