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!

Recruitment and Handling: Spy Craft in Harry Potter

Dumbledore's Army

If you’ve ever seen a James Bond film, you know that Bond takes orders from someone. He doesn’t not always follow those orders, but someone gives them nonetheless. The same is true of real spies and spy craft. A spy always has a handler who tells him or her what to do and who sends the information the spy gathers to the right place.

Handlers often recruit new spies as well. Dumbledore, for example, never passes up an opportunity to convince someone to spy for him.

How much do you know about spy recruitment and handling in Harry Potter? Test your knowledge with this quiz!

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s an example of Dumbledore’s EXCELLENT recruitment tactics. Check out how he uses some serious psychological analysis to get Slughorn to do what he wants!

Quiz: Padfoot is in Danger!

Voldemort torturing Sirisu

Although Harry has become quite the spy over the course of Order of the Phoenix. However, when he dreams that Sirius is being tortured by Voldemort, caution flies out the window and all he can do is plan a rescue mission. Thankfully, he has a group of friends by his side willing to fight for him! Can you answer the trivia questions below about this high-stakes moment in the fifth Harry Potter book?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Quiz: Harry Must Not Tell Lies

Frazzled Umbridge

Personally, I’ve never been happier to see someone upset.

We hope all of you who attended our book launch this weekend had a blast! For those of you who couldn’t make it, never fear! Our trivia and blog content will continue. Feel free to pose your questions to the authors or buy the book for even more info about the spies in Harry Potter!

In the meantime, try our next quiz! Answers will be posted tomorrow as usual.

1. What time-tested spy method does Hermione use to get the former reporter to interview Harry?

2. Harry” interview, which provides an alternative explanation to what the Ministry is saying, is published in what magazine?

3. What alerts Professor Umbridge that Harry and his friends are up to something?

4. What does Professor’s Umbridge do once she sees the interview of Harry in the magazine?

5. What is the effect of Professor Umbridge’s rule regarding to Harry’s interview?

6. We find out through a vision during Harry’s dream that someone had put an Imperius Curse on Bode in order to steal something out of the Department of Mysteries. Who used the Imperius Curse on Bode?

7. Who had given Voldemort bad advice about how to get the item from the Department of Mysteries, and is tortured by Voldemort?

8. Why then was Bode murdered?

9. When Snape tells Harry, “Yes, Potter, that is my job,” Snape has actually just admitted to what?

10. Dumbledore replaces Trelawney with someone who in a way has defected from his prior people? Who is it?

Answers: Dumbledore’s Army Gathers

Room of Requirement Deathly Hallows

How much do YOU know about the Room of Requirement in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? Check your answers to yesterday’s quiz to find out!

1. Who helps Harry discover a secure meeting place for the DA that will fit their requirements?

     Dobby

2. What does Dobby tell Harry about the Room of Requirement?

It is the perfect place, it is very secure and few people know about it

3. The Room of Requirement has a second name that is used.  What is it?

The Come and Go Room

4. The Room for Requirement is on what floor, and behind what tapestry?

7th floor, Barnabas  the Barmy

5. Harry recalls that Dumbledore had previously mentioned the Room of Requirement when the headmaster needed something.            What did he need?

A bathroom

6. Why does Hermione, in conducting a risk assessment, decide that the Room of Requirement might be a god idea?

Because Dumbledore knows about it

7. What famous map does Harry use to make sure “the coast is clear” before entering the Room of Requirement?

The Marauder’s Map

8. What do the kids find inside the Room of Requirement that the DA will need?

Cushions, books about the Dark Arts, Dark Detectors

9. The Room of Requirement has several instruments used for a counter-surveillance?  What are they?

 Dark Detectors

10. In deciding a name for the group, Cho first suggests what name with the letters DA?

Defense Association

Harry Potter Trivia: Dumbledore’s Army Gathers

Room of Requirement

First- Happy 17th birthday to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! The magic began in 1997 and continues today with Harry Potter and the Art of Spying and legions of devoted fans. Now, take our quiz and relive Book 5 of J.K. Rowling’s magical series!

We moved our bi-weekly trivia back a week after discovering a once-in-a-lifetime interview with President Obama conducted by Rita Skeeter. Last time, we quizzed you on Harry’s open code with Sirius, and why the Hogs Head Pub was a poor choice for a clandestine meeting. Now, can you answer these questions about Dumbledore’s Army, Hogwarts’ very own subversive organization?

