History Trivia / HarryPotter

21st Mar '17 6:29:48 PM Eagal
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* FollowTheLeader: Rowling has admitted she wasn't the first to send kids to wizarding school. However, a lot of books have attempted to cash in on the success of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', some of them even being obvious ripoffs.
21st Mar '17 1:51:54 PM rjd1922
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* AscendedFanon: Because Lavender Brown was never given a proper description in [[{{Canon}} the books]], the fandom eventually decided that she was a blonde, buxom girl who was also a bit of a ditz--[[AllThereInTheManual despite the fact that]] [[UnfortunateImplications two different black actresses had played her]] prior to ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince the Half-Blood Prince]]''. The producers eventually cast Creator/JessieCave, who is blonde, buxom, and [[LargeHam plays the character as ditzy as she possibly can.]]

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* AscendedFanon: Because Lavender Brown was never given a proper description in [[{{Canon}} the books]], the fandom eventually decided that she was a blonde, buxom girl who was also a bit of a ditz--[[AllThereInTheManual ditz--[[AllThereInTheScript despite the fact that]] [[UnfortunateImplications that two different black actresses had played her]] prior to ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince the Half-Blood Prince]]''. The producers eventually cast Creator/JessieCave, who is blonde, buxom, and [[LargeHam plays the character as ditzy as she possibly can.]]



* ContractualPurity
** Creator/DanielRadcliffe invoked a wave of moral outrage when he appeared on London's West End as Alan Strang in a production of ''Theatre/{{Equus}}''. It's an incredible (albeit disturbing) role that any actor would be insane to turn down the chance to play. The MoralGuardians, however, only saw Naked!Film/HarryPotter -- which is probably [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity what the production company was banking on]], anyway.

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* ContractualPurity
ContractualPurity:
** Creator/DanielRadcliffe invoked a wave of moral outrage when he appeared on London's West End as Alan Strang in a production of ''Theatre/{{Equus}}''. It's an incredible (albeit disturbing) role that any actor would be insane to turn down the chance to play. The MoralGuardians, however, only saw Naked!Film/HarryPotter -- which is probably [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity [[PlayingAgainstType what the production company he was banking on]], anyway.



** Creator/EmmaWatson has let it be known that she's willing to do nudity in other films, which means it's just a matter of time before the Moral Guardians scream about Hermione Granger showing her [[{{Carrie}} dirty pillows]] in some movie or another. Watson has also berated by MoralGuardians for the shocking crimes of... [[FelonyMisdemeanor going to a nightclub and drinking]]. There's also a Paris Hiltonesque crotch shot, which those guardians must been specifically looking for in order to find it.

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** Creator/EmmaWatson has let it be known that she's willing to do nudity in other films, which means it's just a matter of time before the Moral Guardians scream about Hermione Granger showing her [[{{Carrie}} [[Literature/{{Carrie}} dirty pillows]] in some movie or another. Watson has also berated by MoralGuardians for the shocking crimes of... [[FelonyMisdemeanor going to a nightclub and drinking]]. There's also a Paris Hiltonesque crotch shot, which those guardians must been specifically looking for in order to find it.



*** Tim Roth was cast as Snape, but ultimately dropped out to play General Thade in Creator/TimBurton's ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes''[[note]]The same film also includes future ''Potter'' cast member Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter. And when ''Apes'' was a DevelopmentHell, Creator/ChrisColumbus was at one point attached to direct.[[/note]]. Talk about a bad career choice...

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*** Tim Roth was cast as Snape, but ultimately dropped out to play General Thade in Creator/TimBurton's ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes''[[note]]The ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001''[[note]]The same film also includes future ''Potter'' cast member Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter. And when ''Apes'' was a DevelopmentHell, Creator/ChrisColumbus was at one point attached to direct.[[/note]]. Talk about a bad career choice...
6th Mar '17 11:05:12 AM hullflyer
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* SelfAdaptation: Creator/JKRowling was actively involved in the creative decisionmaking for the ''Harry Potter'' films.

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* SelfAdaptation: Creator/JKRowling was actively involved in the creative decisionmaking decision-making for the ''Harry Potter'' films.films. At least some of this was necessary, as many elements that would only become important later would likely have been left out, their significance unrecognized at the time - Kreacher in ''Phoenix'' is one such element.
6th Mar '17 10:05:50 AM hullflyer
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* AbilityOverAppearance: Horace Slughorn, Dolores Umbridge and Gilderoy Lockhart were all played by actors who didn't quite match the physical description of their book counterparts (for instance, Slughorn is meant to be short and stout, but Jim Broadbent is over six feet tall), but who had the attitude down perfectly. As hard as it is to believe, when Maggie Smith was cast as Minerva [=McGonagall=], there were plenty of fan complaints -- some complained that she looked too young and others that she looked too old -- and yet these days it's hard to imagine anyone else capturing the character's presence better.

