In The Goblet of Fire, the old muggle man, Frank Bryce, overhears Voldemort telling Peter Pettigrew that if he remains loyal to him, then he will get to perform a task that many would “give their right hand to perform.”
And what happens later? Pettigrew cuts off his right hand to help bring Voldemort back to human form.
J.K. Rowling drops a whole bunch of hints that Professor Quirrell is the bad guy throughout The Sorcerer’s Stone. One of the biggest hints is on Harry’s first day at Hogwarts, when he has a dream that he’s wearing Quirrell’s turban, which keeps talking to him.
See what she did there?
4. This Is Why Ron And Neville Struggled With Magic In Their First Few Years In School
Ron and Neville Longbottom aren’t known for being the best students at Hogwarts, and as it turns out, there’s a reason for it: both use another person’s wand. Neville uses his father’s and Ron uses Percy’s. We later learn that when using someone else’s wand, magic will not be as effective.
Rowling threw in some clever little hints about the horcruxes before we even learn what a horcrux was. For example, in The Order of the Phoenix, the Order goes into Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place to clean out when they notice “a heavy locket that none of them could open.”
It’s none other than Slytherin’s horcrux locket that was stolen by Regulus Black.
In The Chamber of Secrets, Ron serves detention by cleaning in the trophy room. He notices the name “Tom Riddle” on one of the trophies and remarks that he had received an award for special services to the school. He jokingly suggests that maybe Riddle received this award for killing Moaning Myrtle.
This turns out to be partially true - Riddle did kill Moaning Myrtle in the girl’s bathroom (although he never received an award for it).
In The Goblet of Fire, Voldemort takes some of Harry’s blood in order to return to his human form. When Harry tells Dumbledore this news, his eyes flash with a “gleam of triumph.” Little did we know at that point, Dumbledore knew that Harry could survive Voldemort’s killing curse if he had some of Harry’s blood running through his veins.
8. Harry’s Reaction To The Dementors Isn’t Due To What We Thought
We all assumed that when Harry hears his mother’s screams upon coming into contact with a dementor, that he is recalling his own memory. However, if you think about it, that makes no sense. Harry was only a baby at the time and wouldn’t remember anything that clearly.
But we do know that Harry carries a piece of Voldemort’s soul with him, so he is instead reliving Voldemort’s worst memory of the night he almost died when he attempted to kill Harry.
Before we learn the true identity of Professor Quirrell in The Sorcerer’s Stone, Fred and George get in trouble for bewitching snowballs that follow Quirrell around, bouncing off of the back of his turban.
Little did they know, they were actually messing with Lord Voldemort himself!
10. Aunt Petunia Gives Us A Little Clue About Snape And Lily
If Rowling really did intentionally plan all of this out, then she is a true genius.
In The Order of the Phoenix, Harry and the gang are attacked by Death Eaters in the Hall of Prophecy at the Ministry of Magic. Some of those prophecies fall off of the shelves, smashing on the ground. Very faintly we hear one of them say, “...at the Solstice will come a new...and none will come after.”
Here’s the kicker: the title of the very last book in the series was announced on December 21, 2006...the winter solstice.
In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and Ron make up some “fake” predictions in divination class. Harry predicts that he’s “in danger of burns,” and Ron predicts that Harry will “lose a treasured possession.”
The crazy part: in The Goblet of Fire, Harry ends up getting burned by a dragon, and each of the champions has a loved one taken from them in the Triwizard Tournament.