Answers to Back to Hogwarts Quiz

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Here are the answers from yesterday’s quiz! How did you do? Tell us in the comments!

1. The Sorting Hat provides historic analysis, and warns the school about what?

That the school houses must unite

2. The Sorting Hat picks up valuable information due to where it normally is located.  Where is that?

Headmaster’s office

3. Hermione as an intelligence agent properly interprets Professor Umbridge’s speech.  What does she conclude?

That the Ministry is interfering with Hogwarts

4. Even though the Daily Prophet is saying terrible things about Harry, Hermione continues to subscribe to it.  Why?

“It’s best to know what the enemy is saying”

5. When the Weasley twins talk about their spy shop, Harry changes the subject to steer aware from “dangerous waters.”

What fact was he hiding?     That he had given the twins his Triwizard winnings

6. Professor McGonagall says “You know where she comes from, you must know to whom she is reporting” about whom?

Professor Umbridge

7. Harry’s punishment imposed by Professor Umbridge is considered by Ron and Hermione as a form of what?

Torture

8. Many people do not believe Voldemort is back because this fact is based on the credibility of only one person.  Who is that person?

Harry

9. When Draco makes a reference to Hagrid messing around with something that is too big for him, how do Harry and his friends analyze this statement?

That Draco knows Hagrid is trying to recruit the giants

10. When Harry decides to write Sirius a letter in open-code, what name does he use instead of Sirius?

Snuffles

Keep showing off your HP knowledge with our next quiz! 

Back to Hogwarts: A Harry Potter Quiz

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Happy Monday everyone! Here’s your weekly Harry Potter and the Art of Spying quiz. Answers will be posted tomorrow as usual. 

(OP= Order of the Phoenix)

  1. The Sorting Hat provides historic analysis, and warns the school about what?    OP 207
  2. The Sorting Hat picks up valuable information due to where it normally is located.  Where is that?  OP 209
  3. Hermione as an intelligence agent properly interprets Professor Umbridge’s speech.  What does she conclude? OP 214
  4. Even though the Daily Prophet is saying terrible things about Harry, Hermione continues to subscribe to it.  Why?  OP 225
  5. When the Weasley twins talk about their joke shop, Harry changes the subject to steer aware from “dangerous waters.”  What fact was he hiding?  OP 227-28
  6. Professor McGonagall says “You know where she comes from, you must know to whom she is reporting” about whom?  OP 248
  7. Harry’s punishment imposed by Professor Umbridge is considered by Ron and Hermione as a form of what?    OP 272-73
  8. Many people do not believe Voldemort is back because this fact is based on the credibility of only one person.  Who is that person?  OP 251
  9. When Draco makes a reference to Hagrid messing around with something that is too big for him, how do Harry and his friends analyze this statement?  OP 260
  10. When Harry decides to write Sirius a letter in open-code, what name does he use instead of Sirius?  OP 280

New Rita Skeeter Exclusive: Snape Claims He Dedicated His Life to Protecting Harry Potter

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Last week, the authors of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying released the first part of Rita Skeeter’s article on Severus Snape, longtime Death Eater and apparently Dumbledore’s right hand man. This week, Skeeter dives deeper into Snape’s role as a double agent.

Snape Claims He Dedicated His Life to Protecting Harry Potter

Severus Snape refused to speak with special correspondent Rita Skeeter for an entire week following her initial interview during which he proclaimed his loyalty to the Dark Lord. However, current Headmistress Minerva McGonagall invited the Daily Prophet back once more to hear more of his outlandish story. When asked about the woman who “changed everything,” Snape was tightlipped, but he soon revealed his role as a double agent in the years leading up to the second Wizarding war.

“I was a spy to Dumbledore,” he said with a sneer, “not for him. I made it my duty to keep an eye on Potter while he was at school for his own safety.”

Considering that the boy survived a face to face encounter with Voldemort before he could walk, it seems highly unlikely that the Death Eater-turned-Potions-Master could offer much in the way of additional protection, but Snape was adamant.

