A few Harry Potter misconceptions debunked (10 Photos)

When JK Rowling started writing Harry Potter she was an extremely poor single parent Rowling retorts this belief and has said that when she got the idea for the books she was working full time and was not a single parent. She says when she heard the rumors floating around,she was annoyed but understands that it’s a nice rags-to-riches tale.

Harry’s Parents were in their 30’s when they died Although they look quite old when Harry looks at them in the mirror, they were actually only 21 when they died. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Harry goes to visit their graves and the tombstone reveals that both Lily and James were born in 1960 and died in 1981.

Durmstrang is an all boys school and Beauxbatons is all girls In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the schools were most likely made this way to seem less confusing, but in the book they are both described as coed. In fact, Harry’s date for the Yule, Parvati Patel ends up dating a boy from Beauxbaton.

Death Eaters and Aurors can fly It LOOKS awesome, but the truth is only Snape and Voldemort can fly. They can however, apparate, or teleport, but it seems the film directors wanted this to be a bit more exciting.

The symbol of Ravenclaw is a raven It is actually an eagle. On the website pottermore, which Rowling helps create content for, states the “emblem is the eagle, which soars where others cannot climb.”

Snape is a vampire This fan theory is SO popular that Rowling herself debunked it. She says “while it is true that he has an unhealthy pallor, and is sometimes described as looking like a large bat in his long black coat, he never actually turns into a bat. We meet him outside in the castle by daylight, and no corpses with puncture marks in their necks ever turn up at Hogwarts.”

The snake from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was Nagini Some believe that the snake harry sets free at the zoo is the same snake that Voldemort keeps as a pet. However, it’s not true because the zoo snake is described as a boa constrictor which is non-poisonous. Nagini is venomous and severely injures Arthur Weasley with her poison.

Students receive their Hogwarts acceptance letters on their 11th birthday Harry technically opens his letter on his 11th birthday, but if you remember, many letters came before that, but his rude aunt and uncle kept throwing them away. Students received their letters before their birthday so they would have time to plan.

The “T” is pronounced in “Lord Voldemort” During a book signing, Rowling was asked how to pronounce the name. She said “I say it as ‘Vold-e-more-,’ but I’m the only one.”

Voldemort’s soul was split into 7 parts Technically there were 7 Horcruxes, but there were 8 pieces of his soul if you include the one in Harry.