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It was a very long road following the Harry Potter series, stretching across 14 years. The following will give you an idea of what books were out compared to which movie was out. This is handy for folks interested in the history of the phonomenon. For instance, when the first film was released, the fans going to see it could have only read through ''Goblet of Fire''.
* '''1990s''': The first three books were published fairly quietly one per year - ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' in 1997; ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' in 1998; and ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' in 1999. Not being a famous series (yet) they were released elsewhere at different times.
* '''2000''': The book ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' released at the same time everywhere - this was when/after "Pottermania" was taking off.
* '''2001''': The film of ''Philosopher's Stone'' released
* '''2002''': The film of ''Chamber of Secrets'' released
* '''2003''': The book ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' released
* '''2004''': The film of ''Prisoner of Azkaban'' released
* '''2005''': Had two releases - The book ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' (July) and the film of ''Goblet of Fire'' released (November)
* '''2006''': Was the first year in nine years without any new Harry Potter material released.
* '''2007''': Had two releases - The film of ''Order of the Phoenix'' was released in July ten days prior to the final book, ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''.
* '''2008''': Another year without any Harry Potter releases
* '''2009-2011''': The films of ''Half Blood Prince'' and the two ''Deathly Hallows'' films are released one per year.
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!!!General Trivia:

* Harry [[spoiler:names his kid Albus Severus]] in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. This had originally been taken as proof that scans that appeared online before the book was released were fake.
* Dumbledore is an old Devon word for bumblebee. J.K. chose it because [[MeaningfulName she liked the idea of him humming to himself all the time.]]
* Hermione's surname was originally Puckle. She was planned to have a younger sister, until Rowling realized it was a bit too late to start mentioning her.
* Furthermore, the Potters originally lived on an island close to where the Puckles did. In this version of the story, ''Hermione's father'' was the one who pulled Harry out of the wreckage of his parents' house.
* At King's Cross, there is a false archway labeled "Platform Nine and Three Quarters" kept well away from the actual platforms -- complete with the rear end of a luggage trolley protruding from the brickwork.
* In fact, the description that Rowling gives of the barrier between the platforms doesn't sound anything like what currently exists at King's Cross, for the very good reason that she was thinking of nearby Euston station when she wrote it, and only discovered her mistake later. It's not even correct at Euston; at both stations, there are train tracks between platforms nine and ten. In any case trains travel to Scotland from both stations, though by different routes.
* Rowling considered giving Dudley a Muggle-born wizard child for the epilogue, but in the end decided that no wizarding traits would ever survive contact with Uncle Vernon's DNA. Shame, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen that would have been a lovely little twist.]]
* Gilderoy Lockhart is based on an actual former acquaintance of JKR's. She doesn't believe he'll ever realize it's him.
* Ginny and Harry's roles in ''Chamber of Secrets'' are reversed in ''Half-Blood Prince''. First there's the UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo and then there's the fact that in the respective installments both are seduced by an evil book which they dispose of (or at least try to) after association with it causes them to endanger one or more people.
* There are a lot of other parallels with books that are mirrors of each other, given book 4 as the centre -- 3 and 5 both focus a lot on the Marauders and Dementors, 2 and 6 focus on Voldemort's past, and 1 and 7 have a lot of focus on the night Harry's parents died.
* Dean Thomas was originally going to be Ron's cousin, and would've fulfilled much of the role that eventually went to Neville Longbottom. Also, {{Word of God}} revealed that Dean is a half-blood, whose father was killed for refusing to join the Death Eaters. His Muggle stepfather adopted him, explaining why Dean believes himself to be Muggle-born.
* Pansy Parkinson was based on girls who used to bully JKR in school.
* The first name of Salazar Slytherin comes from the Portuguese dictator, António de Oliveira Salazar.
* The core of the Elder Wand is the tail hair of a thestral.
* ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'' and ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' are the only books in which EverybodyLives. (Unless you count the basilisk; then it would just be ''Azkaban''.)
* Arthur Weasley was actually originally intended to die of his injuries in ''Order of the Phoenix'', but Rowling had a last second change of heart after realizing that Arthur was the ''only'' positive paternal character in the series. Still wanting a SacrificialLion however, this resulted in Lupin and Tonks getting killed off in the last book.
* In a 2014 interview, [[http://www.hypable.com/2014/02/01/jk-rowling-ron-hermione-relationship-regret-interview/ J.K. Rowling admitted]] that she regretted making Ron and Hermione the OfficialCouple instead of Harry and Hermione as they were more compatible. Though she says this changes nothing and imagines Ron and Hermione would probably be alright in the end after some couples counseling
!!!Specific Tropes:
* AluminumChristmasTrees: One might think that a fumble-fingered executioner failing to sever a person's head completely was invented from whole cloth by JKR. As it happens, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Ketch Jack Ketch]] did it twice.
* 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.]]
* FanNickname: Not Lucius specifically, but his walking stick is oft referred to as a "pimp cane" called "Snakey".
** In {{Fanon}}, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are known as the Golden Trio. In some fanfiction, upon hearing about the nickname and react incredulously, thinking it sounds stupid.
** Umbridge is often referred to as "Umbitch".
** The Holy Spirit. [[spoiler:George is holey (after losing his ear), Fred is a spirit (after the Battle of Hogwarts).]]
** Professor Quirrel aka Quirrelmort.
* GodNeverSaidThat: Plenty.
