April 18, 2021

35 Brainy Small Details We All Missed In Harry Potter Movies

Just when you thought that the Harry Potter books couldn’t get any better, the movies came out and took the series to the next level. With movies coming out, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint became forever embedded in our minds as Harry, Hermione, and Ron.

The series spawned 8 movies in total over the course of ten years and many of us still can’t imagine a great movie night without them. However, there are some fascinating small details hidden in all of the films that even the keenest viewers might have accidentally missed. But don’t worry – we got you covered.

Check out all of the small details hidden in Harry Potter films in the gallery below!

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

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2. 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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3. 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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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 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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5. Snape’s First Encounter With Harry And His Secret Message

Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures“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”

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

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

Credits: Warner Bros. PicturesIn 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.

9. In ‘The Sorcerer’s Stone,’ You Can See Mcgonagall’s Name On The Quidditch Trophy Right Next To James Potter

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10. 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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11. 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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12. In ‘The Goblet Of Fire,’ A Reflection Of Nagini Slithering Can Be Seen In The Warner Bros. Logo

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

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15. In ‘Prisoner Of Azkaban,’ Newt Scamander Appears On The Marauder’s Map

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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

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

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18. 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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19. In ‘Order Of The Phoenix,’ There’s A Wizarding World Version Of Cheerios Called Cheeri-Owls

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20. 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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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

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

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23. 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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24. 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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25. In ‘The Sorcerer’s Stone,’ The Actor Who Played Lord Voldemort Is Credited As ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’

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

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28.  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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29. 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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30. 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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31. 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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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

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33. In ‘Chamber Of Secrets,’ One Of The Options On Molly Weasley’s Magical Clock Is ‘Prison’

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34. In Prisoner Of Azkaban, The Bartender Makes A Bottle Disappear

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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

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