We're nearing the end of the Harry Potter series, and I imagine every fan is dreading that day a little bit. It was hard enough when the last book came out, but at least we had the comfort of anticipating a few more cinematic adaptations. But soon we'll be graduating from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and left to muddle through the Muggle world without new encounters with Harry, Hermione, and Ron.

Since we started Potter week with seven good Potter jokes, I thought it would be fun to end Potter week with a gushing, lovelorn look at seven of my favorite moments of the series. Like any Potter fan, I tend to walk out of the theater overjoyed, and then immediately start picking on all the things that were changed. But look at all the things from the books that they've gotten right – and sometimes even improved on! Here's seven such moments from all five films so far. I hope you share your own in the comments.


1. The first glimpse of Hogwarts' Great Hall (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

I remember being a little skeptical as Chris Columbus' first installment breathlessly raced through its first scenes. I loved the opening with baby Harry, but then the film seemed to dash over the ugliness of the Dursleys in order to get to The Really Cool Stuff(!). Luckily, the film took a moment to pause, and show us that they cared with its first breathtaking look at the Great Hall. There it was – the changing sky, the floating candles, the Gothic arches, and a serene Professor Dumbledore (Richard Harris, who I still prefer over Michael Gambon) surveying it all. I remember thinking "Oh! So that's what Hogwarts looks like!"