We have to begin with the moment that Harry saw the ramshackle yet ‘brilliant’ home of his best friend for the very first time. After spending the long summer days locked in the suburban prison of 4 Privet Drive, being rescued and whisked off to a magical home must have a dream come true. For Harry and this former pigsty, it was love at first sight and it soon became another home for him.
Harry’s initial love for The Burrow only became stronger after he spent the summer there. In fact, he said the month he spent with the Weasleys had been ‘the happiest of his life’. Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a loving family, the many excellent meals whipped up by Mrs Weasley and with a bit of extra magic thrown in, we can see why Harry was even a little reluctant to return to Hogwarts. The fireworks display that Fred and George put on during their final evening was the perfect way to end what had been a fantastic summer holiday.
Obviously, going to see the final of the Quidditch World Cup was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that was hard to beat. Yet, we always thought that some of the happiest and most joyful times Harry had came from smaller moments – and the evening at The Burrow before heading off to the match is an excellent example. From Bill and Charlie’s table battle to eating outside on a balmy summer’s evening, there was no doubt that Harry had fun – which is something his life often seemed to lack.
Harry and Quidditch went together like salt and pepper – they were just the perfect match. So, Harry must have adored being able to spend his days playing his favourite sport in one of his favourite places. And luckily for him, most of his summer trips to The Burrow seemed to involve playing this beloved wizarding sport in the Weasleys’ orchard.
Birthdays for Harry were historically dreadful – well the Dursleys were hardly going to make effort, were they? Yet, Harry’s seventeenth was a pretty good one (despite the shadow of Voldemort’s return). Not only did Harry get to spend the day with those he cared about the most – and got to eat an excellent birthday cake shaped like a Snitch – but he also received a birthday present from Mr and Mrs Weasley that meant the world to him. This moment proved that he was definitely one of the family and belonged right there at The Burrow.
If we’re talking about birthday presents, we also have to mention Ginny’s present to Harry. Though they had split up before this point, Harry and Ginny’s kiss at The Burrow was something Harry wasn’t going to forget about for a long time...
Our final favourite moment from Harry’s trips to The Burrow has to be Bill and Fleur’s wedding. Ok, so this event may not have ended in the most positive way – the Ministry of Magic falling will have that effect – but for the most part, it was a happy and brilliant day. The Burrow, which was always full of love, was the perfect setting for this young witch and wizard to say their vows. And while Harry may have been a little hot in his disguise as Barny Weasley, we’re sure even he appreciated just how special this moment was.