8:20 pm - 07/12/2011

this post of interesting harry potter facts you may not know is dedicated to the amazing fandom <3

- Hagrid is said to be twice the height of a human, but in the films he is mentioned to be 8 feet 6 inches.

- Crookshanks is no ordinary cat, as he is half-kneazle.  Kneazles are intelligent cat-like creatures who can sniff out suspicious characters, and if a kneazle takes a liking to a witch or wizard they make excellent pets.

- Members of the Order of the Phoenix are the only wizards who know how to communicate using their patronuses. 
- Dementors don't breed.  They grow where there's decay, like fungus.
- The tattoos on Sirus Black's body are borrowed from Russian prison gangs.  These are to identify a person as one to be feared and respected.
- Garden gnomes are considered to be pests in the wizarding community because they eat the roots of plants and make little piles of earth, very much like moles.
- The ghost Nearly-Headless Nick was beheaded because of a botched dentistry job.  He was trying to straighten Lady Grieve's teeth but instead she sprouted a tusk.  When his head was on the block the executioner swung his axe 45 times but still didn't completely remove it from Nick's neck.
- The secret code Arthur Weasley must dial into a telephone keypad to access the Ministry of Magic is 62442.  The letters underneath those numbers on a standard phone spell out the word MAGIC. 
- The original snitch used in early Quidditch matches was actually a fat bird called a snidget.  When some wizards thought this to be too cruel, the wizard Bowman Wright invented the Golden Snitch.
- The infamous Weasley cousin who was cut from the books was named Mafalda.  She was in Slytherin.
- Dean Thomas's father was killed by Death Eaters when he refused to join them.  Neither Dean nor his mother know.
- Muggle education is not required for wizard children prior to attending Hogwarts.
- Bellatrix was sexually attracted to Voldemort, and he was always her true love, not her husband.
- It is illegal to apparate between countries, but travel by portkey is allowed if both countries give permission.
- Hagrid created Blast-Ended Skrewts.
- A picture of Gandalf the Grey can be seen in the collection of great wizards in Professor Dumbledore's study in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
- Colors play an important role in the Harry Potter novels.  For example, shades of red represent goodness, such as Gryffindor's scarlet robes, Harry's red ink, and the crimson Hogwarts Express train.  The Weasleys have red hair and a red roof.  Green is largely associated with negative events, such as when Harry sees a flash of green when his parents die and the green-colored curse that made Ron vomit.
- Numbers are symbolic in the series, especially 2, 3, 4, and 7.  For example, the trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione suggest the power of three and the spiritual trinity.  Harry fatally wounds the basilisk on its third strike, and Hagrid knocks on the front door of Hogwarts three times.  Students attend Hogwarts for seven years and there are seven players on each Quidditch team.  Sirius is also imprisoned on the seventh floor of Hogwarts.

- Markus Flint, Slytherin Quidditch Captain had to repeat a year at Hogwarts.
- There were several discarded opening chapters for PS/SS, one of which had a muggle betraying the Potters.
- Harry lost the ability to speak Parseltongue when his scar Horcrux was destroyed.
- Peeves was never a living person.  He is not a ghost but an indestructible spirit of chaos, who can unscrew chandeliers, throw walking sticks, and generally cause mayhem.
- Natalie McDonald, who appears on page 159 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was a real person.  She was a nine-year-old girl from Toronto, Canada, who was dying of leukemia.  She wrote to Rowling asking what was going to happen in the next Harry Potter book, as she would not live long enough to read it.  Rowling emailed back, but Natalie had died a day earlier.  In tribute, she became a first-year student at Hogwarts named by the Sorting Hat in Gryffindor.  When Rowling was later in Canada for a promotional tour she visited the McDonald family.
- Harry and Ron will never read Hogwarts, A History.

So ONTD, feel free to share:
- Your favorite HP moments in the books or movies.
- If you're wearing anything fun to the premiere.
- Why HP is so important to you.
- Other interesting HP facts. 
- etc....but keep it fun and positive, negativity can exit to the left!

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tentaino_konton 13th-Jul-2011 01:37 am (UTC)
As one of the biggest Marcus/Oliver shippers around, I have to say: gtfo with "Markus" wtf?


Also, he ended up being re-aged in later editions of the book because of the mistake. I, however, like the idea that he had to repeat a year so I tend to stick to it.
flashnights 13th-Jul-2011 01:38 am (UTC)
lmao that is such a random pairing but i admire your dedication
tentaino_konton 13th-Jul-2011 01:40 am (UTC)
tbh it was the same situation when I got into it like 10 years ago but I've been diehard and steadfast lol. I'm one of the most ~prolific~ writers on it, or I used to be.

Anyway, I'm nerding out. lord
adorealire 13th-Jul-2011 01:44 am (UTC)
Marcus/Oliver? This is one of the most random pairings in HP fandom ever, but I love it :P
tentaino_konton 13th-Jul-2011 01:47 am (UTC)
I know, I remember when ff.net didn't allow you to select either of them as characters featured in your stories so most of mine aren't catagorized...that, and when ff.net did the big takedown of all R and NC-17 stories because of Agony in Pink, most of my stories were removed. haha

I dunno, there's just something hot about two quidditch jocks. I guess it's the gay in me. LOL
pastel_colours 13th-Jul-2011 03:22 am (UTC)
I was intrigued by what you said about the NC-17 takedown that ff.net went through (as I never really found out why that happened) so I read some of Agony in Pink.

It was a mistake and I will regret it for the rest of my life.
tentaino_konton 13th-Jul-2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
It was horrible. As a pink ranger fan I am also scarred for life. :/
fullycompletely 13th-Jul-2011 07:18 am (UTC)
Was that more based on the movies? Because I know there were lots of ~meaningful looks~ in that first quidditch match in PS/SS, lol.
tentaino_konton 13th-Jul-2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
It was that, and then my then-15/16 year old self was very intrigued by all of the ~connections~ with their names, like Wood being sparked by Flint, the whole warrior inspiration for Marcus and peaceful inspiration for Oliver, etc.

The movies definitely helped though. LOL
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