Beauty & The Beast Includes This Stealth Harry Potter Reference

Eagle-eyed fans are already noting the differences between the live action Beauty & the Beast and its animated predecessor. Yes, we've lost the "baguettes" line from the original song, but we may have gained a Harry Potter reference, first noted by HuffPo. Let's see if you can spot it.
Any luck? This gif of Neville Longbottom might help.
Basically, they've swapped out one fan favorite line for another that services fans in an extremely stealthy way. That's from the Remembrall scene, in which Neville tells the table that he's gotten the magical memory aid. Only problem is that he can't remember what he's supposed to remember. A classic conundrum if ever there was one.
Astute redditors have noted that this isn't really a Neville specific joke. This joke is one of those canards passed from movie to movie. There's literally a book called Can't Remember What I Forgot. But since this is Disney, and Emma Watson, and magic is real, we're going to say that this is a Potter reference. So what about that reference? Does it add anything to the scene? Well, kind of. It connects Belle to Hermione in a subtle way. They're not that different of characters when you think about it, especially in the live-action version. Belle is now an inventor who's an outcast because of her curious mind and cleverness. Hermione, similarly, is initially branded as something of a nerd by her Hogwarts classmates. That designation disappears when she joins Harry in fighting Voldemort, just as Belle stops being an outsider compared to the Beast. We'll allow that this creates an extremely tenuous connection between the two women. Sort of ethereal and taking on the shape of the connector. You know, kind of like a Patronus. Yeah, we just went there. Consider your mind blown.

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