Hello my little Wanderers, I’m back with another and final post about the Harry Potter series.
Well, I was actually going to talk about the differences between the books and the movies, but I later realized I kind of did that in the previous posts, and while not thoughtfully, it’s there. So, instead I’m going to talk about curious facts and some errors of the Harry Potter books and movies I found in the internet.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:
- J.K. Rowling wrote her first notes and sketches in napkins during her travels around Scotland through King’s Cross and she later used a typewriter.
- The script of “Harry Potter” was rejected until Rowling arrived to Bloomsbury.
- Before publishing the Harry Potter saga Rowling had to type twice the manuscript of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” because she didn’t had enough money to pay someone else to type and photocopy it.
- In the United Kingdom the title of the first book is “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, while in North America is “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. So each time they mentioned the name they had to film the scene twice using both names respectively.
- The editorial of the Harry Potter books in the UK, Bloomsbury, they asked J.K. Rowling to changed the title “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” to “Harry Potter and the School of Magic” which happened in the case of the French version, but Rowling refused.
- The name of the mirror of “Erised” is actually the word “Desire” inverse, which seemed fitting since the mirror is supposed to show a person’s heart deepest desire.
- The snake Harry frees in the zoo supposedly winked at Harry, but snakes don’t have eyelids.
- In the Hogwarts letter Harry receive, it says that students can take” a cat, an owl, or a toad, which bring the question as to why did Ron took a rat instead of the animals previously mention. Shouldn’t he had been punished?
- When Hermione first introduces herself she mentions having practiced a few spells before that day, but muggleborns aren’t supposed to use magic at home, and although she wasn’t aware of this, shouldn’t a teacher had warned her and her parents about it?
- During the house sorting Rowling wrote that after Harry’s sorting there were only three people left: Lisa Turpin, Ron Weasley, and Blaise Zabini, but Dean Thomas was in the same year and therefore should have gone after Harry.
- During the first book Rowling describes Hagrid as two times taller and five times wider than a normal person while in the fourth book (The Tri-Wizard Tournament) she says that Hagrid is only as two times taller but only three times wider than a normal person.
- During the sorting, McGonagall supposedly brings a chair with four legs for the children to sit on while being sorted, but in the movie the chair has only three legs.
- During the chess game Ron takes the place as horse and moves forward “sacrificing” himself, but horses can’t move forward.
- Headless Nick says that he hasn’t eaten anything since 400 years ago but in the second book it is revealed that he has been dead for 500 years. How come?
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
- This book was actually going to be titles “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” but Rowling decided to make instead a chapter that would later allow her to create the sixth book.
- The clock the Weasley’s have is different in the fourth book.
- This is the only book that gives the year in which the story unfolds. Sir Nicholas says it’s his 500th death anniversary and his death is given as October 31, 1492. This means that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is set in 1992, and Harry was born in 1980 as the J.K. Rowling confirmed later.
- To un-petrify those attacked by the Basilisk, they must take a potion. However, Sir Nicholas is a ghost, and how he himself said in the first book, can not eat or drink anything at all, How did he even ended petrified? He is dead!
- Ronald Weasley says when he was three, Fred turned his teddy bear into a big nasty spider. If Ronald was three, Fred was around 5 or 6 years of age, thus, not old enough to make transfiguration spells, as they are one of the most difficult branches of magic. Not even with accidental magic.
- Harry’s wand has the tail feather of a phoenix (Fawkes), who gave only 2 feathers. However, in order to leave the Chamber of Secrets, Harry grabbed the tail feathers of Fawkes. Possible Correction: after the “rebirth” in the second book, Fawkes could have regained his feathers (?).
- In Flourish and Blotts, Lockhart gives Harry the entire collection of books for free, but he gives them to Ginny murmuring that he buy his instead, but later there is a fight between the Malfoy’s and the Weasley’s. When did Harry got his books?
- Harry finds Mrs. Norris petrified on the second floor. When Dumbledore asks him to follow him, Lockhart suggests they use his office, indicating that it is located just up the stairs, which means that Lockhart’s office is on the third floor. However, later it is mentioned that Harry went to the second floor corridor, to go to punishment in Lockhart’s office.
- Hermione says that the Polyjuice lacewings should be boiled for 21 days. However, Ron throws the dead lacewings on top of the leeches. He shouldn’t had been able to since it was only the first day.
- Hermione said Moaning Myrtle lives in the first floor bathroom. However, when Harry sees the inscription on the wall outside the bathroom are on the second floor (and I think they later mention her living in the third floor).
