Hey, all you cool witches and wizards! I know that a lot of you Magical Pandas are huge fans of the Harry Potter movies. If you’re like me, you can’t wait for someone to mention The Boy Who Lived because it’s the perfect moment to share all of your in-depth Wizarding World knowledge (yeah, I’m a geeky Ravenclaw—what gave it away?).

There are tons of delightful details, exquisite Easter Eggs, and interesting inside jokes hidden throughout the HP movies. We’re pretty sure that you might know a few of these, dear Readers, but some of the details we found honestly blew our minds.

So cast Descendium to scroll down and Wingardium Leviosa to upvote your fave Harry Potter details collected by our keen-eyed Bored Panda Aurors. Let us know in the comments what other hidden movie details you’ve found! Oh and when you’re done with this list, check out our post about an artist who drew several powerful scenes from the books that were missing from the movies.

#1

When Harry Reveals That He's Alive In Deathly Hallows Part 2, George Turns To Excitedly Tell Fred, Who's Normally Always Next To Him

When Harry Reveals That He's Alive In Deathly Hallows Part 2, George Turns To Excitedly Tell Fred, Who's Normally Always Next To Him

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Francis
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9 months ago

the feels.. too soon!

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Snape's First Encounter With Harry And His Secret Message

Snape's First Encounter With Harry And His Secret Message

"One of the questions Snape asks is if Harry knows what would result in adding the powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood. Harry doesn't know the answer, but that's not the important part.
This is actually a coded comment that would be lost on all viewers that don't have an extensive knowledge of Victorian-era flower symbolism. Asphodel is a lily, which means demise under the Victorian flower code, while wormwood reflects loss and absence. Snape is actually referencing Harry's mother Lily with this comment"

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Lisa loves cats
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9 months ago

Aw this is kinda sad

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#3

In The Harry Potter Films, Voldemort’s Robes Faded In Colour Every Time A Horcrux Was Destroyed, To Give The Impression He Was Slowly Fading Away

In The Harry Potter Films, Voldemort’s Robes Faded In Colour Every Time A Horcrux Was Destroyed, To Give The Impression He Was Slowly Fading Away

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Francis
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9 months ago

i didn't notice this... I HAVE TO REWATCH ALL 8 MOVIES RIGHT NOW

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Small details like the Cheeri-Owls cereal and how the Beauxbatons students are dancing the Macarena were completely new to me. Though I knew some of the other bits of trivia from having watched dozens of YouTube videos about HP theories, things people might have missed, and unusual interpretations of the source material. (Don’t go down that rabbit hole if you plan on doing anything productive today. Trust me.)

Fun fact, the scene where a wizard’s reading Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time’ in The Prisoner of Azkaban inspired a very popular piece of fanfic, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, about an ultra-logical and super geeky version of the Boy Who Lived.

#4

In Harry Potter And The 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

In Harry Potter And The 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

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Electric Ed
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9 months ago

"Henry Viii" would probably behead the author of that autocorrect algorithm :D

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#5

Harry Potter Intros Become Darker Every Year, Just Like The Movies

Harry Potter Intros Become Darker Every Year, Just Like The Movies

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von Funnyname
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9 months ago

I always loved this about the movies in general. The entire color palette changes from one movie to the next.

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#6

The End Credits Of 'Goblet Of Fire' Feature This Magical Disclaimer: 'No Dragons Were Harmed In The Making Of This Movie'

The End Credits Of 'Goblet Of Fire' Feature This Magical Disclaimer: 'No Dragons Were Harmed In The Making Of This Movie'

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Electric Ed
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9 months ago

Now I have to read through all the credits, searching for 'dragøns trained by', and see if anyone got fired for it :)

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Even though the Fantastic Beasts movies are [ahem] not as Stupefying as the originals, they’re still fun to watch. The 3rd FB film should come out in November 2021. We’re still unsure about the plot but we do know that at least some of the action will take part in Brazil.

