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- The fact that Harry was able to teach the DA members, some of them older than him, and do a pretty good job at it despite having had only 2 competent teachers (one of whom was not actually a teacher at all) teaching him before counts as one. And the fact that his training really pays off for them in the next two books.
- The one thing that each and every teacher agrees on: Umbridge must go.
- When someone is such a horrible teacher that Severus Snape is rising up against her, you know it's awesome.
- One of Neville's better crowning moments of awesome is in when he's crippled, unable to cast spells, and still stabs a Death Eater in the eye with Hermione's wand.
- The fact that Harry and his friends, a bunch of fifth-years and fourth-years, managed to escape and defend themselves against about a dozen trained and deadly Death Eaters for quite some time was pretty amazing. As is the fact that Harry initially buys time by taunting them about Voldemort being half-blood.
- Fred and George Weasley get their moment when they leave the school, and set off a chain of events as a giant "fuck you" to Umbridge that all count as Crowning Moments Of Funny.
Umbridge: So - you think it amusing to turn a school corridor into a swamp, do you?
Fred: Pretty amusing, yeah.
Umbridge: You two are about to learn what happens to wrongdoers in my school.
Fred: You know what? I don’t think we are. George, I think we’ve outgrown full-time education.
George: Yeah, I’ve been feeling that way myself.
Fred: Time to test our talents in the real world, d’you reckon?
Both: Accio brooms!
- "Give her hell from us, Peeves."
- It gets even better: not only does Peeves do as he was told, he saluted Fred and George as they left. Earning that amount of respect from Peeves, of all people...
- And then we have all of the teachers letting Umbridge get hoisted by her own petard (metaphorically) and the twins (literally) by making her run all through Hogwarts to help them with the twins' fireworks (bonus points since, while Umbridge finds extremely difficult to deal with them, they would have no problem at all doing it on their own). Flitwick gets the crown by openly mocking Umbridge to her face for it, and suffering no consequences at all.
- As well as everything that the mass of unnamed students who took up after the twins left did. Hexing Umbridge's minions, making themselves sick to get out of class (her class, specifically), putting Nifflers in her room, the list goes on.
- And before that, the speech they give to Hermione declaring that they don't care about getting thrown out anymore; in fact, they're only staying at all to do their bit for Dumbledore.
- One of the Slytherins tries to use his Umbridge-given powers to bully Fred and George. He ends up stuck in Vanishing Cabinet limbo for weeks.
- Which is mildly degraded by the fact that this (very inadvertently) led to Dumbledore's death.
- But Dumbledore would've died anyway due to wearing Gaunt's ring later that summer. So this actually gave Dumbledore a quick and painless way out, and prevented Voldemort from gaining full control of the Elder Wand, even if his plan didn't quite go right.
- After Umbridge left, Flitwick removed the swamp they made, which Umbridge had been trying to get rid of for months with no success, in about 3 seconds, leaving just a small patch, commenting it was "A nice piece of Charms work".
- Bellatrix overdid her share of amazing things during the series, but her crowning moment of awesome occurred in the end of The Order of the Phoenix, where she defeated Tonks, Sirius, and Kingsley, which were half of The Order of the Phoenix present at the battle. Not only that, but she deflected Dumbledore's spell, while all the other Death Eaters were easily caught by that same spell. None of this was shown during the movie, but Helena Bonham Carter's acting made up for that flaw. Of course, she was later owned by Dumbledore's enchanted statue, but still, it took Dumbledore to defeat her.
- Antonin Dolohov also proved to be very capable during the battle. First, he almost killed Hermione, crippled Neville, defeated Mad-Eye Moody (who was once a legendary Death Eater catcher and is still a very powerful wizard!), and was on the verge of defeating Sirius before Harry hit him in the back with a spell. For a minor character, Dolohov clearly made his mark.
- Dumbledore destroying the Ministry's trumped-up charges against Harry and calling them out for their corruption, all while being completely calm and extremely polite.
