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Harry Potter Chess Scene Script

Harry Potter Chess Scene Script

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Ron Weasley has won the chess game in Harry Potter. Dumbledore has awarded Ron with 50 points for Griffindor for ‘the best-played game of chess that Hogwarts has seen these many years’.

The Harry Potter and the Philosophers (Sorcerer’s) Stone movie has the chess scene. Harry, Hermione and Ron had to play and win Wizard Chess Game to get to the Stone. In this chess scene Ron sacrificed himself in order to win the game.

The Chess Game in Harry Potter was called Wizard’s Chess. It is much like a classic Chess game but with figures enchanted to listen to players’ commands and move on their own.

Hermione was the black rook in the Wizard Chess game, starting from F8 square. She was guarding the king and preparing the space for a mate from Harry ( with bishop on E3)

In the Chess Game Featured in the Philosopher’s stone Harry plays the black Bishop on a3 square. After Ron’s knight sacrifice, Potter then moves into c5, then takes white queen on e3 and mates white king.

In the Chess game, Ron does say the following:  You understand right, Harry. Once I make my move, the Queen will take me…then you’ll be free to check the King. Then he says:  Do you want to stop Snape or not? Harry, it’s you that has to go on. I know it. Not me, not Hermione, you. (Harry nods.) Knight…to H-3.

In Harry Potter Chess game Ron says: Ron: You understand right, Harry. Once I make my move, the Queen will take me…then you’ll be free to check the King. Ron:  Do you want to stop Snape or not? Harry, it’s you that has to go on. I know it. Not me, not Hermione, you. (Harry nods.) Knight…to H-3.

Ron Weasley plays a black knight during the chess game in Philosopher’s Stone movie. He started on G5 square and later on sacrificed himself to enable Harry to mate white Queen.

Harry Potter Chess Scene Script Transcript

harry potter chess scene scriptPlease Scroll below to read the harry potter chess scene script. It is from a Wizard Chess game designed by Professor Flitwick as one of the obstacles in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. \

They enter a dark room, with broken pieces all around it.

Hermione: I don’t like this. I don’t like this at all.

Harry: Where are we? A graveyard.

Ron: This is no graveyard. (sighs) It’s a chessboard. (Walks out onto the marble board and flames light, illuminating the board and GIANT players. Harry and Hermione come up with him.)

Harry: There’s the door.

They walk across the board, towards the door. Suddenly, as they reach a line of pawns, the pawns bring up their swords. The three jump and back up.

Hermione: Now what do we do?

Ron: It’s obvious, isn’t it? We’ve got to play our way across the room. All right. Harry, you take the Bishop’s square. Hermione, you’ll be the Queen’s side castle. As for me, I’ll be a knight. (They all take their places.)

Hermione: What happens now?

Ron: (aboard a horse.) Well, white moves first, and then…we play. (A pawn on the other side moves forward. Ron studies the game.)

Hermione: Ron, you don’t suppose this is going to be like…real wizard’s chess, do you?

harry potter chess scene pawns

Ron: You there! D-5! (A black pawn moves forward, diagonal to the white pawn. The white pawn raises its swords and smashes the black one. The three jump.) Yes, Hermione, I think this is going to be exactly like wizard’s chess!

The game continues. Pieces smash each other, boom! Boom!

Ron: Castle to E-4! Smash! Ron: Pawn to C-3! Smash! Boom! The Queen turns, and smashes a piece! Harry, Ron and Hermione wince. The Queen turns again. Both Ron and Harry study the game.

Harry: Wait a minute.

Ron: You understand right, Harry. Once I make my move, the Queen will take me…then you’ll be free to check the King.

Harry: No, Ron! No!

Hermione: What is it?

Harry: He’s going to sacrifice himself!

Hermione: No, Ron, you can’t! (Ron closes his eyes.) There must be another way!

Ron: (turns to face Hermione.) Do you want to stop Snape or not? Harry, it’s you that has to go on. I know it. Not me, not Hermione, you. (Harry nods.) Knight…to H-3.

Ron’s horse moves forward, slides and stops.

harry potter chess scene ron falls

Ron: Check.

The Queen turns and advances. Ron breathes faster, clutching the steel reins. The Queen stops. SMASH! Ron goes flying off the horse and lands on the floor, unconscious.

Ron: Ahhhh!

Harry: RON! (Hermione starts walking to him.) NO! Don’t move! Dont forget, we’re still playing. (Hermione moves back. Harry walks the diagonal in front of the King.) Checkmate. (The Kings sword falls onto the ground victory. Harry breathes out and then the two run to Ron. They bend beside him.) Take care of Ron. Then, go to the owlery. Send a message to Dumbledore. Ron’s right…I have to go on.

Hermione: You’ll be okay, Harry. You’re a great wizard, you really are.

Harry: Not as good as you.

Hermione: (smile) Me? Books and cleverness? There are more important things. Friendship, and bravery. And Harry, just be careful.

Harry nods and stands, walking away.

Play Harry Potter Chess Scene Yourself

harry potter chess scene chess board pieces (1)If you are a chess addict – we have prepared a simulation of the same chess game as in the Chess Scene – click here to play it. You start with blacks

Who invented the Harry Potter Chess Scene?

Jeremy Silman invented the Harry Potter Chess Scene. He is a well-known name in the chess world.

He’s an International Master, a famous chess coach in the USA, and a writer.

So it’s no surprise that he was the chess consultant for Harry Potter’s movie. Silman says he was extremely happy when he got the offer to contribute to Chris Colombus’ team.


Jeremy Silman: “When I was asked to create the chess positions for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I was more than delighted. Throughout my life, I’ve watched movie Sand TV shows make a joke of real chess positions and real chess lingo. Now, after years of seething, I finally had a chance to do the job right”.

When I read the first Potter book and was faced with the problem at hand: What position would I create that would justify Ron sacrificing himself? After spending many hours ’ day after day for a few weeks ’ on the phone to the screenwriter in Los Angeles and the producer in England (who insisted that the first move should be a capture), I finally decided on the following dynamic situation:

Harry Potter Christmas Chess Scene Script

harry potter chess scene dormitory wizard chessScene: Christmas. The camera pans up to a snowy castle, then to Hagrid, who is bringing in a large tree. Inside the great hall, students are leaving and ghosts are singing (Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, ring the Hogwarts bell. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas…) Hermione approaches the empty tables, wheeling a cart. She goes to Ron and Harry, who are playing chess.

Harry: Knight to E-5.

A piece moves across the board.

Ron thinks for a moment.

Ron: Queen to E-5.

A queen walks over to E-5 and clinks the knight away.

Hermione: That’s totally barbaric!

Ron: That’s wizard’s chess. I see you’ve packed.

Hermione: See you haven’t.

Ron: Change of plans. My parents decided to go to Romania to visit my brother, Charlie. He’s studying dragons there!

Hermione: Good. You can help Harry, then. He’s going to go to the library for information on Nicholas Flamel.

Ron: We’ve looked a hundred times!

Hermione: Not in the restricted section…Happy Christmas. {exits.}

Ron: I think we’ve had a bad influence on her.

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