The 20 Best Harry Potter Memes

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The first Harry Potter book was published in 1997, and the final film based on the book series was released in 2011. Both the books and the movies were wildly popular, and Harry Potter memes have been a mainstay on the internet for longer than some of the youngest fans of the series have even been alive.

What Harry Potter Memes Mean?

Harry Potter memes can mean a variety of different things. A lot of Harry Potter memes rely on knowledge that only fans of the books or movies will have, while others are reaction images that convey a feeling or mood that is understandable just by looking at the meme.

How Are Harry Potter Memes Used?

Harry Potter memes are often used to make inside jokes. When someone uses a meme like this, they know that fellow fans will understand the reference and get the joke. Since the fan base is so large, and the movies in particular occupy a prominent position in popular culture, it's a fairly safe bet that casual fans, and even non-fans, will recognize some Harry Potter memes.

Examples of Harry Potter Memes:

Example #1
Image: Hagrid on top and Harry Potter on the bottom.
Text line one: You're a unit of power, Harry.
Text line two: I'm a watt?
Meaning: In the movie, Hagrid tells Harry he's a wizard, and Harry replies, "I'm a what?" This is a play on words, as watt is a unit of power.

Example #2
Image: A snake lifting itself up off the floor and leaning against a door.
Text line one: Excuse me, sir.
Text line two: Do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Savior Lord Voldemort?
Meaning: This meme makes a joke about a snake, which is typically associated with the antagonist Voldemort, proselytizing for him door to door.

Example #3:
Image: A walled off escalator.
Text line one: Escalator
Text line two: To Hogwarts
Meaning: In the books and movies, children board a train to Hogwarts by walking through a wall at the train station. The joke here is that instead of just a wall, there is an escalator.

For even more examples, including links to the originals, check out our full list of 20 hilarious Harry Potter memes:

01
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You're a Wizard Harry

Screenshot: Imgur

Yeah, and you're a hairy wizard. So what?

02
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No Thanks, We Already Gave At the Office

Screenshot: inverse.com 

We're good.

03
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This Sure Escalated Quickly

Screenshot: wanna-joke.com 

Aren't the railings a dead giveaway?

04
of 20

Love at First Bite

Screenshot: Pinterest

A match made in Hogwarts.

05
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Maybe He's Born With It

Screenshot: quirkybyte.com 

Maybe it's Minerva's makeup bag. 

06
of 20

If Only Actual Spam Was This Cute

Screenshot: thumbpress.com 

Muggle spam probably poops on the floor less though.

07
of 20

Professor Slithery Little Snape

Screenshot: someecards.com

Most adorable potions and/or defense against the dark arts instructor ever.

08
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Your Momma So Fat

 Screenshot: imgflip.com

Her love for you saved the world. 

09
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This is Foreshadowing, Right?

 Screenshot: funnypicsonly.com

That side-eye from Ron.

10
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This Is Basically the Whole Series Though

Screenshot: justpo.st

It's a wonder so few of them died, really.

11
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Hermione Be Like

Screenshot: Flickr 

Don't let the Gryffindor hit your butt on the way out. 

12
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It's Probably a Bad Idea

Screenshot: Reddit

But be honest. Most of us would. 

13
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Good Guy Dumbledor

Screenshot: dailylolpics.com 

Refuses to let Snape teach defense against dark arts, hires the most dangerous instructors to teach the class. Somehow it all works out in the end.

14
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Advertising in the Wizarding World

Screenshot: weheartit.com  

They had to stop putting these billboards next to each other because they kept getting into fights.

15
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When You Come Face to Face With the Dark Lord

Screenshot: weheartit.com

And he doesn't even have a nose.

16
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Suffocation, No Breathing

Screenshot: eurokeks.com

That's probably because of the nose thing, to be honest. 

17
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Well That Makes Sense

Screenshot: Imgur 

Buckbeak is way more important than any of those actual people who died. No spoilers.

18
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Sorry Draco, It Just Isn't Your Year

 Screenshot: cbr.com

This is why you don't hire Steve Harvey to hand out the house cup.

19
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Oh, Okay, It All Makes Sense Now

 Screenshot: muggle-studies.com

A wizard did it.

20
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Not Slytherin, Not Slytherin

Screenshot: me.me 

The good news is he's your kid, Harry, so he can probably figure out how to hotwire someone's flying car or something.