** There used to be a rumor about a gratuitous sex scene in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the last]] book. Everyone heard that rumor (''from'' everyone else), and all the sources claimed to have heard it straight from [[Creator/JKRowling the author]]. Although Ginny's "[[BigDamnKiss birthday present]]" arguably came close, there was no onscreen sex. A video on Website/TheOnion about Rowling including a date rape in an upcoming Potter book may have had something to do with the rumor.
** It was rumored that Rowling had confirmed ''Harry Potter and the Green Flame Torch / Pillar of Storge / Fortress of Shadows'' as the title of books six/seven. She responded by suggesting ''Harry Potter and The Toenail of Icklibogg.''
-->'''J.K''': I am trying very hard not to feel offended that anyone thought this was possible. 'Storgé', for crying out loud. Come on, people, get a grip. [[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/rumours_view.cfm?id=21]]
** There was an article Harry/Hermione {{shipp|ing}}ers would sometimes cite which claimed Rowling had said Harry would develop "more of an interest in pal Hermione" in book 5. Nobody was able to trace this to an actual interview, and it ended up being {{Jossed}}.
** Rowling never said that she may have subconsciously let the name "Harry Potter" from the ''Troll'' series seep into [[Literature/HarryPotter her story]], regardless of what {{Phelous}} or any number of other people may tell you. What she actually said is that she took the name "Potter" from a family she was friends with as a child, and "Harry" simply because she has always loved that name.
** There's a quote floating around on the Internet which confirms the {{fanon}} belief that Nagini is the snake Harry set free from the zoo, specifically "Yes, it’s rather funny, really, that next to no one realized the snake that Harry set free in ''Philosopher's Stone'' turned out to be Voldemort's final Horcrux, Nagini." It never happened. [[SomewhereAHerpetologistIsCrying There's also a scientific hole in the theory, incidentally.]] Harry set a boa constrictor loose, which in [[Film/HarryPotter the movies]], was a python. Neither one is venomous or has fangs. Nagini is and does.
** There are persistent rumors that Rowling said "In a fight between a wizard and a muggle with a shotgun, [[MugglesDoItBetter the muggle will win every time]]." This quote has never been traced, and whether muggles or wizards would win is a continuing debate.
** Rowling said in a 2014 interview with Emma Watson that Ron and Hermione would have needed marriage counseling and might not have been perfectly compatible. Many media outlets reported that she said pairing Ron and Hermione was a mistake (a fair enough interpretation) or that she said Harry and Hermione should have ended up together (which she didn't say at all).
* {{Jossed}}: Blaise Zabini, first named in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone the first book]] and a popular OCStandIn, gets his first proper introduction in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince the sixth]]. Fans who had written Blaise as white or female were outraged that he turned out to be a black male.
** A lot of fanfics ended up being victimized when it turned out Ginny is not a shorthand for Virginia Weasley, but Ginevra. Which could have been seen coming, considering that Ginevra is a British name (and an old one at that, as is popular among wizards) while Virginia is mostly an American one besides people like Creator/VirginiaWoolf.
* 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.
** Hufflepuff Zacharias Smith, is not to be confused with a more lovable dirty coward who is a Doctor. [[LostInSpace Doctor Zachary Smith.]]
--> "[[{{Freakazoid}} Hey, weren't you in that show with the Robot?]]"
* ObviousCrossoverMethod: [Crossover character] raises Harry instead of the Dursleys might be the single most common crossover mechanism for Potter Fanfic.
* OldShame: Remus Lupin has a mix of this and genuine nostalgia towards his school days. Admitting that the times he and his friends spent sneaking out of Hogwarts was the happiest he had been in his life, but also regretting the risks they kept pulling and the many near-misses they did.
** He does regret not clamping down on James' bullying of Snape, believing that he had enabled it by offering token disapproval.
* ReferencedBy: See ReferencedBy.HarryPotter.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: The cover illustrators for various editions of ''Prisoner of Azkaban'' decided, almost unanimously, to depict Harry riding Buckbeak.
* TrollingCreator: Prior to the release of the final book, Rowling kept talking about how she was considering going the TorchTheFranchiseAndRun route.
* TropeNamer: These books named the following tropes:
** DracoInLeatherPants: A character who is dis-likable in the canon material is redeemed in the fandom because of their attractiveness (via the fanfic ''Fanfic/TheDracoTrilogy''). [[invoked]]
** RonTheDeathEater: The reverse of Draco in Leather Pants; a generally good character in the source material is turned into a villain via CharacterDerailment.
** GoldenSnitch: An aspect in a game or contest that, if met, will put the game out of reach for their opponents, named after the game-ender in Quidditch.
** HoldYourHippogriffs: An UnusualEuphemism that references a fantastical element in the story, named after the half-griffin/half-horse animals in the series.[[note]]Note that they existed before appearing in ''Prisoner of Azkaban''.[[/note]]
** HufflepuffHouse: A team or group that is basically unimportant within the main plot, named after the fourth house at Hogwarts.
** InvisibilityCloak: An item, usually clothing, that renders the wearer invisible, named after Harry's own invisibility cloak.
** MadEye: When a character has one eye larger than the other due to losing their mind, even if momentarily. Named for Mad-Eye Moody, who had one eye notably larger than the other and was rather eccentric.
** {{Muggles}}: Ordinary people who are unaware of the magic/supernatural goings-on of the plot, taking the name of "non-magic folk".
*** MuggleBestFriend: An ordinary person drawn into the extraordinary world by their connection to the main character.
*** MuggleBornOfMages: A character born to people with powers who did not inherit them. In the series, this is called a Squib, and is not quite a "muggle".
*** MugglesDoItBetter: A case where someone demonstrates that the mundane, often RealLife solution to a problem is much more effective than the magical one the main characters try to use.
