Almost all of the Characters in Harry Potter as well as the author are very snarky. A few specific examples:
- Draco Malfoy:
- In the Chamber of Secrets:
Draco: Honestly, if you were any slower, you'd be going backwards.
- He is also pretty snarky in both the Prisoner of Azkaban book and film. The "Riddikulus" scene in the movie gives the best example:
Lupin: Now, without wands... after me. Riddikulus.
Lupin: Very good. Even louder, very clear. Riddikulus.
Draco: This class is ridiculous.
- In the Goblet of Fire book, he snarkily criticizes Hagrid's Blast-Ended Skrewts.
Draco: Well, I can certainly see why we're trying to keep them alive. Who wouldn't want pets that can burn, sting, and bite all at once?
- Fred and George Weasley:
1st Weasley Twin: Oh, are you a prefect, Percy? You should have said something, we had no idea.
2nd Weasley Twin: Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it. Once -
1st Weasley Twin: Or twice -
2nd Weasley Twin: A minute -
1st Weasley Twin: All summer -
Mrs. Weasley: Oh, that's wonderful! That's everyone in the family!
George: What are Fred and I? Next door neighbors?
- While planning to move Harry from the Dursleys:
Moody: Arthur and Fred –
Twin: I’m George. Can’t you even tell us apart when we’re Harry?
Moody Sorry, George –
Fred: I’m only yanking your wand, I’m Fred really –
Moody: [Angrily] Enough messing around!
Dudley: They flush people's heads down the toilet first day at Stonewall. Want to practice?
Harry: No thanks. The poor toilet's never had anything as horrible as your head in it; it might be sick.
- In Chamber of Secrets, on Harry's birthday:
Dudley: I know what day it is.
Harry: Well done. You've finally learned the days of the week.
Dudley: Not this brave at night, are you?
Harry: This is night, Diddykins. That's what we call it when it goes all dark like this.
- Also from the fifth book:
Draco: You're dead, Potter.
Harry: Funny, you'd think I'd have stopped walking around...
Draco: You see, I, unlike you, have been made a prefect, which means that I, unlike you, have the power to hand out punishments.
Harry: Yeah, but you, unlike me, are a git.
Harry: Yeah, Quirrell was a great teacher. There was just that minor drawback of him having Lord Voldemort sticking out of the back of his head!
Snape: Yes sir.
Harry: There's no need to call me "sir," Professor.
Scrimgeour: [scratching his baldy shaven cheek and scrutinizing Harry] Why do you think -
Harry: [struggling to keep his temper] - Dumbledore would have given me the sword? note ...Maybe he thought it would look nice on my wall.
Harry: Interesting theory. Has anyone ever tried sticking a sword in Voldemort? Maybe the Ministry should put some people onto that, instead of wasting their time stripping down Deluminators or covering up breakouts from Azkaban.
- Lucius Malfoy:
Hagrid: What're you doin' here? Get outta my house!
Lucius: My dear man, please believe me, I have no pleasure at all in being inside your—er—d'you call this a house?
- Minerva McGonagall:
- Book 3, when Trelawney brings up the old wives' tale that when thirteen sit down for dinner, the first to rise shall be the first to die. Later, when Ron and Harry get up to leave, Trelawney demands to know which of them got up first. Cue:
McGonagall: I hardly think that matters, Sybil, unless there is a mad axeman waiting outside the hall to decapitate the first person to leave.
- After finding out that Trelawney has predicted Harry's death:
McGonagall: You look perfectly healthy to me, Potter, so you'll forgive me if I don't let you off homework. I assure you that if you die, you need not hand it in.
- After she asks Harry what Umbridge said in her speech at the Sorting ceremony, and he clumsily gives the correct answer.
Well, I'm glad that you listen to Hermione Granger, at any rate.
McGonagall: Well, thank you for that assessment, Mr. Weasley. Perhaps it would be more useful if I were to transfigure Mr Potter or yourself into a pocket watch. That way, one of you might be on time.
- Some great ones from Order of the Phoenix:
Umbridge: I was just wondering, Professor, whether you received my note telling you of the date and time of your inspec –?
McGonagall Obviously I received it, or I would have asked you what you are doing in my classroom.
McGonagall: Potter has achieved high marks in all his Defense Against the Dark Arts tests-
Umbridge: I’m terribly sorry to have to contradict you, Minerva, but as you will see from my note, Harry has been achieving very poor results in his classes with me.
McGonagall: I should have made my meaning plainer. He has achieved high marks in all Defense Against the Dark Arts tests set by a competent teacher.note
- When Umbridge goes a little too far in her interruptions:
McGonagall: I wonder [turning on Umbridge] how you expect to gain an understanding of my usual teaching methods if you continue to interrupt me? You see, I do not generally permit people to talk when I am talking.
