Heartwarming: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
From the Book:
At the wedding, when Fleur walks down the aisle...
While her radiance usually dimmed everyone else by comparison, today it beautified everyone it fell upon. Ginny and Gabrielle, both wearing golden dresses, looked even prettier than usual, and once Fleur had reached him, Bill did not look as though he had ever met Fenrir Greyback.
When confronted with the possibility of owning the Elder Wand in Deathly Hallows, Harry instead repairs his own wand, which Hermione broke. Awww. Especially heartwarming because Harry has essentially accepted Ollivander's assertions that a wand is sort of like a person, with feelings. To him, his old wand is like a brother or an old friend.
I've always seen it as... that wand is like Harry. It was broken. Now it is full again.
In the epilogue of the final book, after spending 99% of the series hating Snape's guts, Harry names one of his children after him, even calling Snape "the bravest man I ever knew".
But he was home. Hogwarts was the first and best home he had known. He and Voldemort and Snape, the abandoned boys, had all found home here...
And again, after the Final Battle, when he saw Dumbledore's portrait...
But Harry had eyes only for the man who stood in the largest portrait directly behind the headmaster's chair. Tears were sliding down from behind the half-moon spectacles into the long silver beard, and the pride and gratitude emanating from him filled Harry with the same balm as phoenix song.
The graveyard scene in Deathly Hallows. After searching for a while, Hermione finds Harry's parents' grave. After seeing it, she calls Harry. Harry, seeing the grave, starts wishing for some flowers. Hermione, as if reading his mind, conjures flowers, and gives them to Harry so that he can put them on the grave. After that, Harry starts crying, and the book describes the tears falling on the snow and melting. Leaving the graveyard, Harry puts an arm around Hermione's waist and she wraps her arm around Harry's shoulder.
Hermione: Merry Christmas, Harry.
Also, Harry, at the start of the book, tells both Ron and Hermione that they shouldn't come with him. He says they'd be outcasts and hated, and tells them the trouble of going with him, that he isn't worth it, and that they could be killed. Hermione and Ron explain that: Hermione removed her parents' memories of her and sent them to Australia, so that if she dies they won't know, won't care, and will live happily without her; and Ron was tricking everyone (but his family) into thinking he had Dragon Pox, and they will stand with Harry, no matter what.
Harry's kisses with Ginny. All of them.
Even more so Ron's kiss with Hermione.
When at the end of book 7, Harry has to cast a Patronus. What does he think about? Ron and Hermione.
On a similar note, Harry thinking of Ginny in what he believes to be his final moments while waiting for Voldemort to kill him.
In Deathly Hallows, Harry, on the run from Death Eaters and the Ministry of Magic, visits the house where his parents died, which still stood as a memorial to them. On the sign commemorating his parents, visitors had written graffiti, the latest of which are all messages of support for Harry in his struggle against Voldemort. The reminder that Harry is not as alone as he seems is a very nice moment in what is otherwise perhaps the darkest part of the entire series.
In The Deathly Hallows, Snape's Pensieved memories of Lily Potter.
The significance of the doe Patronus was a biggie. It is an awe-inspiring moment when Harry sees it in the woods and senses a connection to it. No-one would have thought in a million years that Snape's Patronus would be the very one that was once Lily Potter's. And Dumbledore's shock that after all those years, Snape's love for Lily did not die and remained the driving force behind protecting Harry... All captured perfectly in the most simple of lines.
Dumbledore: After all this time, Severus? Snape: Always.
Ron, the person who has spent years mocking S.P.E.W., being the one to think of the House Elves' safety.
Augusta, Neville's grandmother, gets one in Hallows when she says she's proud of Neville, for what's probably the first time in the series.
It's just the way she says it. She's told that Neville is fighting, and her reply is simply, "Naturally. Excuse me, I must go and assist him." She isn't surprised or impressed, she just always knew he would fight and expected nothing less of him.
Solidifying the above is a moment at the end when it describes Neville, one of the most picked-on, maligned, laughed-at kids in the school, as being "surrounded by a knot of fervent admirers". And he earned it by being a total Badass.
"It's that boy! The son of those two Aurors — the one who's been giving us so much trouble!" Yeah, you're damn right it is.
The names of Harry and Ginny's children, and the fact that Teddy has obviously been well cared for and loved by his godparents after both his parents died when he was less than three months old. So it's cheesy; so it's cliche; it's still lovely to know that things turn out for the better after all.
