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"I don't think you are a waste of space."
  • When Hermione is researching Horcruxes, the book of dark magic that explains them mentions that the only way for someone to get out of having their soul split into a Horcrux is to feel genuine remorse for their evil deeds. Since Voldemort is a unrepentant monster, this escape clause never had a chance of mattering for him, but the fact that it was recorded means that someone must have done it at least once.
  • Harry may be in a life-and-death battle with the Death Eaters, and Stan Shunpike may be fighting on Voldemort's side, but when Harry sees that Stan is under the Imperius Curse, he refuses to harm Stan.
  • "I won't blast people out of my way just because they're there. That's Voldemort's job."
  • The fact that Monsieur Delacour seems to have helped Fleur and Bill choose their birthday present, a magical shaver, for Harry, since he was the person who explained about how good it is, and how to use it. He and his wife had also brought chocolates for Harry. After growing up with blood relatives who didn't treat him like family, it's heartwarming to know even the in-laws-to-be of his "adoptive" family and future in-laws took the time to get him presents.
  • 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.
  • Seems Fleur and Viktor Krum still stayed in touch with each other enough after the Triwizard Tournament for her to have invited him to her wedding.
  • 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 whole again.
      He picked up the holly and phoenix wand and felt a sudden warmth in his fingers, as though wand and hand were rejoicing at their reunion.
  • 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".
    • Harry also names one of his children after Dumbledore; showing that, despite his rage at the man throughout the book, Harry has ultimately chosen to forgive him.
  • These lines:
    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.
    • Dumbledore's man through and through indeed.
  • While played as a bad thing, as it nearly ends with the main trio being captured, the fact that Luna's father loved her so much he was willing to have Harry Potter captured and killed to get her back is pretty heartwarming.
  • 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. Harry cries silently over the grave, and the book describes the tears falling on the snow and melting. Leaving the graveyard, Harry puts an arm around Hermione's shoulders and she wraps her arm around Harry's waist.
  • 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 spattergroit, and they will stand with Harry, no matter what.
  • 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 first time Harry successfully performs the Cruciatus Curse is to stick up for Professor McGonagall after one of the Carrows spits at her. It just underscores how much of a beloved teacher and parental figure she is to him.
    • Better yet... he does cast the spell. But it only knocks the target backwards and knocks him hard against the wall like a Stunner would... not something the Cruciatus is supposed to do at all. Even under those circumstances, he didn't stoop low enough to actually enjoy cruelty for cruelty's sake (which is how the curse works).
  • 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.
  • A final proof for Snape's Undying Loyalty to Dumbledore for those who had some doubts even after The Prince's Tale. To what did he set the password to the Headmaster's office during his rule? "Dumbledore".
    • On that note, in the flashback of Snape finding Dumbledore after he puts on the cursed ring, Snape is clearly worried about him in his own gruff way. "If only you had summoned me earlier, I could have done more for you, bought you more time!"
    • This one line: "I am fortunate, extremely fortunate, that I have you, Severus." Given what's revealed about Snape's less than stellar home life, it's all but stated that Dumbledore is his Parental Substitute. Which throws all the times Dumbledore vouched for Snape's loyalty into a heartwarming new light; it was probably the only time a parental figure ever stuck up for him.
    • "You are a braver man by far than Igor Karkaroff. You know, sometimes I think we sort too soon."
  • 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.
    • According to J.K. Rowling, Harry never used "Remus" as a name for one of his kids as he was saving it for Teddy to use as the name of one of his kids. Harry may be his godfather, but he never let Teddy forget just who his parents are.
  • 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. Even though Albus is sorted into Slytherin in The Cursed Child, Harry's words of the house not being all bad was confirmed: Albus and Scorpius (a Malfoy no less) remain good people.
  • 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 must've known I'd run out on you.
    Harry: No, he must've known you'd always want to 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 got to Hogwarts, it's implied that she didn't have any friends until she met Ginny. But through her, and eventually the 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!
  • Dudley, after years of either making his cousin's life hell or being scared of him, thanks Harry for saving his life before going into hiding with the Order, thus proving himself more mature than both of his parents. The Word of God that Harry and Dudley keep in touch after the series ends makes it even better.
    Dudley: (holding his hand out) See you, Harry.
    Harry: (shaking Dudley's hand) Yeah. Maybe. Take care, Big D.
