Harry Potter by JK Rowling is a crowd favorite when it comes to fictional stories. The series will complete 20 years in November 2021.
As it reaches the 20th anniversary, here are top 8 mind blowing facts about the Harry Potter series:
JK Rowling Came Up With Hogwarts House Names On An Airplane
The author of the book Harry Potter came up with the names Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff for the first time when she was on a flight. She wrote the names on the back of an airplane vomit bag.
This story tells us that inspiration can strike at anytime of the day. JK Rowling revealed this story in a tweet in December 2017.
“The best thing I ever wrote on was an aeroplane sick bag. Came up with the Hogwarts houses on it”.
The Magical Plants In The Harry Potter Series Also Exist In Real Life
The “Mugwort” and “toadflax” plants that appear in the series are not just extracted from the author’s imagination. Rather, they are flora that actually exist in real-life.
JK Rowling revealed in one of her 2003 interviews that Mugwort and Toadflax come from a compendium by English botanist and herbalist Nicholas Culpeper called ‘The English Herbal’.
Edinburg Inspired A Lot Of Content In The Harry Potter Series
JK Rowling was amazed by the beauty of Edinburg, Scotland. She took inspiration from George Heriot’s School that gave her the idea of Hogwarts.
A cafe named ‘The Elephant House’ is still present in the capital of Scotland. It is regarded as the ‘birthplace of Harry Potter’. Fans of the series never fail to leave their Potter-themed graffiti on the walls of the toilet in the cafe. Interesting, isn’t it?
Harry Potter Series Had An Entire Animal Production Team
So many animal creatures in the movie demanded for an entirely separate animal production team. Two pairs of owls played the role of Harry Potter’s bird Hedwig in the movie.
Ron’s pet rodent, Scabbers is played by over a dozen different rats in the movie.
Harry Potter Books Are Available In More Than 75 Languages
Ranging from Hebrew, Albanian, Scots, and more, Harry Botther books have been translated into plenty of languages. The written content of Harry Potter has sold more than 550 million copies around the world to date.
The author had been rejected by a host of publishers before her book finally got a publisher. Now, JK Rowling’s net worth is over $1 Billion USD, thanks to her Harry Potter hit idea.
Hogwarts Ghost Peeves Got Cut Out From The Harry Potter Film Adaption
A major difference between the Harry Potter book Vs film version is the absence of Peeves, the mischievous Hogwarts ghost. While the role was played by British comic actor Rik Myall, it did not make it to the final movie.
“It was three weeks later, so I was in the film for around three weeks and then they cut me out. But I still got the money,” Mayall explained.
Feast Scene In Goblet Of Fire Had Lots Of Real Food
A lot of food items in the feast scene in Goblet of Fire was fake and made of painted resins. At the same time, there was a lot of real food items as well.
Harry Potter And JK Rowling Share The Same Birthdays
July 31 – the birthday of Harry Potter and it’s author JK Rowling fall on the same day.
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