7 Juiciest 'Harry Potter' Secrets Confirmed by J.K. Rowling

jk rowling pottermoreThe Harry Potter series may have ended in 2007 when J.K. Rowling released the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but the story is far from over. Over the course of the month, the author has released her '12 Days of Pottermore' project and revealed plenty of never-before-known details about our favorite characters, school, and world. Here's what we've learned from the dozen short stories and Rowling's comments online during the project:

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  1. Are you a fan of Draco Malfoy? Rowling doesn't get it.
    The bleached blonde villain in the series, played by Tom Felton, has become one of the biggest heartthrobs. But why? Rowling writes: "Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people. All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers’ daydreams, as I told them, rather severely, that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering." All that said, according to Rowling's last story, Draco found love eventually!
  2. There are Jewish students at Hogwarts.
    Rowling confirmed in a recent tweet that there are, indeed, Jewish students at the school. There's one she knows by name, but that's because he's one of Harry's original 40 classmates:
  3. And LGBT kids too.
    Just take a look at this perfect response:

  4. Chocolate works wonders.
    Need to disarm the depression that comes with the arrival of dementors? Chocolate is the way to go.
  5. There are no zombies.
    When deciding what to name the inferi -- the dead wizards reanimated to do Lord Voldemort's bidding -- Rowling decided not to go with zombies (though the inferi have some zombie-like characteristics). And it's all because zombies don't exist in British folklore, and they have one very strong association for the author: Michael Jackson's Thriller. As for the identity of the inferi, they were homeless vagrants when alive who had been murdered by the Dark Lord during his first rise to power.
  6. But there are vampires.
    Rowling revealed that there were, in fact, blood suckers in the school. Sanguini, the vampire, had a quick story line at Slughorn’s party. And if you're still wondering if Snape was a fellow vamp, cross that out. Rowling ruled that out immediately.
  7. Minerva McGonagall is one big conundrum.
    When it came to naming the Hogwarts professor, Rowling had some fun. Minerva is inspired by the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. And McGonagall? Based on William McGonnagal, a British poet. "There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall," says Rowling.

What was your favorite new detail from Pottermore?

 

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