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Seven is the most powerfully magical number. “Yes, sir,” said Riddle. “What I don’t understand, though — just out of curiosity — I mean, would one Horcrux be much use? Can you only split your soul once? Wouldn’t it be better, make you stronger, to have your soul in more pieces, I mean, for instance, isn’t seven the most powerfully magical number, wouldn’t ...


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Dates From alexwlchan's excellent answer here (emphasis mine): I know that Harry Potter Wikia isn’t usually considered canon, but they have a list of dating contradictions which looks fairly accurate. To me, most of this list can be written off as JK Rowling's dodgy maths, but I thought I'd pick on one example. For example, in Goblet of Fire, ...


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It's difficult to say without Rowling herself weighing in, but it's not all that hard to come up with this kind of anagram from just about any villainous name you like. Note that not only is she adding "I am" to make it come out nicer, but she's also using the totally made-up middle name "Marvolo." For example, if she'd decided to write about the ...


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Hermione's crusade is portrayed as comically misguided because it kind of is comically misguided, but perhaps not for the reasons you think. Rowling commented on this in a 2000 interview with CBC Newsworld: JK: My sister and I both, we were that kind of teenager. (Dripping with drama) We were that kind of, 'I'm the only one who really feels these ...


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JKR's tweets are usually inspired from some form of intoxication. Her tweets are not to be considered Primary Canon especially when they seem completely facetious, and completely contradict the books. She is a real person first, and an author second or third (she is also a mother (might be 2nd who knows)) so statements that seem funny, and don’t correlate ...


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I don’t know if she’d seen them before, but the platforms don’t make sense because she mixed it up with Euston station. Interestingly, in an interview with the BBC in 2001 JK Rowling admits confusing Euston station with Kings Cross Station. “I wrote Platform 9 3/4 when I was living in Manchester, and I wrongly visualised the platforms, and I was actually ...


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The villain hiding their name as an anagram is an old trope(Warning: TV Tropes is a time sink!) and one that J. K. Rowling would have known and might have planned for from the beginning. But Tom Riddle is never mentioned in a book before Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. And there was no need for her to have it planned as anagram names are easy to ...


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How did Ron open the Chamber of Secrets? This is explained in the book, although not very well: Ron uses a heretofore-unknown talent for mimicry to exactly duplicate the sounds Harry made earlier in their adventure. From chapter 31, "The Battle of Hogwarts": "But how did you get in [the Chamber of Secrets]?" [Harry] asked, staring from the [Basilisk] ...


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She is bad at returning library books Question: Did you use the library a lot as a child? J.K. Rowling responds: Yes, I loved the library, though I was very bad at returning books on time. I once ran up a bill at university of over fifty pounds in overdue fines, which was a lot of money to a struggling student. (It didn't stop me doing it again ...


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It seems like it was planned from the very beginning. In a February 2014 interview with Emma Watson for the magazine Wonderland Rowling stated: I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as ...


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Yes, at least twice. Both come from Philosopher’s Stone, which was released a year after the book version of Goblet of Fire: In the film, after escaping from Fluffy for the first time, Ron and Harry accompany Hermione up the stairs to her dormitory (1h3m). When they try to pull the same stunt in the book Order of the Phoenix, they discover the stairs are ...


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According to an article by The Bookseller, Susan Jurevics, Pottermore's CEO, had essentially three reasons. We might argue over whether or not they were good reasons1, but these are hers: They don't think gamification is the right approach for their core audience: Jurevics told The Bookseller: "When Pottermore first started, it was positioned for the ...


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It would appear that JKR co-authored the play's story (which presumably includes character creation) but Jack Thorne wrote the actual play. Consultation was held at each stage of the play's development, with Jack Thorne was responsible for the actual dialogue with John Tiffany responsible for the staging. JKR would provide extensive notes but doesn't seem to ...


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It's worth noting that parental abandonment in some form or other is an extremely common trope in juvenile literature and particularly prevelant in British literature. Whether due to literal abandonment, neglect (often to the extent that would be considered abuse these days), boarding school, displacement during war or, ultimately, death. It's a theme in ...


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Note: Many smaller tidbits (example) are not mentioned in this list. Lots of these can be found on Accio-Quote Companion books Quidditch Through The Ages Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (both the 2001 and 2017 editions) The Tales of Beedle the Bard Book of Spells (stories and descriptions were written by Rowling) Book of Potions (stories and ...


