The Doctor was familiar with them as early as his first incarnation. (PROSE: A Big Hand for the Doctor) By his tenth incarnation, the Doctor had read the seventh Harry Potter novel, and cried upon reading the ending. (TV: The Shakespeare Code)
A copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was in a display case on Platform One. (TV: The End of the World) A descendant of Rowling known as PQ Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Half-Moon Dentist. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Adaptation of Death)
Martha Jones knew the books and suggested Potter's magic word "Expelliarmus" to William Shakespeare to help defeat the Carrionites. The suggestion worked, to which the Doctor cheered "Good old J.K.!!" (TV: The Shakespeare Code)
Mark Whitaker owned first editions of some of the Harry Potter books. Amy Pond likened the TARDIS chasing Whitaker's train to a scene in Harry Potter, where Harry and his friend Ron Weasley chased the Hogwarts Express in a flying car. (PROSE: Touched by an Angel)
Martha Jones said she began reading Harry Potter after she read her first book series, the Troubleseekers. On a planet of fiction created from her mind, Martha and the Tenth Doctor ran through Hogwarts. (PROSE: The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage)
Behind the scenes
- In real life, only seven Harry Potter novels (plus several shorter spin-off works) have been published. However, in 2013 Rowling said she would not rule out writing more books set within the Potter universe, and announced she would be writing the story for a planned film spin-off series featuring a backstory character.
- Martha's use of Expelliarmus comes from the actual works (it's the incantation for the Disarming Charm, introduced in Chamber of Secrets and used throughout.)
- The mention of Harry and Ron taking a flying car to Hogwarts also references canon, as the two of them took Mr. Weasley's enchanted Ford Anglia to Hogwarts in Chamber of Secrets.
- The expanded canon has introduced one fictional title, Half-Moon Dentist is a play on the title of the actual sixth book, Half-Blood Prince, also possibly referring to Dumbledore's "half moon-shaped" glasses and Hermione's parents professions as dentists.
- In 2005, Russell T Davies asked Harry Potter's creator J.K. Rowling if she would write for Doctor Who. She refused, saying that she was "amused by the suggestion but simply doesn't have the time." She was writing the sixth Harry Potter novel (Half-Blood Prince) at the time.
- In The Christmas Invasion, a Hogwarts-style uniform featuring robes briefly appears as the Doctor considers what clothes to wear in his new incarnation.
- The Shakespeare Code, in which the Doctor references reading the seventh book, was broadcast before Deathly Hallows was published and during a period of intense anticipation of its release. The Doctor doesn't mention the book's title, as it had not been revealed by the time the episode began filming. The fact the Doctor was emotional about the book's ending was an educated guess on behalf of the script writer that the conclusion to the long-running book series would be an emotional event.
- According to his 2008 autobiography A Writer's Tale, Russell T Davies also considered basing the 2008 Christmas special around an appearance by Rowling.
- Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, was a name thrown out by Russell T. Davies to play the Eleventh Doctor.[source needed] In interviews in 2013, Radcliffe stated he was not interested in playing the character.
- Other actors who have appeared in the Harry Potter films who have been considered for the role of the Doctor include Jim Broadbent, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Griffiths and Alan Rickman.[source needed] Broadbent did play a spoof version of the Doctor in The Curse of Fatal Death, Cleese made a cameo appearance in City of Death, Griffiths was considered to play the Fourth Doctor, and Rickman was almost signed to play the Eighth Doctor by a production company before the BBC withdrew its rights in favour of co-producing the 1996 TV movie with Paul McGann.
- David Tennant and John Hurt are the only actors to appear in Harry Potter to play the Doctor (if one does not count Broadbent's spoof turn in The Curse of Fatal Death).
- When filming the 2005 series Russell T Davies commented upon the difficulty of finding little person actors for Doctor Who because Harry Potter and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were filming at the same time.
- Harry Melling, who plays Dudley Dursley (Harry's cousin) in the film series, is the grandson of Patrick Troughton. However, he never met him, as Patrick died before he was born. David Troughton is his uncle.
- Michael Gambon, who appeared as Kazran Sardick in A Christmas Carol, plays Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore for most of the series.
- Alfie Enoch, who plays Harry’s friend and dorm-mate Dean Thomas, is the son of William Russell.
- David Tennant is, just like the Tenth Doctor, a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. Tennant appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Death Eater Barty Crouch Jr. Roger Lloyd-Pack appeared in the same movie as the father of David's character. Ironically, Goblet of Fire, which includes Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody morphing into Crouch, opened in British theatres the same day that Tennant made his first appearance in earnest as the Tenth Doctor in the Children in Need Special minisode, which is set immediately after regeneration.