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(2007–2012)

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Has the most watched series finale in Disney Channel history.
Some of the spells are created by using the names of the producers. (E.g. Murrieta Animata is Peter Murrieta, Executive Producer.)
Despite the Russo family mixed ethnicities of Mexican and Italian, Selena Gomez (Alex) in real life is the only actor to have both ethnicities whereas Jake T. Austin (Max) is Puerto Rican, Polish and Argentine, David Henrie (Justin) and David DeLuise (Jerry) are Italian while Maria Canals-Barrera (Theresa) is Cuban.
David Henrie wrote some episodes
As of 2012, Disney's most successful and longest-running TV Series (surpassing That's So Raven (2003)) with 106 episodes over four seasons.
The show was originally called "The Amazing Hannigans," then it was changed to "The Amazing O'Malleys," then it was changed to "Wizards of Waverly Place," then to "Disney's Wizards," and finally back to "Wizards of Waverly Place."
Selena Gomez's character was originally named Brooke O'Malley.
Joe Jonas auditioned for the role of Justin Russo.
As of today it is still the longest Disney channel show. With 106 episodes
The part of Professor Crumbs was the last on screen role for Ian Abercrombie who died shortly after the airing of the series finale.
The hardware store is called Greenwald's Hardware, which is a reference to creator Todd J. Greenwald.
Selena Gomez and David Henrie dated for a while during the show's run, but they felt it was too awkward, so they called it quits.
Show was originally going to take place in Ireland.
Harper Finkle, Jerry, Thesera, Max, Alex and Justin Russo are the only characters that appear in every episode.
Every Disney Channel TV show turned to movie, they are always on vacation. Good Luck Charlie, Wizards of Waverly's Place, Suite Life Movie, Even Stevens, Lizzie McGuire, Hannah Montana and more.
Several characters are named for characters from series in the 1960s. Mr. Laritate is named for the character played by David White in Bewitched (1964); Ms. Majorhealey for a character played by Bill Daily in I Dream of Jeannie (1965).
In the crossover Wizards On Deck with Hannah Montana, Alex didn't get to meet Hannah because there were rumors the actresses weren't getting along.
The façade of Tribeca Academy, where the Russo children go to school, despite there being no such place, is actually PS 40, which is in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan on East 20th Street between First and Second Avenue, and is actually northeast of Tribeca.
One of the most successful shows in Disney Channel history, along with That's So Raven (2003).
The Greenwich Village setting was largely inspired by Creator Todd Greenwald's having grown up in Greenwich Village.
In the Sub Station, there is a poster in the background for "Sublet", which is a blatant nod to the musical "Rent", as the word "sublet" is a synonym for "rent", and the posters are designed in similar styles.
Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, and Jennifer Stone became good friends.
Wizards of Waverly Place was the first original movie based on a show to get a sequel.
In Who Will be the Family Wizard, they showed a reference to the movie by wearing the same suits when Justin and Alex were facing off.
The show is heavily inspired by Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Daniel Benson first appeared on the show playing a character by the name of Zach in season 1 episode 9 "Movies" before returning later as the character Zeke.
Principal Laritate is based on Mr. Weatherbee from the Archie comics.
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In the opening credits of the show, when the laptop is floating away, there is a chalkboard behind the Dad and written on it is the daily magic spells / lessons learned in each episode.
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The show was first aired on October 12, 2007 the same day Twitches Too aired.
In the show, there is a vampire family named the Van Heusens. The father's name is Alucard, which is "Dracula" spelled backwards.
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Selena Gomez sings the theme song.
David DeLuise (Jerry Russo) is the son of late actor/comedian Dom DeLuise whose voice is well-known to children as Jeremy in The Secret of NIMH (1982) and The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (1998), Tiger in An American Tail (1986) and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), Fagin in Disney's Oliver & Company (1988), Itchy in All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) and All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996) and Stanley in A Troll in Central Park (1994).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In season 4 episode 5 when Max turned into a girl he took a break from the show to get his grades up. He then came back season 4 episode 10 " Back to Max"
In the Wizards of Apartment 13b storyline, there is a zombie living in the apartments named Abercrombie Zombie. Ian Abercrombie portrayed Professor Crumbs many times during the shows run.
It was revealed Alex did not kill Stevie, she was just sent off to a camp to turn her good.

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