In celebration of the new, and final, Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, all of this week’s Trivia Bits of the Week come from the Harry Potter movies. We promise there are no Deathly Hallows spoilers here!
- Alan Rickman was hand-picked to play Snape by J.K. Rowling.
- Robbie Coltrane was also handpicked by J.K. Rowling to play Hagrid.
- The scenes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that are flashbacks to Voldemort killing Harry’s parents were written by J.K. Rowling herself. The producers knew she was the only one who knew exactly what happened.
- Nicholas Flamel, mentioned as the creator of the Sorcerer’s Stone in the first movie, was actually a real alchemist who was believed by some people to have produced the Philosopher’s Stone and who has mysterious circumstances surrounding his “death”. It is rumored that he might still be alive and, if so, he would be about the age given in the book and movie.
- To get a sense of how nasty he should be in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) had to go back and watch Tom Felton’s (Draco Malfoy) performance in the first movie.
- Daniel Radcliffe has said that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is his favorite of the books.
- While filming Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, director Alfonso CuarÃ³n had each of the three stars write an essay about their characters, from a first-person point of view. Emma Watson, in true Hermione fashion, went a little overboard and wrote a 16-page essay. Daniel Radcliffe wrote a simple one-page summary, and Rupert Grint never even turned his in.
- In the scene where Harry faces his second task in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Mad-Eye Moody has a watch with the symbol from 28 Days Later on it. Many people may know that Brendan Gleeson, who plays Mad-Eye Moody in this film, also starred in 28 Days Later.
- In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s signatures for the Dumbledore’s Army roster are the same signatures seen in the books.
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