20 Harry Potter Facts That Most People Might Not Know

Even the biggest Harry Potter fans couldn't have known these 20 facts.

  1. 1

    Harry and Voldemort - Very, very distant relatives.

    Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort are very distantly related from many generations through the families of Ignotus Peverell and Salazar Slytherin.

  2. 2

    Ron and Hermione - Soul mates.

    Ron's Patronus was a Jack Russel Terrier which has been known to chase otters. Incidentally, Hermione's Patronus was an otter.

  3. 3

    Dudley realizes his mistakes.

    When the dementor attacked Harry and Dudley in Order of the Phoenix, Dudley saw a vision of himself and just how rotten he was.

  4. 4

    The cast was just like their characters.

    To connect more with their characters, the director asked Dan, Emma and Rupert to write essay's on their characters in the first person. Emma wrote a 16-page essay, Daniel wrote a 1-page one and Rupert never even gave it in.

  5. 5

    Snape's hate for Neville was an emotional one.

    Snape hated Neville very much because he was also born in the end of July, meaning, he could have also been the one referred to in the prophecy and Lily wouldn't have died.

  6. 6

    Severus Snape was a person with a very big heart.

    Snape was the only death eater who could conjure a Patronus because of his happy memories with Lily.

  7. 7

    Crushes within the cast.

    Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint both admitted to having crushes on Emma Watson while she had one on Tom Felton and Tom had one on Helena Bonham Carter.

  8. 8

    Movie opposites.

    Hermione Granger is the oldest of the trio while Emma Watson is the youngest.

  9. 9

    The Grand Staircase.

    There was only one enchanted staircase, of the 142, made for the films while the rest were all digitally multiplied.

  10. 10

    Moaning Myrtle

    The actress who played Moaning Myrtle, Shirley Henderson, was actually 37 years old when she acted as 14-year old Myrtle in Chamber of Secrets.

  11. 11

    Krum and Granger.

    Viktor Krum asked Hermione to the Yule Ball 3 times before she said yes because she kept hoping Ron would ask her.

  12. 12

    Young Daniel's celebration

    Daniel Radcliffe's parents allowed him to stay up half an hour extra when he found out that he was chosen for the Harry Potter role so as to celebrate.

  13. 13

    Sneaky, food-loving, Tom Felton.

    Tom Felton's robe pockets were sewn shut during the filming of Prisoner of Azkaban because he kept sneaking food onto the set.

  14. 14

    I open at the close.

    The first Harry Potter book was released in 1998, the same year as the Battle of Hogwarts took place.

  15. 15

    Full moon - literally.

    Remus Lupin can be rearranged to spell Primus Lune which literally means 'full moon' in Latin.

  16. 16

    Voldemort and love.

    Voldemort cannot love because he was conceived under the effects of a love potion.

  17. 17

    1/16,000

    About 16,000 people auditioned for the part of Harry. Daniel's parents initially refused to let him audition but later he met with the director, Chris Columbus, which is how he got the role.

  18. 18

    The cast and their props.

    Emma Watson's favourite Harry Potter prop in the films was the time-turner.

  19. 19

    The relationship between James and Snape.

    James Potter always suspected that Snape had feelings for Lily which explains his behaviour towards him during their school days.

  20. 20

    No Patronus for Voldemort.

    Voldemort cannot conjure a single Patronus because he doesn't have a single happy memory.

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