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Even after almost a decade, fans still love watching and talking about Harry Potter. Well, while you’re rewatching the series for the hundredth time, have you caught on to all of the easter eggs? From Voldemort’s robes changing colors according to his immortality to the foreshadowing of Hermione’s time travel, the movies are full of trivia that you might have missed. Here are some fun little surprises!
In The Sorcerer’s Stone, the young wizard first learns that his scar burns as a warning sign when he is threatened by some evil forces. And when he catches Professor Snape looking at him at the same time his scar hurts, he naturally draws the conclusion that Snape is his enemy.
However, he doesn’t pay attention to who Snape is talking to at the moment, as Professor Quirrell has his back to him. And it’s only later in the movie that we find out that Voldemort is actually a part of the back of Quirrell's head!
So when Harry’s scar was burning, he was actually looking at the Dark Lord’s face, hidden under the turban and not Snape! No-one could have guessed it, but upon re-watching the movie, it's really exciting to see such a neat clue. And our next detail is also hard to catch – because the muggles just can’t see it!
The popular wizarding pub doesn’t seem to be too hidden away from the common Londoners, right? But its sign is bewitched. Next time you watch the movie – look closely at how it reveals itself when Harry and Hagrid are approaching the pub.
Such a subtle trick to ward off the muggles! Since the sign is visible to only those from the wizarding world, no muggle would even think about entering it! And while this detail is a nice magical touch to the wonderful world we are entering together with Harry, the next one hints at future events.
Even before young Harry learns about the existence of Hogwarts and the entire wizarding world, he sees (and so do we) at least one hint about it. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, when Harry goes to the zoo on Dudley’s birthday, there's a group of students there.
And look at their uniforms – the color definitely reminds us of House Slytherin. Even their badges look like those of the Hogwarts students! And seeing them near the "Reptile House" also looks like a nod to the Slytherins, whose symbol is a snake. Other than that, Harry is also a natural-born seeker.
When Harry expresses anxiety over being a good Quidditch player, Hermione takes him to the Trophy case. She shows him his father’s name on an old trophy and tells Harry that being a seeker is in his blood. But we can actually see it with our own eyes even before we learn that James Potter was a seeker during his Hogwarts years.
And that was in the scene where Oliver Wood introduces the Quidditch game to Harry. Look closely: When the snitch darts off into the sky, Oliver almost immediately loses his visual of it – but not Harry! He keeps his eyes on the glimmering golden orb, highlighting his undeniable talent as a seeker! That’s pretty amazing, don’t you think?
From our very first glimpse of him, it’s hard not to notice how narcissistic this new Hogwarts teacher is. But a scene from the Chamber of Secrets reveals one more (and quite unexpected) side of his character. Just check this out: in the scene where Ron and Harry try to convince Lockhart to save Ginny Weasley, we can clearly see a wig on his desk.
And it looks exactly like his hair! So either Gilderoy is balf – or his golden locks are not that thick and shiny without help. It’s a super-neat touch that shows Lockhart as a fraud through and through, even without knowing all the facts about him yet.
When Harry returns to the Leaky Cauldron in the Prisoner of Azkaban, we are thrilled to see some magic tricks that the residents of the pub do. Amazingly, very few viewers noticed that the bartender makes a bottle vanish. Have a look again: after inspecting the bottle, he takes the rag he is cleaning with and throws it over the bottle – and it disappears!
Well, everybody definitely saw the guy stirring his coffee by twirling his finger in the air, making his spoon stir the drink for him. But while the audience is thinking that it would be nice to learn how to do it, they miss the title of the book he is reading. It’s Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time!
This short moment is fun in itself, but also very important, as it hints at future events, namely, Hermione’s travels with the help of the Time-Turner. However, many true Potterheads keep on wondering: was Hawking a muggle or a wizard? Did Hermione read that book? Maybe the physicist/wizard version actually explains how to use Time-Turners in the Potterverse!
As a die-hard Harry Potter fan, you have probably re-watched all of the movies dozens of times. So you have definitely noticed how, together with the story, the color palette changes, gradually growing darker and darker.
And so are the intros, which become more sinister every single time. But, in The Goblet of Fire something is added to the Warner Bros. logo: we can catch a glimpse of Nagini's reflection on it! And a couple of minutes later we get a better look at her, slithering up the stairs to her master. But it’s not the coolest foreshadowing that we see in this movie yet.
Incredibly, in Goblet of Fire, we catch a shot of the Deathly Hallows symbol way before we even knew what they are! It’s really buried deep, but not entirely impossible to notice. So we all remember Dumbledore bringing Harry to his office to warn him about the dangers he may face.
As the Headmaster is nervously pacing around, he looks inside a glass cabinet – and there it is. A quite large 3D model – a triangle (which represents the invisibility cloak) with a line running through the centre (representing the elder wand) and a circle inside (which stands for the resurrection stone).
