29 Harry Potter facts every Potterhead must know on the 29th birthday of our beloved Harry Potter a.k.a. Daniel Radcliffe!

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Accio Potterheads! It’s Daniel Radcliffe’s 29th birthday and we could not be more excited! This versatile actor has no doubt accomplished a hell lot at a very young age. The Harry Potter series is obviously HUGE, but he has given us other movies that were no less entertaining, like Now You See Me 2(2016), Horns(2013), and The Woman In Black(2012) among others.

It’s been more than half a decade since the last Harry Potter movie hit the screens but the love for it seems to be only growing day by day. And let’s be honest we might be in awe of all the characters but there was always, always a special place in our hearts for Harry and his clumsiness! Be it talking to a snake at a zoo or being ready to sacrifice his life for the wizarding world, he was always unique.


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The love for the series and the trio (Harry, Hermione and Ron) runs so deep globally that you would always come across a person who’s looking for reasons to talk about it. And what better opportunity than Daniel’s birthday?! Behold the Harry Potter fandom –you’re in for a treat!

Here are facts related to the fictitious Harry Potter character that you should definitely know if you don’t already!

1. J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter share their birthdays, i.e., July 31!

2. To make the trio understand their characters, director Alfonso Cuaron asked them to write an essay each on their characters. True to their characters, Emma Watson turned in a 16 page essay, Daniel wrote a page and Rupert Grint never turned his in!


3. Remember James and Lily’s patronus? A stag and a doe? That proved they were literally meant for each other as those animals fit together perfectly. No wonder Harry was always protected by love!

4. Harry potter and Lord Voldemort are actually related through the Peverell family! Wow!

5. Rowling had the idea of a Harry-Hermione romance (Whattttt??) but then decided Ron and Hermione were better for each other(Go Romione!)

6. On the 10 year anniversary of Harry’s parents’ death and the first time Voldemort was defeated, 31st October 1991, he and Ron saved Hermione from the troll in the bathroom. This is generally regarded as the day the trio became friends.

7. Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint both admit to having a crush on Emma Watson in earlier films. (Who wouldn’t?)


8. While filming the kissing scene between the horcrux versions of Harry and Hermione in Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Ron had to be removed from set for laughing hysterically (I can totally imagine it happening!)

9. Radcliffe, had an an extremely adverse reaction to the contacts, which is why Harry’s eyes are blue in the movies as opposed to the green described in the books.


10. The famous lightning scar was applied 5,800 times over the course of the eight movies!

11. Radcliffe also went through 160 pairs of the round framed glasses that Harry wore!

12. Every letter to Harry was actually hand written — TWICE.

13. The trio's reaction to the great hall was real. The cast hadn't seen the great hall prior to shooting the sorting hat scene.

14. Harry never actually casts a single spell in the first part, i.e, The Philospher’s Stone.

15. The characters ditched their school robes in The Prisoner of Azkaban for the first time, at least in some scenes. Director Alfonso Cuarón thought that the characters wearing everyday clothes would show their personalities.

16. Harry was only shown dancing from the waist up in the Yule Ball . Daniel was only able to get in four days because he had a much heavier filming schedule. For this reason, they mainly used shots of Harry dancing from the waist up to avoid showing his stumbling feet.

17. Daniel's eyes had to be digitally altered in his possession scene in The Goblet of Fire (because he couldn’t wear contacts!)


18. Filming the "Seven Harrys" scene was insanely complex. Daniel Radcliffe counted OVER 90 TAKES just for that single shot.

19. During the scenes when Harry, Hermione, and Ron are seen doing work in class, Daniel, Emma, and Rupert were actually doing their real schoolwork or homework. Talk about multitasking!

20. 7 owls in total played the role of Harry’s owl –Hedwig, throughout the eight movies.

21. In The Chamber of Secrets, Daniel had to shave one of his legs. Just one! It was for the scene where Harry explains that he’s missing a sock.


22. Harry arrived at Number 4, Privet Drive in the first book with Hagrid in Sirius's motorbike. He leaves the place in the 7th book in exactly the same way!

23. Harry's scar was lightning-shaped because it's cool. No hidden meanings, Rowling just wanted him to look dope!

24. Harry ended up with the flying motorcycle. The same one that belonged to Sirius Black and was used by Hagrid!

25. The seven Harry Potter books have sold nearly 500 million copies since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997, making Harry Potter the bestselling book series of all time.


26. Harry Potter’s name may refer to a “potter’s field,” which is a cemetery in which people of unknown identity or the very poor are buried.

27. Early in the series’ history, the Harry Potter books received positive reviews; however, later books were criticized as bland and cliché. (I certainly don’t think so!)

28. Rowling says the idea of Harry Potter just “strolled into her head” during a four-hour train delay!

29. Daniel Radcliffe broke about 80 wands during the filming of the Harry Potter movies because he would use them as drumsticks!

This was, hands down, the article I enjoyed writing the most! And why not, where there’s magic, there’s Harry Potter, and where there’s Po-tah(as Malfoy would say!) there is excitement!

Happy Birthday Daniel! The world loves you!

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