As with any book to movie adaptation, crucial elements of the Harry Potter story got lost in translation. They were either deliberately left out to save time (R.I.P Peeves and Hermione’s house elf rights movement), or misrepresented.
The latter was the case with a great many of the characters, who left the majority of their personality behind in the pages of the book, sometimes possessing only one discernible attribute on-screen. Sadly, this is what happened to Harry Potter, who in the films is almost always just a bit grating, while in the books is still slightly annoying, but is also many other things. One such thing is that he’s originally very funny.
Film attribute: angst
Book attributes: funny, sarcastic, stubborn, headstrong, brave, rash, and loyal.
In the film, Harry is funny precisely three times, which I will now illustrate using gifs.
However, in the books, the Boy Who Lived is a very amusing character. He’s angsty and annoying, yes, but also amusing. He is constantly snapping back with witty comments and sarcastic takedowns. Let’s take a look at some of his greatest moments.
Vernon Dursley: “Listening to the news! Again?”
Harry Potter: “Well it changes every day, you see.”
“Manners, Potter, or I’ll have to give you a detention,” drawled Malfoy, whose sleek blond hair and pointed chin were just like his father’s. “You see, I, unlike you, have been made a prefect, which means that I, unlike you, have the power to hand out punishments.”
“Yeah,” said Harry, “but you, unlike me, are a git, so get out and leave us alone.”
“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing nonverbal spells, Potter?”
“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.
“There’s no need to call me ‘sir,’ Professor.”
“This is the copy of Advanced Potion-Making that you purchased from Flourish and Blotts?”
“Yes,” said Harry firmly.
“Then why,” asked Snape, “does it have the name ‘Roonil Wazlib’ written inside the front cover?”
Harry’s heart missed a beat. “That’s my nickname,” he said.
“Yeah, Quirrell was a great teacher,” said Harry loudly, “there was just that minor drawback of him having Lord Voldemort sticking out of the back of his head.”
As Ron and Harry rounded the clump of trees behind which Harry had first heard the dragons roar, a witch leapt out from behind them.
It was Rita Skeeter.
“Congratulations, Harry!” she said, beaming at him. “I wonder if you could give me a quick word?”
“Yeah, you can have a word,” said Harry savagely. “Good-bye.”
Dudley: They stuff people’s heads down the toilet the first day at Stonewall. Want to come upstairs and practice?
Harry: No, thanks. The poor toilet’s never had anything as horrible as your head down it—it might be sick.
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