Do you consider yourself to be a true fan when it comes to all things Harry Potter? Do you think that you know everything that there is to know about the magical world created by J K Rowling? In other words, are you a true Potterhead? Every now and then, the author releases facts about the Harry Potter universe that keeps the fans engaged, even all these years after the movies and books were released. If you’re one of those Muggles who are not aware of these facts, we have collected them all here for you.
Harry Potter & Voldemort Were Related
Yes, the entire franchise was based around a family feud because it so happens that Harry Potter and Tom Riddle were distantly related. We come to know about this in the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when the Tale of the Three Brothers was being told. The youngest brother is the ancestor of Harry Potter while the brother with the Resurrection Stone was an ancestor of Lord Voldemort.
Voldemort Feared Himself
A Boggart is a creature that transforms itself into the greatest fear of the person standing in front of it. This was first introduced to us in the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Many fans wondered what shape the Boggart would take if Voldemort stood in front of it; they thought it would change into Harry Potter or Albus Dumbledore, the former being the only wizard to have defeated him and the latter being the only wizard that he feared. However, Rowling later revealed that Voldemort’s Boggart would turn into a lifeless form of Voldemort himself.
You Have Been Pronouncing Voldemort All Wrong
Did you know that the T in Voldemort is actually silent? This was explained by Rowling herself but she also said that she was happy with the way that the movies pronounced it, since it was the more popular way of pronouncing the Dark Lord’s name.
Ginny’s Professional Quidditch Player Career
Fans have been badgering Rowling for more information about the lives of the characters in the books and the movies. These revelations have been told to the world on Pottermore, a website owned by Rowling herself. On this website, we can see that Ginny Weasley decided to follow her passion of playing Quidditch and became a full-time professional Quidditch player.
Ginny After Retiring
After retiring from playing Quidditch professionally, Ginny decided to work for the Daily Prophet as a Quidditch reporter. The Daily Prophet is the main source of news and updates for the magical community and we just love the way that the pictures move in the newspaper.
Hermione Reunited With Her Parents
In the last book, we saw that Hermione had to remove all memories of herself from her parents’ minds and convince them to move to Australia in order to keep them safe from the wrath of the Death Eaters. After the Battle of Hogwarts, Hermione reunited with her parents and undid the memory spell.
James Sirius Potter Stole The Marauder’s Map
The Marauder’s Map was one of the most interesting magical artifacts, that showed everyone’s position in Hogwarts. James Sirius Potter stole the map from Harry’s desk and this was revealed by Rowling on one of the forums. This was clearly a trait that he inherited from his rebellious father.
Teddy Lupin: The Head Boy Of Hufflepuff
Becoming Head Boy at Hogwarts is quite the honor, and when the youngest generation in the series attended Hogwarts, Teddy Lupin was chosen to be the Head Boy for Hufflepuff.
Lupin’s Death Was Not Originally Planned
JK Rowling is known for her tendency to kill off beloved characters and many of these deaths happened during battles. Two deaths that hurt us the most were that of Lupin and Fred. Rowling could not bring herself to kill off Arthur Weasley so she decided to kill Lupin off instead.
Harry Owned Hagrid’s Flying Motorcycle
We all know that it was Harry’s ambition to become an Auror, which would mean that he would need to travel to different places. So, he decided to take ownership of Hagrid’s flying motorcycle, which once belonged to Sirius Black, since he would not be able to fly everywhere on a broomstick.
No More Parseltongue For Harry
After the fragment of Voldemort’s soul inside Harry was destroyed, Harry lost all the connections he had to Voldemort. This meant no more reading into Voldemort’s mind and no more speaking Parseltongue.
Not An Evil House Anymore
Slytherin was often considered to be the house that spawned evil witches and wizards. However, after Voldemort was defeated, wizards and witches did not treat the Slytherin house any differently than the other houses.
Luna Married Scamander
Luna Lovegood is one of the weirdest and most eccentric characters in the series. We have seen her indulge in various activities that would not have been considered normal for any other wizard or witch. You can also see some of these characteristics in the Scamander bloodline and it was only fitting that Luna marries Newt Scamander’s grandson, Rolf Scamander.
