1. Hermione Granger was originally supposed to be a boy. JK Rowling revealed that in the early stages of their development, she had envisioned Hermione as a male character with a different name. She eventually decided to make her female instead, as she felt it would add another strong female role model for young readers.
2. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) actually auditioned for the part of Ron Weasley. Despite being cast in the lead role, he was initially more interested in playing Ron and even sang “I’m Ron the Brave” during his audition. Daniel’s enthusiasm won him over and he landed the iconic course of Harry Potter anyway!
3.The sorting hat song featured in the movies is actually an original song written by JK Rowling. Although the melody is similar to a traditional Scottish ballad, she penned the lyrics herself, revealing her magical talent as both an author and musician.
4. The first two Harry Potter books were rejected by many publishers before Bloomsbury Publishing gave them a chance. JK Rowling was almost ready to give up on her dream of getting published when they finally said yes. Even after publication, the books still had trouble gaining traction – but their success eventually skyrocketed and made Harry Potter one of the most iconic series in history!
5. Voldemort’s real name is Tom Marvolo Riddle. It was an anagram of “I am Lord Voldemort,” something he created to impress Hogwarts’s founders. This secret was revealed in the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, when Harry found a diary belonging to Tom Riddle that contained pieces of his life story.
6. Hogwarts is home to many magical creatures, including werewolves, centaurs and unicorns. The Forbidden Forest is a protected area at the school, where these creatures live in seclusion. Hagrid, the gamekeeper of Hogwarts, is responsible for taking care of all those magical creatures living there. He has a special affinity with them and they often prove helpful to Harry and his friends during their adventures.
7. The Mirror of Erised reveals one’s deepest desires when looked into – something that was used to great effect by Harry in Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber Of Secrets. When looking into the mirror, Harry saw himself with his parents who had been killed by Voldemort when he was just a baby. He also saw himself as Hogwarts’ headmaster, something he had always dreamed of becoming.
8. The Deathly Hallows are three powerful magical items that were created by Death himself to give their owner the power to defeat death itself – a task only Harry was brave enough to take on in the climactic finale of ‘Deathly Hallows’ book and film. They are an Elder Wand (the most powerful wand in existence), a Resurrection Stone (which can bring back deceased loved ones) and an Invisibility Cloak which renders its wearer completely invisible. Together they make up the legendary ‘Deathly Hallows’ and with them, one can be truly unconquerable!
9. Voldemort was originally a human wizard in the Harry Potter books and films, but he eventually became a powerful dark lord after drinking unicorn blood. This gave him immense strength and immortality, making him nearly impossible to kill. As time went on, Voldemort’s soul was split into seven pieces – his Horcruxes – which had to be destroyed in order for him to die once and for all.
10. In the world of Harry Potter, magic can be used to make objects fly or levitate, as well as other impressive feats such as turning animals into water goblets (as seen at the Quidditch World Cup). Magic can also be used for dark purposes like creating dark creatures and curses that could cause harm or death. It is a powerful force that should be approached with caution and used responsibly.
This concludes our list of top 10 secrets about Harry Potter! We hope you have enjoyed learning some interesting facts about this beloved franchise. Thanks for reading!