Answers: Recruitment and Handling

Slughorn and Dumbledore

How much do you know about recruitment and handling in the Harry Potter series? Check your answers from yesterday’s quiz to find out! Be sure to tell us how you did in the comments!

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

Grindelwald’s charisma and intellect was attractive to Dumbledore and Grindelwald appealed to Dumbledore’s desire for power. However, when Arianna, Dumbledore’s sister, died, Dumbledore rejected the attempted recruitment and learned humility.

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

The giants are interesting in two things: payment and power. Hagrid’s attempt to bribe them almost works until  a different giant becomes the leader of the group and is more attracted to the power the Death Eaters offer him.

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

Using psychological analysis, Dumbledore understand that Slughorn loves to take credit for his students’ accomplishments and to take advantage of his connection to them as they gain power and prestige later in life. Dumbledore counts on Slughorn’s need to feel important when he offers the old professor the chance to mentor Hogwarts most notable student – Harry Potter.

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

A clock that tells her where they are and even whether or not they’re in danger!

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

He recruits people who fear and admire him. 

Can’t wait to learn more about spies in Harry Potter? Stop back here on Thursday for another spy profile!

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!