Dumbledore Did Not Want Newt Expelled
Newt Scamander was one of the most brilliant, if not odd, minds of his generation. While he was at Hogwarts, he was considered to be a danger to the people around him because of his fascination with magical creatures. This led to his expulsion from the school and the only teacher who was against his expulsion was Albus Dumbledore.
Dumbledore’s Army Kept Their Coins
In the fifth part of the series, the Order of the Phoenix, Harry gathered a few students to form the secret group, Dumbledore’s Army. They communicated with each other through enchanted coins. After the group was no longer needed, it disbanded but the members of Dumbledore’s Army kept the coins as a reminder of the time they learnt Defence Against the Dark Arts together.
The Trio Worked At The Ministry Of Magic
Harry, Ron and Hermione were inseparable during their schooling years. They continued to work together too, at the Ministry of Magic, where both Harry and Ron were Aurors, and Hermione worked in the Department of Magical Law Reinforcement.
Schooling Before Hogwarts
People often wonder what kids learn before they go off to Hogwarts to learn magic at the age of 11. Rowling put this to rest as well when she told everyone that children were simply home schooled before they went to the castle.
No Tuition Fee At Hogwarts
It is truly a blessing to be a student at Hogwarts, the magical school with all the amenities. However, you might be surprised to learn that there is no tuition fee for the students. That’s right, zero Galleons, zero Sickles and zero Knuts. All the kids have to do is bring their own supplies that they are told to get in their letter.
You Can Perform Magic Without Wands
We have seen children perform magic before they get their first wands and even grown-up wizards and witches performing simple tasks without using their wands. Many times, we have seen Dumbledore simply swish his hands and magic happens. This goes to show that wands are simply objects that channel magic and you do not actually require them.
You Can Fly Without Broomsticks
This concept was first introduced to us when everyone panicked about Voldemort flying alongside everyone in the Deathly Hallows. Broomsticks make the process of flying easier but we have come to realize that they are not necessary. Like wands, broomsticks are used to channel magic.
The Shape Of Harry’s Scar
JK Rowling has revealed that the only reason that Harry’s scar was shaped like a lightning bolt is simply because she thought it was cool. Other than that, there is no hidden agenda behind the shape of the scar.
The Eleven Wizarding Schools
We first heard about foreign wizarding schools in the fourth part of the series, the Goblet of Fire, when we saw the students from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. But there are other wizarding schools as well, namely, Castelobruxo (South America), Ilvermorny (North America), Koldovstoretz (Russia), Mahoutokoro (Japan) and Uagadou (Africa). There is also another school in Australia.
The Dark Wizarding History Of North America
The witch trials of North America are a well-documented part of human history. It seems to have spilled into the history of the wizarding world created by JK Rowling as well. In order to escape these witch trials, the wizards and witches of North America mastered the art of Transfiguration.
Rowling’s Favorite Character
Most people would think that Rowling’s favorite character from the series would be Harry Potter himself, since the entire series revolved around him. However, it would seem that this is not the case. Rowling has revealed to everyone in the Potter fandom that her favorite character is Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore.
Dumbledore Was Gay
We have never seen Dumbledore indulge in a romantic relationship. He was always busy coming up with brilliant ideas to save the wizarding world. He was quite a complicated fellow and from a young age, he was always thinking about the Greater Good. Rowling has now revealed that Dumbledore was gay and we now understand his friendship with Grindelwald a bit better.
The Mirror Of Erised
In the first book and movie we saw the Mirror of Erised, that showed the deepest desire of the person who looked into it. Harry saw himself with his family while Dumbledore said that he saw himself opening a Christmas present containing socks. Harry felt that the Headmaster was lying but did not ask him about it. Later, Rowling revealed that like Harry, Dumbledore also saw himself reunited with his family.
Snape Let Himself Die
You would think that a Potions Master as great as Snape would have the antidote to snake venom on his person. However, it was revealed that Snape let himself die because he could not bear the guilt of holding in the information that he finally gave to Harry with his dying tears.