Throughout the series, the Slytherin House was always filled with evil, horrible people who all became dark wizards, with but a few exceptions to the rule. In the epilogue, young Albus wangsts about the idea of being put into Slytherin, and Harry assures him that there is nothing wrong with that house, that it is just as good as any other. It seemed, finally, after years of hearing only the worst parts of Slytherin, Harry (and JKR as well) pointed out that one house of people is not solely bad or good. Harry told Albus that if he truly had a problem being sorted into Slytherin, the Sorting Hat would take his choice into account. It was a call-back to the first book.
On that same note about their naming, although lesser in terms of sheer dramatic impact; there was just something oddly and simply heartwarming about Luna's name being given to their daughter's as a middle name. Out of all the friends they had made, all of whom fought together and bled together, most of whom they had known for longer, it was Luna's they chose to pass onto their kid. A simple statement, but very, truly heartwarming nonetheless.
When Ron comes back in Deathly Hallows:
Harry: You've sort of made up for it tonight. Getting the sword. Finishing off the Horcrux. Saving my life. Ron: That makes me sound a lot cooler than I was. Harry: Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was. I've been trying to tell you that for years.
The thought that Dumbledore gave Ron the Deluminator so he could always return to his friends is heartwarming in itself.
Ron: He'd known I'd leave, didn't he? Harry: No, he knew you'd come back.
In Deathly Hallows, when Harry speaks to his mother, father, Lupin, and Sirius about dying, right before he believes he is about to die.
Harry: Does it hurt? Sirius: Dying? Not at all. Quicker and easier than falling asleep.
Luna Lovegood during the battle of Hogwarts:
Luna: That's right. That's right, Harry... come on think of something happy... Harry: Something happy? Luna: We're all still here. We're still fighting. Come on, now...
Also regarding Luna, Harry and the others go to her room at home and see their faces on the wall with the word "Friends"; it makes you want to cry. She has grown up without a mother, and it's fairly clear that she and her father are social pariahs. Even when she gets to Hogwarts, it's implied that she doesn't have any friends until she meets Ginny. But throgubh her, and eventually DA, For maybe the first time in her life, she has real friends. What makes her mural especially beautiful is that although it isn't created with sorcery, Harry recognizes that there's "something magical" about it nonetheless.
After the Battle of Hogwarts, a crowd gathers around Harry, and Luna is refreshingly considerate of Harry's exhaustion. After everything that Harry went through, it was nice to read that someone was thinking of him.
Luna: I'd want some peace and quiet, if it were me. Harry: I'd love some. Luna: Use your cloak. (points out the window) Oooh, look! A Blibbering Humdinger!
The Will of Albus Dumbledore: Molly gives Harry his traditional 17th Birthday present: a unique, gold watch. And Harry gets up and hugs her. What makes the watch better isn't just that it's his 17th birthday watch, it's the fact that it belonged to her brother Fabian. She was effectively giving Harry a Weasley hand-me-down, as if to say "you're not just as good as family, you are family." Fabian and Gideon, Molly's brothers, were killed by Death Eaters. She gave Harry one of the few mementos of her brother that she still had. Considering that their deaths are probably a major reason why she was so overprotective...
Made even better again considering an obscure line in Philosopher's Stone, when Harry is locked in the cupboard (after the zoo incident) and he considers sneaking into the kitchen for food, but doesn't know if it's late enough that the Dursleys will be asleep. He stays put, wishing he had a watch. Think about that — if he had a watch, he also wouldn't be living with the Dursleys or sleeping under a staircase, he'd be with a family that loves him. Six freakin' books later, J.K. gives us the payoff for that microscopic scene: he has his watch and a family that truly loves him along with it. Yeah, I think there were a lot of unsaid things in that hug after all.
Near the end of Deathly Hallows, when Harry and Dumbledore talk and Harry tells Dumbledore about Grindelwald protecting his grave.
"Perhaps that lie to Voldemort was his attempt to make amends... to prevent Voldemort from taking the Hallow..." "...or maybe from breaking into your tomb?" suggested Harry, and Dumbledore dabbed his eyes.
"Here lies Dobby, a free elf."
As much as people may not like to admit it, even the Malfoys get one of these in Book 7. It's ridiculously obvious that both Lucius and Narcissa are way over their Fantastic Racism tendencies and just want to go back to a normal life. Narcissa, the mildest member of the family, is understandably terrified not only for own life, but also for her husband, and is blatantly sickened at the scarring Voldemort is inflicting on her son by making him party/privy to acts of torture and murder.
