30 Harry Potter Facts That’ll Make You Want To Reread The Series (Again)

J.K. Rowling knows how to write a book. Via HPotterFacts.

1. The first Harry Potter book was published in 1998, the same year the final Battle of Hogwarts was fought. Says Rowling, “I open at the close.”

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2. An inscription on the Mirror of Erised reads “I show not your face but your heart’s desire” when reflected in a mirror.

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3. “Expecto Patronum” literally translates to “I await a guardian” in Latin.

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4. And because the Patronus is a physical representation of one’s soul, James Potter’s stag and Lily Potter’s doe make them literal soulmates.

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5. Ron’s Patronus is a Jack Russell terrier, known for chasing otters. Hermione’s is, coincidentally, an otter.

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6. After Fred’s death, George was never able to perform the Patronus again.

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7. J.K. Rowling said she found Hedwig’s name in a book of saints.

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8. When rearranged, the letters in Remus Lupin spell “primus lune,” which roughly translates to “first moon” in Latin.

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9. Rowling said if Voldemort saw a boggart it would take the shape of his own corpse, since death was his greatest fear.

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10. Sirius Black and Fred Weasley, two pranksters from different generations, died laughing.

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11. When he died, Dumbledore was 150 years old.

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12. The Malfoys’ last name comes from the Latin “maleficus,” which means evil doing.

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13. The Elder Wand is the only known wand to contain hair from the Thestral, a beast that can only be seen by those who have witnessed death.

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14. Originally Rowling wanted to kill off Arthur Weasley in the fifth book, but switched him for Sirius Black.

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15. Dementors are a physical representation of Rowling’s experience with depression.

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16. Voldemort is incapable of love because he was conceived under a love potion.

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17. Snape hated Neville because Neville was nearly the Chosen One. If he had been chosen, Lily wouldn’t have died so young.

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18. If Muggles came upon Hogwarts, it would look like a decrepit building with a “Keep Out: Dangerous” sign on it.

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19. Dementors don’t breed; they grow like fungus where there is decay.

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20. The day Harry and Ron saved Hermione from the troll — the day they became friends — is the 10-year anniversary of Harry’s parents’ death.

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21. Bellatrix means “female warrior” in Latin.

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22. Lavender Brown is an anagram for “brand new lover.”

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23. Dumbledore is an Old English word for “bumblebee.” Rowling said she chose the name because she imagined Dumbledore enjoyed humming to himself.

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24. Rowling said she seriously considered killing off Ron in the middle of the series.

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25. In the Harry Potter universe, there are an estimated 3,000 wizards living in Great Britain.

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26. Rowling made Harry wear glasses as a constant reminder of his vulnerability.

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27. Most of the Blacks are named after stars. Sirius, for example, is named after the dog star.

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28. Harry first arrived at 4 Privet Drive on Hagrid’s motorbike. He left for the last time the very same way.

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29. Voldemort was 71 years old when he died.

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30. Every 30 seconds, someone begins reading the Harry Potter series.

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Oops! A previous version of this post said Lily and Snape have the same last word. This was incorrect.

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