The Battle of Hogwarts was as epic and horrifying as you would expect a last stand to be. In the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows novel and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 film, fans witnessed Harry, Ron, Hermione and their allies fighting against Voldemort and his followers in a confrontation at the school that would decide the fate of the wizarding world. This was our heroes' chance to destroy Voldemort, and everyone was going to give it their all no matter the cost.
Within the Harry Potter universe, it's been 19 years since that battle took place on May 2, 1998. That's right, we've reached the year in which the epilogue of the series takes place! For us readers, it's been 10 years since we first experienced the battle when the book was released in 2007. After all this time, there are still powerful moments from that major event leading to the end of Voldemort that we'll never forget and we often remember when May 2 rolls around each year.
From heroics to deaths, here are the 13 most unforgettable moments from the Battle of Hogwarts.
Luna, Ernie and Seamus saving Harry, Ron and Hermione from Dementors
Interrupted from trying to save Hagrid, Harry, Ron and Hermione suddenly find themselves facing a lot of Dementors. Harry is unable to produce a Patronus while Hermione and Ron's Patronuses don't last very long. Things don't look good until hare, fox and boar Patronuses show up with the arrival of Luna, Seamus and Ernie. Thanks to some encouraging words from Luna, Harry is ultimately able to produce a Patronus and send the Dementors scattering.
This was changed in the movie, where Albus Dumbledore's brother Aberforth produced the Patronus that sent the Dementors in front of Harry, Ron and Hermione away. However, I always liked the book version for how it showed the training of Dumebldore’s Army prepared many of the students for this fight and how much these friends have each other's backs. Luna, Seamus and Ernie weren't just going to pass them by hoping for the best. They stopped to help and Luna was able to get through to Harry with her hopeful words when it mattered.
Harry refusing to leave anyone behind in the Room of Requirement
While searching for the diadem in the Room of Requirement, Harry is discovered by Draco Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle. After a brief struggle, Crabbe uses Fiendfyre and sets the place on fire. Soon they're all running for their lives! Harry, Ron and Hermione use brooms to escape, but before they leave Harry spots Malfoy and Goyle and turns to try to rescue them. They're able to do so and the five escape, though Crabbe dies.
The scene is slightly different in the film but it still keeps what makes it memorable: The Room of Requirement ablaze but Harry still refusing to leave those considered his enemies to die. He goes back for Malfoy at risk to his own life, which shows just the kind of hero Harry is.
Colin Creevey's death
On the way to his death, Harry heads out to meet Voldemort when he finally learns the truth only to run into Neville Longbottom and Oliver Wood carrying a body inside Hogwarts. Harry realizes it's the boy that was such a fan of his all this time, Colin Creevey. After so much death during the battle this one could have just felt like another on the list, but it didn't. Harry's realization, and thus our own, of who it was is still felt so powerfully. This was the boy who was passionate not just about Harry but Hogwarts and everyone in it. Colin was underage and shouldn't have even been there but must have snuck in. The boy was going to do whatever he could to help and it cost him his life.
Neville killing Nagini
Voldemort's snake Nagini is one of the last Horcruxes that needs to be destroyed and in both book and movie that task is completed by none other than Neville Longbottom. In the book, it takes place shortly after Neville pulls the sword of Gryffindor from the hat. He rather quickly cuts off Nagini's head as the battle starts up again between those who have survived so far at Hogwarts and Voldemort and his Death Eaters. In the film this takes place later on after the battle has already resumed and Ron and Hermione have failed to kill Nagini. In fact, it looks like the snake just might kill them before Neville arrives and heroically cuts off its head.
In both it really shows what we've already known at this point, but maybe many in the universe haven't realized yet, which is how much of a true Gryffindor Neville is and that without him, Voldemort wouldn't have been defeated.
Hermione and Ron finally kiss
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the lead-up to Ron and Hermione's kiss is quite exciting as it follows Hermione destroying a Horcrux. However, that version would probably not make it this high on this list for me. Instead, it's the book version that ranks here. As the battle is starting, Ron realizes they've forgotten about the house-elves working in the kitchen and says they should tell them to leave because they can't be ordered to die for them. It's after hearing this that Hermione drops what she's holding and throws her arms around Ron, kissing him. The moment is perfect since we've been waiting so long for the two to finally get together and it shows how much Ron has grown, which clearly makes all the difference to her.
Neville standing up to Voldemort and pulling the sword of Gryffindor out of the Sorting Hat
In the book, Neville comes to Voldemort's attention after the Gryffindor tries to charge him as he says Harry was killed trying to leave the grounds and save himself. He proclaims that he'll never join Voldemort and calls Dumbledore's Army to action, but Voldemort uses a Body-Bind Curse on him and forces the Sorting Hat on his head, which sets him on fire. When reinforcements arrive, Neville is able to break free and as the Sorting Hat falls off he pulls from it the sword of Gryffindor.