Dumbledore’s Death Predicted
Dumbledore’s death was first predicted in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Professor Trelawney said that the first person to get up from a table of thirteen would die. People thought it was Lupin who stood up first but the table already had thirteen people because Scabbers (Peter Pettigrew) was also there and Dumbledore stood up to welcome Professor Trelawney.
Death Of Sirius Black Predicted
In the same way that Rowling wrote the prediction for Dumbledore’s death, she also wrote the prediction of Black’s death in the Order of the Phoenix. In one of the meetings with thirteen people gathered around the table, Sirius was the first one to stand up.
Even when Harry defeated the Dark Lord, you have to realize that he was still just a 17 year old kid. He had to see countless people die for him just so he could defeat the wizard who tried to kill him as a child. This had a mental and physical toll on Harry Potter.
Harry Potter Shares His Birthday With JK Rowling
Both Harry Potter and JK Rowling have their birthdays on 31st July. She has brought a lot of things from her life into her magical universe; for example, she has said that Hermione was a lot like her younger self and she also shares a love for Sherbet Lemons with Albus Dumbledore.
The Names Of Hogwarts Houses
A child asked Rowling, “What made you think of the people’s names and dormitories at Hogwarts?” Rowling responded, “I invented the names of the Houses on the back of an airplane sick bag! This is true. I love inventing names, but I also collect unusual names, so that I can look through my notebook and choose one that suits a new character.”
The Basis Of Dementors
Dementors were based on the demons and struggles that Rowling faced after her mother died in 1990 from multiple sclerosis. “It’s so difficult to describe [depression] to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness,” Rowling told Oprah Winfrey. “I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling—that really hollowed-out feeling. That’s what Dementors are.”
The Original Creator Of The Horcrux
Herpo the Foul was the first wizard to create a horcrux. This Greek wizard was also the first wizard to breed a Basilisk.
McGonagall’s Quidditch Career
During her schooling years at Hogwarts, Professor McGonagall was a Quidditch player and she played for the Gryffindor House Team. However, in one of the finals against Slytherin, she fell from a high spot and injured herself. So she decided to take a break from her sporting days.
The Fountain At Beauxbatons Academy Of Magic
Rowling wrote on Pottermore that, “It is said that the stunning castle and grounds of this prestigious school were part funded by alchemist gold, for Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel met at Beauxbatons in their youth, and a magnificent fountain in the middle of the school’s park, believed to have healing and beautifying properties, is named for them.”
The Cousins Hang Out
Rowling said that the two cousins “would still see each other enough to be on Christmas-card terms, but they would visit more out of a sense of duty and sit in silence so that their children could see their cousins.”
One Of The Trio Was Going To Die
Daniel Radcliffe said in an interview that Rowling had contemplated killing off Ron Weasley in the books. However, she decided against that decision, much to the relief of the Potterheads around the world.
How Dumbledore Saw Harry In The Invisibility Cloak
In the first book, we saw that Dumbledore knew of Harry’s presence even when he was wearing the Invisibility Cloak. We all wondered how it happened and it was revealed that he silently cast the Homenum Revelio spell.
The Smells Of Amortentia For Hermione
When Hermione was describing the smells from the Amortentia Love Potion in the Half Blood Prince, she trailed off without completing her sentence. The last thing that she smelled was Ron’s hair.
Dumbledore’s Name Is Old English For “Bumblebee.”
There is a fan theory that says that Dumbledore was an animagus who could transform into a bumblebee and that is the reason why he was privy to all the conversations happening around Hogwarts.
Fred & George Threw Snowballs At Voldemort
In the first book, we are told that Fred and George were pelting snowballs at the back of Quirrell’s turban. Later on, we come to know that Quirrell was hiding Lord Voldemort inside himself and Voldemort’s face was on the back of Quirrell’s head. Therefore, Fred and George were throwing snowballs at Voldemort’s face.
