What We Miss: Alan Rickman as the sneering, inscrutable professor, who kept us guessing right til the end who he was truly aligned with.
Why We Miss It: Snape was the character that everybody loved to hate, and hated to love. In short: he was perfect.
What We Miss: Finding out which British treasure has been cast in a pivotal role.
Why We Miss It: The Harry Potter casting was pretty much always spot on.
Quite simply, JK Rowlings world
What We Miss: The completeness of JK Rowling’s imaginary world, with all its charm and wit.
Why We Miss It: We felt like we lived there a little bit. And now it’s gone forever.
What We Miss: Guessing which scenes will make it onto the big screen and which ones won’t.
Why We Miss It: It was the topic of much debate before the release of every Harry Potter film, and got us excited about the next movie.
Finding out what happens next
What We Miss: The expectation of the story’s next step. With Rowling’s series following a very obvious plot trajectory, half the fun was trying to figure out what was just around the corner.
Why We Miss It: The suspense of not knowing was almost as fun as the finding out.
Watching the kids grow up
What We Miss: Seeing Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint becoming actors before our very eyes as they take their characters from wee nippers to young adults.
Why We Miss It: It rarely happens on the big screen (or at least not within the confines of a single franchise), which is exactly what made it special.
What We Miss: Gryffindor professor Minerva McGonagall, whose sharp tongue belies a warm spirit - this witch genuinely cares for the kids in her school.
Why We Miss It: McGonagall as played by Maggie Smith was the perfect matriarch.
Watching talent interviews
What We Miss: Seeing Radcliffe, Gary Oldman and the like chatting about their characters in the build up to the release of the latest Harry Potter movie.
Why We Miss It: Seeing the actors themselves talk about the characters was always fascinating, and gave us an insight into how they went about playing them.
What We Miss: Simple, really. JK Rowling came up with so many inventive spells and potions that they almost became characters in their own right.
Why We Miss It: That fizzy kind of creativity is hard to come by on the big screen.
What We Miss: Imagining just how the movie-making whizz kids are going to turn a complex action scene from the book into something epic on the big screen. Like, for example, the Gringott’s bank break-in…
Why We Miss It: We know that the whizz kids are going to do a good job of it.
What We Miss: Centaurs. Boggarts. Dementors. Giants. Goblins. The list of creatures that appeared over the course of the entire series is almost inexhaustible.
Why We Miss It: Magic creatures make us go "ooooh".
What We Miss: Grounds keeper and friendly giant Hagrid, who looks like he gives really amazing hugs.
Why We Miss It: A bumbling, big-hearted buffoon, Hagrid was a dependable and loveable oaf who wasn’t afraid to shed a tear or two.
Seeing the relationships develop
What We Miss: Will Hermione and Ron ever stop fighting long enough to realise they fancy each other? Will Harry and Ginny end up together? Was Dumbledore diddling Snape in the stockroom? All questions we eagerly awaited the answers to (alright, except for the last one).
Why We Miss It: It was like watching a magical soap opera.
What We Miss: Perhaps not since Darth Vader had there been a big screen villain whose epic evil designs were only matched in horror by the character design.
Why We Miss It: Slithery and mean, Voldemort was a brilliant foil. Still, glad Harry beat him.
What We Miss: John Williams’ twinkling theme music. Completely unforgettably and pivotal in creating a suitably whimsical, moody atmosphere in the films.
Why We Miss It: That tingling feeling you get when the theme tune blares out over the opening scenes of the movie. It’s not often you get that feeling.
What We Miss: The cliffside castle that is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Why We Miss It: We want to live in a castle. And the nearest we ever came was while watching Harry Potter .
What We Miss: The nutty witch so brilliantly played by Helena Bonham Carter.
Why We Miss It: Every villain needs a cackling sidekick, and Lestrange beat all the other hands down. She even killed Sirius Black.
Harry, Hermione and Ron
What We Miss: Obviously. The central trio of heroes whose adventures were our entertainment.
Why We Miss It: That banter and interplay between the franchise’s three leads gave the films a believable hook on which to hang the fantastical storylines. Sure, Harry’s the hero, but he’d be nothing without his friends.
What We Miss: The wizarding world’s favourite sport – a complex game of hoops and balls played on broomsticks.
Why We Miss It: It’s a sport that we genuinely wish actually existed in the real world. Sadly the nearest equivalent is played by Potter fans without the use of broomsticks.
What We Miss: The creaky, cobbled shopping district where witches and wizards go to buy all their bits and bobs.
Why We Miss It: It was a place of character, where both the blackest of deeds and happiest of events could unfold. Do we spy a spin-off?
Therell never be anything like it again
What We Miss: Seven books. Eight films. Barely any casting changes unless absolutely necessary. The Harry Potter films were branded a phenomenon and rightly so – they’re a massive achievement.
Why We Miss It: It’s unlikely that something of this scale will be put together so completely again for a very long time.
What We Miss: Harry’s horrible Muggle relatives, who take him in when his parents die and make sure his life is a continual misery.
Why We Miss It: Yeah, yeah, they were annoying, but they were hilarious. Especially Petunia.
