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Many fans of Harry Potter have joked that the stories are for adults as well as kids. Apparently, J. K. Rowling wanted the series to be in the young adults' genre (and even contained Obligatory Swearing in her first drafts) but the publishing company were not up for it.

It's a real shame for some, however, the books and the movies still contained their fair share of moments that were certainly not intentional for young children...


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    In General 
  • Harry's presence notwithstanding, Ron is very much the teenage boy of the group and will often make suggestive or otherwise vulgar statements. He also perennially makes "rude hand gestures".
  • The emphasis on wand sizes.
  • The implication that Fenrir Greyback was a pedophile. Especially considering that Rowling used lycanthropy as a metaphor for AIDS, which makes him a pedophile looking to spread AIDS to children, not to mention Remus Lupin's worry that he could pass his lycanthropy (as one passes HIV and other STDs) on to his son... and him, having been infected nearly his whole life, he probably did a fair bit of research on his condition that gave him good reason to fear this happening (i.e. he knows of a case where it has actually happened).
  • The Room of Requirement. It's described as a hidden room where students sneak off to engage in forbidden activities and risk getting into trouble if caught. Hmm...
  • A subtle one. Quidditch teams have locker rooms near the pitch, where they change from their school robes into their Quidditch team robes. Quidditch teams are coed (the Gryffindor team, for most of the series, consisting of three girls and four boys). At one point, one of the female team members helps a very nervous Ron get his team robes on straight, implying the changing areas are semiprivate at best. How much, exactly, do Hogwarts students wear under their school and Quidditch robes, again?

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 
Seeming how the students in Harry's year-group are in the early stages of puberty, some aren't really surprised with the radar barrier pushing.
  • Vernon Dursley complains that Harry's (actually the house-elf Dobby's) antics upstairs "ruined the punchline of my Japanese golfer joke" he was telling his dinner guests. There's more than one famous Japanese golfer joke, but the punchline to one of the most well-known is, "What do you mean 'wrong hole'?"
  • This little exchange:
    "An Engorgement Charm, I suppose?" said Hermione, halfway between disapproval and amusement. "Well, you've done a good job on them."
    "That's what yer little sister said," said Hagrid, nodding at Ron. "Met her jus' yesterday." Hagrid looked sideways at Harry, his beard twitching.
  • "...[Harry] contended himself with scrawling a note to Ron: Let's do it tonight. Ron read the message, swallowed hard, and looked sideways at the empty seat usually filled by Hermione. The sight seemed to stiffen his resolve, and he nodded."
  • This passage is rather an eyebrow raise if you have the mind of a twelve year old or older. Then in the final chapter, it's revealed that Ginny walked in on Percy kissing his girlfriend.note 
  • George's comment from the book:
    George Weasley: And [brother Percy] has been sending a lot of letters, and spending a load of time up in his room. I mean, there's only so many times you can polish a prefect badge!
  • Mandrakes "grow up" similarly to humans, going through puberty, etc. Then this happens: "The moment they start trying to move into each other's pots, we'll know they're fully mature."

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 
  • While most cases of profanity in the series were carefully written around, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban makes use of an extended metaphor involving dogs and Harry's nature to have Aunt Marge call Harry's mother a bitch.
    Aunt Marge: If there's something rotten on the inside, there's nothing anyone can do about it — it's one of the basic rules of breeding. You see it all the time with dogs. If there's something wrong with the bitch, there'll be something wrong with the pup. [...] Now, I'm saying nothing against your family, Petunia, but your sister was a bad egg. They turn up in the best families. Then she ran off with a wastrel and here's the result right in front of us.
    • And between the two is an explicit statement about killing weak dogs, like Harry.
  • When Harry’s reading about medieval witch-hunts, it’s said that any real witches who got caught just cast a charm that turned the flames into a pleasant tickling sensation. One woman liked it so much that she let herself get caught at least 47 times. What particular tickling sensation is that?
  • The security trolls assigned to guard Gryffindor Tower are described as "comparing the size of their clubs".
  • In the film, during the credits (which are designed to look like the Maurader's Map), there are two pairs of feet in the corner... overlapping. It also helps that if you look close the *ahem* outside pair of feet clearly squeeze in and out.
  • Harry is convinced that Peter Pettigrew is Flipping the Bird, but he's actually using his middle finger to point. Of course, there's a reason for this...