- Phineas Nigellus Black:
Harry: Don't call Hermione "simple!"
Phineas Nigellus Black: (sighs) I grow weary of contradiction.
Hermione: I know what this is — it's devil's snare!
Ron: Great, we know what its name is. That's a huge help.
- The film adaption of Philosopher's Stone alters the exchange:
Hermione: Stop moving, both of you. This is devil's snare! You have to relax. If you don't, it'll only kill you faster!
"Kill us faster
?" Oh, now
I can relax!
Professor Trelawney: Would anyone like me to help interpret the shadowy realms within their orb?
Ron: [whispering to Harry]
I don't need help. It's obvious what this means. There's going to be loads of fog tonight.
Harry: Death's got an Invisibility Cloak?
So he can sneak up on people. Sometimes he gets tired of running at them and shrieking.
Harry: If I dropped dead every time that old bat said I would, I'd be a medical miracle.
You'd actually be a kind of extra-concentrated ghost.
Hermione: Look, if I picked up a sword right now, Ron, and ran you through with it, I wouldn't damage your soul at all.
Which would be a real comfort to me, I'm sure.
Hermione: Everyone knows. Well, everyone who has read Hogwarts: A History.
Ron: Just you, then.
- This burn on Harry from Prisoner of Azkaban, after Malfoy saw Harry's head sticking out of the Invisibility Cloak in Hogsmeade:
Snape: What would your head have been doing in Hogsmeade, Potter? Your head is not allowed in Hogsmeade. No part of your body has permission to be in Hogsmeade.
- Goblet of Fire has the scene where he read the "Witch Weekly" article about how Hermione was supposedly cheating on Harry with Viktor Krum. Snape, saying the following:
Snape: Miss Granger has developed a taste for famous wizards which Potter alone cannot... satisfy.
- His response to Harry about ghosts:
Snape: Oh, very good. Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. "Ghosts are transparent."
- This moment in the sixth film when Harry accuses Malfoy of cursing Katie Bell:
Snape: Your evidence?
Harry: I just know.
You just... know. [long pause]
Once again, you astonish me with your gifts, Potter, gifts mere mortals can only dream
of possessing. How grand it must be... to be The Chosen One
Snape: [voice heavy with irony] Would you like me to do it now? Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?
- When Umbridge (The new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher) inspects him in book five:
Umbridge: You applied first for the Defense Against the Dark Arts post, is that correct?
Umbridge: But you were unsuccessful?
- He was placed in the wonderful position of being able to snark at both sides in Order of the Phoenix:
Snape: Unless you wish to poison Potter... and I assure you I would be in the greatest sympathy with you if you did... I cannot help you.
Wormtail, I need someone with brains, someone whose loyalty has never wavered, and you unfortunately fulfill neither requirement.
Voldemort: I'm going to sit here and watch you die. Take your time Potter, I'm in no hurry.
- Madam Pomfrey
Madam Pomfrey: I'm keeping you in overnight. You shouldn't overexert yourself for a few hours.
Harry I don't wan't to stay overnight. I wan't to find McLaggen and kill him!
Madam Pomfrey I'm afraid that would come under the heading of overexertion.
- Mad Eye Moody
Uncle Vernon: I am not aware that it is any of your business what goes on in my house-
Mad Eye: I expect what you're not aware of would fill several books, Dursley.
- J. K. Rowling:
is called The Toenail of Icklibőgg
— Well, if you believed the '[Pillar of] Storgé' one..."
- She later admitted she made up the "Toenail of Icklibőgg" rumor (the "Pillar of Storgé" one, however? 100% real). note
- Responding on her website to whether the seventh book would be called "Harry Potter and the Pyramids of Furmat", Rowling wrote
"The Pyramids of Furmat lie a few miles east of the famous Fortress of Shadows, not far from the magnificent Pillar of Storgé. Many tourists prefer to view these ancient monuments at night, when they are illuminated by the Green Flame Torch." (Those are all previously rumored titles.)
"I've already answered this in FAQs, but as this rumour is still cropping up in fan letters I thought I'd reiterate here that there will be NO chapter called 'Lupin's Papers' in book six
, nor will there be chapters entitled 'Pettigrew's Pamphlets', 'Sirius's Circulars'
or 'The Pocket Crosswords of Severus Snape'."
- When fans started speculating there would be a character named Icicle in the sixth book (based on a misheard interview), Rowling said:
"There is no character named 'Icicle' in Book Six. There is however, a Professor Bicycle."