You’re only here for one reason, you ~LOVE~ Harry Potter and if you could, you want the ability to re-read the books for the first time. We’re all in that boat but alas, it doesn’t work like that. You’re also probably a die-hard Harry Potter fan and you can’t pass up the opportunity to test us. You know what we mean – will we reveal something you didn’t know in these next pages? Read on and find out.
Alan Rickman…we miss you, but your legend lives on. Always. I know, we’re starting off with a doozy but it had ot be done. In order for Rickman to become better acquainted with the films’ three main characters, director Alfonso Cuaron had each of them write an essay about their characters. And true to their characters, did they. Emma Watson wrote a 16 page essay, Daniel Radcliffe wrote a rather simple, one page paper, and Rupert Grint never even turned his in. Classic.
Driving Miss Daisy
One of the flying cars that was used in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was stolen off set. How someone managed to do that, is still a secret. It was then discovered seven months later when an anonymous caller informed the police of its whereabouts. HMM.
Only our dear Alan Rickman knew his character’s fate before the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And only because the one and only JK Rowling told him.
Harry Potter’s birthday is on July 31, 1980. JK Rowling’s birthday is also July 31 – but in 1966. Coincidence?
During filming of the final film, featuring the ever famous kissing scene between the horcrux versions of Harry and Hermione, Rupert Grint had to be removed from the set for laughing too much. Way to go, Ron.
Good One, Draco
Tom Felton, the actor who portrayed Draco, first auditioned for the roles of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, but was instead chosen to play Draco Malfoy. Smart choice.
Sirius Black’s tattoos were an idea from those used in Russian prison gangs. The markings further go on to identify the person as someone to be feared and respected.
While filming Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Tom Felton’s Hogwarts robes actually had their pockets sewn shut because he continually kept trying to sneak food onto the set.
The actress who played the ever lovely Moaning Myrtle was actually 37 years old at the time Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was filmed. She was the oldest actress to ever portray a student at Hogwarts. Not bad.
The character of Ron Weasley originally swore a lot, but JK Rowling’s publisher wouldn’t let her use that kind of language as it would not be appropriate for young readers.
When Rupert Grint auditioned for the role of Ron Weasley, he dressed up like his old female drama teacher and did a rap. Starting with the line, “Hello, my name is Rupert Grint, I hope you don’t think I stink.” Safe to say it caught everyone’s attention.
People honestly had trouble pronouncing Hermione’s name, so our dear JK Rowling had her sound it out for Viktor Krum in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. That’s one way to deal with the problem.
Over 400 million Harry Potter books in over 67 languages have been sold worldwide, since 2008. Yeah, whoa, is an understatement.
He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, let’s talk about him or rather, let’s not. The ‘t’ at the end of Voldemort is actually silent. The name comes from the French words that mean “flight of death.”
The Meaning Of
Dementors, those deadly phantoms that guard Azkaban Prison, represent depression. They were entirely based on Rowling’s own struggle with the disease.
J.K. Rowling did slightly base our dear 11-year-old Hermione on herself of the same age. She even made Hermione’s patronus her all time favorite animal, an otter.