12 Details We Never Noticed in the “Harry Potter” Movies

It seems like hidden messages can be found not just in the Harry Potter books: the movies also abound in curious details that we might not have noticed or known.

Bright Side warns you: reading this article is fraught with a sharp desire to rewatch the said films right now.

12. Dolores Umbridge’s clothing

According to the plot of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a new teacher – Dolores Umbridge – comes to school and terrorizes everyone with her rules. Consider this: the more evil, mad, and powerful this character becomes, the darker the clothes she wears.

11. The first and last parts of the saga are symmetrical.

There is a curious parallelism: in the first film, Hagrid takes Harry to the Dursleys on Sirius’s flying motorcycle. When the time came for Harry to leave their home, it is also Hagrid who takes him away on that same motorcycle.

Another observation: Hagrid takes Harry to the world of magic by showing him Diagon Alley and accompanying him to Hogwarts; he also takes him from this world when he carries the "dead" Harry back to Hogwarts in the last film.

10. Moody’s and Bill Weasley’s similarity is no accident.

The characters of "Mad-Eye" Moody and Bill Weasley are well known to all fans. A curious fact: the actors who played their roles are related. Brendan Gleeson, who brilliantly impersonated the lame glass-eyed wizard, is the father of Domhnall Gleeson, who played Ron’s elder brother.

9. The films’ second famous trio underwent some changes.

According to the books, the trio of Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle remained inseparable up to the tragic events in the Room of Requirement. However, the films' creators had to change this scene: the actor who played Crabbe was arrested and, therefore, unable to take part in the filming, so we see Blaise Zabini instead.

8. A pregnant Bellatrix

During the filming of The Half-Blood Prince, Helena Bonham Carter was pregnant. That is the reason why it was decided to dress her in loose clothing and avoid taking close-ups of her by hiding her figure behind furniture and other objects.

7. "I Open at the Close."

Another interesting twist: the first Harry Potter book was published in 1998, the year when the Battle of Hogwarts took place according to the last book. Now let us recall the inscription on the Snitch that Dumbledore left for Harry: "I Open at the Close." Harry’s story "opened" when it "closed," according to the plot.

6. Genuine emotions

Do you remember that scene in the first film when students enter the Great Hall for the first time to take part in the Sorting Ceremony? The children’s surprised faces at that moment are not acting: Daniel, Rupert, and Emma were really seeing the hall for the first time.

5. What is Cho Chang doing here?

Do you remember Cho Chang, Potter’s first love, who also made an appearance in the last film? She was wearing a school uniform and was at Hogwarts with other students as if she still went to the school. Which is strange, as Cho is supposed to be a year older than Harry, so she should have already graduated from Hogwarts by that time.

4. Ron’s and Hermione’s Patronuses are not random.

Ron Weasley’s Patronus is a Jack Russell Terrier, a hunting dog that is used for chasing otters, among other animals. Incidentally, Hermione’s Patronus is an otter.

3. There was a reason for Nymphadora Tonks’s hair color change.

In the books, Nymphadora Tonks is described as a witch who has the ability to change her appearance. She adores pink hair, but it was changed to purple in the movies. The reason was to prevent her from being associated with Dolores Umbridge, who is known for her love of various shades of pink.

2. Draco Malfoy’s wife was actually Tom Felton’s girlfriend.

In the epilogue, we meet the grown-up characters and their children,  including Draco Malfoy with his wife and son. The role of Astoria Malfoy went to Jade Gordon, who was Tom Felton’s girlfriend at that time

1. A mysterious tapestry

In The Order of the Phoenix, when Harry is examining Sirius’s family tree, we notice that the Blacks have a tradition of naming their children after stars and constellations: Sirius, Regulus, Bellatrix, and Andromeda.

A funny detail we can also see on the tapestry: it appears that the Black family had a hand in making the Starbucks logo.

Bonus: The last dance of Viktor Krum and Hermione Granger

According to the last book, Viktor Krum visits Bill and Fleur’s wedding. Initially, the first part of the film adaptation included a scene where Krum and Hermione are dancing under Ron’s disapproving look, but later the film creators changed their minds, and the scene was cut out.

Preview photo credit Warner Bros.
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