Did Roald Dahl's Matilda Go To Hogwarts?

Harry Potter and Mara Wilson

You thought you knew everything about Harry Potter and then Mara Wilson says this...

Update 1st October: 

She's everyone's favourite children's book character, but what happened to little Matilda Wormwood when she grew up and went to secondary school? 

Well, whispers have been circulating about the possibility that the magical kid may well have gone to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After one astute online Reddit user noted: "Matilda is the story of Hermione if she'd been raised by the Dursleys", 28-year-old actress Mara Wilson, who famously played Matilda in the 1996 movie, has waded in on the argument: 

Update 23rd September:

J.K. Rowling is known for revealing interesting facts about her beloved characters on her website 'Pottermore'.

Now the writer informs us what her title character's family members were getting up to way before he was born...


Here are 10 important things we recently learned from the author's new mini-story titled 'The Potter Family' on her website:

1. Harry's ancestry can be traced back to a twelfth-century wizard named Linfred of Stinchcombe: "a vague and absent-minded fellow whose Muggle neighbours often called upon his medicinal services," writes Rowling. This eccentric man was adored by many and, whose nickname, 'the Potterer', changed over time to become 'Potter'.

2. Potter is an occupational surname, like Taylor - it refers to one who makes pottery.

3. It's no surprise where Harry got his potions skills - Linfred created several potions that are still in use nowadays, including the plant growing potion Skele-gro and Pepperup Potion.

4. The Invisibility Cloak was passed down though the family the eldest son in each generation.

5. The Potters often married outside of wizard blood.

6. The family historically supported magical involvement in the First World War. Henry Potter was a member of the Wizengamot: "Henry caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, who had forbidden the magical community to help Muggles waging the First World War."

7. Henry Potter's son Fleamont created Sleekeazy's Hair Potion, helping the family become rich. 

8. Fleamont and his wife Euphemia were Harry's grandparents on his father's side.

9. They pair sadly never lived ling enough to lived long enough to meet their grandson Harry, after tragically dying of dragon pox just days apart.

10. James Potter then inherited the Invisibility Cloak which was passed on to in time to his own son.

J.K. Rowling Drops A Potter Bomb

The author and creator of all things 'Harry Potter', has just dropped a whopping, great, big Dementor sized bomb on the magical world of Potter fandom... 

It turns out that whether you've been calling him 'He Who Must Not Be Named' or being a brave witch or wizard by saying 'Voldemort' out loud, it doesn't matter. 

You - like Stephen Fry (the voice of the audiobooks) - have been saying it just as wrong as the magical world are about Sirius Black. 

The "T" should in fact be silent, as in "mort", the French word for dead.


For those of you who have been studying magic abroad and aren't sure who 'Lord Voldemort' is, he's the snakelike bad guy who is obsessed with trying to kill Harry, take over the Ministry of Magic and is an overall nasty piece of work.

Let us put this in perspective for you: This changes EVERYTHING! 

Well, not really but still fans are reacting badly to the news: 






And then there are those Hermione Grangers who have always been top of the class:




Great. So now we feel like Neville. 

So you think you know all things Potter? Test your knowledge with our quiz!

Read more: Who Said What? Prince Harry or Harry Potter?