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:
- Marcus Flint, a Slytherin student, repeatedly appears in the book (more times than other secondary characters).
- J.K. Rowling accelerated the publication of the book at the request of fans.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is the favorite book of many people (despite being short and lacking the presence of Lord Voldemort). Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) has said it is her favorite, and J.K. Rowling said the same before publishing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
- The symbols used in the photo of Sirius Black in the poster of “Wanted” translate to “more or less human.”
- The entrance to Muggles is prohibited in Diagon Alley. How did Hermione’s parents came?
- In June, Fred and George Weasley discover they have only managed to get a few OWLs However, in subsequent books, it is firmly established that the results of OWL are sent to the homes of the students at the end of August.
- Ravenclaw Quidditch team mounted Sweepers 7. However, Oliver Wood later tells Harry that Cho Chang, who is the Ravenclaw seeker, mounted on a Comet 260 (what?).
- Before Harry and Hermione go back in time, it is mentioned that Buckbeak is tied to a tree. When they return in time, Buckbeak is tied to a fence.
- When Harry is buying his books at Flourish & Blotts, mention that it is attended by the administrator. However, when Harry is staring the book seventh(?) book, it is said that the store is attended by a shop assistant.
- When Harry and Hermione left the hospital using the Time-Turner, Dumbledore says it ten (minutes) to midnight. But when they return to rescue Sirius, they hear Dumbledore say there is still five minutes until midnight.
- When the group leaves the Shrieking Shack, the initial order is: Crookshanks, Lupin, Pettigrew, Ron, Snape, Harry, Hermione, and Sirius. However, when they return at the time the order is Lupin, Pettigrew, Ron, Hermione, Snape, Harry, and Sirius.
- In the Shrieking Shack, Ron crawls to the four poster bed and lie in it. However, when Lupin arrives, it is mentioned that his eyes turned to Ron, lying on the ground.
- Mr. Weasley mentions that Harry and Ron have ended up in the Forbidden Forest twice. But Harry is the only one who has been in the woods twice. Ron was just once, to see Aragog in Chamber of Secrets, for the first time, Harry was the only one in the forest (Philosopher’s Stone).
Harry Potter and the Tri-Wizard Tournament:
- J.K. Rowling promised this be the longest book in the series, breaking her promise with the fifth volume, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
- Rowling cried when she wrote Cedric’s death and Dumbledore’s speech at his funeral.
- Rowling confirmed that Cedric comes out of Voldemort’s wand with the spell Priori Incantatem during the final battle of the book because Wormtail killed Cedric with Voldemort’s wand.
- Harry’s watch works at Hogwarts because magic the floating in the atmosphere of the school makes some Muggle objects, like Colin Creevy’s camera in the second book, to work properly.
- At the end of the book, Harry still see the carriages that take you to the Hogwarts Express without the Threstrals, despite having witnessed the death of Cedric. JK Rowling explained that Harry first had to “digest” all this death, to be able to see the Threstrals.
- In the sorting ceremony, a girl named Natalie McDonald is pointed out. Natalie really existed: she was a girl from Canada who was seriously ill and was really fond of the Harry Potter books, so she wrote to Rowling, who replied and told her some of the secrets of history. Unfortunately, when the letter arrived, Natalie was already dead. Rowling put Natalie in the Gryffindor house.
- When Fred and George Weasley trying to enter the Triwizard Tournament, and are thrown away by Dumbledore’s age line, the Headmaster advised them to go to the hospital where a couple of students being served, including Fawcett, a Ravenclaw student. Then at the Yule Ball when Ron and Harry out of the party for a walk, meet Karkaroff and Snape who says to a student, “Ten points from Hufflepuff, Fawcett.”
- In the book “Quidditch Through the Ages”, it is said that the first World Cup was in 1473, and that the following are performed every 4 years. The World Cup 1994 is the number 422, but can not be 422 world cups in 521 years. Calculated correctly, the World Cup attended by the Weasleys, Hermione, and Harry would be number 131, and should had been done in 1993 instead.
- Sirius tells Harry, Ron, and Hermione, that Dumbledore and the three of them are the only ones who know that he is an Animagus. However, Lupin and Snape know too.
- When Fred and George bet at the Quidditch World Cup with Mr. Bagman, it is mentioned that Fred put the paper with the betting on his robes. However, he was wearing Muggle clothes like everyone else.
- During Priori Incantatem, Lord Voldemort’s victims emerge in reverse order. However, James emerges before Lily. He should emerge after, as he was killed before Lily. (This error was corrected in later versions of the book).
