Breakfast might not be the most important meal of the day (you don’t even have to eat it if you don’t want to), but a lot of people use it to start things right. Hogwarts provides plenty of eggs, bacon, pancakes, and other tasty foods, but what if you just want something simple to remind you of home?
There are a few scenes showing us breakfast at Hogwarts, and if you look closely, you can spot boxes of cereal sitting out. They’re called “Cheeri-Owls,” and we wonder if General Mills makes those, too. There are some other boxes visible, but they’re too small to make out.
Looking for a Lost Brother
As the series progresses, it gets more and more dangerous for the characters. When Cedric Diggory dies at the end of the fourth book, it’s a noticeable switch to more dire circumstances and outcomes. The end of the seventh book has a number of characters who fall in the Battle of Hogwarts, including Fred Weasley.
His twin, George, survives and, at one point, forgets that his brother has fallen when he tries to crack a joke. He looks for Fred, doesn’t find him, and gets a crushing look on his face. It is exactly what would happen in real life.
You Can’t Keep a Writer Down
Gilderoy Lockhart becomes a victim of his own spell at the end of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” when he obliterates his own memory – something he had done to dozens of others in order to steal their stories for his books.
He’s sent to St. Mungo’s, a hospital for those recovering from magical maladies, and we’d love to know how Saint Mungo got canonized, but that’s not the point here. While he was in St. Mungo’s, Lockhart was actually able to get a book published, as shown in a post-credits scene from the same movie he appears in. Publisher contracts can be a bear sometimes.
Classic British Names
The lovable Weasleys, with seven kids and an amazing big home, and plenty of love for the sometimes-unloved Harry, are a huge part of the Harry Potter series. But where did their names come from? J.K. Rowling is clearly a fan of the classics, and a number of them derive from the myth of King Arthur’s round table.
Arthur Weasley is the head of the family, of course, but there’s also Ginny, the real name Ginevra, the Italian version of Guinevere, who was King Arthur’s wife. In addition, Percy is short for Percival, one of the knights of the round table. Many of the other names are everyday fare, however.
Lighter Shades as He Fades
There are a ton of Easter Eggs for eagle-eyed fans in the movies, but some of them take a different sort of mind to catch. If you watch the movies, you might start to notice that Voldemort’s robes are taking on lighter and lighter shades. Is he trying to expand his wardrobe?
We can’t be sure, but it seems a lot like the filmmakers were trying to show the dark lord as the character is starting to fade. He’s used Horcruxes to split his soul, and those Horcruxes are being destroyed, resulting in lighter and lighter shades as he is slowly being destroyed. This subtle wardrobe shift could indicate that.