Every Horcrux Belonged To The Heads Of Houses Of Hogwarts
If you think that Voldemort did not take anything from Gryffindor, you are forgetting the accidental horcrux, Harry Potter, a descendant of Godric Gryffindor himself.
Voldemort Had A Chance At Redemption
JK Rowling told Time, “Voldemort has unwittingly put a few drops of goodness back inside himself; if he had repented, he could have been healed more deeply than anyone would have supposed. But of course, he refused to feel remorse.”
Teddy Was Not A Werewolf
Lupin was terrified of his wolf gene being passed onto his child when Tonks was pregnant. However, Rowling clarified later on that his fears were misplaced and that it was not possible to pass the werewolf gene to children unless they were bitten.
Alan Rickman Knew The End Before Anyone Else
Before Alan Rickman accepted the role of Severus Snape, Rowling had told him about the love Snape had for Lily and his history so that Rickman could incorporate those feelings into his role.
Umbridge Went To Azkaban
Voldemort may have killed people but Umbridge took the place of the most hated character. She tortured students and played mind games with everyone. However, she paid for her crimes against the wizarding world when she was sent to Azkaban.
Unemployment Of Dementors
Kingsley Shacklebolt became the Minister For Magic after the Battle of Hogwarts and he decided that Azkaban no longer needed to be guarded by the dementors.
Soulmates In Patronuses
James Potter and Lily Evans were soulmates before even they knew it. However, magic knew about it because their patronuses were a stag and a doe.
Why Snape Hated Neville
Snape knew that Neville could easily have been the boy referred to in the prophecy that led Voldemort to try to kill Harry as a child. Therefore, on some level, Snape blamed Neville for the death of Lily Evans Potter.
Hagrid’s Death Was Never Written
The Harry Potter series gave us a fair share of sadness when major characters were killed off. We all shed a tear when Dumbledore and Sirius died and even when Hedwig was killed off with a curse. However, Rowling has always admitted that Hagrid was one of the characters that was going to be in the series from the start to the end which is definitely a comforting thought.
The Translations Of Wizarding Words
It’s quite fun to see the way that the Harry Potter books have been translated into different languages and regional dialects. The first chapter in the first book translated to “The Laddie Wha Lived” in the Scottish version of the book and Tom Marvolo Riddle’s name had to be translated to French and his middle name became Elvis.
The Meanings Of The Names And Words
Did you know that the motto of Hogwarts, Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus, translates to never tickle a sleeping dragon? Or that the name of the former Quidditch player and Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports, Ludo Bagman, translates to “I Play”?
The Reason Behind King’s Cross Station
This was the station chosen for two main reasons. One, it has a special significance in Rowling’s life and is a homage to her parents. The other is that Rowling was travelling on a train when she came up with the idea of creating the wizarding world in the first place.
Wizards Hate Wearing Trousers
All throughout the books and the movies, we have seen wizards in various kinds of robes. However, according to the International Statute of Secrecy, the wizards have to wear Muggle like clothing that is appropriate according to the fashion and climate of the time.
Rowling’s Favorite Funny Moment From The Books
Rowling has claimed that this part from the last book after the Battle of Hogwarts is her favorite in the entire series.
“Somewhere in the distance they could hear Peeves zooming through the corridors singing a victory song of his own composition:
‘We did it, we bashed them, wee Potter’s the One, And Voldy’s gone mouldy, so now let’s have fun!’
‘Really gives a feeling for the scope and tragedy of the thing, doesn’t it?’ said Ron, pushing open a door to let Harry and Hermione through.”
The Name For McGonagall’s Cat Form
We first saw the strict professor turn into a cat when Harry was dropped off at the Dursley’s as a child. The cat that was used in the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was named Mrs. P. Head.
Helena Bonham Carter Kept Her Bellatrix Teeth
Every actor keeps some kind of prop from the movie as a memory of the time that they spent on the set. Helena Bonham Carter kept her fake teeth because they were not going to fit anyone else since they were made specially for her. She revealed that she kept them in a blue plastic thing in the bathroom and brings them out whenever she misses playing Bellatrix.