    • That last morning, Harry steps into a tray of tea and biscuits outside his door. Why? Because Dudley put it there as a clumsy attempt of reconciliation. When people from the Order arrive to pick up the Dursleys as arranged and they explain one last time that they have to leave because it is too dangerous because dangerous people are after Harry, Dudley is actually the one to wonder it's all fine and dandy for them to go into hiding, but what about Harry, the true target? He even says he doesn't think Harry is a waste of space, which gets Petunia to cry and Harry to explain that that's basically as close to "I love you" as Dudley has ever uttered to anyone, let alone Harry.
  • 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.
    • It's also very sweet in that she is a bit apologetic to him that the watch is a hand-me-down rather than a new one, but you get the feeling that for Harry, who's never had a real family, a hand-me-down is more precious than a new watch would be. Or that Harry understands and appreciates the distinction between "hand-me-down" and "heirloom".
    • And in the epilogue, twenty years later, he still wears the watch.
    • One might wonder why Harry gets the family hand-me-down/heirloom instead of one of Molly's own sons, such as Ron, but then remember: The Weasley family is established to be very poor. Hand-me-downs are the norm for the family, from school clothes to books to even wands. But the traditional 17th birthday watch? Arthur and Molly made sure that is always brand-new as a special treat. For Harry? He has money aplenty, getting something new would be par for the course... but he's had no real family to speak of apart from the Weasleys. Getting a family heirloom/hand-me-down is the special thing for him.
  • For his seventeenth birthday, Harry is given a cake in the style of a snitch which is apparently massive from Mrs Weasley. One wonder if she had to be up all night making that cake? That's not easy to cook in a few hours...
  • 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.
    • Indeed, Dumbledore himself admits that he had sincerely believed that Grindelwald had regretted his actions and seems genuinely appreciative of Grindelwald's final actions, which combined with his reaction to Harry's words above proves that despite all that had happened between them, Dumbledore still loved Grindelwald to the end.
      • Even more heartwarming in a sense is the fact that Dumbledore had in fact spared Grindelwald because he truly believed that despite all his actions, Grindelwald truly had it in him to change.
  • "Here lies Dobby, a free elf."
    • Not just that, but that Harry decides to dig the grave by hand, rather than use magic to make the task easier. And when the other wizards see what he's doing, they don't question him, but instead pitch in to help dig, also by hand. Now that is giving the dead their due respect.
    • While Harry is digging Dobby's grave, he realizes that he no longer feels Voldemort's thoughts.
      Just as Voldemort had not been able to possess Harry while Harry was consumed with grief for Sirius, so his thoughts could not penetrate Harry now, while he mourned Dobby. Grief, it seemed, drove Voldemort out... though Dumbledore, of course, would have said that it was love...
  • 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 Narcissa is way over her Fantastic Racism tendencies and just wants 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 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's all over, all three sit down like shellshocked war refugees and consider themselves lucky they have each other. Made better when you realize 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 had. 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.
    • It bears adding that that scene after Voldemort's death where the Malfoys are sitting together is not only a much-deserved closure after what they have all been through, but also after news start coming in. Including news of Death Eaters being caught or else running away in the whole country. Which means two things. One: the Malfoys said, to hell with potential Azkaban, we are just way too happy to be together and that it is all over. Two: everyone else said "Well let them have a moment, why ruin it for them? It's all over."
  • The fact that Narcissa actually managed to lie to Voldemort, who was renowned as a master of Legilimency, earns her a Moment of Awesome as well. That's right, snake-boy, you better not mess with the mother protecting her child. (That's actually TWICE that he tried and TWICE it bit him in the ass.)
  • 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..."
    • Perhaps one bit of symbolism that scene signifies: For most of the books, Snape had seen Harry as his father, being unable to get past Harry's outward appearance. At the last, Snape finally sees his mother in him.
  • When Percy comes back at the end of Deathly Hallows, and that entire reunion scene in which he apologizes. 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. There's also the hug his mother gives him, shortly followed by his dad.
    • In the middle of the awkward silence due to Percy appearing and needing a minute to apologize, Fleur asks Lupin about Teddy, who quickly shows a photo of his baby boy.
    • The fact that Fred and George were essentially the leaders of the anti-Percy campaign and immediately forgive when he admits he was a "Ministry-loving, family-disowning, power-hungry moron".
    • 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 lead up to that is pretty awesome too, where McGonagall questions why Harry would be in Ravenclaw tower, following up by saying (with a hint of pride) "Potter belongs in my house." Harry can't help but feel pure affection for his professor upon hearing this. Even through an entire 7th year at Hogwarts filled with misery and deprived of her favorite student (even if she may not admit it outright), she's ready to stand up and be proud of him in the face of his own enemies.
  • When Voldemort brings Harry up to the castle, of course his friends are going to be horrified. But McGonagall is described as crying out in horror as well, and it really proves how much she cares about Harry, in turn.
