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Harry Potter triviaWith seven books and eight films to its credit, the Harry Potter franchise is a treasure trove of interesting facts and tidbits to be unveiled.

There are family histories and intricate relationships to explore. Harry Potter glossaries are filled with place names, creatures and animals, as well as major and minor Harry Potter characters -- and real life actors who play them. Plus let's not forget the drama that takes place both in front of, and behind, the camera as each installment is played out on screen!

While an entire lifetime can be spent uncovering juicy details about the publication and filming of the Harry Potter saga, here are out Top Ten fun facts sure to fascinate even the most rabid Harry Potter fan:

Top Ten Harry Potter Fun Facts

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1. J.K. Rowling is the first author ever to become a billionaire from writing books.

2. Stan and Ernie, the drivers of the Knight Bus (in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), are named for Rowling's grandfathers.

3. The wizarding spell Expecto Patronum translates from the Latin to "I await a guardian."

4. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone dragon blood is revealed to be an effective oven cleaner.

5. At Hogwarts, grades include "Outstanding", "Exceeds Expectations", and "Acceptable". Failing grades include "Poor", "Dreadful", and "Troll".

6. Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, auditioned for the part in Harry Potter with a rap: 'My name is Rupert Grint, I hope you like this and don't think I stink..."

Rupert Grint recounts his audition for the role of Ron Weasley

7. Before filming began on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, lead actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson were asked to write autobiographical essays about their characters. Rupert Grint didn't deliver his essay. When questioned why, he said, "I'm Ron. Ron wouldn't do it."

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Aged to perfection: Moaning Myrtle.

8. Voldemort has been played on screen by a total of 6 actors: Richard Bremmer, Ian Hart, Christian Coulson (teenage Tom Riddle), Frank Dillane (second teenage Tom Riddle), Hero Fiennes Tiffin (Ralph Fiennes' nephew, who played the part of 11 year old Tom Riddle), and most prominently, by Ralph Fiennes.

9. Actress Shirley Henderson took the part of Moaning Myrtle when she was 37 years old and remains the oldest actress ever to portray a Hogwarts student.

10. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there is a notice in the closing credits that claims "No dragons were harmed in the making of this movie."

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Bonus Harry Potter Pop Quiz

1.) What is the make and model of Mr. Weasley's flying car?
2.) Who was the headmaster of Hogwarts before Dumbledore?
3.) What is the last name of Nearly Headless Nick?
4.) What is the Hogwarts school motto?....

(See answers below).

If you couldn't answer them all correctly (and even if you could), test yourself with more magic fun facts and figures, including the back stories behind the world's greatest book and movie series.

Have fun!

More about Harry Potter fun facts & trivia around the Web:

Harry Potter Facts - Tumblr - A major source of all things Harry Potter including fascinating details and behind-the-scenes fun facts about the making of the books and movie series.

Harry Potter Quizzes and Harry Potter Trivia - A big collection of quizzes by category including animals, characters, quotes, magic and spells, Quidditch and more.

13 fun facts about the Harry Potter films - Check out fascinating behind-the-scenes facts about movie production, props, costumes, and more.

94 Magical Facts about Harry Potter - When is Harry's birthday? Who is the oldest actress to play a Hogwarts student? And lots more interesting fun facts about the Harry Potter book and movie series..

The Internet Movie Database also has a great collection of Harry Potter movie trivia including bloopers, casting information, and behind-the-scenes fun facts for the following:

Trivia for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Trivia for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Trivia for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Trivia for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Trivia for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Mr. Weasley's car is a Ford Anglia
The headmaster before Dumbeldore was Armando Dippet
3 Nearly Headless Nick's last name is De Mimsy-Porpington
The official Hogwarts school motto is Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus, the Latin translation for "Never tickle a sleeping dragon".


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