History Trivia / HarryPotter

25th Sep '17 4:27:26 PM StardustSoldier
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*** '''Creator/SeanConnery''' was offered the role of Dumbledore, but turned it down because he's not a fan of the fantasy genre[[note]]This is mentioned in an installment of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''[='s=] ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' with the ''[=SNL=]'' version of Connery claiming he turned down ''Harry Potter'' just for the [[ForTheLulz chance to harass Trebek again]].[[/note]].

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*** '''Creator/SeanConnery''' was offered the role of Dumbledore, but turned it down because he's not a fan of the fantasy genre[[note]]This is mentioned in an installment of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''[='s=] ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' with the ''[=SNL=]'' version of Connery claiming he turned down ''Harry Potter'' just for the [[ForTheLulz chance to harass Trebek again]].[[/note]].again]][[/note]].
23rd Sep '17 4:38:37 PM JulianLapostat
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** Hogwarts' unsafeness and the dangerous nature of studying magic has also raised many eyebrows about why parents would want to send students to Hogwarts, with some noting that perhaps Vernon and Petunia [[JerkassHasAPoint have a point]] in not sending Harry to Hogwarts. This ignores more than a few factors. For one thing, while magic is risky and dangerous it also has benefits and safety cushions that is not there in the Muggle world. For instance, Book 2 has Harry regrow his bones with a potion in a single night and mentions are made of a number of cures and treatments to help injuries that would be fatal in the Muggle world, and this health treatments are free and available to all students at Hogwarts. Likewise, Book 3 shows what dangerous uncontrolled magic could unleash in the Muggle world when Harry inflates his Aunt Marge, and that ultimately Hogwarts is still the safest and best place for magical students to study in.
3rd Sep '17 5:11:25 PM JulianLapostat
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* CreatorsFavorite: Creator/JKRowling has claimed her favorite character in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is Remus Lupin, who is also a fan favorite. [[spoiler:It doesn't stop her from killing him in the 7th book, though.]]
** [[spoiler:[[WordOfGod J. K. Rowling]] stated that she finds Albus "Al" Severus Potter, the most "interesting" of Harry's children.]]

