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10 Things JK Rowling Planned On Including In Harry Potter (But Ended Up Scrapping)

These days when people think about J.K. Rowling they often think about all of the changes she has made to Harry Potter canon after the fact. With Pottermore, the Fantastic Beasts movies, and her Twitter, Rowling just can’t stop talking about the franchise and adding and changing things about the canon. However, there were some things that Rowling almost included in the books but ended up cutting out. These moments could have changed the books significantly, but instead, they were put in the bin.

Here are 10 things that J.K. Rowling almost included in Harry Potter but didn’t.

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10 ARTHUR WEASLEY DYING

One major thing Rowling almost included was having Arthur Weasley die. When Arthur was attacked by Nagini in Order of the Phoenix, he almost died but ended up fully recovering. However, things could have gone very differently. Arthur was originally going to die in this book, but Rowling scrapped this idea because she was too attached to the character and felt he was the only good father figure left in the books. Instead, she killed both Lupin and Tonks at the end of the series.  Luckily, Arthur Weasley survived since he’s such a good character and great father.

9 HERMIONE’S DAD SAVING HARRY

Hermione’s parents aren’t really a big part of the books. She does talk about them sometimes, but they are Muggles and live a very separate life from Hermione’s. However, Hermione’s dad almost played a more important role in the books.

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When Rowling was first writing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, she had the Grangers and the Potters know each other. She had the Potters living out an on island and the Grangers go out to help them after they hear an explosion from where they lived on the mainland. Hermione’s dad was originally the one who saved Harry and brought him to the Dursley’s, but she instead gave that role to Hagrid.

8 THEODORE NOTT WAS ALMOST A BULLY TO RIVAL MALFOY

Draco Malfoy is Harry’s rival and an overall bully in the books. But, he originally wasn’t the only one. Rowling almost had Theodore Nott play a bigger role in the books as another son of a Death Eater. The two would have been equals as well as rivals, and Nott was meant to be more clever than Malfoy was. However, this character was mostly cut out. This was probably for the best as dealing with Malfoy was more than enough and having two rival bullies for Harry Would have been too much.

7 WEASLEYS ALMOST HAD A SLYTHERIN COUSIN

The Weasleys are known for being a family that always gets sorted into Gryffindor. They are known for being good and brave wizards, but they almost had a distant cousin who was a Slytherin.

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Their second cousin, Mafalda Weasley, was almost included in the Goblet of Fire to be Hermione’s rival. This character was going to be used to divulge secrets about Harry during the tournament. Instead of Mafalda, Rita Skeeter was used instead, and the Weasley’s didn’t have to deal with having her around either.

6 A CHARACTER NAMED MOPSY (WHO LOVED DOGS) WAS CUT

While Mrs. Figg was a cat lady, and even Dolores Umbridge had a weird obsession with cats, we never see a character completely obsessed with dogs. Hagrid loved animals of all kinds, including dogs, but he was mostly focused on magical creatures. Rowling almost included a character in Goblet of Fire named Mopsy who was an old witch who loved dogs. This character was going to see Sirius in his Padfoot form and take him in to take care of him. She was taken out of the story because an editor said she didn’t really add to the plot.

5 HERMIONE ALMOST HAD A SISTER

Hermione and Harry are both only children, whereas Ron comes from a big family. However, Hermione wasn’t always going to be an only child. Rowling almost gave her a younger sister who was a Muggle. This could have added an interesting dynamic.

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But, it probably wouldn’t have added too much to the plot given that Hermione’s family is rarely talked about at all. Rowling ended up not including this character, but it’s interesting to think about how Hermione’s life and personality might have been slightly changed if she had been an older sister.

4 THE LAST WORDS OF THE SERIES COULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT

The last words of the books have become pretty iconic and well known. “All was well” is a phrase that all big Potter fans know, and it’s popular in art and even tattoos. However, this phrase wasn’t always going to be the last words in the books. For a long time, Rowling had said that the last word of the series would be “scar.” The change to focus more on a positive note was likely a good choice.

3 DUDLEY ALMOST HAD A SON WHO WAS A WIZARD

Dudley and Harry were never friends growing up, and Dudley was quite the bully. But, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dudley seems to have turned over a new leaf and isn’t as mean to Harry. Rowling almost ended up giving Dudley a magical child.

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The family was going to be at King’s Cross with Harry and the rest in the epilogue. This idea was scrapped as Rowling didn’t think any wizarding genes would survive when mixed with Vernon’s DNA. Luckily, however, Harry and Dudley are still on “Christmas card” level of affection according to Rowling.

