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10 Favorite Bits of HARRY POTTER Trivia To Get You Ready To Revisit the Movies

Earlier today Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling tweeted:


So, in honor of the Battle of Hogwards, and the fact that Nerdist News is giving away a copy of the Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection, the Nerdist editorial staff has compiled a list of our Ten Favorite Bits of Harry Potter trivia.

Brian Walton:

“Potter! What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?”

Back in Victorian times, specific flowers given at certain times to certain people had their own meanings. Asphodel is a member of the lily family and to give someone an asphodel meant ‘My regrets will follow you to the grave.’ Wormwood meant ‘absence; bitter sorrow.’ Thus, Rowling was actually having Snape say to Harry, ‘I bitterly regret Lily’s death.’”

Kristen Rutheford:

“J.K. Rowling told Alan Rickman the ending of the series so he could make accurate acting choices based in the information.”

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Rachel Heine:

“Ron Weasley’s patronus is a Jack Russell terrier and Hermione’s is an otter. Jack Russell terriers are known to chase otters.”

“Michael Jackson wanted to create a Harry Potter musical and Rowling turned him down. Oh man, wouldn’t a MJ-created Harry Potter musical just have been the weirdest??”
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Rowling admitted that Harry Potter and Hermoine would have been a better pairing as she and Ron would have hated each other in the long run.”
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“Moaning Myrtle wasn’t exactly a teenager. Shirley Henderson, the actress who played the bereft character, was 37 years old in her first appearance in the films (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). That made her the oldest actor to portray a Hogwarts student. I’d like some Moaning Myrtle genes, please!”
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“J.K. Rowling came up with the names of the four houses and wrote them down on a barf bag in an airplane.”
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“When Quidditch was first started, seekers originally chased a golden bird called the snidget. The Minister of Magic at the time was attending a game and offered 150 gallons to the player who caught it first. As the snidget population declined, a metal charmer named Bowman Wright invented the golden snitch to be used in its place, and thus traditions were born.”
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“The fact that Dumbledore is gay isn’t actually in any of the books, J.K. Rowling revealed it in a Q&A when someone asked ‘Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall in love himself?’ She then said that Albus Dumbledore is in fact gay, and had fallen in love with fellow wizard and friend, Gellert Grindelwald. This got a long ovation and after that, she said, ‘I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy.’”
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“‘Avada Kedavra,’ the curse used to kill Harry’s parents, comes from the phrase, ‘Abhadda kedhabhra,” which means ‘disappear like this word’ in Aramaic and is most likely the origin of the word ‘abracadabra.’”
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And there you have it! Our ten favorite bits of trivia about The Boy Who Lived. We know you have something to add so be sure to chime in and tell us your favorite Harry Potter secrets in the comments below and don’t forget to tell Nerdist News which Hogwarts house you belong in to win a copy of the Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection. Do it!
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