I don’t know about you, but I like to binge-watch all of the HP movies at least once a year. And with everything that’s going on this year, I think it’s about time for some magical escapism and to Accio ourselves some popcorn. It might be the 100th time we’re watching the movies but this time, we’ll keep an eye out for hidden details. You’d better watch out, You Know Who!

#7

In 'The Sorcerer's Stone' Scene Where Neville Gets A Remembrall, He Can't Remember What He's Forgotten — But It's Probably His Robe, As He's The Only One Not Wearing One

In 'The Sorcerer's Stone' Scene Where Neville Gets A Remembrall, He Can't Remember What He's Forgotten — But It's Probably His Robe, As He's The Only One Not Wearing One

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Lisa loves cats
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9 months ago

Awww i love Neville!

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#8

In 'The Sorcerer's Stone,' You Can See Mcgonagall's Name On The Quidditch Trophy Right Next To James Potter

In 'The Sorcerer's Stone,' You Can See Mcgonagall's Name On The Quidditch Trophy Right Next To James Potter

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Lisa loves cats
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9 months ago

And that’s why she wanted to beat slytherin so bad!

Jaded Queen
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8 months ago

Do we really need a reason?

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Rattle Battlesnake
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9 months ago

That's not HER though, I thought the same at first, but the age doesn't match this is from the HP Fandom wiki page: "M. G. McGonagall was a Gryffindor student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the early 1970s. They played on the Gryffindor Quidditch team, winning an award for it in 1971, which was displayed at Hogwarts on a plaque that also bore the names of James Potter and R. J. H. King. McGonagall may have been related to Transfiguration teacher Minerva McGonagall. It is possible that M. G. McGonagall is one of her nephews or nieces from her two brothers, Robert Jr and Malcolm. "

Laira Cruz
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8 months ago

HER NAME'S PROBABLY ON THERE BECAUSE SHE'S THE FRICKIN GRYFFINDOR HEAD

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Kaili Kliimask
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9 months ago

I think the year isn't quite right

Osgood_7
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9 months ago

You're right about the dates, the first Wizarding war started in 1970, at which point McGonagall was already a professor at Hogwarts so she couldn't have won the Quidditch Cup as a student in 1971

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Juanita Lynn
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8 months ago

OH MY GOD DID YOU EVEN WATCH THE MOVIES! This is the 3rd blatant error in your list! She was a teacher in 1971, not on the damn quiditch team

Ayanna B
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8 months ago

1971 is too late for Minerva to have played quidditch as a student, considering she was born in 1935. She would have been a student from 1946 - 1953.

Collin Edward
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8 months ago

I had seen this one, but cool to think that everyone can see it now

What?
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9 months ago

Maybe a relative?

Steven Essex
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8 months ago

I had noticed that one but had questions as to whether it meant (Professor) Minerva McGonagall, a relative, or another unrelated person entirely.

Fred and George Weasley
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8 months ago

that cant be minerva mcgonagall becuase she wouldve been like 70 years old

Jolee Hang
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4 months ago

She was born before October 4th, 1935. Google it

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Simon Cataudo
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8 months ago

Miscast then - she’s clearly an old lady whereas James Potter looks mid-40s at the oldest. No way they were at Hogwarts at the same time!

Andrew Pogue
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8 months ago

That could be the year she took over as House Quidditch teacher.

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LittleMissLotus
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9 months ago

Woah I can totally see McGonagall beating everyone's asses at Quidditch lol

Alex Stewart
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7 months ago

wow! what was she on the team maybe a keeper? or a bluder one that would explain why she is her!

Kikka io
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8 months ago

the prize close to R.G.H. seems to be given to the writer.

Sophie Foster
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8 months ago

Nonono.... So weird

Sophie Foster
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8 months ago

F

Tanya Kysel'ova
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8 months ago

The Sorcerer's Stone is actually the best directed one

CharliAnn Olney
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8 months ago

R J H King?

Harper McMillan
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3 months ago

That is a whole different person

Magnolia Henderson-Lide
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4 months ago

O.O SHE PLAYED QUIDDICH?!

