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Harry Wormwood

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Listen, you little wiseacre. I'm smart, you're dumb, I'm big, you're little, I'm right, you're wrong. And there's nothin' you can do about it.
~ Mr. Haryy Wormwood

Mr. Harry Wormwood, also known as Mr. Wormwood, is Matilda's father and the secondary villain in the book and movie, Matilda.

He was portrayed by Danny DeVito, who also directed the film and narrated it.


He is a rich man and a crook who makes dirty dealings like buying stolen car parts.

Harry often abuses Matilda by sending her to her room as a false punishment for being a "smart aleck", calling her names, destroying Matilda's library book, and rants and raves at her.

Later, at the end of the film, due to his illegal dealings which attracted the attention of the FBI, Harry and his wife, Mrs. Zinnia Wormwood, and his son, Michael, are forced to go on a permanent vacation to Guam. After they agree to let Matilda be adopted by Miss Honey, the three drive away, never to be seen again.



  • Mr. Harry Wormwood is said to be inspired by Vernon Dursley from the Harry Potter franchise and is similar to him too. Both are close to one child and neglect the other.
  • The Wormwoods (minus Matilda) are similar to the Dursley family. As Harry Wormwood is Vernon Dursley, Zinnia Wormwood is Petunia Dursley and Michael Wormwood is Dudley.

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