The Harry Potter novels and film adaptations were a gripping series filled with surprise twists and turns throughout. Some were flaunted in the face of readers and, when revealed, still managed to shock audiences, while others were entirely unpredictable and unprecedented. Thanks to strong writing and a well-developed cast of characters, these twists had a strong emotional impact and continue to resonate with the public almost a decade after author J.K. Rowling published the final entry in the series. The following are the 10 most astonishing twists that Rowling presented in the Harry Potter series. Needless to say: MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD.
10. The Time-Turner
The third entry in the series, The Prisoner of Azkaban, included several scenes of confusion featuring Hermione Granger being in two places at once. Hermione was taking multiple classes with time conflicts but was somehow able to attend every single class. This mystery proved to agitate for readers as the knowledge that something peculiar was occurring was clear, yet the solution was not. When the discovery of the Time-Turner is made, the events of Hermione’s whereabouts are revealed. The audience had not seen time manipulation up to that point in the series, and therefore nobody was expecting a time-traveling component to be the mystery’s solution. This hour-reversal necklace was given to Hermione in private before the commencement of the school year as a tool to attend all of her classes. She was instructed not to share this information with anyone, leaving Harry as much in the dark as readers were. To be fair, the Time-Turner did open up several gigantic plot holes, but that’s a conversation for another day!