The first installment of the Harry Potter movies came out on November 14, 2001, and forever changed our life. We can not thank J.K.Rowling enough for giving us this cultural phenomenon. Harry Potter gave us a world that we are forever going to wish to be a part of. Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff all these houses made our childhood and gave us the most fascinating world ever. Now, gather around Potterheads because we are going to talk about some of the lesser-known facts about your favorite world of fiction Harry Potter.
- JKR And Harry Share A Birthday:
Rowlings and our The Chosen One aka Harry make their birthday wishes on the same day on July 31. Rowling has confirmed to have her own influence on the characters. She said Hermione is the most like her when she was younger. Rowling’s favorite animal is otter and Hermione’s Patronus. Also, Dumbledore likes sherbet lemons and so does Rowling.
During all those scenes in the movies, where Harry, Ron, and Hermione can be seen doing work in class, Daniel, Emma, and Rupert were indeed doing their schoolwork. Also, Emma Watson’s auditioned for the role of Hermione at school. And while it was just a regular day in school for Watson, Rupert Grint sent in an audition video explaining why he wanted the part of Ron by rapping himself.
Harry’s pet Owl, Hedwig who stole all of our hearts with those big round eyes, dies during the Battle of the Seven Potters. When Harry was getting relocated for his safety, Voldemort was tipped off about his relocation and caused a traumatic fight in the sky. Though there were several fake versions of Harry, Hedwig was accompanying the real one and gets hit by the Killing Curse during the battle and passes away. Hedwig’s death was used as the end of Harry’s childhood. It represented the loss of Harry’s innocence. In real a total of seven owls were used for the role of Hedwig. And all of their names were Gizmo, Kasper, Oops, Swoops, Oh Oh, Elmo, and Bandit. In Sorcerer’s Stone, the tabby cat that played Mrs. Norris created some trouble for the makers. She came back 48 hours later after running away mid-filming.
4. Soul Mates:
Harry’s parents James and Lily Potter are considered to be soulmates. The Patronus Charm, which is cast to ward off Dementors, is the physical representation of one’s soul. James’ Patronus is a stag and Lily’s is a doe so, they are a perfect fit together. Professor Snape’s Patronus was also doe because he was in love with Lily.
5. The Character’s Name:
Rowling revealed how the meaning of the names of the characters represents their characteristics. Harry is the middle-English version of Henry which is a popular name among English kings through the centuries. Harry’s name references his leadership qualities. Harry shares his name with his great-grandfather, who must have lived in the late 19th century and early 20th century. While for Ronald, Rowling took inspiration from the Old Norse “Rögnvaldr,” which is a title for a ruler’s adviser. Hermione’s name was simply taken from Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”. Also, Rowling was on the back of an airplane vomit bag when she first wrote down the words Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff.
Located on an island in the middle of the North Sea, Azkaban is a prison for the convicted criminals of the magical community. While all of us know the famous prison Azkaban, what you might don’t know that, the Azkaban fortress actually belonged to a terrible dark wizard named Ekrizdis. She used to torture and kill Muggle sailors.
7. Professor McGonagall:
Professor McGonagall was married at eighteen. McGonagall met and fell in love with muggle Dougal McGregor, and they later got engaged. But McGonagall broke off the engagement soon because she feared that because she married a muggle she would be forced to live a life like her mother. Her mother hid her magical lifestyle from her own muggle husband for many years. Of course, McGonagall could not tell her fiancé why she broke off the engagement because of the Statute of Secrecy. Though McGonagall later did got married to Elphinstone Urquart, her former ministry boss. But sadly, Elphinstone died after three years of their marriage from a Venomous Tentacula bite.
8. Their Greatest Fears:
Dumbledore sees the corpse of his sister Ariana if he encounters a boggart. But in the case of Voldemort, as death was always his greatest fear, he would see his own corpse if he saw a boggart. Also, In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Neville earns ten points from Dumbledore for standing up to his friends. This puts Gryffindor in the lead which and they win the House Cup. Readers realize the significance of this moment since Dumbledore also had to stand up against the dark wizard Grindelwald, his former love interest.
9. Dolores Umbridge:
There’s no doubt that the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts did a fine job in making everyone hate her. But we got some satisfaction when J.K. Rowling confirmed that Umbridge did not get away with her horrible ways. In an interview, Rowling said that Umbridge did indeed get imprisoned for her actions at the Ministry of Magic.
10. Fred And George:
Although the twins who played Fred and George hated each other so much that they had to film their scenes separately. But in the world of Harry Potter, the only time the Weasley twins were apart were when George’s ear was cursed off and when Fred was killed. The twins were born on April Fool’s Day. Later, George Weasley and Angelina Johnson get married and have two kids named Fred and Roxanne.