JK Rowling: Secrets Behind Harry Potter
Harry Potter readers notice parallels and hidden meanings scattered all over the books. Here are a few you may have missed. Malfoy, the notoriously Pureblood family that has aligned itself with Voldemort, is derived from the French mal foi, meaning bad faith. Voldemort, loosely translated, comes from vol de mort, or flight from death. Throughout the series, he seeks to escape death and does so by creating Horcruxes in hopes of becoming immortal.
The reputable center of Diagon Alley can be accessed from the Leaky Cauldron by tapping one’s wand in a diagonal pattern on the wall. The shady Knockturn Alley is a homophone of ‘nocturnally’, referring to darkness and nighttime. “Morsmordre”, the incantation to cast the Dark Mark, means “take a bite out of death” when loosely translated. And the biggest one of all? Voldemort's heritage and rise to power parallels Adolf Hitler's. Oh J.K. Rowling, you clever, clever woman.
While hype was building for the release of the final book, Rowling revealed to fans that she’s always thought of Dumbledore as gay. She was surprised at the applause that greeted her statement. She sportingly says, “You needed something to keep you going for the next 10 years! …Oh my god, the fan fiction now, eh?”
In response, she said, “If I had known this would have made you this happy, I’d have announced it years ago.” Dumbledore, who had always believed in the power of love, found love himself in Gellert Grindelwald, his childhood friend who went dark. It made him sad that he had to defeat his friend in battle, but he did what was needed. This may have been one of the memories he was reliving when he drank the potion the night he died.
The power of three is shown by the Golden Trio- Harry, Ron and Hermione; the Deathly Hallows- the Invisibility Cloak, the Elder Wand, and the Resurrection Stone. The number seven is especially powerful. There are seven years of school in Hogwarts, seven players on a Quidditch team, seven Horcruxes, and seven Harry Potter books written.
Rowling has used numerology to make numbers and what they represent significant throughout the series. In less significant meaning, three is the number of times Harry stabs the basilisk with the Sword of Gryffindor before it dies and the number of times Hagrid knocks on the front door of Hogwarts in the first book.