Answers: The Attack on Arthur Weasley

Arthur Weasley Post Attack

Did you notice all of the spy craft in this action-packed section of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? Check your answers to yesterday’s quiz to find out!

1. Now that Hagrid is back, in his first lesson he “shows” the kids what creature?

Thestrals

2. Where is Sirius laying low, in deep cover?

Number twelve, Grimmauld Place

3. At the end of one meeting, Harry uses a pretext to hung around and visit with Cho. What is this pretext?

Straightening pillows

4. When telling Ron and Hermione about Cho’s “wet” kiss, he says she was crying. Describe Hermione’s psychological assessment of Cho.

She is conflicted about Cedric’s death and liking Harry

5. Thanks to his unique connection to Voldemort, Harry is able to secretly observe something in his dream. What does he see?

a large snake attacking Mr. Weasley

6. What is the snake’s name?

Nagini

7. Dumbledore acts as an intelligence analyst and interrogates Harry about what he saw and what was his perspective , and determines what?

That Harry saw the attack real time from the snake’s point of view

8. What unique form of communication does Dumbledore use in his office to find the injured Mr. Weasley?

Former headmaster portraits

9. Once Mr. Weasley is at St. Mungo’s, he makes a decision to protect his sources and methods. What is that decision?

  He does not allow the Weasleys to go immediately to St. Mungo’s

10. Who and what are the source and method Dumbledore is protecting?

Harry, and his ability to read the Dark Lord’s thoughts and see what he sees

Quiz: The Attack on Arthur Weasley

Attack on Arthur

Now that Dumbledore’s Army is meeting regularly, nearly every character in the Order of the Phoenix has started using elements of spy craft. Some characters are in deep cover, others like Hermione are becoming skilled at psychological assessment, and Dumbledore is fighting to maintain the upper hand by keeping A LOT of secrets. Try this week’s quiz to see how much of the spy craft you’ve noticed in this action-packed section of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Answers are available here.

1. Now that Hagrid is back, in his first lesson he “shows” the kids what creature?

2. Where is Sirius laying low, in deep cover?

3. At the end of one meeting, Harry uses a pretext to hung around and visit with Cho. What is this pretext?

4. When telling Ron and Hermione about Cho’s “wet” kiss, he says she was crying. Describe Hermione’s psychological assessment of Cho.

5. Thanks to his unique connection to Voldemort, Harry is able to secretly observe something in his dream. What does he see?

6. What is the snake’s name?

7. Dumbledore acts as an intelligence analyst and interrogates Harry about what he saw and what was his perspective , and determines what?

8. What unique form of communication does Dumbledore use in his office to find the injured Mr. Weasley?

9. Once Mr. Weasley is at St. Mungo’s, he makes a decision to protect his sources and methods. What is that decision?

10. Who and what are the source and method Dumbledore is protecting?

 

Spy Terms

Deep Cover/Deep Cover Agent (n): a mission or assignment so secret that only one or two people know of its existence; a deep cover agent usually stays put for many, many years, having little to no contact with his or her handlers.

Example: Sirius is a deep cover agent out of necessity. People know he exists but very few know where he is and he must stay put indefinitely. He is clearly not very good at being a deep cover agent.

 

Psychological Assessment (n): the use of information about a person’s traits, characteristics, background, and psychological makeup to predict that person’s reactions or future actions.

Example: Hermione helps Ron and Harry understand Cho’s traits, characteristics, and background in order to explain why she has been acting strange and to predict how she will act in the future.

 

Check Your Sources: Gilderoy Lockhart and the Daily Prophet

 

Lockhart

A couple weeks ago we discussed Hermione’s expert use of open source information — namely textbooks and the Daily Prophet — to figure out exactly what was hidden beneath Fluffy’s ginormous paws. However, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we find out that Hermione may put too much trust in her sources. Her infatuation with Gilderoy Lockhart despite his obvious ineptitude demonstrates that she missed something right in front of her. A good spy knows to use the press as a source of information that may be manipulated and flawed.

Hermione and Gilderoy

As we find out in Chamber of Secrets, Gilderoy Lockhart is quite the celebrity— in part thanks to all of the wonderful press that he receives from the Daily Prophet, and from the magazine Witch Weekly, which voted his the Most Charming Smile five times in a row (CS 91)! Interestingly enough, no one on the Daily Prophet staff thought to investigate Lockhart’s feats, so avidly detailed in all of his many books. Note also that the professors at Hogwarts determine—quite quickly—that Professor Lockhart is a fraud. You’d think that any newspaper with even a concept of investigative reporting could have found this out just as easily! But then again, any reporter who looked into Lockhart’s alleged accomplishments would probably find himself or herself at the wrong end of a well-aimed Memory Charm—so perhaps the Daily Prophet would be unable to find out the truth after all (CS 297). Lockhart waged what spies call a disinformation campaign to avoid anyone discovering his lack of defense against the dark arts ability. In later books, Harry, Ron, and Hermione, learn to be much more skeptical of open source intelligence.

