In 2003 and 2005, researchers at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford tracked the number of emergency room visits from children ages 7 to 15 during two crucial weekends: the ones just after the release of "Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix" and "Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince." They compared these numbers to the typical ones that occurred over a three-year period, and concluded that reading Harry Potter saved a lot of children from injuring themselves. In fact, those weekends had about 50% fewer emergency room visits from kids.
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J.K. Rowling's manuscript for Harry Potter was rejected about five times, mainly because publishers through it was too long for children. 01:06
"Expecto patronum" is Latin for "I await a protector." 02:32
J.K. Rowling told Alan Rickman secrets about his character, Professor Snape, so that he could better portray him in the films. 04:46