The Hogwarts Cheer

The Hogwarts Cheer is something that appears in several of the Harry Potter movies.  I don’t mean a “go-fight-win” cheer, I mean an actual, clapping, cheering, whoo-hooing phenomenon that I have dubbed “Hogwarts Cheer,” which I now use to label similar cheesy celebrations in other movies.  A Hogwarts Cheer isn’t just a crowd cheering–lots of movies have cheering crowds and they aren’t cheesy at all.  But if it is cheesy, and especially if there are children, (and at least one of them is saying “yaaaaaaay!”), and the whole thing is symbolic of the protagonist’s victory and/or the antagonist’s downfall, then you’ve got yourself a Hogwarts Cheer.

The original Hogwarts Cheer ^

The original Hogwarts Cheer of course is at the end of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, when Gryffindor wins the house cup.  Click here to see the clip.  See what I mean?  It’s a little overly enthusiastic, right?  But it’s the feel-good end of a children’s movie, so, it fits.  We see the Hogwarts Cheer again at the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, (click here to see), when Hagrid is released from Azkaban and re-instated as Hogwarts groundskeeper.  Then in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, the students give a Hogwarts Cheer to Professor McGonagall for vanquishing Snape from the castle, (click here and skip to 3:05 to see), and right after that when she sends the Slytherins to the dungeons, (an action which I have already pointed out as a flaw in the film), there is an abbreviated Hogwarts Cheer. (Click here and skip to 49 second mark to see).

Snape would never participate in a Hogwarts Cheer. He claps too slow, plus he would never say "yaaaay!"

Basically, a Hogwarts Cheer is anything that sounds like this:

I know there was a great big Hogwarts Cheer at the end of Dolphin Tale, but I can’t find a clip of it online.  There have got to be tons of other examples, too, but since I am the only person I know so far who uses this term I can’t exactly google “Hogwarts Cheer examples other movies” or something.  I think the fact that I continue to use the label “Hogwarts Cheer” even when the context isn’t related to Harry Potter is just another example of the far-reaching cultural influence of the beloved series.

Do you know what I’m talking about?  Can you think of any other examples of the Hogwarts Cheer?



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5 responses to “The Hogwarts Cheer

  1. Maybe snape use to do the hogwarts cheer, until lily left him.

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