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Eight fun facts you didn't know about Harry Potter!

Last updated on: June 30, 2011 15:22 IST

Image: Harry Potter

As the last installment of the Harry Potter series -- called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 -- readies for a July 15 release, Potter fans all over the world are overcome with mixed emotions -- of anticipation and sadness.

The series has enjoyed a massive fan-following over the past decade. But it was a painstaking effort for the entire cast and crew and it's not hard to tell from the intricate sets, costumes and the production scale.

So, here we bring some facts about Harry Potter and his world of wizardry that you might not know!

Harry's scar has been put on 5,800 times!

Harry's infamous scar has been put on by makeup approx 5,800 times.  This is not only on Daniel Radcliffe, who has had the scar applied approx 2,000 times, but also on his doubles and stunt doubles, all of whom wear the scar. 

Teething troubles

Image: A still from Harry Potter
A dentist was on standby for many of the young crowd scenes to replace teeth which wobbled and fell out -- to prevent continuity issues involving teeth.

The art department and its 35 babies

Image: A Harry Potter movie poster
The Harry Potter art department contained a team of 58 people working full time. Over 10 years they produced some amazing work, but also produced 35 babies!

Producers on the marble staircase

Image: The Marble Staircase
Producers David Heyman and David Barron were immortalized in portraits for the Marble Staircase.

Harry and his magic wands

Image: Harry Potter's wand

Daniel Radcliffe wore out  60-70 wands during the making of the Harry Potter films. Every wand that you see in any of the Harry Potter films is created on-site. No two wands are alike not even the Weasley twins'!

Wands are 13-15 inch long and haven't changed in length, so the actors have had to grow into them over the years. 

Dumbledore's Westminster Abbey connection

Image: Albus Dumbledore
Dumbledore's chair was inspired by the throne in Westminster Abbey.

The case of beads

Image: A still from Harry Potter
Behind the Professor's top table is the house points system. Each hour glass contains tens of thousands of Indian glass beads and rumor has it that when it was first made for Philosopher's Stone, the production was responsible for a national shortage of beads!

Other connections

Image: Movie poster of Harry Potter Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Apart from the Potter series, movies filmed at the Leavesden Studios in England include Sleepy Hollow, Golden Eye, Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace and Mortal Kombat Annihilation.