Harry Potter: 15 Weird Canonical Facts That Came Out After The Books
A third Fantastic Beasts film is currently in the works, and who knows? it could reveal other surprising facts about the franchise moving forward. But the following list details some of the most notable and odd factoids that weren't made canon until after the final novel by the famed author herself.
However, there are some that are just interesting little tidbits on their own. In fact, "interesting" doesn't even cover it. We did a little digging into what some of the craziest post-book Potter facts are, and here's what we came up with.
Updated by Madison Lennon on January 31, 2020: We thought it was time to revisit this list of strange and weird canonical facts J.K. Rowling has revealed about the Harry Potter universe in the many years since the books and movies finished. Currently, Harry Potter has seen new life through the Fantastic Beasts series and the Cursed Child play.
15 The Resurrection Stone Is Still In The Forbidden Forest
One would think that an item as powerful as the resurrection stone would be locked away in a safe somewhere. But no, it remains out in the Forbidden Forest for any unsuspecting and mischievous future Hogwarts student to stumble upon!
According to Rowling, it has been buried by a centaur hoof on one of the herd's many roving nights. It has never been found, but the fact it exists out there in the world of Harry Potter is somewhat startling and has been the fodder of several fan fiction stories since.
14 Harry Can No Longer Speak Parseltongue
After the fragment of Voldemort's soul inside Harry was destroyed as the true final Horcrux, Harry lost his ability to speak Parseltongue. It's kind of sad, in a way, since Harry had been able to use that gift to his benefit several times.
He saved Justin Finch-Fletchley at the Dueling Club, accessed the Chamber of Secrets, and was able to understand various conversations thanks to his gift. It would have been cool if it was a talent that became specific to Harry since we've all discussed how not all Slytherins are evil to death. It would have been fitting to let Harry keep that particular talent.
13 Nagini Is Actually A Person
This is one fact that upset a lot of fans because of its disturbing implications. In Fantastic Beasts 2, J.K. Rowling made it canon that Nagini was secretly a person all along. She was what is known as a "Maledictus," which is a human with a blood curse that makes them turn into an animal.
It's sort of like an Animagi, except they didn't decide to make the change. Eventually, Nagini would get stuck in that form permanently, which is when she was with Voldemort. Not many fans were happy with the fact Voldemort essentially had a female slave doing his bidding.
12 Rowling Has Stated She May Have Made A Mistake By Pairing Ron And Hermione Together
In one of the more upsetting facts that came after the books and movies were finished, Rowling stated that she felt she may have made a mistake by putting Ron and Hermione together. She has said that the two would have marital struggles and she sometimes wondered if Hermione and Harry would have been a better fit.
The author added that she settled on Ron and Hermione because she was trying to fulfill fan wishes. Whether you shipped the pair or not, it is a little tough to hear the author regretted it and the implication they may not have a happily ever after is a downer.
11 The Quibbler Went Back Into Publishing Its Traditional Quirky Articles
This is a fact that's a little weird, but also kind of touching. The Quibbler went back to publishing its normal kooky content after everything involving Voldemort finally ended.
The magazine actually became more appreciated for its unintended humor and it's nice to know that the Lovegood family legacy would continue to live on for a long time in the publishing world. We have to wonder if Ron and Hermione got a subscription.
10 The Bathroom Thing
You might have read recently that the witches and wizards of Hogwarts used to just pee themselves. Then, you might've reread that, because there's just no way that's real. Well, guess what muggles, it is.
Pottermore recently revealed that before the 18th century, the magical denizens of Hogwarts would simply relieve themselves where they were standing, then clean it up via magic. Why this was important to talk about, or even necessary to work into the wizarding world, we'll never know. That is, we won't know until Fantastic Beasts 3: The One Where Hagrid Poops Himself.
9 Lupin And Tonks's Son Dates Bill And Fleur's Daughter
Some of the most impactful deaths in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows were Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks. In just one short sentence of the last book, we see their dead bodies lying next to each other, both killed at the Battle of Hogwarts.
Though that wound may never heal for some fans, they may be able to take solace in the good life that their son ended up living. Teddy Lupin grew up as Harry's godson and was welcomed with open arms into his extended family. Eventually, he got to know Victoire Weasley, daughter of Bill and Fleur Weasley (née Delacour). The two began to date and, as of 2017, are still going strong. Doesn't that help to mend the Lupin/Tonks wound a little bit?
No, it doesn't. But it's still nice.
