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36 curiosities that not everyone knows about Harry Potter

Everyone knows Harry Potter, but are we sure we know everything about the most famous wizard in the world? Here are 36 interesting facts about the world of Harry Potter

1. When Voldemort dies, during the Battle of Hogwats, he is 71 years old. Tome Riddle (Voldemort’s real name) was born on December 31, 1926.

2. The number that Arthur Weasley dials in the phone booth that will take him to the Ministry of Magic with Harry is 6-2-4-4-2. The letters below those numbers make up a word: magic.

3. Quidditch is the most popular sport among witches and wizards in Europe. In America, instead, Quodpot is the favorite sport.

4. The 7½ line of King’s Cross Station is the starting point for the long-distance train that stops only for wizards at European stations.

5. Professor Snape’s character is inspired, in large part, by Rowling’s old chemistry master.

6. After Hogwarts, Hermione worked for the Ministry of Magic at the Department of Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures to gain more rights for house-elves and other magical creatures. Subsequently, it passed to the Application Department of the Magic Law.

7. Harry and Ron have completely revolutionized the Auror Department of the Ministry of Magic.

8. Harry became the head of the Auror Department and, later, of the whole Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Also, on several occasions, he gave lectures on defense against the dark arts in Hogwarts classes.

9. After leaving his job at the Ministry of Magic, Ron joins his brother George in managing the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

10. After Hogwarts, Ginny Weasley becomes a professional Quidditch player. After having his first child with Harry, he joined the sports editorial office of the Daily Prophet.

11. The names of Harry’s sons are in memory of some of the characters: James Sirus, Albus Severus and Lily Luna.

12. George Weasley married Angelina Johnson. Together, they have two children: Fred and Roxanne.

13. The twins George and Fred Weasley were born on April 1st.

14. Harry, Ron, and Hermione had all the Chocolate Frogs dedicated to them. Like Dumbledore, Ron believes this is the greatest success of his life.

15. In a handwritten review of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King considers Professor Umbridge the best imaginary villain since Hannibal Lecter.

16. The motto of the Hogwarts school is “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus”, which means “Never tickle a sleeping dragon.”

17. When he was young, Dumbledore fell in love with Gellert Grindelwald, before he became the most terrible wizard of black magic (before Voldemort).

18. Minerva McGonagall was unhappily in love with a Muggle in her youth but then fled to London for a job at the Magical Law Enforcement Department.

19. When she was a student, McGonagall was a very talented Quidditch player. After a serious injury, however, he gave up the sport.

20. Harry and his inventor, J.K. Rowling, they celebrate their birthday the same day: 31 July.

21. After Hogwarts, Luna Lovegood became a naturalist and during her work she met and married Rolf Scamandro .. Rolf Scamander’s grandfather is Newt Scamandro, the hero of the movie Fantastic animals: where to find them.

22. After the marriage, Neville Paciock and Hannah Abbott moved to London. Neville worked briefly as an Auror, but then became a teacher of Herbology at Hogwarts.

23. Rowling has modeled the young Hermione more or less on herself. Precisely for this reason, he gave her as his Patronus his favorite animal: an otter.

24. If it had been up to his father, Draco Malfoy would have gone to school at the Durmstrang Institute. However, his mother didn’t want to send him that far.

25. J.K. Rowling used her depression (following her mother’s death) as a model to create the Dementors and the feeling they trigger.

26. Ron, Harry and Hermione arrived at the school of magic in 1991.

27. In “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, there is a scene in Dumbledore’s office in which there is a clear allusion to “Herry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” along with a dialogue: “See Harry I have searched and searched something, some small details. Something I could have overlooked, something that would explain why these terrible things happened. Every time I approach an answer that slips away, it’s exasperating. “

28. Before filming “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, director Alfonso Cuarón asked the three main actors to write an essay about their characters. Emma Watson wrote 16 pages on Hermione, Daniel Radcliffe wrote a page about Harry, and Rupert Grint never submitted the paper.

29. Before being chosen to play Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton also read the parts of Harry and Ron’s characters.

30. During the filming of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, the pockets of Tom Felton’s cloak of Hogwarts cloak were sewn because the actor kept trying to smuggle food onto the set.

31. During the shooting of the kissing scene between Harry and Hermione, Rupert Grint was invited to leave the set because he kept laughing.

32. In the Greyfriars Kirk cemetery in Edinburgh, there are three tombstones with the names Thomas Riddle, William McGonagall, and Elizabeth Moodie. It is said that J.K. Rowling took inspiration from those tombstones to name her characters.

33. Since book readers had trouble pronouncing Hermione’s name, Rowling wrote a scene in which she explained her name to Viktor Krum.

34. J.K. Rowling rejected Michael Jackson’s request to produce a Harry Potter musical.

35. Professor Dumbledore has a scar on his left knee. The scar is in the shape of the London underground map.

36. J.K. Rowling had decided that the final word of the saga of the famous wizard was “scar”. With time he changed his mind, opting for a more serene: “It was all right”.

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  • Reply
    September 15, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    I loved hearing about these curiosities. I love the films in the series and the areas dedicated to them in Universal’s parks. It really is a charming story.

    • Reply
      September 27, 2020 at 10:31 am

      Thank you, it means a lot to me!

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