Answers: Secret Societies in Deathly Hallows Part II

Battle of Hogwarts2

We posted a quiz yesterday about the covert operations and secret societies in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. STOP right here if you haven’t seen it! If you have already seen the questions, then read on to check your answers!

1. What is the name of the rogue radio program that conveys information about the resistance?

Potterwatch

2. Who hosted the rogue radio program?

Lee Jordan and Fred Weasley

3. Who sent Dobby to assist Harry, Ron, and Hermione when they were caught by Snatchers?

Aberforth Dumbledore

4. How did the resistance get in and out of Hogwarts in preparation for the battle?

Through the Hog’s Head Tavern using a passageway behind a portrait of Ariana Dumbledore

5. What code was used to alert the resistance that Harry Potter had returned to Hogwarts?

Lightning has struck at Hogwarts!

6.  How did Ron know the password to the Chamber of Secrets?

Harry talks in his sleep. (Note to self: be sure you do not reveal top secret information without knowing it!)

7. What spell does McGonagall use to enlist the help of Hogwarts’ stony guards?

Pier Locomotor

8. Where is the Ravenclaw diadem hidden?

In the Room of Requirement (where else?)

9. Who returns from the dead to help Harry face his own death at Voldemort’s hands?

James and Lily Potter, Remus Lupin and Sirius Black

10.  Which Death Eater family decides not to fight in the final Battle?

The Malfoys make their getaway in the heat of the battle after Harry reveals he’s still alive.

Comment below with you score! 

Quiz: Secret Societies in Deathly Hallows Part II

Battle of Hogwarts

Last week, I was inspired to create a quiz based on the first half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that I think all of you enjoyed as well. So, this week I’ll finish out the series with another quiz about the many secret societies that collaborate to bring Voldemort down.

1. What is the name of the rogue radio program that conveys information about the resistance?

2. Who hosted the rogue radio program?

3. Who sent Dobby to assist Harry, Ron, and Hermione when they were caught by Snatchers?

4. How did the resistance get in and out of Hogwarts in preparation for the battle?

5. What code was used to alert the resistance that Harry Potter had returned to Hogwarts?

6.  How did Ron know the password to the Chamber of Secrets?

7. What spell does McGonagall use to enlist the help of Hogwarts’ stony guards?

8. Where is the Ravenclaw diadem hidden?

9. Who returns from the dead to help Harry face his own death at Voldemort’s hands?

10.  Which Death Eater family decides not to fight in the final Battle?

The answers to this quiz will be posted tomorrow!

Answers: Undercover Operations in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Seven Potters

How did you do on yesterday’s quiz, inspired by my re-watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I? Check your answers below to find out!

1. How did Hermione ensure that her clandestine activities did not affect her loved ones?

She used the spell “Obviate” to wipe her parents’ memories and sent them to Australia so they couldn’t be harmed.

2. How many fake Harry Potters are there at Privet Drive?

There are six fake Harrys for a total of seven Harrys.

3. Why did Snape reveal the plan to move Harry Potter to Voldemort?

In order to maintain his cover within Voldemort’s inner circle, Snape had to give the Dark Lord credible information. Once again, Snape’s role as a double agent poses some serious ethical issues!

4. How do Lupin and Shacklebolt verify each other’s identities?

Shacklebolt asked Lupin what Dumbledore’s last words to both of them were. Lupin answered correctly: “Harry is our best hope, trust him.”

5. What open source intelligence does Harry use to learn more about Dumbledore’s past?

He reads about a new autobiography written about the Hogwart’s late headmaster.

6. How does Rufus Scrimgeour attempt to find out what Harry, Ron, and Hermione are up to?

He personally visits the Burrow to watch the Trio react to the gifts they received from Dumbledore in his will. He is highly disappointed to discover that neither Harry nor Ron nor Hermione have any idea why Dumbledore would give them those things.

7. What kind of code is hidden in the Tales of Beedle the Bard?

The whole fairy tale series could be considered open code — the truth is hidden in plain sight as stories everyone tells their little witches and wizards.

8. Who is Elphias Dodge?

Dumbledore’s sympathetic autobiographer.

9. Where does Hermione take Ron and Harry after the Death Eaters crash Bill and Fleur’s wedding?

This is a bit of a trick question. In the movie, Hermione takes them to Shaftesbury Avenue. In the book, she takes them to Tottenham Court Road. In most cases, she says she accidentally took them there because it was a place she went with her parents as a child.

10. What is Hermione’s “black bag”?

As many of you know, a “black bag job” is a covert operation in which spies typically use just what is in their bag to infiltrate the enemy’s headquarters to find information. Hermione has enchanted her bag to hold just about anything she would need on their undercover operation.

