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The 11 Most Romantic Scenes From Harry Potter, Ranked In Order Of Increasing Steaminess


WARNING: Spoilers ahead.


Dumbledore may be dead, but romance sure isn’t! In honor of J.K. Rowling’s timeless saga of sorcery and cheeky school kid antics, we have listed off what we believe are the 11 most romantic moments from both the book and movie incarnations. Our choices may be a little odd, but who ever said love isn’t strange?


  1. Harry Shoving a Bezoar Stone In Ron’s Mouth in ‘Half-Blood Prince”


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After Ron is accidentally poisoned, Harry must take drastic steps to save his friend, shoving “a stone taken from the stomach of a goat” down his throat. Rowling did not intend this to be romantic (probably), but we find such acts of heroism downright dashing.


  1. Harry Catching The Golden Snitch In His Mouth in ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’



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Continuing with the theme of sub-textual romance (and mouths), Harry’s clutch Quidditch maneuver not only won the day for Gryffindor, but cemented the newfound relationship between Harry and his favorite ball. Hey, don’t judge: unlike people, unfeeling objects like sports equipment can NEVER leave you!!!


  1. Ron telling Draco to ‘Eat Slugs’ After He Insults Hermione in ‘Chamber of Secrets’


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Though their grown-up romance is still many books away, Ron’s decision to stand up for his muggle-born bestie—and receive a bellyful of slugs in the process—speaks to the strength of his character and his devotion to Hermione. Better spell-casting next time, buddy.


  1. Ginny’s Special Valentine’s Day Rhyme To Harry in ‘Chamber of Secrets’


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Young Ginny was so head-over-heels for Harry that she sent a dwarf to deliver the following Valentine’s Day message to him:


“His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad,

His hair is as dark as a blackboard.

I wish he was mine, he’s truly divine,

the hero who conquered the Dark Lord.”


“Romeo and Juliet” it ain’t, but we find it charming nonetheless. Hang in there, Ginny! You’ll get your guy eventually.


5. Harry Watching His 6 Doppelgängers Strip Down in ‘Deathly Hallows’


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As if being 17 and marked for death wasn’t hard enough, Harry is forced to watch as his friends, transformed to look exactly like him, strip to their skivvies in order to assume the full disguise. While it may not be Harry’s cup of tea, we know quite a few narcissists who would be delighted at the prospect. 


  1. Ron’s Waltz With Professor McGonagall in ‘Goblet of Fire’


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We can’t find any record of this happening in the book, but this unexpected moment of physical intimacy between one boy and his professor was so instantly iconic we feel as if it had been there from the start. A “One True Pairing” if there ever was one.


  1. Grawp’s Unrequieted Love For Hermione in ‘Order of the Phoenix’


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Grawp, Hagrid’s giant half-brother, has trouble relaxing around anyone smaller than a three-story building—but everything changed when he met the intelligent and empathetic Hermione. Though their love was doomed from the start, we will never forget it.


  1. Hermione Confounds Cormac, Helps Out Ron in ‘Half-Blood Prince’


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Paying Ron back for his slug-sacrifice all those years ago, Hermione enables Ron to ease his Quidditch Keeper tryout by magically tripping up Cormac, the handsome-yet-smarmy Gryffindor seventh-year. Now that’s love, kids.


  1. Bill and Fleur: An Unlikely Love Story in ‘Half-Blood Prince’ and ‘Deathly Hallows’


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One of the purer romances on this list, Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour are a study in perseverance. She was mocked by his family, he was mutilated by a werewolf, and oh, their wedding reception was crashed by death eaters. Still, they remained devoted to each other and earned their happy ending.


  1. The Long-Awaited Ron-Hermione Kiss in ‘Deathly Hallows’


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While the movie kiss was certainly delightful, the book smooch—which happens after Ron reminds elf-loving Hermione of the need to warn the Hogwarts house elves of the coming battle with Voldemort—is sweet and totally fitting. Why must you deprive us, movie people?!


  1. Hermione punching out Draco in ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’


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This, right here, is the moment that moved an entire generation of hormonal teenagers. Don’t believe me? I happen to know one young individual who used to rewind this scene multiple times before continuing on with the film. But one of many reasons why Prisoner of Azkaban is a cinematic masterpiece.


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