Here is round three of my Harry Potter Facts posts, for which I feel needs no introduction. Apart from to say that these are from both the books, films, and general Harry Potter/JK Rowling stuff (some things you will recognise from other posts about places I’ve travelled to, but I figured that it would be easier for you guys to find in the future if you could just look for them all in these Harry Potter Facts posts).
1) Salt was used for snow in the films.
2) The Harry Potter brand is worth $15 billion worldwide.
3) The Harry Potter films made $7.7 billion at the box office worldwide.
4) JK Rowling’s parents were expecting her to be a boy, and had chosen the name of Simon John, only to have a girl instead.
5) 11 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were sold in first day in the UK and USA alone.
6) Only 500 copies of first book were initially printed, of which 350 went to libraries.
7) Seven is a magical number in many cultures, and here are some magical facts about the number seven in Harry Potter:
– Students pend seven years at Hogwarts.
– There are seven floors at Hogwarts.
– Voldemort made seven Horcruxes (Tom Riddle’s Diary, Marvolo Gaunt’s Ring, Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem, Salazar Slytherin’s Locket, Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, Nagini, and Harry Potter himself).
– There are seven Weasley children: Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny.
– Harry paid seven galleons for his wand.
– Quidditch teams have seven players.
– There are seven obstacles leading up to the Philosopher’s Stone: Fluffy, Devil’s Snare, flying keys, giant chess set, Mountain Troll, Snape’s Potions (7 bottles) & The Mirror of Erised (this is in the books rather than the films).
– Seven individuals are attacked by the Basilisk during Harry’s second year at Hogwarts: Mrs. Norris, Colin Creevey, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, Hermione Granger, Penelope Clearwater & Harry Potter.
– There are seven locks on Professor Moody’s trunk.
– There are seven secret passages out of Hogwarts.
– Harry caught seven Golden Snitches during his time as Seeker on the Gryffindor Quidditch team: vs. Slytherin and vs. Hufflepuff in first year, vs. Slytherin in second year, vs. Ravenclaw and vs. Slytherin in third year, vs. Slytherin in fifth year, and vs. Slytherin in sixth year.
– The Battle of the Seven Potters see’s seven Harry Potters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Fleur Delacour and Mundungus Fletcher.
– Harry Potter escaped death from Lord Voldemort seven times before finishing him off: in Godric’s Hollow as a baby, over the Philosopher’s Stone, in the Chamber of Secrets, in the graveyard of Little Hangleton, during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, during The Battle of the Seven Potters, and during the Battle of Hogwarts in the Forbidden Forest.
– There are seven known spell types: Transfiguration, Charm, Jinx, Hex, Curse, Counter-spell, and Healing.
8) 160 pairs of glasses were used just for Harry during filming, Dan got to keep 2 (one from the first film and one from the last).
9) A Harry Potter play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is opening in London’s West End Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016. Tickets go on sale in the autumn, and you can keep up to date on more info at http://www.harrypottertheplaylondon.com
10) Michael Jackson wanted to write a Harry Potter musical, but JK Rowling said no.
11) If you watched all 8 films back to back it would take 19hours and 40 minutes.
12) One of the inscriptions on the Mirror of Erised says, “I show not your face but your heart’s desire” when reflected in a mirror.
13) When Coca-Cola won the rights to tie in its product with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling insisted the company donate $18 million to the U.S. ‘Reading Is Fundamental’ campaign to encourage children to read.
14) JK Rowling found Hedwig’s name in a book of saints.
15) In 2007, JK Rowling was runner up for Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
16) The Harry Potter books were the first children’s books to be included on the New York Bestseller list since E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web in 1952.
17) The Hogwarts school motto is “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus” which is Latin for “Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon.”
18) JK Rowling’s favourite book as a child was The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.
19) The final scene in the Harry Potter films for David Tennant (who played Barty Crouch Junior in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film) was called The Parting of Ways, and the first Doctor Who episode we see him in as the Doctor in Doctor Who is called The Parting of the Ways. He also makes a reference to Expelliarmus in a Doctor Who episode called The Shakespeare Code, and appeared in two episodes with Rodger Lloyd-Pack who played his dad in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (the episodes were called Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel). This fact came from Rosie (RoseMagic10218).
20) When we see the outside of Kings Cross station in the films, it is actually the outside of St. Pancras station, which is right next door to Kings Cross. This is because St. Pancras looks nicer. Inside Kings Cross you will find a sign for Platform 9 3/4, and a trolley which looks like it’s being pushed through the barrier between platforms. There’s also a Harry Potter shop there.
21) Go to www.empireonline.com/features/harry-potter-travel-guide for a guide to Harry Potter related places in London.
22) JK Rowling started writing Harry Potter in and Edinburgh café called ‘The Elephant House’.
23) I always think Edinburgh Castle looks like Hogwarts, but I’ve read that Hogwarts is actually roughly based on George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh.
24) Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh is near to the café where JK Rowling started writing Harry Potter, In the graveyard is the grave of a man called Thomas Riddle who died in 1806, and his son, who shared the name Thomas Riddle, just like Voldemort shares the name with his father. There’s also the grave of a poet called William ‘Topaz’ McGonagall.
25) You can go on Harry Potter walking tours in Edinburgh called The Potter Trail. (www.pottertrail.com).
So there you go, another round of Harry Potter facts, and I have at least two more planned. Enjoy!
P.S.- This post was my 100th post, so it seemed only right that it should be about Harry Potter as that is what brought us all together. I didn’t even think about reaching 100 when I started this, I just wanted to create a place to share books with you guys, as books mean the world to me. So I want to say thank you to you all for following me, and reading all of my posts, and here’s to the next 100!
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy.