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IT Bully Henry Bowers Was Even More Sadistic In The Book

IT bully Henry Bowers makes life hell for the Losers' Club in the 2017 movie but he's even more sadistic in Stephen King's novel.

IT bully Henry Bowers was pretty demonic in the film but he was even more sadistic in the novel. IT is a classic horror novel by Stephen King that depicts the battle between a group of friends dubbed the Losers' Club and a shapeshifting monster. This creature commonly takes the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, who likes to induce fear in his victims before devouring them. The gang first encounter Pennywise as children but have to reunite almost 30 years later to face him again.

King's epic novel IT ranks alongside The Shining or The Stand as one of his best works and it's been adapted twice. Tim Curry played Pennywise in the 1990 miniseries version of IT, which featured some terrifying sequences. Andy Muschietti would later helm the 2017 movie, which adapted the childhood section of the story first. IT was a more faithful take on the source material, and thanks to a great ensemble of young actors and some truly creepy setpieces, it grossed over $700 million worldwide.

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IT: Chapter Two will feature the Losers' Club reuniting as adults to bring down Bill Skarsgård's Pennywise for good. While the evil clown is the main antagonist of IT, the Losers also face a big problem in the form of Henry Bowers, the vicious local bully who was played by Nicolas Hamilton in the movie. Henry himself is the product of an abusive home and takes his rage out on the kids in his school.

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Stephen King excels when it comes to writing demonic bullies, from Chris Hargensen in Carrie to Ace in The Body, who was played by Kiefer Sutherland in movie adaptation Stand By Me. IT bully Henry Bowers is arguably the most terrifying, and seemingly makes it his goal in life to torment the Losers. In the novel, he kills Mike's dog with poisoned meat, carves Ben's stomach with a knife and targets Mike with racial abuse. Pennywise also works to slowly drive Henry insane, and after the Losers' Club humiliate him in a rock fight, he vows to kill them.

Pennywise later gifts Henry with a switchblade, which he uses to murder his abusive father Butch. When the Losers' Club head into the sewers to confront the clown, Henry follows them alongside part of his gang. Pennywise later turns into Frankstein's Monster and slays his friends, while Henry escapes. His hair turns white in the aftermath and he's framed by the creature for most of the murders that happened in Derry that year.

In the later chapters of IT, Pennywise helps the adult Henry escape from a mental institute so he can seek his revenge on the Losers. He stabs Mike and after a nasty fight, Eddie manages to kill Henry in self-defense with a broken bottle. Henry Bowers is a character with a sad backstory but Stephen King still made him one of his most unsettling human villains. While the version of Henry seen in both the 1990 miniseries and the movie were suitably nasty, the Henry Bowers from the IT novel was a true nightmare.

Next: IT Chapter Two: Cast & Character Guide

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