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38 Little-Known Facts About The 'Harry Potter' Series

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

Harry Potter books and movies have been included in our lives. Maybe you're a Harry Potter fan. But as in every series, there are some unknowns in Harry Potter! You will discover them in this list.

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1. Some characters had different names before JK Rowling changed it. Hermione Puckle, Neville Puff, Lily Moon (Luna Lovegood), Draco Spinks, Madhari Patil, and Mati Patil.

2. Hogwarts wizarding school has about 600 students.

3. Fred and George were born on April 1st.

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4. Author JK Rowling revealed that Dumbledore was gay and fell in love with Grindelwald, whom he later defeated in a wizard duel.

dumbledore harry potter photos

5. George Weasley and Angelina Johnson got married. They had 2 children, Roxanne and Fred.

fun facts about harry potter

6. The actress who played Moaning Myrtle was actually 37 years old and was the oldest actress to play a Hogwarts student.

Moaning Myrtle Harry Potter character

7. Remus' father Lyall Lupine once described werewolves as "soulless, monstrous, deserving nothing but death" with Fenrir Greyback behind him. Greyback got his revenge by biting Remus just before his 50th birthday.

Remus Lupin Harry Potter character

8. Colors play an important role in Harry Potter novels. For example, shades of red such as Gryffindor's red robes, Harry's red ink, and the crimson Hogwarts Express train represent goodness. The Weasleys have red hair and a red roof. Green is largely associated with negative events, such as when Harry sees a green light when his parents die and Ron gets a green curse that causes him to vomit.

gryffindor room harry potter

9. McGonagall was an award-winning Quidditch player but had a bad fall in her senior year. She quit Quidditch with a concussion and broken bones.

Professor Minerva McGonagall Harry Potter character

10. Rowling said she may have mistakenly gotten the name "Hogwarts" from a pig plant she saw at Kew Gardens in New York.

hogwarts photo harry potter

11. After graduation, McGonagall fell head over heels in love with a muggle named Dougal McGregor. She wanted to accept the marriage proposal that Dougal McGregor made to her, but she refused due to concerns about her identity. If she violated the International Statute of Secrecy, she would lose her post in the ministry.

12. The original title of the first book was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and has appeared in books in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and other regions. It was renamed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by the American publisher because "Sorcerer" seemed more exciting.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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13. Dementors are the product of JK Rowling's depressive days in her 20s.

Dementor Harry Potter

14. The motto of Hogwarts school is Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus, which means "Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon" in Latin.

draco dormiens nunquam titillandus harry potter

15. For quite a while, JK Rowling used the last word of the series to be "Scar." She thought of doing it, but finally, "Everything was fine." made.

16. Author Rowling claims that the wizarding world is purely fictional and does not believe in the magic found in her books.

17. Voldemort was 71 years old when he died at the Battle of Hogwarts.