Hogwarts


Here is the list of some very less known things about Harry Potter. In this article, we are going to cover both the less known facts about the movie and the books.

 

  1. ROWLING AND HARRY SHARE A BIRTHDAY.

You read it right. The proud author of Harry Potter J.K.Rowling shares the same date as their birthday. This is just the impact Rowling has on the character she has written. She says, that Hermione is just like the young version of her and is her favorite animal, which is Hermione’s Patronus. In another such an impact, Dumbledore and Rowling share same likes in lemons. Both of them like sherbet lemons.

 

  1. She invented the names of the Hogwarts House on the back of a barf bag.

In the year 2000, there was an opportunity given to the school children of Scholastic and it was to ask Rowling questions about Harry Potter. One of the students went on asking her, “What made you think of the people’s names and dormitories at Hogwarts?” For which Rowling responded saying, “I invented the names of the Houses on the back of an airplane sick bag! This is true. 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.”

 

  1. Moaning Myrtle Has An Interesting Inspiration.

The author JK Rowling previously had stated that there is a weird inspiration behind the whiny, bathroom-dwelling ghost. In her words, it was inspired by “the frequent presence of a crying girl in communal bathrooms, especially at the parties and discos of my youth. This does not seem to happen in male bathrooms, so I enjoyed placing Harry and Ron in such uncomfortable and unfamiliar territory in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

 

  1. The Wizarding World’s Plants Come From A Real Book

Speaking to a magazine 60 minutes, Rowling said that the wizarding world’s plants are actually from the real book. She said that she used to collect the names of the plants that can sound witchy and that is how she found the Culpeper’s Complete Herbal. Rowling added that it was the answer for her every prayer. The book was actually written in 17th century by an English botanist and Herbal Nicholas Culpeper

 

  1. Rowling’s Unique Outline for Books

As you can see the partial outline on the above for the Order of the Pheonix and. This outline has the chapter with the titles and a general outline of the plot. Then she mentioned more specific plot points for some of the characters.

 

  1. Codenames for Deathly Hallows to avoid leaking before the release.

You probably might not have read about this one before that the publisher Bloomsbury gave nicknames for the book Deathly Hallows before the release in order to avoid the leakage of the book.

 


What Harry Potter Has Taught Us


It has been twenty years since the first Harry Potter book was released book was released. Harry Potter is a part of the life of almost every young person today. It has been adapted into movies and is loved by billions around the world.

 

It has been said that the publishers rejected it twelve times before it became published. The author Joanne Rowling was advised to use the name J. K. Rowling to avoid giving an impression that the writer was female. Despite all this, the book became a tremendous success and her work made her one of the richest writers in the world.

 

There are a lot of things that this amazing book series can teach us. Below are some of the top lessons that I have drawn from the series.

 

 

  • Friendships are valuable

 

 

Throughout the adventure Harry always had Hermione and Ron to accompany him and help him face all the challenges. If he didn’t have his friends along with him, he would have died in the first book itself. For him, friendship made a huge difference.

 

True friends help you out in tough times. With close friends like Ron and Hermione, harry could overcome all the challenges of his life. Be it Dementors and Death Eaters, or teenage life issues like relationship problems and school exams. Harry potter proved to us that you can overcome anything if you have true friends by your side.

 

 

  • Always believe in yourself

 

 

Belief in yourself is the key to success. This is especially true when no one else believes in you. And no other story teaches this better than harry potter. The best example is when Ron thought he had Harry’s liquid luck during the Quidditch match. In reality, he didn’t have it. But just because of the belief he played better than expected and felt confident.

 

The belief in yourself is a form of bravery itself. It gives you the confidence you need and it helps you think positively and puts you in the success mindset.

 

 

  • Face your fears

 

 

It is scary right? I get it. But to get what you want, you need to face your fears. In the second part of the series “harry potter and the chamber of secrets”, Ron had to follow the spiders to find the answer to rescuing Hermione from her stunned state even though he was terrified of spiders himself.

 

Another example is when harry had to learn to use the Patronus to protect himself and other people from the destructive power of the Dementor’s kiss.

 

In our own lives too, we all are terrified to step out of our comfort zone and try something new. But that is exactly what needs to be done to ensure maximum personal growth and to achieve our goals of good health, wealth and satisfying relationships.

 

 

  • Money doesn’t buy happiness

 

 

This is a cliche, but it is not any less true nonetheless. Money solves your money problems, but not it is not everything. In the series, harry inherited a big vault of gold from his parents. It is true that he had tremendous wealth and status with him, but at the cost of what? The family itself. If give a choice between his family and all the wealth he had, what do you think he would have chosen? There you have the answer.


