In honor of our Harry Potter Middle Movies Marathon tomorrow (see our movie page for more info!) I've assembled a list of the 10 best secrets that JK Rowling has let slip since the end of the Harry Potter series.
1. She has a detailed plan of what happened to most of the characters after the last book.
Most people already know a lot of these character details, but it's fascinating to know that Rowling has mapped out the futures for many of her characters, she even knows the name of every child born in the Weasley clan for 20 years after Lord Voldemort is defeated.
"Harry and Ron utterly revolutionized the Auror Department," Rowling said, with Harry becoming the department head. J.K. also said she could see Harry making an appearance every now and again to give the "odd talk" on Defense Against the Dark Arts. Hermione is "pretty high up" in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and Ginny was a professional Quidditch player until she had three children, and afterword wrote for the Daily Prophet.
2. Being on a chocolate frog card is Ron's personal "Finest Hour."
In fact, Harry, Ron and Hermione all wound up with their own chocolate frog cards. Harry's card says that he is "the first and only known wizard to survive the Killing Curse, most famous for the defeat of the most dangerous dark wizard of all time, Lord Voldemort."
Ron's card gives him credit for "destroying the Horcruxes and subsequent defeat of Voldemort and revolutionizing the Ministry of Magic." Rowling says that being on a chocolate frog card is Ron's "finest hour." On hers, Hermione gets credit for being "the brightest witch of her age" and that she "eradicated pro-pureblood laws" and campaigned for "the rights of non human beings such as house-elves."
3. Harry and Lord Voldemort are family.
The wizarding world is a small one, and Harry and Voldemort are linked through the three brothers who possessed the hallows. Harry's father, James, is a direct descendant of Ignotus Peverell, who passed the Invisibility Cloak down through his family. Voldemort's mother, Merope Gaunt, is a descendant of Cadmus Peverell, who possessed the Resurrection Stone. Although it's possible to infer this from the seventh Harry Potter book, Rowling confirmed that the pair are "distantly related" through the Peverells, saying: "nearly all wizarding families are related if you trace them back through the centuries."
4. We've all been pronouncing 'Voldemort' wrong.
Rowling admitted in September, 2015 that she always intended the 't' of Voldemort to be silent - and that she was pretty sure she was the only person who pronounced it as such.
5. Ron left his job as an Auror to co-manage Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.
Ron joined his brother, George, as a partner at their successful joke shop, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. George's first child (named Fred... cue heartbreak), grows up to have a very successful career, helped by Ron.
6. When Draco met Harry Potter, he thought Harry could be the next Dark Lord, which is why he tried to befriend him.
“Draco was raised in an atmosphere of regret that the Dark Lord had not succeeded in taking command of the wizarding community,” Rowling wrote, revealing that before meeting Harry on the Hogwarts Express, Draco, his family and other ex-Death Eaters thought Harry could be “another, and better, Voldemort.”
7. There's a list of "sacred 28" pureblood families.
An anonymous male created a list called the “Sacred Twenty Eight,” a definitive list of Purebloods, and the Potters are not on it. In the early 1900s, Henry Potter publicly condemned the Minister for Magic, who didn’t want the magical community to help Muggles in World War I. This was “a strong contributing factor in the family’s exclusion” from the list. The Weasleys deplore their status as one of the twenty-eight, for which many other family clans call them "blood traitors."
8. There's a spell that will let you see through an invisibility cloak, and Dumbledore used it on Harry.
Ever suspect that Dumbledore knew Harry was at some of his most secret meetings? That's because he did. Rowling said he could silently use the incantation "homenum revelio" to see him. Dumbledore uses the spell to see Harry and Ron under the Invisibility Cloak in Hagrid's hut in Book 2. Hermione later uses this spell in Book 7 when they arrive at 12 Grimmauld Place, and it's used again by Death Eaters when looking for Harry at Xenophilius Lovegood's house.
8. There are 11 wizarding schools... that we know about.
Rowling has revealed so far that there are 11 schools registered with the International Confederation of Wizards. The largest of these is in Africa, called Uagadou. There are also schools in Japan, Brazil, France, North America, Russia, and a few other undisclosed locations.
9. Hagrid and Dumbledore are two halves of a father figure for Harry.
“The colours red and white are mentioned many times in old texts on alchemy,” Rowling writes, explaining that some say these colors symbolize base metal and gold, representing “two different sides of human nature.” These colors inspired the names of two relevant characters in the Potter universe: “Rubeus (red) Hagrid and Albus (white) Dumbledore…both hugely important to Harry,” Rowling writes. “Seem to me to represent two sides of the ideal father figure he seeks; the former is warm, practical and wild, the latter impressive, intellectual, and somewhat detached.”
10. Hogwarts tuition would cost you $43,000... if it wasn't free.
When a Mic journalist estimated it would cost more than $43,000 to attend Hogwarts, including the cost of wands, robes and cauldrons, Rowling shut down the rumor, explaining that there is no tuition as the Ministry of Magic covers the cost of all magical education.
I hope this whets your appetite for a Harry Potter fest tomorrow! Come to the ballroom for all three films or just stop by for your favorite. Feel free to bring some blankets to spread out on or use our chairs. We'll have crafts and activities to do while you watch the films, and there may be a few prizes to win as well!