My Favorite Scene: The Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Written by JK Rowling
Published in 2005 by Scholastic


It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…

My favorite thing about Half Blood Prince is Harry and Ginny. Throughout the whole series, I always wanted Harry to be a part of the Weasley family and when Harry and Ginny finally got together, I was one happy lady! However, the movie handled it so poorly! I don’t understand why they had to have that scene in the Room of Requirement where Ginny initiates the kiss. It was such crap. The book was perfect…after the Quidditch match and Harry just reaches out and kisses her. I, also, love Ron’s shoulder shrug, like “oh well. It could be worse.”

Without further ado, here is my favorite scene from Half Blood Prince:

Chapter Twenty-Four: Sectumsempra (page 533)

“We won!” yelled Ron, bounding into sight and brandishing the silver cup at Harry. “We won! Four hundred and fifty to a hundred and forty! We won!”

Harry looked around; there was Ginny running toward him; she had a hard, blazing look in her face as she threw her arms around him. And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed  her.

After several long moments – or it might have been half an hour – or possibly several sunlight days – they broke apart. The room had gone very quiet. Then several people wolf-whistled and there was an outbreak of nervous giggling. Harry looked over the top of Ginny’s head to see Dean Thomas holding a shattered glass in his hand, and Romilda Vana looking as though she might throw something. Hermione was beaming, but Harry’s eyes sought Ron. As last he found him, still clutching the Cup and wearing an expression appropriate to having been clubbed over the head. For a fraction of a second they looked at each other, then Ron gave a tiny jerk of the head that Harry understood to mean, Well – if you must.

The creature in his chest roaring in triumph, he grinned down at Ginny and gestured wordlessly out of the portrait hole. A long walk in the grounds seemed indicated, during which – if they had time – they might discuss the match.

Wasn’t that totally amazing! So much better than the movie. I have no idea why they would change it. That difference between the book and movie has to be the most disappointing in the entire series.

What is your favorite scene from Half Blood Prince?

Favorite Scene: Order of the Phoenix

Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has always been my least favorite book in the series. However, after re-reading it more slowly this time, I have come to appreciate it more. I didn’t get as frustrated with Harry as I have been in the past. I found that I was more frustrated with Dumbledore than Harry. Funny how your thoughts and feelings change as you re-read your favorite books. I really thought I would have a very difficult time finding a favorite scene in Order of the Phoenix; however, I found two that really stood out to me. One is fairly obvious and then other one – not so much.

The Obvious Favorite Scene:

I love the scene at the end where The Order stands with Harry to meet his aunt and uncle after the end of the school year. After feeling so alone throughout the year, Harry sees that he isn’t alone after all. He can stand tall when he meets his dreaded relatives. Mad Eye is just the best in this scene.

…he found a surprise awaiting him on the other side: a group of people standing there to greet whom he had not expected.

“Hello, Harry,” said Lupin, as Mrs. Weasley let go of Harry and turned to greet Hermione.

“Hi,” said Harry. “I didn’t expect…what are you all doing here?”

“Well,” said Lupin with a slight smile, “we thought we might have a little chat with your aunt and uncle before letting them take you home.”

“I dunno if that’s a good idea,” said Harry at once.

“Oh, I think it is,” growled Moody, who limped a little closer.

“We thought we’d just have a few words with you about Harry,” said Mr. Weasley, still smiling.

“Yeah,” said Moody. “About how he’s treated when he’s at your place.”

Uncle Vernon’s mustache seemed to bristle with indignation. Possibly because the bowler hat gave him the entirely mistaken impression that he was dealing with a kindred spirit, he addressed himself to Moody.

“I am not aware that it is any of your business what goes on in my house – ”

“I expect what you’re not aware of would fill several books, Dursley,” growled Moody.

“Anyway, that’s not the point,” interjected Tonks, whose pink hair seemed to offend Aunt Petunia more than all the rest put together, for she closed her eyes rather than look at her. “The point is, if we find out you’ve been horrible to Harry -”

” – and make no mistake, we’ll hear about it,” added Lupin pleasantly.

“Yeah, if we get any hint that Potter’s been mistreated in any way, you’ll have us to answer to,” said Moody,

Uncle Vernon swelled ominously. His sense of outrage seemed to outweigh even his fear of this bunch of oddballs.

“Are you threatening me, sir?” he said, so loudly that passersby actually turned to stare.

“Yes, I am,” said May-Eye, who seemed rather pleased that Uncle Vernon had grasped this fact so quickly.

“And do I look like the kind of man who can be intimidated?” barked Uncle Vernon.

“Well…” said Moody, pushing back his bowler hat to reveal his sinisterly revolving magical eye. Uncle Vernon leapt backward in horror and collided with a luggage trolley. “Yes, I’d have to say you do, Dursley.”

He turned away from Uncle Vernon to survey Harry. “So, Potter…give us a shout if you need us. If we don’t hear from you for three days in a row, we’ll send someone along…”

The Not So Obvious Scene:

This scene is after Mr. Weasley has been attacked by Nagini and still in the hospital. Harry blames himself because he thinks that Voldemort has possessed him. However, Ginny is able to bring him back into the company of his friends. I think this is when Ginny became a major character in the series. She has finally entered into the fold as a trusted friend.

“Oh, stop feeling all misunderstood,” said Hermione sharply. “Look, the others have told what you overheard last night on the Extendable Ears -”

“Yeah?” growled Harry, his hands deep in his pockets as he watched the snow falling thickly outside. “All been talking about me, have you? Well, I’m getting used to it…”

“We wanted to talk to you, Harry,” said Ginny, “but as you’ve been hiding ever since we got back – ”

“I didn’t want anyone to talk to me,” said Harry, who was feeling more and more nettled.

“Well, that was a bit stupid of you,” said Ginny angrily, “seeing as you don’t know anyone but me who’s been possessed by You-Know-Who, and I can tell you how it feels.”

“Harry remained quite still as the impact of these words hit him. Then he wheeled around.

“I forgot,” he said.

“Lucky you,” said Ginny coolly.

“I’m sorry,” Harry said, and he meant it. “So…so do you think I’m being possessed, then?”

“Well, can you remember everything you’ve been doing?” Ginny asked. “Are there big blank periods where you don’t know what you’ve been up to?”

Harry racked his brains.

“No,” he said.

“Then You-Know-Who hasn’t ever possessed you,” said Ginny simply. When he did it to me, I couldn’t remember what I’d been doing for hours at a time. I’d find myself somewhere and not know how I got there.”

Harry hardly dared to believe her, yet his heart was lightening  almost in spite of himself.

There you go! Those are my favorite scenes from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. What are yours? Please leave me a comment and let me know!



Favorite Scene: Goblet of Fire

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With Goblet of Fire, Harry’s turns completely upside down. He gets entered into a Tournament he can’t possibly win (or possibly survive), his best friend desserts him for a time and Voldemort is making some really nasty plans. From here on out, Harry must face his destiny of vanquishing Voldemort. Now, I know you are waiting with abated breath to see what my favorite scene is. For some it may by surprising. Unlike Azkaban, I picked a more emotional scene with no light-heartedness at all. Molly Weasley is the closest thing to a mother Harry ever had. When she comforts him in the hospital wing at the end of the Tournament, my heart was completely breaking. I believe, that was the first time I cried while reading a Harry Potter. This scene just completely blew me away. I was so upset that the movie version failed to included this emotional and (to me) pivotal scene. Without further ado, here it is (have a tissue handy):

My Favorite Scene:

The thing against which he had been fighting on and off every since he had come out of the maze was threatening to overpower him. He could feel a burning, prickling feeling in the inner corners of his eyes. He blinked and stared up at the ceiling.

“It wasn’t your fault, Harry,” Mrs. Weasley whispered.

“I told him to take the cup with me,” said Harry.

Now the burning feeling was in his throat too. He wished Ron would look away.

Mrs. Weasley set the potion down on the bedside cabinet, bent down, and put her arms around Harry. He had no memory of ever being hugged like this, as though by a mother. The full weight of everything he had seen that night seemed to fall in upon him as Mrs. Weasley held him to her. His mother’s face, his father’s voice, the sight of Cedric, dead on the ground all started spinning in his head until he could hardly bear it, until he was screwing up his face against the howl of misery fighting to get out of him.