2 AN EXPERT IN DIVINATION WAS CUT OUT

Trelawney wasn’t a very good divination teacher, although she did give those two real prophecies. Another character who was a skilled seer was cut from the books early on, however. In Sorcerer’s Stone, Rowling almost had a character named Mopsus who was blind and able to predict the future.

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Rowling cut the character because it made the plot to0 complicated. Rowling said that the character’s existence would have lowered the drama in the story and was unnecessary.

1 RON WEASLEY DYING

The biggest change Rowling cut from the books was Ron Weasley dying. She said that she considered having Ron die sometime in the middle of the series, but never revealed exactly when or how it would have happened. Luckily, this didn’t happen as this would have changed the books dramatically. We can’t imagine half of the series without Ron, and this would have seemed like one trauma too many for Harry to have to endure.

NEXT: 15 Harry Potter Storylines JK Rowling Wants You To Forget


2019-04-20 03:04:04

Amanda Steele

10 Craziest Things J.K. Rowling Has Made Canon About Harry Potter

Once upon a time, the Harry Potter fandom was rife with theories about the upcoming book releases. From shipping to Horcruxes, fans argued back and forth about what would be canon and what wouldn’t. Queen of these debates was the author herself, J.K. Rowling. Any sort of tidbit about lore or history from the books was eagerly devoured by the series fans.

However, as the books released and time went on, Rowling’s lore drops began to be more and more outlandish. Over time, J.K.’s status as Queen of Harry Potter has worn away, and some fans wish she would remain silent. She has now gained a reputation for doing more harm than good to the fandom that once venerated her, making her a bit of a ridiculous figure. To cut through that ridiculousness, let’s see what are some of the craziest things J.K. Rowling made canon since Harry Potter ended.

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10 Uncle Vernon Is Pro Brexit

Uncle Vernon’s distaste for anything outside of the ordinary is well documented throughout the book series. From his casual cruelty of Harry growing up to his desperate attempts to keep him from Hogwarts, Vernon’s antics bordered on laughable at times. So when the real-life Brexit referendum swept the U.K., one fan’s observation of how Uncle Vernon might vote was confirmed by Rowling herself on Twitter.

This is a true-to-character thing to make canon, but it also adds an uncomfortable level of politics to a book series that shied away from real-world political actions. Given as well that Vernon would be well into his 60’s or 70’s at this point in his life, it’s not something that fans necessarily care about one way or another.

9 Dumbledore Taught Multiple Subjects At Hogwarts

It was a known fact during the series that prior to his post as Headmaster of Hogwarts, Dumbledore taught Transfiguration. So when Dumbledore was shown in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts, fans became concerned.

No mention of this was ever made apparent in the book series and somewhat confuses the Harry Potter timeline. While it’s not the most egregious thing J.K. has made canon, it’s just one more brick in the wall J.K. has built between herself and the fans of her book series over the years.

8 McGonagall’s Bad Luck With Love

Stern Transfiguration professor and Deputy Head Mistress Minerve McGonagall is a fierce character in the Harry Potter series. As a mentor and ally to Harry, she becomes invaluable to his fight against Voldemort. But J.K. released on Pottermore a long backstory detailing McGonagall’s family history that managed to undercut her strength and resolve by making the key dilemmas of her life revolve around relationships instead of her accomplishments.

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From a whirlwind but ultimately doomed-to-fail romance with a Muggle man to a short-lived marriage with a much older man who used to be her boss, it undercut McGonagall’s tough and reserved exterior. While it’s not bad to develop side characters and to give them relationships, the focus of McGonagall’s entire backstory revolving around these lost loves changes how one views the character throughout the series.

7 Hogwarts Is Tuition Free

Rowling has made it clear in multiple interviews how fortunate she was for the British welfare system when writing the books. As a poor single mother, they allowed her to provide for her family until the books were published. Perhaps that’s why she announced that students at Hogwarts do not pay for tuition; the Ministry of Magic pays for all magical education expenses.

The issue with that though is that we see the Weasley family buying school essentials for their children throughout the series. Wouldn’t wands and school supplies be a part of the tuition that the Ministry is paying for? While a charitable notion, it contradicts with previously established scenes throughout the book series.

6 Dumbledore Has Another Sibling

One of the huge reveals of Fantastic Beasts 2 was the revelation that Credence Barebone might be someone else entirely. As revealed by Grindelwald, the young man is, in fact, Aurelius Dumbledore, long-lost brother to Albus and Aberforth.

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This is outlandish for multiple reasons. Chief among them is that a tell-all book about Dumbledore was published by Rita Skeeter to embarrass his family name. If anyone were to have dug up that family dirt, it would have been Rita. Second, the timeline for his birth makes no sense. He is clearly younger than Albus, and given his approximate age, his father would have been in Azkaban and his mother dead. While it may prove to be a misdirect, it’s still enormously canon-breaking on Rowling’s part to have it mentioned at all.