The Harry Potter Musical
Michael Jackson wanted to do a musical version of the books but Rowling turned him down, along with many other ideas that were proposed to bring the books to life. The closest that we have come to the idea of a Harry Potter musical is the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The Malfoys Mingled With Muggles
Before the Statute of Secrecy was enforced in 1692, the Malfoy family was very active within the society of rich Muggles. They ran in the same social circles and enjoyed the luxuries of the time, even though it is quite contradictory to the ideology of Lucius Malfoy that we have come to know. An ancestor of Lucuis Malfoy even tried to court Elizabeth I so that he could rule over the Muggles.
The Muse Behind Moaning Myrtle
Rowling revealed that the inspiration behind Moaning Myrtle came from “the frequent presence of a crying girl in communal bathrooms, especially at the parties and discos of my youth. This does not seem to happen in male bathrooms, so I enjoyed placing Harry and Ron in such uncomfortable and unfamiliar territory in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
The Muggles Cannot Make Potions
Even brewing a potion requires some magic and Rowling revealed that adding dead flies and asphodel to a pot over a fire will just give you a nasty-tasting and poisonous soup. She also revealed that her favorite subject in school was Chemistry and she enjoyed the creation of potions and the researching of ingredients for them.
Rowling Has A Minor In Classics
When JK Rowling was in University, she minored in Classics and used her education to fill her books with Latin. “It just amused me, the idea that wizards would still be using Latin as a living language, although it is, as scholars of Latin will know. “I take great liberties with the language for spells. I see it as a kind of mutation that the wizards are using.” Expelliarmus, for example, combines expellere, meaning “drive out” or “expel,” with arma, meaning “weapon,” and knocks weapons from an enemy’s hands. Incendio, which lights a fire, comes from incendiarius, or “fire-raising.” And Hogwarts’s motto is Draco Dormiens Numquam Titillandus—“Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon.”
The Question That Rowling Feared
Before the release of the final book, Rowling was afraid that people would ask her what Dumbledore’s wand was made of. “That would have been quite a telling question,” Rowling told Time. “Because I had this elder thing in my mind, cause elder has this association in folklore, it’s the death tree. I thought, ‘What am I going to say?’” Thankfully, no one ever asked.
Stephen King’s Thoughts On Dolores Umbridge
Stephen King reviewed the fifth book in the series and said, “The gently smiling Dolores Umbridge, with her girlish voice, toad like face, and clutching, stubby fingers, is the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter”
The Plants In The Wizarding World
Did you know that many plants in the wizarding world came from a real book? “I used to collect names of plants that sounded witchy,” Rowling told 60 Minutes, “and then I found this, Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, and it was the answer to my every prayer: flax weed, toadflax, fleawort, Gout-wort, grommel, knotgrass, Mugwort.”
The Complicated Outlines For The Books
To bring the wizarding world to life, Rowling had to make quite complicated outlines so that one thing could connect with the other. The picture above is just a partial outline of the fifth book, the Order of the Phoenix.
Bloomsbury’s Codename For The Last Book
In order to keep the last book in the series from leaking, Bloomsbury gave it the codename “Edinburgh Potmakers” and “The Life and Times of Clara Rose Lovett: An Epic Novel Covering Many Generations”. Clearly, no Potterhead would ever be interested in picking up those titles.
Haley Joel Osment Could Have Played Harry Potter
Steven Spielberg wanted to cast Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment to play the role of Harry Potter. However, this led to a creative clash between the director and Rowling and he left the movie. Chris Columbus stepped in and conducted auditions for nearly 300 kids to play the role. The role eventually went to Dan Radcliffe.
The Actress Who Played Moaning Myrtle
Shirley Henderson was 36 years old when she played the role of Moaning Myrtle for the first time in the Chamber of Secrets. She told BBC that it was quite tough to play the role of a ghost because she had to be flying a lot on a harness and it took quite a toll on her body.
Alfonso Cuaron Asked The Trio To Write Essays
The director of the third film, the Prisoner of Azkaban, Alfonso Cuaron asked Watson, Radcliffe and Grint to write essays about Hermione, Harry and Ron so that they could have a better understanding of their characters. Dan wrote one page, Emma wrote ten pages, while Rupert, much like Ron, did not write anything.
