Harry Potter Trivia: Dumbledore’s Army Gathers

Room of Requirement

First- Happy 17th birthday to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! The magic began in 1997 and continues today with Harry Potter and the Art of Spying and legions of devoted fans. Now, take our quiz and relive Book 5 of J.K. Rowling’s magical series!

We moved our bi-weekly trivia back a week after discovering a once-in-a-lifetime interview with President Obama conducted by Rita Skeeter. Last time, we quizzed you on Harry’s open code with Sirius, and why the Hogs Head Pub was a poor choice for a clandestine meeting. Now, can you answer these questions about Dumbledore’s Army, Hogwarts’ very own subversive organization?

  1. Who helps Harry discover a secure meeting place for the DA that will fit their requirements?  OP 386
  2. What does Dobby tell Harry about the Room of Requirement?  OP 386-87
  3. The Room of Requirement has a second name that is used.  What is it?    OP 386
  4. The Room of Requirement is on what floor, and behind what tapestry?  OP 389
  5. Harry recalls that Dumbledore had previously mentioned the Room of Requirement when the headmaster needed something.  What did he need?  GF 417-18, OP 388
  6. Why does Hermione, in conducting a risk assessment, decide that the Room of Requirement might be a good idea?  OP 388
  7. What famous map does Harry use to make sure “the coast is clear” before entering the Room of Requirement?  OP 389
  8. What do the kids find inside the Room of Requirement that the DA will need?  OP 390-91
  9. The Room of Requirement has several instruments used for a counter-surveillance.  What are they?  OP 391
  10. In deciding a name for the group, Cho first suggests what name with the letters DA?  OP 392

Stop back tomorrow for the answers!

17 Years of Harry Potter- When did YOU first read about the Boy Wizard?

Sorcerer's Stone First Page

In honor of the 17th Anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK, all of the people working to publish Harry Potter and the Art of Spying are sharing their stories about the first time they read a Harry Potter book. If you’re a member of the Harry Potter fan family, share your story in the comments! We can’t wait to hear from you!

Art of Spying Authors

Lynn Boughey:

One Easter weekend (I think in 2003) when visiting the in-laws in Billings, Montana I found that I had nothing to read.  My wife had a copy of Sorcerer’s Stone, which she had just read, and suggested that I read it.  Desperate for something to read, I took it with me to the bedroom we were using and didn’t come out for about 5 hours.  I found the story fun and interesting, though not yet fascinating. When asked what I thought by my wife after I finished it, I—the college professor and lawyer and long-time student of Shakespeare and reader of primarily classics —opined, “Not bad, but it’s still ‘fluff.’”  But I was soon hooked!  As soon as I could do, I purchased the next three and read them quickly in succession.  So, by the evening of June 20, 2003, when Order of the Phoenix came out, there I was at midnight surrounded by kids half my age standing in line like all the others to get the newest book. I stayed up half the night reading and did little else that weekend until I had completed my favorite book of the series.  My twin girls were only a month old at the time so I read many portions of the book to them in the evenings when they needed to get back to sleep.  Perhaps that is why they are such great Potter fans now, at age eleven.


Stop back later today for Peter Earnest’s first memory of Harry Potter!

Amy Quale, Editor and Publisher for Wise Ink Creative Publishing


I first read the book in ninth grade while traveling for my sister’s hockey tournament. I finished it part way through the weekend and we made a special trip to a bookstore to pick up the Chamber of Secrets!
Kellie Hultgren, KMH Editing
I first found Harry Potter while attending a summer program in Boston. It was a hot, humid day, and I was dawdling in the bookstore because they had air conditioning and my dorm housing did not. Before they kicked customers out at closing, I picked up the UK paperback edition of _Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone._ The black-and-white photo of a steam locomotive on the cover seemed nothing like the fantasy novel I’d heard reviewers rave about. I went back to my sweltering room, turned up the window fan, and sat down to read–and the next few hours vanished!
Kelsey Roebuck, Social Media Coordinator for Harry Potter and the Art of Spying
I was only 7 when I first read a Harry Potter book in the summer after first grade. Mom had taken my sister and me to our local Sam’s Club for our favorite mini quiche and there was a giant pallet piled high with copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Mom, ever the enabler for my already voracious appetite for books, gave into my silent, wide-eyed plea for one of those books. We read the first two books aloud, with my little sister squirming the whole time. By the third book, I was on my own and reading a Harry Potter book late into the evening to finish it. I am so grateful that I got to grow up with Harry Potter!



