Harry Potter, perhaps one of the most loved fictional characters of our times, celebrates his birthday on July 31. In honour of the wizard, we waved up 10 quirky facts about him and the series you may have not known!
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The actress who played Moaning Myrtle in the films is 47 years old! Shirley Henderson, who you may remember as Bridget's best friend from 'Bridget Jones's Diary' was the oldest actress cast to play a Hogwarts student
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Harry Potter and author JK Rowling share the same birthday - July 31
'Voldemort' means flight of death in French. Also, the 't' in Dark Lord's name is silent.
Ernie and Stanley, respectively the driver and conductor of the Knight Bus that Harry takes a ride on in the third book, were named after JK Rowling's grandfathers.
Afshan Azad, the British actress who played Padma Patil in the Harry Potter films, was assaulted by her brother for talking to her Hindu boyfriend. Her brother admitted to having punched and dragged her by the hair and was sentenced to six months in prison
Before they were christened the Death Eaters, Voldemort's followers were called the Knights of Walpurgis (?!)
Ron Weasley's birthday is on March 1 while Hermione Granger's birthday is on September 19
Much has been revealed about Professor Dumbledore after the series came to an end. His name is an old fashioned English word for bumblebee, he's nearly 150 years old (Wizards have a longer life span than regular human or Muggles) and he's also gay
Hermione's original last name was going to be Puckle. Rowling finally settled on Granger.
Even though Harry's pet Hedwig is a she in the books, male snowy owls were used during the filming of the series