Tim Roth was a leading contender for the role of Professor Severus Snape. Roth dropped out of contention, however, to pursue his role as General Thade in Tim Burton’s adaptation of Planet of the Apes (2001).

J.K. Rowling has confirmed that Filch’s cat Mrs Norris, although not named in the movie, was named for the wicked Aunt Norris in’ Jane Austen (I)’ ‘s book “Mansfield Park”.

In the trophy cupboard, to the right of the Quidditch trophy, you can see the “Service to the School” trophy with part of “Tom M Riddle” engraved on it.

The inscription around the Mirror of Erised says: “Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi”. Reading the inscription backwards it says, “I show not your face but your heart’s desire.”

Among the portraits on the shifting staircase, you can clearly see a painting of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I. Anne Boleyn was popularly believed to be a witch.

The Wizard’s chess-set Harry and Ron were playing, the red queen is from the Lewis Chessmen, the most important of all chess pieces dating from the 12th Century. They were found in 1831 on a beach in Uig, Lewis. 78 pieces were recovered in all, and are now in the care of the National Museum of Scotland and in the British Museum in London.

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