25 Harry Potter Facts That Will Knock You Off Your Broomstick

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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People had trouble pronouncing Hermione’s name, so Rowling had her sound it out for Viktor Krum in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”


Epic Fail


Forty versions of Salazar Slytherin’s infamous locket had to be created to accommodate Harry and Ron’s failed attempts to destroy it during filming.


Playing Hooky


When “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” was released in Great Britain, the publisher asked stores not to sell the book until schools were closed for the day to prevent truancy.


Staying In Character


In order to become acquainted with the films’ three main stars, director Alfonso Cuaron had each of them write an essay about their characters. True to their characters, Emma Watson wrote a 16-page essay, Daniel Radcliffe wrote a simple, one-page paper, and Rupert Grint never even turned his in.


Take That, Edward Cullen


The least successful Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” made $90 million more than the most successful Twilight movie.

We hope you enjoyed these 25 Harry Potter Facts. Did you learn anything new?  Which one of the Harry Potter facts did you find most surprising?

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