This might be my most favorite scene in the entire series. Maybe because I am a mother myself…who knows. Molly Weasley is such a wonderful, beautiful and strong character. She may end up my favorite scene in Deathly Hallows. You will have to wait and see.

You know what? I love comments! What is your favorite scene from Goblet of Fire? Please let me know. Let the debate begin!

Favorite Scene: Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Azkaban is one of my favorites of the Harry Potter series and it’s the only one without Voldemort in it. The villain (or so we think) is Sirius Black. I had a very hard time picking a favorite scene from this one; there are just so many. I have narrowed it down to three scenes with the last as my favorite.

In third place: More amazing words of wisdom from Dumbledore

“I thought it was my dad who conjured my Patronus. I mean, when I saw myself, across the lake…I thought I was seeing him.”

“An easy mistake to make,” said Dumbledore softly. “I expect you’ll tire of hearing it, but you do look extraordinarily like James. Except for the eyes…you have your mother’s eyes.”

Harry shook his head.

“It was so stupid, thinking it was him,” he muttered. “I mean, I knew he was dead.”

“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him…”

In Second Place: Sirius offers Harry a home

“You’re free,” said Harry.

“Yes…,” said Black. “But, I’m also – I don’t know if anyone told you – I’m your godfather.”

“Yeah, I knew that,” said Harry.

“Well…your parents appointed me your guardian,” said Black stiffly. “If anything happened to them…”

Harry waited. Did Black mean what he thought he meant?

“I’ll understand, of course, if you want to stay with our aunt and uncle,” said Black. “But…well…think about it. Once my name’s cleared…if you wanted a…a different home…”

Some sort of explosion took place in the pit of Harry’s stomach.

“What – live with you?” he said, accidentally cracking his head on a bit of rock protruding from the ceiling, “Leave the Dursleys?”

“Of course, I thought wouldn’t want to,” said Black quickly. “I understand, I just thought I’d – ”

“Are you insane?” said Harry, his voice easily as croaky as Black’s. “Of course I want to leave the Dursleys! Have you got a house? When can I move in?”

Now for the First Place winner: Harry’s threat to Vernon

“What’s that?” he snarled, staring at the envelope Harry was still clutching in his hand. “If it’s another form for me to sign, you’ve got another – ”

“It’s not, said Harry cheerfully. “It’s a letter from my godfather.”

“Godfather?” sputtered Uncle Vernon. “You haven’t got a godfather!”

“Yes, I have, said Harry brightly. He was my mum and dad’s best friend. He’s a convicted murderer, but he’s broken out of wizard prison and he’s on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though…keep up with my news…check if I’m happy…”

And, grinning broadly at the look of horror on Uncle Vernon’s face, Harry set off toward the station exit, Hedwig rattling along in front of him, for what looked like a much better summer than the last.

I picked this scene as my favorite for it’s levity. When I was reading it, I absolutely laughing out loud. The Dursleys are such miserable people, it was very nice to see Harry scare the bejeezus out of them. It was a perfect threat and Vernon’s reaction was priceless.

What is your favorite scene from the Prisoner of Azkaban?

My Favorite Scene: Chamber of Secrets

Currently, I’m rereading the Harry Potter series and instead of writing a review (because we all know amazing the books are) I’m writing about my favorite scene and why. Last week, I picked my favorite scene from Sorcerer’s Stone. Now its time for Chamber of Secrets!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

15881Synopsis: The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects…Harry Potter himself.

My Favorite Scene:

My favorite scene is when Harry goes to The Burrow for the first time. He finally gets a true sense of family and I love the camaraderie and love between the Weasley family members.  I love that Mr. Weasley was so excited to hear how the car flew and when he had to look outraged when Mrs. Weasley gave him a nasty look. The Weasley is the best example of a loving and supportive family.

Also, you feel Harry’s strong desire for his own family and maybe possible that the Weasleys can fit that bill. At times, throughout the series, Ron has been jealous of Harry; however, it is Harry that is jealous of Ron. His family, his home… that is something Harry never had.

If you’re curious, here’s the scenes from Chamber of Secrets.

