5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Harry Potter series

1. Harry and JK Rowling share a birthday

J.K. Rowling was born on July 31 and gave Harry the same birthday.

2. The whimsical plants we see featured throughout the series are all real!


The names of them come from a book called “Culpeper’s Complete Herbal.”


3. Moaning Myrtle was played by an adult


Shirley Henderson was 36 when she played the role of a 14-year-old.


4. The actors were not allowed to play contact sports because of their contracts

Rupert Grint took up golf to get around this.


5. There were many instances of animatronic use on set

The baby mandrakes, Hedwig and Buckbeak were all animatronics.