I get it, we’re all Harry Potter fans, but you have to admit: some of us are just more into the Harry Potter series than other people. That’s right, we’ve collected some of the vaguest, most overlooked trivia from the Harry Potter books and compiled it into this (non-exhaustive) master list that you can use to impress your fellow Potterheads.
Harry Potter’s rating as one of the best and most expensive media franchises of all time means that it is now a mainstay of pop culture and a defining series for many of us who grew up with the Boy Wizard. So what better way to celebrate the Boy Who Lived, the Chosen One, than with some facts you might have missed the first time around! Here are some vague Harry Potter trivia that you’ll need for your next game night.
- 14 Sickles
- 150 miles per hour
- Barnabus the Barmy
- Boris the Bewildered
- Powdered Bicorn Horn, Shredded Boomslang Skin, Fluxweed, Knotgrass, Lacewing Flies, Leeches, Bits of a Person (hair, clothing, etc.)
- Grunnings, Drill Manufacturer
- The London Underground
- Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington
- Wilkie Twycross
This is the price of a ticket on the Knight Bus (first seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). The ticket price includes accommodations on the magical bus, along with some hot chocolate.
This is the five-digit code that visitors must dial to gain entrance to the Ministry of Magic’s entrance, which is located in an abandoned red telephone booth in the heart of London. Coincidentally, this number spells M-A-G-I-C on the keypad of a phone.
This is the row number of the glowing orb that contained an important prophecy concerning Harry Potter and Voldemort. Within the Hall of Prophecy lie endless rows of prophecies collected from true Seers. Harry’s particular prophecy was prophesied by none other than Sybill Trelawney, which she made in early 1980.
This is the number of staircases present in Hogwarts. As one of the most ancient structures in the United Kingdom (and, indeed, in Continental Europe), Hogwarts is host to numerous secret corridors, vanishing rooms, and of course, moving staircases.
150 miles per hour
This is the top speed of Harry’s Firebolt broomstick, making it one of the fastest brooms in production (beaten only by the Thunderbolt VII in 2014).
This is the final tally of house points at the end of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. After the heroics of Harry, Ron, and Hermione prevented Voldemort (through Professor Quirinus Quirrell) from acquiring the Sorcerer’s Stone and thus preventing He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named premature resurrection.
The number of possible fouls a Quidditch player can commit in a single game. Although it has archaic influences, the first ‘real’ game of Quidditch can be traced back to 1050, when a witch, Gertie Keddle, observed a number of people playing a game with a ball while flying on their broomsticks.
This was Nicolas Flamel’s age when he decided to destroy the Sorcerer’s Stone. The French Wizard and famed Alchemist created the Sorcerer’s Stone sometime around the 14th century, which allowed him to create the Elixir of Life, a magical potion that could grant its drinker immortality (so long as they keep drinking it).
This is how many pages in Harry Potter across all 7 books. Because of these 4,224 pages, Harry Potter was able to generate 8 films worth $1.4 billion, not to mention create a multimedia franchise that is the 11th largest of all time.
Also known as Wolfsbane or Monkshood, Aconite is a mundane plant with magical properties that grows in the wold. Although its flowers are regularly used in Potion making, its leaves are very toxic. Aconite root is an integral ingredient in the creation of Wolfsbane potion.
This is the name Ginny Weasley gave her pet Pygmy Puff that she bought from Fred and George’s magical joke shop.
Barnabus the Barmy
This is the name of the wizard teaching trolls how to dance ballet, famously portrayed in a tapestry hanging across the Room of Requirement. Barnabus was given his name, thanks to his foolish, and eventually lethal, attempt to train trolls how to dance.
Boris the Bewildered
This is the statue next to the special prefect’s lavatory entrance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In the book, Cedric decides to help Harry (just as Harry helped Cedric) with one of the clues of the Triwizard Tournament by giving him access to the special prefect’s lavatory (which has a swimming pool).
Powdered Bicorn Horn, Shredded Boomslang Skin, Fluxweed, Knotgrass, Lacewing Flies, Leeches, Bits of a Person (hair, clothing, etc.)
The seven ingredients needed to create a Polyjuice Potion. The Polyjuice Potion is one of the most complex and time-consuming potions a Wizard or Witch can create. It transforms the drinker’s physical appearances into that of another person. The effects aren’t permanent, but its effectiveness is determined by how well it was brewed.
This is the color that the Weasley’s Crabapple Tree’s leaves turned when Hermione enchanted them for Harry’s 17th birthday.
Grunnings, Drill Manufacturer
This is Vernon Dursley’s place of work and the product they make. Grunnings is a Muggle company based in Surrey, England and is one of the leading providers of drills and drill parts in the area. Vernon Dursley was the director of Grunnings during the events of the series.
This is the name of the Hepzibah Smith’s house-elf. Hepzibah Smith was the rightful owner of Helga Hufflepuff’s cup, something that Voldemort stole to make his Horcruxes.
The London Underground
A perfect, to-scale map of the entire London Underground can be seen as a scar above Dumbledore’s left knee. How it came to be, we will never know!
This was the code name Fred Weasley used every time he went on the secret radio program Potterwatch, which was initiated as a way to keep members of the Order of the Phoenix updated with the war.
Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington
Every Hogwarts house has a House Ghost, and none is more iconic than Gryffindor’s Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, otherwise known as Nearly Headless Nick.
This is the Apparition Instructor who entered Hogwarts in Harry’s sixth year. Wilkie Twycross’ main objective was to teach the young students how to Apparate and Disapparate effectively and safely.