- Damn near everything McGonagall does, period, which, again, also count as Crowning Moments Of Funny. Especially her response to being inspected by Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix.
Umbridge: Something you'd like to say, dear?
- This deserves some elaboration: Umbridge is constantly interrupting McGonagall's lesson to harp on some trivial thing. Eventually, McGonagall turns to her and calmly, but with unmistakable snark, asks how she expects to learn anything about McGonagall's teaching methods if she insists on interrupting, as talking during the Transfiguration lesson is not generally allowed. Not only does Umbridge hold her tongue until the end of class after being admonished by McGonagall, she doesn't follow her around as she does with the other teachers. Harry wonders if this is because she thinks it wouldn't be allowed.
- "It unscrews the other way." That is all.
- On a similar note, her inability to join Peeves in chasing Umbridge from the school is because he had stolen her walking stick, which he used to whack Umbridge with. The way it's written - and said, on the audio tape - makes it plainly clear that Peeves went to McGonagall and told her explicitly what he was going to use it for and she allowed him to use it.
- McGonagall railing all over Umbridge's attempts to crush Harry, saying she'll do everything she can to get him made an Auror even if she has to die in the process, all the while giving Umbridge the hate glare. Awesome.
- Made even more awesome by the fact that Harry doesn't just become an Auror, but the head of the Aurors. Yes, McGonagall did it in the end!
- "You are raving," said McGonagall, superbly disdainful. "Superbly disdainful". I mean, right?
- Professor Umbridge stood up. Since she was so short, this didn't make much of a difference... Professor McGonagall stood up. In her case, the effect was much more impressive.
- McGonagall's answer to Umbridge about Harry getting poor grades in her subject: "I should have made myself plainer: he has achieved high scores on exams applied by a competent teacher." which, at that point, pretty much meant the fake Moody from the previous year... and Lupin. Umbridge must have loved that.
- Even better is the fact that she looked Umbridge dead in the eyes while saying that. This wiped the simpering smile right off Umbridge's face and replaced it with a stupid look that would've made Goyle proud.
- It may not have achieved anything, but she ran into battle against four Aurors to stop them arresting Hagrid. And taking four Stunners in the chest in the process. Madam Pomfrey assures Harry that none of those four Aurors, whom McGonagall herself earlier described as exceptionally talented elites who underwent three years of harsh training, would have stood a chance against McGonagall in a fair fight. They had to resort to suddenly whirling round to attack her without warning.
- She also offered to duel Fudge, Umbridge, and two Aurors on Dumbledore's behalf and only backed off when Dumbledore told her that Hogwarts needed her.
- McGonagall protecting Trelawney from Umbridge. She may disdain the woman's profession, but NO ONE is throwing one of her teachers out but her. Her moment goes to Dumbledore in the movie, but Maggie Smith's icy glare to Umbridge while standing in front of a sobbing Trelawney deserves a mention of its own.
McGonagall: There are several things I would like to say!
- Dumbledore vs. Voldemort. Here we have the two best wizards in the series dueling and showing Harry why exactly everyone shows such fear and awe towards them.
- For most of the duel Voldemort actively tries to kill Dumbledore. Dumbledore on the other hand merely spends most of the battle casually blocking or deflecting Voldemort's spells, though once he starts throwing them back Voldemort quickly realizes that he cannot win and flees! Dumbledore literally scared Voldemort off!
- You have to give Voldemort some credit though. He arrived at the Ministry knowing that the only wizard he feared was there and he engaged said wizard in a duel promising to kill him.
- Dumbledore showing up right when the Order members begin losing to the Death Eaters. By the time the Death Eaters realize what's going on, Dumbledore already has his wand out and quickly disables all of them (except Bellatrix Lestrange and he even gets her soon enough). As soon as he arrives Harry instantly thought to himself "we are saved" before Dumbledore had even done anything except show up!
