These are all facts about the books (although a lot will also cross over into the films obviously), that I have tried to make sure are accurate. However, if you know any are wrong please let me know by telling me which number fact is wrong, and what it should be. I’ll do more of these as time goes by, including facts about the films.
I hope you enjoy them, as it’s taken me ages to find all this stuff and organise it into something that I hope is fun. I use the word organise very loosely though, it’s not really in any kind of order or plan, because that would have taken me far more time than I have to do.
So here goes:
1) Natalie McDonald is a character who appears on page 159 of The Goblet of Fire. She was a first year student who gets sorted into Gryffindor. In real life she was a nine-year-old girl from Toronto, Canada, with terminal leukaemia. She wrote to JK Rowling asking how Harry Potter would end, because she knew she’d die before the final book was released. JK Rowling wrote back to her to tell her as much as she could, only to find out that Natalie had died the day before. Some time later, when JK Rowling was in Canada on a promotional tour she visited the McDonald family to pay her respects.
2) The makers of the Marauders Map, died in reverse order from how their names appear on their most famous mischief-making device. Moony aka Remus Lupin dies last in the Battle for Hogwarts, Wormtail aka Peter Pettigrew died not long before that at Malfoy Manor by his own silvery hand, Padfoot aka Sirius Black died saving Harry and his friends form the Department of Mysteries in The Order of the Phoenix, and Prongs aka James Potter died protecting his son and hoping to save his wife from Voldemort when Harry was just a baby.
3) Originally, Ron Weasley had a bit of a potty mouth and swore a lot, but the publishers asked JK Rowling to tone it down because of the books younger readers
4) The name JK Rowling was used on the books instead of Joanne or Jo Rowling, because the publishers thought boys wouldn’t read a book by a woman. How wrong they were; I’m male and some of my favourite authors are women. A good author is a good author, full stop! The K stands for Kathleen, which was the name of JK Rowling’s Grandmother, as JK Rowling has no middle name.
5) JK Rowling has said that if Dumbledore had a Muggle song playing at his funeral it would have been My Way by Frank Sinatra.
6) Hermione is loosely based on JK Rowling at the same age, and she gave Hermione an otter as a Patronus because it’s her favourite animal.
7) The name Voldemort means flight from death in French, and the ‘t’ is silent.
8) Dementors were created as a representation of the depression JK Rowling suffered from during a really tough time in her life.
9) Over 450 million copies of Harry Potter in 74 languages have been sold worldwide.
10) JK Rowling is the first person to become a billionaire from writing books.
11) When The Prisoner of Azkaban was released the publishers asked bookshops not to sell it until after schools had finished for the day, so that students wouldn’t skip school to go and buy it.
12) Voldemort’s Bogart would be his own corpse because he feared death.
13) Despite promising herself that she wouldn’t, JK Rowing almost killed Ron halfway the series.
14) Rowling has admitted she regrets making Ron and Hermione a couple.
15) The day Harry and Ron save Hermione from the Mountain Troll and become friends in The Philosopher’s Stone was the 10th anniversary of the deaths of James and Lily. It was Halloween.
16) Sirius Black and Fred Weasley, two of Hogwarts most famous pranksters, both died laughing.
17) In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Professor Trelawney refuses to sit down at a table with 12 other people because she believed it would be so unlucky that the first person to stand up would die. When Harry arrives at Grimmauld Place in The Order of the Phoenix there are 13 people sitting at the table, Sirius is the first to stand and he dies soon after.
18) JK Rowling spent the first five years deciding the rules about what the characters could and couldn’t do.
19) The Philosopher’s Stone was released in the same year as the ‘Battle for Hogwarts’ takes place in The deathly Hallows, bringing a double meaning to the line “I open at the close” which is written on the Golden Snitch containing one of the Deathly Hallows.
20) Hermione Puckle, Neville Puff, Draco Spinks, Lily Moon (Luna Lovegood), Madhari Patil, and Mati Patil where all names that JK Rowling considered using before settling on the names we know from the books.
21) The only time the Weasley twins were ever apart were when George’s ear was cursed off, and when Fred was killed.
22) Voldemort was 71 years old when he died in the Battle of Hogwarts.
23) The Tale of the Deathly Hallows is based on a book called The Pardoner’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer.
24) Harry Potter might never have happened if JK Rowling’s mother hadn’t died, at least not in the way we know them. JK Rowling has said, “The books are what they are because she died … because I loved her and she died.”
25) In Greek mythology, the seer Cassandra was cursed so that no one would believe her prophecies. Professor Trelawney’s great-grandmother’s name was Cassandra.
This is round one. I have loads more facts to share with you, but I’ve decided to spread them out over several posts. If you know any you think I should include in a future post please let me know, and I’ll put them in.
On a separate note, this is my 50th post, and I just want to say thank you for following me. I only do this because I want to share things with the many friends I’ve made on Pottermore and the other great people who have found this blog. The fact that people keep coming back to read new posts means a great deal to me: It is the reason why my 50th post about Harry Potter, because without Harry Potter I wouldn’t know any of the people I know from Pottermore or be writing this blog.
“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.