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- At the end of The Order of the Phoenix, after Sirius's death and probably knowing how bad Harry was feeling, several of the Order, including Moody, Lupin, Mr. Weasley, and Tonks, go up to the Dursleys. They all speak in casual tones to them, but the threat is still there. If the Dursleys mistreat Harry in any way, the Order will find out.
- Given that this is Moody, who's a big softie at heart but will own you if necessary, makes it all the more heartwarming. Moody's probably smiling, off-page, at every threat Tonks makes to the Dursleys.
- The fact that it's McGonagall saying the following quote is what makes it a million times more heartwarming than if anyone else had said it. And right in front and in full defiance of Umbridge, no less. And in the end, Harry does indeed become an Auror. McGonagall must have done a jig in her office when it was announced in the paper.
McGonagall: Potter, I will assist you to become an Auror if it's the last thing I do!
- Order of the Phoenix is full of little ones of these. Like, after Percy sends Ron a letter telling him to stop being Harry's friend because Harry's a nutcase and it might ruin Ron's future job opportunities, Ron tears up the letter in fury, apparently humiliated to be related to someone like Percy. Also, when Harry unfairly accuses Hermione of debating his sanity with Lavender, she calmly tells him that actually, she told Lavender to "keep her fat mouth shut".
- Hermione's reaction to the first example is also very sweet; after refusing to help Ron and Harry with their homework, she finally relents and tells them that she'll check their essays for them. This is in direct response to the reactions caused by Percy's letter.
- Percy may be a Jerkass in this book, no two ways about it, but the fact that he makes the effort to reach out to Ron and protect him, even though he's doing it completely the wrong way, is heartwarming in its own way.
- Another little one comes in Umbridge's first class, where she refers to them being taught by "dangerous half-breeds," to which Dean Thomas immediately snaps "If you mean Professor Lupin, he was the best we ever..."; the fact that Dean says it as opposed to, say, Harry, shows that the whole class, not just the Power Trio, were willing to stand up for Lupin despite the fact that he was a werewolf.
- And then there's Hermione kissing Ron on the cheek for the first time to encourage him for his first Quidditch match. It doesn't help much, but the description of Ron touching the spot she kissed him in amazement is extremely sweet.
- The Gryffindor remix of "Weasley is Our King". For those who don't know:
Weasley is our King,
Weasley is our King,
He didn't let the Quaffle in,
Weasley is our King.
Weasley can save anything,
He never leaves a single ring,
That's why Gryffindors all sing:
Weasley is our King.
- Hagrid's whole relationship with Grawp. "HERMY! WHERE HAGGER?!" He remembered Hermione's name. To clarify, everyone, everyone, from the centaurs to his three best friends, thinks Hagrid is insane for dragging Grawp back and keeping him in the forest, while Hagrid just insists that he has to because he's his brother. He gets beaten up, risks being fired, even has Hermione briefly siding with Umbridge against him, but in the end, not only is he vindicated when Grawp grows more gentle and docile, but it was his devotion to his brother despite all odds that meant that Voldemort wasn't the only one fielding giants in the final battle, which gave the defenders much more of a fighting chance than they would have had otherwise.
- The fact that Grawp remembered Hermione's name.
- Towards the end of the book, Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle attempt to ambush Harry on the train when nobody is looking. They foolishly stage their attack right outside a compartment full of members of Dumbledore's Army, who see what is about to happen and end up hexing and jinxing the three into enormous slugs. What's heartwarming about this is that at the beginning of the term, the Sorting Hat encouraged the students of Hogwarts to stand united against darkness, regardless of which house they were in. And although Harry and Ron had misgivings about how they could come together, it's absolutely clear that the D.A. has accomplished that goal and brought the students from at least 3 of the 4 houses together- which is only made more awesome in the 6th book.
- A rather small one in Order of the Phoenix, when Umbridge fires Professor Trelawney and gleefully tries to throw her out, Professor McGonagall, who has previously made no secret of her disapproval of Trelawney's talents and teaching methods, defies Umbridge to rush forward and comfort the despondent Trelawney.
- When the Aurors try to forcibly remove Hagrid from Hogwarts, he defends himself, but doesn't attack them. McGonagall runs down to them, demanding that they leave him alone at once. For her compassion for a friend, she takes four Stunning Spells to the chest, and Hagrid completely loses his shit at seeing this.
- COWARDS!' bellowed Hagrid; his voice carried clearly to the top of the tower, and several lights flickered back on inside the castle. 'RUDDY COWARDS! HAVE SOME O' THAT— AN' THAT—'
- Ron is enraged when he sees the scar on Harry's hand from Umbridge's blood quill. His fury at Umbridge and protectiveness of Harry makes even Harry smile.
- It's not specifically stated in The Order of the Phoenix, but Dumbledore smiled and was probably very touched when he saw that the students' resistance group was called Dumbledore's Army. Gains extra resonance after the Book 7's revelations. In his youth, Albus Dumbledore was preparing to lead an army of wizards to do exactly what Fudge was accusing him of — Take Over the World. Since then he's been deliberately avoiding power because he knows it will cause him to turn to The Dark Side. Now here is an army of wizards, declaring their trust in his humility and wisdom.
