Bring the Magic Back to School at Hogwarts

Class is back in session – except this class involves magic. Today we’re looking back at some of our favorite moments from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone to celebrate our Back to Hogwarts sale. This film got many of us to fall in love with the magical world of Hogwarts and set the groundwork for one of the most imaginative and beloved franchises of all time. So here are our favorite magical moments from the film that started it all.

Harry Gets His Hogwarts Letter

This is one of the first moments in which we see Harry Potter experience true magic. After years of suffering at the Dursleys, Harry finally gets a piece of good news – with a little bit of payback too. Although his uncle tries taking away all the letters addressed to Harry, magic finds a way. And a flock of owls come to the house to make sure Harry (and the Dursleys) get the message loud and clear. Things are finally turning around, and a shower of letters inviting Harry to attend the most magical school of all is a wonderful way to show it.

A Train Ride Like No Other

If getting his Hogwarts letter is life-changing, the train ride to Hogwarts takes Harry to the next level. The train is where Harry first meets Ron and Hermoine – and their friendship from there on is history. Bonding over tons of magical candy sure doesn’t hurt either.

And who could forget those mischievous chocolate frogs too?

Welcome To Your House

Are you a brave Gryffindor, a loyal Hufflepuff, wise Ravenclaw, or shrewd Slytherin? The magical sorting hat gets to decide. And this is one of the most exciting scenes of the film, where Harry, Hermoine and Ron’s friendship becomes solidified as they’re all sat at the Gryffindor table, and the rivalry between them and Malfoy’s crew intensifies. All of these factions become the groundwork for the countless adventures to come.

Magic Gets Competitive

Once you’ve spent enough time at Hogwarts, you realize that being a wizard doesn’t come easy. Nothing shows that better than this super quotable scene in which super-studious Hermoine tries to teach Ron how to do a levitation spell. And his inability to grasp it shows us just how hard doing magic really is – with a healthy dose of humor and friendly rivalry too.

girl making feather float with magic with boy looking on

The First Quidditch Game

It’s not just magic that’s competitive though. Like any proper school experience, sports are a big part of the excitement. And there’s nothing more exhilarating than a game of Quidditch. So when Harry catches the snitch during his first game and scores the win for Gryffindor, it’s more than just a win. It’s the moment that helps him start to gain the confidence to become one of the most powerful wizards who have ever lived.

Re-live your favorite Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts moments all over again in our Back to Hogwarts sale.

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