Harry Potter hype is as prominent as ever these days–almost two decades after the publication of the first book. Though the novels did grow darker and darker as the story progressed, the films jumped straight into the scary, spooky visuals that would keep anyone up at night in the first adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s work.
The Sorceror’s Stone
Like something straight out of a horror flick, Lord Voldemort attached himself to the back of Professor Quirrell’s head and revealed to Harry that he’d been there all school year just waiting for the right time to strike.
For viewers who had just witnessed these kids barely escape death by chess match, Devil’s Snare, and Fluffy, ending the night with a two-headed evil wizard was maybe a little too much to handle.
The Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world is full of magical creatures, both the cute and cuddly and the terrifically terrifying. The Chamber of Secrets introduces one of the most dangerous creatures of all, the basilisk. Huge, venomous, and fast, the basilisk’s fang ends up coming in handy in the following years, but its scene in the chamber is so frightening that even Tom Riddle gets a little nervous.
The Prisoner of Azkaban
Remus Lupin is one of the most loved characters from the story, and up until his first transformation, audiences only see the soft, quiet side of his personality. Once the full moon appears in the night sky, and we see Lupin transfigure into his werewolf-self, fans’ immediate thoughts would be of terror, followed by pity for poor, sweet Lupin.
The Goblet of Fire
Putting a face to a name can come with a deadly price, and in the case of Lord Voldemort his face is just freaky. Sure, we caught glimpses of him in past films, but his regeneration in The Goblet of Fire is by far the scariest of all.
The Order of the Phoenix
Nobody outside of his parents actually like Dudley Dursley, but seeing him lifeless on the ground in the middle of muggle Little Whinging isn’t ideal. Simply the idea of Dementors roaming among non-magic folk is blood-curdling, because we all know how they affect witches and wizards, let alone muggles with no defense against dark magic.
The Half-Blood Prince
Zombies are so “in” right now, but these Inferi are welcome to keep as far away as possible. By The Half-Blood Prince, the Potter films had slowly delved into darkness, but this particular scene with Harry, Dumbledore, and the horcrux took the series to a whole new level of horrifying.
The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
The character of Hermione Granger is a gift to all young women who see themselves as different, as outsiders. Many hold Hermione close to their hearts because she inspires confidence in those who otherwise may not feel so confident on a daily basis. So, when we see Bellatrix Lestrange torture and terrify one of the series’ most inspiring women, it’s difficult to watch.
The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
As if seeing Voldy try to embrace Draco Malfoy wasn’t alarming enough, Tom Riddle’s ultimate demise feels eerily similar to something you’d see in a film far more mature. The slow crumbling of his skin is uncomfortable to behold, even if on the inside you’re cheering in celebration.
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