Know More: The Harry Potter Books and Movies

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THE BOOKS

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
This is the book that first introduced us to Harry Potter, a young boy who lives with his muggle (non-magic) aunt Petunia, his Uncle Vernon and his cousin Dudley. Harry is introduced to magic and enters the world of
witchcraft and wizardry for the first time. He attends Hogwarts School and learns about the murder of his parents by a Dark Wizard named Lord Voldemort. He discovers that he earned himself the title of ĎThe Boy Who Livedí after the night he escaped the death curse that killed his parents. Fascinated with magic, Harry makes new friends and starts a new journey where he also discovers his talent for Quidditch, a game for wizards that is played on broomsticks. He joins the Gryffindor team as a seeker. He also encounters Lord Voldemort for the first time and gets into a fierce combat to save the Sorcererís Stone, which is known to grant its owner immortality. He enjoys his first year at Hogwarts and discovers a new identity for himself.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
In the second book of the series, Harry is banished to his room by his muggle aunt, uncle and Dobby, the house elf, who warns him not to return to Hogwarts. Despite all the tricks Dobby uses, Harry manages to make it to Hogwarts in Ron's magical flying car. Harry is again challenged by Lord Voldemort, who captures Ginny Weasley in the Chamber of Secrets through Tom Riddle's diary. Harry, Ron and Hermione try to solve the mystery behind the Chamber of Secrets but the more they try to solve it, the more complex it gets. Harry also discovers that he can speak Parselmouth, a language that allows you to speak to snakes. Harry, Ron and Hermione try hard to save people from getting petrified by the Basilisk, a snake that travels through the pipes in Hogwarts and can kill by a stare. After Hermione gets petrified, Harry prepares to find the Basilisk. He combats it in the Chamber of Secrets and kills it with the Gryffindor Sword. He then rescues Ginny and defeats Lord Voldemort once again.

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
Here Harry has a close call with death. He finds out that Sirius Black, a convicted supporter of Lord Voldemort, has escaped from the Azkaban prison. For the first time Harry conjures a Patronus Charm to
protect himself from the dementors, who are chasing Sirius but also harm Harry. Harry, who is restricted from going out of Hogwarts, sneaks out to find out why Sirius is trying to kill him. He discovers that Sirius is his godfather and also finds out the truth behind the killing of his parents, who were betrayed by Peter Pettigrew. He reunites with Sirius and also gets a Firebolt, the fastest racing broom ever made, as a gift.

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
In the fourth book of the series, the Triwizard Tournament is held wherein two schools, namely the Durmstrang
and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, visit Hogwarts. Here, Harry gets chosen as one of the competitors and
is forced to participate even though he is underage. Cedric Diggory, Viktor Krum and Fleur Delacour are the other competitors, who are made to face different to challenges win the cup. In this part, Lord Voldemort returns and battles with Harry, who escapes with the dead body of Cedric, who was killed by Peter Pettigrew.

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
In the fifth book of the series, no one believes Harry when he says Lord Voldemort has returned. Adding to the troubles, Dumbledore is made to leave Hogwarts because the Ministry of Magic condemns him for spreading rumours of Lord Voldemort's return. Dolores Umbridge is appointed as the new Headmaster of Hogwarts and she makes Hogwarts a mere puppet of the Ministry. Harry creates his own army against the Dark Forces as he aims to prepare everyone for an upcoming battle. All this comes of use when Harry goes in search of a prophecy and duels with many Death Eaters. The story ends when Dumbledore rescues Harry from a duel against Lord Voldemort's. Harry also hears the prophecy that either he or Lord Voldemort is destined to die at the other's hand.

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE
In this book, Harry travels a lot with Dumbledore, who introduces Harry to the concept of a Horcrux, a dark magical object which stores your soul. Harry also gets suspicious of Draco, who is ordered by Lord Voldemort to kill Dumbledore and becomes one of the Death Eaters. Harry comes into possession of a book that belongs to the Half-blood Prince that teaches him new spells. He and Dumbledore also find one Horcrux after a challenging journey in the middle of the sea. Harry is faced with a situation where he sees Draco Malfoy holding a wand against Dumbledore. He watches Severus Snape kill Dumbledore but finds himself helpless
as he is tied by Dumbledoreís promise. Harry later gets to know and reveals to Ron and Hermione that the locket of Horcrux was a fake. He builds his courage and vows to seek out other Horcruxes.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS
Following Dumbledore's death, Ron, Hermoine and Harry continue their quest to find the Horcruxes of the Dark Lord. They donít go to school and instead, they decide to travel and locate the Horcruxes and also solve the mystery behind the Deathly Hallows. Their journey gets even more dangerous as the Dark Lord finds out about their mission and launches attacks on them with the help of his Death Eaters. Left with very few clues, they travel to all possible places to locate the Horcruxes. It all ends with a battle against the Dark Forces where many lose their lives.

THE MOVIES

THE GREAT HALL SET
The Great Hall was one of the first ever sets created for the Harry Potter films. It is a vast space and could fit 22 London double-decker buses inside. It stands 120 x 40ft and took over 100 tons of plaster to complete. The set took 18 weeks to build by approximately 30 men. Secret panelling was built into the walls for fire exits for the cast and crew. Dumbledoreís chair was inspired by the throne in Westminster Abbey. The cutlery was made out of guided pewter with gold edge. The Great Hall seats 400 children.

FACTS ABOUT THE ANIMAL ACTORS OF HARRY POTTER
  • Owls and cats are the most difficult animals to train.
  • Dogs are the easiest animals to train as they obey anyone who will play with them.
  • The largest amount of animals on set on any day was 60 animals for a scene in Professor McGonagallís classroom.
  • Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hagrid, once had a fruit bat stuck in his beard during a scene in Hagridís hut.
  • The largest animal to be brought on set was a hippopotamus.
  • The smallest animal to be brought on set was a centipede.
  • The 40 kittens in Dolores Umbridge's office went on to become domestic pets, but their new owners were unaware of their famous origins. 
  • There have been 250 animals used across the Harry Potter film series not including insects.
CREATURES AND MAKE-UP
  • In 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets', Ron's vomit slugs were in fact puppets. Rupert Grint, who plays Ron, chose to use orange-flavoured slime to make the experience more palatable.
  • 250 body casts have been made of the actors for deaths, petrifications and stunning spells.
  • Aragog the Acromantula, the giant spider, had an 18ft leg span.
  • Over 200 creatures have been created for the Harry Potter film series.
HARRY POTTER COSTUMES
  • Over 25,000 items of clothing have been used in the Harry Potter movie series.
  • Over 600 school uniforms have been created for the movies.
  • The scenes with the largest number of cast and extras have been the battle scenes in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows', with 400 Death Eaters and Snatchers and the Great Hall scenes with 400 children and teachers present.
FACTS ABOUT SETS AND PROPS USED FOR THE HARRY POTTER FILMS
  • 588 sets were created. of these The Ministry of Magic was the biggest set.
  • The Great Hall, used from the first film till the last, was the longest standing set.
  • Hagrid's hut was taken down at Leavesden and transported and rebuilt 2,000ft up a mountain in Scotland for scenes in 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'.
  • A miniature of the Burrow was created just to be burnt down, when Death Eaters set it on fire in 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'. It took 14 weeks to make and six minutes to burn down.
  • The Harry Potter art department contained a team of 58 people working full-time.
  • Daniel Radcliffe has been through 160 pairs of glasses during the shooting of all the Harry Potter films.
  • 40 versions of Salazar Slytherin's locket had to be created to accommodate Ron and Harry's failed attempts to destroy it.
  • Five 32-ton trucks worth of polystyrene were needed to create all the rubble for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'.
  • To keep brooms light-weight and aesthetically appealing, aircraft-grade titanium was employed in their structure.
  • 250 paintings have been created for the Marble Staircase. 
  • Daniel Radcliffe wore out 60 to 70 wands during the making of the Harry Potter films. Every wand was created on site. No two wands are alike, not even those of the Weasley twins!
  • The steam engine's real name is the Olton Hall and it was built in April 1937 with the carriages dating back to the 1950s. The 78 ton, four-carriage train used in the film was brought in from Carnforth, Cumbria, England.