Rita Skeeter Interviews President Obama

President Obama Calls Hillary a Loser and John Boehner He-Who-Should-Not-Be-Named

by Special Correspondent Rita Skeeter*

Rita Skeeter Pic Obama stern

June 23, 2014

Rita Skeeter:  Thank you for having me here in the White House, President Obama.

The President:  Glad to have you.  But I didn’t quite understand which organization you are with.  The Daily ProphetThe Quibbler?

Rita Skeeter:  Oh, they didn’t tell you.  Fox News, of course.  Special correspondent.  All that jazz.

The President:  [shifting uncomfortably in his chair] Well, actually, I guess that figures  . . .

Rita Skeeter:  Read any good books lately?

The President:  Well, I am just now in the middle of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying by Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest.  Peter is the head of the International Spy Museum and Michelle and my kids love going there, as Michelle has mentioned once on national TV.

Rita Skeeter:  I understand that you are a fan of Harry Potter.

The President:  Yes I am.  I loved reading those books to my daughters when they were young.  Great memories.

Rita Skeeter:  Any thoughts on how the series relates to the real world?

The President:  Well sure, it is hard not to think of Congress, and most particularly the House of Representatives, when you read about the Ministry of Magic.

Rita Skeeter:  Does that make you Cornelius Fudge?

The President:  No, I’d like to think of myself more as Dumbledore, if he were Minister of Magic.

Rita Skeeter:  But you’re married.

The President:  Well, yes, . . . but that’s allowed now, in part thanks to . . .

Rita Skeeter:  Fine, fine.  So what do you really think about John Boehner?

The President:  I consider him He-Who-Should-Not-Be-Named.

Rita Skeeter:  Well, I guess we hit a soft spot there.  How about the Supreme Court?

The President:  There are four of them I like a lot, a fifth who it depends on the day, and the others . . .

Rita Skeeter:  Death Eaters?

The President:  Well, let’s just say I wouldn’t want them to be part of the Wizengamot.

Rita Skeeter:  And what about Hillary Clinton.  She used to work for you, a really really big supporter . . . after losing to you, I recall . . . So, if you are the Minister of Magic, is she your  Professor Umbridge?

The President:  [bristling, a touch of anger showing] Hillary is no Umbridge!  She is, if anyone, Hermione Granger—a present day Hermione Granger . . . she is bright, hard-working, and frankly, given some of the things she was able to do as Secretary of State, I think she can do magic too!

Rita Skeeter:  So, have you read her new book?

The President:  I have.  It’s wonderful!

Rita Skeeter:  In the first chapter at page 19 she mentions that she didn’t always agree with you, but she refused to provide any juicy details because you are still President.  Would you like to share those times when the two of you were at each other’s throats?

The President:  I am happy to say we were never “at each other’s throats.”  We sometimes disagreed.  I don’t hire “yes men” – or “yes women.”

Rita Skeeter:  So when you disagreed, who won?

The President:  Well, as President, I guess I get the final say, so that would be me.

Rita Skeeter:  Lovely.  Thanks for the lead.  Now, are you finally ready to admit that we shouldn’t have gone into Iraq?

The President:  [again, bristling] I believe, if you check your facts, that it was the previous president who did that.

Rita Skeeter:  [disdainfully] Facts, facts . . . they have a habit of getting in the way of a good story, like, say, Benghazi.  Shall we talk about that?  Hillary blew that one too, right?

The President:  Hillary did exactly what anyone else would have done in that situation.   She explains everything in her book.

Rita Skeeter:  Yes, and we all noticed that she took the blame . . .

The President:  Yes, she did.

Rita Skeeter:  So the buck stops here – stops at the woman’s desk?

The President:  [anger clearly being suppressed]  I think we are about done here . . .  [starting to rise from chair]

Rita Skeeter:  Just a few more questions, if that is OK.  What are you most proud of during your term?

The President:  Well, the health care reform . . .

