It's been over twenty years since the wonderful young wizard entered and transformed all our lives. The seven books the author JK Rowling has gifted to the world are filled with intricate details, quirky character descriptions and a massive plethora of amazing and hate-worthy characters likewise. Yet, despite the phenomenal details readers have been given in the books, everyone knew that Rowling always knew more about the world than she would hand out, and over the past years following the completion of the series, she has regularly treated us to the one or other detail about Harry Potter on Twitter or Pottermore.
We learn additional information about the ongoing lives of the fabulous trio and the Wizarding World, as well as additional information about characters involved during the series and the plot, some simply mind-blowing, others note-worthy.
So here are seven things you most likely didn't know about Harry Potter yet.
1) What happened to Hannah Abbott
Now some of you may already wonder "who the heck is Hannah Abbott?". If so, you should consider re-reading the whole series and fill the voids in your head - or you can read on and let me explain.
Hannah Abbott is among the students who start at Hogwarts with Harry, Ron and Hermione. She is sorted into Hufflepuff and known as slightly chubby with blonde pigtails and rosy cheeks. She is kind and suffers from a personal tragedy when in book 6 it is revealed that her mother has been found dead and she departs from Hogwarts.
Becoming a grown-up woman, Hannah marries fellow student Neville Longbottom and becomes the landlady of the beloved pub The Leaky Cauldron (and, boy, would we love to be served by her kindness and warmth). Neville, as we all know, becomes Herbology teacher at Hogwarts and, to be closer to her husband, Hannah applies as the role of Matron there (but we don't know yet if she was successful).
2) Tonks's murderer
Among the most devastating deaths in the final battle are certainly Fred Weasley, Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks. Poor Fred dies from a blast sent off by nameless Death Eaters, but it has been affirmed that Nymphadora Tonks was murdered by no other than her own aunt Bellatrix Lestrange, who also killed Sirius Black and drove the Longbottoms into insanity.
From book 5, we already know that Bellatrix is a fierce fighter, nearly impossible to defeat and Nymphadora, even though making Bellatrix fight hard, eventually lost the battle and was killed. It is so even more gratifying to know that the evil, fierce warrior so devoted to Voldemort was in the end brought down by "merely" a housewife and mother.
Remus Lupin who fought alongside his wife, was killed by Death Eater Antonin Dolohov, who was responsible for the murders of Molly's brothers, Fabian and Gideon Prewett. He was eventually defeated by Hogwarts teacher Filius Flitwick (do not underestimate the vertically challenged).
Rowling also stated that Lupin had to die because Arthur Weasley didn't. Apparently, she didn't know Lupin would die until book 5, but Harry needed to lose another father image and she went with Lupin and the Marauders in general instead of Arthur Weasley.
3) The death of Harry's grandparents
Obviously, we all know how Lily and James died, yet it is never revealed why his grandparents are not around anymore. Being part of one of the most popular "blood-traitor" families, it was suggestible that James's parents died in their endeavours to fight the Dark Lord; however, it was revealed by Rowling that they died of dragon pox and were both already quite old when they had James. During one of their journeys, they were infected from the pox and died subsequently.
It has not been revealed yet how and why Lily's parents died.
4) Teddy Lupin is a Hufflepuff
A specifically bad fact to digest was Teddy Lupin's orphan status after Lupin and Tonks both died in the war, and the circle seemingly finding its close. In the last chapters, it is revealed that he has a thing for Fleur and Bill's eldest daughter Victoire, but Rowling also revealed on Twitter that Teddy was sorted into Hufflepuff, just like his mother, and became Head boy. From additional writing of the Quidditch Championship column by Rita Skeeter, we also learn that he and Victoire are apparently inseparable, despite their desperate parents' endeavours to keep them apart and from licking each other's faces off.
5) The biggest mispronouncer
Apparently, we have all mispronounced "Voldemort" for the past decades, even the movies. Rowling revealed on Twitter that the correct pronunciation of the evil wizard is, in fact, without the "t", so Voldemor (makes him seem so much more French, if you ask me). The author stated that she is probably the only one pronouncing him this way (apart from the whole French diaspora, that is) and she is OK with it.
It is also note-worthy that "Voldemort" comes from the French vols de morts, which translates to "wings of death".
6) There is no tuition fee for Hogwarts
Unlike most British schools which cost parents a fortune, Hogwarts has no tuition fee and all educational costs are covered by the Ministry of Magic. Therefore, the Wizarding Community promotes equal educational rights for everybody, a concept which clearly is held dear by the author.
Attendance at Hogwarts is also not mandatory (until the Voldemort takes over the community) and children can also be educated by their parents at home or in smaller groups.
7) Florean Fortescue is dead
Alright, once more you may ask "who the heck is Florean Fortescue?" Remember in book 3 when Harry spent a month in Diagon Alley after blowing up his aunt? He regularly visited the ice cream parlour (like any 13-year-old would do) and lovely Florean Fortescue permanently gave him sundaes for free and helped him with his History of Magic homework because he was very well versed in this subject.
In book 6, Bill informs Remus Lupin about Fortescue's kidnapping from Diagon Alley. It is not further explained why he was kidnapped or what happened to him, but Rowling later confirmed and apologised on Twitter for his death, stating "I seemed to have him kidnapped and killed for no good reason.". Apparently, she contemplated giving him a much bigger role later in the series, but then changed her mind and his death was for nil.
Thank you for reading this post and let me know if you already one of the facts or want to contribute another nobody might know.
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