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* CommonKnowledge: The novels perception is greatly shaped and influenced by the movies which paradoxically mislead new readers precisely because they are highly faithful, with just enough small but crucial changes and alterations to give the wrong impression:
** A lot of portrayals of new Hogwarts students other than Harry entering the school have the new character getting their acceptance letter on their eleventh birthday exactly, forgetting that Harry was sent hundreds before his birthday; he just wasn't able to ''read'' any of them until Hagrid gave him one after several days of the Dursleys trying to escape them. On top of that, the final application date was the 31st of July, which would seriously screw over the children who turned eleven in August. Not to mention all the kids that turned eleven in September still going to school with other Muggle kids and teachers which would endanger the secrecy.
** Many non-fans like to mock the apparent stupidity of Hogwarts' curriculum, since it teaches young children advanced magic without bothering to teach them English, mathematics, science or history. This, of course, ignores that fact that Wizard children aren't accepted to Hogwarts until they're at least ten years old--around the time that most children would already have a basic grasp of reading, writing and math--as Hogwarts is meant to be the Wizarding equivalent of a secondary school. They don't ''need'' higher-level mathematical or scientific skills because they live in a world that [[AppliedPhlebotinum runs on magic]], but they frequently write lengthy essays on magical subjects for homework assignments, which they ''couldn't do'' if they didn't already know how to write. And they ''do'' teach history at Hogwarts; there's an entire "History of Magic" class that's about the history of [[TheVerse the Wizarding World]], but we never find out what's taught in it...because it's so boring that Hermione is the only one who can actually pay attention.
** Whenever a non-fan hears about Harry having romance in his life, it's assumed he'll be getting together with Hermione - because she's the only female character non-fans have actually heard of. This is compounded by the emphasis on Hermione in the movies where Creator/EmmaWatson's performance made her a BreakoutCharacter which also excised moments in the novels where Harry was quite mean to Hermione, such as taking Ron's side in the Scabbers[=/=]Crookshanks debate in Book 3, and getting cross about her reporting the Firebolt to [=McGonagall=] as a result of which he and Ron didn't speak to her for months, while in Book 5 he would get irritated and shout at both Ron and Hermione, get irritated by her nagging at him for Occlumency lessons (which he admitted she was right about but never really apologized to her in person) while even in Book 7, Harry thinks of her as narrow-minded for not latching on to the Deathly Hallows. With those elements of real rifts between them removed from the movies, and her general dynamic with Ron kept in, it made the movie version of Harry and Hermione far more compatible-looking than their book counterparts.
** It's common for many fans to claim that "[[https://www.bustle.com/p/these-harry-potter-book-titles-reimagine-hermione-as-the-main-character-its-totally-brilliant-30634 Harry would have died in Book 1 without Hermione]]" and exaggerate Hermione into a MemeticBadass based again on the movies. As such it can be surprising to find Book!Hermione to be far more vulnerable and insecure than her PopCulturalOsmosis version. She's still a woman of conviction and strong will (albeit the movies leave out her commitment to House Elf rights) but it's also true that both Harry and Ron save her as often as she saves them. In terms of the books, Hermione plays a major part in the climax of Book 3, but in Book 5, she gets knocked out by Antonin Dolohov's curse and only Harry and Neville are still standing when they duel the Death Eaters. Likewise, while Hermione was key to destroying the Horcruxes, Harry identified, located and traced most of the Horcruxes himself (including the one in Gringotts and the Room of Hidden Things) while Ron destroyed one, and found a way to destroy the other.
** It has become increasingly common for readers on multiple joke websites and other places to gloat that Hogwarts has SwissCheeseSecurity and that Dumbledore is an incompetent headmaster, and that under his watch, Hogwarts has gone to the dogs. Readers tend to forget that we only see Hogwarts during Harry's time at Hogwarts. [[spoiler:This is a total of six years]], a smaller period compared to the decades Dumbledore has served as Headmaster, and that before Harry's time, the only major incident of fuss at Hogwarts was [[spoiler:the death of Moaning Myrtle]] which happened on the watch of Dumbledore's predecessor, Armando Dippet. Most of Hogwarts under Dumbledore's time was free of incident. The questionable appointees Dumbledore made, derives from the curse on the Defense Against the Dark Arts post [[spoiler:made by Voldemort, who was magically as powerful as Dumbledore was]] and likewise neglects the fact that most of the Hogwarts staff ([=McGonagall=], Professor Sprout, Filius Flitwick, Aurora Sinistra, Severus Snape) are actually competent and capable at their vocation. Likewise the novels, while never making clear how much clout the Headmaster has, repeatedly makes clear that Dumbledore ''doesn't'' fully have the freedom to run Hogwarts as he sees fit. As he points out to Harry, he dislikes Divination and wanted to axe the subject off the syllabus but there was a great demand of it among parents and Hogwarts' Board of Governors [[spoiler:and finally let it happen explicitly for Professor Trelawney's well-being and safety after she made the first prophecy announcing Voldemort's downfall. Some of his appointees, such as Dolores Umbridge were made by the Ministry and the Board of Governors and not him, and Dumbledore later stated that he explicitly became an academic at Hogwarts to avoid the temptations of power]]. About the only appointment one can question Dumbledore is Hagrid, who he made into a Professor of Care of Magical Creatures despite the fact that he didn't complete his magical education and had no experience in teaching, and even then Hagrid did start with promise and occasionally shows that he can be a good teacher (as in the class with the unicorns and Nifflers in Book 4).
* CreatorsFavorite: Creator/JKRowling has claimed her favorite character in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is Remus Lupin, who is also a fan favorite. [[spoiler:It doesn't stop her from killing him in the 7th book, though.]]
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]] [[spoiler:[[WordOfGod J. K. Rowling]] stated that she finds Albus "Al" Severus Potter, the most "interesting" of Harry's children.]]
30th Aug '17 4:01:41 PM HBICece
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*** Legilimens would explain Cal Lightman's abilities...

