8. Aunt Petunia Was Just A Jealous Hag
As the books revealed slowly, Harry’s wicked Aunt Petunia was jealous of her sister Lily’s magical ability as well as her relationship with Severus as children. She was also rejected from Hogwarts when she wrote to them asking to be enrolled.
She reveals that she is aware of what Dementors are and what they’re supposed to do and she has known this since they were children and while she does eventually show some awareness of what Harry is up against, it takes her a long time, and her deference to his condition (and his claims of attacks) seem to suggest that she was actually one of the biggest villains in the series.
7. Harry And Ron Predicted The Triwizard Tournament
In The Goblet Of Fire, Harry and Ron mockingly predicted the outcome of the Triwizard Tournament for their divination homework.
They predicted that Harry would be in danger of burns, lose a treasured possession, get betrayed by a friend and would then come out of the fight worse off than when he went in.
Chillingly accurate, given what actually happens in the tournament.
6. J.K.Rowling Is More Powerful Than Voldemort
JK killed off quite a few characters from the beloved series, well, the ones that we know about anyway…
Sirius, Dumbledore, Hedwig, Dobby, Fred, Remus, Tonks and Snape. And that’s not to mention the Muggle casualties and the unnamed victims of the Death Eaters.
Seven books with a bit of her soul in each one; she’ll live forever.
5. Colours Have Different Meanings
Typically the colour red is associated with danger and green symbolises the good and natural. In the wizarding world, red and green signify a contrast of good and evil, ultimately leading up to the battle in the Deathly Hallows. They have also been the colours of the spells whenever Harry and Voldemort have duelled, though they have switched meaning from traditional readings.
Red is: Gryffindor, the Hogwart’s express, the Weasley’s hair, Fawkes, and the roof of the Burrow (and thus safety).
Green is: Slytherin, the flash of light Harry saw when his mother was murdered, and Nagini.
4. Dementors Were Created From Depression
Whilst writing the Harry Potter books, J.K.Rowling was experiencing harrowing personal issues and suffered from depression.
The Dementor’s Kiss is supposed to represent how mental illness can make you feel. It’s very sad to know that people who are suffering from mental illness can describe it as being like a Dementor’s Kiss.
Thank goodness for hope and happiness in the world, which JK portrays as a defence against these monsters through the bright light of the Patronus.
3. Hermione Represents Female Empowerment
Hermione is always described as being quite plain, with her untameable bushy brown hair and is more interested in going to the library than being seduced by Bulgarian celebrities.
J.K. Rowling claims that girls should aspire to be more like Hermione, independent, intelligent and fiercely loyal to her friends. Apparently Hermione resembles a young twelve year old Joanne; studious and an insufferable know it all.
So although there is more to a person than her looks, which is obviously important, Emma Watson did a very good job of selling all sides of the character.
2. The Magic Of Words
Famously, the Mirror Of Erised is Desire spelt backwards, which is why you see in it what you want, not the person that you are in the present.
But Rowling went further than that with her wordsmithery and number Easter Eggs. The number that Mr Weasley uses to get into The Ministry Of Magic ‘62442’ spells out ‘Magic’ on the keypad.
And then there’s Remus Lupin. Anyone with a good grasp on history and language could have spotted what was going to happen with his character, thanks to the two big hints in his name. Firstly, there’s the fact that he’s named after one of the twin founders of Rome (the other being Romulus), who were said to have been raised by wolves – which is no accident.
And of course, anyone with knowledge of Latin will tell you that Lupin is a derivative of Lupus (or wolf), and that “lupine” continues to mean “wolf-like”. So he might as well have been called Wolfboy Wolf.
1. The Significance Of October 31st
There are a few events which happen on Halloween which tie in a lot of events together; because of Harry’s birthday being 31st July, there is a chance that he could have been conceived on this date too.
It is also the same date as when his parents were killed by Voldemort, the mountain troll was let into the school in an attempt to kill Harry, Sirius Black broke into Hogwarts and slashed the Fat Lady’s portrait and it is also on Halloween that Harry’s name comes out of the Goblet Of Fire – eventually leading to Cedric’s death.
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