Answers: Secret Societies in Deathly Hallows Part II

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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! 

Answers: Harry Potter’s Christmas

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In the spirit of the holidays, we created a Christmas-themed Harry Potter quiz! Check your answers now!

1. What color sweater did Mrs. Weasley knit Harry in book 1?

Green/Emerald

2. Harry has his first kiss with whom under the mistletoe?

Cho Chang

3. How many Christmas trees does Hagrid put up in the Great Hall?

12

4. What vegetable did the Weasley children throw at Percy when he brought the minister to Weasley family Christmas in book 6?

Parsnips

5. Where did Harry and Hermione spend Christmas in Book 7?

The Forest of Dean

6. Who did Harry, Ron, and Hermione run into on Christmas Day at St. Mungo’s in Book 5?

Neville Longbottom

7. What disguise does Harry adopt on Christmas Day in book 2?

He uses Polyjuice potion to become Vincent Crabbe

8. What did Harry receive from the Dursleys for Christmas in book 2?

A toothpick

9. Which St. Mungo’s patient received a disguised Devil’s Snare as a Christmas present?

Broderick Bode

10. What special event was held on Christmas day in Harry’s fourth year?

The Yule Ball

How did you do? Do you incorporate any Harry Potter-related traditions in YOUR Christmas festivities? 

Answers: Real Life Wizard Spy Gadgets!

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Think you guessed which wizard spy gadgets are available for muggle use? Read on for the right answers!

1. The Invisibility Cloak Fact

On September 25th, University of Rochester physics professor John Howell and graduate student Joseph Choi announced a real-life, affordable invisibility “cloak.” However, the muggle version of Harry’s famous cloak is not quite wearable since it’s made out of a series of lenses. Read more here! 

Researchers at Duke University have made a wearable cloak that only has a few minor flaws. Check out this demonstration video!

2. Hermione’s DA Coins FACT

People have used coins to pass covert messages for years! The International Spy Museum has an American nickel on display with a hollow core in which to hide a message and the Polish spy Colonel Kuklinski communicated by a Discus, a small electronic device that sent out a burst of encrypted information to a Warsaw station.

3. Sneakoscope FICTION

Unfortunately, even with all of our spy technology, there is no one device that can alert its owner to dishonesty or “sneakiness” nearby!

4. Veritaserum FACT – Sort of

Although declassified documents have revealed that the CIA used chemicals to convince people to reveal the “truth.” However, it’s not clear whether truth serums always convince people to reveal their secrets. Anything “discovered” using muggle veritaserum must be validated by other sources.

5. Owl post FACT

Muggles have not necessarily used owls to send their most important notes, but they have used pigeons! The Pigeon Post was an essential communication method throughout World Wars I and II. JK Rowling was spot on with her owl post!

Answers: Diplomacy in the Wizarding World

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Diplomacy at it’s very best!

 

Diplomacy, as we pointed out yesterday, is VERY important to spy craft whether you’re a muggle or a wizard. Did you pick up on all of these examples of diplomacy in the Harry Potter series?

1. What event does Dumbledore go to great lengths to host that could be considered a gesture of diplomacy?

The Triwizard Tournament. We learn at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that “The Triwizard Tournament was first established some seven hundred years ago as a friendly competition between the three largest European schools of wizardry….it was generally agreed to be a most excellent way of establishing ties between young witches and wizards of different nationalities”

2. What two relationships suggest that Dumbledore’s event was successful?

Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour

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Madame Maxine and Hagrid

3. How does Hermione establish herself as an excellent diplomat early on?

Her work with S.P.E.W demonstrates that she understood from an early age that bad relationships between wizards and house elves would prove problematic in the future.

4. What convinces the centaurs to join the fight against Voldemort?

Hagrid shames them into acting –

“‘BANE!’ Hagrid’s unexpected bellow nearly forced Harry’s eyes open. ‘Happy now, are yeh, that yeh didn’ fight, yeh cowardly bunch o’ nags? Are yeh happy Harry Potter’s — d-dead..?’ (DH 728).

5. When does Fudge visit the muggle British prime minister?

– When the new muggle prime minister is elected

– When Sirius Black escapes Azkaban

– When the death eaters storm the Quidditch World Cup

– When there is a mass breakout from Azkaban

– When He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has returned

– Fudge reveals that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is wreaking havoc

– When Fudge admits he is no longer the Minister of Magic.

Note to self: Be sure you talk to your allies when things are going well AND when they are going poorly… otherwise they are liable to get a little frustrated!

Answers: Undercover in Harry Potter

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Could you name all of these undercover agents in the Harry Potter series? If so, you just might be observant enough to be a spy yourself!