PEYTON SCHOONOVER
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5 months ago

Mcgonagal be like ;)

Banjo Peppers
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5 months ago

It can’t possibly be that she was on the team with him. He was one of her students. She’s a bit older than Tom Riddle - born in the 30s, I think? (Fantastic Beasts movie made this even more confusing by having her as a professor in 1915). Best explanation is she took over as head of Gryffindor House from whoever RJH King is while James was a Seeker.

Thomas Slaughter2007
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7 months ago

In an interview, J.K. Rowling said that James Potter was a chaser on the Gryffindor team.

PotterGeek08
Community Member
8 months ago

Wait..wat

Kathy Matthews
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8 months ago

considering that she was already a teacher in the 1920s, this seems unlikely to be prof. mc gonagall ... maybe it was a mistake and they meant 1871? ... or she had a great(great?)offspring at school

Ruthvika Angadi
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8 months ago

That’s the name of the head of the house, which she was even back then? Not sure what 1969 and 1971 indicate.

Fred and George Weasley
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8 months ago

also, anoher reason: mcgonagall had a quidditch injury when she was younger, and never played quidditch again.

Tiffany Schmidt
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8 months ago

wasnt McGonagal her married name? so wouldnt that have been her child/niece/nephew/cousin?

Abigail Nagel
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8 months ago

I SAW THAT!!!!

Raluca Fenesan
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8 months ago

I noticed this too upon watching the movies recently, but searching for this info I found that the dates are wrong: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/16912/was-professor-mcgonagall-a-seeker-quidditch-player-at-school

Andrew Pogue
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8 months ago

That could be the year she took over as House Quidditch teacher.

Osgood_7
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9 months ago

Also James was a chaser not a seeker

Laira Cruz
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8 months ago

SEEKER read the books pls

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Doesn't work. In HBP when Mcgonagall gets hit with 3 stunning spells, she goes to St. Mungos because...

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#9

The Ways Harry, Ron, And Hermione Wear Their Scarves And Ties Reflect Their Personalities

The Ways Harry, Ron, And Hermione Wear Their Scarves And Ties Reflect Their Personalities

In Sorcerer's Stone, Hermione's scarf is tied neatly and completely around her neck, Harry's is loosely thrown over his shoulder, and Ron's is just laying flat and open and not wrapped at all. Often with their ties, Hermione's is tied perfectly and tucked in, Harry's is loose but tucked in like he's been messing with it, and Ron's is completely untied.

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Lisa loves cats
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9 months ago

This is really cool!

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#10

In Harry Potter And The 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 Harry Potter And The 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

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Clove Kentwell
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9 months ago

That’s a really cool detail.

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#11

In 'The Goblet Of Fire,' A Reflection Of Nagini Slithering Can Be Seen In The Warner Bros. Logo

In 'The Goblet Of Fire,' A Reflection Of Nagini Slithering Can Be Seen In The Warner Bros. Logo

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Lisa loves cats
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9 months ago

Eerie!

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#12

In Harry Potter And The 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

In Harry Potter And The 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

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Rabbit Carrot
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9 months ago

And also Lupin was probably the only real father figure he actually had. Sirius was good to him but only really wanted a James replacement.

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#13

The Title Of The Second Film In The Fantastic Beasts Franchise, “The Crimes Of Grindelwald” Contain The Deathly Hallows

The Title Of The Second Film In The Fantastic Beasts Franchise, “The Crimes Of Grindelwald” Contain The Deathly Hallows

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Boop
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9 months ago

:0 coooooooool

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#14

In The Background Of The Cafe In Deathly Hallows Part I, There’s A Poster For The Play “Equus” — A Real Play That Starred Daniel Radcliffe And Richard Griffiths

In The Background Of The Cafe In Deathly Hallows Part I, There’s A Poster For The Play “Equus” — A Real Play That Starred Daniel Radcliffe And Richard Griffiths

