1. Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Hermione after she’s drunk Polyjuice Potion to become Bellatrix Lestrange. Respect.
2. Ron providing some comic relief when it was most needed.
3. The way Snape looks at the students of Hogwarts as they march downstairs. There’s this subtle look of pain mingling into his near inscrutable features. Alan Rickman…wow.
4. The whole sequence on the trio escaping on dragon-back was fun, and one of the “Whoa!”-jump-backwards-into-your-seat 3D scenes.
5. The scene at the Room of Requirement when Harry, Ron and Hermione arrive in Hogwarts from Hogsmeade. It’s a delight to see the darling ol’ Hogwarts again after a gap of one film.
6. The much-awaited duel between Professor Snape and Professor McGonagall. I <3 Maggie Smith. She’s been the best Minerva McGonagall. Ever!
7. The entry of the Order of the Phoenix and the whole organization of the forces available to protect the school.
8. The setting up of the shield all over the school. Awesome. Just awesome O_O
9. The small little conversations between the well-known characters just before the war starts…Fred and George, Remus and Tonks, and of course the part where Luna shouts at The Boy Who Lived to get his attention. Brilliant.
10. A special mention to the last words between Fred and George Weasley. So. Touching. Fred’s death was shown so suddenly that the impact was slightly lost. But for us, who’d already read the book, this scene between the twins was heart-breaking because of what was to come.
11. The flashback scene in the Pensieve with Snape’s memories. Especially the part where a devastated Snape hugs the lifeless Lily Potter. :’(
12. Neville Longbottom’s hilarious antics. Matthew Lewis…fabulous :D
13. McGonagall’s now well-known dialogue-
“Piertotum Locomotor! …I’ve always wanted to use that spell.”
Maggie Smith rocks :D
14. The whole war sequence, starting with the castle stone-knights (brought to life by McGonagall’s spell), the slow disintegration of the shield around the school, the wand-work. Pure adrenalin rush!
15. The whole sequence inside the Room of Requirement when it morphs into the Place Where Everything is Hidden. Cool.
16. The great chemistry between the three main characters was of course, the best ever. Harry, Ron and Hermione will always be Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson for us.
In all, a great movie. A last farewell to a…childhood for many many people, maybe even for me to an extent.