Okay, no argument here. Hagrid’s “What’s comin’” line is good and memorable. But it’s not my favorite Hagrid quote. That would be from his very first major scene, the one in the little cabin on the little island where he first meets 11-year-old Harry.
“Shut up, Dursley, you great prune.”
(Note: In the movie, this becomes “Dry up, Dursley, you great prune.” I prefer this, but as the topic is quotes in literature, I have to use the book version. At least it’s better than, “Shut up, Dursley, you great California dried plum.”)
I’m a big fan of prunes. All plums, actually, dried or otherwise. While I’m not entirely happy that the word is used as an insult, I’m pleased that he brings the subject of prunes to the masses. From tzimmes to prune kisel, they are a key ingredient to many dishes from around the world. Unfortunately, their laxative properties have pushed prunes into the realm of comedic foods. With this one line, Hagrid set himself up to be the best proponent of prunes since Star Trek’s Worf (who declared prune juice to be “a warrior’s drink”). The opportunity, however, was squandered. For the remainder of the book series, prunes are tragically absent.