July 31, 2012
Birthdays: Harry Potter & JK Rowling

In the Harry Potter universe, the famous boy wizard was born on July 31, 1980, which would make him a man wizard in his early thirties. (J.K. Rowling’s birthday is also today.) To celebrate his 32nd birthday and her 47th, here are somea few Potter-related facts. Read the full list here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/135910#ixzz22F28Lc4c

Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s former chief exorcist, says practicing yoga is Satanic. “It leads to evil—just like reading Harry Potter.”

Michael Jackson wanted to do a musical version of Harry Potter and proposed the idea to J.K. Rowling. She said no.

“Hogwarts Headache” is a thing. The New England Journal of Medicine ran a letter from a physician noting the unfortunate side effect of children reading more, and for longer periods, than they ever had in their lives.

Hermione Granger’s original surname was “Puckle.” Hermione was originally going to have a younger sister, but Rowling never found the right moment to stick her into the books.

King’s Cross station is where young wizards hop on the Hogwarts Express to get to school. The station holds special meaning for J.K. Rowling: it’s where her parents met.

A retired professor from Eton College translated Harry Potter into Latin. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone became Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis. J.K. Rowling’s hope for the translations is that they “will help children overcome the common dread of studying” Latin.

Not wanting her to be pigeonholed as a girls-only author, Joanne Rowling’s publisher asked her to write under androgynous initials. Not having a middle name, she picked “K” to honor her grandmother, Kathleen.

Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/135910#ixzz22F20EP9I

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