*** MuggleFosterParents: When a super-powered character is raised by normal parents. Harry himself is an example.
** PensieveFlashback: A flashback in which the character actually experiences the scene from the past, walking around in a three-dimensional space but unable to affect the scene before them. Named after Dumbledore's depository for his 150 years of memories, which can be entered in order to experience memories in this manner.
** SecretKeeper: A character who keeps the supernatural nature of another character a secret, named after the result of the ''Fidelius Charm'', which hides the caster and requires they choose someone as a Secret Keeper, and only they can reveal their location.
** TomTheDarkLord: A phenomally powered villain with a mundane name, named after the man who would change his name to Voldemort.
** WronskiFeint: Feinting at an obstacle and pulling up at the last minute. This is a classic Quidditch move.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/JKRowling originally wanted to include a character named Mafalda in ''Goblet of Fire''. She would be a distant cousin of the Weasley family, sorted into Slytherin, and she would have served as a rival to Hermione due to her high intelligence.
** Rowling was asked permission to make a Harry Potter musical ''[[http://www.mugglenet.com/app/news/show/3809 by Michael Jackson!]]'' Sadly, she turned him down. Rowling has always fought to keep Harry Potter as British as possible.
** In early 2014 stated that she regretted the Ron and Hermione relationship. She implies that this revelation came while writing the book but decided to follow through on what she was already building up with Ron and Hermione. In the end she imagines that their relationship would still work after some couples counseling.
*** Rowling also stated she at one point actually considered killing off Ron all together because she was [[CreatorBreakdown in a bad place.]]
** Creator/JKRowling initially wrote Anthony Goldstein as a Hufflepuff, but transferred him to Ravenclaw in a later draft.
** Rowling stated that Rita Skeeter was the replacement character for Mafalda Prewitt, the daughter of a Muggle and a squib, a Slytherin who is related to the Weasley family through Molly. Rowling stated she couldn't figure out how to get Mafalda, a first year in the fifth book, to know so much.
*** She also said that Rita, then called Brigit, was originally going to appear during the Leaky Cauldron scene in the first book; instead, Rowling decided to focus on Harry's fame later in the series.
* WordOfGay: Possibly the most (in)famous example. Rowling announced Dumbledore's homosexuality after the series had concluded, to the ... exasperation of many (for every reason you can think of). Dumbledore is gay, but celibate.
* WordOfGod: Quite prevalent as Rowling gives a lot of extra information through interviews. Also, the [[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq.cfm FAQ]] she keeps on her personal website.
* WorthlessYellowRocks: Supposedly Nigel Reynolds, who was the arts correspondent on the ''Daily Telegraph'', met Rowling and she handed him a first edition of ''Philosopher's Stone''. He took it to his office, skimmed it, and threw it away. Copies of the first edition, of which only 500 were printed, are now worth thousands of dollars.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Snape is based on Rowling's chemistry teacher, John Nettleship, Ron is based on her best friend, and Hermione is based on herself as a kid. In each case she insists their inspiration was unintentional... except for Gilderoy Lockhart, who was intentionally based an unnamed acquaintance who was [[MilesGloriosus an enormous blowhard]] just like him.
** Creator/JKRowling based the Dementors on her own struggles with depression that she suffered prior to the success of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', saying in an interview Dementors are the "absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad." Visually, they are based on figures from Rowling's childhood nightmares.
** Rowling has stated she based Gilderoy Lockhart on a real person, and that she barely exaggerated his real personality. As a matter of fact, she claims she ''toned it down!'' [[FridgeBrilliance Would the real person admit to being a fraud?]]
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!!!General Trivia:
* Harry Melling, the actor who played Dudley in the films, is the grandson of Creator/PatrickTroughton.
** Conversely, the actor who plays Dean Thomas, Alfred Enoch, is the son of William Russel, the man who played Ian in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* 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.
* DyeingForYourArt:
** Twins James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley, are not redheads in real life. They are actually brunette.
** Tom Felton's hair is naturally blond, but he had to bleach his hair for ''all'' the films to make it even blonder.
* Fun facts about the four ''Harry Potter'' directors, Creator/ChrisColumbus, Creator/AlfonsoCuaron, MikeNewell, and DavidYates:
** One is American (Columbus), one is Mexican (Cuarón), and two are British (Newell and Yates).
** The order they directed the films in is the same order their names would be listed in if organized in alphabetical order by last name.
** Newell (born 1942) is the oldest person to direct a ''Harry Potter'' movie, being sixty-three when he directed ''Goblet'' in 2005. Although Yates has the most recent birthdate of all the directors (1963), the record for directing a ''Potter'' film at the youngest age is a tie between Columbus (born 1958 and directed ''Stone'' in 2001, making him forty-three) and Cuarón (born 1961 and directed ''Azkaban'' in 2004, also making him forty-three), whereas Yates was forty-four when he directed ''Phoenix'' in 2007. J. K. Rowling is younger than all the directors, being born in 1965.
** Columbus and Yates are the only people to direct more than one ''Potter'' film, with Columbus directing two of them and Yates directing four of them. As such, Yates has directed the entire second half of the series.
* ''Azkaban'' is the only movie in which the title doesn't appear over a cloud background (the title did appear over the customary cloud background in the trailers, but not in the actual movie). Out of the ones with cloud backgrounds, ''Chamber'' is the only one in which it's not a stormy cloud backgrounds. ''Stone'' and ''Prince'' are the only ones which include lightning in the cloud background. ''Chamber'' and ''Phoenix'' are the only films in which no scene takes place between the appearance of the Warner Bros. logo and the title.
