When someone says they don’t like Harry Potter, I automatically assume 1 of 2 things: either they’ve never read Harry Potter, or they’re a complete and total idiot. I know that’s not technically fair, since different strokes for different folks and all of that, but the books are basically everything that is good and right in the world so idk how to handle someone “not liking” that.
I mean. Come on.
Which is to say, I am a huge Potter nerd. I bought the books on release day, saw the movies on opening night, cried when I set foot in Harry Potter World, and, yes, I follow J.K. Rowling on Twitter and on Pottermore. The last thing in that list has turned out to be very lucrative, in a world where Potter knowledge is currency (if only it spent like cash!), because the author of the books loves the world she created as much as the rest of us do. She spends time thinking about the characters in minute detail, and, every once in a while, she shares those amazing tidbits with all of us.
#12. Neville’s parents don’t get better.
In one of her sadder revelations, Rowling says that sometimes the damage done by dark magic is too great to recover from, and that Neville’s parents never return to normal life.
#11. Harry and Dudley are on speaking terms.
I don’t know why, but it made me oddly happy to hear that the cousins eventually overcame their pasts enough to at least see one another’s families on occasion. Family is family.
#10. Dolores Umbridge was inspired by a real person.
Rowling revealed in a Pottermore essay that arguably the most horrible character in her series was based on a real life woman that she “disliked intensely.”
#9. Alan Rickman knew his character’s secrets from the beginning.
Which is perhaps how he could always play the character with such nuance. Rowling told him about the meaning behind ‘always’ up front.
#8. There are Jewish wizards.
When asked directly by a fan, Rowling replied with the name of Anthony Goldstein, who was one of the original 40 students she created for the series.
#7. Luna Lovegood married Newt Scamander’s grandson.
And omg if you’ve seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I can’t imagine a more perfect match for my favorite secondary character.
#6. Draco Malfoy doesn’t deserve the love he gets.
Rowling might have written a conflicted character in Malfoy as the series went on, but feeling sorry for him doesn’t make him worthy of fan adoration – Rowling says she’s unnerved by it.
#5. Voldemort’s death broke the jinx on the Defense Against The Dark Arts professorship.
Applicants can now assume they’ll be able to hold the position more than a year. If they’re good.
#4. Killing off Tonks and Lupin was always the plan.
She hated killing them, but liked the parallel between Harry being left behind in the first war and their newborn son in the second. Could that mean we’ll get a second full series about Young Lupin? PLEASE SAY YES.
#3. Dumbledore is gay.
#2. Profressor McGonagall has a sad past.
She broke off her engagement to a Muggle she loved deeply because she feared what would happen when he found out she was a witch (the same situation destroyed her parents’ marriage).
#1. You might be pronouncing Voldemort wrong.
The ‘T” at the end is silent. Apparently he’s French? But don’t worry – even the characters in the movies say it wrong!
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