Spy Term

Disinformation Campaign (n): an intentional program of distributing false information. Example: Lockhart “leaks” a story about being captured by trolls to boost his popularity. His best-selling books are also carefully designed to distribute false information.

What are some other examples of disinformation campaigns in the Harry Potter series? What about in real life?

Happy Birthday Daniel Radcliffe! – Answers to Trivia

Daniel Radcliffe DH2 Premier

Check your answers to the trivia from earlier today. Don’t forget to wish Dan a happy birthday on Twitter or donate to one of his favorite charities!

1. How tall is Daniel?

5′ 6″ 

2. He has decided that his height does not bother him. Why?

“I used to be self-conscious about my height but then I thought, f*ck that, I’m Harry Potter.” – Dan

3.  What is his favorite dessert?

Vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce

4. Which Harry Potter book is Daniel’s favorite?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

5. What charities does Dan support?

Demelza House Children’s Hospice and The Trevor Project.

6. What do his parents do?

His father, Alan, is a literary agent and his mother, Marcia, is a casting agent. Both acted as children

7. Is he open to reprising his role as Harry?

He’s said “[It is] very doubtful. I think 10 years is a long time to spend with one character.”

8. Dan is also a writer. What did he have published in 2007?

He published a series of poems under the pen name “Jacob Gershon”

9. Where does he live now?

West Village in lower Manhattan

10. What are some of Dan’s current projects?

What If, Horns, Frankenstein, Train Wreck, Gold. (Find more info about each of these at http://www.DanRadcliffe.com)

For more Harry Potter trivia, check out Emma Watson’s Birthday Quiz, or our recent quiz about Hagrid in the Order of the Phoenix!

Happy Birthday Daniel Radcliffe!

Make A Wish Harry

In honor of Daniel Radcliffe’s 25th birthday, we’ve put together some trivia questions to see how much you know about the Chosen One. Answers will be posted late tonight!

1. How tall is Daniel?

2. He has decided that his height does not bother him. Why?

3.  What is his favorite dessert?

4. Which Harry Potter book is Daniel’s favorite?

5. What charities does Dan support?

6. What do his parents do?

7. Is he open to reprising his role as Harry?

8. Dan is also a writer. What did he have published in 2007?

9. Where does he live now?

10. What are some of Dan’s current projects?

 

For more Harry Potter trivia, check out Emma Watson’s Birthday Quiz, or our recent quiz about Hagrid in the Order of the Phoenix!

Answers: Hagrid’s GIANT Secret

 

Olympe

Check you answers from yesterday’s quiz!

1. An injured Hagrid returns from his “top secret” mission which he refuses to discuss, but Hermione has already guessed what he was doing.  What does she ask him?

Did the giants beat you up?

2. According to Hagrid, who is under surveillance by the Ministry of Magic?

Dumbledore and “anyone they reckon’s in league with him”
3. Who was on the secret mission with Hagrid?

Beauxbatons Headmistress Olympe  Maxim
4. Hagrid and his partner were being followed by agents from the Ministry.  They gave them “the slip” around what town?

Dijon
5. What intelligence officer told Hagrid where to find the giants?

Dumbledore
6. What steps did Hagrid initially take to recruit the giants?

Gave them a gift and promised another one tomorrow
7. Hagrid tries to recruit the giants on their side.  What was the leader’s name or title?

the Gurg
8. Who shows up and ruins their plan?

Death Eaters
9. Who shows up at Hagrid’s door as the he is telling the kids about his secret mission?

Professor Umbridge
10. Hagrid provides a very weak cover story.   What is it?

He wanted to get a bit of fresh air, for his health

Trivia: Hagrid’s GIANT secret

 

Hagrid

We’re making our way through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with trivia about the spy craft, codes, and agents that pop up  everywhere in the book. Check out the last quiz here or try your hand at naming Hagrid’s GIANT secret.

1. An injured Hagrid returns from his “top secret” mission which he refuses to discuss, but Hermione has already guessed what he was doing. What does she ask him? OP 422

2. According to Hagrid, who is under surveillance by the Ministry of Magic? OP 425

3. Who was on the secret mission with Hagrid? OP 424

4. Hagrid and his partner were being followed by agents from the Ministry. They gave them “the slip” around what town? OP 426

5. What intelligence officer told Hagrid where to find the giants? OP 425

6.  What steps did Hagrid initially take to recruit the giants? OP 428-29

7. Hagrid tries to recruit the giants on their side. What was the leader’s name or title? OP 427

8. Who shows up and ruins their plan? OP 431

9.  Who shows up at Hagrid’s door as he is telling the kids about his secret mission? OP 434

10.  Hagrid provides a very weak cover story about his recent trip. What is it? OP 437

Look up the answers yourself using the page numbers provided or stop back tomorrow for the answers! Don’t forget to comment below and let us know what you think.

