15 Amazing Facts About Harry Potter

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3 min readJul 20, 2020

There is so much going on in the Harry Potter world, actually, that it can be hard to keep track of all the little details. These were some of the original names of the characters before Rowling changed them: Hermione Puckle, Neville Puff, Draco Spinks, Lily Moon (Luna Lovegood), Madhari Patil, and Mati Patil.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that the scar on Harry’s head on the book cover and in the film are different. On the books, the scar is in the middle of his forehead. In the films, it’s off-center.

Here are some more Amazing Facts About Harry Potter.

  1. Rowling has said that if Voldemort saw a boggart it would embody his own corpse since death was always his greatest fear.

2. Rowling’s mother, who had multiple sclerosis, died in 1990, after which Rowling suffered a period of depression. She would use the experience to characterize Harry Potter’s dementors, creepy creatures that feed on human emotion.


3. Rowling found inspiration for the setting of “Harry Potter” in Edinburgh, Scotland, and, as for the names of the characters, each has a special meaning.

4. In different translations of the Harry Potter books, we are met with many fun alternatives. For example, in the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Scots version, the first chapter is called: ‘The Laddie Wha Lived’. Yes, hen. Here’s another favourite: in French, in order for Tom Marvolo Riddle’s name to successfully be re-ordered to say ‘I am Lord Voldemort’, his middle name in the French translation has to be… Elvis. And now we’re imagining the darkest wizard in the wizarding world wearing a spangled white suit.


5. Dumbledore has a deeper meaning. It’s actually an Old English word for…

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