Confession: I celebrated my birthday yesterday, with parties held over the weekend. So, I didn’t write a traditional post this week. 

But I did want to post something. So, I decided to think back on fictional birthday scenes I have enjoyed (and wished I’d had ). 

Here are five fictional birthdays we all wished we’d had (Spoilers ahead for Once Upon a Time, The Lord of the Rings, Tangled, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone… kind of):

Emma Swan’s 28th Birthday – Once Upon a Time 1×01

Okay, this one does start out sad and strange with Emma celebrating her birthday all alone, and then suddenly meeting her long lost son who drags her all the way to a little town in Maine. But she wished not to be alone on her birthday – and then Henry showed up. Wishes do come true! Unknown to Emma, this birthday is the first step to her reuniting with her family and creating a new life with her son, which is why this scene makes this list.

(Plus that little star candle is darn cute.)

Bilbo Baggins’s Eleventy-First Birthday (And Frodo Baggins’s 33rd Birthday) – Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Bilbo leaves the Shire in style in the beginning of Fellowship of the Ring – by throwing the biggest birthday bash to ever hit Hobbiton! There’s dancing! There’s food and drink! There’s dragon-shaped fireworks! Sure, it’s the first in a series of events that drag four little hobbits in way over their heads, but that’s what makes it memorable – it’s their last truly innocent moment. And what a night to go out on.

Rapunzel’s 18th Birthday – Tangled

Rapunzel has been dreaming of getting up close to the floating lanterns released on her birthday for her whole life – little knowing the lanterns were meant for her, the long lost princess. In this scene, not only does Rapunzel’s long-held dream finally come true, but she makes a new one with Flynn/Eugene as they connect under the light of the lanterns. This scene is utterly gorgeous, in sight, sound, and meaning – can you say, “Awwwww!”

Lizzie Bennet’s 25th Birthday – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, 97 & 98

As the incredible web series nears its end, Lizzie Bennet celebrates her 25th birthday in style. It already starts out awesome as her bestie and birthday buddy Charlotte comes over with ice cream, a cheesy movie, and an order of Chinese food (eating your feelings is the best way to spend your birthday in my opinion).

But then… it gets better.

Because William Darcy shows up. He shows up after flying all the way from Chicago. And the tension just grows and grows, until Darcy admits that he still loves her. 

So she kisses him.

And he kisses her back.

And it is magical. 98 episodes of miscommunication, heartbreak, and confusion finally lead to everything coalescing beautifully out in the open, as Lizzie and Darcy begin a new chapter of their lives together.

Willam Darcy – second-best birthday present ever.

What is the first, you ask?

Harry Potter’s 11th Birthday – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone

Because of course I had to include this! Anyone who has ever loved Harry Potter wanted this to happen to them when they turned 11 (and 12…and 21… and 23… and so on). You find out you’re a wizard, you get to go to a wizard school and leave the muggles behind. Who wouldn’t want that?! You can buy a customized Hogwarts letter and pick out your wand from the Universal Studios store (in person or online) all you want… but you can’t quite beat the real deal. It’s the beginning of a whole new life in a whole new world for the boy under the stairs, and it is a beautiful thing to witness, no matter how old you are.

(And the cake looks pretty good too, squishiness be darned).


Do you have any other favorite birthday scenes that didn’t make this list? Let me know in the comments!

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