Rowling’s Choice Of Character Names
Harry’s name comes from the middle-English version of Henry, a name associated with leadership since it was the name of many English Kings. Ronald comes from the Old Norse name “Rognvaldr”, a title for ruler’s advisors. And Hermione’s name comes from Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” and it refers to her Muggle parents rather than her own traits.
Harry Shared His Name With His Great-Grandfather
This ancestor lived during the late 19th and early 20th century and while it does not appear in the books, it intersects with the Fantastic Beasts era. This fact came from Pottermore.
A Character From Muggle History
Nicolas Flamel from the first book was an actual French businessman and scribe born in the 14th century. This is the only character in the wizarding universe that comes from Muggle history.
The Animal Production Team In The Movies
There are many magical creatures in the wizarding universe and many of these animals were quite ordinary that are actual animals in our regular world. Four owls played the role of Hedwig and there were more than a dozen rats that played the role of Scabbers.
The Special Effects In The Movies
The special effects in the movies were either done by the use of green screens or animatronics. We have seen them right from the beginning of the movies and till the very end.
The Food On Set Was Real
There was a lot of food that was made from painted resin but there was a lot of other stuff that was actual food. For instance, the feast scene in the Goblet of Fire had actual food on the tables.
Snape’s First Words To Harry Referred To His Mother
In the first potions lesson, Snape asks Harry a bunch of difficult questions. One of the questions mentioned the powdered root of asphodel, a type of lily that means ‘remembered beyond the tomb’ or ‘my regret follow you to the grave’.
Harry Knew On Some Level That Snape Was A Legilimens
In the first book and movie, Harry believes that Snape can somehow read minds. We discover that this is true when in the fifth book, Snape is revealed to be an accomplished Legilimens.
The Character That Broke The Vanishing Cabinet
We see that the Vanishing Cabinet was broken when Malfoy tries to fix it in the Half Blood Prince. This was the same cabinet that was dropped by Peeves, upon convincing by Nearly Headless Nick, when Harry was about to be punished by Filch.
Ron Guessed Why Riddle Got The Award
When Ron and Harry were cleaning the awards in the trophy room, they notice that a student named Riddle received an award for special services to the school. “Maybe he got thirty O.W.L.s or saved a teacher from the giant squid,” Ron guesses. “Maybe he murdered Myrtle; that would’ve done everyone a favor.” This was correct since Myrtle died when Riddle opened the Chamber of Secrets.
Ireland’s Win Of Quidditch Cup Was Hinted Beforehand
When Harry spends some alone time in Diagon Alley in the Prisoner of Azkaban, he overhears a wizard talking about the Firebolt. “Irish International Side’s just put in an order for seven of these beauties!” the proprietor of the shop told the crowd. “And they’re favorites for the World Cup!” In the Goblet of Fire, the Irish end up winning the Quidditch World Cup when they beat Bulgaria.
Dumbledore Hints At The Prophecy Of Harry Early On
During his final Divination exam in the third year, Trelawney makes a prediction in front of Harry, who asks Dumbledore if the prediction was actually real. “Do you know, Harry, I think she might have been,” he said thoughtfully. “Who’d have thought it? That brings her total of real predictions up to two.” The first prediction refers to the one that she made about Harry and Voldemort.
The Flesh Of The Servant, Willingly Given
Frank Bryce overhears Voldemort discussing plans with Wormtail. “You will have your reward Wormtail,” Voldemort says. “I will allow you to perform an essential task for me, one that many of my followers would give their right hands to perform …” Wormtail does not understand that Voldemort meant it literally when Wormtail had to give his right hand to bring Voldemort back to life.
Trelawney Knew Harry Had Voldemort Inside Him
Trelawney tries to guess Harry’s birth month in the Goblet of Fire. “Saturn was surely in a position of power in the heavens at the moment of your birth … Your dark hair,” she says. “Your mean stature … tragic losses so young in life … I think I am right in saying, my dear, that you were born in midwinter?” Harry was born in July but Voldemort was born on December 31. Trelawney guessed the birthday of Voldemort’s soul within Harry.
