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"The Leaky Cauldron. If you have pea soup, make sure you eat it before it eats you."
— Dre Head responds to Stan Shunpike telling him Harry's destination[src]

Dre Head[2] was a Shrunken head. He had a Jamaican accent, and long dreadlocks. Dre Head was used as an accessory on the Knight Bus in August 1993. He spoke with passengers and frequently warned the driver, Ernie Prang, about obstacles, and hazards like "Ernie! Little old lady at 12 o'clock!"[1]

Personality and traits

Dre Head was very observant. He liked to say jokes like "Mind your head" or "Hey, guys? Guys? Why the long faces?". He messed up his counting sometimes, as he once said "5 ,4, 3, 3½, 2".[1]

Etymology

  • Dre is a diminutive of Andre, itself a variation of the name Andrew. The name derives from the Greek Ανδρέας (andros), meaning "manly".

Behind the scenes

The Shrunken Head at the Knight Bus attraction at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  • Dre Head was voiced by Lenny Henry in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • The talking shrunken heads were additional characters created for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, never appearing in the Harry Potter books nor in previous or subsequent film adaptations. However, it was well-received, in the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD Special Feature: Interview with J. K. Rowling and Alfonso Cuarón, J.K. Rowling did endorse the addition. Rowling had said she wished she thought of the idea, and if she had the ability, would shrink her own head temporarily to scare away unwanted visitors and tax collectors, who would likely flee from her in horror.
  • The film's addition is presumably why in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Rowling decided to write that Vincent Crabbe got a shrunken head confiscated by Filch.
  • One of the special features on disc 2 of the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD was a set of cast interviews conducted by British broadcaster Johnny Vaughn and Dre Head. In these interviews, Dre showed awareness that the Harry Potter films were works of fiction, asking on several occasions if he could play a major character in later films. Despite this, he was afraid of the actors playing the Dursley family, seeming unwilling to accept that it was merely their actors rather than the actual Dursleys.
  • Dre Head counts "10... 9... 8... 7... 6... 5... 4... 3... 3½... 2... 1¾... YES!" This is incorrect, as 3½ would come before 3.
  • On the DVD main menu, Dre Head is entirely animated rather than just animating the mouth.
  • He bears a slight resemblance to one of the Shrunken heads in the Three Broomsticks.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) - Chapter 3 (The Knight Bus)
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) DVD2 (Special Features) - Head to Shrunken Head
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