Contains spoilers for Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts films.
Newt Scamander has a tendency to be a little awkward at times (which is exactly why we love him) and the scene of him flirting (?) with Tina Goldstein was definitely that. But in a very sweet way. It’s not every day a girl gets her eyes compared to a salamander’s – but our favourite Magizoologist did always have a very unique outlook on the world.
We meet so many amazing fantastical creatures in the wizarding world, from the majestic to... well, Flobberworms. In Prisoner of Azkaban, Hagrid introduced his class to Hippogriffs, a magical creature who will only engage with you once you have both bowed. Fair enough. This is a level of respect we can get on board with. In the film, we get to see Harry fly with Buckbeak during an exhilarating scene with an epic score. We want to be friends with a Hippogriff, basically.
Harry, Ron and Hermione get to visit Luna’s house in Deathly Hallows, and it was no surprise to learn that the house perfectly corresponded to the Lovegoods’ quirky tastes. What did surprise us, in a very lovely way, was discovering that Luna had created a mural, dedicated to her Hogwarts friends, proudly on display in her bedroom. Harry was notably touched by the dedication – and so were we.
What’s cuter than a Niffler? Lots of multicoloured mini-Nifflers, that’s what. We were delighted to learn that Newt’s snouty friend had had children in the second Fantastic Beasts film, with the babies already causing all manner of mischief. The champagne cork slow-mo moment, for instance.
When we first meet Dobby, he is wearing a mangy pillowcase and has a habit of hitting his head on walls to stop him giving away secrets – all symptoms of being the Malfoy family’s house-elf. However, thanks to some sly sock sneaking from Harry, Dobby is finally granted his freedom, as his ‘master’ had given him clothes. Who knew a smelly sock would make us so happy?
This bemusing scene from the third Harry Potter book found a very small collective of Hogwarts staff and students jammed together at Christmas time. Not surprisingly, very few students had stuck around that year, due to the threat of Sirius Black on the castle, not to mention the not-very-Christmassy Dementors hanging around Hogwarts. This resulted in a very strange concoction of people enjoying the festive feast with all the tables pushed together. Our favourite moments from it? Dumbledore offering a terrified young first-year called Derek some chipolatas, certainly. And a catty comment from McGonagall to Trelawney that still makes us smirk. Tripe, Sybill?
Another moment from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets now – and one of the most cathartic. After a year of horrors for Hogwarts, including Basilisk attacks on unsuspecting students and poor Hagrid sentenced to Azkaban, everything resolved itself at the end-of-term feast, with the Chamber of Secrets closed, the affected students ready to be cured and Hagrid’s triumphant return. This sequence of victories lead to a domino effect of emotions for us dear readers, and the film-version of events is even more emotional, with a huge rapturous round of applause at the end! Our tears!
Back to Fantastic Beasts now, and this reunion scene at the end of the film was a special one for all the Queenie and Jacob fans out there. After being forced to have his memory erased as part of the mass memory cleansing of New York, Jacob seemingly forgets about his adventures with Newt and his romance with the talented Legilimens, Queenie. Or does he? Working in his dream bakery, (where he has started subconsciously baking goods in the shapes of fantastic beasts) Queenie pops in to visit, stopping Jacob in his tracks as they both smile at each other. After a tear-jerking goodbye kiss left us wondering if Jacob would ever know Queenie again – this spark of recognition gave us hope.
This particular moment from Harry Potter is perhaps more bittersweet than feelgood, but a paragraph from the books we will truly never forget. After witnessing the return of Lord Voldemort, Harry is forced to relay the chain of events to Professor Dumbledore, before being sent to the hospital wing for some much-needed sleep, with Mrs Weasley, (who had come to cheer Harry on in the Triwzard Tournament) Sirius and his friends. Although Harry tries to be strong in front of them, Mrs Weasley tells Harry that nothing that happened was his fault – before giving him a hug that is described ‘as if by a mother’. Sob.
In the third book, Harry learns of a complicated charm that only works if you summon happy memories – the only way to combat the Dementors of Azkaban. After some frustrating beginnings (with the patient and wise Professor Lupin as his teacher) it is only towards the end of the story that Harry sees his Patronus for the first time – revealed to be a stag, the same as his father’s. As Dumbledore tells Harry, ‘your father is alive in you’.
After losing Sirius at the end of Order of the Phoenix, Harry is beside himself with inconsolable grief. But it is not Hermione or Ron who finally get through to him, but Luna, a newer friend. After revealing that she lost her mother at a young age (‘it was quite horrible’ she says in a typically Luna-esque matter of fact way) Harry suddenly feels like he has someone who understands him a little better. And Luna promising Harry that the dead ‘never really leave us’ seemed to give him the comfort he so dearly needed.
While Ginny fancied Harry first, it took until the sixth book for Harry to realise he fancied her too. Hurray! But what would Ron think? After a triumphant Quidditch win (spearheaded by Ginny, taking over from Harry while he was banned) the jubilant moment took over Harry, and the pair finally shared their first kiss in a very public fashion. Thankfully, Ron didn’t give Harry much of a hard time about it.
After eleven years as the neglected nephew of the Dursleys, Harry learns that this life is not meant to be, and he is actually a wizard with a whole other world ready to welcome him in. The first few chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone paint a sad childhood for Harry, confined to a cupboard under the stairs and constant coldness from his Aunt and Uncle – often a mystery to Harry. When a half-giant called Hagrid tells him the strange news over a campfire of sausages, Harry may not understand at first, but realises that he was never destined to be stuck with the Dursleys forever.
After seven books – seven books! – we were beginning to think Ron and Hermione would never bite the bullet and get together, despite years of will-they, won’t-they moments, kisses on the cheeks, jealousy over other partners, and so much bickering you thought they were an old, married couple. For a moment, in Half-Blood Prince, we thought they might get together then, with Hermione asking Ron to be her date to Slughorn’s party. But as you know, that didn’t quite work out, not pointing the blame at anyone (Ron) and then Lord Voldemort and Horcrux hunting got in the way of things in Deathly Hallows. So what were the pair to do? Have their first kiss slap-bang in the middle of the battle of Hogwarts. ‘Is this the moment?’ Harry had to ask wearily. But still, we all turned the page with a sigh of relief.
What’s your favourite feel-good moment of the Wizarding World?