The movie version matches this for memorability though I must admit I prefer Neville's speech in the film and how he caps it off by dramatically pulling the sword from the hat. Here Neville steps forward to face Voldemort and proclaims that it doesn't matter that Harry's dead. He says Harry, Fred, Remus, Tonks and the others are still with them. It's yet another moment where Neville is awesome for all to see!
Molly Weasley killing Bellatrix Lestrange
During the final portion of the battle, Bellatrix duels with Ginny, Luna and Hermione all at once but then Molly Weasley steps in. Bellatrix taunts her in the book, asking what's going to happen to her kids when she's "gone the same way as Freddie?" Molly doesn't stand for that though and soon Bellatrix isn't laughing anymore as a curse gets through and makes her explode! In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 the encounter is similar, with those Bellatrix dueling now just made up of Weasleys but still showing Mrs. Weasley being skilled and badass. After everything Bellatrix had done it's a fantastic moment to see Molly get some revenge for all those the Death Eater has hurt over the years.
Harry talking to Dumbledore again
After Harry apparently dies, he finds himself in a limbo-like world that looks like King's Cross Station and who should be there but Dumbledore himself. It's in this place that the two share a conversation where finally Dumbledore explains why Harry isn't completely dead and reveals some details about the Hallows and Dumbledore's past. It was a scene that was shocking for bringing Dumbledore back and intriguing for what we learned from him about his family, Grindelwald and his search for the Horcruxes. The information brought so many pieces together that we had perhaps known about but not fully understood until this point. It was also frankly just nice to see Dumbledore again too!
Who didn't burst into tears when Fred died? In the movie, we only see Fred's death after the fact, and while it's still sad watching the Weasley family mourn him it’s nothing compared to what happens in the novel. There he's fighting alongside his brother Percy, happy that his brother is joking again, when all of a sudden there's an explosion and afterwards we discover Fred died with "the ghost of his last laugh still etched upon his face."
The loss of the Weasley twin was an emotional blow -- shocking, heartbreaking and something we knew would forever change his family and friends, which considering how amazing they've been through the whole series seems so unfair. It was something no one would ever forget or perhaps ever forgive Rowling for despite her apology!
The loss of Remus and Tonks
Even harder for me than all of the other deaths was realizing Remus Lupin, my favorite character, had died. I'll never forget reading this line: "Remus and Tonks, pale and still and peaceful-looking, apparently asleep beneath the dark, enchanted ceiling." The moment is quick in the film as well, as Harry suddenly sees the two bodies with their hands seemingly reaching for each other. The fact that not just Remus but also Tonks had been killed was devastating. The last Marauder was gone and with the loss of both of these amazing characters their son Teddy was going to be an orphan whose parents, like Harry's, were killed in the fight against Voldemort. It seemed to me to be on a whole new level of unfair. Of course, we know when Harry wins in the end he's there for Teddy along with others in a way that no one was there for Harry, but it was still a strong emotional moment for such a quick reveal.
The death of Severus Snape and so much more can be viewed differently after what was revealed when Harry looked at Snape's memories. By watching the memories, we learn how Snape and Harry's mother Lily were friends as children, what happened to them once they went to Hogwarts, and how Snape went to Dumbledore, turning against Voldemort, to try to save Lily. We learn how he loved her, how he continued to love her, how he helped Dumbledore and tried to help Harry in his own way. It's in these memories that Snape utters his perhaps most famous line: "Always."
It's a sequence in book and film that changes what we thought we knew about the Potions professor and changes everything Harry's understood about his parents and the fight against Voldemort. The information and emotion of this means few others can beat it for sticking out in the midst of the battle.
Harry using the Resurrection Stone
Harry uses the Resurrection Stone to see those he's lost as he heads to meet Voldemort. His father and mother appear, along with younger versions of Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. His parents tell him they're proud of him and call him brave while Sirius tells Harry dying doesn't hurt. Harry takes the chance to tell them he's sorry and didn't want any of them to die, notably turning to Lupin, due to Teddy. They stay with him as he walks towards Voldemort and silently offer their love and support.
The return of Harry's parents and two beloved characters was bittersweet. It was great to see them again but sad to be reminded of their loss as well as that this was leading to Harry himself being killed. It felt like a final goodbye to those characters and the true lead-up to the end as we didn't know at this point exactly how our hero was going to get out of this predicament.
How could I not rank this as the most memorable moment from the battle? It's the one that finally, after so many years, so much struggle and too many deaths, put an end to the whole conflict. It's quite epic in the film as they duel outside Hogwarts, but it's even better in the book when they fight in the Great Hall with everyone watching. Before throwing any spells at each other it's more a war of words as Harry reveals how and why Voldemort will lose, telling him how Snape wasn't his and how the wand's true master is Draco Malfoy. Then as they cast their spells, Voldemort finally dies. Our heroes have won at last and with that victory their world becomes a better place.
Is there a memorable moment from the Battle of Hogwarts from either the book or film that we missed? Let us know in the comments!