Without a doubt, Harry Potter remains to be one of the most successful franchises ever. And if you’re a true Potterhead, you’d know for sure that the birthday of The Boy Who Lived is just around the corner. Well, that’s on July 31st to be exact, which also happens to be the birthday of his creator, JK Rowling. So, it’s only fitting that we revisit some of the most iconic scenes from the magical Harry Potter movies.
Likewise, we know for a fact how Potterheads love to decode brilliantly hidden details as well as unexpected “Easter eggs.” So, we’ve compiled a few remarkably shocking ones that will surely leave you wanting to rewatch the entire series. Although we’re pretty sure that you might already know some, if not most, of these details. Nonetheless, we could all probably agree that they’re undoubtedly jaw-dropping and mind-blowing.
The end credits of the Harry Potter movies have witty disclaimers just like this one.
“In ‘Chamber of Secrets’ (2002) before Harry gets sucked into Tom riddles diary, he’s in a candle lit room. When he’s in the diary, everything is in black and white yet, we can still see the candle light flickering on his body.”
“In ‘Goblet of Fire’ (2005), you can see the snake Nagini slithering in the reflection of the Warner Brother’s logo, a subtle detail that’s easy to miss. The first shot in the film is of Nagini slithering toward her master.”
The Quidditch trophy in “Sorcerer’s Stone” has McGonagall’s name on it, just right beside James Potter’s name
“In ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (2007), Harry wears button down sweaters at DA meetings similar to what Professor Lupin would wear. This was Daniel Radcliffe’s idea as he thought Harry would want to emulate his favorite DADA teacher.”
From witty end-credit disclaimers to a magical take on Cheerios cereal, the Wizarding World is certainly full of surprising details and hilarious inside jokes. Keep scrolling down to find out what you might have missed and share it in the comments section below!
“The title of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, ‘The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ contain the Deathly Hallows.”
In the “Sorcerer’s Stone,” there’s a scene where Neville gets a Remembrall. While he claims that he can’t remember what he has forgotten, it’s likely his robe because he’s the only one not wearing it
“Harry Potter intros become darker every year, just like the movies.”
“In ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ (2001), you can see a portrait of Anne Boleyn hanging in the staircase. Anne, a wife of Henry VIII, was accused of being a witch, and subsequently executed.”
You can see a poster of the play Equus, a real play that starred Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths, hanging on the wall of the cafe in “Deathly Hallows Part 1”
Likewise, you might want to get yourself some popcorn as well because you’re in for some interestingly shocking revelations! Be sure to keep an eye out for these details the next time you decide to binge-watch all eight Harry Potter movies! And while you’re at it, check out this Cards Against Muggles set to double the fun as well as the pun!
“In the Harry Potter films, Voldemort’s robes faded in color every time a Horcrux was destroyed, to give the impression he was slowly fading away.”
Snape’s first words to Harry actually have a deeper meaning
One of the first questions of Snape to Harry was what would the combination of the powdered root of asphodel and an infusion of wormwood yield. As it turns out, asphodel is a type of lily, commonly associated with death in the Greek legend. Meanwhile, wormwood means absence and symbolizes bitter sorrow. As such, Snape was actually referencing Harry’s deceased mother Lily in his question.
A scene from “Chamber of Secrets” reveals that sherbet lemon is the password of Dumbledore’s office. The candy can also be spotted on his desk in “Half-Blood Prince”
In “Sorcerer’s Stone,” students in green uniforms can be seen walking by the Reptile House, a nod to Slytherin’s house color which is green and its snake symbol
Tom Riddle’s childhood bedroom in “Half-Blood Prince” shows seven stones on the windowsill, foreshadowing him splitting his soul into seven Horcruxes
The bartender makes a bottle disappear in a scene from “Prisoner of Azkaban”
The Deathly Hallows symbol makes its first appearance in “Goblet of Fire”
When Harry reveals that he’s alive in “Deathly Hallows Part 2,” George excitedly turns to tell Fred, who’s usually just right beside him
“In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Snape is still helping the Order of the Phoenix when he re-directs McGonagall’s spells to his fellow Death Eaters.”
The ways Hermione, Ron, and Harry wear their scarves and ties reflect their respective personalities
When Oliver Wood is teaching Harry how to play Quidditch, Harry manages to keep his eye on the Snitch, hinting that he’ll become a Seeker in the future
In “Prisoner of Azkaban,” the wizard played by singer Ian Brown is reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time
“In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), a courtyard fountain has statues of an eagle eating a snake. This is a reference to the Mexican flag. Director Alfonso Cuaron wanted to pay tribute to his Mexican heritage.”
Newt Scamander’s name appears on Marauder’s Map in “Prisoner of Azkaban”
The actor who played Lord Voldemort in “Sorcerer’s Stone” is humorously credited as “He Who Must Not Be Named”
A scene from “Sorcerer’s Stone” portrays Harry’s forehead scar burning, hinting that Voldemort, on the back of Quirrel’s head, is facing him
Hermione’s hair grows throughout “Deathly Hallows Part 1,” signifying the length of time she, Ron, and Harry have spent traveling in search of the Horcruxes
In Snape’s death scene, you can see a Gryffindor scarf hung up in the background, symbolizing his bravery and a nod to Dumbledore’s statement in the books that he thinks “they sort too soon”
Wizarding World versions of items appear in the Harry Potter movies to. An example is these Cheerios called Cheeri-Owls which appear in “Order of the Phoenix”
There’s a post-credits scene in “Chamber of Secrets” that hints at the fate of Gilderoy Lockhart
There’s a “prison” option in Molly Weasley’s magical clock, as shown in “Chamber of Secrets”
Gilderoy’s second wig can be spotted on his desk in a scene from “Chamber of Secrets”
In “Sorcerer’s Stone,” there’s a scene, based on the books, where Aunt Petunia can be seen dyeing Dudley’s old clothes gray for Harry’s uniform
The Ministry of Magic’s entry code is 62442, which spells M-A-G-I-C