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

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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

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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…

Reflections on One Man’s Motives, Bravery, and Sacrifice

An excerpt from Chapter 53: Severus Snape – The Ultimate Double Agent

So what is left to say about Snape?
That he was brilliant, brave, and a superb double agent.

Perhaps Harry says it best nineteen years later when discussing the possibility to his son that he may end up in Slytherin:

“Albus Severus, . . . you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”

Significantly, Harry is told by Snape at one of his Occlumency lessons that Voldemort – when he was attacking Mr. Weasley and Harry was seeing it – realized that Harry was there and that Harry was able to see the attack through the snake’s (or Voldemort’s) eyes. When Harry asks how Snape knows this, Snape merely states, “it is enough that we know.”

And just as significantly, at one point Snape actually admits that he is the inside agent, the person who is spying for Dumbledore!

But Harry fails to understand the significance of what Snape had just told him! (Just as most if not all of the readers of the fifth booked failed to understand the significance of these words as well!)

Snape’s admission occurs in Book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, during one of Harry’s Occlumency lessons:

“Perhaps,” said Snape, his dark, cold eyes narrowing slightly, “perhaps you actually enjoy having these visions and dreams, Potter. Maybe they make you feel special — important?”

“No, they don’t,” said Harry, his jaw set and his fingers clenched tightly around the handle of his wand.

“That is just as well, Potter,” said Snape coldly, “because you are neither special nor important, and it is not up to you to find out what the Dark Lord is saying to his Death Eaters.”

“No — that’s your job, isn’t it?” Harry shot at him.

He had not meant to say it; it had burst out of him in temper. For a long moment they stared at each other, Harry convinced he had gone too far. But there was a curious, almost satisfied expression on Snape’s face when he answered.

“Yes, Potter,” he said, his eyes glinting. “That is my job. Now, if you are ready, we will start again . . .”

Yes, Potter, that is my job. Wow! A clear revelation of the truth – that is instantly ignored and given no significance – until much later when we know the truth about a very good double agent named Severus Snape!

And thanks to Snape, the story ends well. Indeed: “All is well.”