25 Magical Facts about Harry Potter Books and Movies

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1Tom Riddle

Tom Riddle

In the Harry Potter series, Tom Riddle has a different name depending on which language the book is in, in order to preserve the anagram in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In Spanish, his name became "Tom Sorvolo Ryddle," which translates into "Soy Lord Voldemort." In French, his name is "Tom Elvis Jedusor," which becomes "Je suis Voldemort." In Dutch, his name is "Marten Asmodom Vilijn" which is an anagram for "Mijn naam is Voldemort". In Turkish the name is "Tom Marvoldo Riddle" which makes up "Adim Lord Voldemort". In Brazilian Portuguese the name is "Tom Servolo Riddle" which makes up "Eis Lord Voldemort". In Danish, his name is "Romeo G. Detlev Jr." which makes up "Jeg er Voldemort". In Italian his name is "Tom Orvoloson Riddle", which makes up "Son io Lord Voldemort."

2. The actor (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin) who played 11-year-old Voldemort (also known as Tom Riddle) in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is the nephew of Ralph Fiennes, the actor who played the grown-up Voldemort in the final 5 films.

3. Emma Watson almost wasn't Hermione in the Half-Blood Prince. She had considered not returning but decided that she wouldn't be able to watch someone else play Hermione.

4. Novelist Stephen King said that Professor Umbridge from the Harry Potter series is the "greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter."

5. J.K. Rowling seriously considered killing off Ron Weasley mid-series because she was 'in an unhappy place.'

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6Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Harry Potter was born in 1980, making him 38 this year.

7. J. K. Rowling changed her mind about the title of the 4th Harry Potter book twice. Until 12 days before publication, the already publicized working title was "Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament", which turned to "Triwizard Tournament" and then "Goblet of Fire".

8. J.K. Rowling told Alan Rickman the end of Snape's story arc before he ever appeared on camera as Snape in the Harry Potter movies. As a result, he often argued with directors based on knowing something they didn't.

9. James and Oliver Phelps were not actually ginger but dyed their hair red for 10 years while playing Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, recorded a $167 million loss 'on paper' because of "Hollywood Accounting". Warner Brothers effectively made sure that the movie lost money by paying itself a $212 million "distribution fee" off the top.

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11Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

Author J.K. Rowling wrote the final chapter of the last Harry Potter book in 'something like 1990', seven years before the release of the first book.

12. Harry Potter was the most banned book in the US in 2001 and 2002, for being "anti-family, occult/Satanism, religious viewpoint and violence".

13. Before Alfonso Cuarón directed the third Harry Potter film, he assigned the three leads to write a first-person autobiographical essay about their character. Rupert Grint didn't write his, saying 'I'm Ron; Ron wouldn't do it.' Cuarón replied 'Okay, you do understand your character.'

14. In the Harry Potter universe, Professor Umbridge was arrested for hate-crime after the events of the Deathly Hallows.

15. On the weekends after "The Order of the Phoenix" and "The Half-Blood Prince" was published, young people's emergency room visits were reduced by almost half.

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16Jim Dale

Jim Dale

Jim Dale performed 300 voices for the Harry Potter Audiobooks and had to playback recordings of himself on set to remember each one, each time.

17. Jason Isaacs who played Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films was once caught trying to steal his wand from the set.

18. Matthew Lewis wore a fat suit, fake teeth, and more through most of the Harry Potter films to make Neville Longbottom appear more unattractive.

19. Daniel Radcliffe is a recovering alcoholic who started drinking during the last few Harry Potter Movies.

20. The Dementors in Harry Potter were meant to symbolize J.K. Rowling's depression.

21Shirley Henderson

Shirley Henderson

Shirley Henderson, the girl who played Moaning Myrtle (the ghost in the bathroom) was actually 37 years old when she played the character in the Harry Potter series.

22. In the Harry Potter universe, Hogwarts is located in Scotland, not England.

23. J.K. Rowling deleted the rules of Quidditch from the original Harry Potter manuscript "because she thought it made it too technical". Her agent made her put them back in.

24. Voldemort was 71 years old when he died in Harry Potter.

25. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has a brief after credit scene displaying a new book written by a confused Gilderoy Lockhart.

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      • I wish that Harry wasn’t as shallow as show in the books or films, and maybe had a chance with Herminoe. That doesn’t stop the result of Ron with Herminoe.

      • I think that’s false. I believe the Harry and Hermione should have been together and didn’t see any room for Ron he was just an oxymoron.

  1. well the best movie based on a novel ever. do recommend me if anyone of u knew some better then this. dunno how much time would have been taken to just only make daniel fly the broom.

  2. One of the best magical and adventurous movie I have seen.thank you to the whole harry Potter team for giving us such a mismerising series

    • He was a double-agent for Dumbledore. As a young man, he stupidly joined the Death Eaters, probably in a time of depression over Lilly marrying James Potter, who was quite honestly a bully. Once he saw what they really were, he denounced them and was assisted by Dumbledore, who became his mentor and close friend. He was only pretending to still be a Death Eater in order to spy on Voldemorte. Don’t forget that Dumbledore asked Snape to kill him to spare him a terrible death, and Snape was wretched unhappy about it.

        • Who wants more Gay characters? That was Dumbledore and Grindelwald, and any more would be getting off on a tangent that we don’t actually need. Clearly Graves/Grindelwald suspected Dumbledore having developed for Newt, but there’s more at work. Ever suspicious, Grindelwald senses the same hidden power in Newt that Dumbledore recognizes. That is enough to make him see Newt as a serious threat for the future, and the real reason Grindelwald wants him dead.

  3. Anyone else mad that in the movies they made Ginny seem like a very shallow person but in the books she is so much more than that? She is brave, daring, loyal and so many other things!

  4. Love the Harry Potter universe
    Some odd reason though I still haven’t reserved my acceptance letter. My guess is that the owl died mid journey. If found lost owl please return immediately to Hogwarts.

  5. In the books, Hermione didn’t say ‘It’s LeviOsa, not LeviosA.’ She said ‘ It’s Wingardium Leviosa, make the gar nice and long.’

  6. I’m a major Harmony (Harry/Hermione) shipper. But for some reason I adore any and all stories that have Sirius in them.

  7. I just love Harry Potter like the favourite book and next year I am going to be 11 so I am excited and just love Hermione Granger and she is my Wizarding World role model



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