The Harry Potter films were not necessarily marketed as comedy films. They were all well and good for introducing the world to the legend of magic. In doing so, they changed the traditional idea of what a witch might be along the way. They also broke ground for a whole new generation of actors and crew, paving the way for the like of Alfonso Cuarón (now a double Oscar-winning director), Robert Pattinson (the face of Twilight, now the next Batman) amongst many others.
The latter is a particularly important example. The majority of the crew for the series of films was indeed British. It was a contractual agreement at the insistence of author J.K. Rowling. And so these films were a great example of what it means to be British – including having a good sense of humour. The cream of the crop of British comedy featured throughout and delivered some wonderful performances whilst they were at it.
THE BEST HARRY POTTER COMEDY MOMENTS
HOW DID IT GO?
British comedians showing worth with Dame Julie Walters (Acorn Antiques) and Mark Williams (The Fast Show) brilliant portrayal of Mr and Mrs Weasley. A hilarious disagreement between husband and wife and Arthur momentarily forgets his role as a father…
Following the death of Hagrid’s super-sized spider Aragog, in a lucky-happening, Jim Broadbent’s Professor Slughorn delivers a heart-warming speech. But for a sombre scene the comedic interaction between Harry and a mentor makes for one of the highlights in the whole series.
What’s great about a young cast featuring in a series of films, it was good to see the skills of this crop of actors develop over time – including their comedy timing. Daniel Radcliffe isn’t the most obvious of comedic performers but as you can see here, it seems to come naturally:
BACK TO THE WEASLEYS
Once again we are back at The Burrow – the home of the Weasley family. The perfect setting and people to deliver those comedy moments on screen as they brought so much joy and happiness into Harry’s life. In this scene, we see Harry finally making his feelings to be known to Ginny, the younger sister of his best friend Ron. Despite the romance, George, nursing his head wound following a battle with Death Eaters, sneaks into the room and pokes toothbrush into into the bandage on the side of his head. There is no spoken reference to the toothbrush at all, but again this subtle humour with his delivery of “Mooorning” brings such warmth to proceedings…
Alan Rickman’s Professor Snape was always a highlight of the series, in a superb casting as a key character in the story not only as Harry’s most hated teacher at school but with (spoilers) a death scene to rival any. Every new film saw another opportunity for us to witness Snape’s disliking of “The Chosen One” and he would often exorcise his right as a teacher to dish out disciplinary action – all keeping within the Hogwarts curriculum. Harry would often feel hard done by, but as this scene shows he didn’t help himself…
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