  • Harry's return to Hogwarts in The Deathly Hallows.
  • Kreacher'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 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.
  • Also at Shell Cottage, Harry apologizes to a somewhat irritated Fleur for (once again) causing trouble for everyone. This causes her irritated expression to soften.
    Fleur: 'Arry, you saved my sister's life, I do not forget.
  • Ollivander thanking Harry for rescuing them and later saying goodbye to Luna and telling her that she was an "inexpressible comfort" to him in Malfoy Manor.
    • That they are going to hide at Bill's Aunt Muriel's home. Muriel earlier at the wedding was shown to be a rude, mean old woman who even her own family couldn't stand. But that's not to say she's not helping people stay safe from Death Eaters.
  • Lupin's message to Harry on Potterwatch, revealing that he has forgiven Harry for their earlier argument.
  • 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, who has been pretty much his adoptive mother ever since they met each other, who loves him like a son, is in danger... and finally, finally, Harry has a chance to do what he hasn't been able to do for seventeen years: save one of the people who has been protecting him.
  • 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, going so far as to crawl through his own vomit as he's still vomiting all over himself. 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. Weasley 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.
    • Before this, when Harry is talking with Dumbledore in the afterlife, both are aware of the horrible, shrivelled-looking thing beneath their bench — seemingly part of Voldemort's soul; despite everything the dark lord has done to him, Harry still pities and has some care for the thing. Dumbledore has to tell him several times over that he can't help.
  • There's something rather sweet about the way Tonks flies around the castle looking for Remus in the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • "Do not pity the dead Harry, pity the living, and above all, those who live without love."
  • Dumbledore's line to Harry: “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.
  • When Potterwatch talks about wizards saving their Muggle neighbors from being hunted under the new regime, often risking their lives to do so, and encourages its followers to do the same. These aren't Order members or La Résistance, these are ordinary wizards who decided to hold Muggle life as equal to their own and defied their government to do so. It's a supreme example of What You Are in the Dark.
  • Grawp, unleashing an all manner of shit on the Giants after Hagrid goes missing. He actually roars.
  • Slughorn is ordered by McGonagall to evacuate all the Slytherins before the battle, most of whom have family who are Death Eaters. He was previously established as a Lovable Coward and Reasonable Authority Figure, but also a Slytherin. Then he comes back and helps McGonagall and Kingsley fight Voldemort, even to the point where he gets knocked aside.
  • "The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well."
  • As well as revealing Snape's true loyalties, the final book also redeems three of the darker aspects of his character:
    • He's immensely cruel to Neville throughout the series, but chooses to send Neville, Ginny, and Luna to detention with their friend Hagrid rather than letting the Carrows deal with them.
    • After doing whatever he could to make his life difficult, he goes out of his way to save Remus, the last of the Gang of Bullies who tormented him at school, during the Battle of the Seven Potters, risking his cover and his life as he did so.
    • He spends most of the series belittling Hermione, as well as having aligned himself with Pureblood Supremacists in his youth. But when Phineas calls Hermione a Mudblood, Snape bellows "DO NOT USE THAT WORD!".note 
  • And, of course, the moment that fans had been waiting years for: Hermione giving Ron a Big Damn Kiss, which he enthusiastically returns.
    • And the circumstances in which it happens: as everyone's preparing for the Battle of Hogwarts, Ron realizes that they've forgotten about the house-elves. Harry thinks Ron's talking about recruiting them, but Ron clarifies that they should tell the house-elves to get out, and that they "don't want any more Dobbies". It's at the very moment that he says that they can't order the house-elves to their deaths that Hermione drops everything and kisses him.
  • Dumbledore's line upon meeting Harry in the afterlife, a line which cements the completion of Harry's Character Development throughout the series.
    Dumbledore: Harry. You wonderful boy. You brave, brave man.
  • Harry being able to forgive and understand Dumbledore after spending most of the book angry at him.
    • On a similar note, Sirius's treatment of Kreacher was once again criticized by Hermione (and apparently validated by Kreacher's Heel–Face Turn), and after being named Teddy's godfather, Harry considers himself a "reckless godfather" figure like Sirius was. Yet Harry still summoned Sirius to comfort him before his death and named his firstborn child after him, making it clear that Harry loved and honored him even while acknowledging his faults.
  • Harry sleeping in Sirius' bedroom during their time at Grimmauld Place, and looking at the picture of his father and his friends before falling asleep.
  • After their ministry heist, Ron frets over the fate of the Cattermoles; people he's barely met and yet still cares for and feels responsible for their fate.
