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Heartwarming / Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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    From the Book 
  • Snape consoling Narcissa and taking the Unbreakable Vow. You're so used to him being a massive Jerkass that this one act of kindness stands out. It really shows that he actually is capable of caring for another person to that extent.
    • On a similar note, his loyalty to Dumbledore, and Dumbledore's trust in him. While the culmination of their relationship is a tearjerker, Dumbledore cared about Snape enough to trust him with his life and his death; he's not afraid, even surrounded by psychos like Bellatrix and Greyback, because he knows Snape won't let him die painfully. Add up the fact that Dumbledore believed his defection was genuine all those years ago, and he's pretty much Snape's Parental Substitute. As much of a jerkass as Snape is, Dumbledore has always seen the best of him.
  • "I am not worried, Harry. I am with you."
  • Luna says, "I enjoyed the Dumbledore's Army meetings too. It was like having friends." Later in the same scene, Harry tells a rude girl that all the people in his compartment are his friends. Luna says, "People expect you to have cooler friends than us." And Harry replies, "You are cool." Pretty much any scene where anyone is nice to the optimistic yet sadly abused Luna is heartwarming because she deserves to have kind friends. What makes it even better is that it's a Call-Back to the previous book, when Harry had been resentful and humiliated by the mere sight of Cho seeing him sitting with people like Neville and Luna (though being covered in Stinksap was a significant contributing factor). It shows how much Harry had grown up since then.
  • Early in the year, when the students are selecting their N.E.W.T. subjects, McGonagall tells Neville, not unkindly, that he doesn't have the required grade to continue Transfiguration past O.W.L. level, and goes so far as to ask him why he wants to continue it in the first place, given that he didn't particularly enjoy it in the past. Neville mutters something about his grandmother wanting him to do so, prompting McGonagall to respond thusly:
    McGonagall: It's high time your grandmother learned to be proud of the grandson she's got, rather than the one she thinks she ought to have, particularly after what happened at the Ministry.
    • This is added on with what happens next. McGonagall suggests that Neville takes up Charms, but Neville says his grandmother thinks it's a soft option
    McGonagall: Take Charms, and I'll drop Augusta a line that just because she failed her Charms O.W.L. doesn't mean the subject is worthless.
  • Hermione hesitantly trying to ask Ron to Slughorn's party, and the burgeoning Ship Tease, is absolutely adorable for Ron/Hermione shippers. Of course, Ron screws that up by making out with Lavender for half the book, but still.
  • After he's been poisoned, it's mentioned that Hermione had run up to the hospital wing and been very pale and quiet all day. No matter how much of an idiot he's been, she still loves and worries about him.
  • Harry gets Dumbledore's back in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He notes how Rufus Scrimgeour accused Harry of being "Dumbledore's man through and through." Dumbledore notes, amused, how very rude that was of him. Harry then says he effectively accepted it as a compliment... and suddenly notices how very damp Dumbledore's eyes seem. What perhaps makes this moment even better is this exchange right at then end when Harry and Scrimgeour meet at Dumbledore's funeral:
    Scrimgeour: I see you are—
    Harry: Dumbledore's man through and through. That's right.
    • The fact that throughout the book, Harry does not drop the fact that Stan Shunpike, of all people, has been convicted as a Death Eater and thrown in Azkaban. He only met him a few times, but Harry knows Stan (along with many others) is innocent. (It's also heartwarming to find that Dumbledore has been trying to get Stan set free too.)
    • Also the fact that he's not just doing this as an "Up yours" to Scrimgeour; except for a couple fairly understandable periods of doubt, he has always been and will always be "Dumbledore's man through and through."
  • Arthur has been promoted and Molly is incredibly proud of her husband, commenting that even Slughorn can make mistakes as he never favoured Arthur when he was teaching them.
  • Harry asks Luna to accompany him to Slughorn's Christmas party, and Luna is thrilled. The scene is sad, funny, and heartwarming; it's very well done. And despite the various sideplots also being developed at the party, we still get to see Luna thoroughly enjoy herself.
  • When Ron tells Harry about Unbreakable Vows, he mentions that Fred and George almost made him take one as a kid, but Mr. Weasley stopped it just in time. He notes that it was the only time he'd ever seen him as mad as his mother gets. Something about that small mention of the Papa Wolf moment really did it for this troper.
  • Throughout the book, Molly Weasley, convinced that Fleur Delacour was a vain, shallow, and snobby girl, was dead-set against Fleur and Bill's wedding. At the end of the book, Bill is slashed by Fenrir Greyback, is horribly disfigured, and may have some werewolf-ish tendencies. Molly is devastated, upset that "he was going to be married." Fleur asks Molly what she meant by "was", and yells that she doesn't care if Bill looks different, all that it will prove is that her husband is brave. The scene ends with Molly offering Fleur her great-Aunt's tiara to wear in the wedding; Fleur thanks her coolly, and then the two collapse into a hug and cry hysterically.
