Harry Helmsley is a major character in 2012. He was a musician, the widow of his unnamed wife, the father of Adrian Helmsley and Tony Dalgatto's music partner. He was presumably killed on the ship, the Genesis, after a tidal wave stroke it. He was 72 years old. Harry is presumably a casualty of the 2012 apocalypse.
Not much is shown about Harry Helmsley's early life. He grew up to be a musician, alongside with his partner Tony Delgatto and was married to an unnamed woman. He had a son named Adrian Helmsley who he was very close with and was proud of his son's work as a geologist. He travelled around the world with Tony for their musical events and became famous since then. His wife from unknown causes but Harry remained a devoted father to his son Adrian.
Boarding the Genesis
In late 2012 before the apocalypse began, which Harry is unaware of and thinks it is not going to happen, he and Tony boarded the cruise ship, the Genesis, in San Francisco, California so they can begin their next musical event in Tokyo, Japan. As Harry and Tony begin talking, Harry searches for their musical event that is being hosted in the ballroom of the Genesis until Tony finds it for him. Harry talks about Tony's son, Will Delgatto about marrying a Japanese girl in Japan and how he sees his son, Adrian, who is in Washington DC, which is far away from California, and about how he talks about each others lives. Just then, due to the Earth's crust becoming unstable, a small wave pushed the Genesis ship to the side of the dock which shocked everyone, but no one was hurt and Harry asked: "What the hell was that?!?"
Days later, Harry and Tony are travelling through the Pacific Ocean on the Genesis as they perform on stage for their musical song: "It Ain't the End of the World" and everyone cheers for them as their song finished. A waiter named Kevin provided drinks for Tony and Harry, and told Harry that there was a call for him and Harry told him he can take care of it. Harry answers it and is amazed to hear that it was his son Adrian, who tearfully informed him that the world is coming to an end on the 21st of December, which was in fact the very day that is happening. Realising that they are now doomed, Harry and Adrian share a tearful conversation before hanging up. Harry informed Tony, the passengers and crew about the news, who were shocked and horrified of this.
As the Genesis continued to sail across the doomed Earth, Harry, Tony and several crew members realised that they cannot escape from the disastrous results of the apocalypse, since they are far away from land and that helicopters can't come and rescue them, since they might be destroyed in several earthquakes around the world. They also watch the President of the United States, Thomas Wilson addressing the nation one last time as that they cannot prevent the Destruction of Earth and how they must prepare themselves for the end.
As the Worldwide Flooding begins to occur among the Japanese seaboard, with two underwater quakes at 7.9 and 8.2, a gigantic tsunami at 1500 meters begins heading straight towards the Genesis. Harry sits alone in the ballroom playing the piano and makes his way to the pantry where the cooks and Tony learn that Japan has been hit by a massive earthquake on TV before it loses status, due to the shutdown of all electricity and radio relays. Tony told Harry that he called his family in Japan, but was too late to warn them about the apocalypse. Harry told Tony that he hoped Will and his family got out in time, but they were presumably killed, as everything in the ship begins tilting to one side. Harry makes it to an open door and saw that the tsunami is capsizing the ship, which then presumably killed everyone on board.
After the apocalypse ended, it is revealed that Harry survived the tsunami along with Tony and a few survivors, which he was glad for. When time was reset to year one, he called his son to let him know that he is fine and how they are going to be rescued by the Arks, which the Genesis ship is shipwrecked on a small island.
- Harry Helmsley was played by Blu Mankuma.