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Peter Pan is known by children all around the world as the forever young, boastful and careless boy who can fly, but there is more to Peter Pan than most realize. For example. did you know that originally Peter Pan could fly without the help of fairy dust? Or how about the fact that Captain Hook was not always in the Peter Pan story. So if you're ready to look at this childhood hero in a completely different light, here are 25 facts about Peter Pan You Probably Did Not Know.

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Captain Hook was not always in the Peter Pan story. The original villain of the story was Peter Pan himself. His role was later expanded due to children’s fascination with pirates.

The actor who plays Mr. Darling traditionally plays the role of Captain Hook as well, even in the Disney movie. However, Barrie initially intended the double role to be given to Mrs. Darling and for Captain Hook to be a female role.

Contrary to popular belief, Neverland does not actually stop the process of aging. Peter Pan leads a crew of boys who refuse to grow up. However, it is only Peter that manages to achieve this goal. Stated in the original novel, the boys do not stop aging altogether, but simply age slower. Eventually, they all show signs of growing up.

Peter Pan is based on JM Barrie’s older brother, David, who died in an ice-skating accident the day before his fourteenth birthday. In the minds of Barrie and his mother, David was in fact, a boy “who would never grow up.”

There is an ongoing debate about how old Peter Pan actually is. The oldest he ever appears to be is thirteen years old. However, the novel states that he still has all of his baby teeth and according to the Little White Bird, his original appearance, he is only seven days old when his adventures begin!

Walt Disney played Peter Pan in a school play.

When most people think about Peter Pan, they see a heroic, fun loving boy. And they’re right. But did you know that your childhood hero is also a psychotic killer? His motive? It’s fun and keeps him from boredom. In Barrie’s original story, Peter is constantly looking for another victim. They mainly consist of pirates but isn’t limited to his own. When the Lost Boys showed signs any signs of growing up, Peter would... dispose of them. After all, growing up was against his rules. Sometimes, Peter even switches sides and begins fighting and slaughtering his own to keep things interesting.

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