Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them won't be an unfamiliar title for any true fan; it's one of the required textbooks for first-year students at Hogwarts, and a real-world version was published by Rowling in 2001.
We're keen to hear your views on the prospect of more big-screen magic from Rowling and Warner Bros, but we also want to reminisce about just how great the original film series was in its finest moments.
Here are ten of Digital Spy's highlights from the eight movies.
1. The Sorting Hat (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)
Chris Columbus's opening duo got the Potter franchise off to a somewhat shaky start, laboriously honouring the books in lieu of much flair or depth, but Harry's first steps into the Great Hall and his induction into Hogwarts is exactly the spine-tingling moment it should be on screen.
2. The Unfortunate Incident (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
Loaded with ambiguous tension and layers of emotion that keep paying off throughout the remainder of the series, the abrupt death of Dumbledore at Snape's hand is every bit as devastating to watch as it was to read, with Michael Gambon and Alan Rickman both speaking volumes in few words. And that's not to mention the performance Tom Felton gives beforehand, in one of Malfoy's few moments of real depth.
3. Dementors on the train (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Alfonso Cuarón's entry is arguably the Potter franchise's most cinematic and visually rich, steeped in a semi-Gothic eeriness that was largely lost in later chapters. This scene, in which the Dementors – one of Rowling's most horrifying creations, which she has described as embodiments of severe depression - attack Harry on board the Hogwarts Express is utterly terrifying, heralding the franchise's first move into truly dark territory.
4. Riding the hippogriff (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Cuarón's visual flair also served the film well in lighter moments. This early airborne scene, in which Harry takes to the sky astride temperamental Hippogriff Buckbeak, showcases the new and improved landscape of Hogwarts as envisaged by Cuarón – the castle turrets, the mountains, the lake – and establishes the importance of Buckbeak, on whose fate the film's third act pivots.
5. "He's back" (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
It's fair to say that Daniel Radcliffe had a couple of shaky acting moments in the early movies, particularly when an emotional breakdown was on the cards, but this was the scene that finally sold us on his acting chops. A traumatised Harry returns to a cheering crowd, having watched Cedric Diggory (aka some guy named Robert Pattinson) slaughtered in front of him by the newly-returned Voldemort, and Radcliffe nails hysteria and shock perfectly.
6. Battle at the Ministry of Magic (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
David Yates's first Potter film sees the youngsters all band together against Voldemort in a stirring moment of rebellion, and yet this climactic scene is all about the adults, with Helena Bonham Carter flexing her bats**t crazy muscle as Bellatrix for the first time, and Jason Isaacs quietly intimidating as a victorious Lucius Malfoy. But perhaps unsurprisingly it's Gary Oldman's stoical Sirius who stands out here, dignified to the end. Sniff.
7. Fighting the basilisk (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
Probably the most memorable action set piece from either Columbus offering, Harry's battle with a mythical serpent in the bowels of Hogwarts is a satisfying final act in its own right. But what makes it stand out is the larger, darker significance it takes on later in the series. Harry uses the dead basilisk's fang to destroy a diary belonging to Tom Riddle, aka Young Voldemort, a moment that turns out to be key to his eventual destruction.
8. Millennium Bridge under attack (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
Much of the Potter series feels timeless, which is what makes the opening action set piece of Half-Blood Prince so striking, rooted as it is in contemporary London. As pedestrians make their way across Millennium Bridge, its foundation cables are abruptly snapped by Voldemort's Death Eaters, who have taken the understatedly creepy form of black smoke. In one of the series' most impressive CGI flourishes, the bridge collapses in on itself and shatters into the Thames.
9. Harry and Hermione dance (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1)
The penultimate movie gets a lot of stick for being "two hours of characters being miserable in tents", but the camping portion is just about the only point in the franchise where our characters actually get room to breathe and deepen. With the world collapsing around them and Ron AWOL, Harry and Hermione share a sweet, spontaneous moment of respite that allows them to briefly act their ages.
10. The truth about Snape (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)
"You have your mother's eyes," Snape tells a shellshocked Harry, a moment before he dies. This is a pretty tearjerking moment in itself, but the revelation of Snape's backstory with Lily, and the extent to which he has sacrificed his life to fight the good fight, is flat-out heartbreaking. We're still not on board with anyone calling their child "Albus Severus", but the scene in which Epilogue Harry describes Snape as "the bravest man he ever knew" is entirely earned in this moment.
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