Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new book by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, will be released in SuperValu Lucan from this Sunday, 31st July. The new Potter book will be available in hardback for €22.99. The Cursed Child is the eighth story in the series and takes place nineteen years later.
To prepare for the occasion, we thought it would be a good idea to brush up on our Harry Potter knowledge, so here’s ten things you may not know about the first Harry Potter film, The Philosopher’s Stone from IMDb.
- The child actors in Harry Potter would do their actual schoolwork in the movie to make the school setting more real.
- The last name Dumbledore means “Bumblebee” in Old English.
- The inscription around the Mirror of Erised says: “Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi”. Reading the inscription backwards it says, “I show not your face but your heart’s desire.”
- Tom Felton did not read any of the Harry Potter books before auditioning, and at the audition, the director was asking each contender for the role of Malfoy what their favorite part in the book was. When it was his turn, Felton said his favorite part in the book was the part at Gringrotts, which is what the previous contender had just said. The director saw through this very quickly and thought it was very funny.
- The Hogwarts motto, “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus”, means “never tickle a sleeping dragon”.
- Richard Harris had trouble remembering his lines, and Daniel Radcliffe would ask him to help with running his lines, just to give Richard more practice.
- In the film, the scar on Harry’s forehead is off-center. This was done at J.K. Rowling‘s request. Due to the artwork on the covers of her books, many people have assumed that his scar is supposed to be in the center of his forehead. The books, however, never specify exactly where on his forehead the scar is located.
- During filming, Daniel Radcliffe changed the screen on Robbie Coltrane‘s mobile phone to Turkish. Coltrane had to phone hair designer Eithne Fennel‘s Turkish father in order to find out Turkish for “Change Language”.
- The film reveals that the 12th use for dragon’s blood is an oven cleaner.
- Throughout the whole of the Harry Potter series, Daniel Radcliffe went through 160 pairs of glasses