Month: June 2017

Happy Birthday Harry! Our hand-picked 25 Harry Potter Facts and More

It’s hard to believe Harry Potter is TWENTY years old! I wonder if J.K. Rowling had any inkling of the cult following she was about to give birth to when she began putting pen to paper two decades ago. So many people have followed the series and now we celebrate 20 amazing years of magical, … read more

It’s hard to believe Harry Potter is TWENTY years old! I wonder if J.K. Rowling had any inkling of the cult following she was about to give birth to when she began putting pen to paper two decades ago. So many people have followed the series and now we celebrate 20 amazing years of magical, fantastical, incredible adventures with Harry, the Hogwarts, and the Muggles! Most everyone knows the story of Harry Potter, but few people know what went down behind the scenes of the movies or what inspired J.K. Rowling to write one of the most read book series in the world. These 25 little-known Harry Potter facts will knock you off your broomstick and give you a glimpse into makings of the series that changed the future of children’s literature and made the muggle world a little more magical. Although the beloved series has officially come to a close, for the Harry Potter generation, the story will live on forever. Enjoy our hand-picked 25 Harry Potter Facts.

  • Harry’s birthday is July 31, 1980. Rowling’s birthday is also July 31 – but in 1966.
  • The actress who played Moaning Myrtle was 37 years old at the time “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” was filmed. She is the oldest actress to ever portray a Hogwarts student.

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  • Ron Weasley’s character originally swore a lot, but Rowling’s publisher wouldn’t let her use that sort of language because it would’ve been inappropriate for young readers.
  • Rowling’s publisher suggested she use initials rather than her real name, “Joanne Rowling,” in order to appeal to male readers. She chose J.K., borrowing the “K” from her grandmother’s name, Kathleen. However, neither “Kathleen” nor “K” is part of her legal name.
  • Only Alan Rickman, the actor who played Professor Snape, knew his character’s fate before the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” because Rowling told him
  • Rowling said the inspiration for the name of Harry’s school in the books, “Hogwarts,” may have unconsciously come from the name of a plant she saw in the Kew Gardens in New York City.
  • Rupert Grint dressed up like his female drama teacher and rapped about Ron Weasley for his audition tape. His rap began, “Hello, my name is Rupert Grint, I hope you don’t think I stink.”
  • Contrary to popular belief, the ‘t’ at the end of Voldemort is silent. The name comes from the French words meaning “flight of death.”
  • J.K. Rowling slightly based 11-year-old Hermione on herself at the same age. She even made Hermione’s patronus her favorite animal, an otter.
  • An outbreak of lice occurred among the children cast members during the filming of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
  • Tom Felton auditioned for the roles of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, but was chosen to play Draco Malfoy instead.
  • The idea for Sirius Black’s tattoos came from those used in Russian prison gangs. The markings identify the person as someone to be feared and respected.
  • Robbie Coltrane, the actor who played Hagrid in the films, has gotten a mini-fan and a fruit bat stuck in his famous, shaggy beard.
  • Dementors, the deadly phantoms that guard Azkaban Prison, represent depression and were based on Rowling’s struggle with the disease.

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  • Over 400 million Harry Potter books in 67 languages have been sold worldwide as of 2008.
  • Probably the most impressive of Harry Potter facts is that J.K. Rowling is the first person to become a billionaire (U.S. dollars) by writing books.
  • During the filming of the kissing scene between the horcrux versions of Harry and Hermione in the final film, Rupert Grint was removed from the set for laughing too much.
  • While filming “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” Tom Felton’s Hogwarts robes had their pockets sewn shut because he kept trying to sneak food onto the set.

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  • One of the flying cars used in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” was stolen off the set. It was discovered seven months later when an anonymous caller informed police of its whereabouts.
  • M.O. McGonagall is listed on one of the Quidditch trophies in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Could Professor McGonagall have been a renowned Quidditch player back in the day? It would certainly explain her enthusiasm for the sport
  • People had trouble pronouncing Hermione’s name, so Rowling had her sound it out for Viktor Krum in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
  • Forty versions of Salazar Slytherin’s infamous locket had to be created to accommodate Harry and Ron’s failed attempts to destroy it during filming.
  • When “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” was released in Great Britain, the publisher asked stores not to sell the book until schools were closed for the day to prevent truancy.
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  • In order to become acquainted with the films’ three main stars, director Alfonso Cuaron had each of them write an essay about their characters. True to their characters, Emma Watson wrote a 16-page essay, Daniel Radcliffe wrote a simple, one-page paper, and Rupert Grint never even turned his in.
  • The least successful Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” made $90 million more than the most successful Twilight movie.We hope you enjoyed these 25 Harry Potter Facts. Did you learn anything new?  Which one of the Harry Potter facts did you find most surprising? Leave us a comment and be sure to SHARE this with all your Hogwart loving friends!

 

Handmade in America. Gypsy Spoonful’s 4th of July items on Sale Now

    The makers of Gypsy Spoonful literally have almost a hundred Red/White/Blue items listed in our shops. from witty and fun children’s tees with embroidery or vinyl ~to Aline dresses~ to hair bows, headbands and clips~ and even home décor items such as table runners to get every inch of your home ready for … read more

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The makers of Gypsy Spoonful literally have almost a hundred Red/White/Blue items listed in our shops. from witty and fun children’s tees with embroidery or vinyl ~to Aline dresses~ to hair bows, headbands and clips~ and even home décor items such as table runners to get every inch of your home ready for the holiday!

