13 Fun facts about the Harry Potter films

How many double-decker buses could fit inside the Great Hall created for the Harry Potter films? How many wands did Daniel Radcliffe wear out during his tenure as the boy wizard?

A new article put together by Wired outlines 13 fascinating new facts about the magical series, giving fans even more appreciation for the spectacular attention to detail that brought the books to life. (The answers by the way: 22 buses and 60-70 wands!)

Some more interesting trivia includes facts on Gringotts coins, Hogwarts uniforms, the Hogwarts Express, Harry Potter’s scar, mythical creatures, Hogwarts rubble, Shell Cottage and the new Boat House.

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Video: Tom Felton chats with Conan

With barely a breath between his two films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a very busy Tom Felton stopped by Conan and gave him the scoop on Harry Potter coming to a close .

The Harry Potter star talked about wands, broomsticks and his character, the conflicted villain Draco Malfoy, plus the effect he has when he meets some of his young fans.

“Small kids are generally a little shy around me, me being my character, and actually it freaks them out even more when I smile and I’m really nice to them…”

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Matthew Lewis talks Neville & music with Rolling Stone

Ever wondered what type of music the Harry Potter stars are into? Matthew Lewis chatted about his character Neville Longbottom and his fave music during a recent interview with Rolling Stone. The 22-year-old actor even took a guess at what music Neville might like! Watch the video after the jump!

As for playing the trouble-prone tyke turned sword-wielding hero, Lewis found a few comparisons in their journey growing up. “When I first started, Neville and I were pretty similar. I was a short, chubby kid, pretty shy,” Matthew Lewis reminisced.

“We both just grew up, and I’ve become more confident in myself and my acting, in life in general, and Neville went on to become a real hero. I don’t think I’m quite as courageous as he is.”

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Wizarding World to host a Harry Potter celebration

Got the post-Potter blues? Well, here’s something to look forward to this November!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando just announced “A Celebration of the Harry Potter Films” — a special three-day event starting Friday, November 11, through Sunday, November 13.

Fans who purchase special vacation packages will get the chance to mingle with Harry Potter cast members during Q&A sessions and autograph signing events. Plus, special guests can put on their best dress robes for a “spectacular evening gala” to be held at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Happy birthday, Daniel Radcliffe!

Just a week and a day before the birthday of his onscreen alter ego Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe celebrates his birthday! Harry Potter’s big day? July 31. And Daniel Radcliffe’s birthday? July 23, when the actor will turn 22!

What a year it’s been for the young superstar! Not only did he bid farewell to the Harry Potter franchise which catapulted him to fame, but he also didn’t waste a second before heading back to the Great White Way in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Fans can currently catch him on Broadway performing the show eight times per week as the upwardly mobile J. Pierrepont Finch.

“I’m on Broadway at the moment, it’s an incredibly fun show, and I get to work with incredibly fun people, which means I get to play and have fun every night,” Radcliffe said during a recent interview on The Early Show (see the video below!).

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Harry Potter hits the $7 billion mark

Harry Potter has cast a spell at the box office! After setting loads of new records last weekend with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the Harry Potter franchise is now the highest-grossing series ever.

And Warner Bros. just announced that the magical eight-film series has raked in an astonishing $7 billion worldwide!

In the U.S., Harry Potter’s wands beat out Star Wars’ lightsabers — Star Wars held the previous box office record as the biggest-grossing series with its six films and now Harry Potter has conjured up the top spot.

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Harry Potter: The Exhibition heading Down Under!

After sharing the enchanted world of Harry Potter with fans in New York City, Harry Potter: The Exhibition will pack up its wizardly bags and head to Australia for the next leg on the tour this November.

Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) recently gave excited fans in Sydney a sneak peek of what to expect. Hundreds of props, costumes, creatures and other artifacts from the Harry Potter films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, will be on display in an immersive experience for fans.

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Go behind the scenes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Have you already checked out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in theaters? Maybe a few times? Well, if you’re craving more, take a look at these behind-the-scenes peeks at the final film in the fantastical franchise.

In a British television special on ITV, the cast and crew of Harry Potter, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, invited viewers into their magical world on the set. See some of the biggest moments from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 deconstructed, including more on the phenomenal Gringotts sequence. Helena Bonham Carter chats about playing Hermione pretending to be Bellatrix, and see the stunning attention to detail required for the goblin bankers.

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Video: Daniel Radcliffe visits The Daily Show

Daniel Radcliffe stepped out for his first appearance on The Daily Show where he chatted with host Jon Stewart about the end of Harry Potter and the final film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

What else did Radcliffe say? The 21-year-old actor talked about his emotions and the Harry Potter grieving period while moving on to his current gig, performing How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying eight times per week on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

He also discussed how he and the cast never felt jaded as they grew up on the Harry Potter set.

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Harry Potter video: It all ends

Get out the tissues once again! In a new video featurette from Warner Bros, the stars of Harry Potter get nostalgic on the set during their last days of filming. And it is definitely a tearjerker as you’ll see below.

Stars like Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), David Thewlis (Remus Lupin), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) are feted on the set as they take their final bows to cheers from the rest of the cast and crew.

“We’re like a family. Each person’s last day was quite emotional,” producer David Heyman says. “We always knew we were coming back. And this time we knew we weren’t.”

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