What We Miss: Harry’s pet snowy owl, a loyal friend and birthday present from Hagrid. She dies protecting him in The Deathly Hallows Part One .
Why We Miss It: Not many birds would die for their owners.
What We Miss: Galumphing and ungainly, Alastor ‘Mad-Eye’ Mood is an Auror (shapeshifter) who likes nothing better than capturing evil wizards.
Why We Miss It: He wasn’t in the movies anywhere near enough, and we want more of him.
What We Miss: Molly Weasley, husband Arthur and their brood of children – including Harry’s best mate Ron. They’re all ginger. And adorable.
Why We Miss It: They’re a ragtag bunch who continually argue, but their affection for one another is quite clear. Is it too old to be adopted by them?
Snape and Harrys arguments
What We Miss: Snape and Mr Potter never saw eye to eye, and their ‘rub each other up the wrong way’ friction was always a source of much painful entertainment in the franchise.
Why We Miss It: It created friction in the films, and the chemistry between Rickman and Radcliffe was always sparky.
What We Miss: Not much of a player in the films, but still a fun addition to the Hogwarts population, Peeves is a poltergeist who haunts the old castle.
Why We Miss It: There should’ve been more of him in the movies and, frankly, we feel short changed.
What We Miss: The Ordinary Wizarding Level exams that everybody at Hogwarts has to take.
Why We Miss It: Alright, nobody likes exams, but these were magic exams! Wish we could’ve sat them instead of our GCSEs - we might've gotten better grades that way.
What We Miss: Each book/film had its own central mystery, which was cleverly woven into the series’ overall arc.
Why We Miss It: We never managed to figure out the answers to all of Rowling’s riddles before she revealed them, and that’s no mean feat.
The Dark Arts teacher
What We Miss: Each year a new Dark Arts teach is appointed at Hogwarts, and it’s always a surprise.
Why We Miss It: It’s another mystery that keeps us guessing. And the Dark Arts teacher is always invariably linked to the story’s central mystery.
What We Miss: Seeing the Harry Potter stars strutting their stuff on the red carpet. And in particular Emma Watson’s increasingly fabulous dresses.
Why We Miss It: It’s just so glamorous and cool.
What We Miss: The wee slaves of the wizarding community, who are as adorable as they are undeniably ugly.
Why We Miss It: Dobby was so cute! We want a house elf. Not that we’d make it do chores or anything. Maybe the occasional foot rub.
What We Miss: Harry Potter’s dark horse of a godfather, an enigmatic chap if there ever was one.
Why We Miss It: He was played by Gary Oldman, which should tell you everything you need to know about why we miss him.
Harry vs Voldemort
What We Miss: The epic battles between the Dark Lord and out lightning bolt hero, both mental and physical.
Why We Miss It: The ever-growing hatred between the pair was palpable stuff. Sort of like a mystical drug.
What We Miss: Not literally, obviously, but more what it contains – smarts of both book and street variety. Nothing flummoxes this madam.
Why We Miss It: Strong, intelligent female characters are still few and far between on the big screen, making Hermione’s absence sorely felt.
The Gryffindor common room
What We Miss: A cosy little corner of Hogwarts, where all the very best witches and wizards make their home.
Why We Miss It: It was a common room befitting of the valiant souls who belonged to Gryffindor house. We want to snuggle down on the sofa and read a good book by the firelight.
Lupin & Tonks
What We Miss: The power couple of Potterland – one’s a werewolf, the other’s an Auror. Together, they’re just brilliant.
Why We Miss It: Their deaths hit hard, and we’re still grieving.
The Twins pranks
What We Miss: Fred and George never made life easy for the professors at Hogwarts, and their exploits brought a little cheek and chaos to the Potterverse.
Why We Miss It: We’ll never see them pulling off pranks again, not now that Fred’s dead. Sob.
What We Miss: Quite obviously, the most inscrutable yet endearing character of the series. The Hogwarts headmaster is a figurehead of good.
Why We Miss It: We want to know more about Dumbledore’s back story – there are surely still mysteries about his past left to solve.
The Order of the Phoenix
What We Miss: The Order, consisting of the Weasleys, the Potters, Remus Lupin, Alastor Moody et al.
Why We Miss It: Secret gangs don’t come much cooler.
What We Miss: Magic’s a tricky thing, and there were numerous times throughout the books/films where we were shown it doesn’t always work out according to plan. Like Harry’s bendy, bone-less arm, Hermione’s cat-face…
Why We Miss It: They were hilarious! (Mostly because they weren't happening to us.)
What We Miss: The kitten-loving Dark Arts teacher who also works for the Ministry of Magic (eeeevil), and whose hiccupping laugh was a fun little tick that carried so much latent meaning.
Why We Miss It: She was deliciously rotten.
What We Miss: Voldemort’s swooshy minions. Think the magical children of Nazis and the KKK.
Why We Miss It: They were like wand-wielding stormtroopers – essentially useless, but still massively memorable.
Harry vs Malfoy
What We Miss: The strained relationship between Harry and Malfoy, who were enemies long before Voldemort came back on the scene.
Why We Miss It: There’s nothing like a good old fashioned school rivalry, and watching these two spar really got us in the playground spirit.