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Everything Unicorn for your summer!

Unicorns and rainbows are on trend right now, The elusive unicorn from medieval legend has been making a comeback. Once only found in enchanted forests, unicorns have been popping up in social media with shimmering unicorn-themed food and drinks;  Gypsy Spoonful has brought Unicorns into the limelight~ and now you can find all your favorite unicorns right here! Click … read more

Unicorns and rainbows are on trend right now, The elusive unicorn from medieval legend has been making a comeback. Once only found in enchanted forests, unicorns have been popping up in social media with shimmering unicorn-themed food and drinks;  Gypsy Spoonful has brought Unicorns into the limelight~ and now you can find all your favorite unicorns right here!

Click on the pictures to see the listings, spoon them (what’s that? : Spoonage)  and save them for later, or  buy them now. From digital embroidery designs, to necklaces, clothing, keychains, hairbows, toys, and other accessories, Gypsy Spoonful is your unicorn headquarters!

  

Here are some things about unicorns you may NOT know…

  • Unicorns are described as a beast with a single, spiraling horn coming from the forehead of the creature.
  • The first known depiction of a unicorn—found in the Lascaux Caves of modern-day France—dates to around 15,000 BC! Or so people thought, until they realized that the so-called Lascaux unicorn had two horns, drawn confusingly close together.

 

  • The unicorn is thought to hold the power to divine truth and will pierce the heart of a liar with its horn AND According to Jewish legend, the unicorn can easily kill an elephant, a testament to its immense power and strength.
  • Gypsy Spoonful currently has 30 listings with the word “Unicorn” in the titles, these awesome handmade products are made by designers located in the United States~handmade items are the best quality you can find, anywhere.

 

  • Purity: It is believed that the unicorn is attracted to purity and innocence, giving rise to the legend of the virgin and the unicorn. According to this ancient legend, only a virgin sitting naked under a tree holds the power to capture a unicorn. Seeing her beauty and pureness, the unicorn reportedly will venture close and lay down beside the virgin placing his head in her lap, where the hunter can then kill or capture him.

  

  • Untamable: It is said that even if the unicorn is captured, it can never be tamed. Unicorns are earthbound and do not have wings. If a unicorn and a Pegasus (a flying horse) mate, the babies may become flying unicorns.
  • They are difficult to catch (not unlike some horses who don’t like to be caught) and in many myths, can only be tamed by young maidens (more specifically, virgins!)  They are a symbol of ferociousness, freedom, power and speed and appear on many coats of arms and emblems.

 

  • In his travels, Marco Polo believed he stumbled across unicorns. He wrote, “They are very ugly brutes to look at. They are not at all such as we describe unicorns.” (pssst….That’s because they were actually rhinoceroses!!)
  • At its height, “unicorn horn” was literally worth 10 times its weight in gold. In 1560, German merchants sold a unicorn horn for an astronomical 90,000 scudi—then about £18,000—to the pope. Pharmacies in London sold powdered unicorn horn as late as 1741.
  • There are seven famous Gothic tapestries depicting the hunt and capture of unicorns

  • The King James version of the Old Testament contains nine references to unicorns, thanks to a mistranslation of the Hebrew word re’em. The original word was likely the Assyrian rimu (auroch), an extinct species of wild ox.
  • A unicorn’s horn, and the substance it’s made from, is called alicorn. It’s long been believed that alicorn has magical properties capable of healing wounds, neutralizing poison and purifying stagnant water

  • Several unicorn skeletons have been discovered, but all have also been discovered fakes. In the 1600s, a German Scientist and Inventor Otto Von Guericke created a fake unicorn skeleton with bones locals found in a cave, and a sketch based on the model was even included in a book on natural history written in the 1700s.
  • Unicorns are also often depicted as having cloven hooves like cattle, deer or goats. So while the rest of their bodies may be horse-like, they have the hooves of a biungulate, not the ungulate (single-toed) hooves of a horse. They are often depicted with similar coat colors to horses, but most often they are described as being white.

  • Unicorns have been attributed with many magical qualities. Unicorn tears and blood are said to be healing. Powder of unicorn horn is said to be an antidote for poison and Harry Potter’s wand contained a strand of unicorn tail hair.
  • Unicorns can be any color, from jet-black and brown to dazzling gold, brilliant red or pure white. Anyone who touches a pure white unicorn will find happiness and joy for his entire life.

  • One of the principal characters in the book Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier is based on the life of Mary Anning. Mary Anning collected fossils and but didn’t understand what the fossilized creatures she was collecting were. One fossil, the nautilus, that we now know are cephalopods were thought to be coiled snakes. However, straight cephalopod shells were also found, and many thought these were unicorn horns back in the day

More Unicorn Fun!

Looking for a fun summer activity to do with the kiddos? Have I got a FUN one for you!

Unicorn Poop Slime!

The recipe to make this outrageously fun DIY is located HERE


Didn’t get to try Starbuck’s infamous Unicorn Frappuccino when it was out temporarily? or want to experience this super treat once again in the comfort of your own home? I am happy to hook you up:

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Learn to make your very own felt Unicorn Headband with a DIY tutorial from blogger: Katie Miles, Here.

and once you master that, you’re ready for the next skill level, and move onto creating this amazing Unicorn Hoodie. Full DIY instructions, materials needed and more wonderful photos are located HERE at the Make It Love It Blog


Wouldn’t these awesome Unicorn Cream Cheese Cookies be so much fun for a party?!  (Recipe Found Here)