Technology in the Wizarding World


Probably most importantly to you, considering the medium you’re using to read this article, is the fact that technology is essentially frozen in the wizarding world. It exists, sure. There are trains and cars and glasses and clocks. But the technology the wizards have hasn’t kept up to the muggle world, ostensibly because the wizards haven’t seen a reason to do so. But just take the simple pen. Wizards don’t appear to use pens, at all. Why? Quills are vastly inferior, and there’s no reason given as to why they would be better for magic. Feathers from animals like a phoenix of course have magical properties, but the quills that students and even adult wizards use for all their writing on parchment aren’t special in that way either. While we’re on that tangent; parchment? Inferior in every way to paper: harder to preserve and store, harder to make, and harder to write on. Incantations are never written to be cast, so parchment only serves to record written things, not to actually cast magic. Why hasn’t the wizarding world updated these simple technologies? Why haven’t they adopted the computer for record keeping, at least as a backup? Casting spells shouldn’t have to be rote memory, if you could just have them at your fingertips as easily as a song on your phone. That’s why you’d hate being a wizard: cast all the spells you want, because there’s none of the technology to drown out the horrifying realities of magic.


Azkaban


Heaven forbid if you or anyone remotely connected to you goes to prison in the wizarding world. It would be more accurate to just specify that you don’t want them to go to Azkaban, since that’s the only wizard prison. And that’s the problem here. Azkaban is in the middle of the ocean, so there’s no possible escape or even likely chance of visitation. And it’s policed by Dementors, fear and depression incarnate. Even being around one makes someone physically ill and depressed, and reliving your worst memories (another side effect of their aura) can be intense enough for someone to pass out, in the case of Harry’s first encounter with one. That’s not the worst of it. Dementors can suck out souls, and relish doing so. Fully doing it kills someone, but even a passing attempt can mess someone up. And that’s what everyone sentenced to prison has to deal with. Take the case of Sirius Black. He was falsely convicted of murder (spoilers, I suppose?) and spent years in Azkaban, before breaking out. He wasn’t even released or acquitted, and it seems like breaking out of prison is the only way to escape Azkaban that works. And after he got out, Sirius was seriously unhinged for quite a while, despite being one of the good guys. People like Bellatrix Lestrange are more typical examples of what results from being repeatedly sent to a prison that does its best to make you insane. Prison in the wizarding world isn’t for rehabilitation in the slightest; it seems like the worst thing they can do to someone who breaks the law. To many wizards and witches in the book series, death would be preferable.

If being slipped potions or being dragged off to a hellish prison weren’t enough paranoia fuel for you, there’s also the infamous Polyjuice potion. One dose is only enough for about an hour, as we saw in the second book in the Harry Potter series. However, there’s little keeping someone from continually dosing up to keep up the charade, as we saw in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Nightmarishly, in order to do so, you’d need to hold the person being impersonated hostage, in order to keep up the supply of potion. It requires a component of them, a piece of their hair, so even if you shaved the poor person beforehand, you’d eventually run out. We saw one poor professor imprisoned for a full year, kept barely alive, so that a Death Eater could take his place. And the worst part is, if someone has studied how to act, you would never know that you were around an impersonator. Functionally, the Polyjuice potion turns someone into someone else on every level except the mental, and even then, we don’t know if there are ways to verify someone’s identity using this. It certainly wasn’t used in the books.


Harry Potter


Everyone who’s read the Harry Potter book series has likely thought at one time or another how amazing it would be to live in that world. What house you would be in, what spells you would use, the potions that you could create, and of course all the magical creatures you’d encounter. But a lot of people seem to gloss over the more disturbing implications of the Harry Potter universe. We see the Death Eaters abuse their magical power in the most obvious ways, but often the worst parts of being a wizard are ignored or brushed off by the heroes of the story. It’s understandable; not everyone in the book has time to really think critically about all of it, and it wouldn’t be fun to read about Harry’s doubts about magic while he fights Voldemort. But since we’re in the real world, let’s take a moment to break down why you might not actually want to be a wizard, or even live in the same world as them.

Remember the love potion that was accidentally slipped to Ron instead of Harry? Not only was Ron heavily in love with (and fiercely jealous over) Romilda Vane well after ingesting the potion, but he could barely function. He was essentially slipped a date rape drug on steroids, and it didn’t wear off normally – they had to have a medical professional treat him. And all this was just treated as a love potion gone wrong, purely because it missed its intended target. Love potions aren’t hard to get, either. They’re marketed to students as a 24-hour aid to get with someone romantically, but it doesn’t seem like there’s a legitimate use for it. It just seems like an awful potion that only exists to be used to abuse others.