25 Harry Potter Facts That Will Knock You Off Your Broomstick

Posted by , Updated 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.

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Botanical Inspiration

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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.

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An Interesting Audition

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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.”

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He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

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

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Overachiever

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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.

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Second Year Itch

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

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