Consisting of seven main novels, three spinoff books, nine movies and more installments in development, the Harry Potter series has plenty of material for people to both adore… and sometimes pull apart in jest. Since JK Rowling first published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997, the Wizarding World has kept millions of fans entertained as they revel in the stories and inevitably, pick out some not-so-watertight moments across the series too. (Because when you love so much, it doesn’t hurt to make it the butt of your jokes from time to time now, does it?)
That being said, Potterheads and Fantastic Beasts fanatics have such a culture of their own, that they often ridicule themselves and their own little quirks too. So fear not JK Rowling, all of these gags are coming from a completely harmless place, we can assure you of that! Because of this, there’s an abundance of magical-themed memes on the internet. There’s almost too many so here, CBR have collected 15 that represent just some of the things that fans of the Harry Potter franchise find funny, from Albus Dumbledore refusing to mention that Lily and James Potter could have been saved by a Time-Turner of all things to a spot of Weasley wordplay…
15. HOUSE CUP MIX-UP
Back in 2015, television host Steve Harvey crowned Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as that year’s Miss Universe when in actuality, she was the first runner-up, he had read the cue card incorrectly and the win was supposed to have gone to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo. He instantly admitted his mistake during the ceremony and it’s safe to say, the moment was ridiculously awkward for everyone involved.
Another mishap like this has happened in the past too, and it’s proving difficult for a select few to get over. No, we’re not talking about that whole La La Land/Moonlight Best Picture debacle at the Oscars 2017, we’re talking about something fictional: Slytherin’s almost win of the House Cup before Dumbledore awarded last minute points to Gryffindor in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (did someone say favoritism?). Avert your eyes Draco Malfoy, the above meme might bring back painful memories.
14. WE ALL MAGIC DOWN HERE
There comes a time when you just have to accept that you’re never going to get a Hogwarts letter in the post but no matter how old you are when you come to that realization, it’s always a bitter pill to swallow. From the age of 11, youngsters around the world silently hope that they’ll be whisked away to the best wizarding school in the world — yes, we said it — and embark on an adventure filled with magic, Quidditch and Butterbeer but obviously, it never happens.
There’s not much we wouldn’t do to make it real, which is exactly what the above meme plays on. It makes a joke about how we’d even descend into the drain dwellings of Stephen King’s creepy clown Pennywise, on the off-chance he’s being truthful when he promises that he has a Hogwarts letter down there (he definitely doesn’t).
13. HALF-BLOOD PRINCE… OF BEL-AIR
In the sixth installment of the Harry Potter series, the titular wizard is assigned an old copy of Advanced Potion-Making; a textbook set to help him get to grips with the creations they’ll be brewing up in Professor Slughorn’s class. He soon notices that the book — which has helpful notes and instructions written all over it — once belonged to someone who called themselves ‘the half-blood prince’. As the novel goes on, it is revealed to be Severus Snape, a teacher that Harry despises.
This meme takes the fact that Snape previously referred to himself as a prince and quips that the self-proclaimed title is similar to the one Will Smith gave himself in the comedy television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (we particularly love the Snape necklace).
12. EXPECT EXPELLIARMUS EVERY TIME
This entry had to make it into our list as it combines one of 2017’s most popular memes with something that Wizarding World fans have been agreeing on since the first book was published back in 1997; Distracted Boyfriend and the fact that Harry Potter doesn’t seem to know any spell other than Expelliarmus.
When battling the most threatening of dark wizards, the bespectacled Chosen One always uses a disarming charm rather than a more powerful spell, which frustrates — and mind-boggles — fans. We understand that Harry is a hero and therefore not a killer but surely ridding the world of Death Eaters and Voldemort would have been a noble exception? Here, the meme maker makes a joke about how all the other spells available to Harry feel neglected, as his attention is always on ‘Expelliarmus.’ You know what they say, it’s funny because it’s true.
