by Eno Thomas
- J.K Rowling has stated that “Lord Voldemort” is pronounced without the “t”.
I don’t even know how that is possible really, but apparently it is true. I’m pretty sure that even in the movies it was not pronounced like that.
- J.K Rowling and Harry Potter share the same birthday, which is July 31.
I’m pretty sure that most of you (especially the HOL quiddy people) know about this. But it’s listed in one of the most interesting facts of the Harry Potter world because it’s a really great
- In the Spanish translation of the Harry Potter books, Neville’s toad, Trevor, has been translated as a turtle instead of a frog.
I find this really interesting. I’ve always been intrigued to know about the different translations of the books because they are really different from the English version. I know that because I’ve read it in Albanian and from what I’ve been told from other people, they have a lot of differences in other languages, too.
- Over the course of the Harry Potter Movies, six actors have played Lord Voldemort.
To be honest, I knew this before but I listed it here because I find it interesting how one character is played/voiced by six people. The six actors who’ve played/voiced Lord Voldemort are Ian Hart (he only voiced him in the first movie), Christian Coulson (he’s the teenage Voldemort), Ralph Fiennes (played the main Voldemort during Harry's teen years), Hero Fiennes-Triffen (nephew of Ralph, he plays the eleven years old Voldemort in the Half-Blood Prince), Frank Dillane (plays the sixteen year old Voldemort in the Half-Blood Prince) and Michael Berendt (was cast as the eighteen year old version for Half-Blood Prince but his scenes were later cut).
- Michael Jackson pitched a musical version of Harry Potter, but was shot down later.
Yes, that’s right. Michael Jackson was a Harry Potter fan and he was the one to propose a musical for the Harry Potter book series, but apparently J.K Rowling thought that a musical wasn’t going to be a success and turned it down. Negative points for J.K Rowling here. Booo.
The actress who played Moaning Myrtle is actually 37 years old and she’s the oldest actress to portray a Hogwarts student.
I don’t even know what this sorcery is, but it’s true. Her name is Shirley Henderson and she was born on November 24, 1965. She’s a singer and an award-winning stage and movie actress.
- The driver and the conductor of the Knight Bus, Ernie and Stan, are named after J.K Rowling’s grandfathers.
I’ve always wondered if she named characters based on her relatives and apparently she did.
Another interesting fact that you maybe don’t know, which comes from the different translations, is:
- Vol de mort means Flight of the Death in French.
I wonder if J.K Rowling really thought about it when she named him.
- Rowling has said that when she took an online sorting hat quiz it sorted her into Hufflepuff.
She should have taken this quiz before writing the books seeing as the Hufflepuff house is barely mentioned in them. But yeah, I think Hufflepuff is the second coolest house after Gryffindor.
- “Avada Kedavra” derives from the Aramaic phrase “Abhadda kedhabhra” which means “to disappear like this world”.
I love how Rowling did some really cool research before naming things in the books. She went for some weird languages like Aramaic to the astrological objects.
Below are also mentioned some other interesting facts. I don’t have a specific comment about them, so just keep reading and be amused.
- “Dumbledore” is an early modern word for “Bumblebee”
- Dragon blood is an effective oven cleaner.
- Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe voiced the cartoon parody of Twilight’s Edward Cullen in The Simpsons. – LOL.
- The Death Eaters were originally known as The Knights of Walpurgis.
- The Weasley twins aren’t actually redheads.