25 Harry Potter Facts That Will Knock You Off Your Broomstick

Posted by on August 8, 2012

Everyone knows the story of Harry Potter, but few people know what went down behind the scenes of the movies or what inspired J.K. Rowling to write one of the most read book series in the world. These 25 little-known Harry Potter facts will knock you off your broomstick and give you a glimpse into makings of the series that changed the future of children’s literature and made the muggle world a little more magical. Although the beloved series officially drew to a close last summer, for the Harry Potter generation, the story will live on forever. Enjoy our hand-picked 25 Harry Potter Facts.
25

Coincidence?

Harry’s birthday is July 31, 1980. Rowling’s birthday is also July 31 – but in 1966.

24

Oldie But Goodie

The actress who played Moaning Myrtle was 37 years old at the time “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” was filmed. She is the oldest actress to ever portray a Hogwarts student.

23

Potty Mouth

Ron Weasley’s character originally swore a lot, but Rowling’s publisher wouldn’t let her use that sort of language because it would’ve been inappropriate for young readers.

22

J.K. – Just Kidding!

Rowling’s publisher suggested she use initials rather than her real name, “Joanne Rowling,” in order to appeal to male readers. She chose J.K., borrowing the “K” from her grandmother’s name, Kathleen. However, neither “Kathleen” nor “K” is part of her legal name.

21

Spoiler Alert

Only Alan Rickman, the actor who played Professor Snape, knew his character’s fate before the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” because Rowling told him.

20

Botanical Inspiration

Rowling said the inspiration for the name of Harry’s school in the books, “Hogwarts,” may have unconsciously come from the name of a plant she saw in the Kew Gardens in New York City.

19

An Interesting Audition

Rupert Grint dressed up like his female drama teacher and rapped about Ron Weasley for his audition tape. His rap began, “Hello, my name is Rupert Grint, I hope you don’t think I stink.”

18

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

Contrary to popular belief, the ‘t’ at the end of Voldemort is silent. The name comes from the French words meaning “flight of death.”

17

Overachiever

J.K. Rowling slightly based 11-year-old Hermione on herself at the same age. She even made Hermione’s patronus her favorite animal, an otter.

16

Second Year Itch

An outbreak of lice occurred among the children cast members during the filming of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

15

Nice Try

Tom Felton auditioned for the roles of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, but was chosen to play Draco Malfoy instead.

14

Badass Bandit

The idea for Sirius Black’s tattoos came from those used in Russian prison gangs. The markings identify the person as someone to be feared and respected.

13

A Hairy Situation

Robbie Coltrane, the actor who played Hagrid in the films, has gotten a mini-fan and a fruit bat stuck in his famous, shaggy beard.

12

Kiss Of Death

Dementors, the deadly phantoms that guard Azkaban Prison, represent depression and were based on Rowling’s struggle with the disease.

11

Whoa

Over 400 million Harry Potter books in 67 languages have been sold worldwide as of 2008.