5 Voldemort’s Name Pronunciation

The main antagonist of the series goes by many names over the course of the book. Tom Riddle, You-Know-Who, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, and of course, Voldemort. Apparently, though, fans have been pronouncing Voldemort wrong for years. Rowling tweeted that the “t” at the end of Voldemort is silent, to better equate with the French word for “death”.

The problem here is that Rowling herself has said “VoldemorT” multiple times over the years, and never corrected the studios’ pronunciation of the name in the films. It’s one thing to claim that the name was intended to have a silent “t” and you decided it sounded better with it. It’s another to claim that you’re the only one who pronounces it correctly when you yourself said it wrong for years.

4 Hermione And Ron’s Marriage Problems

Rowling once made waves when the books were still being published. In an exclusive interview, she was quoted as saying that Ron and Hermione should end up together. More importantly, Harry and Hermione fans missed “massive, anvil-sized hints” that it wouldn’t work between the two according to the author back in 2005. Which is why a more recent announcement that Ron and Hermione’s marriage was a troubled one rubbed fans the wrong way.

For one, fans who felt the pairing didn’t make sense were already upset about the definitive “delusional” statement. And for fans who shipped the two of them, it was a betrayal of trust that two wouldn’t get their happily ever after. By saying that the two fundamentally would have needed work to make things happy between them, Rowling managed to upset a large portion of her fanbase with one stroke of the (digital) quill.

3 Nagini Is A Person With A Blood Curse

There was enormous fan backlash when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald revealed an unsettling truth about Voldemort’s pet snake, Nagini. Nagini was no pet at all; she was, in fact, a Maledictus, a human with a blood curse that allowed her to turn into a snake. Eventually, this transformation would one day become permanent, with no way of knowing when and where.

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For many fans, the casting of a female who would be little more than a dictator’s slave was a step too far. It created a troublesome relationship between the two, especially given that Voldemort somehow survived on Nagini’s milk. As disturbing as that concept might be, it was one Rowling felt was necessary to add into the Harry Potter canon for good.

2 Jewish Students At Hogwarts

Due to it being a product of its time, the core cast of the Harry Potter series is all fairly homogenous. While this would be troublesome today, it was far more frequent when the book was published in the 90’s and 2000’s. So when Jewish fans inquired about whether Jewish wizards existed in the world, her reveal that several of them attended Hogwarts felt like an attempt to be inclusive after the fact.

Specifically mentioning Anthony Goldstein (a Ravenclaw wizard who was among the 40 original names Rowling wrote for the series characters) is problematic on a few levels. The sole mention of a single Jewish character (especially one with the last name Goldstein) felt like a cheap way of adding inclusion into the series postmortem for many fans. This one factoid from J.K. (along with the infamous Dumbledore is gay fact) began Rowling’s slow descent into being seen as a fandom pariah.

1 Wizards Didn’t Use Bathrooms Until Recently

Perhaps the most notorious instance of Rowling’s canon interference in recent days was a Pottermore exclusive fact. According to them, wizards only adopted Muggle plumbing in the 18th century; prior to that, any waste was simply magicked away.

As you can imagine, this fact was not received well by fans. Mockery and outrage over the unnecessary information of the fact quickly blew up online. It quickly became the pinnacle moment of Rowling not knowing when to leave the Harry Potter canon alone. Since then, fans await not with bated breath as they once did for new facts and lore. Instead, they sit with an eye-roll ready for whatever else J.K. Rowling will deem necessary to add or change about Harry Potter canon. Where’s Gilderoy Lockhart when you need him?

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2019-03-28 01:03:51

Dan Houbrick

J.K. Rowling Confirms Dumbledore & Grindelwald’s Sexual Relationship

JK Rowling has confirmed Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s sexual relationship. The renowned best-selling author has made a variety of declarations over the years, regarding both the wizarding world, as well as the characters she developed while writing all seven Harry Potter books.

At times, Rowling’s statements have caused controversy – such as her use of a Native American legend to aid in illustrating the history of magic in North America, or even her revealing that Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore is her favorite character from the Harry Potter series. Fortunately for her, Rowling’s status as one of the most successful authors in history is firmly in place and any controversies regarding her continued exploration of Harry Potter’s world are typically short-lived, with the fearless author always offering well thought out and considered insight into the announcements that she makes.