Draco is revealed to have some humanity when he is stricken by Crabbe's death, despite the fact that Crabbe was willing to kill him along with Harry at one point. All of this builds up to the Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when Narcissa checks Harry's "corpse", realizes he's alive, and totally escapes the Moral Event Horizon by asking him if Draco is in the castle (i.e. is he okay/alive). Lucius joins her in doing this when he and wife more or less refuse to care about any more bloodshed and simply look for their son. Later, once it was all over, all three sit down like shellshocked war refugees and consider themselves lucky they have each other. Made better when you realise that it means Draco will escape the paths his predecessors Tom Riddle and Snape walked - one who never had a family's love and another who realised far too late what he could have have. Draco and his family get to learn the lesson before it's too late for Draco - something Dumbledore and Snape both wanted for Draco all along.
The end of the line describing the last battle, where it says "...and Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy running through the crowd, not even attempting to fight, screaming for their son," is a sure tear-up moment.
During the fire in the Room of Requirement, Draco also shows some humanity by attempting to drag an unconscious Goyle to safety instead of abandoning him to save his own skin.
It gets even better in the epilogue when Harry and his friends bear Draco no true lasting hatred.
Snape's last words, "Look at me" — wanting to see Lily's eyes again before he died.
The film adaptation doesn't stop there. "You have your mother's eyes..."
When Percy comes back at the end of Deathly Hallows, and that entire reunion scene. Especially the moment between him and Mr. Weasley when Percy simply looks at him sadly and says "Dad, I'm sorry." It's just a small, quiet, but incredibly heartwarming father-son moment.
And the fact that out of all the people there, the one who reacted the worst to Fred's death was Percy. It just showed that he really did love his brothers, despite all the differences between them. Just the idea of him clinging to Fred's body made me sob like a baby. And that he was the one who wouldn't let go! Percy needs a hug!
"He spat at you." It's a testament to the quality of Rowling's characters that every reader who knew Harry and McGonagall could instantly feel why Harry performed the Cruciatus curse just for that — no descriptions of his anger were necessary. Just the sheer love for the teachers and Hogwarts, and the hate for Voldemort and his Death Eaters.
"The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well."
Harry's return to Hogwarts in The Deathly Hallows.
No love for Kreacher? He's involved in two in Deathly Hallows. For as sad as his backstory with Regulus Black was, it's Harry's first act of genuine kindness towards him (and Kreacher's reaction to receiving his former beloved master's locket) proving Dumbledore's words that provoked more tears. Not only was Kreacher so moved that he stayed to help Harry despite technically being free, but he even gets his own Crowning Moment of Awesome by leading the Hogwarts house elves in counterattack against the Death Eaters... in Harry's name.
Kreacher: Fight! Fight! Fight for my Master, defender of house-elves! Fight the Dark Lord, in the name of brave Regulus! Fight!
All of Potterwatch. The whole thing. In a time of fear and chaos, a few brave people risk their lives to give hope to everyone via a regular radio broadcast. It's especially a Crowning Moment when they say that, if Harry is listening, they're all rooting for him.
When Harry and Hermione visit Godric's Hollow and see the Potters' house, the commemorative plaque has been covered in encouraging grafitti: "good luck, Harry, wherever you are", "if you read this, Harry, we're all behind you!", "long live Harry Potter", etc. It's a bright spot in a really dark, sad set of chapters.
When Lupin travels to Shell Cottage to deliver the news of the birth of his son, and immediately seizes Harry in an embrace and asks him to be godfather, their previous argument forgotten. The line "Lupin, who appeared dazed by his own happiness." It doesn't matter if you ship Lupin/Tonks, Lupin/Sirius, Lupin/Snape, Lupin/Hermione, or Lupin/Whomping Willow — you teared up at that line.
Another gem from Deathly Hallows, Dudley says goodbye to Harry; it's not much, but considering their history...
Dudley: I don't think you're a waste of space... You saved my life.
Made all the more heartwarming when you find out that Dudley and Harry kept in touch in the future.
During the Battle of Hogwarts, after Molly Weasley kills Bellatrix Lestrange (do we actually need spoilers?) Voldemort attempts to kill her, but Harry protects her and reveals himself. Why is that important? Because Harry has, for most of his life, lost many loved ones and mentors, several times right in front of him, and with him unable to do anything. His parents, James and Lily? Dead when he was one. His godfather Sirius? Fell through the Veil of Death and a few meters from Harry, who later realised he could have prevented it. Dumbledore? He has been immobilized by Dumbledore and can only watch as Snape kills him (of course, it was a Mercy Kill, but still...). Alastor Moody? Dead at Voldemort's hand, while he tried to distract him from finding Harry. Remus Lupin, his last connection to his parents? Killed by Dolohov while he looked for Voldemort's last Horcrux? Nymphadora Tonks, Remus' wife? Killed by Bellatrix Lestrange in the same circumstances as Remus. Fred Weasley? Killed by Augustus Rookwood just a few minutes after Percy appeared and reconciled with his family. Severus Snape, who had been protecting him out of love towards Lily Potter? Killed by Voldemort, right in front of his eyes. Molly Weasley is probably one of the few adults with whom he still has a connection based in love, she has been his sort of adoptive mother ever since they met, they love each other like mother and son... and finally, finally, Harry can do something to prevent someone from being killed, and Harry eventually manages to do what he hasn't been able to do for nearly seventeen years.
