Harry Potter, the series we absolutely love. We've grown up chanting spells like 'Wingardium Leviosa' and we wish we could fly on broomsticks like the actors in the movies do. We're so consumed with the greatness and entertainment of the books and movies that we might have missed out on a few facts about the series.
There are some facts that JK Rowling gave out but only a few people are aware of them. Here are some facts about the Harry Potter series that you didn't know.
In French, the name 'vol de mort' translates into 'flight of death'. It is used as a reference to Voldemort's desire for immortality.
Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom. Completely deserved name!
Her first name is Sybill, which is derived from the name Sibylla, that means 'prophetess' in Greek.
Narcissa was derived from 'Narcissus', who was a Greek man known for his beauty. He is known to have died after wasting a lot of time looking at himself in the mirror.
One meaning of the word 'squib' also meant, a broken firecracker that doesn't burn or explode.
Remus Lupin's name was derived on the basis of the story about Remus and Romulus. They were twin brothers who founded Rome. Both brothers were abandoned by their family at a young age and they were raised by a wolf.
The character Sirius, was named after the brightest star. It is also called as the dog star.
Bellatrix is the name of the star in the constellation Orion. Andromeda is the name of the galaxy that is very close to Earth. Regulus is also the brightest star in the Leo constellation.
It is derived from the name Ariadne, who helped Thesus to escape from Labyrinth after Minotaur was killed. Ariana's painting also led the trio to their final battle at Hogwarts.
According to Norse mythology, Fenrir was the name of the gigantic and ferocious wolf. It freed itself from the gods and then devoured anything in its path.
Luna Lovegood's father, Xenophilius' name is derived from the word 'xenophilia' which means love for unusual or strange things. Considering the behavior of the family, it's quite apt.
Alastor translates as 'avenger' in Greek.
The Weasley twins were born on 1st April according to JK Rowling which is also known as April Fool's day.
Nicolas Flamel, who was Dumbledore's friend and creator of the Philosopher's Stone gained recognition as a scientist years after his death. He was an alchemist till then.
Who would guard the gateway to the Philosopher's Stone was also inspired from Greek Mythology. According to that, Cerberus is a three headed dog that guards the door to hell.
It could be broken down into 'sly therein' which gives a referance to slyness as one of the qualities of the Slytherin house.
Inferi were the dead bodies summoned by Voldemort could also be referred to as zombies because they were deranged dead bodies attempting to attack humans.