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In keeping with her desire to expand on the worlds she’s created, Rowling has once again put a spotlight on her favorite wizarding character. Complex reports that while recording material for the special features on the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-ray, Rowling spoke about a “sexual dimension” between Dumbledore and the infamous dark wizard, Grindelwald. Calling their relationship “incredibly intense,” Rowling said:

“Their relationship was incredibly intense. It was passionate, and it was a love relationship. But as happens in any relationship, gay or straight or whatever label we want to put on it, one never knows really what the other person is feeling. You can’t know, you can believe you know. So I’m less interested in the sexual side – though I believe there is a sexual dimension to this relationship – than I am in the sense of the emotions they felt for each other, which ultimately is the most fascinating thing about all human relationship.”

This, of course, isn’t the first time that Rowling has spoken about Dumbledore’s sexual orientation. Back in 2007, the author first revealed that Dumbledore was gay, prompting anger among some, but eliciting an overwhelmingly positive response from the majority of fans worldwide. In fact, many fans were upset when it was later revealed that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – the second film in Rowling’s spinoff series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – would not contain any open references to Dumbledore’s sexuality. Though Dumbledore did state that he and Grindelwald were closer than brothers, it was indeed a tiny insight into the private life of a great character who still manages to intrigue fans after all this time.

Rowling’s desire to continue to expand on and delve into the wizarding world is an essential component in making everything feel new and fresh, regardless of the passage of time. The Harry Potter franchise has grown so much since the first novel in the series was published, and one can’t help but feel as though Harry Potter’s world is still as far ranging and uncharted as ever, despite occasional reveals from Rowling. The intensity of Dumbledore’s relationship with Grindelwald may not be essential information for all, but even this small detail aids in the ongoing development of such a wonderful, magical, fascinating world.

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Source: Complex


2019-03-17 02:03:09

Mike Jones

Fantastic Beasts’ Biggest Problem Isn’t J.K. Rowling’s Scripts – It’s The Director

The biggest problem plaguing the Fantastic Beasts movie series isn’t J.K. Rowling’s scripting efforts – it’s director David Yates. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is currently the worst-reviewed movie in the Harry Potter franchise, with 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them being the second worst-reviewed movie in the series.

Critics have lambasted Fantastic Beasts 2‘s pacing and its plot, while fans have balked at many of The Crimes of Grindelwald‘s many retcons and plot holes. Indeed, the furor has expanded so quickly that series stalwart Ezra Miller called for fans to trust in J.K. Rowling. It’s true that many of Fantastic Beasts 2‘s problems do stem from the franchise’s creator. After all J.K. Rowling has a considerable amount of creative control over all of the Wizarding World’s projects. But filmmaking is not the same as novel-writing. It’s a far more collaborative process.

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That is why producers Steve Kloves (who wrote all the Harry Potter screenplays), David Heyman, and Lionel Wigram are also responsible – as is director David Yates. Certainly, Rowling is not the only party to blame for The Crimes of Grindelwald’s confusing narrative. The strength of a script may make or break a movie, but directors play a major part in relating that story to the audience, from pre-production to the overseeing editing on the final cut. The Crimes of Grindelwald’s convoluted structure is as much Yates’ responsibility as are its performances and visuals. But the main recurring problem with Yates’ Harry Potter-related movies is the realism that permeates his oeuvre, which was suitable for the darker, more political Harry Potter movies. But nearly 10 years after he directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Yates’ directorial style evidently cannot fully accommodate the fantasy – or the scope – of the Wizarding World.

The Harry Potter novels detail the sights, sounds, and smells of the universe and its magic. It bursts with vibrancy, variety, and movement. Naturally, this is hard to translate to a film, but thanks to the various directors who worked on Harry Potter prior to Yates, the series achieved this, with a wide – if somewhat inconsistent – diversity of onscreen enchantments. In contrast, in all of the movies that followed Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, most of the onscreen spell work merely consists of red, green, or blue/white flashes with whip crack noises. Under Yates, the magic has become too mundane. And this directorial mismatch becomes clearer when watching all of the duels across the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies.

The Goblet of Fire’s climatic duel between Harry Potter and a resurrected Lord Voldemort still stands as one of the franchise’s finest sequences – so much so that the filmmakers borrowed the Priori Incantatem effect for Dumbledore and Voldemort’s battle in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire‘s showdown doesn’t work just because of its heartrending score, or the emotional heft behind this battle. Moreover, as Harry and Voldemort’s wands connect, the ways that the camera and effects are utilized create a sense of visceral power in the sequence. It may be CGI, but the clash between these two enemies feels visceral and tangible.

