Monday, August 20, 2018

10 Harry Potter Characters Who Know How To Make a Magical Entrance

10 Harry Potter Characters Who Know How To Make a Magical Entrance
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While reading J.K. Rowling's magical Harry Potter series, we imagine what her fictional wizards or muggles look like and how they might act. When they transform into their "film-selves", a character makes an immediate mark in the Harry Potter cinematic universe. The second they leap from her story on the page and into the movies, they become three-dimensional characters on-screen and make a big impression that lasts throughout the franchise. Throughout the series, there are a lot of grand entrances made by heroes, villains, and minor characters. Here are my top ten favorites! Do you think someone is missing from this list? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!

You make a very convincing arm chair

There's something about Voldemort that Harry Potter needs to know in order to defeat him, and finally Dumbledore lets him in on the secret in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. But first, the two need a key piece of the puzzle lies in Professor Slughorn's past. Tracking down Tom Riddle's former Dark Arts mentor in a muggle home, Slughorn disguises himself as an armchair. His intro never fails to show off how clever Slughorn is, but also the desperate measures he's taken to hide away from Deatheaters who are also on his tail.

Platform 9 3/4, this way!

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hagrid already sets up Harry Potter with what he needs to take with him to Hogwarts. On the way to our favorite boarding school, young Mr. Potter must first cross Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station. But, he doesn't know how to get there. Luckily, the Weasleys are there to help. Molly and her children - Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny - are seen bustling towards the gateway, and show Harry how to find the magical port. Similar to Hogwarts always being our home away from home, The Weasleys are the loving, funny, and supportive family Harry simply didn't have with the Dursleys; a family we immediately fall in love with and will find safety with as the second wizarding war begins to brew over the years.

Sorry About That!

Trapped by himself in a hut on a rock with The Dursleys, Harry has no idea his life is about to change in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the midst of a thunderous night, a giant Hagrid raps on the door and invites himself in to tell the young boy who just turned eleven: he's a wizard. Despite his momentous size, Hagrid shows in just a few seconds his fierce loyalty and protection to little Harry, just like he does with the misunderstood magical creatures he cherishes as the groundskeeper at Hogwarts. He easily takes cares of Harry, bridging the gap between the Muggle and wizarding world and showing us that Hogwarts wouldn't be the same without him.


In the fifth installment Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, nobody believes Harry's claims of Voldemort's return. After he uses to magic to protect himself and his muggle cousin Dudley from a dementor attack, the Ministry looks to make an example out of him and put him on trial for a misunderstanding of underaged sorcery. Amidst the black caps and gowns is a hint of pink we'll love to hate, and the iconic cough and saccharine voice of Dolores Umbridge. Looks can be deceiving as  she questions Dumbledore's claims that the Ministry (or perhaps Voldemort) ordered the attack on the boys, a small example of her trying to stay in Cornelius Fudge's good graces with nothing but the "best intentions" of the Ministry on her mind.

I did my waiting!

Throughout Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, there are whispers and hints about the whereabouts of Sirius Black. We get a glimpse of Sirius Black on the cover The Daily Prophet screaming as he's been arrested, and as his animagus alternative, a black dog, emerges in many forms from the residue in a teacup to a shadowy cloud in a lightning storm. When Ron and Scabbers are dragged down to the Shrieking Shack by a black dog, we confront the infamous friend of James Potter in the flesh. He's ravaged from his time in Azkaban and desperate for justice through any means necessary. We can't help but feel but the time we finally see him in the movie, we've done our fair sharing of waiting too. And his grand entrance doesn't disappoint.

Such an honor, it is.

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry's counting down the days to return to Hogwarts, even though he hasn't heard from his friends all summer - the one connection he has to the wizarding world. The journey back to his home begins when a mysterious house elf named Dobby pays him a visit and warns the young student not to return. Of course, this only makes us beg the question even more about what dangers lies ahead for Harry and his friends. In such a short amount of time that Dobby appears into his life, he makes his mark, giving us a glimpse of what it's like to be a house servant for the Malfoys and becoming one of our favorite magical creatures in the wizarding world.

Good luck Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling made the bold prediction in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone that everyone in our world would know his name. Little did we know what a big scale that line by Professor McGonagall would come to life.  Professor McGonagall awaits in her animagus form as a cat until Dumbledore and Hagrid arrive with baby Harry. Wrapped up in a blanket, and showing a hint of his lightning bolt scar, the entire journey of Harry Potter begins.

The Look

When Harry first enters Hogwarts and his scar begins to sear with pain, he locks eyes with Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Naturally, we don't know anything about the character when he's first introduced, but the look Alan Rickman offers is simply stunning. Behind it contains all of the history Snape shares with Harry's parents Lily Evans and James Potter before The Chosen One was born, something that we gradually learn over the course of the entire series. But somehow this look encapsulates it all.

Escaped from Azkaban

Harry and his peers are trying to prepare for the inevitable take-over by Voldemort and his followers in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. As Hagrid laments about how the world is starting to change back into its former grim state just like the first wizarding war, he remarks, "There's a storm coming, Harry. And we all best be ready when she does." In one of the best transitions of the series, we're immediately introduced to Bellatrix Lestrange escaping Azkaban. She's howling with laughter towards the violent thunderstorm outside of her former prisoner walls. We just get a taste of who she is until she returns again later at the Ministry of Magic and kills beloved Sirius Black. Her introduction literally screams that she is a force to be reckoned with. 

I Was Wondering When I'd Be Seeing You Mr. Potter

Nothing might be more special than when we discover the wizarding world for the first time. Nuzzled in the heart of Carkitt Market lies Diagon Alley, a shopping center for witches and wizards. As Hagrid shows Harry the ropes, we live out our dreams when Harry visits Ollivander's Wand Shop. Mr. Ollivander immediately commands attention as he rolls in from the stockroom, showing us that the wand chooses the wizard. He's peculiarly charming, casually dropping hints at what would become a game-changing tactic that helps Harry defeat Voldemort. Like so many characters, his magical introduction continues to be a lasting influence in our hearts.

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