* The ''Deathly Hallows'' films don't really divide the book in half. More accurately, ''Part 1'' covers about two thirds of the book and ''Part 2'' about one third.
* After ''Deathly Hallows'' came out, it was revealed that Alan Rickman (who plays Professor Snape) had had a conversation with J. K. Rowling about his character while filming ''Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone'', and was the only other person besides Rowling who knew that [[spoiler: Snape had been in love with Harry's mother]]. He based his entire performance off this conversation. (He was also JKR's personal favorite to play Snape.)
* ''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 RottenTomatoes) while ''Order of the Phoenix'' was the least critically successful (78% rating).
* The two halves of ''Deathly Hallows'' were written and filmed as one giant four-hour film. It was worked out in editing where to put the break between ''Part 1'' and ''Part 2''. Originally, the break was tentatively planned to occur after the Trio is captured by the Snatchers, but it got moved to after Voldemort recovers the Elder Wand. This means the battle at Malfoy Manor was originally intended as the beginning of ''Part 2'', but instead became the end of ''Part 1''.
* Creator/WarwickDavis has played two characters within one film twice in the series -- in the very first movie and in the very last movie. In both cases, he played Flitwick and a Gringotts goblin.
* The ClosingCredits throughout the series:
** First two films: The credits are plain white words on a black background. The starting music is "Harry's Wondrous World", which is not heard in subsequent films, either in the credits or elsewhere. The second film is the only movie in the series to have a [[TheStinger scene after the credits]].
** Third film: First film in the series to use CreativeClosingCredits, which in this case is an animation of the Marauder's Map. The music is a CreditsMedley, titled "Mischief Managed!" on the movie soundtrack.
** Fourth film: The credits appear on pieces of paper, resembling the scraps of paper thrown into the Goblet of Fire. Another CreditsMedley, which opens with a RearrangeTheSong version of "Hedwig's Theme". The credits track is not on the official soundtrack, which remains the case for the rest of the series.
** Fifth film: The words appear on a parchment-like background in the same typeface as Umbridge's proclamations. The music is another CreditsMedley, opening with part of "Dumbledore's Army".
** Sixth film: The words form out of ink-like clouds the way images in the Pensieve do. The music opens with "Fireworks", which was composed for the previous film. Last film to use CreativeClosingCredits.
** Seventh film: A plain black background is used for the first time since the second film, but with the words being golden and metallic-looking. The music is "Obliviate".
** Eighth film: Same as the seventh film. The opening music is an unaltered version of "Hedwig's Theme".
* Voldemort's headquarters during the Battle of Hogwarts got changed from the Shrieking Shack to the boat house because Creator/StuartCraig wanted to get to show the interior of the boat house at least once in the series.
* The first line of the first movie and the last line of the last movie were both spoken by someone named "Albus":
-->'''Albus Dumbledore''': I should have known that you would be here... Professor [=McGonagall=].
-->'''Albus Potter''': ''[after Harry asks "Ready?"]'' Ready.
* A common joke among Italian ''Harry Potter'' fans is that Snape is the secret identity of the singer Renato Zero. Why? Well, [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gVAJ7RHuGgY/UJ_WMI2WKeI/AAAAAAAACCw/hVNEcfAqA7E/s400/renato.jpg here's Renato Zero]].
* There is a rather famous series of tapestries decorating the Gryffindor common room, looking rather much like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_and_the_Unicorn this]].

!!!HeyItsThatGuy examples:
* A number of interesting Japanese dub cast notes:
** Who knew [[TakayaHashi Muno, Brock's father]] taught at a magic school?
** [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry McGinnis]] used be be a Keeper for Gryffindor.
** [[UraraTakano Bellatrix]] is... [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Raichu]]?
** [[Creator/MasashiEbara Voldemort]] is [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist Van Hohenheim]] and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Might Guy]].
** [[Creator/SatoshiHino Cedric]] is [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sai]].
** Harry is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Vaan]].
** Rita Skeeter is [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Tsunade]].
** Dumbledore is [[StarWars Yoda]] and ''[[RanmaOneHalf Happosai]]'' ''Ouch!''
** [[Creator/ChiwaSaito Padma]] is [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Homura Akemi]] and [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Taokaka]], and [[Creator/MiyukiSawashiro her sister Parvati is]] [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Carl Clover]], [[RozenMaiden Shinku]] and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle in Japanese]].
* Brazil's dub landed an AllStarCast:
** Harry Potter is [[Anime/DigimonAdventure T.K.]]
** Ron Weasley is [[WesternAnimation/BenTen Ben Tennyson]].
** Dumbledore is Disney/PeterPan and [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Uncle Phil]].
* In the Swedish dub:
** Ron is [[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Arthur]].
** Argus Filch is [[PowerpuffGirls Mojo Jojo]] and [[{{DCAU}} Lex Luthor]].
** Hagrid is [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Mr. Incredible]] and [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Sully]].
** Flitwick is [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]] and [[Series/{{Teletubbies}} Tinky Winky]].
** Snape is Creator/JeremyIrons who played [[WesternAnimation/{{Antz}} Weaver]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]].
** Umbridge is [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]].
* Before appearing in the Potter films, [[Creator/DanielRadcliffe Harry]] was the young David Copperfield in a 1999 BBC television drama. It was his first screen work before the Potter phenomenon. In fact, this is where Chris Columbus and David Heyman first spotted him and thought about casting him as the boy wizard; also, Maggie Smith a.k.a. Professor [=McGonagall=], who had also starred in ''David Copperfield'' with him, would recommend him to Columbus that he play the role of Harry.