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* AbilityOverAppearance: Horace Slughorn, Dolores Umbridge and Gilderoy Lockhart were all played by actors who didn't quite match the physical description of their book counterparts (for instance, Slughorn is meant to be short and stout, but Jim Broadbent is over six feet tall), but who had the attitude down perfectly. As hard as it is to believe, when Maggie Smith was cast as Minerva [=McGonagall=], there were plenty of fan complaints -- some complained that she looked too young and others that she looked too old -- and yet these days it's hard to imagine anyone else capturing the character's presence better. Imelda Staunton looked absolutely ''nothing'' like the toadish Umbridge, but the contrast of having her looking like a sweet grandmother type, but is a monster underneath, had a much better impact than her looking as ugly as she was on the inside (not to mention the savings on makeup/special effects).
22nd Feb '17 12:36:26 AM gewunomox
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*** A ''musical'' WhatCouldHaveBeen: The movie series could have very well featured an example of CrowningMusicOfAwesome by The Boss himself, BruceSpringsteen, reportedly called "I'll Stand By You." Springsteen wrote this ballad sometime between 1998 and 2000. He was inspired when he was reading the novels to his youngest son Sam. Sometime in early 2001 Bruce made the song available to director Chris Columbus, who at the time was shooting the first of the Potter movies. A Springsteen recording of the song was filed with the US Copyright Office on 13 Jun 2001. However, the Springsteen song was ultimately rejected due to Harry Potter novelist/creator JK Rowling's contractual stipulation that no commercial songs of any type be used in the Harry Potter film series.

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*** A ''musical'' WhatCouldHaveBeen: The movie series could have very well featured an example of CrowningMusicOfAwesome by The Boss himself, BruceSpringsteen, Music/BruceSpringsteen, reportedly called "I'll Stand By You." Springsteen wrote this ballad sometime between 1998 and 2000. He was inspired when he was reading the novels to his youngest son Sam. Sometime in early 2001 Bruce made the song available to director Chris Columbus, who at the time was shooting the first of the Potter movies. A Springsteen recording of the song was filed with the US Copyright Office on 13 Jun 2001. However, the Springsteen song was ultimately rejected due to Harry Potter novelist/creator JK Rowling's contractual stipulation that no commercial songs of any type be used in the Harry Potter film series.
17th Feb '17 9:59:31 PM DustSnitch
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* '''2012-present''': Rowling periodically released supplemental Potter writings via Pottermore.

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* '''2012-present''': '''2012-2015''': Rowling periodically released supplemental Potter writings via Pottermore.
12th Feb '17 7:27:36 PM DustSnitch
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* HideYourPregnancy:
** Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter (Bellatrix Lestrange) was pregnant during the filming of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', but it would have thrown a major wrench into the plot for Bellatrix to appear pregnant. So she spends that film wearing a loose costume and hiding behind the furniture, especially in the Unbreakable Vow scene.
** Averted for Creator/KateFleetwood, who played Mary Cattermole. She was pregnant during the filming of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', and the film does show that in a couple of scenes.
5th Feb '17 6:17:25 AM NWolfman
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** This trope is why it was eventually decided that the only way to adapt the books to film was to make every single one back-to-back-to-back, as waiting to see if the first movie was successful would have resulted in some drastic age lifts between them. The studio just trusted their gut that the first movie would be successful enough to warrant a franchise.
* DeletedRole: Rik Mayal was cast as Peeves and shot several scenes for the first two movies, all of which were cut.
26th Jan '17 8:46:28 PM bwburke94
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* DeletedScene: There are a lot of them; On [[Creator/ABCFamily Freeform]], the films run with the deleted scenes intact, although other scenes may be cut down for time. To the credit of the production teams, a lot of the deleted scenes were narration in the books, and would have pointed out the obvious on films.

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* DeletedScene: There are a lot of them; On [[Creator/ABCFamily Freeform]], Creator/{{Freeform}}, the films run with the deleted scenes intact, although other scenes may be cut down for time. To the credit of the production teams, a lot of the deleted scenes were narration in the books, and would have pointed out the obvious on films.film.



* FanNickname: Not Lucius specifically, but his walking stick is oft referred to as a "pimp cane" called "Snakey".

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Not Lucius specifically, but his walking stick is oft referred to as a "pimp cane" called "Snakey".



* NamesTheSame: Rowling liked the last name Evans, so she gave Harry's mother that maiden name. Later, when writing ''Order of the Phoenix'', she named an unimportant character who Dudley beat up "Mark Evans". The fans went nuts trying to find the connection between the two... but WordOfGod says she's sorry, it was just a name she made up on the fly and should have known better.

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Rowling liked the last name Evans, so she gave Harry's mother that maiden name. Later, when writing ''Order of the Phoenix'', she named an unimportant character who Dudley beat up "Mark Evans". The fans went nuts trying to find the connection between the two... but WordOfGod says she's sorry, it was just a name she made up on the fly and should have known better.
17th Jan '17 4:55:11 PM nombretomado
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** Both the late Richard Harris and Michael Gambon took the role of Dumbledore at the insistence of their grandchildren. Also GaryOldman, especially since [[TypeCasting almost his entire career]] consists of [[Film/TrueRomance him]] [[Film/TheProfessional playing]] [[Film/AirForceOne murderous]] [[Film/TheFifthElement psychopaths]].

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** Both the late Richard Harris and Michael Gambon took the role of Dumbledore at the insistence of their grandchildren. Also GaryOldman, Creator/GaryOldman, especially since [[TypeCasting almost his entire career]] consists of [[Film/TrueRomance him]] [[Film/TheProfessional playing]] [[Film/AirForceOne murderous]] [[Film/TheFifthElement psychopaths]].
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