- The former Dark Lord Grindelwald taunts Voldemort before the latter kills him not telling him about where the Elder Wand is even at the face of certain death which is something Voldemort could never do as death was his biggest fear.
"Kill me then Voldemort, I welcome death! But my death will not bring you what you seek. There is so much you do not understand."
- Posthumously, of course, but Regulus taking on Voldemort's patented torture potion at seventeen. Not to mention that because Kreacher never mentioned being told to make him drink, he must have forced it all down of his own volition. Even Dumbledore only got through three and a half cups. Out of eleven. And his note! "I know I will be dead long before you read this... I face death in the hope that when you meet your match, you will be mortal once more."
- Harry, Ron, and Hermione breaking into Gringotts, stealing something from a high security vault, and riding a dragon to escape. If that's not awesome, I don't know what is.
- Neville killing Nagini with the sword of Godric Gryffindor while being on fire. Right after he pulled a Shut Up, Hannibal! right at Voldemort, just when it looks like their last hope is dead. Remember that he's the sole resistance leader when Harry arrives. He shows no care about his severe injuries, he's goddamn pissed when Harry tries to stop them from engaging in an open fight with Voldemort and reacts to Harry's request to take on Nagini with barely any emotion.
- Not to mention that by drawing the sword of Godric Gryffindor, he finally proved himself to be a true Gryffindor, something that has been doubted during all of his school years. It's even more epic when he tells Voldemort off in front of his army and the remaining survivors of Hogwarts, proving just how brave he has become during his time at Hogwarts.
- It really shows that Neville really is just as much The Chosen One as Harry is.
- If there's anything good that came from this war, it's that it forced Neville to grow up and take a level in badass. In a way, even what Voldemort says to Neville is a CMOA. The boy has been seen as a joke and a loser for years, and now the dark lord, the wizard that people are afraid to speak of by name, obviously respects Neville both as a worthy opponent and potential ally.
- A moment of awesome has to go to Neville's grandmother, Augusta Longbottom, even though it's only spoken of and not shown. When a wizard tries to resist the Death Eaters, Death Eaters kidnap any family members they can use to force compliance. When Neville starts up a rebellion at Hogwarts, Death Eaters go after his gran. It doesn't end well for them. "Little old witch, living alone... they probably didn't think they had to send anyone particularly powerful. Anyway, Dawlish is still in St. Mungo's and Gran's on the run." Bear in mind, Dawlish was a top Auror with "Outstanding" in all of his N.E.W.T.s.
- Well, Neville got it from his parents; Frank had to get it from somewhere. Augusta is where.
- Even Kreacher and the House Elves get a moment of awesome.
- Harry, curb-stomping Amycus Carrow for insulting McGonagall. "You shouldn't have done that." As well as his simple response to his reasoning. "He spat at you."
- The reason why this is so awesome is that when Harry attempted the Cruciatus on Bellatrix in Order of the Phoenix, he didn't have the heart for it. Bellatrix explained that righteous anger wouldn't get the job done, only genuine hatred and sadism would. So imagine how Harry must've felt seeing Amycus spit on McGonagall.
- In the middle of Deathly Hallows, Dobby gets one by teleporting Ron, Harry, and Hermione from right in front of Bellatrix. Unfortunately, it also ends in his death, which was one of the most poignant scenes in the series. Especially his reply to Bellatrix's:
Bellatrix: How dare you defy your masters?!
Dobby: Dobby has no master! Dobby is a free elf!
- This exchange:
Ron: So Dumbledore left me his Deluminator because he knew I'd leave you?
Harry: No — it was because he knew you would come back.
- Hagrid producing a brick wall from the motorbike.
- That's got nothing on the dragon flame that he used as a turbo booster.