    • Hermione's said to look at Ron with great tenderness as this us happening.
  • Hermione has a very similar moment as she worries over the fates of the Lovegoods, Luna and Xenophillius, despite not getting on well with either of them because of their odd ideas.
  • Among Snape's memories is one from early in Harry's first year in Hogwarts, when he rants to Dumbledore that Harry is a mediocre wizard who struts around arrogantly and acts insufferably smug about his newfound fame. Dumbledore replies that the other teachers are reporting quite the opposite and that clearly Severus is projecting what he knew about James Potter onto James's son. Snape clearly didn't take this advice to heart on that day, as he would continue to sneer about Harry's nonexistent arrogance for the boy's entire school career, but the fact that he included this moment in his "Prince's Tale" montage, a scene in which nothing else happens, suggests this is his way of admitting he was wrong about Harry.
  • The student body's Undying Loyalty to Harry and Dumbledore. While McGonagall is coordinating the evacuation of students, Ernie MacMillan challenges her and asks to stay and fight, which is met with warm reception. While all of Slytherin deserts (and it's implied that several joined Voldemort's side), several Ravenclaws stay, even more Hufflepuffs stay, and then half of Gryffindor House try to stick around but McGonagall has to put her foot down. Even then, after the students have been evacuated, several students snuck back to join the fray, including Colin Creevey, who unfortunately ended up as a casualty of war.

    From the first film
A brief moment of happiness in these dark times.
  • During the reading of Dumbledore's will, Harry makes a slight smile when he is given the Golden Snitch he caught at his first Quidditch match as his bequest.
  • Hermione revealing that she and Ginny had made Harry a cake for his 17th birthday, which they would have brought out at the end of the wedding, and her disappointment that they were never able to do so. It's just quite nice to think of Harry's girlfriend and his sister-like best friend working together on a birthday surprise for him.
    • Also, the heartwarming aspect is indirectly lampshaded by Harry's point that they have greater things to worry about, such as just having been almost murdered by Death Eaters. Despite the terror and turmoil of the situation, Hermione cares so much about Harry that she still has room in her heart to be upset about being unable to celebrate his birthday as she and Ginny had planned.
      • Also, this shows some degree of Character Development from Hermione. In her younger adolescence, her heart was almost always in the right place, but she also had a tendency to focus on the task at hand, sometimes at the expense of the feelings of those around her.
  • Harry, Hermione, and Ron helping a random woman who's being falsely convicted and tried by Dolores Umbridge. Keep in mind, they're using the Polyjuice Potion to steal a locket, which Umbridge has around her neck. They didn't have to save this woman; they chose to do so.
    • Ron adds onto this and tells the woman to get the kids and wait for her husband (whom he's disguised as). Again, he had no reason to say this to her other than trying to keep her and her family safe from danger. This quickly turns into a funny moment when she kisses him just as the potion's effects are wearing off. Oh, and her actual husband shows up.
    • A Fridge Brilliance that makes this scene even more heartwarming: it totally makes sense for him to empathise with this woman, since Mrs. Cattermole is muggle-born, as is Hermione. He's basically acting as if Hermione was in her place — which the book all but confirms.
    • Also heartwarming for the woman in question, who, from her point of view, was just rescued from imprisonment or from a Dementor's kiss by her beloved husband. That moment of heroism probably made her fall even more in love with him. Too bad the Polyjuice potion wore off...
  • 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 show up here after weeks, and you say HEY?!"
  • The audience might chuckle at Ron's attempts to earn his way back into Harry and Hermione's good graces after he left, but the fact that Harry encourages him and Hermione eventually accepts him shows how much they mean to each other. They can't stay mad at each other forever.
  • Ron picking up and carrying Harry's backpack back to the Burrow after he talks him out of leaving before the wedding.
  • After the trio fight the Death Eaters in the cafe, and they suggest wiping their memories, Ron walks up to Hermione, brushes away a piece of dirt on her cheek with his finger, and gently tells her that she's the best one to do it.
  • 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). The song itself is O Children by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds during the most heartwarming part of the song. It feels like there is no war, and they are quite happy together.
  • 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.
    • Another one is Petunia, standing in her now empty living room.
    You didn't just lose a mother that night in Godric's Hollow, you know. I lost a sister.
  • In another deleted scene, Harry and Ron (disguised as Runcorn and Cattermole) run into Arthur Weasley. As the real Cattermole's wife is being investigated for Muggle ancestry, Weasley comforts "Cattermole" and offers to help in any way he can.