    Fleur: (to Mrs. Weasley) And what do you mean by zat? What do you mean "he was going to be married?"... You theenk Bill will not wish to marry me anymore? You theenk, because of these bites, he will not love me?... Because 'e will! It would take more zan a werewolf to stop Bill loving me!... You thought I would not weesh to marry him? Or per'aps, you hoped? What do I care how he looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave! And I shall do zat. (she takes the medicine and starts treating Bill)
  • The teachers all deciding, at the end of the book, that Hogwarts must remain open.
    • McGonagall specifically asking for Hagrid's opinion on the matter, even if he doesn't think it's worth considering, because Dumbledore always considered Hagrid's opinion, and so will she. There's also the heartwarming of Professor Sprout saying that Hogwarts should remain open, even if they have just one student who wants to be there.
  • The scene where, after Fleur says she loves Bill despite being scarred, Tonks shakes Lupin yelling at him that Fleur loves Bill no matter what, and she loves him even if he's a werewolf.
    • That whole relationship, really. Tonks is young, pretty, talented, and funny; she could probably have anyone she wanted. And who does she fall for? The older, destitute, insecure werewolf. Even sweeter, she works for the Ministry, which has strict anti-werewolf laws. No Fantastic Racism is keeping Dora from her One True Love.
    • The fact that Remus clearly loves her back, but doesn't want to "ruin her life" through affiliation with him. Misguided, but the kind of sweet and sacrificial love central to Lupin's character.
    • Arthur and Kingsley acting as shippers on deck.
  • After Harry saves Ron from being poisoned and the Weasleys are huddled around his (Ron's) sickbed, Mrs. Weasley remembers every time Harry has saved one of them and we get this golden line from Mr. Weasley:
    Mr. Weasley: It was a very lucky day for the Weasley family when Ron decided to sit in your compartment in The Hogwarts Express.
    • Granted, at least some of those Weasleys only needed saving because of Harry, but at the very least, Harry Potter cleans up his own messes.
  • At the end of the book, Harry breaks up with Ginny because he knows that she'd be in constant danger otherwise. He intends to do essentially the same with Ron and Hermione, but:
    Ron: We'll be with you, Harry. At your aunt and uncle's. And then we'll go with you.
    Hermione: You said to us once before that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We've had time, haven't we?
    Ron: We're with you, whatever happens.
  • Ron and Hermione making up after not speaking for a good chunk of the book, especially her freaking out after he is poisoned and him muttering her name in his sleep.
  • Ron's boasting about Hermione's skill at apparition, after their multi-chapter big fight earlier in the book, is very sweet in its own way.
    Ron: "Oh, she was perfect, obviously!"
  • Harry's triumphant kiss with Ginny after Gryffindor wins the cup. Without thinking he just goes for it, and then warily looks over to Ron. Keep in mind the entire book the main thing keeping Harry from acting on his feeling was Ron's bile towards the idea of anyone snogging his sister. Ron's response? A second of shock followed by a nod of approval.
  • When Harry visits Fred and George's new shop, they insist on not charging him for anything in the store. Fitting, since Harry gave them his winnings from the Triwizard Tournament and that allowed them to open the shop, but really, throughout the series, they've always thought of him as part of their family (though they make their actual blood family pay).
    • Another example during that scene, while the twins are showing off their Defence Against the Dark Arts wares, Fred and George talk about how surprised they were that so many people in the Ministry of Magic had trouble performing a Shield Charm, before remarking that none of them had a teacher like Harry. Yes, Fred and George - two students who were never seriously concerned with their studies - both respect Harry as a teacher.
  • A small one where Ron asks what happened to Harry on the train but doesn't go any further despite guessing Malfoy broke his nose after Harry did something stupid, later Harry sees Ron parading like a rooster when Lavender gives him flirty eyes but doesn't mock him for the same reason: they've been friends long enough to know when they aren't in the mood for being called out on their idiocy.
  • Buckbeak attacking Snape quite ferociously when Snape is threatening Harry. It's quite heartwarming to see how fiercely loyal Buckbeak is to Harry even years later.
  • Surprisingly, Seamus' shouting match with his mother. His loyalty to Dumbledore does shine after all.
  • Filch and Pince showing up in Dumbledore's funeral together. Maybe they are couple afterall.
  • The Merpeople have a... less than good... relationship with most British Wizards and especially the Ministry of Magic. Despite this, they do have a good relationship with Dumbledore and turn up to mourn at his funeral. It's official - even Merpeople, who cannot speak English above water, like Dumbledore!

