It has been over 20 years since the first “Harry Potter” book was released and the series is still as prominent as ever. With seven books, eight films, a play and a spin-off series on the go, not to mention an ocean of merchandise, theories and fan art, it’s clear that the Harry Potter universe still holds a special place in our hearts.
Now, admittedly, when we think Halloween, horror and scary movies, we don’t automatically think about Harry Potter. But what was once marketed as a children’s book series certainly isn’t without its ghoulish scenes, and once they were re-imagined onto the big screen, they became the stuff of nightmares.
So button up your cloaks as we count down the top ten scariest moments in the Harry Potter movies!
10. The Restricted Section – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
I don’t know if anyone ever told Harry Potter this, but the restricted section is…well, restricted. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the books inside are described as “containing powerful dark magic” and are arguably thought to be inappropriate for younger readers, so you don’t really want to be poking around there at the best of times, let alone in the middle of the night.
No one wants to be screamed at, but especially not by a face that stretches out of a book, alerting everyone to the fact that you are not in bed like you are supposed to be!
9. Quirrell Removes His Turban – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
No. Just no. Even though we knew at this point that Voldemort was at the centre of the search for the Philosopher’s Stone, and even though we knew his return would be inevitable, this scene was beyond creepy. Moments before his reveal, we, like Harry, were trying to work out where his sinister voice was coming from. And whilst it’s not like we were expecting Voldemort to jump out from behind the Mirror of Erised and say ‘BOO!’ I’m not sure if anyone was quite prepared for what Harry saw in that room.