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Harry Potter fun facts

Are you biggest Potter fan? As Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows finally hits the theatres, we bring you some fascinating and little-known facts about the wizarding world.

hollywood Updated: Jul 15, 2011 12:43 IST

As Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows finally hits the theatres, we bring you some fascinating and little-known facts about the wizarding world.

Dumbledore is gay...Sorry ladies!

Crookshanks is half Kneazle.

Hogwarts' school motto, "Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus," means, "Never tickle a sleeping dragon."

A magical quill detects the birth of every magical child and records it in a book and Professor McGonagall sends an owl to each child when he or she turns eleven

The Death Eaters used to be called the Knights of Walpurgis.

Ginny's full first name is "Ginevra"

Snape draws more fans than many of the other supporting characters...

Voldemort was born on December 31st

The names of the balls in the Quidditch form the word Quidditch. Quaffle, Bludger and Snitch.

Hogwarts currently has about 1000 students in it.

Dumbledore is approximatly 150 years old and McGonngall is about 70.

Nicholas Flamel and his wife, Pernelle, DID exist. They were actually alchemists in the 12th century and were thought to be the creators of the Philosopher's Stone whcih was able to turn things into gold. It is also believed that Flamel created the Elixer of Life just like in the first Harry Potter book.

About £3 equals 1 Galleon, 5.6 Sickles equals £1 and 163.6 knuts equals £1.

"Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi" means on the Mirror of Erised, "I show not your face but your hearts desire." (Read it backwards to see!!)

When Hagrid gave Dudley a tail, the Dursleys took him to a private hospital where staff were very discreet. They told them that a wart had got out of control.

Hermione'S Patronus is an otter because JK Rowling likes otters and sees herself in Hermione.

Rowling named the driver and conductor of the Knight Bus after her grandfathers, Ernie and Stanley.

Wizards find garden gnomes a pest because they eat the roots of plants, and, like moles, make little piles of earth.

Quidditch started in the 11th century at a place called Queerditch Marsh, which is not marked on muggle maps because wizards have made the place unplottable. Originally it was quite a crude game played on broomsticks with just the quaffle.

Twin jokers Fred and George, the owners of Diagon Alley's new Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, celebrate their birthday on the stupidest day of the year, April Fool's Day.

Sirius Black is named after the brightest star in the night's sky, also known as the Dog Star. This is very apt since when Sirius used his skills as an animagus he turns into a big black dog.

Lily Evans was the name of Harry's mum, before she married James Potter. She's no relative of minor character Mark Evans.