I love Harry Potter. Well, that's an understatement if I ever made one! I'm proud to say that I've loved them from the beginning, before they became the world wide phenomenon they are today. I waited in every midnight book release line and saw every movie at midnight with long-suffering mother, then later husband, in tow. I love these books. So, how does a die hard like me get their Harry Potter fix now that all books have been read dozens of times, the movies have been viewed ad nauseam and no access to the beta Pottermore website? Read random Potter trivia of course! So here are some facts I've gleaned from my regular scouring of the interwebz...
In no particular order of interesting-ness...
Natalie McDonald, a character from the 4th book, Goblet of Fire, was a real person. You can find her on page 159, as the names of the new batch of 1st years are being read off. Little Natalie was a 9 year old from Toronto, Canada who was a big Harry Potter fan. She was dying of leukemia but wanted to know what was going to happen next in the saga of our favorite lightening foreheaded boy. J.K. Rowling did write her back, but sadly, Natalie had passed before receiving her reply. In honor of this brave little girl, she was named a Gryffindor, which was a wonderful fit, as it is home of the brave and courageous. In addition to putting her in the book, J.K. Rowling made a point to visit little Natalie's family while touring in Canada.
Speaking of muggle born, Hermione's name was nearly "Hermione Puckle." However, thankfully, J.K. Rowling felt that "Puckle" had a sour ring to it and changed the name to something which she felt better suited our favorite ginger-loving book worm. Rowling always felt a close kinship to Hermione, as she considered herself a know-it-all as a kid. The rather annoying trait of know-it-all-ness is also the reason I relate to Hermione. At least that's what my siblings would say.
Crookshanks, Hermione's (formerly assumed) pesky pet, is not a normal cat, but half-kneazle. Kneazles are cat-like in appearance and are very intelligent. They are like living breathing sneak-o-scopes, able to sniff out suspicious people and respond badly to them. Kneazles make great pets, in addition to having a built in BS meter, once they take a liking to a witch or wizard, they are very loyal and loving.
Can't recall your favorite character's full name? Here are a few: Harry James Potter, Hermione Jane Granger (Weasley), Ginerva Molly Weasley (Potter), Ronald Bilius Weasley, Sirius Orion Black and the man with the most long winded parents: Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore.
Hope you learned something, albeit useless in the real world of day to day living, but interesting nonetheless :)