- Two Mrs. Weasley moments in The Order of the Phoenix. The first is her boggart transforming into a dead Harry, whose death she is, well, deathly afraid of, as indicated by the boggart, despite him not being part of her immediate family. Then, there is the other scene:
"He's not your son, Molly."
"He's as good as!"
- Harry's reaction adds to this effect.
- More so is Sirius's. He just comes in the room and stares at the place where Harry's body was before Lupin vanished it. Molly's collapsed, sobbing all over Lupin, and Sirius is just staring at the place where Harry was. You can totally imagine what he's thinking, how terrible and grief-stricken he would be if it happened. Also Sirius comforting Molly, who were at loggerheads in who loves Harry more, telling her that regardless of anything the Order are True Companions and that if anything happened to her, they will look after her sons.
- Also, Sirius isn't just seeing Harry; the eyes of the dead boggart are shut, so physically, Sirius is seeing James, his best friend, lying there dead. Again.
- There's one tiny moment that's incredibly heartwarming for how subtle it is. After seeing Ron make a fool of himself, basking in his new found glory as a Quidditch hero, Harry smiles and the lines note that Harry was reminded of his father. This is heartwarming because Harry suffered a Broken Pedestal on seeing his father bullying Snape and acting different from how he imagined and being unconvinced by Sirius and Remus telling him that his Dad was fifteen. Seeing Ron behave like that, makes him understand those words for the first time and love both his father and Ron.
- A small one: When Neville is nervous about his Transfiguration O.W.L., Professor McGonagall says there's nothing wrong with his work except lack of confidence. She may be a Stern Teacher, but she will encourage her students when they need it.
- Though doubling as a Tear Jerker, Neville visiting his parents, who are near catatonic and don't seem aware of the world around them. His mother gives him a gum wrapper, but instead of throwing it away Neville keeps it.
- The teacher's reactions to Harry's interview. Professor Sprout awards him twenty points for passing her a watering can, Professor Flitwick gives him a box of Sugar Mice and Professor Trelawny changes her usual prediction of Harry's death by predicting he will live long, have twelve children and become Minister of Magic.
- Snape contacting the members of the Order immediately after Harry gave him his coded message about Sirius. If nothing else, it shows that he is capable of putting his lifelong grudge aside when lives depend on it. And he even went into the Forbidden Forest after the kids!
- Cho Chang's friendship with Marietta Edgecombe comes across as this in retrospect. Marietta was the only member of Cho's Girl Posse who stayed with her while she was dealing with the trauma of Cedric's death. Although Cho shouldn't have made Marietta join Dumbledore's Army as Marietta was worried it would affect her mother's job in the Ministry, Cho still stood by her after Marietta told Umbridge, and ended up receiving Hermione's "Sneak" jinx on her face. The last time Cho spoke to Harry, she tried defending Marietta's actions and got pissed off when Harry thought Hermione's jinx, which ended up scarring Marietta for life, was entirely justified, that ended their romantic relationship. Cho was given a choice between the boy she liked and the girl who stood by her side while she was overwhelmed with grief, and she chose the latter.
- Peeves, who never takes orders from anyone, does exactly what Fred and George Weasley ask him to and gives Umbridge hell.
- Also, up until that point, Peeves was targeting anyone. But after the twins started the prank war, he specifically went after Umbridge. He might be a troublemaker, but Hogwarts' his home too, and he too will fight for it.
- After Sirius' death, Harry runs into Luna trying to find her stuff and she offers her sympathies. Before this Harry is avoiding people and having to talk about it, but Luna having seen her mother die understands his pain and he takes comfort in that.
- Dobby disobeys orders to warn Harry and Dumbledore's Army that Umbridge is coming. Then Harry orders him back to the kitchen, to lie and say he doesn't know anything and forbids him to hurt himself.
- Neville, Luna, and Ginny display their Undying Loyalty to Harry by volunteering to come with him to rescue Sirius. For all they know, they'll be going up against Voldemort himself, but goshdarnit, this is their friend and mentor, and they will have his back. The fact that Neville in particular does so well against the Death Eaters is pretty heartwarming.
- A minor one for the Ministry, of all organizations, do happen near the beginning. When Fudge tries to have Harry convicted for his apparently illegal use of the Patronus charm, Dumbledore gives a 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. Some of the officials are shown to be uncomfortable. The narration notes that a rather large majority of the court later chooses to exculpate Harry, even though the Minister of Magic is clearly against it. It's nice to see that not all of the Ministry is corrupt.
- Harry's reaction to Ron becoming Prefect. He's initial shocked and disbelieving and has a bit of an internal debate while struggling with envy about it. The heartwarming par; he firmly rejects the idea he's better than anyone, not wanting to be as arrogant as Draco Malfoy and as soon as he finds himself resenting and wanting to laugh at Ron he's horrified with himself, firmly buts a stopper in it and resolves to be there and supportive of Ron.