- As a prefect at Hogwarts, and especially in her house, it was only a matter of time before Hermione had her authority challenged by the red-headed twins of chaos Fred and George. When she stands up to them, and they stand up to her, they taunt her with challenges to give them detention. But Hermione utterly terrifies them with the promise, "I'm going to write a letter to your mother." Made even better, because the twins immediately complied, an act which was never seen before, or since.
- This is pretty justified, as it's been well-established across the series that you do not make Molly Weasley angry. Fred and George would know how she would react to their antics and how she would disapprove. They'd sooner just get detention than have her on their case.
- After Umbridge grabs one of the students in Dumbledore's office, shaking her very hard, before anyone can see him, Dumbledore pulls out his wand and says that he will not allow her to harm one of his students; it even mentions that it was one of the few times that anyone has ever seen Dumbledore angry. May also double as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming to see how much Dumbledore cares for his students.
- Keep in mind that said student was the one who betrayed the others and Dumbledore in the first place. Dumbledore will even protect the students who work against him.
- During that scene, Kingsley modified that student's memory to make it seem like there were only two meetings of the DA. On the spot, without getting noticed.
- Dumbledore assures Fudge that he won't be taking on him, 2 Aurors and his Senior Undersecretary alone... "not unless [they were] foolish enough to force [him] to".
- "You have to admit, Minister, Dumbledore's got style."
- "You seem to be laboring under the delusion that I am going to — what is the phrase? 'Come quietly.' I am afraid I am not going to come quietly at all, Cornelius. I have absolutely no intention of being sent to Azkaban. I could break out, of course — but what a waste of time, and frankly, I can think of a whole host of things I would rather be doing."
- This has to be elaborated on: Azkaban is a prison guarded by creatures that literally suck all the joy and happiness out of the prisoners, leaving most of them with no will to even contemplate breaking out... and Dumbledore says he wouldn't want to break out because it's a waste of his time and he'd rather be doing something else. He's talking breaking out of a maximum security wizard prison the way most people talk about minor troublesome tasks. He's that powerful.
- By the way, they are foolish enough to try and force him. They don't even get time to act. Also, he's able to only hit the four who are coming at him (although Kingsley was actually on Dumbledore's side, not to mention savvier than the others, but they couldn't risk blowing his cover) and them only, leaving the other people in the room completely unharmed.
- Related to the above, Percy is one of the five, being an Undersecretary. He might act horribly toward Harry and his family throughout the whole book, but consider this: his family never had that much of a reputation in the Ministry, and now they are also all really close to the boy the Ministry is accusing to be a fraud and the wizard they are accusing to be actually trying to overthrow the Ministry, and yet that doesn't seem to slow down Percy's career in the slightest. An awful prick he might be, but the kid is good at his work.
- Hermione showing just how much she owned Rita in the Three Broomsticks. Also (while pretty cruel) that she had the foresight to see that one of DA might betray them and came up with a jinx that even Pomfrey couldn't remove to mark them — and her spell incapacitated Marietta enough that she was prevented from spilling too much about the DA. Not to mention that she came up with a pretty good lie to keep Umbridge from torturing Harry later on.
- Snape, showing nothing but contempt to Umbridge when she catches Harry and the DA. Especially awesome when he's telling her to suck it using lame excuses when asked for Veritaserum, and you realize later on that he was the first to inform the Order of the situation.
- And he gets in a lovely little Stealth Insult: "You surely didn't use it all? I told you that three drops would suffice." Umbridge can only look embarrassed and put him on probation, which he makes clear that he doesn't take seriously.
- Even better, it was revealed that the Veritaserum he gave her was a dud anyway.
- Hermione Granger vs. the Ministry of Magic's propaganda campaign. Hermione wins.