- Narcissa Malfoy in Deathly Hallows saving Harry's ass by lying to Voldemort's face — but only when she was sure that Draco was still alive. Especially when one considers that Voldemort is especially talented at Legilimency, which means that he has very little trouble finding out if his followers are lying to him. The only way to block it is through Occlumency, which Order of the Phoenix established took a lot of control over one's emotions. Which means that Narcissa, while scared and shaken and desperate to find her son, discovers that Harry survived and that Draco is still alive, and is able to remain sufficiently emotionally neutral to prevent Voldemort from suspecting or realizing what was up. "Do not lie to Lord Voldemort. He knows. He always knows." Not this time, you noseless bastard.
- In this exchange:
Aberforth: Why didn't he [Dumbledore] tell him to hide, then? Why didn't he say to him, 'Take care of yourself, here's how to survive'?
Harry: Because...sometimes you've got to think about more than your own safety! Sometimes you've got to think about the greater good! This is war!
Aberforth: You're seventeen, boy!
Harry: I'm of age, and I'm going to keep fighting even if you've given up!
- Second to last chapter in the final book: "Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it isn't real?"
- Right after Harry curses Carrow, McGonagall demands to know what Harry's doing at Hogwarts and generally reverting to the stern Deputy Headmistress from the previous books. But as soon as Harry states he's "acting on Dumbledore's orders", she immediately stops lecturing and sets to work preparing the castle for the coming siege.
- Damn near everything McGonagall does in Deathly Hallows — CHARGE!
- To clarify, Harry almost gets flattened by a whole army of transfigured desks, McGonagall running after them shouting, hair undone and a massive cut on her cheek, clearly so into the battle that she doesn't even see him.
- No, seriously, everything she does. The moment she steps into Ravenclaw tower, McGonagall just defines this trope. She doesn't take crap. She doesn't take nonsense. War is coming, and by Merlin, the teachers and body will be armed, the school will be evacuated. You stand in her way — you don't stand a chance. Everything she does reveals the incredible bravery, loyalty, and love she has for Hogwarts.
- Her defiance of the evil Carrows is also awesome.
Amycus: He can punish them. Couple of kids more or less, what's the difference?
McGonagall: Only the difference between truth and lies, courage and cowardice. A difference, in short, which you and your sister seem unable to appreciate. But let me make one thing very clear. You are not going to pass off your many ineptitudes on the students of Hogwarts. I shall not permit it.
- And if you know McGonagall, you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that come hell or high water, she is NOT going to permit it. And this is before Harry appeared; as far as she knew at that moment, if it had come to a fight, she would have stood alone. Woman is badass.
- McGonagall agreeing to defend the school against Voldemort himself. "We teachers are rather good at magic, you see."
- Also, her fight with Snape where she demonstrates just how a Transfiguration master fights.
- Add to that when McGonagall straight up told Slughorn that treason is not an option.
Slughorn: My word! What a to-do! I'm not at all sure whether this is wise, Minerva. He is bound to find a way in, you know, and anyone who has tried to delay him will be in most grievous peril—
McGonagall: I shall expect you and the Slytherins in the Great Hall in twenty minutes, also. If you wish to leave with your students, we shall not stop you. But if any of you attempt to sabotage our resistance or take up arms against us within this castle, then Horace, we duel to kill.
Slughorn: (aghast) Minerva!
McGonagall: The time has come for Slytherin House to decide upon its loyalties. Go and wake your students, Horace.
- "Our headmaster is taking a short break", said McGonagall, pointing to a Snape-shaped hole in the window. Even better was what she said to the student body: "He has, to use the common phrase, done a bunk."
- The brief clash between McGonagall, Snape and Flitwick is really underrated as truly the finest example of a Wizard Duel in the entire series (after Dumbledore vs. Voldemort duel in Order of the Phoenix). Most duels are fairly shallow affairs involving throwing various curses at each other and hoping to block or dodge the enemy's ones. In this duel, McGonagall opens with a lightning-fast offensive spell that Snape blocks, then draws a lasso of flame from a nearby torch and hurls it at him, only for Snape to transform the flames into a black serpent and send it back at her. McGonagall blasts the serpent to ash, then transforms the ash into a swarm of daggers which Snape blocks by dragging a suit of armour in front of himself. Then Flitwick intervenes and animates the armour to try and grab Snape forcing him to send it flying back at his opponents before fleeing. The description of the scene is so fast-paced that you can just imagine the spells flying back and forth as two masters of the art use every trick they know to try and kill each other.
