J.K. Rowling, whose real name is Joanne Rowling also wrote under the pen name of ‘Robert Galbraith’. It was felt by the publisher that if the author’s gender was not revealed on the cover of the books by using initials, they would do better! Nevertheless, we know the brilliant woman behind the books. It is her birthday today and also Harry Potter’s!
Here are some amazing facts about Potter, Rowling & the world of Hogwarts that you might not know:
1. The surname ‘Potter’ means something to Rowling:
When Rowling was a child she was often teased for her surname. Kids addressed her as ‘rowling pin’. That is when she became friends with a brother and a sister whose surname was ‘Potter’. She began liking that surname much more than her own. Now we know where Harry gets his surname from.
2. Rowling invented ‘dementors’ after her struggle with depression:
When her mother passed away in 1990, Rowling was depressed. She told Oprah Winfrey, “I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling—that really hollowed-out feeling. That’s what Dementors are.”
3. To prevent Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows from leaking it was codenamed:
According to Mental Floss, Bloomsbury the publisher codenamed the book. It had names like, ‘Edinburgh Potmakers or The Life and Times of Clara Rose Lovett: An Epic Novel Covering Many Generations.’
4. Albus Dumbledore was really gay:
J.K. Rowling imagined Dumbledore as gay. “I always thought of Dumbledore as gay,” she told a fan in 2007. She also revealed that the headmaster had fallen in love with Grindelwald! Also Dumbledore is an old English word for ‘bumblebee’.
5. The ghost of Myrtle is as real as it can get:
Rowling wrote on Pottermore, “…the frequent presence of a crying girl in communal bathrooms, especially at the parties and discos of my youth. This does not seem to happen in male bathrooms, so I enjoyed placing Harry and Ron in such uncomfortable and unfamiliar territory in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
6. Remember the Boggart?
Remember how the Boggart took the shape of a dementor for Harry? If Voldemort had faced a Boggart, it would have taken the shape of his own dead body as Voldemort’s biggest fear was death (that explains the Horcruxes).
7. Ron and Hermoine’s Patronuses are interesting:
While Hermoine’s Patronus is an otter, Ron’s is a Jack Russell Terrier who is known for chasing otters! Rowling also once admitted that she regretted the pairing of Ron and Hermoine.
How interesting are these facts? How many did you know?
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