Rita Skeeter:  Which we noticed you named after yourself . . .

The President:  I believe its actual name is the Affordable Health Care Act, and I think the intent by others in naming it ObamaCare was kind of like putting Nifflers in Professor Umbridge’s office – but I have come to accept the nomenclature . . .

Rita Skeeter:  Get anything else done?

The President:  Well, yes.  Named several people to the Supreme Court, saved the economy that I inherited, got out of one war I inherited –

Rita Skeeter:  How’s that going so far?

The President:  That’s it.  [standing]  Nice to meet you.  [pointing to her acid green quill]  Nice pen, too.

[The President leaves.]

*Interview discovered by Lynn Boughey, co-author of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying and provided as a public service as a blog on www.artofspying.net

A Glossary of Spy Terms- The “A”s Have It!

Harry Potter A

We’ve deciphered codes, unearthed hidden messages in our chapter titles, and even explored the ethical dilemmas facing someone like Dumbledore. Yet, we have never given you, our readers, an glossary of the spy terms we keep throwing around. Learn about the world of spying and spy craft from A-Z! Er, well, for now it’ll just be the As!

access—authorization to receive information that is limited to a select group of people who have the correct security clearance. Example: Members of the Order of the Phoenix attended the meetings at number twelve, Grimmauld Place, but Harry and his friends were not allowed to attend the meetings because of their age and not yet being members of the Order of the Phoenix.

accommodation address—a mailbox used as a drop point for mail. In the modern world, it applies not only to an actual mailbox, but also a person or business willing to accept the mail, or even a special email address that does not indicate the actual name of the address owner. Example: When Harry was staying at the Weasleys’ home, before his second year at Hogwarts began, the Burrow served as his accommodation address.

Hedwig with Mail

administrative orders—orders or directives issued by an agency authorized to do so and directed at individuals or an entire group. Example: The educational decrees issued by the Ministry of Magic at the request of Professor Umbridge are administrative orders.

agent—an individual who is hired or employed by a country, or is acting on his or her own, to spy or obtain inside information; that information may be given or sold to a country or another entity. Example: Professor Quirrell and Peter Pettigrew both served as agents for Voldemort, assisting him in regaining his corporeal body.

agent in charge—The particular agent who is in charge of the details or operation of the mission. Example: On two occasions when Harry was moved from Privet Drive to another location, the agent in charge was Mad-Eye Moody.

Mad Eye Moody

agent-in-place (mole)—an individual who is “in place” and has access to information or knowledge, and who stays in that location in order to continue providing information or knowledge. Example: The Auror Kingsley Shacklebolt served as an agent-in-place at the Ministry, ostensibly looking for Sirius Black but in reality providing information to the Order of the Phoenix about not only the search for Sirius Black, but also about the Ministry’s knowledge as to the actions of Lord Voldemort or his Death Eaters.

agent of influence—an agent with the ability to influence leaders of a country or the press by providing special information or insight that could result in a change of policy or public opinion. Example: Lucius Malfoy provided suggestions and opinions to Cornelius Fudge about what to do with Harry and his claims that Voldemort was back.

Lucius Malfoy

agent provocateur—an individual who is normally on site in a different country and attempts to serve as a catalyst to get others to take actions that are desired by the country or entity that employs that person. Example: Lee Jordan was trying to provoke (and generally bother) Professor Umbridge by secretly placing nifflers in her office.

alibi—an assertion by a person that he or she was somewhere else when something occurred, showing that the person could not have participated in that event. Example: When the Niffler was put into Professor Umbridge’s office, Hagrid had what should have been a perfect alibi because he was seen teaching on the grounds at the time.

all-source intelligence—intelligence derived from every type of intelligence available, including covert or secret intelligence. Example: In book 7, when trying to figure out the locations of the Horcruxes, Harry uses every source of information available to him: the information Dumbledore shared with him, articles from the Daily Prophet, and even Rita Skeeter’s tell-all book.

alternative explanation—a different explanation or reason for some occurrence or conclusion. Example: Harry went through many alternative explanations while trying to determine why he could see through the eyes of the snake, including being possessed by Voldemort.

analysis—the use of logic and observation to reach conclusions that are proper and based on fact. Example: Throughout book 7, Harry, Hermione, and Ron use analysis to determine where the Horcruxes are located.

