ByKristin Lai, writer at
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

Even as an adult, I'll openly admit to loving Harry Potter and Disney movies. No shame! They're two universes that make the normal world just seem a little more magical. Given the nature of Moviepilot, I'd gather that many of you feel the same way.

With the crossover between the two fanbases, I'm still eagerly awaiting the day J.K. Rowling works out a deal with Disney to make an animated Harry Potter movie. Will it ever happen? Eh, not likely, but a girl can dream! In the meantime, here are five examples of how Harry Potter and Disney are more connected than you may have realized:

1. Fluffy's origins

A Greek chappie he met in a pub, eh? In the book this was a reference to Hades and his three-headed dog Cerberus that guarded the underworld. This line was changed to an "an Irish feller" in the movie, taking away from the mythology joke a bit. Still, I love the idea of Hagrid purchasing Fluffy from Disney's Hades in a pub.

2. Brave and Harry Potter

Here is the shocking amount of actors from Harry Potter who also voiced characters in Disney's Brave. Kelly Macdonald as Merida, Emma Thompson as Elinor, Robbie Coltrane as Lord Dingwall, and Julie Walters as the Witch.

3. Shot for shot

It's not surprising that there are so many visual parallels between the Disney and the Harry Potter movies. Heroes overcoming obstacles, facing deadly foe, inspiring kids everywhere, it just makes sense!

4. The Malfoy Lineage

Given their familial ties to the darker side of magic, it makes me wonder if the Malfoys are a distant relative of Maleficent.

5. And most recently...

Even Hollywood casting directors agree, Herminone Granger...*cough* Emma Watson was born to play Belle in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast. Now if only we could reverse the Disney live-action formula and animate the Harry Potter movies down the line.

Bonus: Harry Winnie-the-Pooh-ter

Using "wingardium leviosa" on a balloon? That's just good common sense! Oh the things I would do and the money I would pay to see Pooh go head-to-head against Lord Voldemort. Remember when Jim Cummings (the voice of Pooh) read Star Wars as Darth Pooh?

Why not Harry Pooh-ter next?


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