Protected you in high school now i'm going to kick your little ass.
~ Harry threat to Peter whilst fighting in his manor
None of that matters Peter. You're my friend.
~ Harry making up with Peter seconds before his death

Harry Osborn is the tritagonist, an anti-hero, and an anti-villain in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. He is Peter Parker's best friend, and the son of Norman Osborn, the original Green Goblin.

He is played by James Franco who would later portray Will Rodman.



Harry Osborn is Peter Parker's closest friend. Born to a wealthy family Harry's mother apparently died soon after his birth. He had flunked out of the many private schools his father had sent him to and wished to have his wealth and privilege downplayed to his new classmates. He constantly tries to impress his father Norman, a rich industrialist, who is very invested in his work having little time for his son. Harry eventually grows jealous of Peter's relationship with him as Norman admired Peter's intelligence and work ethic.

Harry starts a relationship with Mary Jane Watson whom he finds attractive. He is aware Peter does as well and after he finds out attempts to justify himself saying that Peter never made a move, though she eventually falls for Peter. Harry eventually manages to somewhat mend the relationship he has with his father. After Norman's death as The Green Goblin, Harry believes that his father was murdered by Spider-Man, and seeks revenge, unaware that Spider-Man had in fact tried to save Norman's life, and went to great lengths to keep secret the billionaire's alter-ego as The Green Goblin.

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In this movie Harry is the secondary antagonist. After Norman's death Harry takes over Oscorp, and invests huge amounts of money in a prposed sustainable fusion energy reactor invented by Dr. Otto Octavius. The experiment failed and the company loses millions as a result. Harry was saved by Spider-Man in the disastor but still continues his vendetta. Ever the more bitter, Harry forms an alliance with Doctor Octopus to get his revenge, providing Octopus with a rare element ,tritium, that he needs to complete his fusion reactor in exchange for Octopus capturing Spider-Man.

Doctor Octopus brings Spider-Man back to Harry, who unmasks him in preparation to kill him. He is shocked to see that Peter is in fact Spider-Man. Afterwards, he begins to hallucinate, seeing his father'simage in a mirror who demands that Harry avenge his death. He refuses to do so and smashes the mirror only to find a hidden room concealed behind it. The room contained all of Norman's Green Goblin equipment and serum, which Peter had hidden when he brought his body back after his death. This discovery led Harry to realize that his father was the infamous Green Goblin.

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Franco New Goblin

Harry Osborne as the New Goblin.

You knew this was coming, Pete!
~ Harry revealing himelf to Peter as the New Goblin.

Harry becomes "The New Goblin" and is the tertiary antagonist around six months after he discovered Peter was in fact Spider-Man thanks to his capture by Doctor Octopus. Encouraged by another hallucination of his father in a mirror he attempts to take revenge, attacks Peter during a fight wearing Norman's Goblin suit and jet glider. As a result of the head injury he suffered in their subsequent, he briefly sustains a case of immediate amnesia.

While in this state, he reverted back to how he was before the time of his father's death. After regaining his memory, due to the efforts of his father's ghost, he attempts to destroy Peter by sabotaging his relationship with Mary Jane and then claiming that she left Peter for him, only for Peter — falling increasingly under the influence of the black suit — to attacks Harry in his penthouse, throwing one of his own pumpkin bombs back at him and scarring the right side of his face.

Later Mary Jane is captured by Venom and Peter, free of the black suits influence, returns and asks Harry to help him for Mary Jane's sake. Harry refuses and Peter leaves. However, after learning the truth, that his father's death was his own doing and not Peter's, from his butler Bernard, he decides to help Spider-Man save Mary Jane from Venom and The Sandman.

In the ensuing fight Harry ultimately sacrifices himself to save Peter during the ensuing fight, Harry is stabbed by his own glider by ends up for Venom. Harry ultimately forgives Peter for what happened to his father and the two reconcile. Harry dies after the pair's defeat with both Peter and Mary Jane by his side. Peter and Mary Jane, both heartbroken by their friend's death, attend Harry's funeral together along with Bernard and Aunt May and Flash Thompson.