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*** Legilimens would explain [[Series/LieToMe Cal Lightman's Lightman's]] abilities...
26th Aug '17 11:30:43 AM EspeonArcaninePines
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** Maggie Smith as Professor [=McGonagall=] as well. [=McGonagall=], as it would be revealed [[AllThereInTheManual later]] ages from 46 (in Movie 1's first season with baby!Harry) to about 63-64 at the end of the final movie. She was not recast for that scene, either, making Maggie about 20 years older at the time than her character was supposed to be.

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** Maggie Smith as Professor [=McGonagall=] as well. [=McGonagall=], as it would be revealed [[AllThereInTheManual later]] ages from 46 (in Movie Book 1's first season scene with baby!Harry) to about 63-64 at the end of the final movie.book. She was not recast for that scene, either, making Maggie about 20 years older at the time than her character was supposed to be.
25th Aug '17 3:59:16 PM StardustSoldier
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* Other WhatCouldHaveBeen 's:

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25th Aug '17 3:25:37 PM StardustSoldier
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* ''Deathly Hallows: Part 2'' is the most financially successful ''Potter'' film, being the only one to pass the billion dollar mark. The least financially successful was ''Prisoner of Azkaban'', which is "only" the thirty-second highest grossing film of all time. ''Hallows: Part 2'' is also the most critically successful entry in the series (96% rating on Website/RottenTomatoes) while ''Order of the Phoenix'' was the least critically successful (78% rating).

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* ''Deathly Hallows: Part 2'' is the most financially successful ''Potter'' film, being the only one to pass the billion dollar mark. The least financially successful was ''Prisoner of Azkaban'', which is "only" the thirty-second highest grossing film of all time. ''Hallows: Part 2'' is also the most critically successful entry in the series (96% rating on Website/RottenTomatoes) while ''Order of the Phoenix'' was and ''Deathly Hallows: Part 1'' were the least critically successful (78% rating).rating each).
25th Aug '17 3:15:25 PM StardustSoldier
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* If you were to watch the theatrical cuts of all eight ''Harry Potter'' films back-to-back, it would take nineteen hours and thirty-eight minutes. The extended cuts would add twenty minutes to that, which is with released extended cuts existing for only the first two movies.

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* If you were to watch the theatrical cuts of all eight ''Harry Potter'' films back-to-back, it would take nineteen hours and thirty-eight minutes. The extended cuts of the first two films would add an extra twenty minutes to that, which is with released extended cuts existing for only the first two movies.that.
25th Aug '17 3:10:42 PM StardustSoldier
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* A number of people (including the director of the movie) believed that Lupin was gay, so it could also be a metaphor for homosexuality; however, Rowling didn't write the character as gay (he married Tonks) and explicitly stated it was an HIV metaphor, so the signs don't fit quite as neatly.
25th Aug '17 3:07:41 PM StardustSoldier
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* In a 2014 interview, [[http://www.mugglenet.com/2014/02/the-truth-behind-the-j-k-rowling-wonderland-interview/]] (in the bottom of the linked page the full interview is available to read) Rowling said that Harry and Hermione are in ''some'' ways a better fit than Ron and Hermione, but in the end of the interview she sad that there are still ways in which Ron/Hermione is better (e.g. he's funny and thus complementary with Hermione's intense and serious personality). She imagines Ron and Hermione would maybe need a little counseling but would be alright in the end.

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* In a 2014 interview, interview [[http://www.mugglenet.com/2014/02/the-truth-behind-the-j-k-rowling-wonderland-interview/]] (in (at the bottom of the linked page page, the full interview is available to read) read), Rowling said that Harry and Hermione are in ''some'' ways a better fit than Ron and Hermione, but in at the end of the interview she sad said that there are still ways in which Ron/Hermione is Ron and Hermione are better (e.g. he's funny and thus complementary with Hermione's intense and serious personality). She imagines Ron and Hermione would maybe need a little counseling counseling, but would be alright all right in the end.
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