Answers: Misdirection, Deception, and Disguises

Mcgongall Cat

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: Christmas at Headquarters


You’ll find the answers to yesterday’s quiz below. These may seem like trifling details in the Order of the Phoenix, but a good spy knows that you need all of the little details in order to see the whole picture. Let us know how you did in the comments!

1. Kreacher keeps a framed photo of his favorite person in his hovel. Whose picture?

Bellatrix Lestrange

2. What is St. Mungo’s full name?

St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries

3. Who transports the Weasleys and Harry to St. Mungo’s on Christmas day, probably in a stolen Muggle car?

Mundungus Fletcher

4. When the Weasleys begin arguing about using human stitches, the children decide to go to the tea room. Who demonstrates his powers of observation by knowing what floor it is on?


5. Name two adults and one fellow student that the children run into at St. Mungo’s.

Gilderoy Lockhart, Neville’s Grandmother, and Neville Longbottom.

6. While in the locked ward, the children observe the nurse delivering a plant to a patient. Who is the patient?


7. What eventually happens to Broderick?

The plant kills him

8. What is the name of the ability to tell what people are thinking?


9. What is the name of the countermeasure to prevent someone “reading minds”?


10. Harry is given a cover story for why he is having lessons with Professor Snape. What is that cover story?

 He is seeing Professor Snape for Remedial Potions

Don’t forget to try some of our other quizzes! How much do you know about St. Mungos, The Attack on Arthur Weasley, or Hagrid’s GIANT secret?

The Spies Among Us – Introducing The Spies in the Harry Potter Series


Spies have unique motivations, loyalties, and behaviors just like all of us. A famous Chinese general named Sun-Tzu described 5 types of spies as far back as the 4th century B.C.!  We’ve already discussed one of the biggest undercover agents in the Harry Potter series, Severus Snape, the double agent. But what about the other spies in Harry Potter? In this blog series, we’ll analyze some of the most important Harry Potter spies using content from Chapter 39 of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying!

Mundungus Fletcher

The Spy for Hire (or Money): Mundungus Fletcher

In a system where you get what you want through material gain, money can be a significant incentive. We are not just talking about the incentive of holding a job and getting a paycheck here. We are talking about individuals who spy for financial compensation, usually a fairly large amount of money. (Aldrich Ames was promised over $2 million to provide classified information to the Soviets; yet, amazingly, some of the spies caught in the United States have spied for a ridiculously low amount of money.)

In the Harry Potter series, at least, most of those who spy are not doing it for money alone. The one possible exception is our less-than-ethical friend Mundungus Fletcher. Interestingly, Mundungus is first mentioned by Mr. Weasley in book 2, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when he mentions having had a tough night and the fact that Mundungus Fletcher tried to put a hex on him (CS 38). In book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Mundungus is described as putting in a false claim for an expensive tent supposedly ruined at the World Cup (GF 151). And yet, by the end of the same book, Dumbledore refers to Mundungus (and Mrs. Figg and Remis Lupin) as part of the old crowd that needs to be brought back due to Fudge’s unwillingness to believe Harry or that Voldemort is back (GF 713). We cannot help but wonder, since Mundungus is always trying to make a buck, whether there is some way that his connection with the Order allows him to sell—or, as we find out after Sirius’s death, steal—more items and panhandle them on the street (HBP 247).

Mundungus Fletcher Analysis

Recruitment by: Probably Dumbledore

Incentive Used: A strong sense of what is right combined with a touch of personal gain or an opportunity for larceny—and

perhaps a slight fear of Dumbledore. Dumbledore refers to him as part of the “old crowd.”

Handler: Order of the Phoenix leadership, but ultimately Dumbledore

Method of Communication: Group meetings at number twelve, Grimmauld Place

Memorable Quote:

“It . . . it was a very good business opportunity, see . . .” (OP 23).