The Spies Among Us: Patriotism Gone Bad

Death Eaters

Death Eaters

Patriotism does not necessarily mean that the cause the spy holds dear is related to a nation or the security of a specific nation, as is clearly evident by Voldemort’s Death Eaters. They are against a nation, and indeed, the whole Wizarding world and the world of Muggles. Their cause is Voldemort, or perhaps the desire to obtain power through Voldemort.

Analysis:

Recruitment by: Presumably Voldemort

Incentive Used: Assertion of Wizarding superiority, the opportunity to wreak havoc and assert extraordinary power over Wizards and Muggles alike

Handler: Voldemort or a Death Eater who has a close connection to Voldemort

Method of Communication: Direct assignments from Voldemort, messages sent through another Death Eater, or use of the Dark Mark on the Death Eater’s arm

Memorable Quote:

Sirius: “Well, you don’t just hand in your resignation to Voldemort. It’s a lifetime of service or death” (OP).

Quirrell: “There is no good and evil… there is only power, and those too weak to understand it… Since then, I serve him faithfully, although I have let him down many times.” (SS)

When Voldemort returns at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, you can see exactly what kind of relationship Death Eaters have with their handler, Voldemort. The Dark Lord demands loyalty and disappointing him is dangerous to say the least.

The first blog post in the Spies Among Us series was about Mundungus Fletcher, a Spy for Hire.

Answers: Dumbledore’s Army At Work

Dumbledore's Army

Yesterday we quizzed you on the early days of Dumbledore’s Army and the disastrous Quidditch match from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Check you answers below!

1. Cho’s suggestion that they call their subversive organization “Defense Army”  is rejected because it implies what they are doing. Who suggests Dumbledore’s Army?

Ginny
2. Why do the students decide on Dumbledore’s Army as the name?

It is the Ministry of Magic’s worst fear-Dumbledore is raising an army to go against him
3. Harry decides to start the DA training by working on one basic spell. What is it?

Expelliarmus
4. Which student thinks the spell is too simple, until he is told Harry has used it against Voldemort?

Zacharias Smith
5. What does Cho tell Harry about Marietta that makes him wonder if she is a security risk?

Her mom works at the Ministry and her parents told her not to do anything to make Umbridge mad
6.  What devise does Hermione come up with to use for Harry to communicate to all the DA members about meeting times?

A counterfeit Galleon
7.  The Hermione’s idea about the fake Galleon reminds Harry of what Death Eater communication method?

The dark mark on their arms
8. What do the Slytherins use at the Quidditch match to conduct psychological operations against Ron?

The song “Weasley is Our King”
9.  How does Malfoy bait his opponents at the conclusion of the match to bait the Gryffindor winners?

He insults Harry’s mother and father, and the Weasley home
10. Gryffindor’s win at the Quidditch match is a Pyrrhic victory? How so?

Harry and George get in a fight with Malfoy and get kicked off the team, along with Fred, who tried to join in

To test your Harry Potter knowledge to the max, try our trivia beginning with the first chapter of Order of the Phoenix by clicking here.

Trivia: Dumbledore’s Army at Work

Ron as Keeper

 

It’s time for more trivia! We’re making our way through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ten trivia questions at a time. This week, we’re adding SPY TERMS to our trivia. Words or phrases in bold will be defined and demonstrated with examples from Harry Potter following all of the questions. Let us know what you think!

1. Cho’s suggestion that they call their subversive organization “Defense Army”  is rejected because it implies what they are doing. Who suggests Dumbledore’s Army?

2. Why do the students decide on Dumbledore’s Army as the name?
3. Harry decides to start the DA training by working on one basic spell. What is it?
4. Which student thinks the spell is too simple, until he is told Harry has used it against Voldemort?
5. What does Cho tell Harry about Marietta that makes him wonder if she is a security risk?
6.  What device does Hermione come up with to use for Harry to communicate to all the DA members about meeting times?
7.  The Hermione’s idea about the fake Galleon reminds Harry of what Death Eater communication method?
8. What do the Slytherins use at the Quidditch match to conduct psychological operations against Ron?

9.  How does Malfoy bait the Gryffindor winners?

10. Gryffindor’s win at the Quidditch match is a Pyrrhic victory? How so?

Important Spy Term:

Psychological operations (n): Also known as PSYOPS, this term refers to the use of psychological intelligence  in an operation normally intended to convince a person (an enemy or a potential agent) of the need to act a certain way.

Example: Professor Umbridge’s use of detentions and torture was intended to break Harry and convince him to cooperate with the Ministry. Fortunately for Dumbledore’s Army, it had the opposite effect!

To test your Harry Potter knowledge to the max, try our trivia beginning with the first chapter of Order of the Phoenix by clicking here. Answers will be posted tomorrow!