Ten Random Facts: Harry Potter

Hello, I’m Leah G. Alfonso. I write so that I may speak.

Welcome to a new segment on my blog called “Ten Random Facts”! In these posts, I share fun facts about movies, books, etc. These facts may or may not be common information, and it’s always fun to learn something new about a story you love. As this is the first blog post in the new segment, I thought I’d start with one of my childhood favorites, Harry Potter by JK Rowling.

So, without further ado, here are Ten Random Facts about Harry Potter.

  1. In an earlier draft of the books, Luna Lovegood was originally named Lily Moon.
  1. After the events of Deathly Hallows, George Weasley could never perform the Patronus charm again.
  1. Alfonso Cuaron, director of Prisoner of Azkaban, asked the actors for Harry, Ron, and Hermione to write an essay about their characters. Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, wrote one page. Rupert Grint, who plays Ron, never turned his in. Emma Watson, who plays Hermione, wrote sixteen pages.
  1. Speaking of the Patronus charm, Dolores Umbridge is the only villain in the story who could perform one.
  1. Stan Shunpike and Ernie Prang, conductor and driver of the Knight Bus respectively, were both named after JK Rowling’s grandfathers.
  1. After the events of Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron, and Hermione all got their own chocolate frog cards. Ron would call this the greatest achievement of his life.
  1. Weasley was originally going to die in Order of the Phoenix, but JK Rowling switched him with another character.
  1. According to JK Rowling, the three things Hermione smells in the Amortentia potion is parchment, freshly mowed grass, and Ron’s hair.
  1. Neville Longbottom was an Auror for a short time after Deathly Hallows, but eventually retired and working as the Herbology professor at Hogwarts instead.
  1. Also according to JK Rowling, two things that happened early in Tom Riddle’s life contributed to his becoming a psychopath. 1) He was conceived in a ‘loveless union,’ or under the influence of a love potion, and 2) he was institutionalized from the moment he was born.

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