1. She might be considered a sleeper agent because she is introduced in book 1 and not revealed as a spy until book 5.

Mrs. Figg

She broke her leg in book 1, which meant that 11 year old Harry Potter got to go to the zoo for Dudley’s birthday. In book 5, she appeared out of nowhere when Dementors descended on Privet Drive. There was much more than met the idea with this batty old woman!

2. He’s assigned to track down Sirius Black, but he seems to be pretty bad at his job.

Kingsley Shacklebolt

He always seems to be Cornelius’ Fudge’s right hand man. That is, until he sits down to dinner across from a known fugitive and greets him like an old friend. Shacklebolt balanced his job at the Ministry with his support of the Order quite well, don’t you think?

3. He uses his family’s wealth to insert himself in the Ministry of Magic

Lucius Malfoy

Hard to be entirely undercover when your bratty kid brags about your political bribes at school. Nevertheless, Lucius Malfoy just bides his time throughout the series, waiting until the Dark Lord returns and gives him even more power in the Ministry.

4. He is more of a diplomat than a spy when he attempts to win over a whole magical species.

Rubeus Hagrid

Although Hagrid and his stunning girlfriend, Madame Olympe Maxime, tower over most of their colleagues, they were pretty tiny compared to the giants they tried to recruit on behalf of the Order. Despite their gifts and common heritage, Hagrid and Maxime were unsuccessful in their diplomatic mission.

5. This creature changes sides more than once in response to the treatment he receives at the hand of his various masters.

Kreacher

Yes, he’s spiteful and hateful and bitter. But look who he’s had to serve his whole life! He is almost entirely responsible for Sirius’ death, but Hermione is quick to realize that the old house elf just needs a little kindness to change allegiances and help the Order rather than the Dark Lord.

6. This man spent thirteen years undercover with the Weasleys.

Peter Pettigrew

13 years as a rat is not nearly long enough for a man whose cowardice resulted in the deaths of James and Lily Potter. However, he’s the only undercover agent to maintain such an elaborate disguise and cover story for so long! So, kudos for cowardice?

7. He may win the award for most elaborate disguise used by a spy in the Harry Potter series — he may also qualify for the insanity plea!

Barty Crouch Jr.

He’s a nut job, no two ways about it. He was willing to drink Polyjuice Potion constantly for nearly 9 months just to get Harry Potter to touch a portkey in the middle of an elaborate labyrinth.

8. She kept her special talent hidden so she could get the best scoop on a scandalous piece of gossip!

Rita Skeeter

This journalist took the whole “I wish I could be a fly on the wall for THAT conversation” a little too seriously. As an unregistered insect animagus, Skeeter could get any of the information she wanted just by waiting patiently to eavesdrop on the right conversation.

Answers: Counterintelligence in the Harry Potter Series

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Check your answers to yesterday’s quiz! How much do YOU know about counterintelligence in the Harry Potter series?

1. What magical object, introduced in Prisoner of Azkaban, does Harry Potter consistently use to track people’s movements – enemies and friends alike?

The Marauder’s Map

2. How do members of the D.A. know who tattled on them?

Hermione jinxed the D.A. signup sheet so that if anyone revealed their secret the word SNEAK would appear across his or her face.

3. What device does Dumbledore have in his office that allows him to research Voldemort’s past and future plans?

The Pensieve

4. What magical device will reveal if someone nearby is being dishonest?

Sneakoscope

5. How does Voldemort ensure that Wormtail can never switch sides again?

The hand he gives Wormtail in reward for the sacrificing his own to bring Voldemort back to life is bewitched to turn on its owner at the first sign of disloyalty. 

6.  What does Mad Eye Moody use to keep an eye on enemies?

His Foe Glass!

We will have a special guest blog this Thursday! Stay tuned for more info!

Answers: Misdirection, Deception, and Disguises

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Did you find the answers to these questions about Misdirection, Deception, and Disguises in the Harry Potter series? Time to find out!

1. Why doesn’t the Elder Wand work for Voldemort the way he wants it to?

Voldemort believes he disarmed the Elder Wand’s previous owner by stealing the wand from Dumbledore’s tomb. However, Harry disarmed Dumbledore shortly before his death, making Harry the wand’s master. 

2. How does Harry mislead both Ron and Hermione before Ron’s spectacular performance at a Quidditch match in the Half Blood Prince?

He convinces Ron — and even Hermione — that he’s slipped Felix Felicis or “liquid luck” into Ron’s drink. Ron’s confidence makes him perform well despite his lack of luck.

3. How does Hermione mislead Umbridge when the evil Headmistress is about to punish every member of the DA for their clandestine activities?

Hermione pretends to break down and confess that the DA has been creating a weapon for Dumbledore in the Forbidden Forest.

4. Who is the very first person in the Harry Potter series to appear in disguise?

Professor McGonagall appears as a cat in the very first chapter of Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone!