There’s little comparison between this and when the disguised Grindelwald singlehandedly takes on all of MACUSA’s Aurors in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Admittedly, by this point, audiences haven’t had nearly as much time to become as invested in these characters – and this conflict – as they are with Harry’s plight in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Nevertheless, the climax of Fantastic Beasts had a chance to show just how unusually powerful Grindelwald is. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire showed how impactful a two-person duel could be – Fantastic Beasts could have fittingly generated a corresponding sense of drama and power. Instead, Grindelwald’s assault is over in less than a minute, and it’s peppered by indistinct CGI.

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Instead of improving, The Crimes of Grindelwald has only continued this trend. The CGI of Grindelwald’s fiery creatures is particularly impressive near the Fantastic Beasts 2‘s ending. Yet the sequence feels oddly empty because Yates doesn’t attempt to convey the depths of danger that Newt Scamander and his friends are in.

Ultimately, this is somewhat worrying when considering where the Fantastic Beasts series is headed: the Dumbledore and Grindelwald duel in 1945. Throughout the Harry Potter novels and films, the spectacular battle has been referred to in reverent, almost mythic tones. Though its highly plausible that Rowling will be adding more twists and turns to this famous rivalry, the final confrontation between Dumbledore and Grindelwald should be a suitably epic wizards duel. Fans will, therefore, be concerned that Yates is likely to return for Fantastic Beasts 3. After all, they will now expect something similar similar to Harry and Voldemort’s flighty, flashy duel in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which, in turn, could have been a taut and dramatically potent confrontation.

This is not to say that Yates is necessarily a bad director, or that the series needs a total makeover after Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. On the contrary, David Yates has produced some fine sequences and performances for the Harry Potter franchise. Plus, the amazing cast, sets, costume design, as well as James Newton Howard’s scores, are not only the saga’s strongest aspects, but they’re also among the best in modern blockbusters. All that’s needed is a new and strong authorial voice to tailor them to Fantastic Beasts’ narrative. Directors Mike Newell and Alfonso Cuarón may now be busy with other projects, so their filmic flair is unlikely to grace the halls of Hogwarts again. Yet another new creative behind the camera could ensure that the characters, the magic, and the alluring power of the Wizarding World can be restored once more.

More: Fantastic Beasts 3: Release Date, Story Details & Every Update



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2018-12-03 05:12:28

Harry Potter: 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy

Draco Malfoy is one of the most memorable secondary characters in the Harry Potter movies and books. It may be due to his irredeemable and despicable behaviour,as everyone loves a good villain. It could also be the appeal of actor Tom Felton in the movies, and all the subsequent fan fiction they have produced.

However, not a lot is revealed about him in the books, and less even less is shown on screen, leaving him a mystery. We do know that his family has an unhealthy obsession with their pure blood heritage and an unflinching loyalty to Voldemort. One thing that we also know is that during his sixth year, Draco became even more villainous. He was given the task of assassinating Dumbledore and allowing the Death Eaters access to his present school, Hogwarts.

Some aspects that remained more hidden, though, including the origins of his name, which has links to the Hogwarts motto. His talents in transfiguration, charms, potions, and Occlumency are also never fully explored or known by the average person.

More surprisingly than all of this is the fact that despite being mortal enemies, Draco and Harry only duel twice – and one of them was in the presence of teachers, so it barely counts. Including these examples and every other duel that Draco is involved in, we have discovered that he never wins a single fight. This might be J. K. Rowling highlighting his cowardice and lack of morals that weaken his character ultimately. However, it might also have to do with his particular skillset.

With that said, here are the 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy In Harry Potter.

20 He is a gifted Occlumens

While Harry Potter is undoubtedly a gifted wizard, one of the things he was never able to master was Occlumency. This is the act of closing your mind to anyone who attempts to read it.

Draco managed to surpass his rival by mastering the art of this notoriously tricky skill.

While it may seem peculiar that Draco can keep other wizards out his head while Harry cannot, this is in keeping with his character. J. K. Rowling confirmed that Draco managed to become a gifted Occlumens due to his ability to suppress his emotions. The fact that Draco can excel in this area is only due to his repressed emotional issues that may stem from his dysfunctional family.

19 His name says a lot about his personality

J. K. Rowling puts a lot of thought into her character’s names and the names of locations – and the seemingly bland name of “Draco Malfoy” is no exception upon closer examination if we take a look at its origin on Pottermore.

The name Draco can either be linked to the Latin for “dragon” or the constellation. The word “Draco” is even in Hogwart’s motto: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, “which translates as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Draco’s last name, Malfoy, could have its roots in French, with “mal foi” translating as “unfaithful.” Rowling could have perhaps been a bit more subtle when thinking of names for her villains, however, as “unfaithful dragon” doesn’t leave a lot of space for redemption.

