Well, first of all, let me tell you that it is amazing that I had never written an article on Harry Potter on this blog before, as I am a huge fan of the book and film series. Last week, I watched the film series again, and it made me think a lot about how J. K. Rowling played with the different means of transport in the wizardly world. Hence my article. I chose to focus on seven, as it is a very recurrent number in the series.
#7 – Metro
From Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This scene was quite funny. Mr Weasley, passionate about muggles, using public transports for the first time. I liked the lightness of the scene, especially since the fifth book is a very dark one.
#6 – Broom
Also from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Harry is rescued by the Order, and they are flying towards Grimmauld Place, Sirius’s house. A quite exciting scene, as we meet some characters who will be famous afterwards, such as Tonk. Brooms are very frequent in the series, but I love the idea of the “typical witch crossing London”. I know that many people would have been burnt for that.
#5 – Apparition
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the trio apparates in London, in the middle of a crowded street, after Fleur and Bill’s wedding. It marks the beginning of their quest for Voldemort’s horcruxes.
#4 – Floo Powder
I am very attached to the second book, as it is the first one I read (I saw the first movie and then read the second book without reading the first. I was young and I didn’t know better). In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we learn about the chimneys being connected, and we all know how important they get later in the series. Plus, this scene was quite fun, and dark (when he arrives in Knockturn Alley).
#3 – Flying Car
From the same book, The Chamber of Secrets. When Harry and Ron are denied the access to Platform 3/4, they decide to use Ron’s dad’s flying car. How I dreamt about owning such a car! Also, I love the architecture of Saint Pancras.
#2 – Thestral
In The Order of Phoenix, we learn about thestrals, these creatures you can only see if you have seen death. I love how Rowling talked about the self-pulled carriages before. Did she already know that invisible creatures were driving them? So many mysteries I need answers to!
#1 – Dragon
Escaping Gringotts was surely one of my favourite passages from the entire series. Doing it on a dragon was just a bonus. How powerful! I can only imagine what muggles would think when seeing a dragon in the London sky! That takes place in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It is the first action scene in the second part of the film adaptation.
That’s it for the top. Maybe as well for my articles on Harry Potter, although I am very tempted about writing something about politics in HP. Time will tell.