There are many outstanding moments in the Harry Potter series. We all remember Harry’s first day at Hogwarts, the flying Ford Anglia, the dementor on the train, Voldemort’s return, the kiss with Cho, Dumbledore falling from the Astronomy Tower, and Snape’s final memories.
But the most memorable aspects of this eight-movie franchise aren’t necessarily the most paused moments – something else is required to make us stop such a beloved story.
Given the extraordinary quality of J.K. Rowling’s fantastical world, there are many weird and wonderful instances in Harry Potter that prompt us to take a closer at the magic. Yet, there are plenty of other reasons to pause Harry’s adventures as well.
Character-driven payoffs are often worth pausing at a key moment, and various celebrity cameos are also fun to observe, especially when they involve some of Britain’s most recognisable rockstars.
Indeed, there are many pause-worthy moments in the Harry Potter movies and narrowing it down to just ten is no easy task. As such, the following are merely the top tier of Harry Potter moments that deserve a second look...
10. The Back Of Quirrell’s Head
Plot twists are a key part of any mystery story, and the Harry Potter series is no exception. After tackling a three-headed dog, the Devil’s Snare, a horde of flying keys, and a giant chess set, Harry enters the final stage of his adventure, expecting to find Snape waiting for him.
Snape, of course, is nowhere to be seen – Quirrell is the real villain. And to make matters worse, he isn’t alone, as Voldemort’s snake-like face is sticking out of the back of his head.
Whilst the CGI hasn’t aged too well, all Harry Potter fans remember the first time they laid eyes on Voldemort. It’s a spine-tingling scene and it’s hard to resist hitting the pause button for a closer look.
Even in his weakened state, Harry’s arch-nemesis sparks plenty of fear.