11. BUCKBEAK > LILY AND JAMES POTTER
As much as we love Harry Potter, JK Rowling’s series is full of plot holes and moments that make fans pull their hair out in frustrating confusion. For example, why didn’t Voldemort just drink Felix Felicis -=– a magical potion that temporarily makes every endeavor the user attempts a successful one — and kill Harry?
One thing that really gets dedicated fans in a tizzy though, is the Time-Turner; a magical device that is introduced in Prisoner of Azkaban and allows the user to time travel. At first, it’s the basis of a subplot — Hermione Granger trying to attend more classes than typically, humanly possible — but when Hermione, Harry and Ron use it to travel back in time and save Sirius Black (and hippogriff Buckbeak)… it will leave you agonizingly wondering why Dumbledore didn’t use one to save Lily and James Potter.
10. HE WHO MUST NOT BE NICKNAMED
While scouring the internet for the best Harry Potter memes around, this one caught our eye not just because of its colorful embellishments but also because of how much its child-like wordplay made us giggle. It features six versions of the same image of Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes); versions that someone has drawn over and made his name into a different pun each time.
First, there’s Cold-emort which sees the dark lord dressed in a scarf and ear-muffs. Secondly, there’s Old-emort — made clear by the extra wrinkles under Voldemort’s eyes and the white beard he suddenly seems to have grown. Other rhyming witticisms include Fold-emort, Goal-demort and Hold-emort. Mole-demort has got to be our favorite though (can’t say we’ve ever noticed Tom Riddle’s beauty spot before)!
9. MANDRAKE MISERY
Some people love babies. Others, do not. This meme combines a memorable moment in the Harry Potter film franchise and the latter statement with smile-inducing results. It features an image of Ron Weasley — played in the movies by Rupert Grint — holding a Mandrake, a plant which has a root that looks like a human.
When the shrub is young, its root resembles a baby and judging by Ron’s face, he’s not a fan of one’s general appearance when he’s forced to attend to it in Herbology class. There is a legitimate reason for wizards and witches to dislike mandrakes however. When they’re fully grown, their screams can kill a person if they’re not wearing protective ear gear. When they’re “babies”, their screams render the accidental listener unconscious.
8. STARTED FROM THE LONGBOTTOM, NOW WE’RE HERE
Poor Matthew Lewis has been the subject of Harry Potter jokes since the first film was released in cinemas back in 2001. Why has he endured 17 years worth of this, you ask? Well firstly, the gags aren’t necessarily at his expense nowadays.
To put it politely, the actor — who brought fellow Gryffindor Neville Longbottom to life -=– blossomed during puberty and turned into a damn good-looking young man. His transformation is still a point of discussion today and has now become popular among those who make Wizarding World-based memes. In the above image, the meme maker has recreated the illustrated timeline of human evolution and replaced the faces with Lewis’ from each of the Harry Potter movies — showcasing as he gets more and more handsome over time.
7. MOCKING MINISTRY
Every Harry Potter fan knows that in the fourth installment — aka Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire — Peter Pettigrew performs a ritual that sees Voldemort’s spirit regain his physical body. He does so during the final challenge in the Triwizard Tournament and the only ones to see the dark lord rise again are Pettigrew, Harry Potter, Cedric Diggory and a handful of Death Eaters. Upon his rebirth,Voldemort kills Cedric which leaves Harry the sole witness of what happened.
Needless to say, when he returns to Hogwarts — via the Triwizard Cup portkey — several characters doubt as to whether his account is truthful and whether Voldemort is indeed… back. In a misguided attempt to avoid the problem (and their responsibility to the people of the Wizarding World), officials at the Ministry of Magic label Harry a liar. This meme makes a joke out of that storyline.
6. FAST FOOD ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
In the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, readers learn that the Order of the Phoenix is a secret organization that was founded by Albus Dumbledore in order to fight Lord Voldemort. The group consists of characters such as Lily and James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Mad-Eye Moody and the oldest members of the Weasley family.