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Gemma Saleh
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8 months ago

This is very cool

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#15

In 'Prisoner Of Azkaban,' Newt Scamander Appears On The Marauder's Map

In 'Prisoner Of Azkaban,' Newt Scamander Appears On The Marauder's Map

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JessG
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9 months ago

Oooh, coool

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#16

In Snape’s Death Scene, There's A Gryffindor Scarf Hanging Up In The Background, A Reference To His Bravery And Dumbledore Saying He “Sometimes Thinks They Sort Too Soon” In The Books

In Snape’s Death Scene, There's A Gryffindor Scarf Hanging Up In The Background, A Reference To His Bravery And Dumbledore Saying He “Sometimes Thinks They Sort Too Soon” In The Books

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8 months ago

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**Spoiler Alert**

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#17

Hermione's Hair Grows Throughout Deathly Hallows Part 1 To Show How Long She, Ron, And Harry Have Been Traveling In Search Of Horcruxes

Hermione's Hair Grows Throughout Deathly Hallows Part 1 To Show How Long She, Ron, And Harry Have Been Traveling In Search Of Horcruxes

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Maryam Siddiqui
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8 months ago

WOAH

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#18

In 'Prisoner Of Azkaban,' A Wizard — Played By Stone Roses Frontman Ian Brown — Is Reading Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History Of Time'

In 'Prisoner Of Azkaban,' A Wizard — Played By Stone Roses Frontman Ian Brown — Is Reading Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History Of Time'

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Rabbit Carrot
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9 months ago

Told you so lol.

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#19

In 'Order Of The Phoenix,' There's A Wizarding World Version Of Cheerios Called Cheeri-Owls

In 'Order Of The Phoenix,' There's A Wizarding World Version Of Cheerios Called Cheeri-Owls

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Rabbit Carrot
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9 months ago (edited)

I want these. They probably taste like rubbish though as food in the wizarding world is very limited. It’s either made of pumpkin, sugar or copious amounts of meat. Yuk.

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#20

In 'The Half-Blood Prince,' When We See Tom Riddle's Childhood Bedroom There Are Seven Rocks On The Windowsill In That Bedroom, Foreshadowing Riddle Splitting His Soul Into Seven Horcruxes

In 'The Half-Blood Prince,' When We See Tom Riddle's Childhood Bedroom There Are Seven Rocks On The Windowsill In That Bedroom, Foreshadowing Riddle Splitting His Soul Into Seven Horcruxes

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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9 months ago

my tablet does not have the mind blown emoji. picture it here➡

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#21

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

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

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Lauren Caswell
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9 months ago

Never noticed that! Poor snape when I first read book 7 I felt so bad for hating on him :(

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#22

When Oliver Wood Releases The Snitch While Teaching Harry How To Play Quidditch, He Immediately Loses Sight Of It, But Harry Keeps His Eye On The Snitch, Highlighting His Future Talent As A Seeker

When Oliver Wood Releases The Snitch While Teaching Harry How To Play Quidditch, He Immediately Loses Sight Of It, But Harry Keeps His Eye On The Snitch, Highlighting His Future Talent As A Seeker

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Francis
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9 months ago

i always assumed that it was his bad acting with the CGI Snitch :D

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#23

Chamber Of Secrets Has A Post-Credits Scene That Reveals The Fate Of Gilderoy Lockhart

Chamber Of Secrets Has A Post-Credits Scene That Reveals The Fate Of Gilderoy Lockhart

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Shelp
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9 months ago

Wow, I never saw it!

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#24

In 'The Sorcerer's Stone,' The Actor Who Played Lord Voldemort Is Credited As 'He Who Must Not Be Named'

In 'The Sorcerer's Stone,' The Actor Who Played Lord Voldemort Is Credited As 'He Who Must Not Be Named'

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Emma Knappe
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9 months ago

We just gonna ignore the cool name of Warwick? Lmao js

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#25

In The Deathly Hallows Part 2, You Can Spy Lucius Malfoy's Azkaban Prisoner Number Tattooed On His Neck

In The Deathly Hallows Part 2, You Can Spy Lucius Malfoy's Azkaban Prisoner Number Tattooed On His Neck

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Rabbit Carrot
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9 months ago

Still amazed he escaped any kind of justice. Jerk.

