"If we were sometimes arrogant little berks, you mean..."
-- Sirius Black (OP29)
British slang for idiot
Idiot, objectionable person. The word is actually derived from a very crude and offensive bit of rhyming slang, but in this form is considered to be inoffensive.
- Sirius Black described himself and James Potter as "arrogant little berks" to justify the bullying of Severus Snape which Harry accidentally witnessed in one of Snape's Pensieve memories (OP29).
- Aberforth Dumbledore described Dumbledore's friend Elphias Doge as an "old berk" who "thought the sun shone out of my brother’s every orifice" (DH28).