Narm / Harry Potter

The Books:

  • In the fifth book, Hermione tries to convince Umbridge that Dumbledore has a secret weapon hidden in the forest. She pretends to be crying while she does so. Harry notices she has her hands covering her eyes so as not to show she isn't actually crying. Except this convincing of Umbridge goes on for about three pages. And you realise Hermione was doing this the entire time with her hands over her eyes pretending to cry dramatically - and it becomes hilarious.
  • JK Rowling has been said to overdo it with some of Snape's dramatic moments. Remember "I, THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE?" or "Look... at... me..."
  • Harry's tantrum in Dumbledore's office in Order of the Phoenix was a strange variant of this trope. Over-the-top and horribly melodramatic and immature and hilarious on re-reads, when the reader's shock had worn off? Yes. But then you realize all the melodrama is in Harry's behavior, meaning that he's so heartbroken he can't even stop himself from acting embarrassingly.
    • The tantrum Harry throws at Ron and Hermione earlier in the book is a much straighter example. It's essentially a couple of pages where all of Harry's lines are in block capitals to show he's angry. Fans have nicknamed that part 'Caps Lock Harry'.
  • In-universe, Harry thinks pretty much any time the Dursleys show emotion is Narmy, mostly involving Petunia and Dudley. Whenever the Dursleys show affection for each other, expect Harry to "suppress the urge to laugh".
  • The epilogue was Tastes Like Diabetes for some. Regarding that epilogue, it seems the real issue is that it was actually the first thing Rowling wrote of the series, and she didn't do enough when the time came to edit it to match the way her writing style or the tone of the series had evolved.
  • From the audio books, Stephen Fry chose to give Tonks a thick Yorkshire accent due to her using the Oop North expression "wotcher". It was passable in the fifth book but don't forget the amount of dramatic scenes the character has in the sixth.
    • This was in part a rather bad choice on Rowling's part to suddenly, almost out of nowhere, give said character dramatic scenes. Nonetheless, Tonks's Anguished Declaration of Love at the end is made hilarious because of the accent Fry is using.
    • For some reason Fry also decides to give Susan Bones a lisp. And it's near identical to the mock baby voice Bellatrix uses later in the book.
  • The death of Dumbledore at the end of Half-Blood Prince, meant to be serious and heartbreaking, was seen by some as overdone and melodramatic.
    • To elaborate, Dumbledore is already dying from a curse. In the space of a night he drinks a poisonous potion, gets hit by a killing spell and then falls off a tower. He gets killed four times over as if to prove beyond a doubt that he's dead.
    • Not so much the death as the funeral. Not anything specific, just the over-the-top way it was written.
  • "Snape!" ejaculated Slughorn. Seriously, J.K.?
  • There's also a line in Order of the Phoenix.
    "WAIT UNTIL WE'VE GOT THE PROPHECY!" bawled [Lucius] Malfoy.
    • It gives you the image of a grown man wailing like a toddler. Which, ironically, sort of happens a few pages later when a death eater gets trapped in an endless time warp. Later, a similar thing is done with Bellatrix during her "You filthy little monkey!!" line to Dobby.
  • This sentence in Deathly Hallows:
    "The suddenness and completeness of death was with them like a presence."
    • This was used to describe the death of a minor character. Moody was cool, but he really hadn't earned the amount of drama JKR was trying to put in that sentence. We hardly knew him; we saw more of Barty Crouch Jr. as him than the guy himself.
    • "The morning of the first of September was crisp and golden as an apple..."

The films:

Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
  • During Hagrid's first meeting with Harry, when he's saying "You're a wizard, and a thumpin' good one, I wager!", for some weird reason Vernon Dursley tilts his head to the side while shutting his eyes, making it look like he's taking a power nap while Hagrid is talking.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Filch's ham-tastic "You've... MURDERED my cat. I'LL KILL YA! I'LL KILL YA!"
    • And his earlier line in the same film, "Oh dear, we are in trouble!" comes out more like "Oooohhhhh deeeehr, we aaah in trubboowwww!"
  • As Harry gets sent to Dumbledore's office for the first time, Minerva says "Sherbet lemon" to open a secret entry to his office. Cue the sudden dramatic music.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • When the Hogwarts choir performs "Something Wicked This Way Comes", the students are so serious it's hilarious.
  • There's the scene in Trelawney's class when Harry gets "The Grim" in his tea cup. Some kid starts to explain it: "It’s an omen… *dramatic pause* the WORST omen… *pause so dramatic that anyone in the vicinity had this been real life would have burst out laughing* of DEATH." *cue dramatic music as we see the camera slowly zooming in on a ridiculously clearly defined dog in the tea leaves* It's obviously supposed to be foreboding, but it comes across as funny.
    • It's slightly better in the book where Harry notes that a few of his classmates seem to think Professor Trelawney is mad.
  • When Malfoy and gang run into Ron and Hermione in Hogsmeade, Malfoy reacts stupidly over the top to a casual putdown from Hermione and Tom Felton's delivery of "how dare you talk to me!".
  • "HE WAS THEIR FRIEND!" (pictured above)
  • The punching scene. For some reason the writers decided to change the dialogue from the book. They thought "you foul loathsome evil little cockroach!" would be better. The stupidity of the line, coupled with awful acting from Emma Watson and Tom Felton just makes the scene ridiculous. Plus the aforementioned line change comes across as Gosh Darn It to Heck!.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry's putdown to Malfoy that enrages him so much? "Your father is vile and cruel.".
  • Hermione's ridiculously over the top reaction to Moody teaching the Unforgivable Curses. Especially her tearful shaking of her head when she refuses to say Avada Kedavra.
    • The general tendency of everyone in this movie to scream half their lines at the top of their lungs. Hermione's legitimately tearful and concerned "Stop it!" to Moody when she sees Neville's reaction to the Cruciatus Curse becomes a larynx-destroying "STOP IT! CAN'T YOU SEE IT'S BOTHERING HIM STOP IT!!!" The fight between Ron and Hermione is as much evidence of the developing romantic tensions between them as it is a satire of teen melodrama in the book, but in the film it's reduced to a bored-sounding Rupert Grint and Emma Watson screaming "RON YOU SPOILED EVERYTHING!!". And most infamously of all, any book fan familiar with this movie can probably tell you the significance of the simple phrase "Dumbledore asked calmly".
  • The introductions of the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students. Mostly because they come completely out of nowhere and the students are a little too into them. Made even worse in the extended version where the Hogwarts students then perform the school song.
  • At Voldemort's resurrection, Wormtail's utterly stoic demeanor when (and after) cutting off his own hand, which is also completely out-of-character.
  • During the graveyard, Voldemort gives out this gem to Harry when he touches his scar:
    • It's also made more hilarious when Voldemort starts making weird noises when mocking Harry's screams of Agony.
  • "I'll show you mine if you show me yours."

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The freeze frames of Voldemort when he tries to possess Harry.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 and 2
  • Voldemort shouting Nyaaa in the trailer for Part 2.
  • That bit in the beginning of HP and the Deathly Hallows, when Voldemort tells Nagini to eat the body of the teacher. Voldy, do you know how long it takes for snakes to swallow things? Nagini lunges at the camera, fangs extended... it's easy to picture her then settling down, after that terrifying LUNGE, to slowly wedge the body little by little into her mouth over the course of the next few hours.
    • Of course then remember that a crowd of people are sitting around that table forced to watch as a snake slowly eats Charity - and it becomes freakishly terrifying again.
  • When Harry's wand breaks, Ron brings him a new one, saying "Ten inches, nothing special." That's what she said.
  • Are we not going to talk about Voldemort's hug to Draco? The hug scene is so infamously Narmy that not only have both Tom Felton and Ralph Fiennes called it funny, but it has also spawned such things like "On a scale of 1 to Voldemort, how awkward are your hugs?"
  • Both Bellatrix and Voldemort explode when they are killed, which is given no explanation. Especially for the latter, when a body left behind, like in the book, would have been more poignant, ironic, and satisfying for a villain obsessed with avoiding that very state.
  • Voldemort's over-the-top shout when he attempts to break the shield over Hogwarts.
  • "Harry Potter... is deeead!" Eh heh heh!

  • If you're French or simply know about a certain brand of cheese, you will never be able to take Griffindoor's emblem seriously.

The Cursed Child:

  • Voldemort Day. That is all.
  • The rumor that Scorpius is actually Voldemort's son, thanks to time travel. Sure, it'd be hard for a kid to grow up with that hanging over his head, but would anyone past the age of eight really take it seriously? It's later revealed to be a Red Herring, but it doesn't change the fact that many witches and wizards actually believed such a ridiculous rumor.
  • The Augurey's backstory. It turns on the notion that Voldemort and Bellatrix... played parcheesi one day, which seems a tad out of character for Voldemort.
  • While the actors make much of the dialogue sound good, seeing it on the page makes it look rather silly and forced.
  • The descriptions of sets and characters' emotions in the script book are overflowing with Purple Prose that feels exactly like someone struggling to copy Rowling's writing style and failing miserably.
  • The abrupt amount of Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? in the second-to-last scene as Albus and Scorpius discuss all the girls they think are hot. Many fans find it comes off as the writers panicking when they realized how much Ho Yay they'd created between these two and thinking they needed to kill any textual support for it right at the end.

The Video Games:

  • In the GBC adaptation of Chamber Of Secrets, the boss fight against Aragog only has his mouth as a sprite, while his body is part of the background. Since the standard enemy defeat animation has them run away, this means that when you defeat Aragog, his mouth runs away, leaving the rest of his body behind.