Having read the Harry Potter books over twenty times over the years, I have to say I feel that I have heard nearly everything there is to hear about the series.
I have scoured J.K. Rowling's interviews for new information, watched the behind-the-scenes features from the films, and listened to nearly every interview with Rowling and the cast.
Therefore, I become insanely elated when I find some new piece of information on the series I hadn't known before. Beside interviews, Rowling has also taken to Twitter recently to share information about Harry, Ron, Hermione, and other characters that we didn't know before.
How many of these following facts do you know already? Hopefully a few of these are new to you:
1. Alan Rickman, who portrays Professor Severus Snape in the films, knew Snape's fate before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released because Rowling told him
2. Rowling said she might have subconsciously named Hogwarts after a plant she saw at the Kew Gardens in New York City
3. Voldemort's name is actually supposed to be pronounced without the "t." It means "flight of death" in French
4. Hermione is actually based on Rowling when she was a little girl. Rowling even made her Patronus into an otter, which is her favorite animal
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was published in 1998, which is the year the Battle of Hogwarts was fought. "I open at the close"
6. Sirius Black and Fred Weasley were two pranksters. Both of them died laughing
7. Voldemort cannot understand love because he never felt it himself; he was conceived while his father was under a love potion
8. Snape wasn't very nice to Neville as he was also targeted by Voldemort initially. If he had been the Chosen One, Lily wouldn't have died at the hands of Voldemort at a young age
9. Harry and Ron officially befriended Hermione after saving her from the troll, which was 10 years after Harry's parents' death
10. George was never again able to perform a Patronus charm after Fred's death
11. The word Dumbledore is an Old English word for "bumblebee." Rowling chose this name because she felt Dumbledore would love humming to himself regularly
12. Every 30 seconds, a person begins to read the Harry Potter series
13. Rowling claims that the Harry Potter books wouldn't have happened if her mother hadn't died. "The books are what they are because she died...because I loved her and she died..."
14. Rowling spent the first five years coming up with rules about her characters before actually writing the Harry Potter series
15. In Prisoner of Azkaban, Trelawney refuses to sit at a table with twelve others because she would be the thirteenth person, meaning the first person to get up would die. In Order of the Phoenix, the thirteen members of the order are sitting, and Sirius is the first to stand. Intense foreshadowing, perhaps?
This last fact really pulled at my heartstrings. Trelawney tends to be wrong when she predicts the future. But she has her moments when she can be pretty spot-on with what the future holds.
Thank you, Queen J.K. Rowling, for blessing us with the magical world of wizards and witches. You shaped my childhood for the better, and I am eternally grateful.
Also, can you write like thousands of books about a young Dumbledore, the Marauders, a young Voldemort, and Harry's children? That would make us really, really happy.