This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!
This Week’s Theme: Free week – Favorite Moment in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
For my free week, I’m going back to a previous HP MOTW that “aired” before I started following/participating in this meme: What is my favorite moment from the book/film that started it all????
I have to say, this one caused me quite a hold-up as I considered all the pieces of the first book. I think there are moments that really shined there, which didn’t stand out quite as much in the films. So, with that in mind, the moment I’m choosing is…
Harry on a Broom!!
I love all the moments in the first book when Harry discovers his love of (and adeptness at) riding a broomstick. I think it’s probably because it’s the first time we see him really find his footing and be good at something magical or wizardly.
“Harry ignored her. Blood was pounding in his ears. He mounted the broom and kicked hard against the ground and up, up he soared; air rushed through his hair, and his robes whipped out behind him — and in a rush of fierce joy he realized he’d found something he could do without being taught — this was easy, this was wonderful.” — pg 148
It’s such a cool moment. And, of course, it is this moment that leads Harry to Quidditch! Going back and looking through the book, I was reminded of how epic that first match felt. How cool, how new and exciting. Unfortunately, I think for many of us that the scene in the film didn’t really live up to the hype we were feeling when we read it (those graphics, *face palm*). But more than that, I think it was missing a couple of other moment-makers.
Most notably, I think what I missed most about the first Quidditch match, which I adored in the books is the commentary from Jordan and Professor McGonagall.
“And the Quaffle is taken immediately by Angelina Johnson of Gryffindor — what an excellent Chaser that girl is, and rather attractive, too –”
“Sorry, Professor.” — pgs. 185-186
lol! Who could resist the magnificent and entertaining commentary of this duo? It’s so well-pitched, and really gave the Weasley Twins’ best friend so much more character, which is sadly lacking throughout the scenes of the Quidditch matches in the film. And Dean yelling about red cards in soccer matches, because he wasn’t used to the sport was pretty entertaining, too. But this bit was just priceless:
Lee Jordan was finding it difficult not to take sides.
“So — after that obvious and disgusting bit of cheating — ”
“Jordan!” growled Professor McGonagall.
“I mean, after that open and revolting foul — ”
“Jordan, I’m warning you — ”
“All right, all right. Flint nearly kills the Gryffindor Seeker, which could happen to anyone, I’m sure, so a penalty to Gryffindor, taken by Spinnet, who puts it away, no trouble, and we continue play, Gryffindor still in possession.” — pg. 188
The final moments of the match are pretty priceless too. I mean, the way Harry catches the Snitch?! Now that’s funny, and awesome.
Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what your favorite moment from Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone in the comments below!