It’s been more than a decade since the release of the final Harry Potter movie, and fans are still talking about the series and discussing their favourite moments from the trio’s adventures at Hogwarts and beyond.
During these discussions, certain scenes crop up again and again. Every Harry Potter movie features a hefty climax with several standout moments that are impossible to forget. And whilst these scenes are thrilling to watch, they can sometimes overshadow other great moments that deserve more love from the fanbase.
Indeed, there are a number of underrated scenes that keep us hooked without resorting to explosive magic or gripping action sequences. These scenes provide us with a more intimate look at the wizarding world, focusing on the characters more than the plot. They can be heartwarming, tragic, amusing, or even a combination of all three.
Though many of the following scenes are relatively simple when compared to the big set pieces, they still deserve plenty of admiration. Thanks to the sharp script and the stellar performances from the cast, these scenes are amongst the best in the franchise.
10. Harry And The Others Look For The Unicorn – The Philosopher’s Stone
For many fans, the most memorable part of Harry’s first adventure involves a three-headed dog, a terrifying plant, some winged keys, and a giant chessboard. But when it comes to pure terror, the movie hits its peak during the hunt for the unicorn.
When Professor McGonagall catches Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Malfoy wandering around in the middle of the night, the four of them are given detention and head into the Forbidden Forest to look for an injured unicorn with Hagrid.
This scene is the first truly frightening sequence in the franchise. The twisted tree roots, the strange noises, and the thick layers of fog come together to create an unsettling atmosphere, and the intensity only increases when Harry and Malfoy stumble across Voldemort drinking unicorn blood.
Whilst this certainly isn’t the scariest Harry Potter scene of all time, it does establish how dark the franchise is willing to go. When viewed in isolation, the hunt for the unicorn feels more like a supernatural-horror story than a coming-of-age fantasy tale.