Hermione in Chamber of Secrets

appointment power—the authority of a high-ranking individual to select and appoint others to posts or positions in the organization. Example: Minister of Magic Fudge used his appointment power to install Professor Umbridge as the first Hogwarts High Inquisitor, and later as Headmistress of Hogwarts.

argument ad hominem—a fallacy in logic in which the position or viewpoint of a particular person is rejected based solely on a negative view of that person. Example: The Daily Prophet repeatedly rejected Harry’s statements that Voldemort had returned by attacking him personally, making his credibility an issue, rather than by presenting hard evidence that Voldemort had not returned.

Daily Prophet

assessment—a formal review of the reliability or validity of information or intelligence, or the written version of such a review. Example: According to Fudge (who had just been sacked) there is going to be an inquiry about Sirius Black being murdered on Ministry of Magic premises; someone will be doing a formal assessment—and no doubt a written report will be provided to the new Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour.

asset—something of value; in the spy world, an asset is an individual, technology, or other means to obtain intelligence. Example: Each time Harry was moved from number four, Privet Drive, members of the Order of the Phoenix formed a security team to protect Harry due to his being a high-value asset.

assumption of leadership—the act of taking over a particular position or leadership role. Example: Dolores Umbridge assumed leadership of Hogwarts after Dumbledore evaded capture and disappeared.


attaché—an expert assigned as a consultant to an embassy in a foreign country knowledgeable about a particular subject; if the person is an active duty military person, he or she is referred to as a military attaché. Example: Kingsley Shacklebolt, an expert on the Wizarding world and magical defense, is the Ministry of Magic’s attaché to the Other Prime Minister.

Aunt Minnies—photographs taken to capture an item of interest in the background of what appears to be an innocent candid photo: for example, your “Aunt Minnie” poses in the foreground, with a building targeted for covert penetration in the background. It is a common pretext for photographing a target without appearing to be gathering information covertly. Example: In the picture of Ron and his family on holiday in Egypt you can see a Pyramid in the background, and of course Scabbers on Ron’s shoulder. If the person taking the photo were really interested in something else (like the Pyramid, or even Scabbers!) and the use of the family was just an excuse to take the picture of something other than the family, then the photo would be an Aunt Minnie.

Weasleys at the Pyramids



Break the Code: A Sphinx’s Riddle


Let’s have another try at solving a code.

Last time we figured out what the initials and question mark means on the card right beneath a prophecy, “S.P.T. to A.P.W.B.D. Dark Lord and (?) Harry Potter.”

This time let’s solve a riddle that is in the Harry Potter series!

And no, we are not talking about Tom Riddle, though he of course is the riddle that Dumbledore and Harry spend the entire series trying to figure out.

No, it is time to solve the sphinx’s riddle that serves as the third test in the Triwizard Tournament in the Goblet of Fire.

First of all, let’s remember the historic use of the sphinx.

“The Sphinx is a creature from Egyptian mythology.  The huge stone sculpture of the Great Sphinx in the Egyptian desert at Giza, built about 2500 BC, is evidence of the creature’s ancient origins and importance.   . . .  In the thousand years after the Great Sphinx was built, the legends of the creature moved to Greece.  There it was described as having a female body and wings.  The Sphinx harry meets is the Greek version.”

David Colbert, The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter at 221 (rev. ed. 2004).

The Sphinx understandably found its way into the earliest literature, including the play Oedipus by Sophocles, where the following riddle was given to Oedipus by the Sphinx of Thebes as he tried to pass by the Sphinx:

What animal goes on four feet in the morning,

Two at noon,

And three in the evening? (Colbert 222)

Oedipus answers the question correctly:  “Man creeps on hands and knees in childhood, walks upright in adulthood, and in old age uses a cane” (Colbert 223).

The Sphinx Riddle in the Goblet of Fire 629-30

So here is the riddle J. K. Rowling gives us in the Goblet of Fire, along with the answer!

The sphinx sat down upon her hind legs, in the very middle of the path, and recited:

“First think of the person who lives in disguise,

Who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies.

Next, tell me what’s always the last thing to mend,

The middle of middle and end of the end?