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 
  • "Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender?" J.K. Rowling was surprised when her editor didn't object to that joke. Of course, this pun doesn't exist in every language, leading to some creativity in the official translations.
    • The Polish rewrite, translated:
      Lavender: Oh Professor, look! I think I've got an unaspected planet! Oooh, which one's that, Professor?
      Prof. Trelawney: It is Uranus, my dear. A very important celestial body.
      Ron: Can I too have a look at Lavender's body?
    • The French version goes with something like "Can I see your moon too, Lavender?" This does have the same connotations as the term "mooning" in English.
    • Danish:
      Lavender: Oh professor, I think my ending number got an unknown aspect, what can it be Professor?
      Prof Trevawnley: That's Uranus, dear.
      Ron: Can I see an aspect of your end as well Lavender?
    • Dutch:
      Ron: Hey, Lavender, can I have a look at your heavenly body?
    • Japanese:
      Lavender: Say professor, which planet is that?
      Prof. Trelawney: That's Pluto, dear. The last planet in the solar system.
      Ron: Ah, the ending planet...can I take a look at your end too, Lavender?
  • After Malfoy taunts Ron while he and the others are fleeing from the Death Eaters, Ron tells him to go do something that Harry "knew he would've never dared say in front of Mrs. Weasley".
  • Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys sneak over the border to get to the portkey to see the Quidditch World Cup, with the family dressed in Muggle clothing (such as trousers and shirts and trainers). When they get there, members of the public are amazed and confused with their attire, with one wizard claiming that they could never wear trousers because they like "a nice healthy breeze around my privates, thanks."
  • As part of the Triwizard Tournament, all of the participants have to have their wands inspected. One of the inspectors, while inspecting Cedric's wand, asks if he polishes it often. With a big grin, Cedric replies that he polished it just last night...
  • Mrs Weasley's comment:
    Mrs Weasley: [The Fat Lady] gave me such a telling-off one night when I got back to the dormitory at four in the morning—
    Bill Weasley: What were you doing out of your dormitory at four in the morning?
    Mrs Weasley: Your father and I had been for a night-time stroll.
  • From the Goblet of Fire summary: "Harry wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream)".
  • Ron worrying about Hermione being known as a "scarlet woman" because of the newspaper stories.
  • Don't forget the couples out in the bushes during the Yule Ball. There's a fairly hilarious moment when Snape is a bit confused to see Harry and Ron there — although they'd actually been eavesdropping on his conversation with Karkaroff.
  • Aberforth's illicit charms on goats could imply some sort of sexual activity. JKR was asked exactly what Aberforth had done with said goats at a Q&A session:
    Fan: In the Goblet of Fire, Dumbledore said his brother was prosecuted for practicing inappropriate charms [JKR buries her head, to laughter] on a goat; what were the inappropriate charms he was practicing on that goat?
    JKR: How old are you?
    Fan: Eight.
    JKR: I think that he was trying to make a goat that was easy to keep clean [laughter], curly horns. That's a joke that works on a couple of levels. I really like Aberforth and his goats. But you know, Aberforth having this strange fondness for goats, if you've read book seven, came in really useful to Harry, later on, because a goat, a stag, you know. If you're a stupid Death Eater, what's the difference. So, that is my answer to YOU.
  • The whole scene in the prefect's bath. Not only Harry spends the majority of it around Moaning Myrtle with nothing to cover his nudity except the bath's bubbles, but we also learn that Myrtle likes going there to spy on prefects while they bathe. "But you're the first one I've spoken to". And then she mentions that Cedric spent a looong time trying to figure out the egg's riddle "Until almost all the bubbles were gone...". Later, Myrtle fumes about the mermaid painted on the wall "flashing her fins" at Cedric.
  • At the end of the movie, when "Moody" has just been exposed as Barty Crouch Jr, he says to Snape "you show me yours and I'll show you mine". He is referring to their Dark Marks, but this phrase is usually used by children to refer to each others' privates,
  • What crappy Christmas gift do the Dursleys send Harry this year? A tissue. Harry is 14 in this book. Interpret a 14-year-old boy's antagonistic relatives "gifting" him a tissue any way you like.

    Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix 
  • Ron uses the Uranus entendre again (though he isn't really in his right mind at the time).
    Ron: Harry, we saw Uranus up close! (still giggling feebly) Get it, Harry? We saw Uranus. Ha ha ha.
  • Harry spends 30 minutes offscreen "kissing" Cho Chang in the book. Then after when he meets up with Hermione and Ron again...
    Ron: Well? How was it?
    Harry: Wet.
    book narration Ron made a noise that might have indicated jubilation or disgust; it was hard to tell.
    • OK, Cho was crying because she remembered Cedric. The point was Ron's reaction.
  • At Dumbledore's Army member meetup, a Zacharias Smith bothers Harry constantly, until the Weasley twins intervene to mock him.
    George Weasley: Would you like us to clean out your ears for you? [takes out a strange metal object from Zach's zonko bag]
    Fred Weasley: ... Or any part of your body, really; we're not fussy where we stick this.
  • When Fred and George say one of their joke candies causes pus-filled boils that they haven't figured out how to get rid of.
    Ron: I can't see any boils.
    Fred: No, well you wouldn't, they're not in a place we generally display to the public-
    George: —but they make sitting on a broom a right pain in the—
  • After Harry does an interview about facing Voldemort and it gets published in the Quibbler, he gets several pieces of mail about it from strangers, and Ron looks through some of them.
    Ron: this one says you've got her converted, and she now thinks you're a real hero — she's put in a photograph too — wow — "
    • Given the context and Ron's reaction, that may not have been a fully clothed photo. And remember that wizarding photos move...
  • At the end of the climax, Umbridge makes racist remarks to centaurs in the Forbidden Forest, who promptly drag her off somewhere kicking and screaming. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Centaurs are given a certain reputation in Greek mythology, so there's little doubt over what happened that night. Rumors fly through the school and students begin to tease her by imitating horse hooves, seemingly triggering post-traumatic stress in Umbridge.

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 
  • Harry and Ginny share "final snatched moments in the darkened corners of the castle" before they split up.
    • After this, Ginny dismisses the rumor that Harry had a tattoo of a hippogriff on his chest… (Although considering that her big brother's in the room, she might well be trolling him.)
    • She also mentions telling Romilda Vane that Ron has a tattoo of a pygmy puff. But she never said where.
  • Harry apparently has dreams about Ginny that "made him devoutly thankful that Ron could not perform Legilimency".
  • Ron and Lavender stumble into a classroom where Harry is trying to comfort a distressed Hermione. Seeing as Ron and Lavender were perfectly comfortable making out rather passionately in a crowded common room, one has to wonder (or not) exactly why they suddenly felt the need to seek out an empty room. To clarify, the reason why Ron and Lavender didn't just use the mostly-empty room they found is obvious; Ron didn't want to see a distressed Hermione. Why they left the common room in the first place, however, is a mystery…
  • Ron being annoyed with his little sister's many boyfriends and protesting to her that he didn't want "people saying my sister's a—", before she points out that Harry was younger than her when he kissed Cho.
  • After Christmas, the password to Gryffindor Tower is changed to "Abstinence". The chapter before had Ron admitting that he and Lavender "don't talk much. It's mainly…" "Snogging." Though, "abstinence" doesn't simply refer to not having sex. It can also mean refraining from drinking liquor, and in that scene, the Fat Lady is massively hungover.
  • Harry and his friends visit Fred and George's new shop. One of the products on sale is a magical daydream-creator, guaranteed to put the user into a hallucination to pass the time during class. There's a label stating that these are not for sale to anybody below sixteen. Everybody knows what 16-year olds will be daydreaming about…
    • Keep in mind that this is a drug with a more family-friendly name. Also, as the Cracked article above points out, Amortentia, Love Potion, is, essentially, a magical date-rape drug. They distribute this openly. And, in fact, it was actually used to kidnap and rape someone; Voldemort's father.
  • We all know what Lavender thought Ron and Hermione had been doing when she caught them coming out of the boys' dormitory together. Of course, they weren't doing that, but the book still discreetly avoids mentioning exactly what Lavender must have been thinking upon seeing her boyfriend exit a bedroom with a girl he has an obvious crush on.
  • Bill tells of a man in Gringotts named Arkie Philpott who "had a Probity Probe stuck up his…"
  • A relatively quick one from the film: During the Quidditch tryouts, McLaggen rides his broomstick and rubs his hands while (seemingly) staring at Hermione!
  • An apparition teacher comes to Hogwarts who keeps repeating the "three D's" that are important for apparating (destination, determination, and deliberation). Many students dislike him, and "his three D's... inspired a number of nicknames for him, the politest of which were Dogbreath and Dunghead". It's not hard to imagine what word the third nickname may have started with.
  • Ron does his homework with a spell-check quill from Fred and George, but it actually spells words wrong because the charm wears off. Hermione notices and points out that "augury" doesn't start with O-R-G.
    • Worse in the Dutch translation; it actually fully spells out O-R-G-I-E (Dutch for orgy). How the translator ever got away with that, we'll never know.
    • The Danish translation makes him spell "røvsur" which is a slightly vulgar Danish expression for being very grumpy ("røv" means "ass").

