Just as Emma Watson said at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Daniel Radcliffe is “the perfect Harry and will be forever.” Here follows a great deal of gushing on Radcliffe as I pick out my favorite moments of his in the Harry Potter Series.
7) Freeing Dobby: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
After slaying the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, young Harry confronts Lucius Malfoy, accusing him of putting Tom Riddle’s diary in innocent Ginny Weasley’s cauldron. Malfoy spits back at Harry darring him to prove it and walks away abusing his house elf Dobby. A sly Harry returns the Riddle diary to Malfoy with a sock that frees the brave elf. After being knocked out by a liberated Dobby, Lucius collects himself saying, “Let us hope Mr. Potter will always be there to save the day.” Without missing a beat and standing his ground, Harry stares Lucius down and says, “Don’t worry I will be.”
6) Dementors Attack: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
From across the lake, Harry and Hermione watch hundreds of dementors descend on Sirus Black and Harry. Confident his father will come and conjure the patronus, Harry waits in anticipation and horror. Seeing the truth and believing in himself, Harry rushes out and with authority casts, “EXPECTO PATRONUM!!!” causing every dementor in sight to flee at the silvery bands of light.
5) Harry’s Leadership: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Just as the centaurs drag away a frightened Dolores Umbridge she shrieks at Harry, “Please, tell them I mean no harm.” Harry returns with a cold stare, cutting her with these words, “I’m sorry Professor, but I must not tell lies.”
Later in the Department of Mysteries, Harry’s distracted from looking into the veil from noises of Death Eaters closing in on him and his friends from Dumbledore’s Army. Not seeing the danger quite yet, he thrusts his wand upward and calls his troops to,”Get behind me.”
4) Graveyard Duel: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
As Voldemort turns away for a second, Harry runs behind Elder Riddle’s grave for cover. The Dark Lord continues to taunt young Potter, imploring him to duel. Suddenly the fear of a young boy gives way to the courage of a young man. Harry bounces up quickly, but walks deliberately into the crowd of Death Eaters. With his eyes locked on Voldemort he says, “Have it your way” and casts Expelliarmus against the green flash of the killing curse.
3) Seven Potters: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Harry watches as Fred, George, Fleur, Mundungus, Ron and Hermione transform into 6 identical versions of himself. Each proceeds to strip and put on the same red shirt and jeans for the mission.
6) Last Walk: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2
Reaching into his pocket, Harry pulls out the snitch Dumbledore left him. It flashes with, “I open at the close” and holding it to his lips once again saying, “I’m ready to die” it finally opens. A small stone floats toward him: The Resurrection Stone. Suddenly his parents, Sirius, and Lupin stood around him. Harry walks toward his mother Lily’s outstretched arm, knowing she was only a shadow. Realizing his loved ones would be with him in these last moments he said, “Stay close to me.” Lily replied, “Always.” Harry dropped the stone and walked toward the clearing where Voldemort and a swarm of Death Eaters stood waiting for him. Without a wand, he stood squarely in front of The Dark Lord. Before the flash of green light struck him, he closed his eyes.
7) Felix Felicis: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Taking down the potion in one gulp, suddenly Harry’s eyes widened along with a bright smile. Not a care in the world appeared on his usually stoic face. Contrary to Hermione’s plan Harry announces he’s going to Hagrid’s declaring, “I’ve just got this feeling that Hagrid’s is THE PLACE to be tonight, do you know what I mean!” Leaving his confused friends, he shouts “Hi” to a fellow Gryffindor probably shocked by this jovial greeting from Harry. Passing furtive Professor Slughorn in the greenhouse Harry apologizes for startling him, “I should have announced myself, cleared my throat, coughed” he piped.
At Hagrid’s, Slughorn refuses again to give Harry his memory of Young Riddle after telling a sweet story of his mother. Harry responded, ”Do you know why I survived Professor? The night I got this. It was because of her. Because she sacrificed herself, she refused to step aside, because her love was more powerful than Voldemort.” “Don’t say his name” Slughorn interrupted out of reflex. “I’m not afraid of the name professor.” Harry continued, “I going to tell you something, something others have only guessed at. It’s true, I am the Chosen One. Only I can destroy him, but in order to do so I need to know what Tom Riddle asked you in your office all those years ago and I need to know what you told him.” Slughorn begins shaking with fear.
Harry moves closer saying, Be brave Professor. Be brave like my mother. Otherwise, you disgrace her. Otherwise, she died for nothing. Otherwise, the bowl will remain empty… forever.” Accepting Harry Slughorn begged, “Please don’t think badly when you see it. You have no idea what he was like, even then.” Harry steadies the weary professor’s hand as he places the memory into a vial.