And finally give me the sound often heard

During the search for a hard -to-find word.

Now string them together, and answer me this,

Which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?”

. . .

“A person in disguise,” Harry muttered, staring at her, “who lies . . . er . . . that’d be a — an imposter. No, that’s not my guess! A — a spy? I’ll come back to that . . . could you give me the next clue again, please?”

She repeated the next lines of the poem.

“‘The last thing to mend,’” Harry repeated. “Er . . . no idea . . . ‘middle of middle’ . . . could I have the last bit again?”

She gave him the last four lines.

“‘The sound often heard during the search for a hard-to-find word,’” said Harry. “Er . . . that’d be . . . er . . . hang on — ‘er’! Er’s a sound!”

The sphinx smiled at him.

“Spy . . . er . . . spy . . . er . . .” said Harry, pacing up and down. “A creature I wouldn’t want to kiss . . . a spider!”

The sphinx smiled more broadly. She got up, stretched her front legs, and then moved aside for him to pass.

“Thanks!” said Harry, and, amazed at his own brilliance, he dashed forward.


GF 629-30.

Find the Hidden References in Our Chapter Titles!


Bet you’ll never guess how The Beatles are related to Harry Potter and the Art of Spying…

Check out the last of our sneaky chapter titles! The Beatles, Milton, and (of course) Shakespeare feature prominently in these chapters exploring the very end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Chapter 33 Into the Forbidden Forest—How to Turn Friends (or Neutrals) into Enemies—A Little Help from a Really Big Friend

With a Little Help from My Friends” (originally titled “A Little Help from My Friends”) is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, released on the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. The song was written for and sung by the Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr as the character “Billy Shears“.

Chapter 34 The Flight of the Thestrals—The Magic of Code Breaking—My Kingdom for a Map!—Leaving Magic Breadcrumbs (on Doors!)—A Prophecy (and Curiosity) Kills the Dog, and Maybe Harry’s Friends, Too!

The Flight of the Phoenix is a 1964 novel by Elleston Trevor. The plot involves the crash of a transport aircraft in the middle of a desert and the survivors’ desperate attempt to save themselves. The book was the basis for the 1965 film The Flight of the Phoenix starring James Stewart and the 2004 remake entitled Flight of the Phoenix.

“My kingdom for a horse” comes from Richard III, a historical play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately 1592. Richard the III is the King of England from 1483 until his death in 1485at the Battle of Bosworth Field, after Lord Stanley and his followers desert Richard’s side, Richard is soon unhorsed on the field at the climax of the battle, and cries out, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!”  This exact language is taken from Richard III, Act V, Sc. 4, line 13  The play depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of Richard III of England.

Leaving a trail of bread crumbsrefers to”Hansel and Gretel” is a well-known fairy tale of German origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister whose parents try to abandon them in the woods.  The second time this occurs, Hansel takes a slice of bread and leaves a trail of bread crumbs to follow home. However, after they are once again abandoned, the children find that birds have eaten the crumbs and they are lost in the woods. The children are threatened by a cannibalistic witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and confectionery. The two children save their lives by outwitting her.

Curiosity killed the cat” is a metaphor used to warn of the dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation. The original form of the metaphor, now little used, was “Care killed the cat”. In this instance, “care” was defined as “worry” or “sorrow.” The earliest printed reference to the original metaphor is attributed to the BritishplaywrightBen Jonson in his 1598 play, Every Man in His Humour, which was performed first by William Shakespeare.  By 1902 there are printed references to the transformed phrase, “curiosity killed the cat.”


Chapter 35 The Order of the Phoenix and the Death Eaters Do Battle—The Consequences of Mistaken Intelligence Analysis and Hubris—A Prophecy Lost (But Perhaps Regained)

Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608–1674). The first version, published in 1667, is considered by critics to be Milton’s major work, and helped solidify his reputation as one of the greatest English poets of his time. The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angelSatan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton’s purpose, stated in Book I, is to “justify the ways of God to men.”

Paradise Regained is a later poem by English poet John Milton, first published in 1671. Paradise Regained is connected by name to his earlier and more famous epic poemParadise Lost, with which it shares similar theological themes; indeed, its title, its use of blank verse, and its progression through Christian history recall the earlier work. However, this effort deals primarily with the temptation of Christ as recounted in the Gospel of Luke.

