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21 Bizarre Truths That'll Make You Look At Harry Potter In A Whole New Light

Harry Potter and the Spice Girls' Number One Single.

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1. First things first: Harry Potter was born on 31 July 1980, meaning he's the same age as stars like Kim Kardashian and Ryan Gosling.

Other celebs born in 1980 include Channing Tatum, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zooey Deschanel, and Kristen Bell.

3. And in April 1992 – a couple of months before Harry defeated Voldemort for the second time – Muggles flocked to Paris to attend the opening of a brand-new Disney park.

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D'you think the Muggle-born students recovered from the stress of finding out Voldemort was at Hogwarts all year by going on a trip to Disneyland Paris?


5. While Muggles were enjoying a brand-new Christmas movie called The Muppet Christmas Carol, Harry, Ron, and Hermione were taking Polyjuice Potion so they could sneak into the Slytherin common room.

7. Then, when the kids of Hogwarts left school for the summer that year, everyone in the Muggle world was talking about a new movie full of terrifying, gigantic lizard creatures.


9. And Harry may have been sad that following summer because he couldn't move in with Sirius, but at least he could watch The Lion King to cheer himself up.


On second thoughts, the Dursleys probably wouldn't let him go to the cinema. And it might not be the best idea to watch a film where the father figure dies...

10. This was also around the time the internet became available to the average person.


If Hogwarts would just get its shit together, this would've made Harry's time as Triwizard champion so much easier.

11. Speaking of the Triwizard Tournament, while the wizarding world was obsessed with who would win, the Muggle world was obsessed with something entirely different: the OJ Simpson trial.


13. Oasis's second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, came out a few months later, in October 1995. Dean Thomas, being Muggle-born, probably played "Wonderwall" for anyone who'd listen.


18. If Harry, Ron, and Hermione hadn't been busy searching for Horcruxes in summer 1997, they might have recognised the stories in a certain book that was published and took the Muggle world by storm in June that year...

20. The Muggle world was thrown into turmoil in May, when it was announced that Ginger would be leaving the Spice Girls – but the wizards were pretty busy with Horcruxes and the Battle of Hogwarts at that point.