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14 Harry Potter Facts Even Potterheads Had No Idea About. #8 Is Unbelievable! 

We've grown up watching Harry Potter movies and reading all about HP trivia to keep us updated on the characters and probably the celebrities playing those characters. I mean, if you're anything like me, you stalk Emma Watson on social media almost daily. 

But even when I've watched the movies nearly a 100 times and read repeatedly read the books, I still come across some unknown facts that definitely shock me. So I have compiled some very rarely known facts about our favorite series. 

Here goes. 

14 Harry Potter Facts Even Potterheads Had No Idea About. #8 Is Unbelievable! 

14 Harry Potter Facts Even Potterheads Had No Idea About. #8 Is Unbelievable! 

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1. We've been pronouncing 'Voldemort' wrong all our lives. 

1. We've been pronouncing 'Voldemort' wrong all our lives. 

It's a French word for 'flight of death'. If you break it down, it will be Vol de mort and the 't' in the name goes silent. But that doesn't matter because he is 'He Who Must Not Be Named' anyway. 

2. The history of Azkaban is very scary. 

2. The history of Azkaban is very scary. 

Azkaban wasn't originally a prison, it was a fortress. It was used by a wizard named Ekrizdis who practiced dark magic. He would lure in muggles into the fortress in order to torture or kill them. 

3. James Sirius Potter started Hogwarts in 2015.

3. James Sirius Potter started Hogwarts in 2015.

Yes, he turned 11 that year and started his Hogwarts education on September 1st, 2015. He was also sorted into Gryffindor. 

4. Dolores Umbridge's character was inspired by a real person in JK Rowling's life. 

4. Dolores Umbridge's character was inspired by a real person in JK Rowling's life. 

JKR said she had an absolute dislike for that individual but never reveals who it was. She also added by saying that Umbridge is probably even more evil than Voldemort himself. 

5. Minerva McGonagall was married to her previous boss at the Ministry of Magic. 

5. Minerva McGonagall was married to her previous boss at the Ministry of Magic. 

She was initially married to Elphinstone Urquart from the Ministry of Magic. Sadly, he died by a Tentacula bite only 3 years into the marriage. She never married again. 

6. Harry's lightening bolt scar is 'cool'. 

6. Harry's lightening bolt scar is 'cool'. 

JK Rowling thought about the shape of the scar on Harry's head a lot. She wanted the protagonist to have a 'cool' scar and not stuck with a doughnut-shaped scar. 

7. Fred and George threw snowballs on Voldemort's face. 

7. Fred and George threw snowballs on Voldemort's face. 

If you recollect in the first book, the Weasley twins were throwing snowballs which bounced off the turban of Professor Quirrell. Now that we know, inside the turban lay our very own Voldy. 

8. Many people didn't know how to pronounce Hermione's name. 

8. Many people didn't know how to pronounce Hermione's name. 

JK Rowling decided to add Hermione teaching Viktor Krum how to pronounce her name in the 4th book because until then not many people were sure how to pronounce her name. It's Her-My-Oh-Nee, by the way. 

9. Hagrid doesn't have a patronus. 

9. Hagrid doesn't have a patronus. 

The Patronus charm is a relatively difficult one to produce. Hagrid didn't attend Hogwarts in the 3rd year and hence, he wasn't able to produce a Patronus. But our head cannon would be, if he was able to, it would take the shape of Fluffy, the three-headed dog. 

10. The Sorting hat goes through 'hatstalls'. 

10. The Sorting hat goes through 'hatstalls'. 

Sometimes when the hat can't decide which house to put a witch or a wizard in, it takes longer than usual. This is known as Hatstalls. It happened in the case of McGonagall as the hat couldn't decide whether to put her in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw. Or in the case of Peter Pettigrew, the hat couldn't decide whether to sort him into Slytherin or Gryffindor. 

11. Harry and Tom Riddle were related. 

11. Harry and Tom Riddle were related. 

Both of them were descendants of the Peverell family. Voldemort was supposedly descended from Cadmus Peverell, who was the 2nd brother and owner of the resurrection stone and Harry descended from Ignotus Peverell, the owner of the Invisibility Cloak. 

12. Hufflepuff won the house cup last year. 

12. Hufflepuff won the house cup last year. 

Yes, it's the age of Hufflepuff. If you think Hufflepuff is a 'meh' house, remember the mighty Cedric Diggory and also, Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts. 

13. Hargrid's motorcycle actually belonged to Sirius Black. 

13. Hargrid's motorcycle actually belonged to Sirius Black. 

It was revealed that the flying motorcycle that Hagrid used actually belonged to Sirius Black. Later on, Arthur Weasley fixed the motorcycle and it came to Harry. 

14. The DA kept their coins. 

14. The DA kept their coins. 

Remember in the Order of the Phoenix when Hermione designs coins for all members of the DA so that they could send messages about the DA meetings? All the members kept the coins as 'badges of honor' after the war. 

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