10 Harry Potter Hidden Gems You’ve Missed
You probably think you know all there is to know about The Boy Who Lived, don’t you? Well, you’ll be a little shocked, but rather excited, to learn that there are some hidden gems in the Harry Potter movie series that you’ve missed. Don’t worry, though; we’re here to show you them. We’re good like that.
1. Dragon Rights
Unless you have the patience of a saint, you probably just left the cinema or skipped the credits of the DVD once Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire finished. Well, you missed out a little hidden gem, as director Mike Newell added the message “No dragons were harmed in the making of this movie”. That’s one reason to look forward to the credits!
What do witches and wizards eat for breakfast? Cheeriowls, of course! As you have probably figured out, it is a play on the cereal Cheerios, and it even comes with its own animated owl. Look out for it in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
3. The Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter lovers all over the world know what about The Deathly Hallows, and how the symbol came to define the whole series. So you might be a little surprised to learn that the symbol was shown to the audience prior to the last two movies. Take a look at the scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire where Dumbledore offers Harry advice. When he looks into the cabinet, it is filled with a variety of objects – which form the Deathly Hallows symbol. Mind blown.
4. The Blood Line
Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort are related. Think about it. The Deathly Hallows objects were passed down from descendant to descendant. Harry received the invisibility cloak from Dumbledore, who had kept the cloak safe for Harry’s father, James. James was a direct descendant of Ignotus Peverell – the original owner of the cloak and one of the “three brothers”. The resurrection stone was set into a ring, and passed between Cadmus Peverell to the Gaunt family – and eventually to the final surviving male mamber, Marvolo Gaunt – Tom Riddle’s grandfather. Morfin inherited the magical heirloom once Marvolo died, and it was later claimed by Tom.
Don’t believe us? Even J. K. Rowling herself has stated they are related.
5. The Number 7
The number 7 plays an important part in the Harry Potter films. There are seven horcruxes, seven players on the Quidditch team, seven Harry Potter books, seven years at Hogwarts and Harry’s Quidditch number is also 7.
Colours mean a lot more than you think in the Harry Potter world. Red represents good, whilst green symbolises evil. The final showdown between Voldermort and Harry is the perfect example, as Harry’s wand produces red, whilst the Dark Lord produces green. The Hogwarts train is also red, Harry uses red ink and he is friends with a red-haired family, who live in the home with a red roof. When Harry looks back to the night his mother and father were killed, the predominant colour is always green – and Voldemort’s clothing is also a very dark green.
7. R. J. H. King
If you look at the Gryffindor award inside the trophy cabinet in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, you’ll see that James Potter and Professor McGonagall had their names inscribed on the trophy, but who is the other name: R. J. H. King? Well, it is a reference to John King, who was the supervising art director on the movie.
8. Neville Longbottom
Any Lord of the Rings fan should probably have worked out that Neville Longbottom was always going to have green fingers, as the name Longbottom was a region of the Shire in Tolkein’s trilogy, which was responsible for growing the finest pipe-weed money could buy.
9. Rock Stars
The Weird Sisters performed at the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. If you look closely at the band, you’ll find Jarvis Cocker from Pulp as the frontman, as well as Johnny Greenwood and Phil Selway from Radiohead.
Luna was named by Rowling after the moon. Many people often overlook the meaning of her name, which really does reflect her character. The moon is seen great in darkness, is pale and bright, and is often associated with madness – just like Luna.
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