- Flitwick gets his own Crowning Moment of Awesome in this scene, right before saving McGonagall (and kicking Snape's ass): "NO! You'll do no more murder at Hogwarts!" It just ties in so well with the teachers' Let's Get Dangerous moment.
- Hermione doing a memory charm on Xenophilius Lovegood right before she blew the floor away and disapparated (teleported away) in mid-air with both Ron and Harry to cover up Ron's presence.
- Hermione managing to come up with a good lie while being horribly tortured was pretty cool — as well as the fact she managed to save the Magical Bag of Awesome from the Death Eaters by stuffing it down her sock.
- Also, after that, when Hermione tells Griphook they targeted her because she's a Mudblood, and when Ron mutters she shouldn't call herself that, she says she's a "Mudblood, and proud of it!"
- Not sure if this is the page for it, but the revelation of Dumbledore's past definitely qualifies as awesome writing. Up until now, he's been a kid story version of Gandalf. Now, he gets deconstructed, and we see Dumbledore as a flawed human. While this does put him on a Broken Pedestal, it also makes him far more relatable as a character, in my opinion.
- Horace Slughorn leading the Slytherins and probably everyone in Hogsmeade back to the final battle, where he then proceeds to attack Voldemort himself head-on. People who have always been brave and strong doing brave and strong things? Awesome. A geriatric hedonist finding the strength to overcome his deepest fears in the eleventh hour? Running headfirst into battle with the MOST POWERFUL DARK WIZARD OF ALL TIME!!?? CROWNING MOMENT of Awesome.
- There's something even more awesome about that scene. It means a large number of Slytherins, many of who are pureblood supremacists themselves, are finally putting their foot down and admitting that, yes, Voldemort and the Death Eaters have gone too far and MUST BE STOPPED.
- Ron destroying the Slytherin Locket.
- Also, Ron saving Harry from drowning and then yelling at him for being an idiot once they're on dry ground.
- And Ron losing it and disarming Bellatrix when he hears her about to kill Hermione.
- Harry's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Voldemort. Made even better by the fact it's an allusion to an equally awesome speech of the same nature given by Dumbeldore.
- Snape giving Detention to Ginny and Co. It doesn't sound awesome at first, but think about it: instead of leaving them to the Carrows (where they would surely be tortured), he sends them into the Forest with their friend Hagrid. And he still maintains his cover as Voldemort's right-hand man.
- Hell, just the actions of the students in general during the Death Eater regime. Many of the DA members willingly suffer torture and beatings from the Carrows and their supporters rather than submit to them. Seamus in particular was tortured and maimed so badly Harry didn't even recognize him until he spoke, and the kid still had the strength to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts. That's Oireland for you.
- This exchange:
McGonagall: Prefects, when I give the word, you will organize your House and take your charges in orderly fashion to the evacuation point.
Ernie Macmillan: (stands up from the Hufflepuff table) And what if we want to stay and fight?
- The Battle of Hogwarts. FULL. STOP.
- "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!" CMOA of the entire series. When you read this sentence, you know that Bellatrix will die just like the bitch she is.
- In context, this scene gets better. People talk about Andromeda Tonks and how much she lost as an innocent bystander, but what about Molly Weasley? Over the past 3 years, she watched helplessly as her husband and not one, but TWO of her sons (Bill and George) almost get killed. She spent the entire year fearing for the lives of Harry, Ron, and Hermione after being completely cut off in the aftermath of The Fall of the Ministry. She's watched close comrades die. Every day, it seems like her worst fear (The death of her family) might finally come true. and then, on the very same day that her estranged son Percy finally returns and apologizes for being an idiot, Fred is killed in the Battle of Hogwarts. SHE WAS ALREADY IN MOURNING. And on top of all this, Voldemort returns from the Forbidden Forest triumphantly with Harry dead in Hagrid's arms. As far as she's concerned, she's lost another son. So for Bellatrix to go after her youngest child, (her ONLY DAUGHTER, by the way) after she lost so much not just in 24 hours, but over the entire course of the war? With all that pent up rage and sorrow, there was no way anyone could have won a duel with Molly Weasley at that moment.
