Intel from J.K. Rowling didn't stop with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2. Here are all of the uncovered secrets and updates about Rowling's wizarding world that we've learned since the last movie.
In 2016, fans were thrilled to hear that Rowling was releasing another entry in the Harry Potter book series... only to discover that the "book" was actually a script version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a stage play running in London. That didn't matter to fans, though: the book-slash-script sold more than 2 million copies in its first two days in the U.S. and Canada.
The Palace Theatre hosted the premiere of the first Harry Potter stage show, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in late July 2016. The play centers around a grown-up Harry and one of his and Ginny's children, son Albus.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first of a three-part series. Inspired by the Hogwarts textbook, the movie will star Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as the book's author, Newt Scamander. Entertainment Weekly released the first images from the film, which also stars Katherine Waterston as Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski.
J.K. Rowling made us all feel pretty silly when she revealed that we've been saying Voldemort's name wrong all this time. According to the author, the final "t" is meant to be silent. Perhaps that's the real reason why he was dubbed "He who shall not be named."
In theory, Harry Potter fans would slurp up a television show based on the book and film series. But J.K. Rowling isn't into the idea. She tweeted her thoughts on the idea, stating that a Harry Potter show would happen after "the opera, Potter-on-Ice and an interpretive dance version of Beedle the Bard." So that's a no.
J.K. Rowling released a Timeline of Magic, showing every character from the Harry Potter series and some unknowns. One thing of note was that Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is listed as living. Fans who always believed he had died were excited, but this good news was only the beginning.
Once J.K. Rowling confirmed that Professor Dumbledore was gay, one fan mentioned he couldn't "see" Dumbledore that way. Rowling responded perfectly with, "Maybe because gay people just look like... people?"
Just about every major religion is represented at Hogwarts, but there is one that J.K. Rowling said she never imagined there: Wiccans.
Just because you're family doesn't mean you have to be besties. In July 2015, J.K. Rowling explained how Vernon and Petunia Dursley came to be a pair. The word is, they had a handful of really boring dates before they tied the knot. Petunia threw serious shade and skipped over Lily, Harry's mother, when selecting her bridesmaids. Why? Because the Dursleys loathed the Potters. "Uncle Vernon's dislike of Harry stems in part... from Harry's close resemblance to the father they both so disliked," Rowling shared. She stated that Vernon once discredited Harry's father by calling him "some sort of magician."
Some news we learned from Pottermore.com is that Dolores Umbridge's mother had no magical powers. If you're down with the lingo, her mother was a muggle. Dolores's mother and father struggled in their relationship, which ended with a bitter separation. Dolores stayed with her father while her brother went with her mother.
Pottermore also holds secrets from professor Minerva McGonagall's past. Long before she was a Hogwarts professor, she watched her parents' relationship deteriorate. Minerva was the daughter of a witch and a muggle. Minerva's father had no idea his wife was a witch until Minerva began displaying powers. Her father couldn't take it, and their little family fell apart. Fallout from this event would come up later at a pivotal point in Minerva's life.
Minerva, like her mother before her, fell in love with a muggle. After he proposed, she realized that telling the truth about herself would violate the International Statute of Secrecy and cost her her job. Alternatively, she knew that she couldn't keep the secret from him, fearing their relationship would end like her parents' had. Rowling tells us that Minerva broke off the engagement without giving a reason, which "left him devastated and [he] set out for London three days later."
When it comes to thestrals, every Harry Potter lover knows that someone must be "truly touched by death" to see them. So, many fans wondered why Harry wasn't able to see them just after Cedric was killed, not to mention witnessing the death of his own parents as an infant. Rowling mentioned that it took weeks following Cedric's death "before the full import of death's finality was borne upon [Harry]." Only then could he see the magical creatures.
J.K. Rowling lists one of Sybill Trelawney's hobbies as, simply, "sherry." Perhaps this fuels the professor's kooky, absentminded actions. Or maybe it's an escape from something that happened earlier in the professor's life.
Professor Trelawney was all set to get married, but did not want to take on the last name of her betrothed. This was apparently a deal-breaker that brought her relationship to an end. Trelawney is just too cool of a name to trade.
Why did Florean Fortescue have to die? The sad truth is that he didn't. "He is the only one I feel guilty about, because it was all my fault," J.K. Rowling has said of the character's death. She initially planned for Florean to offer clues to Harry along his journey in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As she wrote the story, however, she decided Phineas Nigellus Black would be a better clue messenger. So, she allowed Florean to not only be kidnapped, but also murdered. Cutthroat!
It's a theory many Harry Potter fans are familiar with: The reason Harry survived Voldemort's attack is that he, too, is a dark wizard. Malfoy's father believed this theory, and raised his son to believe the same. It was Harry's choice in friends that confused and insulted Draco, leading him to hate the young Potter.
Many names were changed during the writing of the Harry Potter books. Draco Malfoy's last name was almost Smart, Spinks or even Spungen. A name that never changed? The Dursleys'. Vernon is a name Rowling never favored. As for Petunia, Rowling always chose this name for female characters she disliked when playing make-believe with her younger sister.
Harry Potter fans might find comfort in the fact that the Malfoys weren't always muggle-haters. Before the Statute of Secrecy came into play, the Malfoys associated with wealthy muggles, buying their land and their art. In fact, Rowling tells us that, before marrying Draco's mother, Lucius Malfoy intended to marry into the royal family.
"Those who entered to investigate refused afterwards to talk of what they had found inside," Rowling writes about the island. A long time ago, an evil sorcerer beckoned sailors to the island to torture and kill them. When the sorcerer died, the concealment charms he placed on the island faded away, and wizards learned of the island's existence. Though it can be seen, the island does not appear on any map (wizard or otherwise).
Well, their duds may not reach Paris Fashion Week, but a number of wizards dress in purple and green while meandering with muggles. Wizards will don the colors to show who they really are to other wizards. The International Statute of Secrecy states that wizards need to dress like muggles for the sake of blending in, but many defy this rule. Isn't that what rules are made for?
Some secrets revealed in Pottermore explain the art of wand shopping. "Longer wands might suit taller wizards, but they tend to be drawn to bigger personalities, and those of a more spacious and dramatic style of magic. Neater wands favour more elegant and refined spell-casting." There you have it, wand-wielders.