I stumbled across an interesting magazine called Mental Floss the other day. Among the articles I found was a list of Harry Potter book trivia. So here’s the list of 11 little known things about the Harry Potter books. How many did you know.

  1. J.K . Rowling turned down Michael Jackson who wanted to do a musical version of Harry Potter, though there is a musical version out there that you can find on YouTube featuring Darren Criss of Glee fame.
  2. Rowling created the wizard sport of Quidditch while sitting in a pub after having a fight with her then-boyfriend. “In my deepest, darkest soul,” she said, “I would quite like to see him hit by a bludger.”
  3. As children read more and for longer periods, they have been known to develop “Hogwart Headaches,” which is documented in the New England Journal of Medicine. My guess is that it comes from eyestrain of focusing on the text and not brain growth.
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is not the lost 8th book in the Harry Potter series but the title of the first book in most places other than the U.S.
  5. For years, an Onion article from 2000 titled “Harry Potter Books Spark Rise in Satanism Among Children” has been quoted as fact in chain emails. One oft-repeated fake quote: “Harry Potter books showed me that magic is real, something I can learn and use right now, and that the Bible is nothing but boring lies.”
  6. Hermione Granger was originally going to be Hermione Puckle. I wonder if Emma Watson would have still have wanted to be her? Also, Hermione was supposed to have a younger sister, but Rowling couldn’t find a place for her in the story.
  7. King’s Cross station, where wizarding students board the Hogwarts Express on Platform 9 ¾ is where Rowling’s parents first met.
  8. Joanne Rowling’s publisher asked her to use initials for her author’s name so as not to seem to be just a writer of girls’ books. Rowling doesn’t have a middle name so the K in her name is to honor her grandmother, Kathleen. 
  9. Among the 68 languages that Harry Potter has been translated into is Latin. A retired professor from Eton College made the translation for what is called Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis in Latin.
  10. Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s former chief exorcist, says practicing yoga is Satanic. “It leads to evil—just like reading Harry Potter.”
  11. E.L. James, author of the 50 Shades of Gray trilogy, has become Amazon.uk’s all-time bestselling author. She overtook Rowling in only 4 months with 3 books.

Read the Mental Floss article or the article about Amazon.co.uk.