“Harry?”  said Mr. Weasley blankly. “Harry who?”

He looked around, saw Harry, and jumped.

“Good lord, is it Harry Potter? Very pleased to meet you, Ron’s told us much about – ”

Your sons flew that car to Harry’s house and back last night!” shouted Mrs. Weasley. “What have you got to say about that, ed?”

“Did you really?” said Mr. Weasley eagerly. “Did it go all right?” I – I mean,” he falterd as sparks flew from Mrs. Weasley’s eyes, “that – that was very wrong, boys – very wrong indeed…”

Then he turned to look at Ron, who was watching him almost nervously, as though waiting for his opinion.

“It’s a bit small,” said Ron quickly. “Not like that room you had with the Muggles. And I’m right underneath the ghoul in the attic; he’s always banging on the pipes and groaning…”

But Harry, grinning widely, said “This is the best house I’ve ever been in.”

Ron’s ears went pink.

What is your favorite scene from Chamber of Secrets?


Harry Potter!

My name is Kendal. I’m 45 years old. And I love Harry Potter!

I have decided to re-read the Harry Potter series for the umpteenth time. Instead of writing reviews, I going to write about my favorite of each book. I will write about the what and the why it’s my favorite scene.

My kids are finally old enough to read Harry Potter; however, they feel they need to rebel against their mother and said, NOPE! I even bribed them $50 to read Sorcerer’s Stone. Still… NOPE. Recently, Amazon had a sale where I got the entire paperback set for just $25. My youngest daughter uses the set as room decoration. At least that’s a step. Right?!

My next thought was… how about I re-read the entire series where they can see me react to every and LOVE every word of Harry Potter. I hope that I can tempt them to take the dive into the most amazing world of Harry Potter!

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Synopsis (like we don’t already know): Orphan Harry Potter is miserable in an under-stairs closet. Dursleys – his witch mother’s sister, husband, Dudley – held no birthday party for Harry in 11 years. Owls fly notices to attend Hogwarts School. Wizard Harry flies on broom, hides under Cloak of Invisibility, sneaks past 3-headed dog with friends Hermione and Ron. A great destiny awaits if Harry can survive.

My Favorite Scene:

My favorite party is NOT the Mirror of Erised. Actually, it is when Hagrid gives Harry is first birthday present ever…Hedwig. I can just envision the face of pure joy. For your 11th birthday (and first every birthday present), you receive a beautiful snow white owl. So completely AWESOME! But Hedwig becomes so much more.

Hedwig is Harry’s constant connection to the magical world. She is so loyal. She, also, represents Harry’s freedom from the Dursleys. She is a magnificent creature and she helped Harry through so many times of complete loneliness and abandonment.

For Hagrid to give him such a precious gift, is a complete turning point in Harry’s life. It represents the beginning of his life as a wizard and one of his truest and most loyal of companions.

I love Hedwig and to me she was his anchor in the wizarding world.




Book Blogger Hop (14) & FF Friday

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The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012.

Luckily, Billy from The Coffee-Addicted Writer has relaunched the Book Blogger Hop. Each week the hop will start on Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Q: What was the last book you re-read? Or what book would like to re-read?

A: 8667848

The last book I re-read was The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I’m a huge fan of the All Soul’s Trilogy!







The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Q: Happy Mother’s Day! Who is your favorite mother from fiction?

A: Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter Series. She is ferociously protective of her children. Her words to her Bellatrix Lestrange were amazing!


Book Blogger Hop (8) & FF Friday

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012.

Luckily, Billy from Coffee Addicted Writer will relaunch the Book Blogger Hop. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Q: What are your thoughts on verification codes?
A: My answer is very simple. I don’t like them. If I have to verify that I’m not a robot when making a comment then I won’t comment. It’s that simple.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Q: Tell us about the most emotional scene you’ve ever read in a book – how did you react?
A: The first thing that came to my mind is in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where Harry is walking in the Forbidden Forest with his family to meet Voldemort and he knows he will die. I remember I was 8 months pregnant and sitting at my kitchen table with my 2 year old daughter. I just started crying and I couldn’t stop. Every time I read that scene I break down. It was so powerful to me.