  • In Malfoy Manor, Dobby's reaction when Luna calls him "Sir". It's probably the first time anyone has ever called him that. You just know that if Dobby had lived, he and Luna would have gotten along great.
    Luna: Whenever you're ready, sir.
    Dobby: Sir? (excitedly points at Luna) I like her very much!
  • When Harry decides to have his last look at the cupboard under the stairs, he finds the toy knight on horseback he was seen fiddling with in the very first movie.

    From the second film
19 years have passed, and all is well.
  • Hagrid hugging Harry after Voldemort is defeated and the war is over.
  • Harry Potter talking to his son Albus and the train scene as they leave.
    • The fact he named him after not only Dumbledore, but also Snape, Harry saying "he (Snape) was one of the bravest men I ever knew."
  • This scene:
    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.
  • Ron and Hermione's Big Damn Kiss. Because it's a pureblood and a Muggle-born making out in the Chamber of Secrets. Take that, Salazar Slytherin!
  • It’s small but it’s kind of nice how Ron remembers that Hermione said that the room of requirement does not appear on the Marauders Map. It shows that he values her intelligence and loves her for it especially when you consider that he used to be annoyed by her intelligence in previous films.
  • 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.
  • 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. Unlike Snape, she is fighting seriously and she is going to have her revenge.
    • Yet even with her intent to kill, she still holds back... why? Because students are nearby. If she was fighting Snape without that risk, no doubt she'd be throwing far more destructive magic at him.
    • And in that duel, Snape, despite being probably an expert duelist, only blocks and parries her attacks before fleeing. He may not have gotten along with her, but he doesn't want to hurt her or his students either.
  • Not to mention the combined moment of heartwarming and tearjerker when Harry asks Snape, "How dare you stand where he stood?" Alan Rickman clearly shows that Snape isn't over that — he hates himself for murdering his Parental Substitute, as much as, if not more than, Harry does.
  • 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. 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 stands with the other Hogwarts professors, muttering the same protective charms that the others say: "Protego Maxima, Fianto Duri, Homenium Repellium." 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.
  • 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. Ron'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 dragon's expression as it basks. You can practically hear it saying "I'm free...I'm finally free..."
    • A more subtle one, but just before the dragon escapes, there's a shot of the poor creature looking up at a distant light source in the ceiling. It goes on to climb as quickly as possible, knowing that it's mere seconds away from freedom and refusing to give up until it gets there.
  • 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.
    Neville: It doesn't matter that Harry's gone... People die every day! Friends, family. Yeah, we lost Harry tonight. But he's still with us, in here. [gestures to his heart] So's Fred, and Remus, Tonks... all of them. They didn't die in vain. [to Voldemort] But you will, 'cause you're wrong! Harry's heart did beat for us, for all of us! It's not over!
  • 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 final scene between Fred and George as they stand in one of the towers and watch the shield around Hogwarts come under fire from the Death Eaters.
    George: You okay, Freddie?
    Fred: Yeah.
    George: (nudges him jovially) Me too.
  • The scene with Narcissa and Malfoy walking away from the battle hand in hand with Lucius following behind is very heartwarming, as is Narcissa lying to Voldemort's face after Harry confirms Draco being alive.
  • Molly going Mama Bear on Bellatrix counts as this, and a moment of awesome.
  • It's subtle, but after Harry and friends have destroyed Ravenclaw's diadem, the Fiendfyre in the Room of Requirement continues to devour everything it can reach as it reaches the open doors. But before it can reach our heroes, the doors close by themselves and contain the Fiendfyre - the Room's last act, such as it was, was to protect them.
  • 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...
  • Snape telling Harry that he has his mother’s eyes is also sweet. From the day he met Harry, he thought that Harry was similar to James and hated him because of it. But when Harry tries to comfort him during his death, Snape acknowledges that Harry is just as kind as his mother.
  • 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.
  • The fact that Kreacher stabs Mundungus with a fork after he asks "was it [the locket] valuable". Kreacher cares enough for Regulus's memory to actually stab someone much bigger than him, armed with nothing more than a fork.
    • Kreacher would probably win, to be fair.
  • There's a brief scene where Harry sees Cho Chang, and the two exchange a couple of smiles as they wave to one another. Even though they're no longer a couple, it's at least comforting to know that the two remained as Amicable Exes, considering the fifth movie never featured Harry or anyone else forgiving Cho on screen for ratting out Dumbledore's Army under the influence of Veritaserum after Snape revealed that bit of info. It was somewhat disconcerting that this particular plot point was dropped without any resolution in the fifth film, so it's nice that the filmmakers were willing to show that Harry, in the long run, didn't hold what happened against Cho.