“That arrogant pipsqueak of a wizard couldn’t protect himself if he tried,” he said, “And he didn’t try at all. He was always taking on trolls, sneaking around to forbidden areas of the grounds, and using that invisibility cloak so that the rest of the professors had no idea what he was doing.”

Snape’s comment should remind readers of the utter lack of consistent security at Hogwarts during Harry Potter’s time there. In his very first year a troll made its way into the castle and threatened the lives of Potter and his friends. In his second year, the Chamber of Secrets was opened once more to wreak havoc on the student body. Escaped convict Sirius Black made his way into the Gryffindor Common Room the next year and Voldemort himself returned after kidnapping Cedric Diggory (may he rest in peace) and Potter during the following year’s Triwizard tournament. Dumbledore even died in Hogwarts’ tower, raising significant questions as to exactly what role Snape played in “protecting” Potter and Hogwarts.

“Of course I was not responsible for the troll or the Chamber of Secrets or Sirius Black’s return!” Snape shouted thunderously. “I certainly did not want Voldemort to return and I –“

Here, the proud professor stopped. He killed Dumbledore the year before the Battle of Hogwarts, allowing Voldemort to return to full power for the first time in 18 years. When asked why he did it, Snape gave a remarkable answer.

“Dumbledore asked me to.”

The ludicrous claim was followed by a tense silence, which was broken only when correspondent Rita Skeeter stood up to leave.

“Wait!” Snape said with a sigh, “People need to hear this. They need to know that fighting evil means making difficult choices.”

When asked once more why he killed Dumbledore, Snape expanded upon his previous answer.

“As soon as Voldemort returned, Dumbledore told me to respond to the Dark Lord’s call as if I were still a loyal Death Eater. As one of Voldemort’s more trusted followers, he told me of his plan to have a Hogwarts student, a boy from my own House, kill Dumbledore. When I reported as much to the headmaster, he made me swear that I would be the one to kill him if it came down to that. He did not want that guilt and evil staining the conscience of such a young boy. I protested, but in the end, I was forced to kill him in order to protect my cover.  Besides, he was going to die soon anyway, thanks to the wound he had received to one of his hands.”

When asked if he regretted his decision, Snape sighed and began to step toward the outer frame of his portrait.

“I did not love Dumbledore like others did. I saw him for what he was, a man much like me who was trying to make up for all the damage he had done when he was young and foolish. I needed to kill him so I could continue to protect Potter and fulfill my own obligation to right my wrongs. Do I regret it? No. But his death is a part of me now just like all the other deaths are.”

Snape disappeared from the frame leaving more questions than answers.

To be continued…

Top Secret: Answers to The Hearing at the Ministry of Magic

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Would you pass a ministry of magic interrogation? Check your answers to Monday’s quiz!

1. When Harry walks into the courtroom he immediately recognizes it from the prior use of what intelligence tool that Dumbledore uses often?

The Pensieve

2. The hearing was supposed to be in front of only the administrative person in charge of improper use of magic by minors, but through the use of politics two other hearing officers were added.  Name them.

Cornelius Fudge and Delores Umbridge

3. At the beginning of the trial who uses interrogation techniques on Harry to get him to admit to all the essential elements of the crime?

Cornelius Fudge

4. Who attempts to help Harry during the trial by asking a friendly question, “You produced a fully-fledged Patronus?”

Madam Amelia Bones

5. At Harry’s trial we find out that the Ministry of Magic has used surveillance and has “always closely monitored” Privet drive, and yet there was one witch who lived nearby the Ministry did not know about.  Name that person.

Arabella Doreen Figg

6. After the trial Harry notices someone talking to the Minister of Magic.  Name this secret agent of Voldemort.

Lucius Malfoy

7. Being a member of a subversive organization, such as the Order of the Phoenix, has risk, just like the risk inherent in spying.  Describe what Mrs. Weasley most fears, as shown by her encounter with a boggart.

