Harry Potter is one of the most beloved movie series out there. I guarantee that all of you reading this have seen all 8 movies, and maybe even that new Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them thing that is apparently in the same universe.
Those who have seen the Harry Potter movies 4 million times in a row will tell you so many random facts that all of you regular fans may not know about, but sometimes, even they might miss a few details that they didn’t even know were there. Next time your Potter nerd friend gets ready to tell you something new he found out about Dolores Umbridge, trick them and tell them these twelve details that even you may have missed in the Harry Potter films.
Oh, right, while we’re at it, if by any chance you’re reading this, but you haven’t seen some of the movies, or read the books…
SERIOUS spoilers ahead!
1. Hints of Snape’s legilimens
From the very first movie there were hints of Snape’s legilimens (mind-reading ability), thanks to Harry having the “horrible feeling that Snape could read minds” in the Philosopher’s Stone.
How right he was… Also RIP Alan Rickman.
2. Fred and George pelted Lord Voldemort with snowballs
Imagine that. In the Philosopher’s Stone, Fred and George Weasley were reported to get into trouble for “bewitching several snowballs so that they followed Quirrell around, bouncing off the back of his turban”. Seems like they didn’t know that Voldemort was just hanging around on the back of Quirrell’s head…
3. Neville Longbottom standing up to his friends
Neville got points for standing up for Ron, Harry and Hermione on behalf of Dumbledore, but what he didn’t know that years and years ago, Dumbledore had to do the same thing with Gellert Grindelwald.
4. Ron and Neville struggled with magic during their early years at school
This is because they used old, inherited wands, and if you do so, apparently, the powers are somewhat diminshed. For those that don’t know, Ron used an old wand that belonged to his brother Percy, and Neville is using his father’s.
5. Ron’s ridiculously accurate prediction
Ron was serving in detention when he found the name Tom Riddle (the actual Voldemort) in the trophy room, which lead him to think that Tom might have gotten his ‘services to the school’ award for killing Moaning Myrtle, apparently doing everyone a favor in a process. Riddle actually killed Moaning Myrtle, although he didn’t actually receive an award for it.
6. The Sneakoscope
The sneakoscope was a birthday present from Ron to Harry, and it was thought to be broken due to its constant whirring, but it turns out that the constant whirring was caused by Scabbers the rat, who then turned out to be Peter Pettigrew in his animagus form.
7. Professor Trelawney’s third prophecy
When Christmas break is on, only a handful of students and teachers remain at the castle, and the number is always twelve. When Professor Trelawney is invited to join the table, she says “If I join the table we shall be thirteen! Nothing could be more unlucky! Never forget that when thirteen dine together the first to rise will be the first to die!”. She doesn’t sit down, but Dumbledore is the first one to get up. But there aren’t only 12 people on the table.
Ron has Scabbers in his pocket.
8. A subtle hint of what is to come
In the fourth movie, Frank Bryce heard Voldemort telling Peter Pettigrew that if he remains loyal, he will get to “perform an essential task… one that many of my followers would give their right hands to perform”. That is exactly what Wormtail does, cutting his right hand to sacrifice and bring Voldemort back.
9. Harry and Ron predict the future
During a divination class in their fourth year, Harry and Ron decided to predict Harry’s future for his homework without going through the motions of doing it properly, and as it turns out their predictions were scarily accurate.
Harry comes up with danger of burns, which comes true with the dragons during the first Triwizard Tournament, then Ron imagines that he will lose a treasured possession – which he does in the form of a close friend in the second task of the tournament, and lastly both of them imagine that Harry will come off worse in a fight, which happens when Voldemort returns at the end of the series.
10. Dumbledore’s strange reaction to Voldemort’s return
Harry discovered that Voldemort had taken blood from him to aid his return to human form, and he saw “a gleam of something like triumph in Dumbledore’s eyes”, and it seemed strange at the time, but then it was discovered that Harry’s blood in Voldemort’s veins would help him survive a killing curse and defeat Voldemort in the last movie of the series, the Deathly Hallows.
11. Petunia dropped a clue about Snape and Lily’s friendship
Petunia had indicated that she has knowledge of Dementors, and she explains that she heard “that awful boy – telling her about them – years ago”. Naturally, we all assumed she was talking about James Potter, but no, she was actually talking about good old Severus Snape.
12. The cheeky code for the Ministry of Magic’s visitor entrance
There’s a code you need to type in to gain entrance to the Ministry of Magic, and that code is 62442. On an old phone, this pattern of letters would spell out the word “magic”.
I see what you did there.