Over 10 years, that’s how long filming for the Harry Potter films took to complete. A decent amount of time for there to be some interesting film facts if you ask me! Below I included some of my favorite facts as I began a Potter Marathon again this past weekend. As a Potterhead you might know some of these but my hope is you come across something new! Enjoy!
1. FRED AND GEORGE WERE BORN ON APRIL FOOLS DAY
Is it really much of a surprise to know that the owners of “Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes” were born on such a date?
2. THE AMORENTIA POTION
Remember potions class? Hermoine sure does. The third smell Hermione recognizes in the Amortentia potion is Ron’s hair.
3. AN IDEA WORTH $15 BILLION
It was 1990 when Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling, was on a crowded train from Manchester to London when the idea for Harry suddenly “fell into her head”. So happy to know that she moved forward and changed the lives of so many!
4. THE PRINCE OF POP AS HARRY POTTER?
It’s said that Micheal Jackson once approached JK Rowling in hopes of making a musical/play. She politely declined, but no worries, she ended up writing many screenplays and we now have Harry Potter and The Cursed Child on Broadway! The play first opened in the United Kingdom.
5. GELLERT GRINDELWALD WAS IN THE “DEATHLY HALLOWS” FILM?
Yes, for anyone who maybe hasn’t realized it yet the bald old man Voldemort speaks to in Azkaban is the dark wizard Grindelwald. He asks Grindelwald where the Elder wand is to which Grindelwald replies, “Surely you know I no longer have what you seek.” The film then jumps to a much younger Grindelwald apparently stealing the Elder Wand and jumping out an open window. The old man then lets Voldemort know the location of the Elder Wand — it was buried with one of its former owners, Dumbledore. This is then the point where Voldemort kills Grindelwald.
6. ALBUS BRIAN WULFRIC PERCIVAL DUMBLEDORE
It was not too long ago my fiance sat and watched the Harry Potter films with me for the first time. FIRST TIME! But anyways. Lol. At the end of the films I had realized that she did not know the character was played by two entirely different actors. For the first two films actor Richard Harris played the part of the Headmaster of Hogwarts. Unfortunately, Harris was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in August 2002, reportedly after being hospitalised with pneumonia. He died at University College Hospital in Fitzrovia, London on 25 October 2002, aged 72. The actor who took his place was Michael Gambon, who played the part so well apparently even some couldn’t tell the difference.
7. RUPERT GRINT COULD’VE TOURED WITH EMINEM
Well not really. For his audition tape Rupert decided he would rap! And of course tell why he believed he should get the part of Ronald Bilius Weasley. But the rapping I’m sure is what won the hearts of those casting.
8. COULD YOU IMAGINE HERMOINE NOT PLAYED BY EMMA?
It was at her school in Oxfordshire that Emma Watson auditioned for the role of Hermoine Granger. She say’s they just came around asking if anyone would like to try out. She admits she never got her hopes up as even her father let her know she was up against thousands of other girls, but she stuck to it and she became the heroine we all came to love.
9. YOU CAN REALLY VISIT DIAGON ALLEY AND HOGSMEADE!
Sort of. I’m actually quite surprised that so many don’t know that there are theme parks like Universal Orlando or Universal Hollywood that allow you to partake in the Wizarding World! If you’ve never been to either of these places and you’re a Potterhead you must put them on your bucket list. Having visited both there are a few differences, but if I had to recommend visiting just one, it would be the Orlando, Florida location as it is much larger and offers some more options for you to experience. Check. It. Out!
10. AN UNHAPPY FACT
Though we’ve recently been able to see the release of the Cursed Child, and for the 20th anniversary gave us the release of A History of Magic & A Journey Through the History of Magic, there will not be any more Harry Potter films or books being released. BUT WHY!? JK Rowling has let us know that the story has gone as far as it will go and that we can always follow along on Pottermore for more details and insights. Fortunately the Fantastic Beasts movies aren’t finished, with The Crimes of Grindelwald being released this year and the third installment coming sometime in 2020. And who knows, JK might change her mind someday. As for now, we can rest assured that “all was well.”