5. What DA member is in disguise in the Hog’s Head during the first DA meeting?

Mundungus Fletcher

Answers: Recruitment and Handling

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How much do you know about recruitment and handling in the Harry Potter series? Check your answers from yesterday’s quiz to find out! Be sure to tell us how you did in the comments!

1. How did Grindelwald nearly recruit Dumbledore? What ultimately made his recruitment efforts fail?

Grindelwald’s charisma and intellect was attractive to Dumbledore and Grindelwald appealed to Dumbledore’s desire for power. However, when Arianna, Dumbledore’s sister, died, Dumbledore rejected the attempted recruitment and learned humility.

2. Why does Hagrid’s attempt to bribe the giants fail?

The giants are interesting in two things: payment and power. Hagrid’s attempt to bribe them almost works until  a different giant becomes the leader of the group and is more attracted to the power the Death Eaters offer him.

3. Why is Dumbledore successful in recruiting Slughorn to teach at Hogwarts in Book 6?

Using psychological analysis, Dumbledore understand that Slughorn loves to take credit for his students’ accomplishments and to take advantage of his connection to them as they gain power and prestige later in life. Dumbledore counts on Slughorn’s need to feel important when he offers the old professor the chance to mentor Hogwarts most notable student – Harry Potter.

4. What device does Mrs. Weasley have to “handle” her large family when they are out of her sight?

A clock that tells her where they are and even whether or not they’re in danger!

5. How does Voldemort ensure that his followers do what he wants them to?

He recruits people who fear and admire him. 

Can’t wait to learn more about spies in Harry Potter? Stop back here on Thursday for another spy profile!

Answers: Types of Spies

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Yesterday, we asked you to name Harry Potter characters that fit into the five Types of Spies that 4th century theorist Sun Tzu devised. Here are our answers!

1) Local Inhabitants – i.e. people who are in the right places at the right times to observe what’s happening and report back to their handlers.

Mrs. Figg – She used her location near the Dursleys to keep an eye on Harry Potter for Dumbledore

Tom – The innkeeper at the Leaky Cauldron, Tom often spied on Harry and his friends for Cornelius Fudge

Mrs. Norris – Ok, so a cat is not typically a spy, but Mrs. Norris made a point of nosing around Hogwarts to report back to Fudge

2) Government Officials who can be persuaded to switch their loyalties

Pius Thicknius – He’s not the most well-known character, but thanks to an Imperius Curse, he became Voldemort’s puppet as the Prime Minister.

Kingsley Shacklebolt – Once it was clear that the Ministry of Magic had lost its way, Kingsley Shacklebolt quickly affirmed his loyalty to Dumbledore.

3) Enemy Spies who can be persuaded to become double agents

Severus Snape – Snape is the most obvious example of a double agent in Harry Potter. Lily’s death was more than enough to persuade him to work as a double agent.

4) Spies who conduct acts of espionage to deceive the enemy

Severus Snape – Once again, Snape proves himself to be an EXCELLENT spy by deceiving Voldemort every step of the way.

Peeves – Peeves helps Fred and George Weasley wreak havoc in the Order of the Phoenix in order to combat Umbridge’s horrible regime.

5) Spies sent behind enemy lines that return with information

Remus Lupin- Although the task was distasteful, Lupin went to spy among the werewolves.

Hagrid – Similarly, Hagrid used his half-giant status to try to get information and support from the giants.

Did you come up with better answers? Tell us in the comments! 

Answers: The Department of Mysteries

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How did you do on the quiz yesterday? Would you have successfully navigated the Department of Mysteries? Check your answers below!

1. What form of stealth technology do Harry and his friends use to travel to London?

Thestrals!

2. Why is the code 6-2-4-4-2 an appropriate code for entering the Ministry of Magic through a telephone booth?

It spells M-A-G-I-C on the keypad of a telephone!

3. Why does Harry want to leave a lookout in the corridor outside the door to the Department of Mysteries?

He was trying to leave some of his friends behind to keep them out of danger. 

4. What is behind the first door Harry and his friends try?

A large tank full of free-floating brains.

5. Who notices the sphere with Harry’s name on it?

Ron Weasley

6. What does S.P.T. to A.P.W.D. mean?

Sybill Patricia Trelawney to Albus Percival Wulfric Dumbledore

For more code-breaking, try going here or even here! There’s even a code on the cover of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying!

7. Why has Dumbledore been ignoring Harry?

He was worried Voldemort would use Harry to spy on him!

8. Who ends up in Azkaban after the events at the Ministry of Magic?

Lucius Malfoy – which of course sets the stage for his son’s action sin the Half Blood Prince!

9. What does the Daily Prophet call Harry Potter once it is revealed that he had been telling the truth the whole time?

the “lone voice of truth”

10. Who meets Harry at the train station to escort him to the Dursleys?

Mad-Eye Moody, Tonks, Lupin, and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley!