J.K. Rowling was extremely generous in 2014, sprinkling little revelations about her Harry Potter series throughout the year. The author seems excited to keep her story alive, and as huge fans of her wizarding world, we’re certainly not complaining.
This year we learned why Draco Malfoy is such a bully, that Snape is not a vampire, but a vampire was almost added to the series, who Rowling regrets killing off the most in the Harry Potter books, that the Inferi are not, in fact, zombies (but were inspired by them), and so much more!
For Harry Potter fans who want a neatly compiled list of everything Rowling revealed in 2014, TIME recently posted a great one. Here’s a peek of the things we learned about the world of Harry Potter in 2014:
J.K. Rowling is super excited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Fans thought Rowling was hinting at a new Potter book when she posted an anagram to Twitter asking fans to solve it. But a winner revealed it was simply a hint at Rowling’s latest project: The screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a Potter movie spinoff. The screenplay is based on a book that once only existed in the wizarding world and served as a textbook at Hogwarts.
Why does Draco Malfoy gotta be so mean?
“Draco was raised in an atmosphere of regret that the Dark Lord had not succeeded in taking command of the wizarding community,” Rowling wrote, revealing that before meeting Harry on the Hogwarts Express, Draco, his family and other ex-Death Eaters thought Harry could be “another, and better, Voldemort.” Draco married Astoria Greengrass, who may have helped shape the bitter Slytherin into a better man. “As Astoria refused to raise their grandson Scorpius in the belief that Muggles were scum, family gatherings were fraught with tension,” Rowling wrote.
The Inferi were inspired by zombies, but Rowling didn’t want to call them zombies because of Michael Jackson.
Inferi were somewhat inspired by zombies, but Rowling purposely didn’t call them that because of Michael Jackson. “I’m part of the ‘Thriller’ generation,” she wrote. “To me, a zombie will always mean Michael Jackson in a bright red bomber jacket.”
To read the entire list, head over to TIME! (It really is a must-read for any Potter fan!)