Dark Details Fans Noticed In The Early 'Harry Potter' Movies

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Vote up the most sinister details.

Despite being decidedly lighter in tone than the later installments, the early Harry Potter movies still pack in some pretty grim moments. Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and Prisoner of Azkaban showcase elements of deathly danger, existential dread, and even some dark Potterverse lore. Portraits in the halls of Hogwarts depict death and destruction to come. A clock owned by the Weasleys has some rather dire possibilities. Harry even avoids an assassination attempt way earlier in the series than you probably remember!

Check out this list of dark details about the early Harry Potter movies, and don't forget to vote up the most sinister entries!

  • 1
    515 VOTES

    The Necklace That Nearly Kills Katie Bell Appears In 'Chamber of Secrets'

    From Redditor u/Henoboy99:

    In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, you can see the cursed necklace that reappears in the sixth movie at Borgin and Burkes in Nocturn Alley.

    515 votes
  • 2
    605 VOTES

    Lucius Tries To Kill Harry In 'Chamber of Secrets'

    From Redditor u/Calcaneus_8:

    In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Lucius Malfoy tries to kill Harry at Hogwarts using Avada Kedavra, but Dobby saves him. Not many notice this because it’s the first time we get to see the spell in the movies, and he only gets time to say the first few letters.

    605 votes
  • 3
    417 VOTES

    A Portrait Symbolizes Death In 'Sorcerer's Stone'

    From Redditor u/galacticalmeow:

    At the end of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, when Dumbledore tells Harry that Nicholas Flamel will die, the portrait in the background shows a nurse blowing out a candle at the bedside of her patient.

    417 votes
  • 4
    444 VOTES

    Someone Kills Roosters For The Basilisk In 'Chamber of Secrets'

    From Redditor u/comrade_batman:

    In the extended cut of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, someone is killing the school roosters. In the lore, the crowing of a rooster is a mortal weakness of a basilisk.

    444 votes
  • 5
    421 VOTES

    Ron Predicts Harry's Suffering In 'Prisoner of Azkaban'

    From Redditor u/Vicdomen:

    In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Ron predicts that Harry will suffer, but that he will be happy about it. Later, after a lot of suffering, Harry is overjoyed at meeting his godfather.

    421 votes
  • 6
    497 VOTES

    Voldemort Stalks In A Portrait In 'Prisoner of Azkaban'

    From a former Redditor:

    There's a picture of Voldemort in Prisoner of Azkaban 27:18 mins in! Just noticed.

    497 votes