Quiz: Christmas at Headquarters

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It may seem like just another Christmas with the Weasleys, but Christmas at 12 Grimmauld Place in Order of the Phoenix reveals a lot of important details about what’s in store for Harry and his friends. Can you remember all of those seemingly insignificant details? Click here for the answers!

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

2. What is St. Mungo’s full name?

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

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.

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?

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?

Spy Term

Cover story (n): A false story that provides an alternative for the truth, intended to conceal an agent’s true reason for being in a particular place.

Example: The Dursleys tell their neighbors that Harry is gone during the school year because he is attending St. Brutus’s Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys. 

Psychological Assessment (n): The use of information about a person’s traits, characteristics, background, and psychological makeup to predict that person’s reactions or future actions.

Example: Kreacher’s devotion to the person in the photo reveals where his loyalties may lie.

 

Answers: The Attack on Arthur Weasley

Arthur Weasley Post Attack

Did you notice all of the spy craft in this action-packed section of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? Check your answers to yesterday’s quiz to find out!

1. Now that Hagrid is back, in his first lesson he “shows” the kids what creature?

Thestrals

2. Where is Sirius laying low, in deep cover?

Number twelve, Grimmauld Place

3. At the end of one meeting, Harry uses a pretext to hung around and visit with Cho. What is this pretext?

Straightening pillows

4. When telling Ron and Hermione about Cho’s “wet” kiss, he says she was crying. Describe Hermione’s psychological assessment of Cho.

She is conflicted about Cedric’s death and liking Harry

5. Thanks to his unique connection to Voldemort, Harry is able to secretly observe something in his dream. What does he see?

a large snake attacking Mr. Weasley

6. What is the snake’s name?

Nagini

7. Dumbledore acts as an intelligence analyst and interrogates Harry about what he saw and what was his perspective , and determines what?

That Harry saw the attack real time from the snake’s point of view

8. What unique form of communication does Dumbledore use in his office to find the injured Mr. Weasley?

Former headmaster portraits

9. Once Mr. Weasley is at St. Mungo’s, he makes a decision to protect his sources and methods. What is that decision?

  He does not allow the Weasleys to go immediately to St. Mungo’s

10. Who and what are the source and method Dumbledore is protecting?

Harry, and his ability to read the Dark Lord’s thoughts and see what he sees

Quiz: The Attack on Arthur Weasley

Attack on Arthur

Now that Dumbledore’s Army is meeting regularly, nearly every character in the Order of the Phoenix has started using elements of spy craft. Some characters are in deep cover, others like Hermione are becoming skilled at psychological assessment, and Dumbledore is fighting to maintain the upper hand by keeping A LOT of secrets. Try this week’s quiz to see how much of the spy craft you’ve noticed in this action-packed section of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Answers are available here.

1. Now that Hagrid is back, in his first lesson he “shows” the kids what creature?

2. Where is Sirius laying low, in deep cover?

3. At the end of one meeting, Harry uses a pretext to hung around and visit with Cho. What is this pretext?

4. When telling Ron and Hermione about Cho’s “wet” kiss, he says she was crying. Describe Hermione’s psychological assessment of Cho.

5. Thanks to his unique connection to Voldemort, Harry is able to secretly observe something in his dream. What does he see?

6. What is the snake’s name?

7. Dumbledore acts as an intelligence analyst and interrogates Harry about what he saw and what was his perspective , and determines what?

8. What unique form of communication does Dumbledore use in his office to find the injured Mr. Weasley?

9. Once Mr. Weasley is at St. Mungo’s, he makes a decision to protect his sources and methods. What is that decision?

10. Who and what are the source and method Dumbledore is protecting?

 

Spy Terms

Deep Cover/Deep Cover Agent (n): a mission or assignment so secret that only one or two people know of its existence; a deep cover agent usually stays put for many, many years, having little to no contact with his or her handlers.

Example: Sirius is a deep cover agent out of necessity. People know he exists but very few know where he is and he must stay put indefinitely. He is clearly not very good at being a deep cover agent.

