We all know that the Harry Potter wizarding world is rich with hidden meanings and magical trivia. And naturally, just because there are so many underlying meanings behind the linear storyline, even the most fervent of fans will have missed some Easter eggs concealed within the dense dialogue and frames that make up the eight movies of the franchise.
The following 7 hidden nuggets not only pinpoint J.K. Rowling's genius, but prove yet again, that after all this time, there is still something to be learned from the spectacular story.
Take a look!
1. The power of sevens
The number seven is rife within the wizarding world, partly because it is considered to be the most powerful digit in magic. This is also one of the reasons why Voldemort split his soul into seven Horcruxes.
Harry also chooses to create seven Harry Potters by making his friends drink polyjuice potion during an escape from the Death Eaters:
If you remember correctly, Barty Crouch Jr. also placed his captor in a chest with seven locks whilst he pottered around Hogwarts as a Mad-Eye Moody imposter.
And that's not all - in a quidditch team, you'll find we have seven players and the seventh Horcrux himself (Harry!) even wears the number on his team jersey!
In addition to this, there are seven snakes on the door to the Chamber of Secrets:
There are seven letters in 'Weasley' and seven Weasley children that Molly popped out. And this is the best part: Ginny is the seventh child, the only girl out of a brood of boys. In fact, she is the first female Weasley born in SEVEN GENERATIONS!
This is too much, I cannot deal.
2. The secret of the Patronus
Whilst we all know Harry's patronus is a stag, representing his father, and Snape's is a doe, underlining his eternal devotion to Lily, what about Ron and Hermione?
Well, we know Ron has a Jack Russel Terrier in fact. However, it is Hermione's patronus that is peculiar - she has an otter, which just so happens to be an animal that terriers are known to chase.
In addition to this, otters are in the weasel family, which may foreshadow her fate of being linked to the Weasleys later on in life when she marries Ron.
3. Snape's first words to Harry are in code
The first interaction between the two comes in the form of a ridiculous demand from the Potions professor: "What would I get if I added powdered root of asophodel to an infusion of wormwood?"
Remind yourself of the (extended) scene here:
Although to us, and to the bewildered group of first year Hogwarts students, the question may appear to be nonsense (not to Hermione obviously!), it actually holds a hidden code.
If we following Victorian Flower Language, with which J.K. would have been familiar, it is understood that an "asphodel" is a flower in the lily family, which means "my regrets follow you to the grave." Wormwood is referred to as "absence."
So, taken literally, Snape's first words to Harry are: "I bitterly regret Lily's death."
4. Buckbeak takes a dump on camera
On a lighter note, Buckbeak the hippogriff drops a load right on camera in the Prizoner of Azkaban. The detail is difficult to spot and as the wild animal was made entirely out of CGI, it must have taken the engineers a long time to perfect.
Even a few frames of animation can cost a bomb to create, yet the producers clearly thought including a defecating hippogriph was absolutely essential to the scene.
5. Horny teens on the Marauder's Map
You may have heard this one before, but it's just too cheeky to pass up! During the credits for the third Harry Potter movie in the series, the cast and crew are displayed on what appears to be a Marauder's Map.
For those paying close attention however, they will realize that the frames do not only display a long set of names. Instead, you can actually see two pairs of feet of two students indulging in either a hot and heavy snog fest or something more...?
6. You can spot the Deathly Hallows in the movies before the books
Even before they are introduced to us in the books, we had already been exposed to the elegant symbol that represented the legendary artifacts back in 2005 - the Resurrection Stone, the Cloak of Invisibility and the Elder Wand.
The symbol can actually be spotted in many places, including Dumbledore's office. The following shot was taken from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, two years before we puzzled our brains over what the Hallows might mean in the 2007 book:
Dumbledore also teases our unassuming minds with his dialogue that accompanies the scene:
"I've searched and searched for something. Some small detail... something I might have overlooked."
7. The Chocolate Frog returns
During the first train ride to Hogwarts, Harry and Ron have some fun with a chocolate frog that they buy with Harry's dead parents' money. If you can recall, when it's taken out of the tiny box, it makes a leap for freedom and escapes the train. From that moment on, the sweet delicacies are somewhat forgotten.
Until Harry's kids take the train in the last minutes of the final movie, that is. Check out the moment at around 2:50 below:
What a nice touch to bring everything full circle, don't you think?