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37 Facts You Never Knew About "Harry Potter"

Caution: Potential spoilers ahead.

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2. The number that Arthur Weasley enters in the phone booth to get to the Ministry of Magic with Harry is 6-2-4-4-2. The letters underneath those numbers on a standard telephone keypad spell out "magic."

3. Quidditch is the most popular sport among witches and wizards only in Europe. In America, however, the game Quodpot is preferred.

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In Quodpot, two teams with 11 players each compete against each other. The players place a highly explosive ball (the quod) into a pot as quickly as possible. If the ball explodes before it is put in, the respective ball leader is eliminated until the end of the game.

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6. After Hogwarts, Hermione worked for the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures to gain more rights for house elves and other magical creatures. Later she switched to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

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In 2019, by the way, she will replace Kingsley Shacklebolt as Minister of Magic.

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15. In a handwritten (!!!) review of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called Professor Umbridge the best fictional villain since Hannibal Lecter.

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21. After Hogwarts, Luna Lovegood became a naturalist and during her work met Rolf Scamander, whom she later married. Rolf Scamander's grandfather is Newt Scamander, the hero of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

22. After getting married, Neville Longbottom and Hannah Abbott moved to London. Neville worked for a short time as an Auror, but then became a teacher of Herbology at Hogwarts. Hannah, as the new innkeeper, ran the Leaky Cauldron, where the couple also lived together.

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27. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there is a scene in Dumbledore's office in which there is a clear allusion to the Deathly Hallows, along with a winking dialogue.

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"You see Harry I've searched and searched for something, some small detail. Something I might have overlooked, something that would explain why these terrible things have happened. Every time I get close to an answer it slips away, it's maddening."

28. Before the filming of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, director Alfonso Cuarón had his three main actors write an essay about their characters. Emma Watson wrote 16 pages about Hermione, Daniel Radcliffe wrote a page about Harry, and Rupert Grint never delivered even a single sentence.

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33. In the churchyard of Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, there are three gravestones with the names Thomas Riddle, William McGonagall, and Elizabeth Moodie, which are said to have served J.K. Rowling as the basis for her characters' names.

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This post was translated from German.