Tuesday, February 16, 2016

10 Facts That You Didn't Know About Harry Potter

     Those of us who have read the Harry Potter books and seen the movies countless times are probably a little bit cocky about how much we know about Harry Potter. Today, however, you will learn ten interesting facts about the Harry Potter series that you probably didn't know.

Harry and Lord Voldemort are Related
         One fact that you may not have been familiar with is this: Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort are related, although not closely. They are related through Ignotus Peverell (one of the Three Brothers from  The Tales of Beedle the Bard) and Salazar Slytherin.

The Original Snitch Was a Bird
      When Quidditch was first played, the golden snitch was originally a bird called a Snidget. However, because many wizards found it cruel that a live animal was being used for sport, the golden snitch was created by a wizard named Boman Wright.

The Epilogue in the Deathly Hallows Almost Went Quite Differently
    J.K. Rowling has admitted that the epilogue at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows almost went quite differently. Rowling considered putting Dudley in the epilogue with a magical child. However, Rowling decided that a magical child could not have been produced by Dudley due to Vernon Dursley's DNA.

The Troll Scene Was Almost Cut
     The troll scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was almost cut from the book entirely. Although Rowling's editor suggested that the scene be cut,  J.K. Rowling insisted that the scene stayed in the book. She insisted that Hermione would have to do something extraordinary to redeem herself in Ron's and Harry's eyes because she had been so annoying before this scene.

Hagrid is Based on a Real Person
     Another interesting fact is that our favorite lovable half-giant was based on an actual person. When J.K. Rowling was nineteen, she met a "huge and terrifying" Hell's Angel biker at a pub in England. He had spoken to her about how his petunias hadn't done very well that year. Rubeus Hagrid is based off that man.

The Marauder's Map Was Stolen From Harry
      People often wonder if any of Harry's children got their hands on the Marauder's Map while they were attending Hogwarts. HP fans will be delighted to hear that young James Potter stole the map from his father's desk. The tradition of trouble-making Potters lives on.

Ron Weasley Originally Swore a Lot
      In the original copies of the Harry Potter books, Ron Weasley swore a lot. (This isn't very surprising considering that the books hinted at the fact that Ron swore frequently). However, J.K. Rowling's editors decided that wouldn't be a good idea since the book was being marketed to children.

Voldemort Was Incapable of Loving
       Another interesting fact is this: Lord Voldemort was incapable of loving. This is because he was conceived under the effects of a love potion.

Fred and George Bewitched Snowballs to Hit Quirrell's Turban
      In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the twins bewitch some snowballs to hit that back of Professor Quirrell's head. This in itself is pretty funny. However, this scene becomes absolutely hilarious when you realize that Lord Voldemort's face is in the spot where the snowballs were hitting.

Dumbledore Was Gay and He Had a Crush On...
     We've all known for years that Dumbledore was gay. However, what you might not know is that Dumbledore had a crush on his good friend (at the time) Gellert Grindelwald. This makes me wonder... Was this big fight a lover's quarrel?

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