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Narm / Harry Potter

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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.
  • Harry's tantrum in Dumbledore's office in Order of the Phoenix, which included grabbing Dumbledore's belongings and throwing them into a wall. Over-the-top and horribly melodramatic, immature and hilarious, especially when the reader's shock had worn off? Yes.
    • Similarly, the tantrum Harry throws at Ron and Hermione earlier in the book. 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".
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  • 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.
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    • 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."
    • Not only is it clunky, overwritten, and tautological ("with them like something that was with them"), this is 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 moment when the openly-on-Team-Good teachers drive Snape from Hogwarts. It's a brief moment of apparent triumph but the characters know Voldemort is on his way and the reader knows the book's coming to its end and the final battle against the forces of evil will be soon, beloved characters may die, theories may be confirmed or discredited; the tension for the characters and the reader is high... and then there's this scene:
    "Our Headmaster is taking a short break," said Professor McGonagall, pointing at the Snape-shaped hole in the window.
    • "The morning of the first of September was crisp and golden as an apple..."
  • In the third book, the recap of the series so far in the introduction goes out of its way to tell us that Harry has never received a birthday card in his life. Lo and behold, what shows up a few paragraphs later? The first birthday card of Harry's life. Subtlety, you are nowhere to be found.
  • In the Goblet of Fire climax, Voldemort is ascertaining the loyalties of his returned Death Eaters...and he asks if one is still up for "a spot of Muggle torture". Sure, evil can be banal, but why would a grandiose, faux-aristocrat Evil Overlord describe his sadistic pleasures like an outing to the seaside?

The films:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher'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.
  • It's not as noticeable after the first film, but Emma Watson's acting seemed to involve a lot of Punctuated! For! Emphasis!, Fascinating Eyebrow and Accent On The Wrong Syllable:
    Hermione: Harry, no WAY, you heard what Madame Hooch said, anyway you don't even know how to fly! (Harry flies off on his broom) WHAT an idiot.
  • In the first movie, when Ron has to "sacrifice himself" at a game of magic people-chess, that sacrifice, and Ron's friends' distraught reaction to it would've had more punch if it amounted to more than Ron simply falling off his horse. At least in the book the enemy Queen decks him with a punch.

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.
  • The second film's dramatic reveal "You're the Heir of Slytherin. You're Voldemort." would have been far less hilarious if Tom Riddle hadn't just literally spelled it out for Harry.

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 part immediately following this might've cushioned the blow if done properly, as it shows Harry promising to kill Sirius for his betrayal. A potentially powerful moment... but it's pretty quickly ruined by Daniel Radcliffe's over-the-top angry face and hilarious inflection, which sounds like he's spitting the words out between breaths. With these two traits combined, it looks more like he's pooping than threatening someone's life.
  • 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!.
  • Draco's "Your bloody bird has killed me!" after Buckbeak attacks him. Although this one could be justified, since Draco was exaggerating his injuries the whole time.

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".
    • Oh hell, everyone say it together: "HARRY! Didja put yah name in the Goblet of Fiyahhh?!?!" Barked while practically throttling him - clearly the picture of calmness.
  • After Moody's lesson in the fourth film Hermione starts to rant about how horrible it is that a teacher actually dared to use the Unforgivable Curses in a classroom, and as she's talking, you can see Neville is standing just a ways ahead of them, staring into space and traumatized from the lesson. Naturally, Hermione HAS to say the line "I mean, did you see the look on Neville's face?" just as they walk past him. The timing was so spot-on, it was hilarious. And by the way, Hermione, we DID see the look on his face.
    • And of course the man on the stained glass painting who looks like he's crying because there's a raindrop trickling on the window where his face is, and he just has to resemble Neville, down to the pose.
  • As lovely of a scene it is, Hermione's Beautiful All Along scene loses its punch with the fact that she's played by Emma Watson. Emma Watson stopped the Hollywood Homely look by the second film.
  • 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, plus the fact that the filmmakers made the schools non-mixed for some reason. Made even worse in the extended version where the Hogwarts students then perform the school song.
  • The part in the fourth film where Hagrid, Ron, and Hermione sing the Hogwarts theme song while Harry is thinking. Flat "What"
  • At Voldemort's resurrection, Wormtail's utterly stoic demeanor when (and after) cutting off his own hand, which is also completely out-of-character.
  • 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.
    • He also delivers a painfully straight (and unfortunately delivered) double threat of Big "NO!" and (apparently) Skyward Scream when Harry got away... again. It is hilarious.
  • "I'll show you mine if you show me yours."
  • Barty Crouch Jr.'s Character Tic of flicking his tongue out of his mouth like a snake (or like Miley Cyrus) looks incredibly silly and unnatural, especially the eye-popping expression David Tennant likes to add while doing it.
    • It seems this trait is later picked up by none other than Voldemort as well. Must be a Slytherin/snake thing.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • The scene where Harry Potter has a hallucination of Voldemort at the train station. The fact that he is wearing a suit has caused fans to liken it to a Calvin Klein commercial. Tell yourself that this music doesn't match the scene.
  • The bit in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Harry gets a peek into Snape's mind. It's supposed to be a profound, tense moment where our hero gets some insight into his great nemesis's past; but there's a brief shot of young Snape sitting in his emo corner...
  • The freeze frames of Voldemort when he tries to possess Harry.
  • Bellatrix's Azkaban mugshot in the paper is a combination of this and Nightmare Fuel. Then again, it is rather true to character for Bellatrix to be utterly barking mad in the most visible way possible, at least for her film version.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

