Harry’s scar, given to him when Voldemort tried to kill him, causes him no small amount of pain and suffering by the end of the series. It starts immediately in the first movie, which has it hurting while looking at Snape. Snape is talking to Professor Quirrel, but all signs point to Snape as being the bad guy (we’re sure that stops eventually).
Of course, the real reason for Harry’s scar hurting is Quirrell – or, more accurately, the evil Voldemort face that is writhing and squirming on the back of his head. Quirrell’s back is turned to Harry, which means Harry is looking directly at his arch-foe and doesn’t even know it.
Details of the Crimes
The follow-up trilogy of movies set in the past of the Potterverse lets us finally learn about Grindelwald, the dark lord that was in control before Voldemort, and who this enigmatic figure really was. Everybody was excited to find out, but viewers of the movie might have missed details on the title screen of the movie.
Certain letters of the title have been replaced with shimmering symbols. The symbols correspond to the three parts of the Deathly Hallows – the wand, the stone, and the cloak. The only one that is hard to make out is the capital g, which doesn’t look much like a stone.
Back in Her Glory Days
Thanks to a series of strange events, Harry gets drafted into the Gryffindor quidditch team, playing the all-important role of seeker. It’s Professor McGonagall who catches him doing this, and at first, he thinks he’s in trouble, but then she introduces him to the team captain. How did she know that Harry would be so good in the role?
Well, a split-second detail in one of the films shows that Minerva McGonagall was also a player back during her student days. We’re not sure which position she played. The movie doesn’t tell us, anyway. We’re sure that someone has figured it out and put it on the Harry Potter fandom Wiki.
Showing Us Some Real Magic
There’s plenty of movie magic throughout the Harry Potter films, but did you know there’s an instance of someone performing “real” magic? This would be something like sleight of hand or legerdemain – misdirection, slick hand skills, and the like. Penn and Teller stuff, not Dumbledore.
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” lets us see into the Leaky Cauldron, where a bartender makes a show of making a bottle disappear. He covers it with a towel and then slams his hand through it. While doing it with a bottle will take some practice, this is a fairly simple trick you can do with a salt shaker or a small glass.
Watch Out for Beaks!
We can’t think of a single movie that does not use something another movie came up with, and the first Harry Potter film is no exception. Before Harry knows his true destiny, he and his family are flooded with a bunch of letters telling him of his acceptance into Hogwarts.
They stuff the mailbox, fly through the windows, and more, but the last straw for Vernon Dursley is when they come firing out the fireplace. It’s eerily reminiscent of a scene from the Alfred Hitchcock thriller “The Birds,” in which birds come spilling down a fireplace in almost exactly the same way.