When we first met Harry Potter, he was known as The Boy Who Lived. After eight films and several lip-locks with his female co-stars, he's also become The Boy Who Loved. Here's our look at the sexual awakening of Harry Potter, film by film.
Editorial disclaimer: We're going to focus on the films, so there may be some discrepancies between our take and the books. We're also going to completely overlook the obvious phallic symbols and sexual references that litter the storylines (all those snakes, everyone straddling brooms, the climatic moment when Harry choose his wand, the Monster Book - which looks a lot like a "before" shot of a bikini wax - and Dolores Umbridge's pink office with all those meowing pussy cats on decorative plates that lined the walls). We're sticking to romantic attraction between Harry and the girls at Hogwarts School, with a focus on actual lip-on-lip action.
This was Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) when we first met him in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). A little too young to be thinking about girls, but that didn't stop Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright) from thinking about him. Ginny was still too young to go to Hogwarts, but after that fateful meeting at Platform 9 ¾ at the train station, she was hooked on Harry.
Ginny's feelings became a little more obvious (to everyone but Harry and Ron) during Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). First, Ginny comes bounding down the stairs for breakfast and sees him unexpectedly sitting at the family table with her brothers, which sends her scampering back upstairs red-faced and wide-eyed. Her exit leaves Fred and George in giggles. At the bookstore later that day, Ginny stands up to Lucius Malfoy when he insults Harry (by now her crush on Harry is achingly obvious). And in the show's climatic scene - which includes lots more snakes and a wet cave - Ron gets left behind while Harry rescues Ginny from the deadly basilisk. When they all go flying off to safety, Ginny is holding on to Harry, not her brother Ron (Harry, of course, is still clueless).
Remember the moment of joy Harry had when he rode Buckbeak over the water in Harry Potter and The Prisioner of Azkaban (2004)? The sense of power and freedom he had as he shot across the lake, an enormous bird/horse between his legs? Enough said.
Harry has an actual date in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). Not with the girl he's got a secret crush on, but a date nonetheless. Harry and Ron take the Patil sisters (Shefali Chowdhury and Afshan Azad) to the Winter Ball when Cho Chang (Katie Leung) and Hermione turn them down. Needless to say, nobody has a good time. Harry spends the night watching Cho dance with someone else while the Patil sisters fume that Harry and Ron aren't dancing with them. Harry does have a moment when he sees Hermione all dressed up, but it's a brotherly sort of reaction.
Harry finally gets his first kiss in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). And it's with Cho, but she's crying at the time (thinking about Cedric Diggory who was killed in Goblet of Fire). When Ron and Hermione ask what it was like, he answers, "Sort of wet."
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Ginny's turn! She spent the last film watching Harry pine for someone else, but she takes action in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). When Harry gets too attached to his potions textbook, it's Ginny who takes him to a secret room to hide it (and sneak a kiss while she's at it. Things move along much more quickly when she instigates the romance, but you can't fault Harry for being slow on the uptake - he does have to save the world.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (parts one and two)(2010 and 2011) see Harry and Ginny in full relationship mode. True, Harry has to leave school to wander around with Ron and Hermione looking for a way to kill Lord Voldemort, leaving her behind in part one. But during part two, the couple pair up to fight evil side-by-side. And the urgency of battle, the possibility of death at any moment makes their stolen kisses all the sweeter (awwwwww).