Long Lost Interview with Severus Snape Found by the Art of Spying Authors!

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The authors of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying have uncovered a long-lost interview of none other than Severus Snape. Written by Rita Skeeter, who has since retired to a bungalow in Little Whinging, the articles about the interview were discovered as the authors took a tour of Hogwarts castle. No sooner had we wished we knew more about Snape’s life as a double agent than a door appeared at the end of the hall. Inside, there was a small writing desk and a stack of papers that we soon learned had the answers to all of our questions!

We have reproduced the series of articles published after the installation of Severus Snape’s portrait in the headmaster’s office at Hogwarts and will be publishing them in order over the next few weeks.

Here is the article, originally written in green ink in Rita Skeeter’s hand:

Snape Admits to Killing Dumbledore, But Says Dumbledore “Asked” Him to Do It

Just yesterday, Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived Twice, presided over the installation ceremony of Severus Snape’s portrait in the headmaster’s office at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, writes Rita Skeeter, Special Correspondent and Author of The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore. Nearly five years after the Battle at Hogwarts and Snape’s death, the ceremony was attended by just a handful of witches and wizards who seemed to be inordinately distraught over the controversial headmaster’s death.

The delay in installing the portrait and the small ceremony speaks to the wizarding community’s continued confusion over the role Snape played in Voldemort’s demise. Yet, in a rare interview, Harry Potter described the foreboding professor as “the bravest man he ever knew.”

Although it seems as though the poor boy may have simply latched onto an unlikely father figure after the deaths of Sirius Black (who went to Azkaban for thirteen years on account of a mass Muggle killing, only to be acquitted by the courts; many conspiracy theorists believe he is still guilty), Remus Lupin (a known werewolf), and Albus Dumbledore himself (who is rumored to have gone a bit senile in his later years). Yet Harry Potter is not the only person to have a strange kind of reverence for Severus Snape. “It is time everyone knew what he has done to help defeat Voldemort,” Hogwarts Headmaster Minerva McGonagall said as she led me up the winding staircase to her office. Her tightly pursed lips gave no indication as to whether she believed her own words.

In an interview with Snape’s portrait, the man himself was reluctant to admit his own part in the rise and fall of the Dark Lord. When asked why he was willing to speak with the Daily Prophet, he sneered, saying, “My reasons don’t concern you. It is enough that I deign to submit to this interview.” Quite the imperious attitude from a man that most people still blame for the death of Dumbledore and the near death of Harry Potter.

Snape’s involvement with former headmaster Albus Dumbledore and his tenure at Hogwarts began back in 1981 at the height of Voldemort’s first reign of terror. It is remarkable that Dumbledore was even willing to speak with him, let alone hire him to teach our children when he was a well-known “former” Death Eater. What makes the situation even more ludicrous is that he approached Dumbledore only after he had already sold Lily and James Potter out to Voldemort by telling the Dark Lord about the first part of a Prophesy that he had overheard.

“It was I that relayed that Prophecy to the Dark Lord, setting in motion all that was to come,” he said with a certain amount of pride. “At the time I overheard the Prophesy I was a loyal servant to the Dark Lord. I was glad to do his bidding.  Honored. I was a true follower—not due to fear or a desire for power, like the others. I was a believer, in what he believed.”

The Prophecy Snape refers to predicted Voldemort’s demise at the hands of a boy to be born in July to parents who had already defied the Dark Lord three times. This, of course, led to the deaths of Lily and James Potter on October 31, 1981, Harry Potter’s miraculous survival, and Voldemort’s temporary loss of power. When asked if he felt responsible, Snape glowered over a sharply hooked nose before turning to face the back of his portrait. “Her death changed everything,” he said.

To be continued….

For Your Eyes Only: Answers to Order of the Phoenix Quiz!

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Check out the answers to Monday’s quiz!

1. When one attacks a person instead of his or ideas, it is called what fallacy?

Argument ad hominem. An example would be the Daily Prophet’s attempts to discredit Harry when he claims Voldemort is alive.

2. When Harry and his friends first enter the kitchen at headquarters a classified document has not yet been put away.  What was it?

A parchment with plans to the Ministry of Magic

3. Sirius, when discussing why a certain member of the Order is tolerated, states that crooks “hear things we don’t.”  Who is Sirius referring to?

Mundungus Fletcher

4. Members of the Order of the Phoenix proved a psychological assessment of someone as having petty jealousies, a fear of Dumbledore, and a desire to retain power.  Who are they talking about?

Cornelius Fudge.