Just the very nature of the relationship between Regulus Black and Kreacher.
It's a small one, but when you discover that Rufus Scrimgeour died to protect Harry, you realise that even the ultimately dislikable characters can be amongst some of the bravest.
Even minor characters can have one: Reg Cattermole, who, despite having been made ill, knocked out and stripped to his underwear, still went to the Ministry full of arrogant, judgmental "pure-bloods" because he wanted to be there for his wife.
Also quite sweet and Heartwarming In Hindsight; in order to get Cattermole out of the way, Hermione gives him a Puking Pastille and he starts being violently sick everywhere. However, despite this, he is still determined to get to work. Ron assumes that Cattermole is simply really fond of his job, but later it's shown that he was so desperate to go to work because he wanted to support his wife during her trial.
Of course Harry's group rescuing Mrs. Cattermole and the rest of the muggle borns despite the risk counts.
After the seven Potters plan, Arthur arrives at the Burrow and hears that George has been injured. Kingsley tries to get him to prove his identity and we get this response:
Harry had never heard Mr Wealsey shout like that before.
The moment when Neville pulls Godric Gryffindor's sword out of the Sorting Hat is not only awesome but incredibly heartwarming. Looking at this kid, no one expected him to be sorted into Gryffindor. And no matter how many people were wondering if a mistake had been made, you know that Neville Longbottom believed it more than anyone. Yet, steadily over the course of seven books, Neville has proven his worth and his courage. If anyone was still doubting Neville's placement, then book seven definitely swept those doubts away because as Dumbledore said: Only a true Gryffindor could have pulled that out of the hat.
While the Final Battle in the book is somewhat anticlimactic, it's also somewhat heartwarming. Harry isn't really fighting Voldemort, because he's already won. He's just trying to save Voldemort from a Fate Worse Than Death. Harry has such a big heart that he doesn't want anyone, even a monster like Voldemort, to suffer like that for eternity.
There's something rather sweet about the way Tonks flies around the castle looking for Remus in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Dumbledore's line Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real? not only spoke out to Harry but also to Rowling and all of us readers.
From the first Film:
The dancing scene between Harry and Hermione after Ron had left in Deathly Hallows Part 1.
When Ron comes back in Deathly Hallows Part 1 — the look on his face when he sees Hermione. Quickly turns into a Crowning Moment of Funny when Hermione responds with "You've been gone for months and all you can do is say HEY?!"
Ron picking up and carrying Harry's backpack back to the Burrow after he talks him out of leaving before the wedding.
In the Deathly Hallows Part 1 film, the scene where Harry dances with Hermione in an attempt to cheer her up. This was thought up for the film, and is immensely effective. Two people who have an unconditional, platonic love for each other, holding off the despair and hopelessness together. The reason this scene works so great is that it's also Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson dancing, two young adults having grown up together, and this togetherness is coming to a real end, as well as their characters' lives could be (they both could die, technically speaking, from their characters' POV.)
This deleted scene of Dudley thanking Harry. There's not even much dialogue, but the meaning is conveyed perfectly through the awkwardness of the moment.
From the second Film:
In Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hagrid hugging Harry after Voldemort is defeated and the war is over.
Also in Part 2, Harry Potter talking to his son Albus and the train scene as they leave..
Neville:Have you seen Luna? Harry:Luna? Neville:I'm mad for her! I think it's about time I told her since we both probably will be dead by dawn!
And then after the battle is over, Luna sits down next to Neville and gives him a proud little smile... d'awwwww.
Shortly after Neville's line, Ginny and Harry kiss, and before Harry can tell Ginny he loves her, she just looks him in the eyes and calmly, softly says, "I know." Then they run headlong in different directions, but Harry's got a little grin on his face.
Ron and Hermione's kiss.
As McGonagall is leaving to set up Hogwarts's defenses for the final battle and Harry is setting off to find the last Horcruxes:
McGonagall: Potter? It's good to see you again. Harry: It's good to see you again too, professor.
