As a Group, We Evaluated Harry’s Seven Christmases Over the Course of The Seven Harry Potter Novels.

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Why ‘deathly Hallows’ Should Have Strayed Further from The Harry Potter Books

The final destination: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Camping out in the bitter cold for the holidays may not sound like your idea of a pleasant trip, which is why Harry Potter’s final Christmas is at the bottom of our list.

Following Ron walking out of the group after an argument, Hermione was left alone at Godric’s Hollow, where they were ambushed by Nagini, who was posing as Bathilda Bagshot.

Visiting his parents’ graves for the first time that evening was a bitter pill to swallow. When Hermione saw the lights in the neighboring village, they didn’t even realize it was the Christmas season at all.

After Harry plunged into a frigid lake in search of the Gryffindor Sword, Ron returned and saved his life by destroying the locket Horcrux.

A still from Land’s GodricsHollow reference photo taken on June 15, 2015

Why ‘deathly Hallows’ Should Have Strayed Further from The Harry Potter Books

 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix came in sixth. When Harry visits Arthur Weasley at St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies in Order of the Phoenix, he finds himself in an unusual circumstance.

Seeing Arthur under attack by Nagini in the Department of Mysteries, Harry alerts Dumbledore, who arrives just in time to save Arthur from certain death. While Arthur was recuperating, Harry was hiding out in Grimmauld Place for fear of being possessed by Voldemort.

She ultimately persuaded him out, and Ginny was successful in persuading him otherwise, despite his image of Nagini coming to him from the snake’s perspective. A joyous holiday season is marred by anxiety over material possessions.

Second to Last Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 1.

Fortunately, Harry was able to spend Christmas with Ron and Hermione during his second year at Hogwarts. It was, however, a bit tense. Fortunately, Hermione was able to complete her batch of Polyjuice Potion on Christmas Day.

Inadvertently adding cat hair to her drink turned her into Millicent Bulstrode rather than the human she was drinking with. This time, Harry and Ron were more successful, sneaking into the Slytherin common room and questioning Malfoy about whether or not he was the Heir to Slytherin who had opened the Chamber.

He wasn’t what he seemed to be after all. Hermione had to spend the remainder of the holiday season in the hospital wing, which was probably for the best.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban The idea of spending the holidays with Lupin and the Weasley family at the Burrow sounds wonderful. Percy and Rufus Scrimgeour arrived on Christmas Day, bringing with them the Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour.

In the end, Harry was able to focus on the maggots that he had received from Kreacher as a present. At the very least, it wasn’t worse than what Ron received from Lavender Brown, the ‘My Sweetheart’ necklace.

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, in Third Place

The Yule Ball held during the Triwizard Tournament made for an exceptional Hogwarts Christmas. There was a lot of tension during the dance, which was expensive and loved-up and allowed students to bring dates. Cho Chang was supposed to attend but instead chose to accompany Cedric Diggory, the Hufflepuff champion.

A tiff ensued between Ron (who was with Padma Patil — the ball was hard on the Patils) and Hermione after the latter joined arms with Durmstrung Champion and Quidditch superstar Victor Krum.

Igor Karkaroff, headmaster of Durmstrang (Harry overheard a conversation between Snape and Karkaroff in which Karkaroff stated that Snape’s Dark Mark was blazing, a sign of Voldemort’s growing might). Foreshadowed the final tragedy of the Tournament, this Christmas occasion.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban comes in second. On Harry’s third Christmas at  Hogwarts, he received a great present: the Firebolt, a magical wand. Professor McGonagall was informed of Hermione’s suspicions that it was from Sirius Black, the famed Azkaban escapee of the time. A gift that you can’t play with after receiving it is the worst!

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone Takes the Top Spot

Why ‘deathly Hallows’ Should Have Strayed Further from The Harry Potter Books

It’s not unexpected that Harry chose to spend his first year of Hogwarts Christmas at Hogwarts after spending his entire life celebrating the holiday with the Dursleys. It was a blast, thanks in large part to the presence of the entire Weasley family.

Fred and George threw snowballs at Professor Quirrell during their intrepid antics in the snow. However, there was a darker side to this year’s Christmas. Dumbledore gave Harry a cloak of invisibility so he could explore Hogwarts at night, and he did so for the rest of the school year.

At that point, he saw his parents in the Mirror of Erised, and the sea tasted bittersweet with the memory of long-lost love.

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