* Yes, that is [[RobertPattinson Edward]] [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Cullen]] [[spoiler:being killed]] in the fourth film. Yes, that is the [[Creator/DavidTennant Tenth]] [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]] [[spoiler:being arrested for murder]] in the fourth film. Yes, that is [[GaryOldman Commissioner]] [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Gordon]] as Harry's godfather. Yes, [[TheVicarOfDibley Geraldine Granger]] is the Fat Lady in the third film, and [[TheVicarOfDibley Owen]] plays Mr. Crouch Sr. in the fourth. [[AllStarCast Come to think of it, you will know a lot of these people.]]
** People who saw ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' were also probably more likely to have gone "Hey, it's Cedric Diggory as the vampire!" but obviously RobertPattinson's newfound fame from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' might have [[IncrediblyLamePun eclipsed]] his potterfame.
** [[GaryOldman Sirius]], in addition to being [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Commissioner Gordon]], is also [[Film/BramStokersDracula Dracula]].
*** [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps And he will have his revenge!]][[spoiler:Sirius does... having been avenged by Molly.]]
*** [[RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead And he's frequently not been on boats.]]
*** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro He's also been a wise red dragon.]]
** [[Film/TheFifthElement ...And wants to take over the universe]].
** [[Series/DoctorWho The Tenth]] [[Creator/DavidTennant Doctor]] has a few [[AxCrazy screws loose]], and is apparently the son of a Ministry Of Magic member.
*** And, for those of you who have watched Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel, yes, John Lumic is Barty Crouch, Sr.
* [[Creator/MirandaRichardson Rita Skeeter]] was even more of a HotScoop back in her [[{{Film/Fatherland}} Charlie Maguire days]].
* [[Creator/KennethBranagh Gilderoy Lockhart]], after his memory was wiped, left the wizarding world, got a job, and narrated WalkingWithDinosaurs
* Watch the film adaptations and then watch ''ShakespeareInLove''. The stuttering man that delivers the opening and closing words of the play at the end is same actor that plays Mr. Weasley, Mark Williams. Likewise, go watch a few episodes of [[DoctorWho the Eleventh Doctor's]] tenure and you'll see him as the father to Rory Williams, who interestingly bears a lot of similar personal traits to Ron.
** And the cheerful comic relief nurse? Professor Umbridge.
* In previous lives, [[Creator/EmmaThompson Professor Trelawney]] has been with [[DeadAgain Lock]][[MuchAdoAboutNothing hart]], [[Film/LoveActually Snape]], [[BridesheadRevisited second Dumbledore]] and [[TuttiFrutti Hagrid]].
** She also tried to recruit one of Dumbledore's descendents into a career in [[Theatre/AngelsInAmerica prophecy]].
** [[HelenaBonhamCarter Bellatrix]] has also dated [[Creator/KennethBranagh Lockhart]] in the Frankenstein adaptation, ''[[MaryShelleysFrankenstein Mary Shelley's Frankenstein]]''.
** Both women used to be in a [[RomanceOnTheSet relationship]] with Lockhart outside of films and before the Potter films came out.
* [[Film/DieHard Hans]] [[Creator/AlanRickman Gruber]] has taken up a teaching job at a magical school.
** What's [[{{Dogma}} The Metatron]] doing being so mean to kids?
* The Dursleys are entertaining [[FatherTed Bishop Len Brennan]] at the beginning of Chamber of Secrets.
* Professor [=McGonagall=] is [[Film/{{Hook}} Granny Wendy]], [[SisterAct Mother Superior]], and the goddess [[ClashOfTheTitans Thetis]].
** Not to mention turn-of-the-century DeadpanSnarker [[DowntonAbbey Dowager Lady Grantham]]
* Voldemort is [[SchindlersList a Nazi]]. But you knew that already, we mean Creator/RalphFiennes. Besides [[SchindlersList Amon Goeth]], he's also [[TheEnglishPatient Count Laszlo]], [[ClashOfTheTitans Hades]] and [[WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt Rameses]].
** [[Literature/TheBoyintheStripedPyjamas Lupin]] and [[Film/{{Valkyrie}} Lockhart]] are Nazis, too.
*** In the case of Lockhart, [[SwingKids twice.]]
** Kingsley Shacklebolt was a sea captain whose [[RaidersOfTheLostArk ship was carrying an archaeologist, his girlfriend, and the Ark of the Covenant, until the latter two were captured by Nazis!]]
*** Lupin is also [[TheBigLebowski Knox Harrington, the video artist]].
*** Wait, wasn't Lupin that [[TheWoobie cab]]-[[FriendToAllLivingThings driver]] who owned ''Literature/BlackBeauty''?
*** No, Lupin is the [[Film/{{Dragonheart}} evil prince that is kept alive by a dragon]]!
* Gellert Grindelwald is [[SweeneyTodd Anthony]].
* [[SweeneyTodd Beadle Bamford]] is Wormtail, and he's ''still'' working for Judge Turpin.
** In his previous life, [[Creator/TimothySpall Wormtail]] was a [[UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill famous Muggle Prime Minister]] [[TheKingsSpeech who faced]] [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Muggle Voldemort]].
* Rufus Scrimgeour is Viktor from ''Film/{{Underworld}}''. Certainly puts a differing vibe on Luna's theory about him being a vampire...
** He's also [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Davy Jones]]. It's almost hilarious to watch ''Deathly Hallows'' and imagine Davy Jones reciting his lines, because he uses almost the exact same voice.
