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9 Things About ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ That You Probably Didn’t Know

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Ah, yes … the series that launched the career of the superstar that is Selena Gomez. The show we watched religiously for over five years. The hilarious Disney teen sitcom that never failed to make us laugh. We miss you, Wizards of Waverly Place. *blows nose* Let’s go back in time for a little bit and reminisce by learning a few facts you’ve probably never heard:

WOWP is the longest running original Disney TV show in history

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That’s So Raven previously held the record for longest running Disney TV show, but Wizards of Waverly Place took the crown in 2011! TAKE THAT, SO RAVEN!


The spells use the names of show producers

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The McCreerytimereary spell uses the name of producer Gigi McCreery, and Murrieta-animata is named after Peter Murrieta, an executive producer and writer for the series. (Either they were having fun using each others names, or they were having a really hard time coming up with spells.)

The show was almost named The Amazing Hannigan’s

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Wizards of Waverly Place was originally called the Amazing Hannigans, before if was changed to The Amazing O’Malleys. The name would then become Wizards of Waverly Place, then Disney’s Wizards, and finally, back to Wizards of Waverly Place. WHEW. On a side note, Alex Russo was almost named Brook O’Malley!

Joe Jonas auditioned for the role of Justin Russo

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I love me some David Henrie, but Joe Jonas would have been amazeballs.

Greenwald’s Hardware is named after the creator of the show

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Todd J. Greenwald created the show and is the reason that the hardware store on Wizards of Waverly Place has its name! It must be quite an honor to have a fictional place named after you.

This poster is a nod the Broadway show Rent

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The “Sublet” poster in the Sub Station looks exactly like the Rent posters from the popular Broadway musical. Oh, you WOWP jokesters, you.

Waverly Place is an actual street in Manhattan

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The Greenwich Village inspiration comes from the creator having grown up there.


“Wizards Vs Werewolves” was the most-watched (non-crossover) episode

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The one-hour special had 6.2 million viewers. Were you one of them?

Mr. Evans is played by a lifelong collector of Halloween items

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In Wizards of Waverly Place, Mr. Evans, head of the Waverly Place Merchants Association, tries to get the the Russo Haunted House to be scarier. The character is played by Daniel Roebuck, who in real life is obsessed with Halloween memorabilia. SO meta.


Which Wizards of Waverly Place fact did you like the best? Let us know in the comments below!