Fans who have read the books would know that Snape was always angling for the spot of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, but he could never get it. Instead, he resigned himself to teaching potions, the magical version of chemistry class. You know, kind of.
The reason Rowling had this mean character teach potions was that chemistry was her least-favorite subject in high school. She used her bad memories of working with chemicals to create a classic character that ends up being one of the biggest heroes in the story – even if he is still an unfriendly professor.
A Dangerous Nostalgia Trip
Come to the end of the final “Harry Potter” movie; we watched as the main characters fought their way through one battle after another in a mad dash to destroy the Horcruxes and end Voldemort once and for all. Even if you were paying close attention, you might not have noticed that the party had to battle against six interesting challenges which closely mirror the things they went through in their other years at Hogwarts.
They encounter a troll in the courtyard, like the one they fought in the bathroom during their first year, followed by a collection of Aragog’s offspring from the second year. Each year gets a spotlight, and some more than one.
The Meaning Behind a Name
Severus Snape has such a severe name. It is perfect for a character that spends all his time on the screen berating one student or another. Like he just can’t wait to cut you down to size. Well, Rowling loves a name that means something, and Snape's name is no exception.
The word Severus translates to strict or stern in Latin, while his last name is likely based on the Old Norse word "sneypa," which means to outrage, disgrace, or dishonor. Perfect for a crafty double agent. In addition, his last name is tied to families in certain parts of England.
Hello, Yes, This Is Magic
At the start of the fifth book and movie, Harry is forced to stand trial for crimes he committed defending himself and his cousin Dudley from dementors. To do so, he has to enter the Ministry of Magic, and to get there, he and Arthur Weasley use an unusual phone booth.
Once they’re crammed into the phone booth, Weasley punches in a few numbers: 6, 2, 4, 4, 2. It isn’t immediately apparent in our current day and age, but if you used a standard dial phone, you’d know those numbers correspond to the letters m, a, g, i, and c.
We Remember What He’s Forgotten
Neville Longbottom is introduced as a young wizard of Harry’s age that would forget his head if it wasn’t attached to his neck. While he grows up to become a gifted, shockingly handsome wizard, he starts out as a bit of a bother. In “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Neville gets a remembrance, which turns red when you’ve forgotten something.
The problem is, he doesn’t know what he’s forgotten. If you look closely, however, you can figure it out. All the other students at breakfast are wearing robes, while Neville is only in his jumper. You’re going to catch a cold going about like that, Neville!