Times I cried in the Harry Potter Series

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Times I cried in the Harry Potter Series




I take Harry Potter seriously. If I had to live on an island forever, and I could take only one movie series or one book series or one television series or one graphic novel series or one band's discography, I'd take the 7 Harry Potter books. I'm also not entirely immune to the act of crying, although it's relatively rare, and extremely rare outside of two areas, one of which is: Harry Potter.

Those books touch me. I've read them all many times, and different parts hit me each time, so, spoiler notice be damned, I'm gonna plunge right into where I have shed a tear in the series. And I'll give them ratings!

Keep in mind how manly I am, because really, there won't be many items on the list.

In chronological order:

1.) Harry in Dumbledore's office after Sirius dies in Order of the Phoenix - most of the time when I've read the books, I've gotten watery-eyed here. But not every time. The anger and loss Harry's going through is so extreme, and Dumbledore just takes it, which adds to it. I loved Sirius like everyone else did, but it was Harry's reaction that got me. In the movie version, I stare at the screen, feeling nothing but betrayal and a sort of impotent rage that only Daniel Radcliffe could fill me with.

Book rating: Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
Movie rating: Mad

2.) Harry at his parents' grave, frustrated, thinking over the meaning of 'the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death' - twice, out of maybe 6 times. It really got me this summer especially, although I don't know why. I understand the significance of that epitaph and the value in accepting death, but I really sympathize with Harry's perspective on it in the graveyard. And a lot of times, I would agree with him.

Rating: Crying or Very sad

3.) Burying Dobby. First off - I hated Dobby. I never forgave his idiocy in Chamber of Secrets, and even when Kreacher tricked Harry into getting Sirius killed (it was entirely Harry's fault though - OF COURSE SNAPE UNDERSTOOD YOU, DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO GIVE YOU A VISIBLE SIGN OF COMPREHENSION IN FRONT OF FUCKING UMBRIDGE?!!!!! God, he's dumb), I still preferred Kreacher to Dobby. But the act of physically digging the grave outside Shell Cottage is so touching, and Dobby signifies the innocence lost in the war moreso than any other character. Things have gone so poorly in Harry's quest at this point that it really just seems unfair. Like, the kind of unfair where you're mad at God for allowing it to happen. I've never not cried a bit at this point.

Rating: Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

4.) The Resurrection Stone in action - Harry talking to his mother. I don't really feel like I have to explain why Harry speaking to his dead parents while gathering the courage to sacrifice himself for a world that treated him like crap since day 1 is worth a tear or two. I would think that parents reading the books would get really choked up here, and I can certainly see why.

Rating: Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

5.) After the last words of the epilogue, only the first time I finished it though. The epilogue is awful, and basically is like ending a Beethoven symphony with 'Hot Cross Buns' being played by farts. Still, the enormity of the journey was enough for me, the first time. I mean, we grew up with Harry, literally reading each of his life stages while WE WERE IN THAT STAGE. That's an incredible experience, and is why I ultimately wouldn't give my childhood of the mid-late 90s-00s up for another time period, even though it means missing EVERY YEAR THE BILLS WERE GOOD. EVER.

Rating: Crying or Very sad

BONUS!! A movie-only tear-jerker - In Goblet of Fire, when Harry and Cedric's body (because he's DEAD) get back, and Harry won't get off of him, and Amos cries out 'That's my boy!'. That's as emotional as the movies have ever managed to be for me.

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Post on Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:00 pm by AgentW

I have the new lego harry potter game.

I might actually read this after I am done getting my True Wizard status.

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Post on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:09 am by The Prez

That game is epic.

I got teary eyed in Harry Potter only once and it actually is not on your list, but you've mentioned it before. Snape producing his patronus for Dumbledore "After all this time, Severus"

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Post on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:22 am by J-Mads

Shit, I forgot!! That's totally like a Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

Yeah, wow, I can't believe I forgot that one.

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Post on Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:37 pm by strangerthanfiction

Hooray! I'm not the only one who cries when Amos starts crying in the film.

For me, the biggest teary moments were:
1. Dumbledore's death. My mother had to console me but I couldn't tell her what had happened, because... she hadn't read it yet. Oops.
2. Sirius's death. Sort of. That one was more like shock for me; in the film I expected to cry, in real life I did not.
3. I cried when I finished book 7 if only because it was all over. It wasn't quite the blubbering I'd had after Dumbledore's death, but damn me if I didn't come close.
4. SNAPE SNAPE SNAPE SNAPE SNAPE. Okay that bit made me cry.

Surprisingly I seem to be the only person who never cried during the forest sequence, which makes me soulless, apparently. But the way I read the seventh book was really weird. I was ready to finish it in a day, but with five chapters left (starting with "The Battle of Hogwarts") I told myself I was reading too fast, so I FORCED myself to go back to the beginning and read it all over again. Slightly torturous keeping that ending a secret but I'm glad I didn't get through it in a day. However, the ending was somewhat spoiled for me; twelve hours before, I went on wikipedia to look up publication information, and somebody had confirmed that Hedwig and Snape died, and that the trio + Ginny survived the ending. I don't think it confirmed Dobby, though, so that was still a bit of a shock.

