The Harry Potter films brought to life a highly intricate and complex setting revolving around Hogwarts. The book and film series are both rich with mythological themes, historical allusions, and references to arcane historical figures like Nicolas Flamel, among others. The filmmakers, however, went beyond using the larger, more overarching legendary features of the story of Harry Potter. Throughout this fantasy world, historically relevant details were carefully placed in the background, adding more depth to the ancient castle and the wizarding world that surrounds it. It adds an extra layer of intrigue to know the set designers and artists inserted interesting historical parallels, objects, and works of art where they could. Some of these are so unobtrusive, and touched upon so quickly, that they're easy for fans to overlook.
This list takes an in-depth look at the historical Easter eggs hidden in the films, including references to art history, political ideologies, astronomical events, and more. Weigh in on the details you find to be the most intriguing or surprising.
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A Real Full Moon Explains Lupin's Exhaustion On The Hogwarts Express
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A Portrait Of Anne Boleyn Displayed At HogwartsPhoto: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures
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This Replica Of A Real, Historical Chess SetPhoto: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures
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A Wizard Reads Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time'
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'The Lady and the Unicorn' Adorns The Gryffindor Common RoomPhoto: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures
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Snape's Werewolf Slideshow Alludes To Many Works Of Art