6 Astonishing Facts About Harry Potter
Ook, the owl that played Hedwig, was the first actor cast in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Ook was a Snowy Owl and the first actor cast in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Ook was replaced by Gizmo and played Harry Potter’s pet owl named Hedwig. J.K. Rowling chose for Hedwig to be a Snowy Owl, because she found them to be the most beautiful type of owl.
Hedwig is a female owl, but in the movies, male owls played Hedwig, because they are whiter and smaller than females. The death of Hedwig was meant to symbolize the loss of Harry’s innocence.
Snowy Owls don’t just hoot. They also bark. In the books, Hedwig only hoots, because Rowling didn’t find out they can bark until after the first book and wanted to keep continuity.
Hedwig is actually the name of two separate female saints. Saint Hedwig of Andechs, Duchess of Silesia and Saint Hedwig, King of Poland. Saint Hedwig’s day has been celebrated since the canonization of Hedwig of Andechs in 1267 and it is celebrated on October 16th.