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17 Hottest Harry Potter Facts That You Did Not Know. #11 Is Still Ringing In My Head

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. 

17 Hottest Harry Potter Facts That You Did Not Know. #11 Is Still Ringing In My Head

17 Hottest Harry Potter Facts That You Did Not Know. #11 Is Still Ringing In My Head

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1. The translation of Voldemort's name

1. The translation of Voldemort's name

In French, the name 'vol de mort' translates into 'flight of death'. It is used as a reference to Voldemort's desire for immortality.

2. The meaning of Minerva McGonagall's name

2. The meaning of Minerva McGonagall's name

Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom. Completely deserved name!

3. Derivation of Professor Trelawney's name

3. Derivation of Professor Trelawney’s name

Her first name is Sybill, which is derived from the name Sibylla, that means 'prophetess' in Greek.

4. The meaning behind Narcissa Malfoy's name

4. The meaning behind Narcissa Malfoy's name

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.

5. The meaning of 'squib'

5. The meaning of 'squib'

One meaning of the word 'squib' also meant, a broken firecracker that doesn't burn or explode.

6. The history of Remus' character

6. The history of Remus' character

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.

7. Sirius Black is the brightest star

7. Sirius Black is the brightest star

The character Sirius, was named after the brightest star. It is also called as the dog star.

8. In fact, most of the Black family was named after stars

8. In fact, most of the Black family was named after stars

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.

9. Ariana Dumbledore's name

9. Ariana Dumbledore's name

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.

10. Fenrir Greyback being the most ferociois werewolf

10. Fenrir Greyback being the most ferociois werewolf

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.

11. The meaning behind Xenophilius Lovegood's name

11. The meaning behind Xenophilius Lovegood's name

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.

12. Alastor or Mad Eye Moody's name

12. Alastor or Mad Eye Moody's name

Alastor translates as 'avenger' in Greek.

13. Fred and George were born on April Fool's day

13. Fred and George were born on April Fool's day

The Weasley twins were born on 1st April according to JK Rowling which is also known as April Fool's day.

14. Nicolas Flamel and the Philosopher's Stone

14. Nicolas Flamel and the Philosopher’s Stone

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.

15. Fluffy, the three headed dog

15. Fluffy, the three headed dog

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.

16. Meaning behind the house Slytherin's name

16. Meaning behind the house Slytherin's name

It could be broken down into 'sly therein' which gives a referance to slyness as one of the qualities of the Slytherin house.

17. Inferi were also like zombies

17. Inferi were also like zombies

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.

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