If you’re a Potterhead, chances are you’ve probably watched all 8 movies more than once (maybe 7 times *winks*). We can totally relate. I mean, what’s not to love? However, the Harry Potter movies are so brilliantly crafted that even the canniest of Potterheads might have missed a quirky detail or two. Fret not, we’ve got you! Here is a list of 10 hidden details that you might have overlooked.
1. McGonagall’s Trophy
In Philosopher’s Stone, Hermione comforts Harry by showing him his father’s old Quidditch trophy. Look a little closer at the award on the right, you can see that Mcgonagall’s name is etched on it. The date shows that McGonagall won the award in 1971 when she was a Hogwarts student, which completely contradicts her appearance in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald as a Professor in 1927. An oversight or a plot twist? We might or might not have to send a tweet to J.K. Rowling now.
Mr. Tom Riddle also makes an appearance here. Behind the Quidditch trophy is a ‘Special Services to Hogwarts’ award that Riddle had earned by falsely framing Hagrid for the murder of Moaning Myrtle–a detail that we only find out in the next book.
2. Neville’s Remembrall
In Philosopher’s Stone, Neville receives a Remembrall from his grandmother. The only problem is, he couldn’t seem to remember what he had forgotten. Since he’s the only student in the Great Hall with just a jumper on, it only makes sense that he had forgotten his robe.
3. An Interesting Cameo
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry mistakenly ends up in Knockturn Alley instead of Diagon Alley after he mispronounces the word while using the floo powder network. Thankfully, Hagrid comes to his rescue. In this scene, if we look closely at the window to the left, the books displayed are actually J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series! To think that Harry could have saved himself all that trouble with the Horcruxes if he had only indulged in a little window shopping.
4. Lucius Would Have Been Voldemort’s Golden Boy
In The Chamber of Secrets, Harry tricks Lucius into giving Dobby a sock which frees the house elf from the Malfoys. Malfoy gets so mad that he whips out his wand to threaten Harry. Many have wondered throughout the years what curse he might have used. However, if you listen closely, you can hear him utter “Avada”. If he wasn’t interrupted, he could have ended up killing Harry with the deadly Avada Kedavra spell. Definitely would have gotten major brownie points with You Know Who if he had pulled through.
5. Newt Scammander was Introduced Earlier than We Thought
In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Fred and George gave Harry the Marauder’s Map. In one of the scenes, right as Harry says “mischief managed”, we get a quick glimpse of Newt Scamander’s name on the map, indicating that he was at Hogwarts at the time. To think that Harry might have just passed Newt Scamander on his way to classes or to Hagrid’s hut is crazy.
6. Wizarding Cereal
Apparently, witches and wizards are fans of cereal. In this scene from The Half Blood Prince, the box on the table reads ‘Cheeri-Owls’ which is a very puntastic tribute to Cheerios. Bad pun? Sorry, we deserve a… punalty for that.
7. Stephen Hawking: A Possible Wizard?
In the Leaky Cauldron scene from The Prisoner of Azkaban, this wizard makes a pretty notable impression by stirring his coffee using magic. It is probably why you might have missed this sneaky detail of him reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History Of Time. No word yet on Hawking’s muggle/wizard/squib status.
8. Slughorn’s Liquid Luck
Right before the Battle of Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows Part 2, Slughorn drinks a vial of felix felicis–also known as liquid luck. He ended up surviving the battle. Enough said.
9. Young Tom’s Cave
The flashbacks to Voldemort’s childhood are some of the most intriguing scenes in the series. In The Half-Blood Prince, a younger Dumbledore meets Tom Riddle as a child for the first time. Riddle has a picture of the cave where he later hides his horcrux (the one Harry and Dumbledore visit later in the movie), taped to the wall of his bedroom. On the windowsill, he has meticulously arranged 7 rocks which foreshadows his eventual actions of splitting his soul into 7 horcruxes.
10. Too Soon…
Finally, in Deathly Hallows Part 2 when Harry reveals that he is alive, George is seen to instinctively turn to tell Fred who is normally always next to him. Will we ever forgive J.K. Rowling for Fred’s death? Probably not.
Written by Praveena Sekar and Putri Milla.
Featured image by Warner Bros. Pictures.