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#26

In The Chamber Of Secrets, You Can Spot Gilderoy Lockhart's Second Wig On His Desk

In The Chamber Of Secrets, You Can Spot Gilderoy Lockhart's Second Wig On His Desk

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Lisa loves cats
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9 months ago

Oh.....

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#27

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.

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.

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Sasha Kuleshov
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8 months ago

¡Astuto! :D

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#28

The Ministry Of Magic's Access Code Is 6-2-4-4-2, Which Spells Out M-A-G-I-C

The Ministry Of Magic's Access Code Is 6-2-4-4-2, Which Spells Out M-A-G-I-C

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Rabbit Carrot
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9 months ago

How soon before someone comes on to claim that’s their number?

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#29

In 'The Sorcerer's Stone,' You Can See Aunt Petunia Dying Dudley's Old Clothes Gray For Harry's School Uniform, Which Was A Scene In The Books

In 'The Sorcerer's Stone,' You Can See Aunt Petunia Dying Dudley's Old Clothes Gray For Harry's School Uniform, Which Was A Scene In The Books

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Gemma Priest
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9 months ago

There's a full deleted scene of this where Harry complains that he'll look like he's wearing bits of old elephant skin, right before he gets the post. It also explains why Dudley is wearing his ridiculous uniform in this scene.

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In 'The Sorcerer's Stone,' Harry's Scar Burns Because Quirrell Has His Back To Him, Meaning Voldemort, On The Back Of Quirrell's Head, Is Facing Him

In 'The Sorcerer's Stone,' Harry's Scar Burns Because Quirrell Has His Back To Him, Meaning Voldemort, On The Back Of Quirrell's Head, Is Facing Him

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Francis
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9 months ago

no shit sherlock :D

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#31

In 'Chamber Of Secrets,' One Of The Options On Molly Weasley's Magical Clock Is 'Prison'

In 'Chamber Of Secrets,' One Of The Options On Molly Weasley's Magical Clock Is 'Prison'

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Clove Kentwell
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9 months ago

That’s probably a good idea, knowing some of them...

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#32

In The Chamber Of Secrets, Sherbet Lemon Is The Password Into Dumbledore's Office. Then, In The Half-Blood Prince, The Candy Can Be Seen On Dumbledore's Desk

In The Chamber Of Secrets, Sherbet Lemon Is The Password Into Dumbledore's Office. Then, In The Half-Blood Prince, The Candy Can Be Seen On Dumbledore's Desk

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Lauren Caswell
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9 months ago

Because it's his favourite muggle sweet. He offers McGonagall one in the first chapter of the first book.

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#33

In 'Goblet Of Fire,' We Catch A Shot Of The Deathly Hallows Symbol Way Before We Even Knew What They Were

In 'Goblet Of Fire,' We Catch A Shot Of The Deathly Hallows Symbol Way Before We Even Knew What They Were

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Sasha Kuleshov
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8 months ago

Fancy!

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#34

In Prisoner Of Azkaban, The Bartender Makes A Bottle Disappear

In Prisoner Of Azkaban, The Bartender Makes A Bottle Disappear

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Rabbit Carrot
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9 months ago

Well he is a wizard. He might work in a bar but that doesn’t mean he’s a squib.

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#35

In The Sorcerer's Stone, School Children Wearing Green School Uniforms Walk By The Reptile Room. This Is A Nod To Slytherin's House Color Being Green And Their Symbol Being A Snake

In The Sorcerer's Stone, School Children Wearing Green School Uniforms Walk By The Reptile Room. This Is A Nod To Slytherin's House Color Being Green And Their Symbol Being A Snake

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Katherine Cuthbertson
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8 months ago

Yes

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