- Word of God went into a bit more detail on this scene, which, if anything, made it even more awesome than it already was. Specifically, it was clarified that the curse Molly used was not, in fact, the Killing Curse but rather an exceptionally-powerful Stunner that caused Bella to have a heart attack. On paper this doesn't sound as badass as the Killing Curse, but then you remember we have actually seen something like this before, in the fifth book, when four of Umbridge's henchmen Stunned and critically wounded McGonagall. Thing is, that was four trained Aurors versus an unarmed target, and even then, McGonnagal didn't die. In Deathly Hallows, however, we find one dumpy housewife versus the second most powerful Death Eater, and she comes away with a kill. Just how powerful is Molly, anyway?
- It's easy to miss, but according to the narration the fight got so intense the floor started to heat up and crack around their feet.
- Dean Thomas gets two in the final battle. For starters, charging into battle without a wand of his own, and followed later when he was shown battling with a wand he had won for himself, clearly meaning that he, an unarmed teenager, either managed to wrestle an armed, trained-to-kill Death Eater's wand away and made it his own, which he was now putting to good use of it or he took it up off of a fallen comrade and was using it to exact vengeance for their death.
- Before the battle, all of the Hogwarts students are called into the Great Hall, where McGonagall informs them of what's happening and what they'll do about it. Before the school starts evacuating, Voldemort speaks to them from the Shrieking Shack, saying that he won't harm anyone in the school if they give him Harry, saying they have one hour to comply. After the message, Pansy Parkinson decides to be a typical Slytherin and stands up, pointing at Harry and shrieking "IT'S POTTER! HE'S RIGHT THERE! SOMEBODY GET HIM!" Nobody moves towards Harry. Instead, the other three tables all stand up in unison, draw their wands, and point them at the Slytherins, ready to curse them into oblivion if any of them DARES make a move towards Harry.
- As Harry proceeds toward Voldemort under his Invisibility Cloak for the final confrontation in the Great Hall, he witnesses the defeats of the supporting villains. As the scenes are very short and most of the characters involved are minor, this sequence is easy to forget, but man is it awesome:
- Walden Macnair: In his civilian identity he was the Ministry of Magic's executioner, and you may remember him as the man who very nearly got to kill Buckbeak. Naturally, his defeat goes to Hagrid, who stops being a Gentle Giant long enough the throw Macnair into a wall so hard he's knocked unconscious.
- Antonin Dolohov: After Bellatrix and Voldemort himself, Dolohov is probably the Death Eater with the best combat record, injuring Hermione in the fifth book and killing Lupin offscreen. Who finally halts his rampage? Flitwick, finally displaying his long-hinted skill at dueling.
- Fenrir Greyback: Greyback is the world's most vicious werewolf and the Death Eaters' go-to Psycho for Hire. His opponents are Ron and Neville, the two main characters used for comic relief most often. Ron and Neville win.
- Yaxley: George and Lee Jordan, barely older than teenagers, take on the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and come away victorious.
- *Punch* "And that's the second time we've saved your life tonight, you two-faced bastard!" In one action and fourteen words, Ron (who arguably suffered the most from him) pays back Malfoy for all the crap he's taken from him over the years.
- Lee Jordan and Kingsley Shacklebolt using Potterwatch to ask listeners to look after their Muggle neighbors.
Royal (Kingsley Shacklebolt): We continue to hear truly inspirational stories of wizards and witches risking their own safety to protect Muggle friends and neighbours, often without the Muggles' knowledge. I'd like to appeal to all our listeners to emulate their example, perhaps by casting a protective charm over any Muggle dwellings in your street. Many lives could be saved if such simple measures are taken.
