8 Examples of Bravery in Harry Potter

When people (me included) think of examples of bravery in the Harry Potter series, they automatically think of Gryffindors, right? I mean it's in the Sorting Hat song:

You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;

- Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone

But not all acts of bravery were limited to Gryffindors! I mean, sure some (okay, a lot) of my examples below are Gryffindors. But it's unreasonable to think that only Gryffindors can be brave, just as it is to think that only Ravenclaws can be intelligent. 

I've recently retaken the Pottermore house quiz and gotten a different house than I've always gotten in the past. It's been weird for me, but I'm happy with my new house! I think it fits me, and I'll always love my old house, there's no doubt, but there's also a special place in my heart for my new house. I think there's a little bit of each house in all of us, and just like with Slughorn (Slytherin), Wormtail (Gryffindor), Lockhart (Ravenclow) and Diggory (Hufflepuff), not every Gryffindor is brave and not every brave act comes from a Gryffidnor.

#1 - that time Harry & Ron fought off a full grown mountain troll for Hermione in the girls' bathroom

"Harry then did something that was both very brave and very stupid: He took a great running leap and managed to fasten his arms around the troll's neck from behind."

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


#2 - the bravery that it takes to be 100% yourself: Luna Lovegood

"A hundred Dementors were advancing, gliding towards them... And then a silver hare, a boar and a fox soared past Harry, Ron and Hermione's heads: the Dementors fell back before the creatures' approach. Three more people had arrive out of the darkness to stand behind, their wands outstretched, continuing to cast their Patronuses: Luna, Ernie and Seamus.

'That's right,' said Luna encouragingly, as if they were back in the Room of Requirement and thias was simply spell practice for the DA. 'That's right, Harry...come on, think of something happy...'

'Something happy?' he said, his voice cracked.

'We're all still here,' she whispered, 'we're still fighting. Come on, now...'"

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


#3 - that time Dobby died saving 6 wizards from his old masters' manor

"'I think we ought to say something,' piped up Luna. 'I'll go first, shall I?' And as everybody looked at her, she addressed the dead elf at the bottom of the grave. 'Thank you so much, Dobby, for rescuing me from that cellar. It's so unfair that you had to die, when you were so good and brave. I'll always remember what you did for us. I hope you're happy now.'"

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


#4 - every single time Snape lied to Voldemort about every little thing that could've gotten him, you know, dead

“You think he is mistaken? Or that I have somehow hoodwinked him? Fooled the Dark Lord, the greatest wizard, the most accomplished Legilimens the world has ever seen?”

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


#5 - that time Ron came back

"Harry put Hagrid's pouch back around his neck, pulled on a final sweater, stooped to pick up Hermione's wand, and faced Ron again. 'How come you're here?'

Apparently Ron had hoped that this point would come up later, if at all. 'Well, I've - you know - I've come back. If,' he cleared his throat. 'You know. You still want me.'

There was a pause, in which the subject of Ron's departure seemed to rise like a wall between them. Yet he was here. He had returned. He had just saved Harry's life."

—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


#6 - or when Fleur stood up to her future mother-in-law and finally earned her respect 

"'You thought I would not weesh to marry him? Or per'aps you hoped'? said Fleur, her nostrils flaring. 'What do I care how he looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave! And I shall do zat!' she added fiercely, pushing Mrs. Weasley aside and snatching the ointment from her."

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


#7 - when Hermione dragged Harry back through time to set Buckbeak and Sirius free, breaking lots of rules

"Hermione turned the hourglass three times

The dark ward dissolved. Harry had the sensation that he was flying very fast, backward. A blur of colors and shapes rushed past him, his ears were pounding, he tried to yell but he couldn't hear his own voice -.

And then he felt solid ground beneath his feet, and everything came into focus again."

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban


#8 - how about the time that Harry really figured out what courage was

"It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew - and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents - that there was all the difference in the world."

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince