Quiz: Undercover in Harry Potter

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Until you sit down and think about it, it doesn’t seem like there are that many undercover agents in the Harry Potter series. After all, it’s not a spy novel or anything, right?

Wrong!

There are TONS of examples of people working under deep cover throughout the Harry Potter series. Can you name them all?

1. She might be considered a sleeper agent because she is introduced in book 1 and not revealed as a spy until book 5.

2. He’s assigned to track down Sirius Black, but he seems to be pretty bad at his job.

3. He uses his family’s wealth to insert himself in the Ministry of Magic

4. He is more of a diplomat than a spy when he attempts to win over a whole magical species.

5. This creature changes sides more than once in response to the treatment he receives at the hand of his various masters.

6. This man spent thirteen years undercover with the Weasleys.

7. He may win the award for most elaborate disguise used by a spy in the Harry Potter series — he may also qualify for the insanity plea!

8. She kept her special talent hidden so she could get the best scoop on a scandalous piece of gossip!

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!

The Ethics of Reporting vs. The Ethics of Spying

 

The Tri-Wizard Tournament—Speak Slowly into My Acid Pen

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

In Goblet of Fire, we find out through Rita Skeeter what damage an unethical reporter can do. It is obvious that her main focus is gossip and certainly not the truth. Rita Skeeter repeatedly fails to accurately document what people say, twisting it instead to her own ends and adding adjectives and adverbs to describe her “personal” observations— or, more accurately, her personal slant on her observations (GF 147, 202–3, 314–15, 437–40, 611–13)!

We eventually find out how Rita Skeeter gets so much juicy information: she is “bugging” everyone’s secure areas—by being a bug (GF 727)! Obviously, she obtains her information without the permission of the person she is “interviewing”—which is in itself quite unethical. Reporters are supposed to identify themselves and request an interview. Rita Skeeter is instead using what we would consider spy craft to eavesdrop on people and gather information.

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Unfortunately the movies skipped right over this juicy tidbit. Discovering that Rita Skeeter was an unregistered animagus may have been one of Hermione’s best moments!

 

 

Although spies are able to do eavesdrop on people, it is unethical for the press to use such means—as certain members of the press in London found out in 2011 when it was revealed that reporters were illegally intercepting and taping phone calls of famous people (including royalty) to get juicy stories. Read more about the International Phone Hacking Scandal here! 

peter-earnest-head-shot-372x372 In Harry Potter and the Art of Spying, Peter Earnest shares the story of the time he had to bug the office of one of his assets while working as a clandestine officer for the CIA!

We LOVE to HATE Rita Skeeter. Read other articles written by her on our blog! Long Lost Interview of Severus Snape, Rita Skeeter Interviews the Authors of Art of Spying , and Rita Skeeter Interviews President Obama.

Trivia: Hagrid’s GIANT secret

 

Hagrid

We’re making our way through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with trivia about the spy craft, codes, and agents that pop up  everywhere in the book. Check out the last quiz here or try your hand at naming Hagrid’s GIANT secret.

1. An injured Hagrid returns from his “top secret” mission which he refuses to discuss, but Hermione has already guessed what he was doing. What does she ask him? OP 422

2. According to Hagrid, who is under surveillance by the Ministry of Magic? OP 425

3. Who was on the secret mission with Hagrid? OP 424

4. Hagrid and his partner were being followed by agents from the Ministry. They gave them “the slip” around what town? OP 426

5. What intelligence officer told Hagrid where to find the giants? OP 425

6.  What steps did Hagrid initially take to recruit the giants? OP 428-29

7. Hagrid tries to recruit the giants on their side. What was the leader’s name or title? OP 427

8. Who shows up and ruins their plan? OP 431

9.  Who shows up at Hagrid’s door as he is telling the kids about his secret mission? OP 434

10.  Hagrid provides a very weak cover story about his recent trip. What is it? OP 437

Look up the answers yourself using the page numbers provided or stop back tomorrow for the answers! Don’t forget to comment below and let us know what you think.