River (Lee Jordan): And what would you say, Royal, to those listeners who reply that in these dangerous times, it should be "wizards first?"
Kingsley Shacklebolt: I'd say that it's one short step from "wizards first" to "pure-bloods first", and then to "Death Eaters". We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.
- The Circling Monologue in the final battle. "So it all comes down to this, doesn't it? Does the wand in your hand know its last master was Disarmed? Because if it does... I am the true master of the Elder Wand."
- Students call each other by their last names, so when Harry calls him "Riddle," he's treating him like a fellow student: a complete equal.
- When the Dementors attacked Harry, Ron, and Hermione when they were going to the Shrieking Shack. Both Ron and Hermione cast their Patronuses to try and repel them to no effect, while Harry can't even bring himself to try. Before the Dementors come to them, three Patronuses rescue them. Who is it that sent them? Not teachers, Aurors, or members of the Order; it's Seamus Finnegan, Ernie Macmillan, and Luna Lovegood, using what they learned under Harry in Dumbledore's Army. This gives Harry the hope he needs to summon his own Patronus. Particularly awesome when you realize that the trio who saved them represent the three Hogwarts Houses who were allowed to stay and fight against Voldemort.
- Just before the final duel between Harry and Voldemort, when everyone thinks Harry is dead. Harry sneaks through the battle, under his Invisibility Cloak, saving half a dozen people without fanfare. When he finally reaches where the main battle is being fought, he sees Voldemort blast back McGonagall, Kingsley, and Slughorn and start to turn his wand towards Molly Weasley. Harry casts a Shield Charm, saving her, and throws off his cloak, appearing alive in front of all his friends.
- When, towards the end of the Battle, even the creatures living in the castle and its grounds join in; the Thestrals (led by Buckbeak), Grawp, the centaurs (who were previously neutral), the house-elves...
- Snape's reply to Dumbledore telling him that he wants Snape to kill him:
- Also, his What the Hell, Hero? speech to Dumbledore upon the revelation that Harry, whom Snape has been protecting throughout the entire series, must die in order to defeat Voldemort. It takes balls to call someone out. It takes strong, plentiful, titanium-coated balls to do it to the most powerful, respected wizard of the age.
- A subtle one, but Harry after Dobby's funeral finally completing his Character Development and growing from a rash, angsty teenager who lets his emotions get away with him into a mature, effective leader who makes careful, informed decisions. It's just so very satisfying to finally feel like we can trust our hero to not screw up.
- Harry sees Snape die a nasty death, blood and memories leaking everywhere, and Snape get his last CMOA — "Look at me." So, depressed, weary, and tired, he drops Ron and Hermione off to mourn over Fred, who just died. Then, he goes to Dumbledore's office and discovers Snape loved his mom, Snape just died without any recognition for being a hero, and now, oh yeah, Harry has to die. After going through all this, the battle, the mourning, and memories, the pain, the shock, he gets up and manages enough sanity to walk out, all alone, without any comfort but his deceased family, and find Voldemort. He has no idea how badly, or even if, Voldemort will torture him. He doesn't know anything else, but just trusts Dumbledore, that Voldemort'll be mortal. He doesn't know if Neville will get Nagini in the end, (which he does, ON FIRE), and he doesn't know if any'll bring Voldemort down in the end. He stands there, silently saying goodbye to Ron, Hermione, and Ginny, and is completely willing to die, on his own. Made even worse by the song "Open at the Close" by Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls. If there's a Crowning Moment of Tearjerking, that song makes it.
- Quite a lot of Snape's better moments count as these. But in particular there's his sheer nerve and force of will in obeying Voldemort, playing the loyal servant and even managing to stay in the same room as him, not only concealing his triple agent status but also the unimaginable hatred he must have felt towards the person who murdered Lily. The man must have had a backbone made of adamantium.
- Especially remembering that Occlumency requires emotional control. To be able to control those feelings while staring Lily's murderer in the face...