- "None of them had seen Hagrid in a real temper before..." Professor Umbridge has two teachers dismissed from Hogwarts during her reign as High Inquisitor: Professor Trelawney (Divination teacher) and Professor Hagrid (Care of Magical Creatures teacher), the former because she wasn't actually a prophet (or so she thought), the latter because he was a half-giant. When Professor Trelawney is dismissed, she cries like a baby, begging Umbridge to let her stay, saying "Hogwarts is my home!" and generally being really pathetic, even though it was a sad scene nonetheless. When Hagrid is dismissed, does he cry? No. Does he beg to be allowed to stay? No. What does he do? He delivers an epic Curb-Stomp Battle to the four Aurors (read: exceptionally powerful wizards) that came to take him away, with his bare hands, while holding his unconscious dog under his arm, while the whole time Stunning Spells are bouncing uselessly off him (which Hermione later explains is due to his giant's blood, giants being notoriously hard to Stun). Umbridge is freaking terrified, two of the Aurors get knocked out cold by Hagrid (who as mentioned before, is not using any magic, and is facing a team of the most highly-skilled wizards there are), and it ends with Hagrid fleeing into the Forbidden Forest, still being bombarded with spells that are doing absolutely nothing to him.
Dawlish: "Be reasonable, Hagrid!"
Hagrid: "Reasonable be damned! Yeh'r not takin' me like this, Dawlish!"
- Even better... Before the Aurors hit McGonagall and Fang, Hagrid was just defending himself and trying to reason. Them attacking McGonagall and Fang hit his Berserk Button, and only then he delivered a brutal Curb-Stomp Battle in two seconds flat. He went in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge... then saw they weren't worth the trouble, picked up his dog and quietly left.
- Hagrid also gets one earlier on when he saved Firenze from about a dozen centaurs in the woods. Though we don't get to see this, it really shows that you do not mess with Hagrid. Later on when Hagrid is in the woods with Harry and Hermione, the centaurs attempt to threaten them only for Hagrid to put them in their places. Though the centaurs let them off with a warning because he is with "foals" it's possible that they were simply too wary of Hagrid after the last time.
- Though we don't see his feats for most of the battle, Remus Lupin being the only one uninjured aside from Harry and Dumbledore is truly impressive. He even gets the honor of defeating the Death Eater captain Lucius Malfoy in a duel and likely at least one other Death Eater before that.
- Neville standing up to Bellatrix in the Ministry of Magic. Keep in mind, this isn't some rent-a-cop Death Eater. This is Bellatrix freaking Lestrange, arguably the most dangerous witch in the world, the one who tortured his parents into insanity. And not only does he meet her taunt ("Why, I've had the pleasure of meeting your parents, boy!") with pure, unadulterated rage as opposed to fear, he charged in to save Harry. With a wand that didn't work properly for him. Unable to pronounce spells. His line "HE'S DOT ALONE! HE'S STILL GOD BE!" (Translation: "He's not alone! He's still got me!") qualifies as his first huge CMOA in the series. It was just a taste of the awesome to come.
- He was, in the DA, improving so rapidly that near the end of their lessons with Harry he was the second person after Hermione to master the spell they were learning. And even though he was injured, inarticulate and unable to perform magic, he still charged an armed Death Eater who could've killed him and stuck a wand in his eye to save Harry. Gryffindor, indeed.
- During the scene where Bellatrix is taunting him, Neville struggles so hard that the Death Eater restraining him asks for someone to Stun him. Neville is that determined to attack her, even bare-handed and with a broken nose, that a grown man asks that someone Stun a middle-school student.
- "Weasley Is Our King" is transformed from a mocking taunt to a song of triumph - one of the few victories that Ron wins for himself.
- The title of the 36th chapter (yes, a chapter title is a CMoA) says everything you need to know about Voldemort's true view of Dumbledore: "The Only One He Ever Feared".
- The whole chapter is a CMOA for Dumbledore and Voldemort. The two most powerful wizards in the world show us, definitively, how they earned their titles.
- Harry subdues Bellatrix while tracing her down, tapping into his Unstoppable Rage. This is the woman known as Voldemort's best lieutenant. She's supposed to be Voldemort's most skilled Death Eater, except for Snape. Harry has only ever had one, maybe two, competent Defence against the Dark Arts teachers and five years experience of fixing Hogwarts' problems on his side.