18 He temporarily had control of the Elder Wand

During his sixth year, Draco was given the task of destroying Dumbledore and giving the Death Eaters access into Hogwarts. While he succeeded with the latter, Draco was unable to take the life of the Hogwarts headmaster.However, when confronting Dumbledore, he disarmed the professor, which was a significant action even if Draco did not realize it at the time.

 By disarming Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly had control of the most powerful wand in existence – the Elder Wand.

This was only temporary, though, as Harry later confronts Draco in his house in the Deathly Hallows and disarms him. This meant that control of the Elder Wand was passed down to Harry, who still technically can wield it today. For one brief moment, however, Draco could have been the most powerful wizard in the world.

17 He learnt the Unforgivable Curses

Draco’s sixth year at Hogwarts was a pivotal and important year for the sole Malfoy child. As well as being given the task of overthrowing his school, he was taught the Unforgiveable Curses by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Lestrange, being Draco’s aunt, most likely taught him these forbidden spells to prepare him for his role. We know for certain that Draco can perform Crucio (the torturing spell) and Imperio (the controlling spell). However, it is unclear whether Draco ever learnt the ultimate Unforgiveable Curse: Avada Kedavra, which would destroy the receiver. Though Draco seemed like an antagonist during his first year at Hogwarts, few fans expected him to become such a villain later in the story. However, it could be argued that this was due to the pressures of his family.

16 He is supposedly one of the only Death Eaters who can love

Death Eaters are more ingrained to respond with acts of hate than love. This is hardly surprising, though, considering the amount of carnage and havoc that they have created. However, what is surprising is that even though Draco is a Death Eater, he is supposedly capable of feeling genuine love.

This love manifests itself towards both his parents and his future wife, Astoria Greengrass. This is at odds with the other Death Eaters, whose hate trumps their love. Be it Bellatrix Lestrange or Lucius Malfoy, these individuals are consumed by their service to the Dark Lord. While it could be argued that they love Voldemort, this is closer to worship than a romantic or platonic love.

15 He’s proud of his pure blood family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be incredible, but when it comes to metaphors, it is not very subtle. The fact that some wizarding families, such as the Malfoys, favor those with pure blood is meant to echo the real world prejudices that some hold. Draco’s parents instilled the belief that he is superior to half blood and muggles on him at a young age. This explains his resentment towards Hermione, whom he calls “Mudblud” incessantly.

This hatred for anyone who is not pure blood is a trait that many of the old wizarding families share.

The notable exceptions are Nymphodora Tonks and Sirius Black, who were cast out of the family for their beliefs that muggles and wizards are equal. Draco may not be as hostile towards muggles and muggle-born wizards by the end of the Deathly Hallows, but it is still a prejudice that he cannot escape.

14 He has used a Time Turner

J. K. Rowling may live to regret introducing Time Turners into the Wizarding World. The amount of problems that this device, which was used by Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, could solve is countless. It could be used to stop Voldemort from ever existing or it could be used to bring back beloved characters. However, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it is used by Hermione to ensure that she can go to all her classes and to save Buckbeak.

Having not learnt the amount of plot holes attached to such a device, Rowling revealed the existence of a secret Time Turner belonging to the Malfoys. Without revealing too many details of The Cursed Child, Malfoy uses it successfully, which makes him – alongside Hermione, Harry, Albus, and Scorpius  – one of the few known people to have used a Time Turner.

13 He has a Dark Mark

Some fans believe that it was inevitable for Draco to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Death Eater. He did this sometime between the events of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. We know this since we can clearly see a Dark Mark on his arm during the events before Dumbledore’s assassination. While Dumbledore looked unsurprised to see Draco pointing a wand at him, he did seem surprised by the fact that Draco now had a Dark Mark.

It is not possible to get rid of a Dark Mark, so despite the fact that Draco’s character has since been redeemed, he is not able to reverse the procedure. Draco will forever have the mark of He Who Must Not Be Named on his arm.

12 He was an extremely intelligent student

Although the movies show Draco to be just an arrogant bully, in the books, we see another aspect of Draco – we soon discover that he is an intelligent student, too. While Harry was always picked on in Potions due to Snape’s hatred for him, Draco was always the teacher’s pet.

Whether he was actually better than Harry is debatable, though, as Snape never gave the Gryffindor student a fair chance. However, one subject where Malfoy definitely excelled was in Charms, in which he was described as equally intelligent as Hermione.During his sixth year, he managed to cast the extremely difficult Protean charm. The only other person in the class who could cast it was Hermione.

11 He was supposed to get along with Harry

Draco and Harry were supposed to get along. According to Pottermore, Draco’s birthday is June 5, which makes him a Gemini. Meanwhile, Harry’s birthday is July 31, which makes him a Leo.

