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- The group's OWLs probably count to at least some extent. Hermione nabs all Outstandings (except for one Exceeds Expectations in Defense). Harry gets an O in Defense, Es in Transfiguration, Charms, Herbology, Magical Creatures, and even Potions, and an A in Astronomy (which was interrupted by the attack on Hagrid), only receiving a Poor and Dreadful in Divination and History of Magic (the later of which he collapsed halfway through). Ron also does similar (except receiving an E in Defense and a P in History). What especially stands out are Harry and Ron's Potion grades given that they loathed the class.
- Harry gets one at the beginning brushing off Romilda Vane on the Hogwarts Express, which is even more awesome because it's a reverse of a similar scene in "Order of the Phoenix" (where he was embarassed by his friends), showing how much Harry has grown as a person.Romilda: Why don't you join us in our car? You don't have to sit with THEM.Harry: (coldly) They're friends of mine.(Romilda Vane sulks away)Luna: That's a nice thing to say.
- Dumbledore literally putting the Dursleys in their place. Granted, he's not the first wizard to give the Dursleys grief, but he's the only one Vernon couldn't talk back to in any way. Even better, he did it all politely...except for that one moment when he got a little mad.
Dumbledore: You have not done as I asked. You have never treated Harry as a son. He has known nothing but neglect and often cruelty at your hands. The best that can be said is that he has at least escaped the appalling damage you have inflicted upon the unfortunate boy sitting between you (points to Dudley).(Dudley sat quietly in thought, wondering if he had ever been abused)
- He never raises his voice, yet the Dursleys are absolutely terrified. What's more, it's the moment where Dudley finally questions his life and choices.
- Fleur: "I am good-looking enough for the both of us, I theenk!"
- This could double as a Heartwarming Moment
- "Dumbledore's man, through and through". That entire confrontation, really. He does exactly what Dumbledore did over a year ago - as subtly and politely as possible, tells the entire Wizarding government of Britain to suck his nuts.
- Ron and Hermione: "You said to us once before, we had time to turn back if we wanted to. We've had time, haven't we?" "We're with you whatever happens."
- Dumbledore, despite being weakened by drinking the potion that was between them and the Horcrux, summoning a massive wall of flame to ward off the Inferi attacking him and Harry. Dumbledore during that entire sequence. That wall of flame was more like an inferno.
- And he does the whole thing non-verbally, after it's been established that non-verbal spells are quite a bit more difficult.
- Dumbledore's last CMOA: "No, Draco. It is my mercy, and not yours, that matters now."
- Harry's fight with Snape:Harry: Kill me then. Kill me like you killed him, you coward—
Snape: DON'T! CALL! ME! COWARD!
- It's also one for Snape as he parried all of Harry's spells before he could even finish the incantations, talking calmly all the while like they're still in class. He even gave Harry tips.
- It should be noted that though this was one of the most one-sided duels in the series, Harry fought Snape with everything he had despite knowing that Snape is an extremely powerful wizard.
- After Deathly Hallows, Snape killing Dumbledore becomes a CMOA for both of them: Dumbledore, for laying the groundwork for Voldemort's final defeat, sacrificing his life along the way, and doing so with complete dignity, and Snape, for being man enough to (1) kill his only remaining friend (Dumbledore asked him because he was going to die anyway, and this way Snape avoided Dumbledore much suffering, and was able to fool Voldemort into trusting him completely) and (2) shoulder the hatred of the entire Wizarding World, not to mention the one person he was truly trying to protect, for the rest of his life. Damn, just... Damn.
- After Harry defends himself against Snape when he tries to curse him under the pretense of teaching in the first DADA class (even though Harry got detention for it):Snape: Do you remember me telling you we were practicising non-verbal spells, Potter?Harry: Yes.Snape: Yes, sir.
- While everyone is terrified by Voldemort's return, the Weasley Twins have the titanium balls to put this sign outside their shop:"WHY ARE YOU WORRYING ABOUT YOU-KNOW-WHO?YOU SHOULD BE WORRYING ABOUT U-NO-POOTHE CONSTIPATION SENSATION THAT'S GRIPPING THE NATION!"
- Molly is horrified, believing her boys are going get themselves murdered in their beds by Death Eaters, but everyone else knows Fred and George can take care of themselves.
- After Harry got himself detention until the end of the year, including missing the final Quidditch match, he thought Ginny would hate him. After Hermione has gotten enough jabs in at Harry, well, he was wrong:Hermione: "[without the book, Harry wouldn't have]-got a reputation for Potions brilliance you don't deserve."Ginny: "Give it a rest, Hermione. By the sound of it, Malfoy was trying to use an Unforgivable Curse. You should be glad Harry had something good up his sleeve."Hermione, stunned: "Well, of course I'm glad Harry wasn't cursed. But you can't call that Sectumsempra spell good, Ginny; Look where it's landed him! And I'd have thought seeing what this has done to your chances in the match-"Ginny, snapping: "Oh, don't start acting as though you understand Quidditch; you'll only embarrass yourself."