By the way: the Dobby scene in the film had me sob like a small child, similar to my reaction to A Single Man. Completely unexpected (because I did not cry in the book) but ultimately wonderful.

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Post on Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:07 pm by The Prez

So I have to add something, post seeing the film: At the end of the film, I simply felt so sad.

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Post on Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:05 pm by dohnage18

I did too. That's what they were going for. Dobby gets killed in an extremely emotional fashion, and Voldemort goes Storm.

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Post on Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:52 pm by The Prez

I have to say though, it wasn't Dobby that made me sad, I think it was the fact that I have 8 months until Part 2.

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Post on Sat Nov 20, 2010 6:37 pm by dohnage18

I was mad as hell after the emotional shock of it ebbed.

Can someone give me a viable way of explaining how the trio is going to know what they're looking for when they break into Gringotts? They don't have a clue what the cup is or what it even looks like.

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Post on Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:05 pm by strangerthanfiction

Stupid producers for chopping out Hepzibah. I noticed someone (I cannot for the life of me remember WHO) had a Pensieve in this one, though, so I thought they might insert that flashback in now. Nooooooo no such luck.

If they cut the cup entirely then I'll be pretty mad.

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Post on Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:22 pm by dohnage18

One flashback in Half-Blood Prince would have done just fine, but no. They can't possibly cut it out because then the story doesn't add up. And what about a Pensieve?

Was anyone else angry that they didn't put in a 2 minute flashback to explain how Regulus got the locket? It would have taken minimal effort.

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Post on Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:42 pm by The Prez

I personally think they will either put in the bs explanation that they already knew Riddle liked to collect founders objects and go in blind like they did for the Diadem, but that was one of three things that bugged me about the film.

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Post on Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:10 am by dohnage18

I had only two, and they were that and the fact that they were like, "hey, look, it's RAB! Hey look, we've got the fricking locket!" Pissed me off to no end.

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Post on Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:09 pm by The Prez

The other things that bugged me:
1. How did Snape find them in the Forest of Dean without the portrait of Phineas Niggelus?
2. The taboo was used more times in the film than it was in the book and yet it is never explained.

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Post on Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:13 pm by J-Mads

I hadn't thought of the Phineas thing, but they could explain that away with one stupid sentence, which they seem very comfortable doing.

I saw it last night, and really liked it. I thought it was better than any of Yates' previous movies, and even Radcliffe wasn't terrible. I liked how they did the beginning, and the cartoon of the Hallows story was great, and I really liked the parts in the tent that were just Harry and Hermione.

Dobby's obvious foreshadowing of death ('dobby will always be here to help') bugged me, and I didn't like omitting Remus' visit to Grimmauld. And Harry not using Polyjuice or the cloak in Godric's Hollow was just retarded, although Bathilda was perfect. Overall, very pleased.

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Post on Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:17 pm by strangerthanfiction

YES THE TABOOOOOOOOOO. I totally did not understand that. I was like, wait... Voldemort... how have you not explained that the Death Eaters now find you if you say hizzz naayyyymeeeeee. Whoa spelling.

I definitely think it's one of the better films in the series, overall it's fairly faithful to the book and I have no major major complaints.

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Post on Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:29 pm by dohnage18

Things that they messed up:

1. The cup.
2. Phineas.
3. The taboo.
4. Kreacher.

Things they omitted but made the right call:
1. Moody's eye.
2. Lupin showing up.
3. Pettigrew's death.
4. Grindelwald.

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Post on Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:18 am by The Prez

Hmm. I would have preferred Lupin arriving. That is one of my favorite scenes. AND NO! ALL THE MARAUDERS MUST DIE!

Overall it may be my favorite film in the series. Unlike previous films, this one told a story and wasn't just scenes from the book mashed together. ALSO the score. UNEXPECTEDLY BRILLIANT!

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Post on Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:28 am by strangerthanfiction

Um, they totally showed Moody's eye in Umbridge's door. And I think they'll probably exposition a bit of Grindelwald later. oh god I hate staying up past one in the morning f*** you moll flanders

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Post on Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:26 am by dohnage18

Yes, they did. And they didn't steal it.

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Post on Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:55 am by J-Mads

I CANNOT stop thinking about the Harry-Hermione dance scene. I don't know why, but it's just stuck in my head and is becoming one of my favorite scenes in the whole series. It really struck a nerve with me I guess.

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Post on Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:39 pm by strangerthanfiction

I know that they didn't have it in the book, but the sequence is so beautiful and it was so necessary. It's a lot more lonely than I think they intended it to be. I mean, they dance and they have one brief moment of happiness -- but then Hermione sort of turns away because he's not Ron, and it reminds the viewers what a space there is between them. The connection/disconnection of it -- we've got some Horcruxes to find, yet we still need a bit of cheering up even though we lost our best friend -- is for me one of the emotional highlights of the film.

Dobby made me cry but I think of the dancing more than Dobby, probably because everybody's had that sort of moment of hopelessness in friendship/romance as opposed to holding a dying house-elf in one's arms.

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