- Damn, Harry names his SON after him, stating Snape was the bravest man he ever met, and that is including people like Neville (killing Nagini while on fire, with a SWORD) and Dumbledore (who orchestrated his own death).
- "Sometimes, I think we sort too soon" - Dumbledore would have agreed with Harry. Did, in fact, when he implied it was a tragedy for Snape to have been sorted into Slytherin because he was a Gryffindor at heart.
- While the Battle of Hogwarts was amazing and all, Harry's rescue of all those Muggleborn witches and wizards in the Ministry was a shining moment for him.
"Their blood is pure," said Harry (as Runcorn), as his deep voice echoed impressively through the hall. "Purer than many of yours, I dare say!"
- Draco gets a small one early on in the book, when Harry and the others have been captured. Hermione's just thrown a jinx at him, messing up his face horribly, and the Death Eaters need Draco to identify him. What does Draco, who not too long ago wanted Harry dead and is under incredible pressure from the likes of his desperate mother and father, not to mention Bellatrix and Greyback, do?
"I can't- I can't be sure." Then, after being hassled by his father to check again. "I don't know."
- Hermione erasing all her parents' memories of her. Every. Last. One. Granted, she was planning on bringing them back but still! Not only did that show her caring for them, but it also shows her courage. That action pretty much sums up why Hermione is a Gryffindor and not a Ravenclaw; her plan to restore her parents' memories wasn't "granted" at all — she could only do it if she lived long enough to find them, and one of the reasons that she erased the memories in the first place was so that if she was killed, or Voldemort won and she had to spend the rest of her life on the run/in hiding, her parents could be happy in their ignorance. You'd want to spare your parents that kind of grief, wouldn't you? Word of God later stated that, after Voldemort's death, Hermione managed to find her parents and restore their memories.
- In the chapter The Prince's Tale, Dumbledore verbally trapping Snape into exposing his hypocrisy of only valuing certain innocent lives, then point-blank telling Snape that he finds him 'disgusting' with, according to Harry, more contempt than he has ever had in his voice before.
Dumbledore: If Lily means so much to you, surely Lord Voldemort will spare her? Could you not ask for mercy for the mother, in exchange for the son?
Snape: I have - I have asked him
Dumbledore: You disgust me. (Snape seemed to shrink a little.) You do not care, then, about the deaths of her husband and child? They can die, as long as you have what you want?
- On the night of Lily Potter's death, Dumbledore taunts a grieving Snape by bringing to mind the image of Lily's eyes. Serves as a What the Hell, Hero? against Dumbledore at first, until you realize that it's completely Snape's fault that Lily died in the first place, that Snape has no remorse for the other innocent life that was lost in that attack, and that Snape, as a Death Eater, has surely taken part in tearing apart many other families without a second thought. It haunts him seventeen years later, however, when he finally realises that, when Snape did finally feel remorse, the raw wounds remained raw right to the bitter end. As someone who knows what it's like to live with the power of love, guilt and remorse, it's no wonder Dumbledore was in tears when he saw the doe.
- During the final confrontation, both Big Bad Voldemort and The Dragon Bellatrix each take on three opponents at once. Voldemort faces off with McGonagall, Slughorn and Kingsley, but the really awesome moment here is Hermione, Ginny and Luna teaming up against Bellatrix - bearing in mind that all three of them are barely of age, and haven't completed their schooling, but still manage to hold their own, at least until Molly Weasley's immortal moment detailed above.
- A minor one, but nevertheless: Arthur Weasley stopping Polyjuiced Harry!Rumcorn in the elevator, and all but threatening him. To reiterate: Arthur Weasley, in a hostile environment at best, already a known blood-traitor and thus under suspicion by pretty much everybody around him, stops a high-ranking Ministry-employee and crony of Voldemort's and intimidates him. It being a polyjuiced Harry notwithstanding, it must be noted that he seems entirely confident that Runcorn would, in fact, be intimidated. This speaks absolute volumes about Mr. Weasley.