Harry Potter Facts You Need To Know
In 2021, the Harry Potter films officially hit 20 years old. November 14, 2001 saw the release of the first instalment – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. In honor of this big moment, it seemed like the right time to delve into some Potterverse trivia that you might not know:
Living With Secrets
We all know that the secret of Snape’s true loyalty lived with actor Alan Rickman for the entire decade of filming the franchise, meaning he and JK Rowling had a massive secret they couldn’t talk about. On top of that, the author had another secret she lived in constant fear of letting slip.
She was terrified that someone would ask her what Dumbledore’s wand was made out of before the final book came out. She felt that saying it was from the death tree would give the game away about the Deathly Hallows.
JK Rowling Wrote Some Of The Scripts
While the author didn’t want to be heavily involved in the creation of the movies, she did step in to work on some important bits. For the most part, Rowling was around as a supervisor to make sure the films stayed true to the books.
However, when it came to the scenes in the movies that showed Voldemort killing Harry’s parents, she stepped in to write the script. This was because they were never described in detail in the books and everyone involved wanted to get the right level of detail.
Another detail that Rowling had a hand in was moving Harry’s scar from the center of his forehead to the side. On the cover of the books, you can clearly see it in the middle of Harry’s forehead but she asked for it to be moved for the films.
Ron Nearly Didn’t Make It
A big fear that many Potterheads had as the drama ramped up through the books was that the author may kill off one of the main three characters. In fact, that fear was nearly realized about halfway through the series as Rowling seriously considered killing off Ron.
She has opened up to the media that she was dealing with depression and wasn’t in a good state herself, which made the concept of killing a main character appealing. However, she is now very glad that she didn’t go through with it and kept him alive until the end.
On the other hand, she does regret setting Ron and Hermione up and making their relationship such a big focus for a number of the books.
Opening At The Close
That phrase from the golden snitch has so much symbolism for the books and the films and its as integral as knowing where you can buy Bitcoin instantly is to an investor. The first book was published in 1998, which is the year that the Battle of Hogwarts would’ve been fought in the timeline.
Additionally, the day that the main trio becomes friends (Ron and Harry saving Hermione from the troll) is the 10 year anniversary of the day that Voldemort killed Harry’s parents.