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Looks like it: But with the selection of Fantastic Beasts to become the foundation for a trilogy of films, and Scholastic’s new deal with Warner Brothers to publish it as part of the spin off works from the upcoming first movie, the new edition of Hogwarts Classics finds itself down a book. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is no longer ...


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I’m not sure this is quite cut and dried as you’d hope, but the first thing that comes to mind is Lavender Brown’s skin colour. (In)famously, by now, Lavender Brown was a minor character in the first movies, with no lines. She was portrayed by two black actresses: Kathleen Cauley (unverified) in Chamber of Secrets and Jennifer Smith in Prisoner of Azkaban. ...


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7 is a magic or prominent number in folklore, and is also important in many religions. The 7th son of a 7th son is said to have magical qualities. This is not a concept J.K. Rowling came up with nor is it exclusive to the Harry Potter books. The number 7 is practically everywhere in mainstream culture. It is referenced as a lucky number, we play '7 boom', ...


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This was discussed in an interview with Today.com's Jen Brown. Apparently Arthur Weasley was the one who was originally slated to die but got a reprieve, largely due to the author's desire to keep alive the one genuinely "good" father figure in the novels. Unfortunately Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks then had to die in his place, to allow the creation of ...


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I thought about this issue too and researched some time ago. I found half of the answer but not the whole one. So JKR told us in BBC Newsround, 7/8/2000 interview there are two plot holes. The famous plot hole. I got halfway through my plans and realised there was this huge gaping hole in it, there's two - it just didn't meet and that was entirely my ...


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Harry was in possession of all of the Hallows at some point in time, as was Dumbledore. Harry arguably owned all of them for most of Book 7. He had the cloak and the stone inside of the snitch, although he didn't know it until near the end of the book, and he owned the wand, although he didn't know it, nor did he have it for most of the book. He did ...


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In a word (a Word of God, to boot): NO Question: There are an extraordinary number of names that start with "H" (Harry, Hermione, Hedwig, Hogwarts, Hagrid, Hufflepuff). Is there any reason for that? J.K. Rowling responds: Erm...no! (source: "About the Books: transcript of J.K. Rowling's live interview on Scholastic.com," Scholastic.com, 16 October ...


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Actually Rowling has given us an insight into Minerva McGonagall's life through an article on Pottermore titled 'Professor McGonagall'. This article provides a quite comprehensive look into McGonagall's life, starting with her childhood and moving on through her schooling years, Ministry career and her marriage. Rowling ends the article with her own thoughts ...


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Does not 'You. You have guessed, I know, why the Cloak was in my possession on the night your parents died. James had showed it to me just a few days previously. It explained much of his undetected wrongdoing at school! I could hardly believe what I was seeing. I asked to borrow it, to examine it. I had long since given up my dream of uniting the Hallows, ...


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I'm gonna go ahead and say this is most likely a made up quote. In the first link provided (to Post-Modern Magik), after that quote it says (see Muggles Do It Better) In the literature examples of this page, we have the following: Regarding weapons, there are extremely long debates, some on this very wiki, about how far this goes. It's generally ...


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UPDATE: Rowling has apparently just addressed this on Twitter. Good story, but it isn't true! @stephenfry wasn't condescending, he was completely lovely, and that phrase isn't in 4 books! #factsmatter Twitter Original answer below. Almost, but not quite Book 4: "Harry pocketed it" He pulled Sirius’s reply off Pigwidgeon’s leg, Harry pocketed it,...


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This list should be complete as of December 2016, though it is very possible that some tweets were missed. This list was started by @Alexwchan using some Python scripts that used the Twitter API to get a complete list of JK Rowling’s tweets. Those scripts, in a very rough form, are on GitHub. This answer is now a community wiki. People should feel free to ...


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Rowling began publicly hinting at the relationship from at least 2000. Since the question seeks Rowling quotes, I thought I'd assemble an answer of public statements she made before she had finished writing the books. Hopefully the chronological progression of her decision-making is apparent. The quotes are almost entirely sourced from www.accio-quote.org. ...


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As far as I know, JK Rowling has never said anything about James and the Giant Peach as a direct influence on Harry Potter, or for that matter, any other book. From a radio show transcript in 2000: The question you are most frequently asked as an author is: "Where do you get your ideas from?" I find it very frustrating because, speaking personally, I ...


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This was planned years before Book 6 In an interview at Leaky Cauldron in 2005, Rowling revealed that she intended for these two character to end up together, because Harry needed someone "who can stand the demands of being with Harry Potter". They were just not emotionally mature enough from the beginning and that's why this relationship was in a way ...


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