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Harry Clearwater
Biographical information

March, 2006 (cardiac arrest)

Physical description




Hair color
  • Black
  • Grey (in movies)
Eye color

Dark brown

Skin color


Family information
Family members

Quileute council member


The Quileute tribe

"The bears won't get a drop on me, Bella. My kung fu's strong."

Harry Clearwater was a tribal elder of the Quileute tribe, and father of Seth and Leah Clearwater. He was also a close friend of Charlie Swan's, the two of them sharing a love of fishing. Harry was happily married to Sue Clearwater until he died of a heart attack in New Moon.



Harry is mentioned by Billy Black both in the film and the novel adaptation of Twilight, when Billy drops by the Swan's house to give Charlie, "some of Harry Clearwater's famous fish fry."

New Moon

In New Moon, he is first mentioned when he and his family are at the spaghetti dinner at the Blacks' house with Bella and Charlie. That night, his wife Sue teased him about his cholesterol and unsuccessfully tried to shame him into eating something "green and leafy".

Bella is conveniently able to send her father Charlie Swan to Harry's when she needs time alone with Edward. While Charlie is at the Clearwaters', he figures out that Harry had been having heart problems, but Harry manages to joke about it and make it appear insignificant.

When Bella finally learns that Jacob is a shape-shifter, Harry and Billy help keep Charlie out of range of Victoria who is killing hikers in the vicinity. On the morning of Bella's cliff diving expedition, Harry suffers a fatal heart attack and dies. There are several theories regarding Harry's death, the first being that the sudden change of Seth and Leah into werewolves provoked his heart attack and subsequent death,[1] and the second being that their transformation was caused by the shock of losing their father. It was confirmed in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide that it was Leah's unexpected transformation that caused his heart attack while Seth's transformation was caused by his death.

However, in the New Moon film, his heart attack is the result of an encounter with Victoria.


His seat on the Quileute Council was filled by his wife Sue, who would take care of the humans who learned about the shape-shifters' world.

Film portrayal

Graham Greene

Graham Greene

Graham Greene portrays Harry in the film New Moon.



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