Harry Potter is a worldwide phenomenon and J.K. Rowling resides as the reigning queen. Since the release of the books she has provided fans with some amazing tid-bits of information. Her twitter alone is an absolute gold mine.
There are hundreds of these facts in every corner of the internet. but we’ve collected eleven of our faves for you.
1.The worth of a Galleon is about $7.30, £5 Pounds, or €8
Naturally the exchange rate varies from year to year, but that’s a pretty close estimate.
2. Despite what Ron said in Order of the Phoenix, Prefects can deduct points from students
If only Ron had known this when he was a prefect! Maybe he would have been more successful in his attempts at authority.
3. Dragons cannot be domesticated
Sorry, Hagrid, but Norbert(a) could have never really been yours. Or maybe he (later disclosed to be a “she” after being in Charlie Weasley’s care) could have, but it definitely would not have have been safe or appropriate for school grounds.
4. There were about 1,000 students at Hogwarts
While the numbers seem a bit fishy here, it is hard to argue with J.K. Rowling herself who gave this figure to Scholastic.com in an interview back in 2000.
5. Fred and George were born on April Fools’ Day
It’s a given, really
6. You have to be able to comprehend death in order for the Thestrals to be visible to you
This is why Harry couldn’t see Thestrals until after Cedric Diggory’s death. Rowling claims that when he saw Voldermort murder his mother, he wasn’t able to emotionally understand her death.
7. Any Muggle money that Gringotts receives gets put back into circulation
I guess it makes sense that Muggle-borns would need to exchange their cash for Wizard money when venturing onto Diagon Alley. I’m not entirely sure how exactly they do this, but they’re goblins! I’m sure they have their ways. Our conspiracy theory is that it’s where that random money came from that you found on the street. Think about it…
8. Some of the Hogwarts professors are married
This is something that I just assumed, but I do find it a bit confusing. Do they live together in the castle? Do their spouses have other jobs? If apparating and the Floo networks are out of the question, how would they commute to work? Maybe this contributed to Sybil Trelawney’s failed marriage.
9. Trelawney was a Ravenclaw and Hagrid was a Gryffindor
Rowling made the statement last year that Trelawney was in the Ravenclaw House, but it’s been known for a while now that Hagrid was, like Harry, Ron, and Hermione, a Gryffindor.
10. Hagrid never marries
In Rowling’s words to the joint Barnes and Noble & Yahoo! live chat:
Does Hagrid get a wife? You think anyone would want to live with a man who breeds Blast-Ended Skrewts?
Point taken, Rowling.
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