25 Harry Potter Facts That Will Knock You Off Your Broomstick

Posted by on November 20, 2014

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 has officially come to a close, for the Harry Potter generation, the story will live on forever. Enjoy our hand-picked 25 Harry Potter Facts.



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


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.


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.


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.


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.