  1. Who helps Harry discover a secure meeting place for the DA that will fit their requirements?  OP 386
  2. What does Dobby tell Harry about the Room of Requirement?  OP 386-87
  3. The Room of Requirement has a second name that is used.  What is it?    OP 386
  4. The Room of Requirement is on what floor, and behind what tapestry?  OP 389
  5. Harry recalls that Dumbledore had previously mentioned the Room of Requirement when the headmaster needed something.  What did he need?  GF 417-18, OP 388
  6. Why does Hermione, in conducting a risk assessment, decide that the Room of Requirement might be a good idea?  OP 388
  7. What famous map does Harry use to make sure “the coast is clear” before entering the Room of Requirement?  OP 389
  8. What do the kids find inside the Room of Requirement that the DA will need?  OP 390-91
  9. The Room of Requirement has several instruments used for a counter-surveillance.  What are they?  OP 391
  10. In deciding a name for the group, Cho first suggests what name with the letters DA?  OP 392

Stop back tomorrow for the answers!

Monday Trivia: Gathering Intel in Order of the Phoenix

Harry and Sirius

Monday trivia is back! We will be alternating between trivia and code breaking each Monday for most of the summer. Did you like our Mirror of Erised code from last week? These questions pick up where our last ones left off, with Harry trying to gather information about the Order, the Ministry of Magic, and his godfather’s activities. Can you gather all of the intel to answer these questions?

  1. Why was it necessary for Harry to use a code when writing to Sirius?  OP 278, 280
  2. Harry tells Sirius that someone new at Hogwarts is “nearly as nice as his mum.”  To whom is he referring?  OP 280
  3. When Harry writes that “we are missing our biggest friend” to whom is he referring?  OP 280
  4. The Daily Prophet informs its readers that Order member Sturgis Podmore had been arrested.  What for?  OP 287-88
  5. Percy’s letter to Ron telling him not to be friends with Harry includes some inside information about Dumbledore.  What is it?  OP 297-98
  6. Percy’s letter to Ron also repeats the “party line” about Harry.  What is the party line?  OP 297
  7. When Harry talks to Sirius in the fire the first time, he tells them that Fudge is paranoid and thinks Dumbledore is doing what?  OP 303
  8. For the first part of book 5, Hagrid is in deep cover and incommunicado.  What is he doing?  OP 424-25
  9. In order to maintain more control over the school and create a climate of fear, what position is created for Umbridge?  OP 306
  10. The Ministry issues what type of legal document to change the rules and give Umbridge more power?  OP 307

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the answers!

Answers to Back to Hogwarts Quiz

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Here are the answers from yesterday’s quiz! How did you do? Tell us in the comments!

1. The Sorting Hat provides historic analysis, and warns the school about what?

That the school houses must unite

2. The Sorting Hat picks up valuable information due to where it normally is located.  Where is that?

Headmaster’s office

3. Hermione as an intelligence agent properly interprets Professor Umbridge’s speech.  What does she conclude?

That the Ministry is interfering with Hogwarts

4. Even though the Daily Prophet is saying terrible things about Harry, Hermione continues to subscribe to it.  Why?

“It’s best to know what the enemy is saying”

5. When the Weasley twins talk about their spy shop, Harry changes the subject to steer aware from “dangerous waters.”

What fact was he hiding?     That he had given the twins his Triwizard winnings

6. Professor McGonagall says “You know where she comes from, you must know to whom she is reporting” about whom?

Professor Umbridge

7. Harry’s punishment imposed by Professor Umbridge is considered by Ron and Hermione as a form of what?

Torture

8. Many people do not believe Voldemort is back because this fact is based on the credibility of only one person.  Who is that person?

Harry

9. When Draco makes a reference to Hagrid messing around with something that is too big for him, how do Harry and his friends analyze this statement?

That Draco knows Hagrid is trying to recruit the giants

10. When Harry decides to write Sirius a letter in open-code, what name does he use instead of Sirius?

Snuffles

Keep showing off your HP knowledge with our next quiz! 

Back to Hogwarts: A Harry Potter Quiz

Sorting Hat

Happy Monday everyone! Here’s your weekly Harry Potter and the Art of Spying quiz. Answers will be posted tomorrow as usual. 

