Only Fans of the ‘Harry Potter’ Books Know These Story Secrets

The Harry Potter series is very popular, both the books and the movies. However, there are some aspects of the story that only those who read the books know. The movies couldn’t keep everything in, after all.

All Harry Potter fans know the basic facts about the story, whether they’ve read the books or not. Yet there are smaller yet still somewhat important details that some fans may be unaware of. What are these secrets? And why are they important?

Find out, ahead.

Harry Potter cast (Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Matthew Lewis) at the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiere
Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 premiere | Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

What are some of the ‘Harry Potter’ books’ secrets?

There are a lot of details that the books show that did not make it into the movies. For example, Rita Skeeter, the Daily Prophet reporter known for her sensationalist articles, is an unregistered Animagus. She can transform into a beetle. This is often how she gets her information, by spying on those she wants to write about.

Hermione, in the books, figures this out and manages to capture Rita in her Animagus form. She puts her in a jar and shows her to Harry and Ron when they’re on the train home from Hogwarts in the Goblet of Fire book. So why is this small detail so important? Well, it helps to flesh out not only Rita’s character, but Hermione’s as well.

Both women are shown to be willing to do whatever they need to do. Except in Rita’s case, she uses her powers for bad purposes while Hermione uses hers for good. Hermione will not allow Rita to mistreat her friend Harry and others without suffering any consequences. She tells Rita to keep her quill to herself for a year, hoping that Rita will stop telling lies about people.

Did Professor Trelawney unknowingly make a prediction about Albus Dumbledore?

In the Prisoner of Azkaban book, those who remain at the school during the break have Christmas dinner at Hogwarts. Professor Trelawney counts twelve people sitting at the table and doesn’t want to join them because then she’d be the 13th. According to Trelawney, “the first to rise will be the first to die.” Unbeknownst to her, there are already 13 people at the table since Peter Pettigrew is there in his Animagus form.

Dumbledore rises to greet Trelawney, making him the first to rise at the table. He is also, strangely, the first to die out of everyone at the table. Could Trelawney have made another accurate prediction in addition to her one about Harry and Voldemort? It’s definitely a possibility.

This fact is important, in any case, because it shows J.K. Rowling’s gift for foreshadowing. Such a small moment might not be noticed by every fan. Yet those who spot it could revel in the author’s cleverness and creativity.

Did J.K. Rowling hint at Severus Snape’s Legilimency abilities in the first book?

Harry is worried in Sorcerer’s Stone that Professor Snape might know that he, Ron, and Hermione had found out about the titular stone. He thinks about how he “sometimes had the horrible feeling that Snape could read minds.” Later on, in Order of the Phoenix, we find out that Snape has mastered Legilimency which is close to mind reading.

This thought of Harry’s again shows J.K. Rowling’s gift for foreshadowing. A seemingly unimportant line about Harry’s worries is actually important when put into the context of the later books. Though he is not always the most observant character, he is the main one and therefore seems to be clairvoyant about certain things.