10 things you might not have known about the Harry Potter series!
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- JKR and Harry Porter share the same birthday- July 31! In fact, many character bear resemblance to Rowling, like she once said Hermione was much like the writer when she was younger!
- In 2000 when Scholastic organized a questionnaire with Jk Rowling and school kids one of them asked her, “What made you think of the people's names and dormitories at Hogwarts?” to which she said,” “I invented the names of the Houses on the back of an
airplanesick bag! This is true.” She went on to add how inventing names is one thing she absolutely loves! ”I love inventing names, but I also collect unusual names, so that I can look through my notebook and choose one that suits a new character” she said.
- She initially considered the first chapter of Deathly Hallows “rubbish”. In an interview with Daniel Radcliff she said,” “I had, very early on—but not the first day or anything, probably within the first year of writing—I wrote a sketch for what I thought the final chapter would be,” she also added,“ I always knew—and this was from really early on—that I was working toward the point where Hagrid carried Harry, alive but supposedly dead, out of the forest, always. I knew we were always working towards a final battle at Hogwarts, I knew that Harry would walk to his death, I planned the ghosts—for want of a better word—coming back, that they would walk with him into the forest, we would all believe he was walking to his death, and he would emerge in Hagrid’s arms.”
- The Dementors originated due to her struggles when her mother died. They have represented the anxiety and depression during that time. Rowling told Oprah, “I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it's that cold absence of feeling—that really hollowed-out feeling. That's what Dementors are” the writer told the press in an exclusive interview.
- Quidditch was a result of a fight that the famous writer had with her boyfriend in a Manchester hotel room! “If you want to create a game like Quidditch, what you have to do is have an enormous argument with your then-boyfriend, You walk out of the house, you sit down in a pub, and you invent Quidditch. And I don't really know what the connection is between the row and Quidditch except that Quidditch is quite a violent game and maybe in my deepest, darkest soul I would quite like to see him hit by a bludger” she said.
- The plants in the wizarding world were inspired by English botanist and herbalist Nicholas Culpeper’s book called “Culpeper's Complete Herbal.” She told 60 minutes,
“andthen I found this, Culpeper's Complete Herbal, and it was the answer to my every prayer” all the names like flax weed, toadflax, fleawort, Gout-wort, grommel, knotgrass, Mugwort have been an inspiration from this book!
- Although the book says Harry has green eyes then why were they not green in the movies? Well, this is
majorlybecause Radcliffe had an extreme reaction to the contacts. Rowling then said it was just important that Radcliff’s eyes should resemble his on-screen mother and that is what counted.
- They aren’t just any regular brooms in the movie. According to Eddie Newquist, chief creative officer of the firm Global Entertainment Services, “People think of them as a prop the kids are carrying around, but in reality, they have to sit on them, they have to be mounted
ontomotion-control bases for green-screen shots and special-effects shots, so they have to be very thin and incredibly durable.” He went ahead to add how weight plays a tricky role in how the brooms are supposed to work “Most of these kids weighed 80 pounds, 90 pounds [at the beginning]. Now they're all adults, so they're up over 120, 130 pounds, and you have to really make sure your brooms can withstand that” he said.
- The lightning scar was applied 2,000 times to Radcliff’s face. In a 2014 interview about the series, Radcliffe who plays the role of Harry Potter in the widely acclaimed series told the media,” The lightning scar, on the first two films, we essentially painted it on, and after that, we used Pros-Aide, which was like a glue [to put it on]. It was very simple.”
- Dumbledore was gay! In 2007 when someone asked her about the stern yet kind headmaster’s love interest JK Rowling said, “I always thought of Dumbledore as gay.”