- At Christmas holidays, the whole Weasley family, Harry and half the Order comes to Grimmauld Place 12. The person made the happiest by this fact? Sirius who is so elated he's loudly singing Christmas songs. Made even better when you think this has been probably the first Christmas since he has been arrested that he could really celebrate with loved ones around him and once Harry's paranoia proves unfounded, he feels like singing along with Sirius.
- An easy to miss one- Neville says early on that his grandmother is completely on Harry's sidein the midst of his recent Hero with Bad Publicity status. Neville one would expect to be on his side, but it's touching that this woman who barely knows Harry believes him without a second thought.
- Made even better - she's not just on his side because she "believes him", she's on Harry's side because she has an mentally broken son and daughter-in-law because of it; she's lived through the last war, she's witnesses the destruction and devastation it caused. If it's true, it's better to be prepared early and minimise loss, rather than lose everyone.
- Augusta Longbottom is shocked that Neville hasn't told everyone about what happened to his parents and, when he's confronted, Neville says he's "not ashamed". No, Neville is keeping quiet because he's proud. He doesn't want people to pity him - whatever he does in life will be because of his own merit, not because his parents' memory made people give it too him. He's proud of them, and intends to make them be proud of him - or, at least do something that would make them proud if they could be and weren't so broken.
- After Umbridge left, Flitwick removed the swamp that Fred and George 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". It's Heartwarming because it means that Fred and George actually listened to a teacher in class.
From the Film
- Sirius is always welcoming and supportive, and embraces Harry as he would his own son - something Harry has never realized he needs.
Sirius: When all this is over we'll be a proper family. You'll see.
- Which makes Sirius's death all the more tragic.
- Harry is feeling both depressed and scared that he might be becoming something that he isn't, that he is becoming more like Voldemort.
Harry: What if I'm becoming bad?
Sirius: I want you to listen to me very carefully, Harry. You're not a bad person. You're a very good person, who bad things have happened to.
- Harry learns the full history of Neville's parents, and is moved to pity... and to respect for another boy's determination.
Neville: Fourteen years ago, a Death Eater named Bellatrix Lestrange used the Crutiatus Curse on my parents. She tortured them for information, but they never gave in. (pause) I'm quite proud to be their son. But I'm not sure I'm ready for everyone to know just yet.
Harry: We're going to make them proud, Neville. That's a promise.
- Doubling as a Crowning Moment of Awesome, Harry's The Reason You Suck speech to Voldemort:
Harry: You're the weak one. And you'll never know love, or friendship... And I feel sorry for you!
- The fact that Moody ushers Luna past him and gives her to Tonks in the battle of the Ministry; Tonks is clumsy and barely able to stand on her own two feet, but Moody knows that there is power inside Tonks and that she'll fight to the death to keep Luna and the others safe. The fact that he trusts her, a junior Auror, is incredible-and as it turns out, well-founded.
- The part where Fred and George comfort Michael after they find him crying alone outside of Umbridge's office after finishing detention with her. Cemented by them showing him the scars on their hands to prove that they've been through exactly what he has, and they understand his pain. A subtle but incredibly powerful You Are Not Alone moment.
Fred: What's your name?
George: It's gonna be fine, Nigel.
Fred: Yeah. It's not as bad as it seems. See? It's fading already.
George: You can hardly see ours anymore.
Fred: And the pain stops after a while.
- Dumbledore stopping Trelawney from being sent away from the school. Prior to this scene, Umbridge had all of Trelawney's belongings packed up and set in the courtyard where most of the students and staff could see her. The poor woman begged Umbridge not to send her away and she smugly stated that she had the power to do so. Also doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome when Dumbledore tells Umbridge that she has no authority over his teachers' homes.
- As Dumbledore's Army's fight with the Death Eaters in the Ministry is joined by members of the Order of the Phoenix, Harry defies Sirius telling him to run to fight by his side against Bellatrix, to Sirius' grudging approval. Harry gets off an impressive spell and Sirius calls out "Nice one, James!" The man who spent 12 years in an inhumane prison, and who isn't altogether sane, however well he hides it, forgets, for just a moment, that it's Harry fighting by his side, and thinks it's his old friend, James, fighting the Death Eaters just like old times. As much as people always say Harry has Lily's eyes, he is truly his father's' son.
- During the Dumbledore's Army scenes where Neville starts with absolutely no confidence whatsoever, who flings his wand from his hand doing even the simplest defensive spell, but never gives up. When he does eventually pull it off, the entire class gathers around him to congratulate him. Even the person he disarmed is thrilled to see him succeed. It doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Neville as well because he never gave up, not even against his own lack of self-esteem.
- When Harry's feeling isolated even from Ron and Hermione, he happens to encounter Luna feeding the thestrals in the forest. Luna is just as isolated, and thought to be just as mad, as Harry: and she's been that way all her life. She urges him to remember that he is only alone by choice, and that his friends want to support him. Harry mends fences with his friends, and winds up including Luna in his circle.
- In the picture above, when Sirius is hugging Harry, Lupin's smile is quite heartwarming-this is his best friend and other best friend's son. He's with his family.