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20 Mind-Blowing Facts You Never Knew About Harry Potter

From Michael Jackson circling the series to political outrage over Dobby the House Elf...

With a grand total of $7.7 billion in box office receipts, Harry Potter is the most lucrative movie franchise in history (until the Marvel Cinematic Universe tops it with May's Avengers: Age Of Ultron), and with its epic 8-film franchise adapted from J.K. Rowling's billion dollar-grossing novel series, it's little surprise that there are a ton of fascinating tidbits for fans to feast on. From crazy attempts to adapt the series that (thankfully) fell by the wayside to ridiculous cameo appearances you probably missed and the craziness of the Potter fanbase as a whole, it's safe to say that these stories of the franchise's construction are pretty much as entertaining and fascinating as Harry's quest to destroy Voldemort itself. These facts both go to show the immense amount of effort and detail that went into bringing this world to the cinema screen in a faithful manner, and also the enormous possibilities the movie series had to go in a completely different direction. While most of these prospective changes seem to be for the worse, it's still difficult not to wonder "what if? for a few of them. Without any further ado, here are 20 mind-blowing facts you never knew about the Harry Potter franchise...

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