20 Interesting Facts About the Harry Potter Movies

Written by: Jamie Ward
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Last updated: March 23, 2021

The least financially successful Harry Potter film made $90 million more than the most successful Twilight movie.

Harry Potter Film Facts

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, test your knowledge and see if you know many of these twenty interesting facts about the Harry Potter films.

The role of Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies has been played by six actors.

The word Dumbledore was an early English word for a bumblebee.

The least financially successful Harry Potter film made $90 million more than the most successful Twilight movie.

Voldemort in French means “flight of death”.

Shirley Henderson, who plays Moaning Myrtle in the films was 37 years old!

The driver and conductors of the bus were named after J.K Rowling’s grandfathers.

The Weasley twins in the films are not red-heads in real life!

The author of the Harry Potter series, J.K.Rowling, is the first billionaire author in the world.

The King’s Cross Station has erected a board that says “Platform 9 ¾”.

The original name for the Death Eaters was “Knights of Walpurgis”.

The motto of Hogwarts School means “Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon”.

In a scene in Professor McGonagall’s classroom, there were 60 animals on the same set.

When filming for one scene, a fruit bat flew into Hagrid’s beard, and became stuck!

Among all the animals on the set of the film, the largest animal that was bought was a Hippopotamus.

The smallest animal among them was a centipede.

In total, there have been over 250 animals used in the Harry Potter movie series.

Over 250,000 items of clothing and 600 school uniforms have been used in the movies.

The film has made 588 separate sets and the biggest among them was the Ministry of Magic.

The steam engine of the train “Hogwarts Express” was built in 1937 and the carriages in 1950.

The staircase at Hogwarts has 250 paintings in total.

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  1. Anna December 7, 2015

    For number 4 – the meaning of the name voldemort is flight of death, and not fight of death (‘vol’ means flight or it could also be steal/theft. In this case, ‘de’ would be equal to of. ‘Mort’ is death, or similar translations)

    1. Luke Ward January 29, 2016

      Thanks for letting us know, we’ve updated this!

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