It's Christmastime And You Know What That Means, It's Time To Watch 'Harry Potter'

It's Christmastime And You Know What That Means, It's Time To Watch 'Harry Potter'

Harry Potter is a Christmas movie, prove me wrong.


I was perusing the internet, trying to find a way to prove that "Harry Potter" ("Sorcerer's Stone," "Chamber of Secrets," "Goblet of Fire," "Order of the Phoenix," "Half-Blood Prince," and "Deathly Hallows Part 1") are all Christmas movies. I thought that if I could find an article explaining why "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie, I could use those criteria to prove my point. This search was incredibly fruitful, and I found a chart made by Steven E. de Souza that lists the qualities that make a movie a Christmas movie. (This list is comparing "Die Hard" to "White Christmas" but you need only pay attention to the criteria column on the left.)

Christmas movie criteria

With this being the official criteria that qualify movies as Christmas movies or not, let's begin:

1. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

Takes place during a Christmas holiday: For a bit

Setting is Christmas party: Hagrid bringing in the Christmas tree, Flitwick decorating it, Ron and Harry playing chess with the tree in the background, the actual present-opening on Christmas morning

Number of Christmas songs: 2 (one has lyrics, one is instrumental)

"Find a broomstick in your stocking,

Singing you the magic of this place.

Join the owls joyous flocking,

On this merry Christmas Day."

Party venue threatened: By Professor Quirrel

Broadcaster w/ hidden agenda: N/A

German ringleader: Lord Voldemort (French name, a British man, close enough, right?)

Government incompetence: The screening process before hiring professors is not thorough enough

Christ-like sacrifice: Ron sacrificing himself in Wizards' Chess

2. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"

Takes place during a Christmas holiday: At one point

Setting is Christmas party: The decorated Great Hall

Number of Christmas songs: 0

Party venue threatened: By the Basilisk

Broadcaster w/ hidden agenda: Colin Creevey (KIDDING)

German ringleader: Tom Marvolo Riddle

Government incompetence: Letting kids go to school with a monster in the basement (monsters everywhere, actually)

Christ-like sacrifice: Hermione sacrificing herself in the name of science

3. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

Takes place during a Christmas holiday: Yes

Setting is Christmas party: THE YULE BALL

Number of Christmas songs: All the music during the Yule Ball scenes.

Party venue threatened: By Barty Crouch Jr.

Broadcaster w/ hidden agenda: Rita Skeeter

German ringleader: He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

Government incompetence: The Triwizard Tournament definitely got out of hand

Christ-like sacrifice: Cedric giving Harry a clue about the golden egg ("You know the prefect's bathroom on the fourth floor? It's not a bad place for a bath.")

4. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

Takes place during a Christmas holiday: Lots actually

Setting is Christmas party: Celebration at the Burrow and some at Hogwarts as well (the room of requirement "wet" kiss between Harry and Cho Chang under the mistletoe)

Number of Christmas songs: 0

Party venue threatened: By Bellatrix Lestrange and other Death Eaters

Broadcaster w/ hidden agenda: N/A

German ringleader: The Dark Lord

Government incompetence: The Ministry of Magic is oblivious to the return of Voldemort

Christ-like sacrifice: Harry using magic outside of school to save Dudley (and himself) from Dementors

5. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

Takes place during a Christmas holiday: Definitely some

Setting is Christmas party: Slug Club Christmas party and time at the Burrow

Number of Christmas songs: 0

Party venue threatened: By Snape (kinda)

Broadcaster w/ hidden agenda: N/A

German ringleader: Tom Vorlost Riddle (Ist Lord Voldemort or "I am Lord Voldemort in German)

Government incompetence: There doesn't seem to be much security at Hogwarts...

Christ-like sacrifice: Dumbledore drinking the potion to get to the necklace

6. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Part 1

Takes place during a Christmas holiday: For a short time

Setting is Christmas party: The graveyard scene

Number of Christmas songs: 0... the theme song makes me feel like a kid at Christmas though

Party venue threatened: Straight up by Voldemort

Broadcaster w/ hidden agenda: N/A

German ringleader: Lord Voldemort

Government incompetence: Well the Ministry of Magic is overtaken by Death Eaters so that's a problem

Christ-like sacrifice: Dobby breaking everyone (Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Ollivander, and Griphook) out of confinement at the Malfoy Manor

So, there you have it - 6 of the 8 original Harry Potter movies are Christmas movies. May you watch all of them this holiday season!

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13 Of The Best Disney Channel Original Movies Of All Time

I'm just gonna say it: Disney Channel Original Movies were one of the best parts of my childhood.


Growing up in that "prime" Disney channel era really was it, chief. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way, so I've compiled a list of 13 of the best DCOMs. And before y'all yell at me, there are so many more great ones, but I had to choose just 13.

In no particular order, here they are:

High School Musical - Trilogy (2006, 2007, 2008)

HSM may just be the most infamous franchise to ever come out of Disney Channel. I don't make the rules. Also, Zac Efron is STILL my celebrity crush. Just saying.

Camp Rock 1 & 2 (2008, 2010)

Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers in one movie! To what did I owe that pleasure? If you try to say these movies didn't make you wanna go to a music summer camp, you're lying.

The Thirteenth Year (1999)

All I'm saying is my thirteenth year was NOT as exciting as Cody Griffin's. This movie has it all: comedy, drama, and he's a freaking mermaid.

Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006)

Brenda. Freaking. Song! I always seem to forget about this one because I'll always think of Brenda as London Tipton, but this movie will always be a classic. It teaches some important lessons about embracing who you are and where you come from.

Twitches 1 & 2 (2005, 2007)

Tia and Tamara Mowry single handedly made me want a twin sister (as long as we were both witches). I recently watched the movies again after years of not seeing them, and I got all the feels. Also, can we just talk about how I've always wanted their sun and moon necklaces?

The Cheetah Girls 1, 2, & One World (2003, 2006, 2008)

The songs. The friendship. The matching jumpsuits. I wanted to be a Cheetah Girl so bad when I was younger. These movies have to be some of the most iconic Disney Channel movies. So good.

Starstruck (2010)

I'm not going to lie, this may be one of my favorites. Not only do I watch the movie often still, but I also have some of the songs from the soundtrack in my "favorites" Spotify playlist. Don't judge.

Halloweentown (1998)

I'm not even going to go into why this movie is such a classic. If you haven't seen it, what are you doing with your life?

Cadet Kelly (2002)

I just want to start by saying Hilary Duff can do no wrong in my eyes. I think this fun movie about a teenager who goes off to military school made us all love her a little bit more (if that were even possible).

Jump In (2007)

Let me tell y'all what we're not gonna do: We're not gonna act like this isn't one of the most inspiring movies Disney Channel has ever produced. We're also not gonna act like "Push It To The Limit" isn't one of the greatest hype songs ever. We're just not. Also, Keke Palmer is amazing.

Brink! (1998)

I'm not saying Brink! motivated me to beg my parents for inline skates when I was younger so that I could be like Brink, but I'm not NOT saying that, either.

Smart House (1999)

I haven't bought any Amazon Alexa products because of this movie. Yes, it's that serious.

Johnny Tsunami (1999)

This movie seriously takes me back. Even just thinking about it right now, it's reigniting my desire to learn how to both surf and snowboard. Ugh.

Going through this list has made me wanna have a throwback Disney Channel Original Movie marathon, and that's exactly what I'm gonna do.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

As well as this article by a fellow creator…

What You Learn Losing A Parent So Young

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