Chapter 38 The Press Finally Prints the Truth—Dumbledore Returns—Death Be Not Proud

Death Be Not Proud” is a poem by English metaphysical poet John Donne, written around 1610 and first published posthumously in 1633.  The 14 lined sonnet asserts that death is conquered by eternity:

Death be not proud, though some have called thee

Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so,

. . .

One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And Death shall be no more, death thou shalt die!

Chapter 54The Value of Spies and Spying: A World Worth Saving

A world worth saving is the title of an essay by Edward Hoagland (born December 21, 1932 in New York) best known for his nature and travel writing.   His essay “A World Worth Saving” appeared in Life magazine in the Oct. 1989 edition which “includes a richly nostalgic essay by Edward Hoagland deploring the havoc that change, speed and greed are working in our daily lives; the loss of space, of privacy, of innocence, of the sense of home.”  (Jack Smith LA Times 9-27-89)  His love of nature and solitude may be in part due to his difficulty in speaking (he has a sever stammer).

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Answers: Covers, Classified Docs, and Counterjinxes

Sirius in Fire

Check out the answers to yesterday’s quiz! Let us know how you did in the comments!

1. What document is created at the end of the meeting at The Hog’s Head that is considered classified and not to be disclosed to anyone?

The sign-up sheet

2. What name do the students choose for this subversive organization?

Dumbledore’s Army

3. In order to not look too suspicious, the kids leave the meeting in what manner?

By two’s and three’s

4. Educational Decree No. 24 related to meetings and gatherings of students.  Why was it passed?

Because Umbridge found out about the meeting at the Hog’s Head

5. At first the members of Dumbledore’s Army think they have a spy in their midst, but Hermione knows it’s not true because of what countermeasure she used?

She employed a SNEAK jinx

6. When Hedwig returns with a message from Sirius, something has happened to the owl.  What does intelligent analyst Harry conclude?

 That someone tried to intercept the letter

7. What open-code message did Harry receive from Sirius and what did in mean?

“Today, same time, same place” – at the fire like last time

8. Sirius tells Harry that the Hog’s Head was not a secure meeting place for the students.  Where should they have met, and why?

The Three Broomsticks, because it is more crowded making it easier to meet covertly without being overheard.

9. What is one of the places considered for the DA to meet that is rejected while talking to Sirius?

The Shrieking Shack.

10. When he’s trying to talk to Harry Sirius has to leave the fire because his cover is blown.  How do we know this?

Umbridge’s hand tries to grab his head

Quiz: Covers, Classified Docs, and Counterjinxes

Educational Decree 24

We’re rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and exploring the spycraft in the book as we go. Join us by trying out quizzes every other Monday! If you want to start from the beginning, go here.

1. What document is created at the end of the meeting at The Hog’s Head that is considered classified and not to be disclosed to anyone?

2. What name do the students choose for this subversive organization?

3. In order to not look too suspicious, the kids leave the meeting in what manner?

4. Educational Decree No. 24 related to meetings and gatherings of students.  Why was it passed?

5. At first the members of Dumbledore’s Army think they have a spy in their midst, but Hermione knows it’s not true because of what countermeasure she used?

6. When Hedwig returns with a message from Sirius, something has happened to the owl.  What does intelligent analyst Harry conclude?

7. What open-code message did Harry receive from Sirius and what did in mean?

8. Sirius tells Harry that the Hog’s Head was not a secure meeting place for the students.  Where should they have met, and why?

9. What is one of the places considered for the DA to meet that is rejected while talking to Sirius?

10. When he’s trying to talk to Harry Sirius has to leave the fire because his cover is blown.  How do we know this?

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the answers!


Hidden References in Harry Potter and the Art of Spying Chapter Titles!

James Bond a View to Kill

What do James Bond, the Bible, and Shakespeare’s Othello have in common? They are all referenced in Harry Potter and the Art of Spying. Check out the secrets behind some of our most inventive chapter titles.

