Misdirection, Deception, and Disguises In Harry Potter

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We’re back with a new quiz! This one will require you to remember details from ALL of the Harry Potter books. Specifically, do you know how much of a role misdirection, deception, and disguises played throughout J.K. Rowling’s beloved series? Well, you’re about to find out!

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


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


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


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


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


Did you know?

Harry Potter and the Art of Spying author Lynn Boughey adopted someone else’s identity in order to travel to Chara, Russia to research his spy novel Mission to Chara in 1993. He had to memorize his taxi driver’s passport and pretend not to understand the train conductress when she asked for identification. You don’t have to be a spy to use misdirection, deception, and disguises!

The Leaky Diary: Day 5


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Just in case you haven’t read The Leaky Diary: Day 1The Leaky Diary: Day 2, The Leaky Diary: Day 3, or The Leaky Diary: Day 4, my name is Kelsey and I got the chance of a lifetime to attend LeakyCon in Orlando Florida with Harry Potter and the Art of Spying authors Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest. This is my Leaky Diary where I explore some of my favorite parts of the experience, give some vacation advice to those interested in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and thank all of the wonderful people that made the trip a fantastic success!*

*Unlike Tom Riddle’s Diary, the goal of this blog series is not to convince you to open a secret chamber, kill a bunch of students, or do anything equally nefarious. I just want to tell my story. Still, as Arthur Weasley says, “never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”

A week ago today the Harry Potter and the Art of Spying authors gave their presentation at LeakyCon. Whew! It’s hard to believe that it all went by so fast! Since I helped run the PowerPoint, I sat up front and got to be just as nervous as the authors. Turns out, when you let smart people talk to other smart people about something everyone loves, the presentation goes pretty well.

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My Favorite Moments:

  1. Discussing the relationship between the disguises in Harry Potter and disguises used by real spies. Peter mentioned that the best disguises are ones that can be donned and removed very quickly. Turns out, the CIA actually hired John Chambers, the make up artist who worked on Planet of the Apes, to teach them make up techniques for their disguises. So now you know, it’s better to be an animagus or to have an invisibility cloak than to try to use polyjuice potion all the time!
  2. Watching the movie clip in which Harry learns all about Snape’s sacrifices through the Pensieve. The whole room fell absolutely silent for the movie and then erupted into applause. It was a fantastic way to end the presentation.

“After all this time? Always.”

3.  Giving away free stuff during our trivia challenge! We stumped some people with the question “On which floor and behind which tapestry is the Room of Requirement? Too bad they hadn’t been reading the trivia on our blog! There were some potterheads who knew almost everything though. Our tie breaker was the code from the cover of our book, which we discuss in this blog. 

Although we were sad to see the end of LeakyCon, the Esther Day Charity Ball was the perfect way to ring in the final day. I am not a huge party person, but it was wonderful to see so many happy people in one place.

This may be the last Leaky Diary, but don’t worry, you’ll hear much more from the authors and me in the coming month. The book will be released worldwide on September 8th after a fantastic launch at the International Spy Museum. Do you have questions about LeakyCon, Harry Potter World, or Harry Potter and the Art of Spying? Post them in the comments or ask the authors!