8 Luna Lovegood Marries Newt Scamander's Grandson
Speaking of happily ever afters, here's one for the fans of Harry Potter's more eccentric characters. Luna Lovegood, Hogwarts's oddest badass, leads an adventurous life after helping defeat Voldemort in the last book. She becomes a Magizoologist, a keeper and, well, finder of fantastic beasts. It's fitting, then that Luna winds up with the grandson of another animal-loving oddball, Newt Scamander.
Though we did love the idea of a Luna/Neville Longbottom romance, it's cool that Rowling departed from our expectations for this pair. After all, not everyone had to stay with the person they made out after surviving the Battle of Hogwarts.
7 The Chamber of Secrets Was Intended to Be... Less Secret
Salazar Slytherin had a lot of wicked ideas. Most notable was, of course, his opinion that only purebloods should learn magic. But not all of his ideas started out as so sinister. In fact, his Chamber of Secrets was originally intended as just a special classroom.
It only became evil when Slytherin needed a secret place to plot his worsening schemes. Maybe that's what makes the character of Slytherin so frightening. Some of his ideas started out as innocuous, but because of his prejudice and unshifting worldview, he became irreversibly evil.
Although, the whole pureblood thing was a bad idea right off the bat.
6 Old Wizards Hate Pants
Wizards, at least, the most traditional of sorts, don't like wearing pants. They'll do it, of course, to blend in with muggles as they go about their world. But in private and among friends, it's a talked-about cultural preference to wear robes.
That might explain why the Dapper Dumbledore of Fantastic Beasts goes full Gandalf by the time the Sorcerer's Stone rolls around, or why Voldemort is always rocking "tarp-chic." According to J.K. Rowling, there was actually a wizard movement to spread the anti-pants message, officially deemed the Fresh Air Refreshes Totally movement.
Think about that one for a second. It's 100% real.
5 Dolores Umbridge Went to Azkaban
Here's one to just make you feel good. After being the worst villain in the Harry Potter franchise, Dolores Umbridge ended up in Azkaban. The reason, according to Pottermore, was that she took part in imprisoning, torturing, and even ordering the deaths of some innocent witches and wizards in the Second Wizarding War.
However, being the worst literary villain since Hannibal Lecter is also a pretty great reason to be thrown in Azkaban on its own.
4 Ron Weasley Gets His Own Chocolate Frog Card
From book one of Harry Potter, we knew that Ron Weasley loves his candy. Especially his chocolate frogs, each of which come with a card denoting a wizard of importance.
Little did small Ron know at the beginning of that adventure that his face would be on one of those cards someday. We think it would've made him pretty happy, and we know for darn sure he bought as many frogs as it took until he got his own card.
3 Merlin's House
Merlin has always been a part of the Harry Potter universe. The Arthurian legend has been mentioned several times in the books, and like his mythological counterpart, was a wizard of great power and ability. However, what the Harry Potter characters don't talk about is that Merlin, in fact, also attended Hogwarts.
Even more than that, they do not talk about his house. Merlin was, at the risk of shocking some of you, a Slytherin. This is pretty surprising for those of you true Gryffindors out there. After all, aren't heroes born out of the Lion House? Well, chalk this one up to a Slytherin win, red-scarf fans. Merlin was green through and through.
2 A Malfoy Almost Married Queen Elizabeth The First
The wizard history and muggle history of the Harry Potter universe split sometime in the middle of the millennia. However, this very nearly wasn't the case. According to Pottermore, an ancestor of Draco Malfoy actually tried to marry Queen Elizabeth the First. Had this happened, we suspect that the two histories wouldn't have split at all and that they both would e a lot worse off.
Still, we wouldn't say no to an alternate timeline story set in a world where that happened. Heck, we wouldn't say no to a period drama à la The Favourite featuring Queen Elizabeth rejecting Old-Timey Malfoy's proposals. Just as long as Tom Felton plays the Malfoy ancestor.
1 The Lovers of Minerva McGonagall
Minerva McGonagall is basically the Batman of the Harry Potter universe. She's forward-thinking and resourceful, brilliant and occasionally brooding. But what you might not know is that, like Batman, Minerva has made it through a lot of tragedy. Her first love was a muggle, for whom she almost left the wizarding world.
Sadly, he was murdered by Voldemort in an anti-muggle attack. Minerva's second partner, who worked with her at Hogwarts, also lost his life because of dark wizards. Heck, McGonagall's home was even destroyed, which is why she now lives at the school.
But through all that tragedy, Minerva is one of the most steadfast, courageous, and righteous witches in the HP world. She will always do what's good, no matter the sacrifice she must make. Without her, Hogwarts would probably be a much darker place.