The Harry Potter universe does have one thing in common with the Muggle universe, and that is Harry Potter is a big fat nepotism baby who has never worked a day in his short life.
Yeah, yeah, he’s the ‘Chosen One,’ but if we put aside the silly prophecy and the fact that he lived in a cupboard for most of his childhood, I think it’s fair to say that he rode on his parents’ coattails more at Hogwarts than in Nimbus 2000.
Is there ever a time you’ve seen him study? It’s impossible that they didn’t fudge his grades. Before you cancel me online, please hear me out. Let’s start by defining “nepotism babies.
” Elle Australia defines nepotism as a “power or influence-gaining relationship between relatives or friends.” Nepotism can come in different forms and intensities, but having powerful parents is the most potent form.
Nepotism babies are born with a parent who has already made a name for himself in the world, which means that “connections and networking opportunities are already available to their children, even if they want to make it on their own.”
It’s impossible to avoid nepotism if you’re born into it. Taking advantage of every opportunity from your upbringing is admirable, but it’s not exactly admirable if you do so like a parched hamster. The titular character looks back through the Harry Potter movies in order. That’s why I have a beef with Harry Potter.
First, let’s talk about the Philosopher’s Stone. His parents do end up leaving him an inheritance, which he wasn’t able to access in the Muggle world. It was pretty scummy of the Dursleys to deny him that, wasn’t it? We then board the Hogwarts Express, where hundreds of nervous and probably starving children travel to a brand new school.
Harry could give his peers a sandwich or two with all his money, but he says he’ll “take the lot,” because fuck the nutrition and low blood sugar of the rest of the school, right? The privilege had only been with him for five minutes, but it was already changing him – and it only gets worse at school.
Due to his empath abilities, the Sorting Hat put him in Slytherin, but the kid, emboldened by sugar, decided he was too good to listen to those vibes and he could go into Gryffindor if he wanted. With the Sorting Hat already knowing about his parents, he says, “Okay, fine.”
Potter skips along to Gryffindor, while the Slytherin kids are left with social alienation in Slytherin. In the absence of a legendary family, they are incapable of negotiating and bargaining like Harry.
Then there’s Quidditch. It’s not allowed for first years to play Quidditch at Hogwarts, and it’s a very dangerous sport, so one would expect there would be a lot of trials and try-outs if you wanted to be a part of the team. For Harry Potter, his father also played Quidditch.
Professors are part of the problem by coddling/nurturing Harry’s ever-expanding head instead of treating him responsibly like others. In addition to McGonagall having a “special word,” she also decided to let the first year onto the team on the basis of him catching a Remember all during class because he couldn’t stand not being the center of attention for five minutes.
The kid was raised by Muggles, so he has never even seen a Quidditch game, let alone played one; you can’t say that Daddy James being so good at Quidditch didn’t influence his decision. What’s more, should her decision even be hers? Why shouldn’t he try out like the other team members? This isn’t magic, it’s nepotism.
Even better, he gets a Nimbus 2000 paid for by the school despite being able to afford one himself. And to make matters worse, they don’t even get one for the whole team – only for him.
Suppose you’re a third or fourth-year Seeker training painstakingly year in and year out, and you’re thinking this is the year you’ll make the team, only for an eleven-year-old who’s never even played the position to win.
As for me, I wouldn’t let that slide. Furthermore, he consistently breaks school rules, from being late to skipping classes to sneaking out and beating up trolls. Does he ever face punishment? He fucks. In fact, they all give Gryffindor points for every fart Harry Potter makes and rig the House Cup every year because Dumbledore doesn’t like Slytherin.
In the first adventure movie, Harry’s nepotism-based crimes are established, but those patterns continue throughout the franchise and set him up for other instances of sheer arrogance. People would assume that he was a person who would put his name in the Goblet of Fire otherwise, wouldn’t they?
Is there any other reason why Slughorn would invite him to his nepo baby soirees? Snape was the only one who saw through Harry’s shit and treated him as any other student, so he should be seen as the villain.
Not at all, I think. Ron might disagree, but I completely understand his disgust at Harry’s shit by the Goblet of Fire. Harry treats attention like oxygen, and even Voldemort fits his attempts to kill Harry around his study schedule since he would miss out on any ego stroking during the academic year.
Robert Poirrer is a contributing author who covers Hollywood latest movie releases and web series for the MovieThop website. He has a decade of experience in writing movies based articles for numerous renowned media outlets. He is excellent at creating unique content based on emerging trends in a variety of categories especially entertainment, movies and lifestyle. When not writing articles you could find Robert enjoying mountain biking trips with his friends. He graduated in English Literature from North Carolina State University.