This week started with some intense Harry Potter-related excitement. I know that you are all still waiting with bated breath to see my Warner Brothers Studio Tour Literary Excursion post, and I can assure you that the wait will soon be over (on Tuesday, to be precise). In the meantime, however, I wanted to assist you all in indulging your (presumed) Harry Potter fanaticism. So this week’s Just For Fun Friday presents 10 weird and wonderful HP-related facts.
1. Before filming Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, director Alfonso Cuaron asked the three main stars to write an essay about their characters. Proving the expertise of the casting, Emma Watson composed a 16-page piece, Daniel Radcliffe wrote just one page, and Rupert Grint didn’t hand one in.
2. Leading up to the release date for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the UK publisher asked shops not to sell the book until schools had closed for the day, in an effort to prevent pupils playing truant.
3. During filming of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, one of the models of the flying Ford Anglia was stolen off of the set. An anonymous phone call led police to the car, seven months later.
4. When filming Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the decision was made to sew the pockets of Tom Felton’s robes shut, to stop him sneaking snacks onto the set.
5. J.K. Rowling’s publisher forced her to dial back Ron Weasley’s swearing, feeling that it was inappropriate for young readers.
6. Hagrid actor, Robbie Coltrane, managed to get a portable fan and a bat stuck in his beard.
7. During the filming of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the young cast suffered an outbreak of head lice.
8. The name ‘Dumbledore’ is actually an early English word for ‘bumblebee’.
9. The Death Eaters were originally called The Knights of Walpurgis.
10. The actors playing Fred and George Weasley aren’t really red heads. SHOCK, HORROR.