(OP= Order of the Phoenix)

  1. The Sorting Hat provides historic analysis, and warns the school about what?    OP 207
  2. The Sorting Hat picks up valuable information due to where it normally is located.  Where is that?  OP 209
  3. Hermione as an intelligence agent properly interprets Professor Umbridge’s speech.  What does she conclude? OP 214
  4. Even though the Daily Prophet is saying terrible things about Harry, Hermione continues to subscribe to it.  Why?  OP 225
  5. When the Weasley twins talk about their joke shop, Harry changes the subject to steer aware from “dangerous waters.”  What fact was he hiding?  OP 227-28
  6. Professor McGonagall says “You know where she comes from, you must know to whom she is reporting” about whom?  OP 248
  7. Harry’s punishment imposed by Professor Umbridge is considered by Ron and Hermione as a form of what?    OP 272-73
  8. Many people do not believe Voldemort is back because this fact is based on the credibility of only one person.  Who is that person?  OP 251
  9. When Draco makes a reference to Hagrid messing around with something that is too big for him, how do Harry and his friends analyze this statement?  OP 260
  10. When Harry decides to write Sirius a letter in open-code, what name does he use instead of Sirius?  OP 280

New Rita Skeeter Exclusive: Snape Claims He Dedicated His Life to Protecting Harry Potter

Snape

Last week, the authors of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying released the first part of Rita Skeeter’s article on Severus Snape, longtime Death Eater and apparently Dumbledore’s right hand man. This week, Skeeter dives deeper into Snape’s role as a double agent.

Snape Claims He Dedicated His Life to Protecting Harry Potter

Severus Snape refused to speak with special correspondent Rita Skeeter for an entire week following her initial interview during which he proclaimed his loyalty to the Dark Lord. However, current Headmistress Minerva McGonagall invited the Daily Prophet back once more to hear more of his outlandish story. When asked about the woman who “changed everything,” Snape was tightlipped, but he soon revealed his role as a double agent in the years leading up to the second Wizarding war.

“I was a spy to Dumbledore,” he said with a sneer, “not for him. I made it my duty to keep an eye on Potter while he was at school for his own safety.”

Considering that the boy survived a face to face encounter with Voldemort before he could walk, it seems highly unlikely that the Death Eater-turned-Potions-Master could offer much in the way of additional protection, but Snape was adamant.

“That arrogant pipsqueak of a wizard couldn’t protect himself if he tried,” he said, “And he didn’t try at all. He was always taking on trolls, sneaking around to forbidden areas of the grounds, and using that invisibility cloak so that the rest of the professors had no idea what he was doing.”

Snape’s comment should remind readers of the utter lack of consistent security at Hogwarts during Harry Potter’s time there. In his very first year a troll made its way into the castle and threatened the lives of Potter and his friends. In his second year, the Chamber of Secrets was opened once more to wreak havoc on the student body. Escaped convict Sirius Black made his way into the Gryffindor Common Room the next year and Voldemort himself returned after kidnapping Cedric Diggory (may he rest in peace) and Potter during the following year’s Triwizard tournament. Dumbledore even died in Hogwarts’ tower, raising significant questions as to exactly what role Snape played in “protecting” Potter and Hogwarts.

“Of course I was not responsible for the troll or the Chamber of Secrets or Sirius Black’s return!” Snape shouted thunderously. “I certainly did not want Voldemort to return and I –“

Here, the proud professor stopped. He killed Dumbledore the year before the Battle of Hogwarts, allowing Voldemort to return to full power for the first time in 18 years. When asked why he did it, Snape gave a remarkable answer.

“Dumbledore asked me to.”

The ludicrous claim was followed by a tense silence, which was broken only when correspondent Rita Skeeter stood up to leave.

“Wait!” Snape said with a sigh, “People need to hear this. They need to know that fighting evil means making difficult choices.”

When asked once more why he killed Dumbledore, Snape expanded upon his previous answer.

“As soon as Voldemort returned, Dumbledore told me to respond to the Dark Lord’s call as if I were still a loyal Death Eater. As one of Voldemort’s more trusted followers, he told me of his plan to have a Hogwarts student, a boy from my own House, kill Dumbledore. When I reported as much to the headmaster, he made me swear that I would be the one to kill him if it came down to that. He did not want that guilt and evil staining the conscience of such a young boy. I protested, but in the end, I was forced to kill him in order to protect my cover.  Besides, he was going to die soon anyway, thanks to the wound he had received to one of his hands.”

When asked if he regretted his decision, Snape sighed and began to step toward the outer frame of his portrait.

“I did not love Dumbledore like others did. I saw him for what he was, a man much like me who was trying to make up for all the damage he had done when he was young and foolish. I needed to kill him so I could continue to protect Potter and fulfill my own obligation to right my wrongs. Do I regret it? No. But his death is a part of me now just like all the other deaths are.”

Snape disappeared from the frame leaving more questions than answers.

To be continued…