Once again – it’s a full three movies before we get introduced to the Deathly Hallows! Also, when Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie premiered, the last book hadn’t been released yet. So there was simply no way for the audience to notice this detail at that time.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has many pivotal moments, as we start to dig deep into the history of Voldemort. In the flashback, we get to see Dumbledore visiting young Tom Riddle in his room. And although this scene is intriguing in itself, not everybody noticed two details that are actually very important and hint at future events.
Firstly, there are seven rocks lined up on the windowsill. Number seven is altogether crucial for the franchise (and we’ll definitely come back to this later), but here we see a direct foreshadowing of Riddle’s descent into dark magic and splitting his soul into seven Horcruxes.
Moreover – in the same scene, right next to the seven stones, we see a picture of a dark cave, surrounded by wild water, crashing the rocks. This is the very place where Voldemort later hides one of his Horcruxes that Regulus Black finds!
There are lots of sevens in the Harry Potter universe. There are: seven Weasley kids; seven players on a Quidditch team; seven snakes on the Chamber of Secrets' door; seven locks on the chest where Barty Crouch Jr imprisoned the real Mad-Eye Moody; seven decoy Harry Potters during the plot to escape the death eaters in Deathly Hallows 1; and finally, Harry's Quidditch number is seven.
Amazingly, this Quidditch number explicitly indicates that Harry is the seventh Horcrux – along with the seven books in the series. This is really mind-bending! Which is why fans were slightly disappointed when the franchise decided to go for an 8th movie. But hey, more content for us, I guess we win some we lose some.
While the intros to the movies become darker each time, the Dark Lord’s billowing robes seem to lose their color. This effect spans through all the movies and seems to be tied to his Horcruxes – and his immortality. Every time a Horcrux is destroyed, Voldemort loses a piece of his soul and his robes pale slightly. Eventually, He Who Must Not Be Named fades away after the final duel with Harry.
Snape proved to be the perfect undercover agent. He managed to deceive the Dark Lord while protecting his true allies at the same time. There were a lot of moments that showed how he covertly supported Dumbledore's plans, but there's one scene we love the most. Just look how elegantly he grants victory to the Head of Gryffindor house in their duel in Deathly Hallows!
Snape only uses defence charms, deflecting McGonagall's spells, and he does it in such a way that they hit the two death eaters behind him! That is truly amazing, although this all happens rather quickly, so the viewers don’t notice or don’t pay much attention to it. However, it makes perfect sense later, when we finally find out the whole story behind his actions.
In this respect, we’d like to draw your attention to yet another hidden detail. In Snape’s death scene, there's a Gryffindor scarf hanging in the background – most probably as a reference to his bravery. But Severus wasn’t the only one who didn’t survive that night.
In case you didn’t know, in the Harry Potter movies the identical Weasley twins, Fred and George were always shown in that order on the screen, left to right. They were virtually inseparable, even on their mother’s magical clock they shared the same hand. Tragically, Fred was killed during the Battle of Hogwarts, but, as we can see, George didn’t have time to get used to his dreadful loss.
When Harry reveals he is alive after Voldemort's speech, George turns excitedly to share his happiness with his brother, who would have been standing next to him if he was still alive. Well, now that you know it, this moment will definitely bring tears to your eyes.
Professor Slughorn wasn’t prominent in the Battle of Hogwarts. However, fans noticed that he drinks something that could be a vial of liquid luck – right before the teachers cast a defence shield around the castle. This was a great idea from Slughorn – he survived the battle. And – who knows? – maybe without his drinking of the potion the shield would not have lasted as long as it did.
But, as the battle begins, Harry, Ron and Hermione run through Hogwarts after Snape, fighting off all sorts of monsters on their way. First, they encounter a troll - a nod to The Sorcerer's Stone - when Harry and Ron saved Hermione from a cave troll in the bathroom. Then the trio encounter giant spiders, which connects to the events of The Chamber of Secrets and the children of Aragog.
After that, they witness a werewolf attacks poor Lavender Brown, which reminds us both of The Prisoner of Azkaban and the death of Cedric in The Goblet of Fire. And right before Harry, Ron and Hermione finally reach the Half-Blood Prince himself, they are attacked by Dementors. So, this way, the trio of friends re-lived all their previous adventures in one!
Let’s recall another moment that repeated itself in the first and the last films. The die-hard fans of the franchise definitely remember that in the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry got a chocolate frog during his first trip on the Hogwarts Express. And it behaved the way those unpredictable magical sweets usually do: the frog leapt out of the box to the train window and escaped through it!
In the Deathly Hallows Part 2, that moment takes place once again. When the kids get on the train, there is a chocolate frog hopping around. What a sweet nod to the beginning, right? But it also perfectly completes the story, as the children of Ron and Hermione, Harry and Ginny are looking forward to their first year at Hogwarts, full of exciting adventures - just like their parents once did.
Oh wow, we had no idea about the monsters that the trio faced in the climactic battle. What other things might have a connection to the number seven in the series? And which of these hidden gems surprised you the most? Let us know.