Here, a fan has played around with the phrase ‘Order of the Phoenix’ and made a meme that sees Dumbledore’s mythological bird Fawkes requesting that Harry, Hermione and Ron retrieve him some burgers and fries. Heck, it’s technically still the order of the phoenix even if it isn’t quite as exciting; you just have to imagine the leading trio rocking up to a McDonald’s Drive-Thru on their broomsticks rather than the real Order’s headquarters in central London.
5. POWER POTTER
Here’s one for the science lovers! The Harry Potter series is full of iconic one liners from ‘After all this time? Always’ and ‘Dumbledore’s got style’ to ‘I solemnly swear I am up to no good’ to.’ But one of its most memorable is when half-giant Hagrid tells Harry that he’s a wizard in The Philosopher’s Stone and Daniel Radcliffe’s character — who has only been surrounded by muggles up until that point — comically responds, “I’m a what?” in astonishment.
Here, the meme has Hagrid notifying Harry that he’s a ‘unit of power’ to which the boy replies, “I’m a watt?”. Okay, so it’s one of the sillier ones in this list — and it’s arguably the most nerdy — but it’s a good one, that’s for certain!
4. COLIN CREEVEY
Oh, Colin Creevey, it’s a shame you were always the one following people around rather than people keeping an eye on you, isn’t it? You might not have become a victim of the Chamber of Secrets’ Basilisk if you’d had a few buddies around you, eh? While we may joke about Colin being petrified by that huge snake, the moment was a pretty dark aspect in both the Harry Potter books and the films. It told fans that these children we were following could actually get hurt, or even die.
Fortunately though, cutie Colin didn’t die when he locked eyes with Salazar Slytherin’s creature as he was looking at it through his camera lens and because the incident wasn’t as bleak as it could have been, the maker of the meme above made a joke out of it. One which, as you can see, we highly approve of.
3. TOILET TROUBLES
Throughout the Harry Potter series, several ways of entering the Ministry of Magic are eluded to. Examples include using the Floo Network, which connects the fireplaces of nearly every wizarding household and business establishment, or dialing ‘62442’ (which conveniently spells out ‘magic’) while inside a London telephone booth.
Another method of gaining access to the Ministry is by sticking your feet inside a toilet and flushing it. The sad thing is, that only works in specific toilets, which is exactly what this meme is making light of. It features the image of a crying toddler half-submerged inside a toilet alongside the caption: “That moment when you discover there is no Ministry of Magic.” Unfortunately for this youngster, he learned seems to have learned the hard way.
2. WEASLEY WORDPLAY
Well, what can we say about this meme? Sometimes, the simplest of jokes are the best and this one definitely falls into that category. While it can still count as a meme, this one doesn’t abide but the general rule that a meme typically consists of an image and large, white text that helps make the picture humorous; here, the joke is all about wordplay.
It states: ‘Harry Potter can’t tell the difference between his cooking pot and his best friend… They’re both cauldron.’ Not that it really needs any explanation but of course, wizards and witches use cauldrons to make all sorts of potions etc, while Harry’s closest buddy is named Ron Weasley. Now you’re all up to speed, we’ll leave you to enjoy the ingenious gag in peace.
1. HARRY POTTER FANS ARE THE BEST
While it might not be a particularly funny one, the above meme has got to be the truest in our list because it supports that the idea that if you love Harry Potter, you’re a pretty awesome person and that’s something we can completely get behind! The meme features an image of wandmaker Garrick Ollivander (John Hurt) from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
In the scene depicted, he aligns Harry Potter with his first ever wand and sensing the power emanating from the young wizard, he tells him: “I think it is clear that we can expect great things from you.” It then changes the meaning of Ollivander’s quote by adding additional text above it, reading: “When you meet someone who likes Harry Potter…” We wholeheartedly agree with the claim you’re trying to make, meme maker!
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