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The seven most magical, unexpected and heartwarming moments from Harry Potter

To celebrate the film series’ 20th anniversary, we take a look at some of our favourite scenes.

By TV Week team
It feels just like yesterday that we were meeting Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley for the first time.
Just like magic, it's 20 years later, and the original cast and filmmaker Chris Columbus are coming together to celebrate and reflect on the eight Harry Potter films.
From interviews to behind-the-scenes footage, get ready for an exciting journey through one of the most loved series of all time.

1. Harry is sorted into Gryffindor house (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

The sorting ceremony was nerve-racking for a young Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, with Maggie Smith as Professor Minerva McGonagall).
Although he was new to the wizarding world, Harry was desperate to be "sorted" into Hogwarts' Gryffindor house. Thankfully, the sorting hat heard his plea, sending him there alongside his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson).
The sorting ceremony was nerve-racking for a young Harry Potter. (Warner Bros)

Dobby is a free elf (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

Dobby is a house elf who was a servant to the Malfoy family for generations. For years, the mistreated Dobby (voiced by Toby Jones) dreamed that one day, they'd give him an item of clothing to release him from service.
After seeing the abuse he's endured, Harry sneaks his own sock into Tom Riddle's diary, which he returns to Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs). When Lucius unwittingly hands it to Dobby, he frees him from a lifetime of servitude.
Dobby is a house elf who was a servant to the Malfoy family for generations. (Warner Bros)

Harry's name being pulled out of the goblet of fire (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Because he was only 14, Harry wasn't eligible to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. But that only made it more shocking when the Goblet Of Fire spits out his name.
With no choice in the matter, Harry must compete alongside older, more experienced witches and wizards in the life-threatening challenges the tournament presents.
Harry must compete alongside older, more experienced witches and wizards in the life-threatening challenges the tournament presents. (Warner Bros)

When Hermione punched Draco Malfoy in the face (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Ever since The Philosopher's Stone, Draco Malfoy has been a bully.
So when Hermione finally gives Draco (Tom Felton) a piece of her mind (well, more accurately, all of her fist) after he sentences Hagrid's (Robbie Coltrane) pet Hippogriff Buckbeak to death, it's a triumphant moment for both the trio of friends and the audience.

Sirius Black is actually good (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Whispers of the ruthless Sirius Black had been circulating ever since Harry started at Hogwarts. But it's not until his third year that he finally meets him.
While he's terrified at first, Harry soon realises Sirius (Gary Oldman) isn't a bad guy after all and discovers he's been wrongfully locked up in Azkaban, the wizarding world's strongest prison, for a crime he didn't commit.

Snape's true valour is revealed (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)

Harry never trusted Severus Snape, believing Lord Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) former henchman was plotting his demise. But in the final film, we learn Snape (Alan Rickman) always had Harry's best interests at heart.
After falling in love with Harry's mother Lily (Geraldine Somerville), he vowed to protect them both until his last breath.

Ron and Hermione finally get together (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)

No matter how much Ron and Hermione denied it, there were something between the young wizards.
Although everyone around them, including us, knew there was romance on the cards, it took until the final film for them to admit their feelings for each other. Aww!
No matter how much Ron and Hermione denied it, there were something between the young wizards. (Warner Bros)
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