All her family being killed

8. When taking the Harry to Hogwarts Express in one of his Order of the Phoenix members escorts is missing.  Who? And why was he missing?

Sturgis Podmore, who was captured by the Ministry

9. When they get on the train, who does Harry observe reading a magazine upside-down?

Lune Lovegood

10. What is the name of the magazine?

The Quibbler

11. When Malfoy tells Harry that he will be “dogging” him, what does Harry the intelligence analyst conclude?

That Malfoy saw Sirius as a dog

Be sure to check out our next quiz!

Quiz: The Hearing at the Ministry of Magic

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Let’s try another quiz! This time, you have to be quick on your feet to produce the answers to this “interrogation”! Answers will be posted tomorrow and linked here.

  1. When Harry walks into the courtroom he immediately recognizes it from the prior use of what intelligence tool that Dumbledore uses often? OP 137
  2. The hearing was supposed to be in front of only the administrative person in charge of improper use of magic by minors, but through the use of politics two other hearing officers were added.  Name them. OP 138-39
  3. At the beginning of the trial who uses interrogation techniques on Harry to get him to admit to all the essential elements of the crime? OP 140-141
  4. Who attempts to help Harry during the trial by asking a friendly question, “You produced a fully-fledged Patronus?” OP 141
  5. At Harry’s trial we find out that the Ministry of Magic has used surveillance and has “always closely monitored” Privet drive, and yet there was one witch who lived nearby the Ministry did not know about.  Name that person. OP 143
  6. After the trial Harry notices someone talking to the Minister of Magic.  Name this secret agent of Voldemort. OP 154
  7. Being a member of a subversive organization, such as the Order of the Phoenix, has risk, just like the risk inherent in spying.  Describe what Mrs. Weasley most fears, as shown by her encounter with a boggart. OP 175-76
  8. When taking the Harry to Hogwarts Express in one of his Order of the Phoenix members escorts is missing.  Who? And why was he missing? OP 181
  9. When they get on the train, who does Harry observe reading a magazine upside-down? OP 185
  10. What is the name of the magazine? OP 185
  11. When Malfoy tells Harry that he will be “dogging” him, what does Harry the intelligence analyst conclude? OP 194

Long Lost Interview with Severus Snape Found by the Art of Spying Authors!

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The authors of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying have uncovered a long-lost interview of none other than Severus Snape. Written by Rita Skeeter, who has since retired to a bungalow in Little Whinging, the articles about the interview were discovered as the authors took a tour of Hogwarts castle. No sooner had we wished we knew more about Snape’s life as a double agent than a door appeared at the end of the hall. Inside, there was a small writing desk and a stack of papers that we soon learned had the answers to all of our questions!

We have reproduced the series of articles published after the installation of Severus Snape’s portrait in the headmaster’s office at Hogwarts and will be publishing them in order over the next few weeks.

Here is the article, originally written in green ink in Rita Skeeter’s hand:

Snape Admits to Killing Dumbledore, But Says Dumbledore “Asked” Him to Do It

Just yesterday, Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived Twice, presided over the installation ceremony of Severus Snape’s portrait in the headmaster’s office at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, writes Rita Skeeter, Special Correspondent and Author of The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore. Nearly five years after the Battle at Hogwarts and Snape’s death, the ceremony was attended by just a handful of witches and wizards who seemed to be inordinately distraught over the controversial headmaster’s death.

The delay in installing the portrait and the small ceremony speaks to the wizarding community’s continued confusion over the role Snape played in Voldemort’s demise. Yet, in a rare interview, Harry Potter described the foreboding professor as “the bravest man he ever knew.”

Although it seems as though the poor boy may have simply latched onto an unlikely father figure after the deaths of Sirius Black (who went to Azkaban for thirteen years on account of a mass Muggle killing, only to be acquitted by the courts; many conspiracy theorists believe he is still guilty), Remus Lupin (a known werewolf), and Albus Dumbledore himself (who is rumored to have gone a bit senile in his later years). Yet Harry Potter is not the only person to have a strange kind of reverence for Severus Snape. “It is time everyone knew what he has done to help defeat Voldemort,” Hogwarts Headmaster Minerva McGonagall said as she led me up the winding staircase to her office. Her tightly pursed lips gave no indication as to whether she believed her own words.

