Here's one that's sure to make you feel old: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first of seven books in the hugely popular J.K. Rowling franchise about the titular boy wizard, will celebrate its 19th anniversary this year. It is easy enough to explain the vast popularity of the book and film series as Rowling's capacity to develop complex, layered characters that evoke emotion while building a high concept, fantastical narrative based around well-written text. But that alone doesn't explain an obsessive fandom that continually hungers for more Potter even nine years after the release of the last book and six years past the final movie release.
Beyond seven books and eight movies, the internationally-beloved HP empire has grown to include the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, a soon-to-be-adapted-to-film spinoff titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and even a stage adaptation set to premiere in London's West End later this year. Through the revolutionary Pottermore.com website, Rowling has tried to quench the thirst of Potter lovers by offering little bits of content to offer more information about their favorite characters.
But there are things that even a fervent fan base doesn't know some times. Between nuggets that Rowling has subtly dropped and trivia tied to the production of the books and films, secrets abound about what is probably the most beloved literary franchise in recent history. Just as Potter continues to live on, so too do these 15 things that most HP fans don't know:
15 Sorry, Twilight
14 The Nearly-Headless Singer
13 A Slytherin Troublemaker
12 McGonagall Played Quidditch?
11 Why Snape Hates Neville
10 A Shared Birthday
9 Senior Student
8 The Car That Flew Away
7 Harry's Stunt Double
6 Ginny Became a Star
5 Harry and Voldemort Are Related
4 D-Rad Isn't Perfect
3 Nicholas Flamel Isn't Fictional
2 Rowling's Story
1 True to Character
Harry Potter had already become an established, lucrative movie saga by the time famed director Alfonso Cuaron came aboard to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film in the franchise. In order to get to know the three main stars of the film, Cuaron asked each of them to write an essay about their characters. Each actor treated the assignment while remaining in character, so Emma Watson wrote a 16-page essay with over-achieving Hermione in mind, Daniel Radcliffe wrote a simple one-pager befitting Harry and Rupert Grint, summoning his inner Ron Weasley, never turned a paper in.
Sources: screenrant.com, huffingtonpost.com, harrypotter.wikia.com
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