It’s been decades since the world was introduced to Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, the author who created his magical world. Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rowling has had time to ponder that world and offer some new insights about her Harry Potter characters and storylines. What tidbits and cold hard truths has J.K. Rowling revealed since the final book was released? What's going on over at Pottermore? What should you know about Potter and all his pals that wasn't in the books?
Rowling has revealed a range of Potter details for fans to devour. On her website, Pottermore, Rowling continues to share Potter trivia, post-series information, and character backstories with a tidal wave of dissection at every single reveal. If you haven't checked it out, Pottermore is an amazing resource.
Most of the time, the information is delightful, but sometimes Rowling lets it be known that she is not pleased with certain trends, like how many girls crush on Draco. (She’s not having it. He's just a jerk, okay?) Or that maybe she goofed up that whole Hermoine married Ron thing. Twitter be like WHAAAAAAT?! When she revealed that a beloved character was gay, fans responded in overwhelming numbers of support. While others scratched their heads, Rowling let it be known that she is not tolerant of intolerance.
And while ending the Harry Potter series was sad, it was also a bit of a relief for Rowling. "It was this amazing cathartic moment... the end of 17 years' work," Rowling said. But with Pottermore, a 2016 Harry Potter play, and constant, rabid response to the world she created, Rowling will never abandon Harry. “He will always be a presence in my life, really."
Rowling has said she may eventually reveal more details in a Harry Potter encyclopedia, but even then, it will never be enough to satisfy the most hardcore fans. "I'm dealing with a level of obsession in some of my fans that will not rest until they know the middle names of Harry's great-great-grandparents," she said. But the author is just fine with the outpouring of devotion for all things Harry Potter. "I love it," she said. "I'm all for that."
Fans can certainly get their Potter-adjacent fix with Rowling's Fantastic Beasts series. The series takes us back 90 years before Harry and follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, magizoologist and proud Hufflepuff.So fulfill your Harry Potter obsession with this list of all the facts Rowling has revealed on Pottermore, in interviews, an on social media about your favorite fictional world. Be sure to upvote the most interesting and revelatory facts about Potter and head to the comments section to let your own opinion on Ron and Hermione's relationship be known!
Alan Rickman Took This Acting Tip from J.K. Rowling to His Grave
In a 2011 interview with RTÉ, Alan Rickman revealed that J.K. Rowling had given him a little tidbit of advice for how to play Professor Snape onscreen. He said, "She gave me one little piece of information, which I always said I would never share with anybody and neve have, and never will. It wasn't a plot point, or crucial in any tangible way, but it was crucial to me as a piece of information that made me travel down that road rather than that one or that one or that one."
After Rickman's death in January 2016, fans were dying to know what that piece of information was that Rickman took to his grave. Rowling decided to alleviate the pain of mourning fans by letting them know Rickman's greatest secret.
"I told Alan what lies behind the word always," Rowling responded to a Twitter fan. This means that, while the other characters in Harry Potter had no idea what the ending of the book - or film - series would be, Alan Rickman knew what was in store for his character all the while.
For those who aren't familiar with what the word "always" symbolizes in Harry Potter, it's a quote from Professor Snape's character that really shapes the good guy side of Snape that readers rarely see. We spend the entire series thinking that Snape is a huge jerk, especially when he outright murders Dumbledore in front of Harry. But it turns out that Snape's best-kept secret was that he was actually a real softie all along.
Snape has been in love with Harry Potter's mom, Lily Potter (neé Evans), ever since they were children. When Dumbledore finds out that Snape is still in love with Lily Potter - even after her untimely death at the hands of Lord Voldemort - he asks him, "Really Severus? After all this time?" and Snape replies, "Always."Rowling explained this to Rickman early on, so that he could always act the way that his character was intended to - with tons of loving care for Harry Potter layered underneath a sheen of sarcasm and feigned hatred of his arrogance.
The Potterverse Has Two 'Harry Potters'
This is not a prank, nor a polyjuice potion mixhap. According to Rowling, Harry Potter's great-grandfather, Henry Potter, went by the nickname 'Harry.' Father to Fleamont Potter, the Harry Potter's paternal grandfather, Henry served on the Wizengamot during the early 1900s. He took a highly critical stance against the then-Minister of Magic's decision to keep the wizarding world out of WWI, a decision Henry Potter saw as damaging for Muggles. This lead to the Potter family's exclusion from the Sacred Twenty-Eight, a group of pureblood families.
Harry and Dudley Meet Again and Make Amends (Sort Of)
Despite coming from a very weak gene pool, perhaps something in Petunia’s makeup allowed her son to be less awful than his parents. Petunia and Lily were sisters after all. During her 2007 book tour, Rowling said, “Harry and Dudley would still see each other enough to be on Christmas card terms, but they would visit more out of a sense of duty and sit in silence so that their children could see their cousins.”
In a deleted scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, Dudley has a comical, nearly moving moment of defying his crap parents. In his less than eloquent way, Dudley redeemed some of the terrible treatment of Harry by saying, “I don’t think you’re a waste of space.”
To which Harry says, “See ya, Big D.”
It’s a start.Sources: Telegraph, Mental Floss
Post-Hogwarts, Ron and Harry Did All Right
Once you put “killed Dark Lord” on your resume, you are probably set for life. Who needs a degree? Hogwarts dropouts Harry and Ron were perfect for the job of Auror at the Ministry of Magic. Basically, Harry and Ron get to be badass detectives. Spinoff please!
Rowling said, "He's needed. Kingsley [Shacklebolt, Minister of Magic] would've wanted Ron, Neville, Harry and they would've all gone, and they would've all done the job. And I think that that would've been a good thing for them, too."
Although Neville ends up teaching herbology, certainly Harry and Ron would need his expertise now and again. Especially if they ever needed someone to cast a mad spell in a cardigan.
Ron didn’t last long as an Auror. Ron left his job at the Ministry to “co-manage the highly successful wizarding joke emporium Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.”
We’re sure Hermione was totally cool with that.
Sources: Telegraph, TIME