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Funny: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

From the book:

  • "Uncle Vernon made another funny noise, like a mouse being trodden on."
  • From the Stephen Fry audiobook, the sound he makes when Harry steps on Vernon's face as he's camping by the front door.
  • After Ron meets Hermione for the first time, he comments, "Whatever House I'm in, I hope she's not in it." Of course, not only does Hermione end up in Gryffindor with him, but the epilogue in the seventh book reveals that she eventually becomes his wife, meaning that Ron will live in the same house as Hermione for the rest of their lives!
  • Dumbledore's pre-banquet speech:
    "Welcome! Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you!"
    • Harry's reaction is quite good as well.
    Harry: Is he — a bit mad?
    Percy: Mad? He's a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes. Potatoes, Harry?
  • It's a small one, but nonetheless the scene where Hagrid is in Gringotts and reaches into his pocket to find Harry's key, only to come up with a bunch of dog biscuits counts.
    • Made even funnier when you realise that those biscuits are meant for Fluffy : i.e. a giant three-headed monster dog.
  • The Weasley Twins at the beginning.
    "Don't cry, Ginny. We'll send you loads of owls."
    "We'll send you a Hogwarts toilet seat!"
    "Only joking, Mum."
    • Even funnier is that it's a callback to an earlier funny moment. Mrs. Weasley makes it clear that she wants the twins to behave this year, leading to her warning them "If I get one owl that you've...blown up a toilet or something..." This cues them to respond that they've never done that before, and are grateful for the suggestion.
    • And then when Harry is in the hospital wing, they try to send *him* a toilet seat.
  • After Hagrid tells Harry and Hermione that he's given Norbert a teddy bear:
    From inside the crate came ripping noises that sounded to Harry as though the teddy was having his head torn off.
  • Realizing that in the first book, Fred and George jinxed snowballs to hit Quirrell's turban, and that they were unknowingly smacking Voldemort in the face!!
    • I can just imagine Voldemort under the turban going "don't blow your cover, don't blow your cover, don't blow your-" SMACK
  • Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog card "Professor Dumbledore enjoys chamber music and ten pin bowling." Best. Mental. Image. Ever.
  • This Brick Joke:
    Dumbledore: "I believe your friends Misters Fred and George Weasley were responsible for trying to send you a lavatory seat. No doubt they thought it would amuse you. Madam Pomfrey, however, thought it might not be very hygienic, and confiscated it."
    Made even funnier when you realize that they probably took that seat from a lavatory no one uses - like Moaning Myrtle's bathroom, for instance.
  • Jim Dale singing "Hoggy Warty Hogwarts" for the audiobook of Philosopher's Stone.
  • "While he drove, Uncle Vernon complained to Aunt Petunia. He liked to complain about things: people at work, Harry, the council, Harry, the bank, and Harry were just a few of his favorite subjects. This morning, it was motorcycles."
  • When Harry gets the idea to have Charlie Weasley take Norbert off of their hands, he first launches the idea by glancing at Ron and muttering "Charlie". Ron's response?
    "Now you're losing it too. I'm Ron, remember?"
  • Dumbledore trying Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans.
    "Alas! Earwax!"
  • Harry tells Ron and Hermione that Snape is going to be the referee for the following match.
    Hermione: Don't play.
    Ron: Say you're ill.
    Hermione: Pretend to break your leg.
  • When we first meet the centaurs, they all comment that "Mars is bright, tonight" with Hagrid getting more and more annoyed.
    "Mars is bright tonight."
    "We've heard."
  • Doubles as Hilarious in Hindsight, but early in the book when Vernon is intimidated by Hagrid he whimpers something that sounds like "Mimblewimble". Guess what? It's an actual spell.
  • Malfoy bragging about how skilled at flying he is at the beginning of chapter 9, telling "long, boastful stories which always seemed to end with him narrowly escaping Muggles in helicopters."

From the film:

  • When Hagrid knocks the door off its hinges: "Sorry 'bout that!"
    • Also when he's accidentally telling them loads of information about the Stone. "I shouldn'ta told you that! I should not have told you that!"
      • And he does it in the most casual tone possible.
  • "Troll in the dungeon!" scene. Especially the terror-stricken look on Malfoy's face.
  • Emma Watson's delivery of the "killed or worse expelled" line.
    • Ron's response to that line:
    "She needs to sort out her priorities."
    • Also her reaction to Harry and Ron arriving late to Transfiguration.
  • Rupert Grint's delivery of the way he mimics Hermione after Charms class. Done much better than in the book.
    "It's Levi-OOOOOOHHH-sa, not Levio-SAAH"
    • And from this same scene, Seamus establishes his distinctive Running Gag.
    Seamus: Wingard Leviosa, Wingard Leviosa, Wingard
    Harry: ...I think we're going to need another feather over here, professor.
  • During the flying lesson, when Ron's broom springs up and whacks him in the face. Even Harry can't help laughing at him.
  • Hermione during the flying lesson: "What. An. Idiot."
  • The Sorting Hat scene. When Dumbledore announces that the third-floor corridor is out-of-bounds to anyone who "does not wish to die a most painful death" (and does so in the same businesslike way he handles all of the other announcements), the other students whisper amongst each other in curiosity. Meanwhile, Harry's face is pure WTF. It's #1 on this list.
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