In an interview with Snape’s portrait, the man himself was reluctant to admit his own part in the rise and fall of the Dark Lord. When asked why he was willing to speak with the Daily Prophet, he sneered, saying, “My reasons don’t concern you. It is enough that I deign to submit to this interview.” Quite the imperious attitude from a man that most people still blame for the death of Dumbledore and the near death of Harry Potter.

Snape’s involvement with former headmaster Albus Dumbledore and his tenure at Hogwarts began back in 1981 at the height of Voldemort’s first reign of terror. It is remarkable that Dumbledore was even willing to speak with him, let alone hire him to teach our children when he was a well-known “former” Death Eater. What makes the situation even more ludicrous is that he approached Dumbledore only after he had already sold Lily and James Potter out to Voldemort by telling the Dark Lord about the first part of a Prophesy that he had overheard.

“It was I that relayed that Prophecy to the Dark Lord, setting in motion all that was to come,” he said with a certain amount of pride. “At the time I overheard the Prophesy I was a loyal servant to the Dark Lord. I was glad to do his bidding.  Honored. I was a true follower—not due to fear or a desire for power, like the others. I was a believer, in what he believed.”

The Prophecy Snape refers to predicted Voldemort’s demise at the hands of a boy to be born in July to parents who had already defied the Dark Lord three times. This, of course, led to the deaths of Lily and James Potter on October 31, 1981, Harry Potter’s miraculous survival, and Voldemort’s temporary loss of power. When asked if he felt responsible, Snape glowered over a sharply hooked nose before turning to face the back of his portrait. “Her death changed everything,” he said.

To be continued….

For Your Eyes Only: Answers to Order of the Phoenix Quiz!

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Check out the answers to Monday’s quiz!

1. When one attacks a person instead of his or ideas, it is called what fallacy?

Argument ad hominem. An example would be the Daily Prophet’s attempts to discredit Harry when he claims Voldemort is alive.

2. When Harry and his friends first enter the kitchen at headquarters a classified document has not yet been put away.  What was it?

A parchment with plans to the Ministry of Magic

3. Sirius, when discussing why a certain member of the Order is tolerated, states that crooks “hear things we don’t.”  Who is Sirius referring to?

Mundungus Fletcher

4. Members of the Order of the Phoenix proved a psychological assessment of someone as having petty jealousies, a fear of Dumbledore, and a desire to retain power.  Who are they talking about?

Cornelius Fudge.

5. Spies use manipulation and flattery to get what they want.  Who said in the Chamber of Secrets, “I’ve always been able to charm the people I needed.”

Tom Riddle

6. Name the double agent that works at the Ministry of Magic, is assigned to locate Sirius Black, and is actually a member of the Order of the Phoenix?

Kingsley Shacklebolt

7. Kreacher is a known risk but must follow Sirius’s orders to the letter.  What does Sirius say to Kreacher that allows him to partake on a secret mission?

“Go away.” Always be sure your directives to an agent are clear. 

8. Code-Breaking Time:  What number does Mr. Weasley have Harry enter into the phone box at the visitor’s entrance?  And what English word does it spell out?

6-2-4-4-2, which spells MAGIC on a phone’s keypad

9. Harry shows a spy’s discretion when he is in Mr. Weasley’s office and pretends not to know what member of the Order?

Kingsley Shacklebolt

10. Cornelius Fudge used what simple disinformation to try to ensure that Dumbledore didn’t attend Harry’s trial?

He told him the wrong time

Be sure to check out our next quiz: The Hearing at the Ministry of Magic! Also, we released a special quiz in honor of Emma Watson’s birthday. How well do you know the young star?