Harry Potter: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Harry Potter.

  • Harry Potter is a fictional character created by the British author J. K. Rowling. The 7 books featuring Harry have sold over 450 million copies around the world.
  • There have been 8 Harry Potter films, the first one being Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, produced in 2001. English actor Daniel Radcliffe has played Harry in all the films.
  • The books have won many awards, including Hugo best novel award and WH Smith book of the year. Three of the books have been included in a list of the top 100 chapter books.
  • Harry was born in on July 31st, 1980 in Godric’s Hollow in the west of England. His creator, JK Rowling was born on the same month and day in 1966.
  • There are Harry Potter theme park attractions in the UK and US. You can also see Platform 9 and 3/4 at London‘s Kings Cross Station, from where the Hogwarts Express departs.
  • Harry’s best friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, have been played by Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in every film.
  • The name of Harry’s school, Hogwarts, may have come from the hogwort plant. The Latin motto of the school translates as: ‘Never tickle a sleeping dragon’.
  • Colours are important in the Harry Potter books. Red represents goodness, and green often means bad things such as the green colour curse that made Ron sick.
  • Dumbledore is an old English word for bumble bee. The name of Harry’s friend Hagrid comes from the word haggard, meaning unruly looking, while Voldemort comes from the French for flying with death.
  • The first Harry Potter book was rejected by several publishers for being too long.
  • JK Rowling is said to be the first person to be a billionaire from writing books.

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