Harry Potter fans argue over what Dudley really says in famous scene after seeing subtitles
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A lot of Harry Potter fans probably aren't keen on giving cruel cousin Dudley any more attention than necessary while watching the films, but there is one scene of his that has viewers leaning in closely.
Dudley isn't exactly known for having any of the smartest, funniest or even most wholesome lines in the Harry Potter series, and instead has a habit of riling up fans with his harsh quips and selfish comments.
One particularly inconsiderate moment comes just before viewers are properly introduced to Harry for the first time in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, when Dudley thunders down the stairs on Privet Drive ready to celebrate his birthday.
In typical Dudley fashion, his descent comes with little consideration to his cousin sleeping Harry, who has been shoved in the closet under the staircase to be kept out of the way by his wicked aunt and uncle.
In case his heavy footsteps and literal jumping didn't do the job in waking Harry, Dudley also calls out to his relative to make sure he's ready to head off to the zoo.
The question is, what does he shout?
A lot of viewers were initially convinced Dudley called out: "Wake up, Potter," - but the subtitles tell a different story.
According to the subtitles, Dudley actually shouts: "Wake up, cousin."
One baffled viewer shared the claim on Twitter after watching the movie with subtitles and other social media users and Potter fans have been left just as bamboozled, flooding to the post in confusion.
One fan simply refused to believe the subtitle is correct: "It's Potter. Ain't no way Dudley called him cousin... cousin would imply Dudley claims him as family not as his live-in whipping boy."
Others readily agreed, refusing to bow down to the subtitles.
"I hear Potter. I don't know why in the subtitle said cousin," one said, as another added: "I always thought it was Potter too."
The original poster replied: "Right? Maybe whoever did the captions misheard?"
However, some users disagreed and said they could clearly hear 'cousin' opposed to 'Potter'.
"It was always cousin," one said, while another pointed out: "It says cousin."
The heated debate has continued on other social media sites too, with one Harry Potter fan taking to Reddit in their pained confusion.
They called out to fellow Redditors: "Does anyone actually know what he says? It seems like a stupid question but it's quite hard to distinguish between 'Potter' and 'cousin' when they're muffled by a staircase and it's getting frustrating."
Even more people are likely to get involved in the debate now that all eight Harry Potter films are available on Netflix, giving fans a chance to try to hone in on Dudley again and finally get to the bottom of his line.