These two star signs are meant to get along with one another and are even able to become close friends.

During their first meeting, there was definitely potential for them to become friends, as Malfoy extends a hand of friendship to Harry. However, Harry sensed Draco’s arrogance and hostility and rejected him. Despite this, the fact that their star signs match up so well may have been a coincidence on behalf of J. K. Rowling. Or perhaps it could have been a hint that had Harry Potter shaken Draco’s hand, they could have formed an evil alliance.

10 He really wished he was the heir of Slytherin

While it may be obvious that the heir of Slytherin could only be Voldemort in hindsight, there was a lot of speculation over who it could be. During the events of Chamber of Secrets, many students thought that Harry was the heir due to his Parseltongue abilities.

Harry himself believed that Draco was the heir and took Polyjuice Potion in order to investigate. However, Draco admitted he was not the heir of Slytherin despite his family’s allegiance to Slytherin and their prejudiced view against Muggles. Although Draco didn’t know who the heir was, he served as nothing more than a pawn of the real heir: Tom Marvolo Riddle. This was still an honor for his family, though.

9 During Half-Blood Prince, he is described as unhealthily pale

Though one of Draco’s defining features is his pale skin, in Half-Blood Prince, he is described as being paler than ever. This is due to the fact that he was assigned by Voldemort to take down Dumbledore and help the Death Eaters infiltrate Hogwarts, which can put a lot of stress on a person.

Since he is the only one able to complete the tasks, he begins to physically show the signs of stress. It is notable to other students, particularly Harry, who notices his rapid deterioration over the course of sixth year. Before Half-Blood Prince was filmed, Tom Felton was told that he wasn’t allowed to come back tanned from holiday. His paleness may also draw some parallel’s to Voldemort’s own appearance, as some fans have spectated that Draco becomes more gaunt by committing evil deeds.

8 He wanted to use alchemy to become a better man

Alchemy is an ancient practice. Because of this, it is shielded in mystery. However, it principally involves turning lead into gold. For some reason, Draco became heavily invested in Alchemy after he left Hogwarts.

Post-Deathly Hallows, Draco settled down with his wife and child and began to study Alchemy. Being the heir of his family fortune and the Malfoy Manor, he did not have to worry about getting a job after school. However, Draco also spent time caring for his wife, Astoria, who was ill due to a curse that was put on her ancestors. While at home, Draco soon became fascinated by alchemical manuscripts. According to Pottermore, Draco’s obsession with Alchemy was pure – he wished to use it to become a better man.

7 He is never seen winning a duel

Despite Draco and Harry being sworn enemies during their time in Hogwarts, they only face off against each other twice. Their first duel happens during their second year in front of other second year students. However, Snape and Lockhart intervene after a snake is conjured by Malfoy. When Draco and Harry next duel, it nearly results in the demise of Malfoy during Half-Blood Prince.

During the events of Order of the Phoenix, Ginny and Draco also duel, which results in Draco losing his wand.

The final duel we see Draco participate in is during Deathly Hallows, when Hermione gets the better of him. At least during his youth, it was clear that Draco’s arrogance was just used as a shield.

6 He was a Prefect

A Hogwarts prefect is meant to inspire the younger students and act as a role model to them. By definition, Harry Potter would be the ideal Prefect for Gryffindor students, or any house for that matter. However, throughout his six years at Hogwarts, he is never given the coveted Prefect badge. While students like Percy Weasley may be obvious choices to become prefects, characters like Draco Malfoy aren’t typically expected to obtain the badge.

Draco is not a character that you typically associate with good morals, leadership, or as a role model. Regardless, Draco does become a prefect. Perhaps this was done by J. K. Rowling to show us that Draco did make for a decent leader, despite his lack of morals. In fact, some fans speculate that by giving Draco the badge, Rowling was not giving up on him.

5 He has ice grey eyes in the books, but Tom Felton has blue eyes in the movies

In the books, Draco is described as having platinum blonde hair and ice grey eyes. There are many parallels between Voldemort and his army and the Axis leaders and their army in WWII, so it makes sense that Draco would look like this.  However, in real life, the actor who brought Draco Malfoy to life on the big screen, Tom Felton, looks nothing like this. Felton has brown hair and blue eyes. Because of this, he had to dye his hair blonde for the movies.

Similarly, Daniel Radcliffe did not have Harry Potter’s green eyes. However, he found the contact lenses too painful to wear so the movies were filmed without them. Though not many fans may remember Draco’s eye color from the books, Harry’s eyes are constantly referred to in both the books and movies, which makes it even more noticeable.

