Hogwarts and Beyond: 17 New Insights Into the Harry Potter Series

1I’ll Stand By You Always

I’ll Stand By You Always

Bruce Springsteen wrote the song “I’ll Stand By You Always,” for a Harry Potter film, but said the producers of the movie didn’t want to use it.


2Harry Potter Book

Harry Potter Book

There is a first-edition copy of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' amongst Earth's most important artifacts preserved aboard Platform One in the Doctor Who episode "The End of the World."


3Potter book rejected

Potter book rejected

The first 'Harry Potter' book was initially rejected by twelve different publishers, as it was considered too long for children to read.


4Voldemort's wand

Voldemort's wand

Voldemort's wand is made of yew. The plant is seen by some as having immense supernatural power and being a symbol of death and rebirth, representing the same immortality that Voldemort seeks.


5Evanna Lynch

Evanna Lynch

Evanna Lynch, who eventually portrayed Luna Lovegood in the 'Harry Potter' film series, was such a fan of the books as a child that she was able to convince doctors to allow her to leave a hospital where she was recovering from an illness so she can stand in line to get a signed copy of 'The Order of the Phoenix.'


6Hermione's Parents

Hermione's Parents

J.K. Rowling revealed that after the Battle of Hogwarts, Hermione tracked down her parents and restored their unaltered memories.


7Chocolate Frog Cards

Chocolate Frog Cards

Harry, Ron, and Hermione became memorialized in Chocolate Frog cards after the Battle of Hogwarts, of which 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling said, "Ron will describe this as his finest hour."


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8Harry Hermione's Kiss

Harry Hermione's Kiss

During the shooting of Harry and Hermione's kissing scene in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1', actor Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, was asked to leave the set for laughing too much.


9Draco Malfoy

Draco Malfoy

Though he was ultimately cast as Draco Malfoy in the 'Harry Potter' film series, Tom Felton initially auditioned for the roles of both Ron Weasley and the title character.


10Weasley Twins

Weasley Twins

Fred and George Weasley were born on the first of April, 1978, April Fools' Day.

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