Harry Potter Nearly Killed Hedwig and People Are Only Just Realizing

Harry Potter entering platform nine and three quarters in the first movie of the beloved franchise is one of the most iconic moments in the movies.

But today, Harry Potter fans are losing it over a previously largely unnoticed moment from the scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Cast your memory back to the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 2001, when Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were introduced to the world as Harry Potter and Ron Weasley—the magical film became beloved by an entire generation with seven more movies to follow.

In the first movie, a young Harry is sent off to Hogwarts, but is stumped when he is told to find platform nine and three quarters at King's Cross station in London.

"But, Hagrid, there must be a mistake! This says Platform 9 and 3/4. There's no such thing! Is there?" the young wizard asks.

However, he is luckily aided at the station by magical family, the Weasleys, who tell him he has to run at full force through a wall on the platform to access the magical platform to board the Hogwarts Express.

However, in the second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry and Ron famously miss their chance to get through the portal.

As Harry runs full force at the brick wall with his trolley of luggage, he crashes into it and is sent flying.

Now, a Twitter user has noticed just how the crash impacted Harry's familiar, Hedwig the owl.

"F****** absolutely losing it over how bad this owl gets its s*** rocked," Twitter user @MuskTillDawm posted on June 20.

Fucking absolutely losing it over how bad this owl gets its shit rocked pic.twitter.com/qeRzy4oF81

— Jesse, Openly Italian (@MuskTillDawn) June 20, 2021

The tweet went viral and gained more than 20,000 likes.

"Right here where the owl just straight up bonks into the wall is the greatest part," joked one commentator.

While another joked: "They definitely had to add the insert shot of the owl being okay after test audiences were like 'I just saw that owl absolutely die.'"

Another added: "The boy who lived and the bird who didn't."

Luckily the animal appears to be unscathed after the accident.

Hedwig, the snowy owl from the Harry Potter movies, was actually played by seven different birds over the course of the franchise.

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone
Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone." Peter Mountain/Getty/WireImage

According to ScreenRant, the main Hedwig was named Gizmo, and his main stunt owls were called Ook and Sprout.

Author J.K. Rowling has spoken about some inaccuracies she made in writing about the snowy owl in the books.

"I made a few elementary mistakes when it came to my depiction of Hedwig," she said per Pottermore. "Firstly, Snowy Owls are diurnal (i.e., they fly by day). Secondly, they are virtually mute, so Hedwig's frequent hoots and chirrups of approval and comfort should be taken as signs of her magically enhanced abilities. Thirdly, as countless well-meaning owl-lovers and experts kept writing to me in the early days, owls do not eat bacon (Hedwig enjoys a bit of bacon rind when she delivers post at breakfast)."