The credits have finished rolling and you’ve just finished the Harry Potter franchise. Harry has won. You think you know everything. You’re content with the open plot lines. There are no major plot holes, and you’re confident in your interpretation and understanding of everything. Well, J.K. Rowling, incapable of shutting it down, continues to help you clarify things, in case you didn’t know, and even if you didn’t want her to. She’s been giving additional backstories and even updates about what happened after the events of the franchise. I’m starting to think that she thinks it’s real. Wait. Is it real? Personally, I like a dash of finality in what I read and watch, so even if it comes straight from the mouth of the author, as it does in this case, I still have a problem with accepting additional information as canon. I’m not saying I won’t because there’s a school of thought that says you have to, but Rowling seems to add things all willy nilly, like “oh, I forgot to mention, Harry hates redheads #WeasleysAreGross.”
While I can half-heartedly deny it, many can’t. There are millions of fans that need to know everything about the films, every little detail. If the creator is still alive, they’ll bombard them with questions. Some of the details revealed after the fact are quite illuminating, potentially even changing your initial interpretation of events. Some things are revelations, interesting new angles to think about, and others are just pointless bits of trivia for you to annoy all your friends with. Well, I’m here to inform you, giving you the ammo that you need to show off how uncool you really can be. Go out there and be a know-it-all. Impress your people with insider knowledge that could change the way you view the Harry Potter films. I know you like the story, and I like you, so I asked J.K. what are some crazy secrets that will change the way we view Harry Potter, and she was like, “what are you doing in here?” Since she rudely ignored my question, I had to research to make my list. Here it is.
15 Harry And Voldemort Are Related
14 Ginny The Professional Quidditch Player
13 Harry Lost Parseltongue
12 Harry Has The Flying Motorbike
11 11 The Shape Of Harry's Scar
10 Dumbledore Is Gay
9 Dumbledore Saw His Family In The Mirror
8 Lupin Jr. Went To Lame Hufflepuff
7 Wizarding Schools Are Free
6 Potter’s Second Son Named Al
5 Why So Serious, Dementors?
4 Hermione And Parents Reunite
3 Professor Trelawney Knows Unlucky 13
2 Moaning Myrtle Is Super Old
1 Proper Voldemort Pronunciation
We’ve been pronouncing Voldemort’s name wrong this entire time. Well, I haven’t, but you have. The “T” in Voldemort is actually silent. The word comes from the French “vol de morte”, which roughly translates to “flight of death” or “flight from death.” I don’t speak French. J.K. Rowling says that she’s pretty much the only person who pronounces it that way, but some U.S. audiobooks were read that way as well. It wasn’t until Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out on film that it became the norm to pronounce the “T”. I’m still pronouncing it properly, but I also still hold my pinky out when I drink tea, so it’s expected from people like me. We, the more refined sort of folk.
Sources: Wikpedia; Rotten Tomatoes; IMDB
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