The Making of Harry Potter CC Karen Roe


1. Books that scream

In his first year in Hogwarts, Harry dons his invisibility cloak and sneaks into the Restricted Section of the library to research Nicholas Flamel, only for things to go badly awry. When he picks a large black book off the shelf, the last thing he expects is it to scream when he opens it, swiftly ending his undercover mission. 

Read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

2. Hermione wangling her way into the Restricted Section 

We would’ve never had the wonders of Polyjuice Potion were it not for Hermione craftily using Gilderoy Lockhart’s autograph to get into the Restricted Section. It was this amazing potion that let Ron and Harry transform into Goyle and Crabbe to infiltrate the Slytherin common room. 

Read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 

3. Viktor Krum working up the nerve to ask Hermione out

We all face the fear of rejection: even Bulgarian Quidditch star, Viktor Krum. Realising that Hermione loves her books, Krum hangs out in the library for ages before finally working up the courage to ask her to the Yule Ball. Awwww! 

Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The library seen in the Harry Potter film series was Oxford University’s Bodleian Library. ©

Travelling through time CC Chris Chabot

4. Madam Pince calling Harry out

Madam Pince, the librarian runs a tight ship. When she finds Harry and Hermione in the library after hours, she makes no bones about kicking them out. Seeing the state of Harry’s copy of Advanced Potion-Making she really lets fly at him, calling him a “depraved boy.” She’s not one to mince her words! 

Read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

5. Generally helping in the fight against Voldemort 

The library plays a huge role in defeating Voldemort down the years: it’s definitely one of the unsung heroes of the books. Think back to Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets: when Ron and Harry find a petrified Hermione, it’s the page she’s torn out of a library book in her hand that tells them the true form of Slytherin’s monster. 

Read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Read the rest! 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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