  • Ironically, Harry dies the exact same way as his father, Norman did, only he dies saving Spider-Man while his father dies trying to kill him.
  • After completion of the 2002 Spider-Man video game tie-in, the player is able to play the campaign as Harry Osborn who takes on the mantle of the Green Goblin to investigate Oscorp and also fight an "alternate goblin".
  • Harry with his New Goblin Suit and scarred face made a cameo appearance in This Is the End film as a promotional stand for Spider-Man 3 film that kept by James Franco in his basement.
  • The scene where Spider-Man throws an exploding pumpkin back at Harry, exploding in Harry's face, recalls a similar scene in Spider-Man (2002). Green Goblin throws a pumpkin at Spider-Man, blowing off half of his Spider-Man mask.
  • In the comics, Harry Osborn dies because the Goblin formula he ingested was fatally unstable, and was slowly poisoning him. Sam Raimi changed Harry's death to parallel his father's death in Spider-Man (2002). However, in Harry's final scenes, his pale look could be a sign of the Goblin formula's effects.
  • During breaks in filming, James Franco read works by William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer and John Milton.
  • Harry's lab contains his father's Green Goblin mask, as well as a gold "Hobgoblin" mask from the comics.
  • According to James Franco, they had to go back and do some re-shoots just prior to the release, because test audiences felt that there was not enough action in the film.
  • James Franco's hair was dyed brown to give him some resemblance to Willem Dafoe, his screen father. This decision was only made after filming had begun. Indeed, in the scene where Harry visits Aunt May in hospital, you can see that Franco's hair is his usual black.
  • When James Franco joked about Tobey Maguire's 'frog-like' features on set, the latter was reportedly genuinely upset by Franco's comments. This created friction between the two actors, which led to the existing rivalry between them now - a rivalry that was admitted to by Maguire in interviews since the Spider-Man franchise.
  • Although they play high school seniors, Tobey Maguire was 26, James Franco was 23 and Kirsten Dunst was 20 at the time of filming.
  • In the first film Harry Osborn and Peter Parker moved into a spacious apartment paid for by Norman Osborn, who was characterized as wealthy. But for this movie, with Peter living on his own, Tobey Maguire gave suggestions to Sam Raimi on what Peter's apartment should look like, based his own observations of friends who lived in cramped and rundown New York apartments.
  • According to the novelization:
    • Harry uses a knife to kill Spider-Man, because it isn't traceable like a gun. It belonged to his father. When he unmasks Spider-Man, Harry wondered if Doctor Octopus was trying to fool him by bringing Peter instead. He also hopes that if Doc Ock succeeds with his experiment, the tritium explosion will destroy the half of the city that he's in.
    • Mary-Jane is shocked Harry would want to kill Spider-Man.
  • Before being cast as Harry Osborn, James Franco originally auditioned for the role of Spiderman. He was cast in the role of Harry Osborn after Raimi's wife Gillian Greene saw his audition and thought he would be perfect for the role.


          Spider-Man Movie Heroes

Sam Raimi series
Spider-Man: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Mary Jane Watson | Harry Osborn/New Goblin | Aunt May | General Slocum | Uncle Ben | Flash Thompson
Spider-Man 2: John Jameson
Spider-Man 3: Gwen Stacy

Marc Webb series
The Amazing Spider-Man: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Gwen Stacy | George Stacy | Aunt May | Curt Connors/Lizard
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Felicia Hardy

Marvel Cinematic Universe
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | May Parker | Michelle Jones | Happy Hogan | Tony Stark/Iron Man | Ned Leeds | Liz Toomes | Aaron Davis | F.R.I.D.A.Y.
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Nick Fury | Maria Hill | Skrulls (Talos & Soren)

Into the Spider-Verse: Miles Morales/Spider-Man | Peter Parker | Spider-Gwen | Spider-Man Noir | Peni Parker | Spider-Ham | Aunt May | Ultimate Spider-Man

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