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- At the end, 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.
- Sirius and Molly are having a bitch fight over Harry. Who manages to calm down Sirius? Lupin, his friend. And, unlike most cases, Sirius listens and backs down. Twice.
- As soon as Harry arrives at Grimmauld Place and is sent up to the room he's staying in, Hedwig - who had a moment of annoyance with him before - lands on his head and "affectionately" nibbles his ear. She was angry and then, the next time they're reunited, she's perfectly fine with him. And its later said that when he's angry at Ron and Hermione, Harry is still stroking Hedwig and then she's said to be "nestled contentedly on his shoulder". How to show affection to your master 101 - authored by: Hedwig.
- 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.
- Later on, when Sirius reveals that Umbridge is the one who created the Ministry's anti-werewolf laws that make it nearly impossible for Lupin to get a job, Harry's loathing of her becomes full blown hatred.
- 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 then 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 Trelawney 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.
"Give her Hell from us, Peeves."And Peeves, whom Harry had never seen take an order from a student before, swept his belled hat from his head and sprang to a salute as Fred and George wheeled about to tumultuous applause from the students below and sped out of the open doors into the glorious sunset.
- The actual interaction in the book as written sums it up best:
- 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.
- What's more is that Madam Bones seems to be a Reasonable Authority Figure who treats Harry with respect even with Fudge there breathing down her neck.
- Also doubles as a funny moment, but Madam Bones also takes the time to check that his Patronus was corporeal. When Harry says yes, a good portion of the court are audibly impressed at his skill.
- 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 part: 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 puts 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 side in 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 witnessed the destruction and devastation it caused. If it's true, it's better to be prepared early and minimise loss, rather than lose everyone.
- After having to deal with nearly everyone at Hogwarts refusing to believe his and Dumbledore's claims aside from his close friends and Luna, Ernie Macmillan, who three years ago openly suspected Harry of being the Heir of Slytherin and just last year shunned him when he became the fourth Triwizard champion, comes up to Harry during their first Herbology class and tells him he and his family believe him in front of everyone. Harry is taken aback but deeply appreciates his vote of confidence.
- 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 to 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.
- Fridge Brilliance sets in when you realize that the vast majority of magic used for their Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes wares was probably Charms work. It's not specifically stated but it's likely that Charms was one of the O.W.L.s that Fred and George did earn. It was likely one of the few classes in which they did pay attention toward the end.
- Blink and you'll miss it but the comfortable way Lupin is seen joking about his condition with his friends as a kid after the exams. One of them asks if Lupin is sure he got the characteristics of a werewolf right. The answer? "I think I might have. One, he's wearing my clothes, two, he's sitting in my chair, three, his name's Remus Lupin."
- Tonks is the universal klutz - if she can fall or trip over something then she will fall and/or trip over it; when she's on a station around easily trip-overable Luggage trolleys, you would expect her to trip over it. Moody is proven right in taking her on as an apprentice/sort of technically private tutoring student as she doesn't fall over at all.
- When Harry is attacked by Dementors, what is it that helps him conjure his Patronus? Just the thought of Ron and Hermione. No particular memory; just the thought of their faces.
- As the stories of the escaped Death Eaters circulate, Susan Bones finds herself getting attention because half her family was murdered by them. She sympathises with what Harry has to go through all the time, saying "I don't know how you stand it."
- After rescuing everyone at the Ministry, Dumbledore reaches down and picks up Fawkes, who took a killing curse for him and is now a tiny, featherless Phoenix in a pile of ash. This reveals two things: one - Fawkes is willing to die for his master and two - he stayed with Dumbledore when Dumbledore went into exile. Does anyone have a "best pet ever" award?
- Sirius ran away from home at age sixteen and Euphemia and Fleamont Potter, who were "old by wizarding standards", basically adopted him as the second son they never had. Even though he shortly bought a flat of his own and moved out, he "was always welcome at the Potters' " for Sunday dinner every Sunday, as J.K. Rowling revealed.
- And how it mirrors Harry's own situation. He's got a nasty home with the Dursleys, but he's always welcome at the Weasleys.
- Voldemort goes back to rescue Bellatrix Lestrange when the ministry shows up.
- This one line, which doubles as a tearjerker: "Kreacher's information made him [Voldemort] realize that the one person for whom you would go to any lengths to rescue was Sirius Black." Sad, given the context, but it encapsulates just how close Harry and Sirius grew in a relatively short period of time.
- For several months, Dumbledore has been ridiculed and humiliated by the Wizarding public and government. He's been stripped of his honors, had a Fudge spy taking more and more authority from him in his beloved school, and he's forced to restart and lead a resistance movement underground because his own government won't accept the threat. What is the one time we see him angry? When Umbridge starts manhandling one of his students. Said student caused a lot of trouble, but that doesn't matter to him. Whatever else Dumbledore's flaws, he will not allow anyone to hurt his pupils.
- At the end of the movie, Dumbledore patiently lets Harry break down in grief and rage, listens him out, and explains why he's done everything he's done. He even admits partial responsibility for Sirius' death.
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.
- The first time we see Sirius, he is emaciated, weak, and clearly in horrible physical shape after spending twelve years being tortured in Azkaban. Here, he's clearly considerably healthier, and if not completely recovered mentally, at least seems to have physically recovered from that ordeal.
- 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.
- Just listen to the tone Sirius's voice takes when he talks about running away to James's house.Harry: Where did you go?Sirius: (Entirely happy in tone.) 'Round your Dad's. I was always welcome at the Potters.
- 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 Cruciatus 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 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. The moment is 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, one which also shows that the twins are more than just comic relief pranksters.Fred: What's your name?
George: It's gonna be fine, Michael.
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 Moment of Awesome when Dumbledore tells Umbridge that she has no authority over his teachers' homes. The grateful way Trelawney clutches at his hands as she passes him and Mcgonagall repeatedly patting her back to comfort her just tops it all off.
- This troper found it doubly heartwarming when Mcgonagall is shown as the only teacher comforting a sobbing Trelawney. Although their relationship is quite rocky in the books, seeing as Mcgonagall has a no-nonsense approach towards teaching and Trelawney is, well, the complete opposite of that, it's nice to see that the minute Minerva sees someone mistreating her colleague (and former student to boot), she jumps to her defense at once. And when Umbridge sarcastically asks her if she has something to say, Mcgonagall angrily responds that she has several things to say, not even caring that one wrong word could give Umbridge some motive to kick her out as well.
- 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.
- This troper thinks this is rather a Tear Jerker, since Sirius evidently only sees Harry as an extension of James, and is not able to see him as his own person. Moreover this is one of the last things he says to Harry. Harry not only loses Sirius, but also has to deal with the fact that Sirius didn't love him for who he was.
- 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 Moment of Awesome for Neville as well because he never gave up, not even against his own lack of self-esteem.Harry: Fantastic, Neville! Well done!
- Calling back to why Neville is a Gryffindor. He has the courage to stand up to his friends, and now the courage to keep trying, even in the face of his own repeated failure.
- 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.
- The Patronus scene in the film is beautiful, especially with the uplifting track "Dumbledore's Army" playing.
- Ron is shown casting his, which didn't happen in the book (though he did get there by Deathly Hallows).
- Ginny successfully casts one too (likewise something she didn't accomplish in the books) to her astonishment and delight.
- Hermione's otter swims around her as she happily watches.
- When she focuses, Luna conjures up a hare that hops all around the room.
- Harry wakes from his first Catapult Nightmare of being possessed by Voldemort, clearly distressed and in a cold sweat—and Ron is sitting up watching over him, with a look of concern on his face.