Facts about Harry Potter Movie
Are you a true Harry Potter Movie fan?
Because while you might think you know all there is to know, a bunch of facts has been discovered since the series was born, and there are always more to be uncovered.
For example, do you know which major character was almost killed off? Or what the only swear word used in the movies is? or harry potters real names?
Keep on reading, and soon enough you will…
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series captured people’s hearts as one of the most popular book series of all time. Several countries adopted both books and movies, some even translating them into their own languages. Some even go as far as finding out which Harry Potter house they’re in or learning how to make their own wand. Take a closer look at the wizarding world of Harry Potter with these Harry Potter facts.
First up on our list of harry potter fun facts we have the disturbing life of Herpo the Foul. This ancient Greek dark wizard is the first known wizard to triumphantly create a Horcrux — and breed the first Basilisk.
The Hogwarts motto is “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus.”
This Latin verse translates to “Never tickle a sleeping dragon.” However, the Golden Trio probably skipped this out of Harry Potter facts, considering their wild adventures in all 7 books.
Harry Potter became the first and only known person to survive the Killing Curse.
On the fateful day of October 31, 1981, Lily Potter made a loving sacrifice to protect her son from Voldemort’s killing curse. Due to the incident, Voldemort accidentally made Harry into a Horcrux where a piece of his soul has been implanted.
Dumbledore’s full name is Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore.
Better known as simply Albus Dumbledore, the previous Headmaster of Hogwarts was in office for nearly 40 years. Sadly, he was not spared from the story as Severus Snape killed him. Dumbledore was buried in a white marble tomb on the Hogwarts grounds. All in all, Albus Dumbledore was considered as the most powerful wizard of his time.
Hermione Granger is the only girl of the Golden Trio.
Recognized as the brightest witch of her generation, Hermione Jean Granger was evidently brilliant, headstrong, and resourceful throughout the series. Harry considers her and Ron his closest friends regardless of her being a Muggle-born. Hence, Hermione is a living example of the misconception of pureblood wizard supremacy.
Voldemort used to have a nose.
Lord Voldemort was born Tom Marvolo Riddle to Merope Gaunt, a Salazar Slytherin-descendant, and Tom Riddle, a Little Hangleton wealthy muggle. The half-blood orphan transformed into the Dark Lord in his journey of taking over the Wizarding world through manipulating the relationship between purebred and Muggle-born wizards.
Severus Snape was more than just a terrifying Potions Master in Hogwarts.
At the same time, Snape was also the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and Head of Slytherin at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He might as well be the most misunderstood character in the series from his love for Lily Potter down to when he had to kill Dumbledore.
Despite being a Death Eater, Snape was also a member of the Order of the Phoenix, a secret organization working against Voldemort. His strong regret over losing his great love, Lily Potter, was what kept him going as a double spy until the Dark Lord and his snake, Nagini killed him.
Shaggy-haired half-giant Hagrid was the son of a human and a giantess.
In Hogwarts, Rubeus Hagrid serves as the Care of Magical Creatures professor, Gamekeeper, and the Keeper of Keys and Grounds. He lives in a hut within school grounds near the Forbidden Forest. Moreover, Hagrid has been a great friend and guardian to Harry ever since he fetched the boy for his first year at Hogwarts.
Draco Malfoy was supposed to kill Dumbledore.
The only child of Death Eaters Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy, Draco was a House Slytherin student in Hogwarts in the same year as his rival, Harry Potter. He can almost always be seen with Crabbe and Goyle, his two much larger friends who also function as his bodyguards. Originally, Voldemort recruited the platinum blonde-haired boy to kill then Headmaster Albus Dumbledore.
Many actors played Harry Potter throughout the movies.
English actor Daniel Radcliffe can be easily identified as the face of the franchise but there are others who portrayed the character as well. Saunders Triplets acted as baby Harry in HP1 while Toby Papworth went up for the same role in a flashback scene in HP7. Moreover, Josh Herdman played the role of Harry in HP2 when he was in Polyjuice Potion Goyle form.
6 different actors played Voldemort through the films.
Veteran British actor Richard Bremmer played HP1 Lord Voldemort, while English actor Christian Coulson played the younger Tom Riddle in HP7. British actor Ralph Fiennes first appeared as Voldemort in HP4 and reprised the role until the last movie. Younger versions of the Dark Lord were presented through Hero Fiennes-Tiffin for the 11-year-old Tom Riddle in HP6 and Frank Dillane for the near-30-years-old in HP6. The uncle-and-nephew Ralph and Hero showed a creepy resemblance that helped portray the two versions of the character.
The Mandrake was one of the greatest magical plants in Harry Potter.
Earmuffs are vital when it comes to cultivating this magical plant as its cry is fatal to those who hear it. Still, this plant is beneficial as an ingredient in antidotes.
The Venomous Tentacula is considered the perfect weapon to use against a Death Eater.
As its name implies, this magical plant in Harry Potter goes through a teething phase, has a spiky appearance, and is dark red in color. Herbology lessons deem swearing loudly acceptable when attacked by one.
Snargaluff is a flesh-eating tree.
Juicing a Snargaluff requires a sharp knife and the strength to fight back. Once the pod is plucked out and burst open, pale green tubers wiggling like worms will pour out.
‘Accio’ is a Summoning Charm that can summon an object toward the caster.
Just call the object aloud following the incantation and it would come in your hands or direct line of sight even if it is out of view before. Isn’t that one for Harry Potter facts that you wish were real?
‘Alohomora’ is an Unlocking Charm.
The Alohomora spell unlocks doors and other objects even those sealed under a Locking Spell. Still, it is also possible to protect doors from unwanted access from this spell.
Avada Kedavra is one of the 3 Unforgivable Curses.
This spell results in instantaneous death, accompanied by a green light flash and a rushing noise. Until now, Harry Potter is the only wizard to survive the Killing Curse.
Filming of the scenes at Platform 9 ¾ all took place at King’s Cross Station, London.
They are platforms 4 and 5 in particular. Meanwhile, the exterior shots were taken at St. Pancras Station. The bridge that Harry and Hagrid walked over was in York Train Station.
Number 4 Privet Drive is named 12 Picket Post Close in real life.
The actual location of the Dursley family home was in Winkfield Row in Bracknell.
An actual castle was used for Hogwarts.
The filming location for the Hogwarts interior is the Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. It can be seen in both ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.’ Also, it is where Harry had his broomstick lessons.
. Platform 7 1/2 is the Orient Express.
. Mahoutokoro is the Japanese wizarding school, located on the topmost point of the volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima. It has the smallest student body of the 11 major wizarding schools.
. The flying carpet is the main source of transportation in South Asia.
. A magnificent fountain in the middle of the park at Beauxbatons School is said to have healing and beautifying powers and is named for Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel.
. Wizards have the power to correct or override “mundane” nature, but not “magical” nature. Therefore, a wizard could catch anything a Muggle might catch, but he could cure all of it; he would also comfortably survive a scorpion sting that might kill a Muggle, whereas he might die if bitten by a Venomous Tentacula.