- Percy says: “It was wrong to make a public statement without first checking with your Head of Department [Arthur Weasley]”. However, in the third book states that Mr. Weasley is the Head of the Department.
- When Moody demonstrates the Imperius Curse, it is said that it was used in Harry 4 times. However, later, it is mentioned that Harry felt, for the third time in his life, the sensation that his mind had been emptied. This should be the fifth time since he had already experienced 4 times before the effects of the Imperius Curse.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:
- The secret code to enter the Ministry of Magic via the phone boot, 62442, means MAGIC on the keys of the phone. When you dial this number on the phone at Rowling’s official website you can unlock extra content.
- Members of the Order of the Phoenix communicate using indectectables Patronus, with the exception of the receiver of the message. Initially, Rowling claimed that communicate with Knitting Chocolate Frogs, but later changed her mind.
- Two former members of the First Order of the Phoenix killed Gideon and Fabian Prewett. Rowling announced that they were brothers of Molly Prewett, who after marriage, took her husband’s last name, Weasley.
- In Chapter 30, during the Quidditch match, Harry and Hermione find seats in the last row of the top. However, when Hagrid arrives to ask them to accompany him to see Grawp, he moves down from the row behind them. If Harry and Hermione are in the last row of the top, there should be no line behind them.
- In the British edition of the fifth book they speaking of Algernon Rookwood, but in Book 4, they talk about Agustus Rookwood.
- In chapter 9, when Harry lends Hedwig to Hermione, Harry stays crouched until he hears Hermione closing the door. However, when he hears that Hermione and Hedwig are gone, he runs across the room to close the door (but the door was already closed!).
- In the first game of Quidditch, Harry is happy that is cloudy, so that sunlight does not reach her eyes. However, minutes later it is said that the stadium is in a bright sunlight.
- In chapter 28, it says that every person in the school seemed to know how Dumbledore had overcome two Aurors, High Inquisitor, the Minister of Magic, and his assistant who is Percy, and was not supposed to be in the office with him, because he left minutes before the “confession” of Dumbledore, to send their notes to the Ministry.
- In practical OWL exams, the students .are called in alphabetical order according to last name. Harry is in the same year that Hannah Abbot for one of the exams, Abbot and Potter so should not have been called together.
- Harry says that Dobby had left the Malfoy to give a warning two years ago, but since it happened in the second book, should have said three years ago.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:
- The Muggle Prime Minister mentioned in the third book of the series, and on the sixth, coincides with the real prime minister who ruled during the time span in which the Harry Potter (1991-1997) states: John Major.
- When Horace Slughorn mistakenly calls Ron “Rupert” and shows little care about it, it is because Rowling wanted to make a nod to Rupert Grint, who plays Ron in the Harry Potter films.
- The film of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince started to be prepared before they even began shooting the film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
- In this book the mysterious character Blaise Zabini, who is named in the first book when he is selected to Slytherin, appears.
- In the cover of the American version, it shows Dumbledore with his right hand in perfect condition, but the text emphasizes that the whole time his hand and right arm are burned and hurt.
- When Harry and Dumbledore admitted to Slughorn’s house, ‘something dark and red was scattered on the wall’. Then when the kind of blood was question, Slughorn explains, ‘In the walls? Dragon … My last bottle, and the prices are very high at this time.” However, in the fifth book when Hagrid finally returns in Chapter 20, he was wiping his face off dragon blood, which was greenish.
- Slughorn says, “A bottle of Felix Felicis is enough to twelve hours of luck. From the moment you take it to the end, you’ll be lucky in everything you propose.” But then, Harry says, “I do not think you need it all, not twenty-four hours at least… “
- How can Ron and Lavender being in a “prominent corner” of the common room, if in the first book indicates that it is a circular room?
- When Harry makes the Quidditch tryouts, some first years have brooms. However, in the first book it is indicated that first years are not allowed to have brooms or join a team (Harry being an exception).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
- Printing the manuscript of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” took 5.5 hours, the scripts for the film were about 500 pages, which justified dividing the movie in two parts.
- Making the “Seven Harry’s” was complicated, Daniel Radcliffe had 90 shots for one scene.
- In every scene where Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange appear together, she moves or is located on the right side of Voldemort, traditionally known as the place of the most loyal.
- Although it it not mentioned in the book or movie who killed Remus and Tonks, Rowling revealed that Bellatrix killed Tonks while Dolohov killed Remus.
Well, that’s all my little Wanderers (it was awfully long… puff!)
Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, this is the last post about the Harry Potter (yes, you can cry). I’m still not sure which book or movie I’m going to do next, so I’ll just wing it.
See you on Wednesday~