- Especially notable because Hermoine has always been like a Cool Big Sis to Ginny. Hermoine, especially in the books, can be a bit full of herself, though, and it's great fun watching Ginny take her down a peg.
- During Fudge's meeting with the British Prime Minister in the initial chapter when he comes to meet and introduce him to his replacement Rufus Scrimgeour, we learn that Madame Bones, Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, was killed by Voldemort. Not Voldemort's Death Eaters, Voldemort himself. She was that much of a threat, and from what Fudge says, she fought.
- Bob Ogden is a rather unappreciated character—he's plainly very progressive for his time. He considers blood status "neither here nor there" and, even more impressively, he sees a young woman being abused by her father and brother and reports them to the authorities—a first in a 'verse where Social Services Does Not Exist. He's not some big hero, but he is a rather awesome wizard in his own way.
- Tom Riddle speaking to an Ax-Crazy Morfin Gaunt calmly and fearlessly despite only being 16-17 years old. Even Harry feels grudging admiration for the teen's lack of fear.
- When Snape arrived at the Astronomy Tower, all of the Death Eaters went quiet and simply got out of his way. Even Greyback, the most feared werewolf in England, seemed fearful of Snape! One must wonder what Snape did to get such status among the Death Eaters.
- Thanks to the DA lessons, the students of Hogwarts were able to protect the school quite efficiently. Granted, that wasn't enough to stop the Death Eaters, but managed to hold them back enough that no one were killed that night except Dumbledore, but he planned it long before, and it also was just another step in his plan to Voldemort's defeat. And the fact that it was possible not only because of the fighing capabilities of the single students, but also because of friendship and sense of community it formed outside of the Houses' boundaries. It's a shame it wasn't in the movie, really.
- Snape gets one for shutting down Bellatrix Lestrange while completely snarking at her during their meeting in the beginning. Also, his asking her if she doubts of Voldemort's ability in legilimency becomes an offscreen one when you learn he was actually with Dumbledore from the beginning, meaning he successfully used occlumancy against Voldemort, at least once. Also, points must be given to Bellatrix for being the only one not trusting Snape, considering she's the only one who thinks Voldemort might be wrong.
- As Slughorn shows, it's possible for a good enough Legilimens to see that someone is hiding something from them. So not only does Snape successfully stop Voldemort from discerning his loyalties, but he does it so well that Voldemort never even suspects anything!
- Offscreen moment it might be, but Lupin's escapades among the werewolves as Dumbledore's spy. Jury is still out on whether he harbors some resentment for being sent there (he hates being a werewolf but nobody else would have been able to infiltrate the group and the reveal of his feelings for Tonks might imply he went voluntarily expecting, even wanting to get into danger), but it is clear he must have exercised the patience of a saint and acting skills worthy of Snape himself given he was forced to put up with Fenrir Greyback, the monster who bit him as a child, and managed to keep his cover for at least half a year (as the battle at the tower blew his cover for good).
- A subtle one: Even after drinking the potion, calling up and sustaining a nonverbal firestorm, Apparating back to Hogsmeade, and undoing some of the enchantments around Hogwarts, Dumbledore's still got enough juice in him to do a nonverbal, possibly wandless, Freezing Charm on Harry.
- McGonagall proves herself in battle at the end of the book against the Death Eaters. While the other good characters are either stalemating or outright losing against their opponents, she sends Alecto Carrow running for her life.
- Ron himself, a teenager who still hasn't completed his education and yet he fights one-on-one against a Death Eater. It's never pointed out which Death Eater, but the narration puts it in perspective easily enough by mentioning that he's fighting next to McGonagall and they're both fighting against respective Death Eaters.
- Dumbledore's claim: "Being me has its privileges."
- After being reduced to a near-catatonic wreck in the sixth movie by the Horcrux potion, Dumbledore snaps out of it and wrecks the whole bunch of Inferi trying to kill Harry. What was a mere wall of flames in the book, is instead turned into a full-on inferno raging throughout the entire cave.
- And the very fact that Dumbledore forced Harry to give him the potion.
- Ginny running through a wall of fire, which was holding back two adult, fully trained wizards, to follow Harry into the darkness in which an unknown number of Death Eaters were waiting, topped only by the Back-to-Back Badasses moment of the series' OTP
- There's also how Ginny handles the aftermath of the Sectumsempra incident. "You need to get rid of it. Today." She's there to help him when he needs her most, and then she plucks up her courage and kisses him.
- While it's mostly Funny, how Ginny helps Harry get the Quidditch hopefuls who won't stop talking long enough for him to start practice is pretty epic. How does she do this you might ask? Why, by yelling "SHUT IT!" at the absolute top of her voice, utterly cowing everyone and deeply impressing Harry, who promptly thanks her before getting down to business.
- The whole Unbreakable Vow scene - both for the characters and for the actors.