Interesting Facts about
Harry Potter movies
and books
Do you think you know everything there is to know about the Wizarding World and Harry movies? Well, here are some facts that we think might surprise you.
Same birthday
Both J.K. Rowling and Harry are born on 31st July. Rowling put parts of herself into all the main characters saying that Hermione is a bit like her when she was younger and that her favourite animal is an otter, the same animal as Hermione's patronus.
Harry's mum Lily
J.K. Rowling nearly played Harry's mum Lily. J.K. Rowling was offered the part of Lily in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone but turned it down saying she was not cut out to be an actor.
Nicolas Flamel
Only one character in the Harry Potter universe is a figure from Muggle history. J.K. Rowling made up all her characters except one – Nicolas Flamel. In "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" Flamel is the original creator of the Philosopher's Stone and Hermoine searches the library to find more information out about him. Flamel was a real man who was a scribe and manuscript seller. After his death people began to believe Flamel had discovered the Philosopher's Stone and achieved immortality, meaning you can never die. These stories first appeared in the 17th century.
Latin words
All the spells are in Latin. The spells in Harry Potter are made up from Latin words. For example "Lumos" which turns a wand into a torch comes from the Latin word "lumen" which means light and "Obliviate" comes from the Latin word "obliviscor" which means "I forget". The Hogwarts motto is also Latin and says "Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus" which means "Never tickle a sleeping dragon".
The Complete Herbal
The magical plants in the series all come from a real-life compendium of flora. At a glance, plant names like "Mugwort" and "toadflax" sound like words pulled from Rowling's boundless imagination. But these flora actually exist in the Muggle world. As the author explained, the plants in the series come from a compendium called "The Complete Herbal" by English botanist and herbalist Nicholas Culpeper.
Animal production team
The movies featured an animal production team. Magical creatures aside, there were a slew of ordinary animals in the Harry Potter movies ― and they were overseen by a separate animal production team. Four different owls played Harry's bird, Hedwig and over a dozen rats portrayed Ron's pet rodent, Scabbers.
Ksenia Forte
Founder of Italia Per Famiglie
Adventure for children in Piedmont
Our tour based on the Harry Potter book! Children will participate in a story of a wizard boy and do magic wand making, Quidditch games, butter brewing and broomstick flying lessons! During the professional animation program "The Magic of Harry Potter in Piedmont" all children will be dressed in a magic robes and hats. This is necessary in order to be able to attend the lessons of the magic school and witchcraft at Hogwarts. In addition the participants of the family trip will spend an evening playing with the characters of the Harry Potter saga.
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Phone: +39 393 917 3023
Kseniya Forte P.I. 01656600192
via Don Minzoni, 7
26038 Torre de’ Picenardi (CR)