** It's easy to see why he got Minister of Magic, he has [[Film/ShaunoftheDead fought zombies]] and had [[HotFuzz police experience]]. There's rumors that he's also a [[LoveActually pop star]].
** And he invented [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Norway]]. Rather camply.
* [[JasonIsaacs Lucius Malfoy]] is [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Zhao]]
** He's also Mr. Darling and Captain Hook from PeterPan - well, the 2003 version, anyways.
** And the reporter [[TheWestWing Donna hooks up with in Gaza before the car bomb.]]
* When the first Dumbledore is not singing [=MacArthur=] Park, he's [[GosfordPark William McCordle]]
** And he almost rolled the [[TopGear Reasonably Priced Car]].
** [[{{Gladiator}} Emperor Marcus Aurelius]] survived murder at the hands of his son and became Headmaster of Hogwarts.
** After defeating the evil Queen Bavmorda, Film/{{Willow}} got so good at his magic that he was able to get the job as Hogwarts Charms teacher.
** [[Film/{{Alien}} Kane]] survived having an alien burst through his stomach in order to sell wands.
** [[PathToWar Lyndon Johnson]] became Headmaster of Hogwarts after his term as US President ended. Quite the list of great accomplishments.
** Also, after serving as headmaster of Hogwarts, Dumbledore used a Time Turner to become [[TheKingsSpeech King George V]].
*** While Uncle Vernon became [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides King George II]].
* Aunt Marge is [[Film/{{Matilda}} The Trunchbull]].
* Hermione mind-wipes [[Series/GameOfThrones Catelyn Stark]] in the beginning of ''Deathly Hallows: Part 1''.
** In relation to that, Argus Filch happens to be Walder Frey. Bless your soul that he didn't bring [[WhamEpisode The Red Wedding]] to Hogwarts.
* [[Series/{{Rome}} Julis Caesar]] is Dumbledore's brother.
* [[BoardwalkEmpire Margaret Schroeder]] is the Grey Lady.
** And when much younger, was the bow-wielding [[WesternAnimation/{{Brave}} Princess Merida]].
* [[HelenaBonhamCarter Bellatrix]] and [[TomFelton Draco]] have both appeared in the ''PlanetOfTheApes'' franchise. The ''Apes'' film featuring Bellatrix came out the same year at the first ''Potter'' film while the [[RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes one featuring Draco]] came out the same year as the last ''Potter'' film.
* Bellatrix was [[Film/FightClub Marla Singer]] and, later, she is [[Film/LesMiserables2012 Madame Thenardier]]. The latter, much like the Potter films, was yet another [[TypeCasting case]] of AdaptationalAttractiveness of a nasty character said to be unattractive.
* Second Dumbledore eventually changes his ways, travels to the future, and becomes [[Series/DoctorWho Space Scrooge.]]
* Aunt Petunia is [[Series/TrueBlood Marnie Stonebrook]] and is [[Film/SuperMarioBros King Koopa's lover]].
* [[TheRoadToElDorado Mig]][[KennethBranagh uel]] is Gilderoy Lockhart.
* You may remember Runcorn [[TheDeparted being interrogated by the Boston PD...]] and getting his [[Film/{{Braveheart}} crazy Irish on]] with Alastor Moody.
* Uncle Vernon and Madame Maxime are [[Theatre/TheHistoryBoys Hector and Mrs Lintott, respectively.]]
** Also the newspaper seller and café owner flirting with each other in {{Hugo}}.
** Some may remember Uncle Vernon as [[Film/WithnailAndI Uncle Monty]]
* Xenophilius Lovegood turns into [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan a giant mutant lizard]].
* Wow [[BridgetJones Pam]] is a very sensible nurse while Colin has been good friends with Dumbledore and Moaning Myrtle has been reincarnated as an adult accountant that spends her bathroom break crying.
* And let's not forget that time [[MarkWilliams Mr. Weasley]] went on a [[Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians puppy-stealing spree]] with Dr. House.
* Common wisdom has it that if a British actor did not themselves appear in the ''Potter'' films, they have shared a screen with someone who did -- probably several times. This may, in fact, be absolutely true.

!!!Specific Tropes:

* TheAbridgedSeries
** [[http://www.youtube.com/user/coldmirror#grid/user/9134A2DC51503CB0 Coldmirror]] did some wildly popular German dubs of the 1st ("Harry Potter und ein Stein"/"Harry Potter and a Stone"), 2nd ("Harry Potter und der geheime Pornokeller"/"Harry Potter and the Porn Cellar of Secrets") and 4th ("Harry Potter und der Plastikpokal"/"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Plastic") Movie.
** Creator/CleolindaJones has done "[[http://m15m.livejournal.com Movies In 15 Minutes]]" treatments of films 1, 3, 4 and 6.
** Every movie in the series has an entry in Website/TheEditingRoom.
* AlternateDVDCommentary
** There are Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} for the first seven movies.
** The fansite "The Leaky Cauldron" has recorded commentary tracks for the first five movies by three of the site runners.
** AudioPlay/WizardPeopleDearReader
* 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 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.
** There was some uproar about Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour) appearing topless in a French movie, even though it was before she was even cast in the film.
** 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.
** Jamie Waylett (Vincent Crabbe) got this in 2009 after being arrested for possession of marijuana, even though Crabbe isn't a particularly "wholesome" character to start with. Worse still, Crabbe was ''written out of the last two films because of this''. Insanity, especially because Crabbe [[spoiler:dies in the book]]. In the films, [[spoiler:Goyle dies instead of Crabbe.]]
