11 Of the nerdiest Harry Potter facts we bet you didn’t know
The first ever Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone written by J.K. Rowling was first released in 1997 and the movie based on the first part came out in 2001. The Harry Potter universe shaped the childhood of many children from that timeline. There were many children who waited for their letter of acceptance in the Hogwart’s school of magic on their birthdays.
Here are 11 cool facts that even the hardcore Potter fans might not know about the most famous wizard of all time.
1 He who must not be named’s name has been pronounced incorrectly
One of the most terrifying villains in novel and movie history, Voldemort has made a name and secured his place in history as one of the most evil fictional characters ever. He not only killed Harry’s parents and numerous other allies of Harry, including his godparents and friends, he even killed Harry, only to be obliterated by Harry in the end. Author Rowling revealed that the‘t’ in Lord Voldemort is supposed to be silent. The name translates to “flight of death” from French and it doesn’t really matter, since we are not supposed to say his name.
2 The Prison of Azkaban has a scary and creepy past
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is widely regarded as one of the best movie in the Potter series along with the final two parts of the series. But you might not know that Azkaban was not a prison originally. It was the fortress which didn’t show up on any map, human or wizard. It was built by a sorcerer named Ekrizdis who would use dark magic to lure muggle sailors to the island and then kill them by torturing them.
3 Dolores Umbridge is based on a real person
Dolores Umbridge, played by Imelda Stauton in the Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix is widely regarded as one of the wiliest and scariest negative characters of the Potter franchise. JK Rowling admitted in an interview that the character is based on a person she knows in real life and hates the character and said that she was as evil as Voldemort.
4 Prof. McGonagall was once a married witch
One of the most respected witches of her time and fierce ally of Professor Dumbledore, Prof Minerva McGonagall was once married to her former boss in the ministry of magic, where she worked before becoming a professor. Her husband’s name was Elphinstone Urquart, who died three years into the marriage due to a bite from a venomous tarantula.
5 The secret behind Harry’s scar
JK Rowling admitted that she purposely designed the scar on Harry’s forehead in shape of a lighting strike, because it looked cool. She said that it wouldn’t have had the same impact if the scar was a simple circle or any other shape.
6 How to pronounce Hermione?
Hermione Granger is one of the strongest female characters of Harry Potter books and she proves that a nerdy girl can also be the bravest when time comes. She was the one on whom both Harry and Ron depended on, when they needed spells and enchantments to help them. Also her name is pronounced as “her-MY-oh-knee”. And we all love Emma Watson and she will remain Hermione for us, forever!!
7 Harry’s son gets sorted
JK Rowling recently tweeted that Harry Potter’s son James Sirius Potter was sorted in the Gryffindor house by the sorting hat on his first day at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on September 1, 2015 . Harry was also sorted in the same house, after he insisted.
8 Hagrid can’t do this one thing with magic
The huge giant but lovable Hagrid who went from keeper of keys and grounds to a professor in the Pooterverse is a universally likable character from the books. He can also do magic and has shown that he can be quite good when needed. Unfortunately, he cannot conjure up a patronus, like other witches and wizards. Rowling explained that Hagrid doesn’t have the capability and power to summon such a powerful spell, but said if he could, his patronus would definitely be like the dog he kept with himself, big and fluffy and likable.
9 Voldemort and Harry were related
Rowling also shared a pretty rare and unknown tidbit saying that Voldemort and Harry were not only connected to each other, thanks to the horcrux, but they were also related. Voldemort is a descendant of Cadmus Peverell, who held the resurrection stone and Harry is related to Ignotus Peverell who held the cloak of invisibility.
10 Harry gets one prized possession
Remember the flying bike that Hagrid used to bring baby Harry to the Pivet Street in the first book. That bike actually belonged to Sirius Black and after the war was over, it was fixed by Mr. Weasly and was given to Harry, as he was its rightful owner, being the godson of Sirius Black.
11 Dumbledore loved his family
When Harry saw his dead parents in the mirror of Erised in the very first book, Dumbledore explained that it showed whatever the heart desired and he told Harry that he saw himself holding a thick pair of woolen socks. In fact what he saw was that his family was alive and well and he had reconciled with his family. It was what his heart desired and the mirror showed it to him.