4 He was unable to produce a Patronus

Though anyone can find out what their Patronus is on Pottermore, it is not as simple in the Wizarding World. Some wizards and witches are actually unable to produce a Patronus. While we know that Harry’s Patronus is a stag, many fans don’t know what Draco’s is. However, it has since been revealed that Draco is unable to conjure one.

This is apparently a common trait among Death Eaters, as many fans believe that they don’t have enough light and goodness to summon one.

While it has been established that Draco is capable of feeling love, this may not enough to produce the special charm. J. K. Rowling has also mentioned that Death Eaters are unable to produce a Patronus because Voldemort controls Dementors anyway.

3 He is a master of Transfiguration

Transfiguration is known to be a difficult class to pass at Hogwarts. After all, we see how hard it is for Ron to transform Scabbers into a grail in the movies. However, Draco is an accomplished hand at this craft. We see signs of this during his second year duel against Harry.

When they face each other in the Great Hall, Draco manages to summon a snake that slithers menacingly towards Harry. If it had not been for Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, he might have been attacked by the snake. In his later years, Draco even manages to transform Harry into a doppëlganger of Voldemort, which is an extremely complex charm. While the movies do not emphasize Draco’s intelligence, it remains clear in the books that he should not be underestimated.

2 His love life is fairly ambiguous

Draco’s love life is left relatively ambiguous in both the Harry Potter movies and the books. The only girl we see Draco talk to in the books and movies is Pansy Parkinson, who is described as the closest Draco comes to a girlfriend in the books. However, it is never actually confirmed that Pansy is his girlfriend in the series. At one point, the books describe a scene where Pansy is resting her head on Draco’s lap, but this is the closest we ever see them get.

While Draco eventually marries Astoria, little is known about how they met or even when they married. However, we do know that his parents disapproved of Astoria and that she was kind, and taught their son Scorpius to respect others (including muggles).

1 He is the only person Voldemort is known to have hugged

One of the most sinister Voldemort moments happens when he tries to honor one of his followers. This moment occurs during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort demands loyalty from the students of Hogwarts.

In a gesture of goodwill, Voldemort slowly and awkwardly brings Draco into an embrace in front of his followers. Understandably, Draco looks absolutely terrified, since the Dark Lord has never shown affection of any kind before. This is the only known instance of a Death Eater – or anyone for that matter – receiving a hug from Voldemort.

Are there any other interesting facts about Draco Malfoy’s body in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-11 04:10:43 – Dan Struthers

Johnny Depp Feels Bad J.K. Rowling Had to Defend His Casting to Harry Potter Fans

Johnny Depp is finally addressing those who oppose his casting in the upcoming Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, including how they have affected writer J.K. Rowling. Last year, following the release of the first cast photo for the film, the author expressed her support of the casting. Rowling, along with director David Yates, skated around the concerns, saying that she is “genuinely happy” to have him on board.

Controversy regarding Depp’s involvement in the beloved franchise came about around the time of the first film. Depp had been embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, over allegations of domestic violence. The Aquaman actress responded to a statement made by Warner Bros. (the studio behind both films), sharing the joint statement released by the pair following their divorce, but indicating that she is not necessarily in support of her ex.

Related: Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Now, Depp is speaking out for the first time about his role, and a little about the various allegations against him. In an interview with EW, the actor remarks that he “felt bad” that Rowling was called to defend her choice to cast him. However, he maintains that he is innocent, remarking that he is suing The Sun for defamation. He insists that Rowling is aware of his innocence, which is why she supports him. “She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it,” he says.

The allegations he speaks of goes beyond those made by Heard. In July, Depp was sued for assault surrounding an incident that allegedly occurred on the set of his film City of Lies. The actor fought back, claiming that the accusations were false and he didn’t ever touch the defendant, location manager Gregg “Rocky” Brooks. In August, just a month before the film’s scheduled release, City of Lies was pulled, though it’s unknown if this was connected. But in the case of Fantastic Beasts, things continue on as they have.

The studio has clearly fully embraced Depp in the role. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, he appeared separate from his fellow actors during the Warner Bros. panel, making a speech as Gellert Grindelwald. He is also featured prominently in the latest image for the Fantastic Beasts sequel, front and center with his back to the viewer as the rest of the characters, including Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander and Judd Law’s young Albus Dumbledore, face forward looking at him. Now that it’s been announced that he’ll be returning in the third film, it seems as though everyone has decided to lean in and ignore the problematic allegations against Depp, even as they persist.

More: Johnny Depp’s Casting In Fantastic Beasts 2 Is A Mistake

Source: EW



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2018-10-11 03:10:55 – Becca Bleznak