15 Amazing Facts About Harry Potter

Entertainment | By Cole Damon | January 16, 2018

J.K Rowling has written one of the most popular books in the world - the Harry Potter series. It has captivated the imaginations of countless children and adults alike all over the world. Almost everyone has invested their personal time drawn into the world created by J.K Rowling's unique imaginative writing. But even the most diehard of fans don't know about the following 15 amazing facts.

Moaning Myrtle

This creepy young girl was actually 37 years old at the time of shooting "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets". She is in fact one of the oldest actresses to ever play a Hogwarts student. Strange thing no?

Inappropriate swearing

Ron Weasley's character was initially supposed to be that of a rebel who had a nonchalant approach to life. He was originally supposed to swear and use vile language to get his point across. But the publisher got rid of it.

Why did she use initials?

J.K Rowling decided to author the novels under the pen name "J.K" instead of her full name which is "Joanne Rowling". This is because she knew about the sexist nature of the world at the time and wanted to capture male audience as well.

Professor Snape's demise

Only actor Alan Rickman, who played Professor Snape, knew about the fate of his character much before the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". This is because Rowling herself told him about this interesting development.

Influence of plants

One of the primary influences for JK Rowling's use of the word "Hogwarts" came from a plant she saw while writing the book in Kew Gardens. Since she was stumbling for names, the plant was the first thing she saw and used its name.

Creative audition

Rupert Grint, the actor who played Ron Weasley, wooed the audition judges by showing his extreme talent for creativity. He dressed as his female drama teacher and began rapping about Ron Weasley. This earned him a gig at a strong acting career.

What does Voldemort mean?

The origins of his name is enough to make us all dread in fear . The 't' in Voldemort is silent but it was convenient to pronounce it that way. The name is an amalgamation of French words which mean, "flight of death".

The film's budget

The movies are more than two hours long and have insanely large budgets. For instance the budget of Harry Potter and the Death Hallows required at least $160 million to turn it into a movie. "It's a waste of money" says John Hurt.

Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double

It's not easy portraying Harry Potter and it can be a physically demanding job. One which resulted in a serious injury to David Holmes, the stunt double for Daniel Radcliffe. The actor fell from a harness and suffered a concussion.

Sirius Black's tattoos

The general idea behind the character design of the pure blood wizard, Siruis's tattoos was borrowed entirely from Russian prison gangs. Those particular markings create an intimidating aura that the person should be feared and respected. There's also a touch of mystery to it.

The large beard

For Robbie Coltrane, portraying Hagrid comes at a cost. He has gotten plenty of debris stuck in his beard such as a mini fan and even a fruit bat. That large beard requires a lot of maintenance which consumes a significant amount of his time.

Rowling's own depression

The Dementors, the powerful and frightening phantoms which guard the Azkaban Prison actually represent the depression and struggles Rowling had gone through a lot because of her illness and divorce. Those demons stem from real issues in her life.

Harry Potter has sold millions

The reason why J K Rowling has made billions is because her books not only sold millions worldwide (in over 67 languages) but also because they have movie and cartoon adoptions which sold equally as well. Profit for everyone involved.

Billionaire author

JK Rowling is the first writer ever to have made over a billion dollars exclusively by selling books. No other writer in history has come close and probably may never. She probably never expected her books to sell this rapidly.

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