- J.K – Not really!
Instead of using her full name to be written on her books, Rowling’s publisher suggested her to use just the initials of her name since this can lead to grabbing more of the attention from the people, particularly the male readers. Her real name is “Joanne Rowling,” thus, she borrowed the “K” from her grandmother’s name, Kathleen. It’s not part of her legal name. Cool, no?
2. Coincidence, or on purpose?
Harry and Rowling share the same birthday. Harry’s birthday is July 31, 1980. Rowling’s birthday is also July 31, but in 1966. Both the Creator and Creation born on the same day? Magical indeed!
3. Link between the two Ds.
The depression which surrounded her after the death of her mother, Rowling based the dementors as a representation of that. Depression as Dementors, ya’all.
Whoops! We have been pronouncing Voldemort’s name wrong. On Twitter, Rowling divulged that ever since she created the name, she intended the “t” in Voldemort to stay as silent. Well maybe he’s French? Because Vol de mort in French means “flight of death”. I guess it should not matter since we are not supposed to say his name anyway!
5. Nice attempt, Rowling!
J.K Rowling slightly based the 11-year-old Hermione on herself at the same age. She even made Hermione’s patronus her favorite animal, an otter.
6. Mischief Managed.
Oliver Phelps and James Phelps, the twins known as Fred and George in the stories, gave the audition for the movie just to get an opportunity to skip school. Uncanny similarity between reel and real life, no?
7. The struggle!
Over the course of the eight movies, makeup artists painted the ever-so-famous scar on Harry’s and the various stunt doubles’ head for about 5800 times. Oh, dear Lord!
8. Dumbledore and his family.
Cue the tears because Dumbledore’s biggest dreams had to do with his family. In the first book, Dumbledore told Harry that he saw himself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks in the Mirror of Erised. Although Dumbledore did have an obsession with socks, Rowling revealed that the headmaster actually saw something else. She stated in an interview that he saw his family alive and reconciled. Someone pass the tissues, please!
9. For all who ship Harry and Hermione instead.
J.K Rowling admits occasionally regretting Hermione ending up with Ron. Later in that same interview, she points out that Harry and Hermione would have been better suited. “In some ways, Hermione and Harry are a better fit and I’ll tell you something very strange. When I wrote Hallows, I felt this quite strongly when I had Hermione and Harry together in the tent!”
Harry’s parents James and Lily are soulmates because the patronus charm (to ward off Dementors) is a physical representation of one’s soul. Because James’ is a stag and Lily’s is a doe they are a perfect fit together. Now you know, why Lily ended up with James instead of Snape.