Harry Potter Facts!

I’ve mentioned before on my blog that my whole family are Harry Potter fans. We’ve visited the Warner Bros Studio in London where they filmed the books, but have now booked for a revisit! We’re going for the “Sweets and Treats” themed event next month. And, it will be the first time we have seen the Hogwarts Express that arrived in March. We’re all looking forward to it, so I though I would do a series of Harry Potter themed posts leading up to our trip.

JK-RowlingDouble Trouble?

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

Not in Front of the Kids…

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.

Kew Gardens…

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.

Silent French…

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

Harry_Potter_English_Australian_SeriesThat’s The Sound of the Men Working on the Chain Gang…

The idea for Sirius Black’s tattoos came from those used in Russian prison gangs. The markings identify the person as someone to be feared and respected.

A Billion Books…

Probably the most impressive of Harry Potter facts is that J.K. Rowling is the first person to become a dollar billionaire by writing books.

Food Hoarder…

While filming “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” Tom Felton’s Hogwarts robes had their pockets sewn shut because he kept trying to sneak food onto the set.

Literate Truancy…

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.

Failure is Counted…

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.

Successful Failure…

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

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