Quiz: Secret Societies in Deathly Hallows Part II

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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!

Quiz: Harry Potter’s Christmas

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We’ve created a Harry Potter Christmas quiz! Can you celebrate the holidays like a true wizard?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stop back tomorrow for the answers!

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!

Fact or Fiction? Spy Gadgets in Harry Potter

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Some of JK Rowling’s ingenious magic objects and spells have real-life counterparts. Can you guess which of these Harry Potter spy gadgets are also available for muggle use?

1. The Invisibility Cloak

Harry would have a much harder time sneaking around if someone *ahem* Dumbledore hadn’t decided that he should have his father’s magical cloak. But how likely is it that a muggle could become invisible just by changing his or her clothes?

2. Hermione’s DA Coins

The members of the DA know when to come practice their defense against the dark arts spells thanks to Hermione’s coins, which turn warm in members’ pockets when she wants their attention.

3. Sneakoscope

If Harry had paid more attention to this gift from Ron, he may have figured out sooner that Ron’s pet was not what he seemed… Ok, who are we kidding? No one saw that one coming!

4. Veritaserum

A tool of the oh-so-evil Umbridge and respectable Dumbledore alike, this truth serum sure comes in handy when you want someone to spill their guts!

5. Owl post

Harry gets a lot of information from the outside world through his owl, Hedwig. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a winged friend to send notes to people?

Diplomacy in the Wizarding World

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Spy craft is not all about sneaking around — it’s about forging friendships with the right people and countries for the greater good. In other words, it’s about diplomacy.

Diplomacy (n): The art of using intellect to advance the interests of a nation, create good relations among nations, prevent war, and if possible advance the overall progress of humanity.

In other words, it’s pretty important.

Diplomacy has a big role to play in the Harry Potter series as well. Try this quiz about diplomatic tactics used throughout the series!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

The Daily Prophet and The Return of Voldemort (Book 6)

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The Truth (and Fear) Will Set You Free (to Sell More Papers!)

In the next book—following Voldemort’s return—the Daily Prophet spends much of its time warning the Wizarding world about the return of Voldemort (HBP 39–41). Finally! The Daily Prophet also informs the public that Fudge has been sacked, offers a description of the events at the Department of Mysteries (but not details of the prophecy), and covers almost daily stories of disappearances, odd accidents, and deaths (HBP 60, 77–78, 105). It takes an experience spy — like Hermione — to begin connecting the dots between all of these little disappearances, accidents, and deaths.

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As time goes on, the Daily Prophet informs the public about Dementor attacks and the arrest of Stan Shunpike (HBP 221). The Wizarding newspaper also reports an argument between Dumbledore and the new Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, which we find out later was the result of Scrimgeour’s request to meet with Harry (HBP 61, 357). Dumbledore tells Harry, “The Prophet is bound to report the truth occasionally, if only by accident” (HBP 357). (This reminds us of a saying: Even a broken clock is right two times a day!)

Spy Tip: Even if the open source is highly unreliable, be sure to look at it carefully. You never know what you might find!

Importantly, when Hermione wants to do research on the Half- Blood Prince, she goes through the old Daily Prophets and discovers an announcement of one Eileen Prince marrying a Tobias Snape (HBP 637), thus confirming that Severus Snape was the Prince all along.

Spy Tip: Open source information from the past is just as important as current open source information!

Fun Fact:

Did you know that there is an evening edition of the Daily Prophet called the Evening Prophet? We learn about the Evening Prophet when Professor Snape confronts Harry and Ron about being seen flying in Mr. Weasley’s Ford Anglia (CS 79) and also reference to an article about Arthur Weasley’s search of Malfoy Manor (HBP 234, 635).

 

Answers: Padfoot is in Danger!

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How did you do on yesterday’s quiz? Check your answers below to find out! Also, stop back here on Thursday for a blog post about the Daily Prophet in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!

1. Who concludes that Umbridge fired Hagrid at night in order to avoid another scene like the one following her dismissal of Professor Trelawney?

Ernie McMillian 

2. What does Kreacher tell Harry when asked about Sirius’ whereabouts?

“Master will not come back from the Department of Mysteries” (OP 740-71),

3. What alerts Umbridge that Harry and his friends have infiltrated her office?

Hidden Stealth Sensoring Spells 

4. What does Harry tell Snape in order to communicate that he believes Sirius is in danger?

“He’s got Padfoot at the place where it is hidden!” (745)

5. What spell does Umbridge nearly use to get information out of Harry?

The Cruciatus Curse

6. What does Hermione tell Umbridge to stop her from torturing Harry?

That there is a weapon in the Forbidden Forest.

7. What does Hermione do that alerts the centaurs to their presence in the forest?

She makes a lot of noise as she stumbles through the forest. 

8. Who saves Harry and Hermione when the centaurs become angry with them?

Grawp!

9. What draws the thestrals to Harry and his friends precisely when they need transportation to London?

Thestrals are attracted to the scent of blood and Grawp is bleeding from arrow wounds received from the centaurs!

10. Why does Harry fail to realize that he’s walking into a trap?

He has let his emotions take over. Unlike Hermione, he is not objective enough.