** On the other side, it seems pretty much no-one cares that RupertGrint acted in ''Film/{{Cherrybomb}}'', playing a character who does drugs and steals cars. Then again, [[RonTheDeathEater he's a bad guy who's supposed to do bad things]].
** Harry Melling, who plays Dudley, has lost a huge amount of weight over the years (to the point of having to wear a fat suit for the final movie) and is barely recognizable from his younger self. He's publicly stated he is happy about this so he can avoid this issue in his adult career as an actor.
* FakeBrit: Almost averted, by fiat of Rowling herself. The cast is from the UK, with a few Irish actors such as the original Dumbledore, Richard Harris, Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley, and Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood (who is presumed British, though Lynch uses her natural accent).
** Eleanor Columbus (Susan Bones) is American, being Creator/ChrisColombus's daughter. Not that it matters since she didn't have lines anyway.
** A few slight examples: In the first film, the goblin Griphook was played by American Verne Troyer, but his voice was dubbed over by Creator/WarwickDavis. And Creator/ChrisColumbus cast his daughter Eleanor in the non-speaking role of Susan Bones.
** Irishman [[Series/FatherTed Jim Norton]] as Mr. Mason at the start of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'' is another minor example.
** Kind of. Zoë Wanamaker (as Rolanda Hooch), was born in the U.S. to American parents, but lived in the U.K. from a very young age. As it happened, her father was shooting a movie in England (''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044928/ Mr. Denning Drives North]]'') when he was put on the infamous [[RedScare Hollywood blacklist]], so he just decided to stay. In any case, she's been in the U.K. long enough to have a legit British accent and that's the part that matters as far as ''Harry Potter'' is concerned.
* FakeIrish: In a strange example, Rhys Ifans (who is Welsh) played Xenophilius Lovegood with an noticable Irish accent to fit in better with his on-screen daughter Luna Lovegood (who is played by [[FakeBrit Irish actress]] Evanna Lynch).
** And even stranger, and rarely acknowledged, example is Michael Gambon, who admitted right off the bat to adopting a slight Irish accent in honour of his predecessor -- it's only obvious at certain times, such as when he loses his cool with Harry in ''Goblet of Fire'', but it does give the impression that Dumbledore was born and raised in Ireland, or at least spent enough time there when he was young to pick up the accent and retain traces of it for a full century.
* GagDub: AudioPlay/WizardPeopleDearReader.
* HollywoodAccounting: ''Order of the Phoenix'' [[http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/studio-shame-even-harry-potter-pic-loses-money-because-of-warner-bros-phony-baloney-accounting/ apparently didn't]] profit despite making over $900 million worldwide.
* [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fans]]
** Evanna Lynch. She made her own radish earrings!
** Rupert Grint, as he had an obsession over ''being'' Ron once he realized how many similarities he had to the character.
* IAmNotSpock: Zigzagged with the adult actors. Some generally fit this trope well (Fiona Shaw, David Bradley), others seem to be on the fence (Robbie Coltrane, Jason Isaacs), and others completely avert this (Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes). Then you have guys like David Tennant who have been Spocked into a completely different role. On the other hand, all of the child actors with the exception of Robert Pattinson are mostly identified with their characters.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Apart from two-disc editions, there's the Ultimate Editions, with an extended cut and many goodies in the packaging. The Limited Wizard Edition features almost all of the special edition content including Ultimate Edition content and more in a $500 30 disk set including everything on both blu-ray and DVD, It also comes in a large elaborate case.
* NamesTheSame: No, the actor who plays Justin Finch-Fletchley, Edward Randell, is not the governor of Pennsylvania. That gentleman is Ed ''Rendell''.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** Most famously, Richard Harris and Michael Gambon as Dumbledore.
** Throwaway characters tend to get recast after they get important, such as Parvati Patil, Angelina Johnson, Lavender Brown, Katie Bell, and Pansy Parkinson.
** The character of Voldemort supplies two examples. The present-day Voldemort was first played by Richard Bremmer/Ian Hart and then by Creator/RalphFiennes. Sixteen-year-old Tom Riddle was played by Christian Coulson in the second film and by Frank Dillane in the sixth.
** And unless that was an uncredited Ciaran Hinds having undergone mounds of plastic surgery in film five, it looks like this is happening to Aberforth in the final films.
** The Fat Lady was played by Elizabeth Spriggs (film 1), and then by [[Series/TheVicarOfDibley Dawn French]] (film 3).
** Lavender's recasting especially sticks out, as she actually changed race for the sixth film -- she suddenly becomes Caucasian when she was previously black. In the books, her race was ambiguous.
** Tom the barman, from a normal looking man, to... uh, bald Quazimodo?
** In the seventh film, Hermione's parents are played by different actors than the ones who played them during their equally brief appearance in the second film. (One of them [[HeyItsThatGuy being]] [[Series/GameOfThrones Catelyn Stark]]!)
* [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fangirl]]: Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood, is a big fan of the books.
* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: Because of Jamie Waylett's little run-in with the law, evidently Goyle rather than Crabbe gets the honors of an on-screen death in the last film.
* RomanceOnTheSet:
** Creator/JamieCampbellBower (who plays young Grindelwald) met Creator/BonnieWright, they began dating, and were engaged.
** TomFelton and his girlfriend Jade Olivia. She was a stunt assistant on the series and after they began dating, she was cast as Draco's wife in a case of ActorAllusion.
* SoMyKidsCanWatch:
** 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]].
** The line "my children/younger relatives begged me to take the part" and/or "my children/younger relatives would never forgive me if I refused the role" shows up with distressing regularity in cast interviews. Yep, Creator/EmmaThompson too.