 

Psychological Assessment (n): the use of information about a person’s traits, characteristics, background, and psychological makeup to predict that person’s reactions or future actions.

Example: Hermione helps Ron and Harry understand Cho’s traits, characteristics, and background in order to explain why she has been acting strange and to predict how she will act in the future.

 

The Pensieve as an Intelligence Analyst Tool

Pensieve

PensievePensieve 2The role of an intelligence analyst is to organize, review, and analyze important information and reach definitive conclusions as to what that information means.

Intelligence analysts receive information from many sources, some obtained covertly by operatives, and some through through a myriad of spy craft means, including communication intercepts, satellites, and open sources such as newspapers.

In the Potter world, Dumbledore acts as an intelligence analyst as he tries to figure out Voldemort’s family background, his history, items he acquired over the years, and his knowledge of the Dark Arts.

And one of the tools Dumbledore uses to discover Voldemort’s past is the Pensieve.  In a sense, the memories shown through the use of the Pensieve are equivalent to reports from the field.

Dumbledore explains the Pensieve to Harry when it is introduced in the Goblet of Fire:

“At these times,” said Dumbledore, indicating the stone basin, “I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form.” (GF 597)

Just like a good intelligence agent, Dumbledore is trying “to spot patterns and links” that he believes are the key to everything.

“Sir . . . is it important to know all this about Voldemort’s past?”

“Very important, I think,” said Dumbledore.

“And it . . . it’s got something to do with the prophecy?”

“It has everything to do with the prophecy.”

“Right,” said Harry, a little confused, but reassured all the same. (H-B P 215)

But Dumbledore goes a step further by acting as an intelligence operative and actually going out and acquiring the memories from various sources.

So let us take our own trip down memory lane and reflect on the discovery and use of the Pensieve in the Harry Potter series.

In the Goblet of Fire Harry sneaks a peak into the Pensieve and discovers the dark pasts of people like Igor Karkaroff and Barty Crouch Jr. (GF 585-96).

In the Order of the Phoenix Harry uses the Pensieve twice; once to see Snape’s worst memories, and then— finally with Dumbledore’s permission—to hear the “lost” prophecy that relates to Harry.  (OP 639-49, 841.)

It is in the Half-Blood Prince that the Pensive is used as an intelligence tool by Dumbledore, the analyst.  Harry is allowed to “see” eight separate memories, all relating in some way to Voldemort’s past:

  1. Bob Ogden’s memory of the House of Gaunt, where we are introduced to Marvolo, Morfin, and Merope (Tom Riddle’s grandfather, uncle, and mother)(199-211);
  2. Mr. Burke describing the acquisition of a certain necklace that later injures Katy Bell instead of its intended target, Dumbledore (261);
  3. Dumbledore’s memory of retrieving Tom Riddle from the orphanage (263-75);
  4. Morfin’s memory of Tom Riddle “returning” to the Gaunt house to acquire the Gaunt ring (363-65);
  5. Slughorn’s altered memory of a discussion he had with Tom Riddle (369-71);
  6. Hoky the house-elf’s memory of Tom Riddle getting Hepzibah Smith to show him a certain cup and locket that she owned (433-38);
  7. Dumbledore’s memory of Tom Riddle, now known as Lord Voldemort, coming to Hogwarts ostensibly to apply for the position of Professor of the Dark Arts (440-46)
  8. Slughorn’s real memory, where we discover that Tom Riddle had learned about Horcruxes (494-99).

All of these memories provide Dumbledore and Harry essential background on Voldemort which Dumbledore uses to:

  • discover and understand Voldemort’s entire background and history
  • perform an accurate psychological assessment of Voldemort
  • predict Voldemort’s future conduct
  • perform a risk-analysis as to Harry Potter and others
  • identify and locate Horcruxes

CIA operatives and analysts perform the very same role that Dumbledore demonstrates in the Harry Potter series.  They just happen to perform this function in the Muggle world instead of in the Wizarding community!