  • Helena Bonham-Carter (Bellatrix) jumps into this territory with righteous aplomb... at the most random times. Most notably in the scene when Draco is unable to kill Dumbledore and she is egging him on. Switching randomly between shouting and whispering, randomly jerking her head, etc, makes for a pretty narmy scene.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 and 2

  • Most every sound Voldemort makes:
    • His scream from the trailers: "NYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEAAAAAAH!!!!!"
      • Which is then repeated in the film itself when Harry's wand burns up the wand Voldemort is wielding (Lucius's), thus forcing Voldemort to lose his pursuit of Harry. Even better yet, he seems to get tangled in power lines when he's doing his narmy scream.
    • His over-the-top shout when he attempts to break the shield over Hogwarts and his weird panting right afterwards. "GNYAAAAAAAGGGGGGH!…hh…heh…huh…" Made worse by the fact that it comes immediately after Ron and Hermione's kiss in the Chamber of Secrets (cue jokes about Voldemort being a Harry/Hermione shipper).
    • Voldemort casting the killing curse in the Forbidden Forest. "OOHHVUDAH KEDRAVRUH!!!"
    • "Harry Potter... is deeead!" Nyeh-heh-heeeeh!note 
  • 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.
  • At the end of Deathly Hallows Part 1, when Voldemort stole Dumbledore's wand from his grave, Voldy was so close to his corpse's face, that he looked like he was about to kiss him.
  • When Harry's wand breaks, Ron brings him a new one, saying "Ten inches, nothing special." That's what she said.
  • Because Crabbe's actor was found guilty of selling weed and thus couldn't reprise his role for the final movie, Draco confronts Harry, Ron and Hermione in the Room of Requirement with Goyle and... some random guy! Oh no! To be fair, the writers couldn't really help this unfortunate bit of Real Life Writes the Plot, but couldn't they have added a scene where the guy-who-isn't-Goyle at least acts menacing towards the trio so it's not so painfully obvious he's just a Living Prop where Crabbe should have been?
  • Voldemort's hug to Draco. It 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.
    • As he turns to ashes, Voldemort has one last narmy moment: he sticks out his tongue the slightest bit yet again, like a snake trying to taste the air one last time.
  • After being attacked by Voldemort, Neville wakes up and sees the sword with the derpiest possible expression.
  • "Come on, Tom... let's finish this the way we started it." (hugs him aggressively) "TOGETHER." Worse is that the way he throws his arms around Voldemort's neck makes it look like he's about to plant a big kiss on him. Yuck.
    • Since Voldemort has an equally awkward hug with Draco earlier, it looks as if Harry is jealous.
  • Snape hugging Lily's dead body while baby Harry cries in the background is so over-dramatic it seems Narm-y to some viewers.
  • While "Dobby has no master!" was meant to be a Moment of Awesome, some felt it loses some of its drama when spoken in a high-pitched falsetto by a creature that looks like the love child of Vladimir Putin and Jar Jar Binks.
  • His last words in the final film: "I killed Snape." He delivers the line in an unusual cross between deadpan and Punctuated! For! Emphasis!, to the point it's almost Out of Character.
  • Voldemort's aggressive yell immediately after Ron and Hermione's kiss scene. Parodied in this video (in addition to all of Voldemort's other Narmy moments):
    • While Voldemort is trying to break the shield over Hogwarts in the moment, the juxtaposition makes it look like he’s just a very disappointed Harry/Hermione shipper.


  • If you're French or simply know about a certain brand of cheese, you will never be able to take Gryffindor'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.
  • The Augurey's name. According to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book, an augurey is a boring grey bird that was once believed to foretell death with its cry but actually just predicts rain. Hardly the most intimidating alias for the daughter of 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.


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