One of the best things about Harry Potter is the fact that it’s so incredibly layered and complex. Sure, it reads straight through when you first read it, but upon subsequent re-readings, you realize just how many kernels of irony and foreshadowing J.K. Rowling had buried in there. It is simply brilliant.
Therefore, this is my list of most ironic moments from Harry Potter. And yes, I know I’m using the incorrect definition of “irony”–I just don’t care. I’m sure you’ll know what I mean regardless, so do bear with me. Enjoy, and cheers.
Sirius’ mistreatment of Kreacher
“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” ― Sirius Black
Sirius is one of my favorite characters, but I find it supremely ironic that he died because of how poorly he treated Kreacher. Sure, his hate never stemmed from malicious spite or a sense of superiority, but he still should’ve taken his own advice and treated the elf more kindly. Funny how it came to bite him in the ass.
Trelawney prediction of the “lightning-struck tower”
“If Dumbledore chooses to ignore the warnings the cards show again and again, no matter how I lay them out―the lightning-struck tower. Calamity. Disaster. Coming nearer all the time.” ― Trelawney
Trelawney tells Harry about the “lightning struck tower” the night that Dumbledore dies, and yet Harry brushes it off as usual. Should he have listened? Who knows. But it sure is ironic.
Snape versus the Half-Blood Prince
“Harry was still having difficulty with nonverbal spells, something Snape had been quick to comment on in every D.A.D.A. class. On the other hand, the Prince had proved a much more effective teacher than Snape so far.”
Hahaha, the irony! Harry prefers the Half-Blood Prince to Snape as a teacher, and yet the Prince actually was Snape all along! It’s interesting how Harry acknowledges Snape’s brilliance only when the face isn’t attached to it.
“Are you a witch or not?!”
“How’re we going to get in?” panted Ron. “I can – see the place – if we just had – Crookshanks again -“.
“Crookshanks?” wheezed Hermione, bent double, clutching her chest. “Are you a wizard or what?”
This scene from Deathly Hallows perfectly mirrors the scene from Philosopher’s Stone where the trio are stuck in the Devil’s Snare, and Hermione cries, “Yes, but there’s no wood!” to which Ron bellows, “ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT!”
Ironic how the tables have turned, eh? XD
Lockhart and his “forget-me-not” blue robes
Gilderoy Lockhart came slowly into view, seated at a table surrounded by large pictures of his own face, all winking and flashing dazzlingly white teeth at the crowd. The real Lockhart was wearing robes of forget-me-not blue that exactly matched his eyes; his pointed hat was set at a jaunty angle on his wavy hair.
It’s interesting how the first time we see Lockhart, he’s wearing “forget-me-not” blue robes since he’s destined to get permanent memory damage in the end.
Wormtail cutting off his own right hand
“I will allow you to perform an essential task for me, one that many of my followers would give their right hands to perform.” ― Voldemort
Voldemort was being quite ironic in Goblet of Fire when he told Wormtail early in the book that he would give him a task that most of his followers would give their right hand for because he literally did force Wormtail to cut his own right hand off.
Harry ignores Sirius’ two-way mirror
OH THE IRONY!!!! This is seriously one of the most gut-wrenching moments of regret I feel whenever I read this series, because it’s like, only if….
“I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter Day ― there will be books written about Harry ― every child in our world will know his name!”
Hahaha this I just threw in as a joke, but still, damn right McGonagall! Everyone in my world knows Harry Potter now!!!