* ThrowItIn:
** The initial concept for Lucius Malfoy was of a man with short blond hair and a pinstriped suit. JasonIsaacs argued that Malfoy, being a [[FantasticRacism wizard supremacist]], would want to look as different from a Muggle as possible. He put on a blond wig and velvet cloak and suggested a cane for grand gestures, leading to the now-iconic Lucius Malfoy look.
** In ''Chamber of Secrets'', when Harry and Ron are disguised as Draco's minions, Harry forgets to take off his glasses. Draco points them out and Harry says he was just doing some reading. Draco's response ("I didn't know you could read") was an ad-lib by Tom Felton.
** In ''Chamber of Secrets'', the bit with Harry going "Don't worry, I ''will'' be" was Daniel Radcliffe deliberately channeling [[Film/DirtyHarry another Harry.]]
** The reason Lucius Malfoy tried to outright murder Harry after he freed Dobby in ''Chamber of Secrets'' was because Jason Isaacs ad-libbed the first curse that popped into mind, and it happened to be the Killing Curse.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The adult casting for each film:
** ''Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone''
*** '''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 chance to harass Trebek again.[[/note]].
*** [[Series/ThePrisoner Patrick McGoohan]] was also considered, before Richard Harris was cast. Oddly enough McGoohan died after principal filming of ''Half Blood Prince'' had ended, so they may have only needed [[TheOtherDarrin a new Dumbledore]] for a few bits of Deathly Hallows and Kings Cross.
*** 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...
*** Legilimens would explain Cal Lightman's abilities...
*** [[Film/DropDeadFred Rik]] [[Series/TheYoungOnes Mayall]] had a role in the first film playing prankster poltergeist Peeves, but it ended up on the cutting room floor, never to be seen again.
*** David Thewlis, who would eventually play Lupin, originally auditioned for the part of Professor Quirrell.
*** Creator/TerryGilliam was handpicked by Rowling to direct, but he was quickly replaced by Creator/ChrisColumbus after butting heads with [[ExecutiveMeddling the Warner Brothers]].
*** Creator/StevenSpielberg originally pitched the film to Warner Bros. as a CGI film with Haley Joel Osment being the voice of Harry Potter. ''Rowling'' herself stepped in to nix that plan.
** ''Chamber of Secrets''
*** Hugh Grant was cast as Gilderoy Lockhart, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
*** Creator/RichardEGrant and Creator/BillNighy both auditioned to play Lucius Malfoy. Nighy was later cast as Rufus Scrimgeour, though.
** ''Prisoner of Azkaban''
*** After Richard Harris's death, Richard Attenborough, Creator/ChristopherLee, Creator/IanMcKellen, and Peter O'Toole[[note]]Who actually received the blessings of Harris' family[[/note]] were each considered for the part of Dumbledore.
*** Tilda Swinton (best known as [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Jadis the White Witch]]) auditioned for the part of Professor Trewlaney.
*** Creator/KennethBranagh (who had previously played Professor Lockhart) was offered the director's chair.
** ''Goblet of Fire''
*** John Malkovich and ''Creator/RowanAtkinson'' were possible choices for Lord Voldemort.
*** Rosamund Pike was the first one offered the role of Rita Skeeter, but she said no[[note]] so she could portray Jane Bennett in ''PrideAndPrejudice''[[/note]].
*** RayWinstone and Billy [[Film/TheBoondockSaints "Il Duce"]] Connolly were both offered the part of "Mad-Eye" Moody.
*** The idea of splitting ''Goblet of Fire'' into two films was given very brief but very serious consideration.
** ''Order of the Phoenix''
*** HelenMcCrory was originally cast as Bellatrix Lestrange, but had to drop out shortly before shooting began after discovering she was pregnant, and was replaced by Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter. She was later cast as Narcissa Malfoy in ''Half-Blood Prince''. Ironically, shortly before shooting began on ''Half-Blood Prince'', Carter also learned that she was pregnant[[note]]You'll notice that Bellatrix is wearing looser robes in ''HBP'', as opposed to the form-fitting ones of OOTP''''.[[/note]].
*** [[PushingDaisies Anna Friel]], David Thewlis' long-time girlfriend, lobbied hard for the part of Nymphadora Tonks.
** ''Half-Blood Prince''
*** [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Bob Hoskins]] was nearly cast as Horace Slughorn.
*** NaomiWatts was rumored to have been cast as Narcissa Malfoy, but was later revealed that she had never even been considered.
*** The appearance of the Carrow twins was supposed to tie into Draco Malfoy traveling between the Vanishing Cabinet in Hogwarts and the one in Borgin and Burkes, but this connection was not highlighted in the final cut of the film.
** ''Deathly Hallows''
*** JohnWilliams was supposed to come back to compose the score, but scheduling conflicts prevented that.
*** The role of Helena Ravenclaw was originally going to be offered to KateWinslet, but her agent shot it down before it even got to her.
**** 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.
* Other WhatCouldHaveBeen 's:
** During the casting calls for the first film, Tom Felton auditioned for the role of Harry first, and then Ron, before being offered the role of Draco.
** Chris Columbus was hoping to come back to direct the rest of the films after the third film was released. Although that did not happen, he has said that he is still proud of the work done with all of the films.
* WordOfSaintPaul: The last film suggests a romance (or at least a pair of reciprocal one-sided crushes) between Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood, which is a widely fanon supported couple, but not one that happens in canon. Matthew Lewis, who plays Neville, asserted the two had a brief fling, but ended up marrying their canonical partners.

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