Quiz: Undercover Operations in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Bill and Fleur's Wedding

As I re-watch the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, it reminded me of all of the spy craft in this book/movie. For those of you who have read Harry Potter and the Art of Spying, you know that the fifth book in the series is the first book to feature spy craft as a central element of the plot (Dumbledore’s Army and the Order of the Phoenix are essentially the CIA of Hogwarts and the wizarding world). However, with the Battle of Hogwarts looming, Harry and his friends clearly embrace their roles as spies in enemy territory, which is a completely different experience!

Can you remember all of the spy craft in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

1. How did Hermione ensure that her clandestine activities did not affect her loved ones?

2. How many fake Harry Potters are there at Privet Drive?

3. Why did Snape reveal the plan to move Harry Potter to Voldemort?

4. How do Lupin and Shacklebolt verify each other’s identities?

5. What open source intelligence does Harry use to learn more about Dumbledore’s past?

6. How does Rufus Scrimgeour attempt to find out what Harry, Ron, and Hermione are up to?

7. What kind of code is hidden in the Tales of Beedle the Bard?

8. Who is Elphias Dodge?

9. Where does Hermione take Ron and Harry after the Death Eaters crash Bill and Fleur’s wedding?

10. What is Hermione’s “black bag”?

The Duped Spy

On a Fool’s Errand: Katie Bell and Bode’s Nurse

Katie Bell Cursed

The last type of spy we would like to discuss is the person who is being used or has been duped. Two examples in the Harry Potter series are Katie Bell, who agrees to deliver the cursed necklace to Professor Dumbledore, and Bode’s nurse, who delivers the lethal plant to Bode’s bedside.

There are numerous ways to get information by trickery and deceit, but good ol’ unabashed friendliness works too. For example, go up to somebody and ask, “Didn’t I go to high school with you? Well, aren’t you from such and such town?” Most of the time you will end up in a conversation in which you will be able to determine that person’s name, where he or she grew up, what that person is doing in town, his or her profession, and even a listing of family members!

People love to talk about themselves, so let them!

When we say that these individuals have been duped, we say so in the nicest way possible. The best spies do not look upon others with condescension or arrogance, but instead generally enjoy people, listening to them, and learning about their lives. Listening closely to people and showing a genuine interest will open more doors than Sirius’s famous knife!

One of the most important traits of a spy is the ability to listen carefully and to appear to show genuine interest in the person to whom you are speaking.

Katie Bell Analysis

Recruitment by: Draco Malfoy used the Imperius Curse on Rosmerta, who then asked Katie to deliver the package to Dumbledore

Incentive Used: Doing someone a favor

Handler: Rosmerta, at the request of Draco Malfoy

Method of Communication: Through Rosmerta in the Three Broomsticks

Memorable Quotes:

Leanne: “She came back from the bathroom in the Three Broomsticks holding it, said it was a surprise for somebody at Hogwarts and she had to deliver it. She looked all funny when she said it. . . . Oh no, oh no, I bet she’d been Imperiused and I didn’t realize!” (HBP 251).

Dumbledore: “So poor Rosmerta was forced to lurk in her own bathroom and pass that necklace to any Hogwarts student who entered the room unaccompanied?” (HBP 589).

Bode’s Nurse Analysis

Recruitment by: Probably just a person leaving a “gift,” and the nurse was just “doing her job”

Incentive Used: Doing someone a favor

Handler: Voldemort, through a Death Eater

Method of Communication: Something simple and ordinary, like a note attached to the “delivery”

Memorable Quote:

Hermione: “I don’t think anyone could put Devil’s Snare in a pot and not realize it tries to kill whoever touches it” (547).

A Very Potter Christmas – Part 2

We certainly don’t want the holiday season to be over, so here’s Part 2 of the #APottermoreChristmas blog from @AimeeMarieK from MuggleNet!

Harry Potter Christmas

In the final week of #APottermoreChristmas, Jo Rowling provides more Moments in Half-Blood Prince for us to explore. Let’s once more put our spy suits on to discover what Jo has in store for us!

The clue for day 7 brings us to one of the most familiar places in the books and films – The Great Hall. Take a look at the clue below:

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No new information was provided with this clue, but it does bring to the forefront one of the wizarding world’s means of travel: Apparition. As any spy will tell you, getting from one place to another undetected is key. You may recall that in the books, apparition is a great means of magical transportation, but it is accompanied by a loud cracking sound. In the films, the sound is a bit less jarring, but still not entirely on the level with what a spy would need to remain undetected.