    From the Film 
  • The very first scene of the film; Dumbledore putting his arm around a visibly shaken Harry, while reporters and photographers swarm around them after the battle in the Ministry of Magic.
  • This conversation:
    Harry: Thanks for walking me to the gate.
    Luna: I rather enjoyed it. It was like having a friend.
    Harry (surprised): ...I AM your friend, Luna.
    Luna: That's nice.
  • Harry comforting Hermione after Ron and Lavender get together.
  • Harry and Ginny's kiss in the Room of Requirement.
    • "Take my hand."
    • "Close your eyes. That way you can't be tempted."
  • Ron and Hermione insisting that they will go with Harry on his Horcrux hunt, no matter what.
  • Everyone will always be split over things they change in the movies, but you'd have to be The Stoic to not feel a tug at the heartstrings in the sixth movie when, after Dumbledore dies and the Dark Mark is cast, Ginny is comforting a sobbing Harry and everyone, teachers and students, raise their wands and together vanquish the Dark Mark from their castle.
    • That scene is made even more heartwarming by the reactions of McGonagall, Hagrid and Madame Pomfrey. Dumbledore knew more about McGonagall's past than anyone else - she's just lost her best friend and looks utterly broken (she even gulps later to stop herself from crying); Hagrid is too sad to do anything and, when the wands (and Umbrella, in Hagrid's case) are raised, Madame Pomfrey is barely a second behind McGonagall and is crying unashamedly. Hurt their headmaster, and Hogwarts will unite.
    • The wand raising is so powerful that the Potter fandom has devoted gifs of it to times when members of the cast die.
    • The act has transcended the Potter fandom; Ex. after Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds died, Star Wars fans and Singin' in the Rain fans did a similar tribute with lightsabers and umbrellas instead of wands.
  • Horace Slughorn talking about the fish that Lily Potter gave him; again, both a heartwarming moment and a tearjerker, and also remarkably startling since the lead-in lines to this speech had been part of a Funny Moment.
    Horace Slughorn: It was a student who gave me Francis. One day I came down to my office, and there was a bowl with only a few inches of clear water in it... and there was a flower petal floating on the water. Before my eyes it started to sink, and just before it hit the bottom, it transformed into a wee fish. It was a beautiful piece of magic, wondrous to behold. The flower petal was from a lily... the day Francis disappeared was the day your mother...
    • Then there's Slughorn's moment in the scene before, when he "says a few words for" the deceased Aragog, the giant monster-spider who was Hagrid's friend. The way it's done, an event which could have been just plain silly was transformed into a heartwarming moment and is possibly the first time we begin to see Slughorn as a person with depth; as being more than just a shallow glory-seeker.
  • Near the beginning of the film, Draco whines about Hogwarts like it's some kind of disgrace for him to him to have to go back. But by the end of the film the Great Hall is nearly destroyed, Dumbledore is dead, and Draco is very clearly heartbroken
  • After Dumbledore dies, and the whole class puts their wands up in the air to get rid of the Dark Mark in the sky, we cut to the next morning. The scene alone with McGonagall and Harry was very sad yet heartwarming, but what had this troper burst to tears was when The Trio went up to the astronomy tower, and discussed what their next move would be now that Dumbledore is dead, and now that they know that the Horcruxes are the key to defeating Voldemort. Harry is determined to find them all by himself, but Hermione quite funnily retorts to him that he couldn't do it alone, with Ron agreeing. They then all huddle up on the balcony of the astronomy tower as they watch Fawkes the phoenix fly away, across the black lake and into the morning sun. Not really heartwarming in description, but good lord. The way they did it... with the cinematography... and then when placed into the context of the events that had just occurred.... and when you put on top of that that this is basically signaling the beginning of the end of the series, I began to cry. For people like me, who've grown up with the films more so than the books, who've grown up with the actors and their characters (and for whom the viewer can genuinely see the camaraderie that they have for each other)... it just... ahhhhh. It was a poetic and heartwarming moment on The Power of Friendship and the loss of innocence.
  • When Ron mutters "Hermione" in his sleep and how Hermione holds his hand is sweet, especially in the wake of all that happened between them.
  • McGonagall trying to comfort Harry after she finds him in Dumbledore's office, saying if he needs to talk to someone, she's there.
    • McGonagall telling Harry that he meant a lot to Dumbledore.
  • Before they set off for the cave, Dumbledore warmly muses that Harry needs to shave, and reflects on how much Harry has grown. He probably knows he won't survive the night, so in a way this is him expressing affection for his surrogate son one last time as just that - not as a hero, but Harry, his son.
  • In a weird way, Ginny's first scene. It's the first time in the films she's introduced by herself, and is the focal point of the scene. It almost shows that she's earned the right to be treated like a main character.


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