J.K. Rowling wasn't done dreaming up Harry Potter's magical world when she completed the legendary book series in 2007. And with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them giving another part of that world a spotlight, we're learning more and more about the ever-complex fantasy.
With Pottermore, Rowling's personal Twitter account and numerous interviews, the author has been able to provide more information about the unknown. After all, she is its omniscient creator. Here are a few things Rowling has dropped on us since The Deathly Hallows dropped.
1. When she revealed that Harry and Voldemort are related
In this web chat from 2007, Rowling confirmed what some readers had already found out: that Potter and He Who Must Not Be Named are probably distantly related. "Nearly all wizarding families are related if you trace them back through the centuries," she said.
2. When she revealed her favorite character
Besides Harry Potter, of course.
3. When she said Dumbledore could see Harry underneath the Invisibility Cloak
In the same web chat, she revealed that Dumbledore could sometimes see Harry underneath his Invisibility Cloak, since he can do magic without verbal incantation.
4. When she revealed that Dumbledore was gay
Rowling revealed that Albus Dumbledore was in love with fellow wizard Gellert Grindelwald during a reading of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows at Carnegie Hall in 2007. "I always thought of Dumbledore as gay," she said to a standing ovation.
5. When she said Ron and Hermione weren't meant for each other
In an interview with the Sunday Times, the author revealed that Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger only ended up together for the fans, and that they would have to go to "marriage counseling" later in life. "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron."
6. When she revealed that Ron Weasley was almost killed
In an interview for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 DVD in 2011, Rowling said that she almost offed Ron during a tough time in her life. She told Daniel Radcliffe: "I started thinking I might polish one of them off. Out of sheer spite. 'There, now you definitely can't have him any more.' But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn't have done it]."
7. When she said the Fantastic Beasts movies would take place over 19 years
The HP mastermind is always finding ways to keep the wizarding world alive, so when she revealed that Fantastic Beasts would be five movies spanning 19 years, it made perfect sense.
Our story starts in 1926 and ends in 1945. It's just too big to fit in one movie! https://t.co/fb5GOGvTxq— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 21, 2016
8. When she said Hogwarts was tuition-free
It's pretty surprising that a giant, magical high school like Hogwarts would come without a hefty tuition, and Mic wrote a lengthy article about how much it would cost to attend. But in one tweet, J.K. admitted that the Ministry of Magic covers the costs of education.
9. When she said Moaning Myrtle's real name was Myrtle Elizabeth Warren
No detail is left buried in Rowling's universe, including Moaning Myrtle's real name, which wasn't fashioned after Senator Elizabeth Warren, but just something the author had in mind.
.@HotmHayles @lankytwat Moaning Myrtle's full name was Myrtle Elizabeth Warren.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 11, 2015
10. Hagrid can't have a Patronus
Although many people in the wizarding world can produce a Patronus to protect them against Dementors (Harry's was a stag), Hagrid is unable to, J.K. revealed in 2015.
Hagrid couldn't produce a Patronus. It's a very difficult spell. https://t.co/TRDVNvSEdR— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 21, 2015
11. Harry's son James was sorted into Gryffindor
On Twitter (where the best Rowling truth-bombs happen), we learned that James is a Gryffindor, just like his mom and dad.
I'm in Edinburgh, so could somebody at King's Cross wish James S Potter good luck for me? He's starting at Hogwarts today. #BackToHogwarts— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 1, 2015
12. The "t" in Voldemort is silent
Yep. Confirmed by JKR herself.
... but I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who pronounces it that way. https://t.co/HxhJ5XY5HP— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 9, 2015
13. When she revealed why wands are so important
Some magicians can use magic without a wand or a broom, but Rowling clarified that only the most talented can go without them, and that the results are better with the instruments.
.@o0MRG0o Yes, most wizards produce more precise magic by using the correct wand, which is why they've been widely adopted.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 8, 2016
14. When she said that either Lupin or Arthur had to die
In the Battle of Hogwarts, we lost Remus Lupin. In a few 2016 tweets, Rowling explained that Lupin died because Arthur survived. She has also apologized in 2015 for the death of Fred in the same battle.
Arthur lived, so Lupin had to die. I'm sorry. I didn't enjoy doing it. The only time my editor ever saw me cry was over the fate of Teddy. 😢— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2016
15. When she revealed why Harry named his kid after Snape
As we know, one of Harry's sons is Albus Severus. Rowling explained the tribute in a tweet.
In honouring Snape, Harry hoped in his heart that he too would be forgiven. The deaths at the Battle of Hogwarts would haunt Harry forever.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 27, 2015
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