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All together now: "EXPECTOOOOO... PATROOONNUUUUUM!"note 

"Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was. I've been trying to tell you that for years."

Warning, here be spoilers. And lists that get steadily longer and more awesome with every book.


Miscellaneous and Meta

  • Dumbledore averages about two literary crowning moments per chapter commentary in The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Particularly his commentaries with Brutus and Lucius Malfoy, in which both of them get utterly pwned.
  • From the 2014 Quidditch World Cup write-up on Pottermore, we have Ginny Badass Potter incapacitating Rita Skeeter with "what some are calling a jinx to the solar plexus".
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios is easily a crowning moment for all the designers involved as far as immersively rich detail goes, giving even the Disney Theme Parks a run for their money.
  • The way everything started. A single mum who was living on thanks to food stamps, as she is riding a train, gets an idea for a kid's novel, one where the main character is a young wizard who has just discovered what he really is and that he is a hero thanks to something that happened when he was a baby. She starts writing it, taking care of her family on her own while she writes a book where she works out her idea and expands on it, and finishes the first book in five years. She presents it to several agents, and the second one she tried it with accepts it. After eight publishing houses rejected the manuscript, a publishing house by the name of Bloomsbury decided to accept it and offered the writer an advance of 2,500 pounds. Fast forward twelve years, and the book turns out to be one of the highest successes ever in history of books, bringing kids back to reading, gets six sequels as the main character (and its readers) grow up, it also gets versioned into movies which are also amongst the most successful ever, and the single mum has become one of the richest people in the world thanks to the books. If that isn't awesome, tell me what it is. All the publishing houses who rejected her manuscript are probably kicking themselves in the ass right now...
    • The fact that J.K is still friends with Christopher Litten (then in charge of Bloomsbury) and is godmother to one of his children.
    • Even more amazing thing is the latter books of the series are Doorstoppers, and the kids were still lining up for them even though the books look like the kid's lit versions of War and Peace.
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    • There's also this awesome piece written by her where she tears apart society's obsession with thinness.
  • The real world results of the books being published—ER visits in children ages 7 to 15 on weekends in which Harry Potter books were released were half the average for that same weekend in other years.
  • The Weasleys, full stop. They look like an unimpressive family on the outside and don't have a really good reputation in the wizarding world, but let's take a closer look at them:
    • Arthur has a lowly job at the Ministry, but that's only because he loved it more than any promotion he could get (and because his appreciation for Muggle ways tends to earn him the side-eye within the still-prejudiced Ministry); when the Second Wizarding War against Voldemort starts openly and his preferences are not the priorities any more, he gets some impressive promotions immediately, and he's a leading member of the Order of the Phoenix during the Second War.
      • The fact that Arthur's job didn't really change that much. When he worked in the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office, his job was to prevent Dark Objects from finding their way into Muggle hands for their own protection. While to the Wizarding World this office was at best seen as boring, at worst looked upon with outright disdain, it became NECESSARY when the Second Wizarding War broke out to prevent opportunists from selling defective protective items to desperate witches and wizards in a time when their lives literally depended on them.
    • Molly raised a family during the height of the First Wizarding War, and stood strong even as her friends and her own brothers were killed in action. She's clearly a gifted witch, even though she prefers to use her talents on practical household needs, she becomes a full-time member of the Order in the Second War, and kills Bellatrix Lestrange in a duel because she threatened her daughter, delivering one of the greatest lines ever spoken in the series before doing so.
      "Not my daughter, you bitch!"
    • Bill and Charlie both work extremely risky jobs that require really high qualifications, and both are quite successful at it.
    • Percy became a prefect and Head Boy and received twelve O.W.Ls and top scores on all his N.E.W.Ts, and is able to make a quite fast career in the Ministry. Even though he rose up so quickly because they were using him, he is skilled enough to hold his own and Transfigure an adult wizard into a sea urchin at age twenty-one in the heat of a battle, and there is no denying that he actually is very competent at his job.
    • Fred and George founded Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, a shop that becomes extremely successful in an extremely short time, and both of them became war heroes. Sadly, only George lives to be called one.
    • Ron, together with Hermione whom he married, helped Harry through all his seven years, particularly in tracking down the Horcruxes and destroying one himself while saving Harry's life. He's skilled enough at chess to have beaten a chess set Transfigured by Minerva McGonagall at age eleven. He went on to become an Auror, mostly to spite those who said he couldn't, then left of his own accord and helped his brother George make Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes even more successful than it already was.
    • Ginny led Dumbledore's Army during the hellish year of the Death Eaters' reign at Hogwarts, and only stopped because her parents withdrew her. She fought in the Battle of Hogwarts and survived, even though she was technically underage. She became a successful professional Quidditch player for the Holyhead Harpies, an all-witches team, before becoming a Quidditch analyst for the Daily Prophet. Marrying Harry Potter is just the icing on the cake.
    • Keep in mind, through all the first five books the family is undergoing some deep financial issues, but that doesn't stop Molly and Arthur from raising and sending to school no less than seven extremely competent wizards, all of whom (even Percy, despite his actions in the fifth and sixth books) are good-hearted people. They are amazing parents.
    • It should also be noted that in spite of their poverty they never hold any spite towards Harry for his large inheritance; and treat him as though he's part of their own family, with Molly actually saying that he's as good as her son.
  • While he may have wanted the position of Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher, Snape proved multiple times why Dumbledore gave him the position of Potions master by identifying, multiple times over several books, exactly how the students had screwed up their potions by just looking at it.


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