Break the Code: Mirror Images!

Mirror of Erised

Codes have been a part of secret communication since ancient history. Julius Caesar even wrote in code! Over time, codes had to get a lot more complex in order to avoid being deciphered. Here at the Art of Spying, we’ll start with Rowling’s simpler codes and move to her more complex ones so you can learn as we go! If you want to try out your other code breaking skills, there are some cool ones on the CIA website.

Let’s give it a try!

Do you recall the engraving on the top of the Mirror of Erised? Let us remind you.

Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi (SS 207).

Just out of curiosity, have you by chance written those letters in reverse order, as they would appear in a mirror? If you’ve done so, this is what the engraving says:


Now let’s add spaces where appropriate and make it into a sentence:

I show not your face but your heart’s desire.

We have just broken the code!



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6 comments on “Break the Code: Mirror Images!

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