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There are quite a few fandoms out there that gather a massive number of followers. You can love Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Doctor Who, or any number of amazing franchises, but no fandom has brought people together quite as Harry Potter has.

You can walk up to any person on the street and say "May the Force be with you", and you have about a 50-50 chance of them giving you a funny look before walking away. Now if you walked up to a stranger and said "I solemnly swear I am up to no good" and chances are they'll offer a smile. If they're a true fan, they might even retort with "mischief managed".

There is an incredibly high number of Harry Potter fans out there, but even the best of Potterheads don't know everything there is to know about the Harry Potter series. Perhaps the following fun facts will help.

A Plethora of Props

Daniel Radcliffe doesn't actually wear glasses, so he wore prop glasses for the role. By the end of the eighth Harry Potter film, Radcliffe went through about 160 pairs of glasses. He also broke about 80 prop wands because he used them as drumsticks.

Snape's Second

Although Alan Rickman played Severus Snape perfectly, actor Tim Roth was the top choice for the role. He ended up withdrawing from consideration to play General Thade in Planet of the Apes.

Similar Soundtrack

John Williams, a legendary composer who composed music for Star Wars and Indiana Jones, composed music for the first three Harry Potter films. In The Chamber of Secrets, some of the music heard while Harry is chasing Draco in the Quidditch match is the same music played in the speeder chase scene in Attack of the Clones, the second Star Wars film.

Always In Character

After Chris Columbus directed the first two Harry Potter films, Alfonso Cuaron was brought on to direct the third: The Prisoner of Azkaban. He wanted to get to know the three stars of the film, so he asked Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint to write essays about their characters.

The three actors each went about this essay in different ways. Radcliffe wrote a standard one-page essay, Watson wrote a sixteen-page essay, and Grint never turned his in, in true accordance with their characters.

Wizarding Mentor

As Dumbledore was being re-cast for The Prisoner of Azkaban, Ian McKellen was approached for the role. He declined the role, stating that living up to both Gandalf and Dumbledore would be too much to hope for.

Godfatherly Behavior

Gary Oldman, who plays Sirius Black, knew that Daniel Radcliffe had a great affection for music, so he gifted him a bass guitar at their first meeting.

Dressy Disaster

In the scene where Hermione Granger walks down the stairs in her Yule Ball dress in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Emma Watson tripped on the dress and tumbled down the stairs in one of the early takes.

Genuinely Awkward

In the scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 where Voldemort hugs Draco Malfoy, Ralph Fiennes (the actor who plays Voldemort) improvised the hug. Malfoy's uncomfortable response was Tom Felton's legitimate reaction to not knowing what to do.

One Is Better Than Two

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was originally supposed to be filmed in two parts, and those parts were going to be released several months apart. However, director Mike Newell decided against it, taking the advice from Alfonso Cuaron (the director of Prisoner of Azkaban).

Lucky Lavender

Over 7,000 girls auditioned to play Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. However, none of them got the part. Instead, Emma Watson recommended Jessie Cave, who got the part even though she never auditioned.

There are so many fun facts about the Harry Potter series, and these ten tidbits barely scratch the surface. Do you have a fun trivia fact that you want to share? Leave it in the comments below!



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