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|“||I'll kill you all!||„|
|~ Henry Bowers vowing to kill the Losers Club.|
Henry Bowers is the secondary antagonist of the Stephen King novel It, its 1990 miniseries, and its 2017 film adaptation. He is the local bully, the Losers Club's arch-rival, the leader of the Bowers Gang and the puppet of the bloodthirsty trans-dimensional fiend known as IT.
In the 1990 miniseries, he was portrayed by Jarred Blancard as a child, and by Michael Cole as an adult. In the 2017 adaptation, he was portrayed by Nicholas Hamilton as a teenager and Teach Grant as an adult.
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Henry is abused by his crazed, alcoholic, and psychopathic father, Oscar "Butch" Bowers who taught Henry to be a racist. Due to his dysfunctional upbringing, Henry has developed an abusive attitude and hostility towards his environment, becoming a known bully across the town who targets defenseless people and occasionally even animals. One of the things the boy fears and hates the most is his own father and misplaced that anger gathering his gang and pay his insecurities onto the Losers' Club, sometimes going as far as using weapons such as a knife to mutilate his victims, which frightened even some of his thugs.
After his contact with Pennywise/IT, Henry began to be even more sociopathic and dangerous than before, displaying signs of schizophrenia (though justified since his hallucinations were provoked by Pennywise). He is incredibly sadistic and depraved murdering Mike's dog, trying to rape Beverly amd trying to carbe his name on Ben's stomach. He is also very prejudice and racist.
That being said Henry's actions seem mostly motivated out of anger from being beat by his father and manipulation by It than genuine sadism. He showed regret for leaving Victor and Belch to die at the hands of It and was disgusted by Patrick Hockstetter's hobby of killing animals with his fridge.
In the miniseries, his father's at worst strict and he doesn't have any excuse to commit bullying, patricide, murder and similar unlawful acts. He resorts to attempted murder over mere defeat in rock fighting alongside having an incredibly disturbing serious mental illness making him think murder is legal. Similar to the novel he is racist, sexually harasses Beverly and hates Stanley for being Jewish.
In the 2017 film, Henry is less depraved and sadistic compared to the novel and miniseries. He gives Bill Denbourgh a "free ride" from his bullying due to Georgie disappearing (whereas in the novel and miniseries, he never shows any kindness towards any members of the Losers Club) and didn't bully him over the school years. Henry also has a cousin who he "protects" from Richie's advances (though his cousin lied about Richie being gay to stay on his hostile cousin's "good" side). Henry also never calls Mike a racial slur, makes no attempt to sexually assault Beverly and doesn't bully Stanley for his religion. However, in the 2019 sequel, he has gone insane from his experiences and psychologically torments Mike over his parents' death as Henry tries to kill him, tauntingly asking if Mike can smell them burning "like ripe f***ing chicken".
As a kid, Henry adopted a Grease-esque physique, he wore a pink (brown in the TV mini-series) leather jacket and oiled his black hair. He was slim and athletic as a kid. But when he got older, he had white hair from his encounters with IT, and was very chubby, and was always seen wearing a blue jumpsuit with a white shirt underneath. After death, his corpse had the unnerving habit of shifting its position slightly so it looked like he was going to revive as an undead being.
In the miniseries, Henry's leather jacket was brown, had blue jeans with engineer boots, and his hair was black with an elephant's trunk. His clothes from the mental institution remained the same as in the book as did his white hair.
As a teenager Henry was a slender boy with brown hair styled in a mullet with a rather punkish fashion sense; his most prominent outfit in the movie was that of a red vest shirt, dark grey, aged boot-cut jeans, studded cuffs and black boots. After spending time in the mental institution Henry had developed a more stocky build, his skin became paler and his mullet grew longer although unlike in the book and miniseries his hair remained the same color. Throughout his time here he wore a grey vest shirt, blue jeans, black trainers and occasionally a navy blue hoodie.
Oscar "Butch" Bowers was an extremely abusive father to Henry and Henrietta Bowers left Henry with his abusive father in 1956. During the summer of 1958, when Henry really snapped, he killed his father and attempted to kill others. He was arrested and convicted of his fathers murder and some others, and Henry expressed no remorse for killing his father in the novel, or any of the adaptions.
Victor "Vic" Criss
Henry respects Vic and looks up to him as a friend. However, this friendliness is unrequited. Victor is scared of Henry as he asks the Losers if he can defect to them. When Bill rejects his offer, Vic warns them about Henry's insanity and then he becomes more fearful of his leader, a fear justified because Henry abandons Vic when IT attacks.
Reginald "Belch" Huggins
Henry does seem to like Belch, as they messed around together because of their brute strength and similar views. Belch was only too happy to follow Henry's orders. Although Belch would never resort to grievous bodily harm however, protesting when Henry went that far.
Patrick is the only individual worse than Henry. Thus, even Henry fears him. Patrick is so depraved he offers oral sex on an unwilling Henry and reveals his mad habit of stuffing dead animals in the freezer. Patrick is later killed by IT and Henry presumably did not miss him.
A good friend of Henry's at first, Henry relied upon Peter for his social standing and appreciated Peter's willingness to be mean for the sake of it. However Henry had no time for romance and when Peter made it clear he cared more for his lover Marcia than Henry's twisted plans, Henry snapped and threatened to even kill Peter. Its unknown if he killed Peter or if IT did.
Moose is seen by Henry as just a disposable sidekick. Moose is too dumb to appreciate anything, and thus it is assumed Moose doesn't care what Henry thinks of him, just so long as he gets in on the action.
Henry admires, is terrified, fearful, envious and is appreciative of IT for several reasons. One, because IT freed him from his abusive father's control. Two, because IT asked Henry to fulfil a lifelong goal of his, killing the Losers. Three, because Henry knows IT has unlimited power and wishes to use some of it. Four, because Henry has been aided by IT several times so he probably, deep down, feels IT is more like a father than Butch was.
The Losers Club
Henry hates the Lucky Seven to the point where he calls them the Losers. He despises each for a different reason (often nonsensical). He bullies Bill for his stutter, Eddie for being a hypochondriac, Stan for being Jewish, Richie for being a loudmouth, Ben for his weight and for not letting him copy test answers, Beverly for being a girl and Mike for being black.
1990 TV Miniseries
IT: Chapter 1
IT: Chapter 2
- Despite being the leader of the Bowers Gang, he is not as evil as Patrick Hockstetter, whose vile behavior comes purely from his own mind, unlike Henry, whose evil comes from his hatefully abusive father. In the TV miniseries, however, Patrick doesn't appear and Henry's father is strict at worst and is only implied to have whipped Henry at least twice (and for a good reason as Henry got in trouble). In the movie Henry's dad is still abusive however, Patrick is far less evil and sadistic than Henry though Henry's evilness level is subtracted by his lack of importance to the plot.
- Some of the more disturbing sinister acts of Henry Bowers in the novel, such as an act of bestiality with a sheep and ejaculating onto a birthday cake, were omitted from both the miniseries and the 2017 film, likely to avoid an NC-17 rating.
- The film version of Henry is the only incarnation of the character whose hair remained the same color after being imprisoned for his crimes. This is cause unlike his book and miniseries incarnations this version of Henry was never put under trauma at the hands of IT.
- Despite being the secondary villain, in the film Henry does not have much impact nor importance on the plot without the main villain taking control of him and he does not injure the heroes much in either part going down swiftly in both parts.
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