- It should be noted that he only subdues her for about two seconds. Once she gets up and starts getting serious Harry clearly finds himself outmatched.
- Peeves is at his finest chasing off Umbridge and it is definitely one of the highlights of the book, especially for standing apart from the rest of the book.
- After a Quidditch match against Slytherin, Malfoy is being a poor sport and throwing his usual insults at the Weasleys and Harry. Harry is ushering the twins (Fred and George) away when Malfoy drops the bombshell: he insults Harry's deceased mother. A 3-on-1 brawl begins. Needless to say, it ended awesomely for the twins and Harry, despite the fact that Umbridge punished them.
- Two-on-one: Fred was being restrained by three people and later regrets not having been able to contribute.
- Peeves trying to invoke Falling Chandelier of Doom on Umbridge. Granted, it didn't work, but hey, it's the thought that counts.
- An off-page, downplayed one for Lupin, who is the only Order member bar Dumbledore to escape the battle in the Department of Mysteries unscathed, even taking down Lucius Malfoy relatively quickly in a duel. Bear in mind that this same battle ended with Tonks (a junior Auror) unconscious, Moody (a hugely experienced Auror) pretty much incapacitated, Kingsley (another experienced Auror) injured and Sirius dead. Not bad for a geeky teacher.
- Tonks herself didn't do too badly — barely qualified as an Auror and she still manages to hold off Bellatrix freaking Lestrange for a lot of the battle.
- Madame Maxime gets an off-page one as described by Hagrid. The Gurg (chief giant) they'd been negotiating with was killed in an uprising two days after they'd managed to make contact and the new one turned out to not be as welcoming. Hagrid was grabbed by two of the new Gurg's men and says that would have been the end of him if Maxime hadn't been there. "She pulled out her wand an' did some o' the fastes' spellwork I've ever seen. Ruddy marvelous. Hit the two holdin' me right in the eyes with Conjunctivitus Curses an' the dropped me straightaway—" Considering whose spellwork Hagrid has seen in his time and how multiple spells later bounce off him when he's only half-giant, this is high praise indeed.
- Hermione tricking Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest and getting the centaurs to take care of her by making good use of the latter's rampant bigotry.
- Malfoy and his gang getting blasted into quivering slugs when they decide to ambush Harry in front of a compartment full of DA members.
- After returning to Hogwarts, Dumbledore walks into the Forbidden Forest and singlehandedly rescues Umbridge from the centaurs. Not only that but he walks out of the forest without a scratch. Keep in mind that this is after Dumbledore asked Frienze to come teach at the school, meaning the centaurs probably weren't fans of Dumbledore at the moment.
- Granted the centaurs might not have an issue with Dumbledore, being as they were probably aware of Dumbledore's kind attitude towards magical creatures; they might have handed Umbridge right over. If that's the case, then it's even more awesome; Dumbledore can inspire the respect of a herd of (we-have-no-need-for-human-ways-or-laws, we'll-attack-whoever-we-want-in-our-forest) centaurs.
- Dumbledore's defense during Harry's trial, especially his brief What the Hell, Hero? speech to the court, ironically asking them since when the most important court of Britain is gathered to judge a minor offense done by a child. He completely crushes Fudge's rather flimsy accusations.
- Sirius decking Lucius at the start of the fight in Order of the Phoenix. "Get away from my godson". *BAM!* The Malfoys seem to come off on the wrong end of CMoA's.
- Similarly, Harry and Sirius double-dueling with Lucius and Dolohov showcases how awesome our heroes are. Harry, whose only duels have been against Malfoy and Voldemort himself, manages to hold his own just as well as the experienced duelists with decades more experience. Sirius, for his part, seems to be simply enjoying himself.
- "Sorry, Professor. But I must not tell lies." note
- The Weasley twins destroying Umbridge's classroom... with fireworks... on brooms... during an exam.