The Made Up Predictions Of Ron And Harry
All the predictions that Harry and Ron made up in Divination actually came true.
“On Monday, I will be in danger of — er — burns,” Harry says.
Then he suggests that Ron can “lose a treasured possession.”
“Why don’t you get stabbed in the back by someone you thought was a friend?” Ron tells Harry.
Harry was in the danger of burning when he faced a dragon in the first task, nearly losing a friend, a treasured possession, and they both did not speak to each other for a long time.
Dumbledore’s Correspondence With Aunt Petunia
In the books, when Harry is collected by Dumbledore at the Dursleys, Dumbledore says to Petunia, “We have corresponded, of course.” Harry thinks that Dumbledore is referring to the Howler sent to Petunia by Dumbledore in the fifth book. However, we see in Snape’s memories that Petunia sent a letter to the Headmaster asking if she could also go to Hogwarts.
Why Tonks Struggled With Her Powers?
We know that Tonks had a difficult time expressing her magical powers because she was in love with Lupin who would not be with her. A clue was given about this when Dumbledore was telling Harry about Merope Gaunt and Tom Riddle. He said that magical powers can be broken by heartbreak.
Aberforth’s Relation To Albus Was Hinted All Along
When Harry enters Hog’s Head for the first time, he notices that the bartender looks familiar. In the sixth book, we come to know that Voldemort came to Dumbledore looking for a job at the school and Dumbledore tells him that he knows that there are many Death Eaters waiting for Voldemort in Hogsmeade. Voldemort remarks that he is omniscient as ever but Dumbledore replies, “Oh no, merely friendly with the local barmen.”
Hermione Refers Back To The Philosopher’s Stone
During the Battle of Hogwarts, the trio realize that the branches of the Whomping Willow were flailing. They spot the knot that freezes up the tree.
“I can see the place,” Ron says. “If we just had Crookshanks again —”
“Crookshanks?” Hermione replies. “Are you a wizard, or what?”
This was a reference back to the Philosopher’s Stone when Hermione had to conjure up fire to free the other two from the Devil’s Snare. She says that she does not have any wood to light the fire.
“HAVE YOU GONE MAD?” Ron yelled at her. “ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT?”
The Dedication In The Last Book
The dedication for the book is shaped into a lightning bolt and there are many people who read the books without ever noticing what it is.
J.K. Rowling’s Wealth
J.K. Rowling was the first ever person to become a billionaire (in US dollars) by writing books. She was also the first ever female dollar billionaire.
Tom Felton Sneaked Food From The Set
In order to prevent this, the pockets of his Hogwarts robes were sewn shut so that he could not pocket any food from the sets of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
The Day The Trio Became Friends
Ron and Harry became friends with Hermione after they saved her from the troll in the bathroom. This was on 31st October 1991, on the 10th year anniversary of the death of James and Lily Potter and Voldemort’s defeat.
The Tricksters From Two Generations
Both Sirius Black and Fred Weasley are widely regarded as the tricksters of their generation. Both of them died laughing.
Rowling Spent Five Years Coming Up With Rules
Before starting the writing of the books, JK Rowling spent nearly five years coming up with rules of what her characters could and could not do in the wizarding world.
The Kissing Scene From Deathly Hallows
Rupert Grint had to be removed from the set when the kissing scene between Harry and Hermione was being shot for the first Deathly Hallows movie. The reason was that Rupert Grint could not stop laughing hysterically.
Goblet Of Fire Is Just So Long!
When the fourth book of the series was being written, Rowling realized that she had made a “giant hole” in the plot of the series and had to go back and fix it, which made the book so long.
The First Character To Be Cast
When the casting of the movies began, the first character to be cast was Rubeus Hagrid, played by Robbie Coltrane.
The Alternate Ending
We all know that the last words of the books are “All was well.” However, Rowling had previously thought of ending the series with the word “scar”.