Harry Potter MOTW [2]: Most Cringe Inducing Scene in the Series

Posted September 25, 2014 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Harry Potter MOTW, Weekly Features/Memes / 11 Comments

HPMOTW (2)Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts, and is a fantastic way to keep the Harry Potter magic alive year round, even when not reading the books! I’m so excited to be participating!

The Theme This Week: Most Cringe Inducing Scene


Though my love for the series runs deep, Harry’s whole relationship with Cho Chang had me wanting chuck my book at the wall sometimes. In Order of the Phoenix, Cho and Harry have their first real date at Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop, and Harry rightly deems it a “fiasco.”

Harry: “Look, let’s not talk about Cedric right now…let’s talk about something else.

Cho: “I thought, I thought you’d u-u-understand! I need to talk about it! Surely you n-need to talk about it too! I mean, you saw it happen, d-didn’t you?

Harry: “Well – I have talked about it, to Ron and Hermione, but –

Cho: “Oh, you’ll talk to Hermione Granger! But you won’t talk to me! P-perhaps it would be best if we just…just p-paid and you went and met up with Hermione G-Granger, like you obviously want to!

Neither Harry nor Cho handle the situation gracefully, but Cho irritates beyond belief because she obviously only wants to date Harry (at least at this point in time) because she sees him as an extension of Cedric, and she is vastly insecure and can’t accept Harry’s close relationship with another female as platonic. Cho really doesn’t paint a flattering picture of female behavior in this scene (it’s rather stereotypical) and Harry, poor Harry, makes things even worse by declaring he did have plans to meet up with Hermione, oblivious to the fact that Cho would interpret it as him two-timing her. Ah, young love.

Did this moment have you cringing with second hand embarrassment? Or did you think of something worse in the series? Let me know in the comments!

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11 responses to “Harry Potter MOTW [2]: Most Cringe Inducing Scene in the Series

  1. Ugh. Harry’s relationship with Cho NEVER sat well with me either! I don’t know, asides from being pretty I can’t get what Harry saw in her and I just don’t see him being the type to fall for a pretty face alone. She comes off better in the film but I can’t forget how annoying and childish she was with Harry. Their date/first fight is most certainly a cringe inducing scene! Nice pick ^^

    • Thanks! I can’t stand their relationship either but I can forgive it because I think it was supposed to show Harry’s coming of age, and I think a lot of people have first crushes based on thinking someone’s pretty or cute. I wish her character had been less obnoxious though! (I also didn’t seen many Ravenclaw characterisitcs in her…)

  2. Oooh, yeah, this is a cringe-able moment, isn’t it? He could’ve had such a great thing with her, and then she had to go and be all stupid. And, yeah, Harry then has his definitive “I’m a clueless guy” moment and makes her feel bad. Hah, this is a good because I laughed even as I cringed. Here’s my HP MOTW.

    • Right? It was so absurd and the setting was so over the top, but it was kind of interesting to see the other types of places that Hogwarts students went to in Hogsmeade besides just the Three Broomsticks!

  3. I do love Rowling’s writing and the whole HP series, but the various romances she develops in the saga never agree with me (sorry if you’re a fan!) so I completely understand what you mean with this cringe inducing scene! And let’s not talk about the first kiss… *shake head*
    Otherwise, it’s a great meme 🙂

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