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-JK Rowling based the idea of the Dursley’s House at Number 4 Privet Drive, on the memory of her childhood house in Winterbourne (near Bristol).  She used the number four for its address, because she has never been fond of it.

 

-Minerva McGonagall is said to have fallen in love with a Muggle farm boy (Dougal McGregor), the summer after she graduated from Hogwarts.  She had accepted his proposal of marriage, but eventually broke it off so as not to breach the International Statute of Secrecy.  It was however, the memory of Dougal, that caused Minerva to turn down the first proposal from Ministry co-worker Elphinstone Urquart.  Eventually though, after Dougal’s death, Elphinstone and Minerva were wed for three years, before his sudden death.

 

-JK Rowling had made a list of forty characters in Harry’s year called “The Original Forty” in a notebook during the early stages of Harry Potter, and wrote symbols to represent their parentage and houses beside each name.

 

-Jo based Gilderoy Lockhart on an unknown person in her life.  She based Ron partially off of her childhood friend, Sean.

 

-Filch’s cat (Mrs. Norris) is named after a bitter character from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.

 

-JK Rowling’s parents met a King’s Cross Station.

 

-Hogwarts, is so named after a plant Jo saw in the Kew Gardens in New York City.

 

-In the Spanish versions of the books, Neville’s toad Trevor is actually a turtle.

 

-The drivers of the Knight Bus—Ernie & Stanley—are named after JK Rowling’s grandfathers.

 

-Jo was going to call the Death Eaters ‘the Knights of Walpurgis.’

 

-The Hogwarts school motto is Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, meaning “Never tickle a sleeping dragon.”

 

-Flitwick is human, with a dash of Goblin ancestry.

 

-Dumbledore was the first to use Patronuses as methods of communication.

 

-Ron was supposed to have a gossipy Slytherin cousin called Mafalda, who fed him and Harry information on the Death Eaters.  The character was replaced by Rita Skeeter.

 

-Crookshanks is half-Kneazle.

 

-Dumbledore means bumblebee, and Jo picked it because she imagined him strolling around the castle, always humming to himself.

 

 

 

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Most of the Black family are named after stars and constellations—Sirius is so named after the Dog Star, alluding to his canine Patronus.

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