Even though J.K. Rowling finished writing the Harry Potter series quite a while ago, it still lives on in that you can always discover new things every time you re-read it. Rowling herself even continues to surprise us with new information about the series. Keep reading to learn more!
You may have already known this, but what you probably didn’t consider is that Harry, being a horcrux himself, may have corrupted the Dursleys into treating him poorly. So really, the Dursleys could’ve been great people before Harry had ever come to live with them!
3. The Dementors Represent Rowling's Battle With Depression
J.K. Rowling has been very open about her struggles with depression while writing the Harry Potter series. She planted a lot of her own feelings into the plot line, which is probably part of what made the series so memorable. She’s stated that the dementors were purposely meant to represent the feeling that came from her depression that she would never be cheerful again.
4. This Is Why Professor Snape Hates Neville Longbottom
Throughout the series, it’s no secret that Professor Snape despises Neville Longbottom - but why? Let’s look at the facts: Voldemort himself went out to kill James and Lily Potter and sent Bellatrix Lestrange to kill Neville’s parents.
The theory says that if Bellatrix instead had been sent out to kill James and Lily, whom Snape loved, then they would’ve had a better chance of surviving, and therefore Snape took out his anger about this on Neville.
This one really drives home the point that Voldemort isn’t human at all. Because he was conceived under the influence of a love potion, and therefore fake love, Voldemort isn’t capable of truly knowing what love is.
The Polyjuice potion is incredibly easy to make (remember, Harry, Ron and Hermione concoct it themselves as little second-years) and perfectly impersonates another person, meaning that any of the students at Hogwarts could’ve been impostors at any given time, had they had the resources to continue brewing the potion. Crazy to think about!
Professor Trelawney, the divination teacher at Hogwarts in Harry’s third year, was known for being a little batty. However, most of her predictions did end up coming true throughout the series. For example, in The Prisoner of Azkaban, Professor Trelawney refuses to sit down at a table occupied by 12 others on Christmas Day in the fear that the thirteenth person to stand up would die.
Well, as it happened, there were already 13 people around the table - one of them was Peter Pettigrew in rat-form. The first to stand up from the table? Albus Dumbledore.
And in going along with the theme of the last slide, here’s another death involving the number 13: In The Order of the Phoenix, 13 members of the Order sat down at a table during a meeting. The person who happened to be the first to get up from the table was Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black.
Patronuses can be linked to one another, meaning that two soul mates would likely have related patronuses. After Fred Weasley’s death, George stopped being able to produce his patronus, indicating that perhaps the two of them were soul mates. This makes sense, given how inseparable they were throughout the series.
It becomes known throughout the series that Professor Snape is a skilled Legilimens, meaning he can read minds. The Sorcerer’s Stone gives us a tiny detail foreshadowing this fact before it gets revealed: Harry wonders to himself if Snape could’ve possibly known about him sneaking out after-hours: “...he sometimes had the horrible feeling that Snape could read minds.”
12. This Is What Dumbledore Actually Saw In The Mirror Of Erised
In The Sorcerer’s Stone, Dumbledore tells Harry that he sees himself wearing a pair of thick woolen socks in the Mirror of Erised. However, J.K. Rowling has stated in interviews that Dumbledore was in fact lying to Harry and that he actually saw his family together again in the mirror. He probably lied because he wanted to deter Harry from spending too much time in front of it like he himself had.
In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Professor Trelawney tells Harry that she thinks his birthday is in midwinter. Harry replies that he was actually born in July.
Here’s where it gets crazy: Harry wasn’t born in midwinter, but Voldemort was born on December 31st, indicating that perhaps Professor Trelawney could sense the fact that Harry possessed a piece of Voldemort’s soul, causing her to be confused when Harry corrected her.
Learning all of these things really just makes you wonder how on earth J.K. Rowling was able to keep track of all of these tiny little details throughout the series and have them all work out in the end. Certainly no muggle could do that!