Chapter 21 Hagrid’s Unseen Lesson—Harry’s “Wet” Kiss—A Snake’s-Eye View to a Kill

A View to a Kill (1985) is the fourteenth spy film of the James Bond series, and the seventh and last to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Although the title is adapted from Ian Fleming‘s short story “From a View to a Kill“, the film is the fourth Bond film after The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker and Octopussy to have an entirely original screenplay. In A View to a Kill, Bond is pitted against Max Zorin, who plans to destroy California’s Silicon Valley.

Chapter 22 Seeing through the Eyes of the Enemy—Slithering Toward Bethlehem—A Portrait Is Worth a Thousand Words

The Second Coming is a poem composed by Irish poet W. B. Yeats in 1919, first printed in The Dial in November 1920. The poem uses Christian imagery regarding the Apocalypse and second coming allegorically to describe the atmosphere of post-war Europe.  Its last two lines are:

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? 

Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a 1968 collection of essays by Joan Didion and mainly describes her experiences in California during the 1960s. Joan Didion is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism. Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work.

A picture is worth a thousand words” is an adage that refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. It also aptly characterizes one of the main goals of visualization, namely making it possible to absorb large amounts of data quickly.  The expression “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” appears in a 1911 newspaper article quoting newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane discussing journalism and publicity.

Chapter 23To Be or Not to Be (a Snake)—Bravery, Risk, and the Consequences to Those Who Serve—Keeping, Revealing, and Acknowledging Family Secrets

To be or not to be…” is the opening phrase of a soliloquy in the “Nunnery Scene” of William Shakespeare‘s playHamlet.  In the speech, a despondent or feigning Prince Hamlet contemplates death and suicide. He bemoans the pains and unfairness of life but acknowledges the alternative might be still worse. The speech functions within the play to explain Hamlet’s hesitation to directly and immediately avenge his father‘s murder (discovered in Act I) on his uncle, stepfather, and new king Claudius.

Chapter 25 Young Love in Shambles—The Green Monster of Jealousy—Bribing Someone Who Bugs You—Using the Press

Green-Eyed Monster may refer to jealousy, a phrase possibly coined by Shakespeare in Othello (Act III, scene 3, line 169):

IAGO         O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster

Chapter 31 Let the Test Be with You—Theory Meets Practice—Toad-Face Meets Old Wizarding Faces—A “Stunning” Observation from the Astronomy Tower

Let the Test Be with You refers to the Star Wars mantra and farewell, “May the force be with you.” The expression “May the Force be with you” has achieved cult status and is symbolic of the Star Wars legacy. The line has been said by at least one character in each of the Star Wars movies. The famous line is actually said by General Dodonna after explaining the Death Star attack plan to the Rebel pilots. It is said again by Han Solo to Luke, right before the attack on the Death Star battle station. The line is also said by Luke Skywalker at the end of The Empire Strikes Back.

Break the Code: Decipher the Prophecy!

Prophecy Label

Last time we figured what the number 6—2—4—4—2 means.  These are the numbers Mr. Weasley enters when they go to Harry’s trial in the Order of the Phoenix—and the number Harry later uses to get in to the Ministry of Magic with his friends to rescue Sirius.

In the Order of the Phoenix when Harry reaches the Department of Mysteries, Harry comes over and reviews the card (780) right beneath a prophecy, which states

S.P.T. to A.P.W.B.D.

Dark Lord

and (?) Harry Potter

Remember the Mirror of Erised, where the letters carved into the mirror needed only to be read backwards to reveal its message? Here we have a code based on abbreviations, though Harry does not know it yet.

Does anybody remember what SPT stands for, or ABWBD?

Let’s think about it for a bit. We are dealing with a prophecy, a prophecy about Harry. First of all, who delivered (that is, spoke out loud) the prophecy?

And who heard the prophecy being given?

Perhaps a certain Divinations teacher and a certain Headmaster?

Quite correct you are!

SPTstands for Sibyl P. Trelawney!

And APWBD stands for Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore!

Thus, the abbreviations stand for “Sibyl P. Trelawney to Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore”!   OP 780, 840, 841

But there is more to figure out.

Why is there a question mark? Because the prophecy could apply to Harry Potter, but it could also apply to some other boy born at the end of July whose parents thrice defied Lord Voldemort. And we all know who that boy is, don’t we?


Neville Longbottom!