This brings us to the clue for day 8, seen below:

Pottermore Gold and Emerald Locket

The answer to this riddle leads us to one of the Hogwarts founders and opens up a key Moment for Harry as Dumbledore takes him into the memory of a House-Elf in the employ of a witch who was trying to sell some of her heirlooms to a young Tom Riddle. Riddle was employed with Borgin and Burkes, a shop in Diagon Alley that sold many items that were imbued with dark magic or had a sinister history and purpose. In this memory, Harry watches as Riddle flatters the witch in order to gain access to an item that ultimately becomes one of the horcruxes that Harry must find and destroy.

For Dumbledore’s Army, the clue for day 9 is very important. See below:
Pottermore Day

If you guessed the answer was the Room of Requirement, you’re correct! This room provided a secret place (rather like James Bond’s MI-6) that Harry and his friends could congregate without being seen and where they could practice their Defense Against the Dark Arts. The room provided whatever the students required, including sleeping quarters, food, and all manner of training objects and materials for them to learn to defend themselves. It was here that Dumbledore’s Army prepared for the great Battle of Hogwarts seen in book 7.

The next clue brings us to one of the most frightening moments in the series – beyond Voldemort and his followers willing to kill anyone for any reason (or none at all), the employ of Inferi in the cave where Harry and Dumbledore find the hidden locket is a disturbing moment in the films. Take a look at day ten’s clue below:

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After a few days of no new information, Jo provides us with specific information on the Inferi, the reanimated corpses that Voldemort uses to guard the locket. Rowling tells us that the Inferi can be cursed to respond if disturbed (as they did when Harry and Dumbledore touched the lake water surrounding the locket), to kill without discrimination, and to take on jobs that the witch or wizard who cursed them did not want to do (either from the threat of danger or discovery – the possibilities are endless when it comes to the reasons for dark magic such as this!). Jo also reveals where Voldemort obtained the seemingly endless amount of Inferi that tried to kill all those who made it into the cave – they were, for the most part, Muggles killed specifically for this purpose, but others were those in the magical community who had “disappeared”, which leads me to believe that they were either killed by Voldemort or his followers. The final bit that Jo gave us about these undead creatures is that the only way to kill them is by fire, which explains why Dumbledore employed the use of flame to distract and kill them while he and Harry escaped the cave.

What I love most about Pottermore and the new information that Jo provides fans is that we often are treated to background information on characters in the series. In the clue for day eleven, see if you can guess which character Jo is about to shed some light on:

Pottermore Day 12

Perhaps one of the most hated characters of the series (besides Voldemort, Snape, and Lucias Malfoy) is the featured character in day eleven – another double agent, Draco Malfoy. Jo writes about this character in depth, both her thoughts on him as a character and also the history of the character growing up and a glimpse into his life after the Battle at Hogwarts. While he definitely is a character that we love to hate, there are things revealed in this Moment that help readers understand the reasons why Draco acted the way he did throughout the series and why and how he changed after the battle was over and Voldemort had been defeated.

Jo also addresses her thoughts on why on earth girls who read the books or watched the film series would “fall” for Draco, considering there wasn’t any redeeming quality in this character, apart from the fact that Tom Felton brought the character to life and was in fact very charming and a great actor. In my opinion, there wasn’t necessarily anything redeemable in Draco’s character, but as a writer, I can see where knowing his background and seeing the choices he made in the end made me feel for him. It can’t have been easy to work as an agent for Voldemort when he didn’t really want to – he was forced to in order to save himself and his family. I would think that to be a spy, you must have such a firm and strong belief in what you are doing. Draco, in the end, didn’t fight for Voldemort because he believed in Voldemort’s new regime 100%. He fought on the Dark Lord’s side out of fear, which doesn’t really make one the best spy on the planet.

The final clue appropriately brings us to the end of the Half-Blood Prince. See the clue below:

Pottermore Day 12

So much of the Half-Blood Prince is focused on Harry trying to determine who the Prince is and learning as much as he can about Riddle’s past, that sometimes we don’t see what is right in front of us. The clue for the final day of #APottermoreChristmas leads us to Albus Dumbledore and his Order of Merlin. We see a representation of his funeral in this Moment, which we did not get to see in the films. We also learn more about the Order of Merlin and information on Merlin himself, who it turns out, is a Slytherin! In addition we learn about the various classes of the Order of Merlin and what they are awarded for.

 

I hope that you enjoyed solving the Pottermore riddles as much as I did! Jo gave us more insider information on Harry’s world and the characters that reside there, which for fans, is a very good Christmas present indeed!

 

Don’t forget to check out Pottermore for yourself – there are many Moments to be explored through the entire book series, which is currently only up to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. You can create your own Pottermore profile, get sorted, get a wand, brew some potions, and even duel with housemates. All that and more is yours for the exploring – only at Pottermore!