20 Harry Potter Facts That’ll Knock You Off Your Broomsticks

1Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint

J.K. Rowling seriously considered killing off Ron Weasley mid-series because she was 'in an unhappy place.'

2Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Harry Potter was born in 1980, making him 38 this year.

3Goblet of Fire

Goblet of Fire

J. K. Rowling changed her mind about the title of the 4th Harry Potter book twice. Until 12 days before publication, the already publicized working title was "Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament", which turned to "Triwizard Tournament" and then "Goblet of Fire".



J.K. Rowling told Alan Rickman the end of Snape's story arc before he ever appeared on camera as Snape in the Harry Potter movies. As a result, he often argued with directors based on knowing something they didn't.

5Fred and George Weasley

Fred and George Weasley

James and Oliver Phelps were not actually ginger but dyed their hair red for 10 years while playing Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

6Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, recorded a $167 million loss 'on paper' because of "Hollywood Accounting". Warner Brothers effectively made sure that the movie lost money by paying itself a $212 million "distribution fee" off the top.

7Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

Author J.K. Rowling wrote the final chapter of the last Harry Potter book in 'something like 1990', seven years before the release of the first book.

8Harry Potter books

Harry Potter books

Harry Potter was the most banned book in the US in 2001 and 2002, for being "anti-family, occult/Satanism, religious viewpoint and violence".

9Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint

Before Alfonso Cuarón directed the third Harry Potter film, he assigned the three leads to write a first-person autobiographical essay about their character. Rupert Grint didn't write his, saying 'I'm Ron; Ron wouldn't do it.' Cuarón replied 'Okay, you do understand your character.'

10Professor Umbridge

Professor Umbridge

In the Harry Potter universe, Professor Umbridge was arrested for hate-crime after the events of the Deathly Hallows.