19 Little Facts About The Harry Potter Books You Probably Didn't Know Before

    From amusing translations to mispronunciations...

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the craziest fact they know about the Harry Potter books. Here's what they said...

    1. There was a significant decrease in the number of children who went to A&E after Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince were released. – KellyLizzyLucky

    2. J.K. Rowling has said that Hufflepuff is her favourite house, but she's actually a Gryffindor. – malaky48ca46e17

    3. In the books, a Kneazle is a magical creature that can detect suspicious or unsavoury characters. – elizabethk48ea6d86f

    4. There isn't a translation of "I am Lord Voldemort" in Swedish. The anagram had to be translated into Latin instead. – Erika Drewke, Facebook

    5. In the French version of the books, a wand is called a "baguette magique". – jenniewood

    6. And the French translation of Hufflepuff is "Poufsouffle". – Jessica Shelleman, Facebook

    7. J.K. Rowling revealed in 2015 that everyone had been pronouncing Voldemort's name wrong. You're not ~actually~ supposed to pronounce the T at the end. – hermanfreakinpotter

    8. The fourth book is so long because, when J.K. Rowling was halfway through writing it, she realised she had created a plot hole that she had to go back and explain. – samanthak4700e333c

    9. Natalie McDonald – a minor character who was sorted into Gryffindor in Goblet of Fire – was named after a real person. – Stephanie Joy Bouley, Facebook

    10. The Harry Potter books are a large part of the reason the New York Times Bestsellers List has a children's category. – Sam Kramer, Facebook

    11. The type in Order of the Phoenix is half a point smaller than in the rest of the books, meaning it's even longer than it looks. – Alyssa Feller

    12. There's a moment in Half-Blood Prince where Slughorn accidentally refers to Ron as "Rupert" – and it was written after Rupert Grint was cast as Ron. – lexiep47feca8cf

    13. And, at one point, J.K. Rowling seriously considered killing off Ron "out of sheer spite". – alexac442ac570d

    14. J.K. Rowling never originally intended to kill Lupin and Tonks, but decided they had to go after she saved Arthur Weasley in Order of the Phoenix. – idyemyhairalot

    15. Professor Trelawney mentions that her great-grandmother's name was Cassandra. Cassandra was a woman in Greek mythology who was gifted the power of prophecy. – Sajambbu Manu, Facebook

    16. And Salazar Slytherin was named after a Portuguese dictator, António de Oliveira Salazar. – thaliav4a358e737

    17. A 16-year-old boy was arrested in France in 2007 for posting his translation of Deathly Hallows online before the official version was published. – Ellie Bate

    18. The saying "I open at the close" is true for the books – the story of the final book, Deathly Hallows, begins in 1997, when the first book was released. – rachelh4b61c04a5

    19. And finally... The epilogue is now technically in the past. – funkysammie

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