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 
  • In a cafe, Hermione "mutter[ed] a suggestion as to where Ron could stick his wand instead".
    • Immediately prior, Ron stating "It's no wonder I can't get it out, Hermione, you packed my old jeans, they're tight." He is literally talking about his wand being stuck in his pocket, but the double entendre is too obvious to be unintentional.
  • Ron: "Why in the name of Merlin's saggy left—"
  • In the book, at Bill and Fleur's wedding, Fred and George "disappeared into the darkness" with two of Fleur's veela cousins.
  • How about Voldemort taking Lucius's wand in Deathly Hallows and comparing its length to his own wand's?
    • It's worth noting that Lucius' wand, according to source materials, is eighteen inches long, making it by a wide margin one of the longest known wands in the Potterverse, outstripping even Hagrid's. Cue the jokes about Compensating for Something...
      • However, JK states on Pottermore that "In [her] experience, longer wands might suit taller wizards, but they tend to be drawn to bigger personalities, and those of a more spacious and dramatic style of magic", so 'compensating for something' might not always be the case.
  • Ginny's birthday/farewell present to Harry was up in her room. But no wrapped-up objects were evident, and it actually was a rather deep kiss.
    • It's fitting because it's a slight reference to a soldier going to war (much like how Harry sort-of is), and how sometimes their wives like to make sure they were... real men in case they never came back.
  • Ron gets Harry a book whose title was something like Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches. Apparently, it's not all about "wand-work".
  • Another Curse Cut Short: Ron's uncle who, at parties, would pull up his robes and pull bunches of flowers out of his— hopefully Ron means his ass...
  • Hermione: "Wands are only as powerful as the wizards who use them. Some wizards just like to boast that theirs are bigger and better than other people's."
  • When Harry's friends have to drink Polyjuice Potion to look like him, Hermione says "you look much tastier than Crabbe and Goyle, Harry" (a reference for when they made Polyjuice Potion to look like those two in the second book). Ron raises his eyebrows and Hermione blushes. She's literally referring to what the potion looks like, as the potion for each person looks different, and Crabbe and Goyle's were described as muddy and unappetizing, but...
  • Rita Skeeter, on the duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald: "After they’ve read my book, people may be forced to conclude that Grindelwald simply conjured a white handkerchief from the end of his wand and came quietly!"
  • On Harry's 17th birthday, when he's finally allowed to do magic outside of school, he does several spells for fun — but Ron warns him that he should probably zip his fly by hand.
    • You know Ron must've only brought this up because either he or one of his older brothers who warned him beforehand, probably the twins, tried zipping their fly using their wand and caught their, erm... other wand.

  • Unfortunately, several translations have completely missed jokes, such as the Hungarian, Brazilian, and Russian translations.
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard is filled with cuddly Radio 4 innuendo in the sections where Dumbledore discusses the content of the fairy tales — particularly when he mentions a female relative refusing to marry a man after seeing him "fondle a Horklump" (a pink mushroom-like creature covered in bristles).
  • On the topic of Beedle the Bard, according to Word of God, no woman has ever laid claim to the most powerful wand in the universe. As the book says, "make of that what you will".
  • The lyrics to "A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love":
    Oh, come and stir my cauldron
    And if you do it right,
    I'll boil you up some hot, strong love
    To keep you warm tonight.
    • Made even better by the fact that it's ... jazzy.
  • Cracked devoted multiple articles to dark or innuendo-laden readings of the books.
  • In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Myrtle has begun to rather enjoy the sensation of flushing herself through the faucets. The way she describes it makes it sound like her version of A Date with Rosie Palms.
  • In the Gameboy Advance version of the Chamber Of Secrets game, one of the collectible Chocolate Frog Cards found around Hogwarts is of a woman by the name of Sacharissa Tugwood. As it's a children's game, this does seem quite innocuous, as children at the intended age for the game would hardly be able to figure that out, until you read the description on the back of Sacharissa's card, which states that she was a pioneer of Beautifying Potions, and is incredibly attractive...


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