5. Spies use manipulation and flattery to get what they want.  Who said in the Chamber of Secrets, “I’ve always been able to charm the people I needed.”

Tom Riddle

6. Name the double agent that works at the Ministry of Magic, is assigned to locate Sirius Black, and is actually a member of the Order of the Phoenix?

Kingsley Shacklebolt

7. Kreacher is a known risk but must follow Sirius’s orders to the letter.  What does Sirius say to Kreacher that allows him to partake on a secret mission?

“Go away.” Always be sure your directives to an agent are clear. 

8. Code-Breaking Time:  What number does Mr. Weasley have Harry enter into the phone box at the visitor’s entrance?  And what English word does it spell out?

6-2-4-4-2, which spells MAGIC on a phone’s keypad

9. Harry shows a spy’s discretion when he is in Mr. Weasley’s office and pretends not to know what member of the Order?

Kingsley Shacklebolt

10. Cornelius Fudge used what simple disinformation to try to ensure that Dumbledore didn’t attend Harry’s trial?

He told him the wrong time

Be sure to check out our next quiz: The Hearing at the Ministry of Magic! Also, we released a special quiz in honor of Emma Watson’s birthday. How well do you know the young star?

Top Secret Answers to Monday’s Quiz!

Harry Potter Trivia

On Monday we published the first of our weekly quizzes about the art of spying tidbits that can be found throughout the Harry Potter series. Here it is again with the answers!

1. Name the squib assigned as a sleeper agent to look after Harry when he was at the Dursley’s house over the summer.

Arabella Doreen Figg 

2. Name two open-source mediums Harry uses in the summer between his fourth and fifth year at Hogwarts to determine if Sirius Black has been captured.

Muggle television news reports and the Daily Prophet 

3. Who was assigned to watch over Harry at the beginning of book 5 but left his post because of a “very good business opportunity”?

Mundungus Fletcher 

4. Name the special communication device that is on Harry at all times.

His scar. 

5. What is it that makes number four, Privet Drive a safe house for Harry?

The charm created between his mother’s blood that protects him. 

6. What was the cover story the Dursley told Harry as to how his parents had died?

  In an automobile accident. 

7. What is the name of the school that Harry supposedly attended, used as a cover story by the Dursley’s for their neighbors?

St. Brutus’s Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys

8. What is the name of the security squad that comes to take Harry away from Privet Drive after being attacked by the dementors?

The advance guard

9. Before Harry is taken from the Dursley’s in book 5 he is asked a security question to make sure he is the real Harry Potter – what was he asked?

What form does your Patronus take?

10. Tonks used disinformation to get the Dursley’s to leave their home on the evening that Harry is rescued from the home. What did the Dursleys think they were leaving for?

To receive the All-England Best-Kept Suburban Lawn

Be sure to try our next quiz!

Monday Madness: Harry Potter Trivia

Learn what makes a good spy as you explore the world of Harry Potter from an all-new perspective! Beginning today, we will be hosting a weekly trivia game. Each Monday, we will release 10 trivia questions about the spies in the Harry Potter series with information about where to find the answers.

Every Tuesday, we’ll release the answers to our trivia questions, so be sure to check back in to see if you were right!

For now, we’ll start from the end of the series with 10 questions about where it all began — number 4 Privet Drive.

  1. What is it that makes number four, Privet Drive a safe house for Harry? OP 836
  2. What was the cover story the Dursley told Harry as to how his parents had died?SS 11
  3. What is the name of the school that Harry supposedly attended, used as a cover story by the Dursley’s for their neighbors? OP 11
  4. Name the squib assigned as a sleeper agent to look after Harry when he was at the Dursley’s house over the summer. OP 20
  5. Name two open-source mediums Harry uses in the summer between his fourth and fifth year at Hogwarts to determine if Sirius Black has been captured. OP 2, 8
  6. Who was assigned to watch over Harry at the beginning of book 5 but left his post because of a “very good business opportunity”? OP 23
  7. Name the special communication device that is on Harry at all times. OP 380
  8. What is the name of the security squad that comes to take Harry away from Privet Drive after being attacked by the dementors? OP 42
  9. Before Harry is taken from the Dursley’s in book 5 he is asked a security question to make sure he is the real Harry Potter – what was he asked? OP 45
  10.   In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Tonks used disinformation to get the Dursley’s to leave their home on the evening that Harry is rescued from the home. What did the Dursleys think they were leaving for? OP 48

Do you have any great Harry Potter trivia? Let us know! Answers are in the next blog.