McGonagall usually comes across as The Stoic, but from this exchange, plus the way she leaps to Harry's defense when he confronts Snape, you can tell she really does care about her old student, and is glad to see he's alive.
There's also the look of Tranquil Fury on her face as she fights Snape. It's clear she hasn't forgotten about Dumbledore's death.
Shortly after Harry leaves several people of the Order are seen setting up some forcefield that just closes around Hogwarts. We see all those people we are familiar with; McGonagall, Molly, prof. Flitwick. They all mutter the same Latin sentences about protection against enemies. Then we see Horace Slughorn. A massively hedonistic, cowardly SLYTHERIN. And the head of Slytherin to top it off. The main characteristic of Slytherins is thinking about themselves — something that Slughorn has done quite some times. And then he stands there, helping the order, knowing that he could possibly die by doing so and would have been gladly accepted by Voldemort — he is a Slytherin after all — and he just mutters the same phrase in Latin that the others say: "Protego Maxima, Fianto Duri, Cave Inimicum." Thereby accepting his faith and choosing to stay in Hogwarts to help the Order. And knowing what he says in Latin makes it even worse.
Not ALL Slytherins are evil. Their main characteristic is ambition, not self-preservation. Yes, most of the Slytherin characters we see are not the nicest, but we only see a small portion of their students. Don't forget who saved Harry's life in the end: Narcissa Malfoy, a pureblood Slytherin married to a pureblood Slytherin with a pureblood Slytherin son, ends up being the one who secures Harry's safety.
In Deathly Hallows Part 2, Harry tells Hermione and Ron that he is going to go to the Forest and give himself up to the Death Eaters. Hermione's response? "I'll go with you."
After breaking out of Gringotts, the Gringotts Dragon just sits on a rooftop for a few seconds, taking a deep breath of fresh air and basking in the sun probably for the first time in its life. Harry's little smile and the "that was brilliant" comment really made the moment perfect. The movies haven't always done Rowling's books justice, but they got that scene right.
The scene of Ron and Hermione clinging to each other as Neville kills Nagini. Their love comes across more clearly there than in any other scene in the entire movie series. Damn.◊
What about Lily Potter's last words to her son? ''"Harry... Harry, you are loved. You are so loved. Harry, Mama loves you. Dada loves you. Harry, be safe. Be strong."' Oh, God. If Alan Rickman as Snape doesn't make you want to buy the DVD, those words from Lily Potter will. That was absolutely beautiful.
The 19 years later scene. On our three main characters looking in their late-thirties using some makeup and some CGI, you gotta admit it was a cute scene with their children, not to mention the tears and nostalgia it gave us. And they played some of John Williams' original theme. Pure nostalgia.
When Voldemort presents Harry's supposedly-dead body to all his friends and allies, Neville gets up in front of everyone and makes a very touching speech saying that all the people who have died in the battle were still with them in spirit and that they shouldn't let these deaths keep them from fighting Voldemort. Really uplifting.
What about when Voldemort wants Harry to face him and Pansy Parkinson says for someone to grab Harry for Voldemort? Well, guess what happens next? You see Harry preparing to defend himself... followed by his friends, three Houses (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff), and members of the Order of the Phoenix shielding him. Then you know that Harry has his friends and allies still supporting him.
The scene with Narcissa and Malfoy walking away from the battle hand in hand with Lucius folloiwng behind is very heartwarming, as is Narcissa lying to Voldemort's face after Harry confirms Draco being alive.
When Ron, Hermione and Harry walk to Hogwarts in the midst of the battle, there is this one moment where they duck behind rubble to avoid a troll swinging an axe. Next, a flood of spiders rush out. Then dementors swoop overhead. Those three parallels to the "baddies" of the first three books/films was just priceless, particularly the parallel with the troll. They've come so far since that one Halloween night.
The music that sounds over Voldemort's death is "Lily's Theme". You wonder why, until you realize that it is because the reason why Voldemort died was because a twenty-one year old mother refused to let a madman kill her child, and paid the price.
This scene was deleted from the final cut of the movie and made a DVD extra, but Harry falling into one of the marching lines after coming back to Hogwarts. He finds a spot in formation right next to Ginny and just grabs hold of her hand for a moment...
It's very understated, but after the Running Gag throughout the series of Harry calling Snape by his surname and being corrected to "Professor Snape", after Harry witnesses Snape's death and sees his memories there are a couple of times when Harry refers to Snape with his full title, and does so without thinking. It doesn't even seem like a deliberate Due to the Dead decision to honour the man, Harry has simply (possibly subconsciously) accepted Snape as one of his teachers and mentors, on par with Professors McGonagall and Dumbledore.