- The whole scene was kickass. And after destroying her classroom, they create a giant fiery dragon's head, which chases after Umbridge. Then after it clamps down on her, it splits off into hundreds of little rockets, smashing into every single one of her precious decrees. They all fall off the wall, making a huge mess while the twins fly out of Hogwarts, with every single student cheering them on, including the Slytherins (barring those in the Inquisatorial Squad). The scene lingers on a giant W firework floating in the sky.
- At one point in the crowd, we see Professor Flitwick. He does a victory pose.
- They don't give a damn if this gets them immediately kicked out of Hogwarts, as this act of rebellion gives them extraordinary publicty for the joke shop they open afterwards.
- When Dumbledore steps out of one of the fireplaces in the Ministry of Magic to fight Voldemort with one simple line. "It was foolish of you to come here tonight, Tom."
- Voldemort is no slouch during the final battle, producing a huge serpent made of fire and an implosion that shatters everything that's made of glass, then sending every shard of glass Dumbledore's way. For someone who fears Dumbledore, he certainly held his own.
- Dumbledore vs Voldemort need some elaboration: after their initial beam-o-war, every spell they unleash is essentially a counter to the other. Voldemort conjures a fire snake? Dumbledore traps him in a bubble of water. Voldemort shatters all the glass and flings the shards at Dumbledore? Dumbledore turns them into a fine powder with a shield spell. Whats more, there's no music so you focus entirely on the action.
- Harry overcoming Voldemort's possession by recalling all his happy memories of Sirius, Ron, and Hermione, combined with him pitying the Dark Lord before breaking the mirror in his mindscape containing Voldemort's reflection.
- "You're the weak one. And you'll never know love, or friendship... And I feel sorry for you!"
- Dumbledore's escape from an entire room of wizards, including Aurors, while basically taking them all down with one shot? That was when you saw why Dumbledore had the rep he did.
Kingsley: You may not like him Minister, but you can't deny, Dumbledore's got style.
- And it gets better: the shock-wave of said escape slammed into everyone but Harry + Cho, and didn't affect anything else in the room.
- Ginny pulling off a Reducto spell at the Department of Mysteries that's so powerful everybody has to flee the room.
- Snape's responses to Umbridge. All of them, but especially, "...No idea."
- Snape's legendary snark:
Umbridge: You first applied for the Defense Against the Dark Arts post. Is that correct?
Umbridge: But you were... unsuccessful?
Snape: (with unbelievable sarcasm) Obviously.
- Even Ron can't stop laughing, and with the exception of Harry, Ron probably hates Snape the most. Umbridge is that bad.
- Luna's CMOA from Order: during the fight in the Department of Mysteries, Luna (already bleeding from her lip) is confronted by a Death Eater flying towards her from a great height. The camera shows her from the Death Eater's POV as she looks up at him placidly, pulls out her wand and (with an expression of mild curiosity on her face) hits him with a levitation spell that's so powerful it blasts him backwards into a shelf of prophecies. Now, imagine what she could do if she was angry...
- This exchange:
Bellatrix: Neville Longbottom, is it? How's Mum and Dad?
Neville: Better, now they're about to be avenged. (pulls out wand)
- In the Department of Mysteries, Moody bangs his staff on the ground, launching a spell from it and taking down a Death Eater. (Now you know why he doesn't carry a wand.)
- An off-screen moment of awesome for the Longbottoms, then part of the first Order of the Phoenix, were tortured with the Cruciatus Curse for information by Bellatrix - and never gave in. Even in absolute agony, and knowing that their spouse was also being tortured (possibly just a room, or a few feet, away) and they still didn't give away any information.
- Not that it diminishes what they managed to do, but there was little they could say - they were tortured by the Lestranges and Barty Crouch Jr because the latter thought they had information about where Voldemort was after attacking the Potters.
- While Mad-Eye Moody's magical ability is somewhat implied to have atrophied with age in the books (where he is defeated by Dolohov at the Department of Mysteries), he proves himself still formidable by instantlycurbstomping two Death Eaters by slamming his staff onto the ground, especially when the other members of the Order have more trouble with their opponents.