Answers: Harry Must Not Tell Lies

Luna and the Quibbler

How did you do on yesterday’s quiz? Check your answers here!

1. What time-tested spy method does Hermione use to get Rita Skeeter to interview Harry?

Blackmail- Hermione knew Rita’s biggest secret, do you?

2. Harry interview, which provides an alternative explanation to what the Ministry is saying, is published in what magazine?

The Quibbler

3. What occurs that brings Professor Umbridge over to Harry’s table once the interview was published?

Owls pour in with letter to Harry about the interview

4. What does Professor’s Umbridge do once she sees the interview of Harry in the magazine?

She bans it 

5. What is the effect of Professor Umbridge’s rule relating to the interview of Harry?

Everyone now wants to read it more than ever

6. We find out through a vision during Harry’s dream that someone had put an Imperius Curse on Bode in order to steal something out of the Department of Mysteries. Who used the Imperius Curse on Bode?

Lucius Malfoy

7. Who had given Voldemort bad advice about how to get the item from the Department of Mysteries, and is tortured by Voldemort?

Avery

8. Why then was Bode murdered?

Because he was getting better and might have been able to tell the authorities who had placed the Imperius Curse on him

9 When Snape tells Harry, “Yes, Potter, that is my job,” Snape has actually just admitted to what?

That it is his job to find out what Voldemort is telling the Death Eaters, thus admitting that he is a double agent against Voldemort and for Dumbledore!

10. Dumbledore replaces Trelawney with someone who in a way has defected from his prior people? Who is it?

Firenze

 

Quiz: Harry Must Not Tell Lies

Frazzled Umbridge

Personally, I’ve never been happier to see someone upset.

We hope all of you who attended our book launch this weekend had a blast! For those of you who couldn’t make it, never fear! Our trivia and blog content will continue. Feel free to pose your questions to the authors or buy the book for even more info about the spies in Harry Potter!

In the meantime, try our next quiz! Answers will be posted tomorrow as usual.

1. What time-tested spy method does Hermione use to get the former reporter to interview Harry?

2. Harry” interview, which provides an alternative explanation to what the Ministry is saying, is published in what magazine?

3. What alerts Professor Umbridge that Harry and his friends are up to something?

4. What does Professor’s Umbridge do once she sees the interview of Harry in the magazine?

5. What is the effect of Professor Umbridge’s rule regarding to Harry’s interview?

6. We find out through a vision during Harry’s dream that someone had put an Imperius Curse on Bode in order to steal something out of the Department of Mysteries. Who used the Imperius Curse on Bode?

7. Who had given Voldemort bad advice about how to get the item from the Department of Mysteries, and is tortured by Voldemort?

8. Why then was Bode murdered?

9. When Snape tells Harry, “Yes, Potter, that is my job,” Snape has actually just admitted to what?

10. Dumbledore replaces Trelawney with someone who in a way has defected from his prior people? Who is it?

Answers: Hagrid’s GIANT Secret

 

Olympe

Check you answers from yesterday’s quiz!

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?

Did the giants beat you up?

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

Dumbledore and “anyone they reckon’s in league with him”
3. Who was on the secret mission with Hagrid?

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

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

Dumbledore
6. What steps did Hagrid initially take to recruit the giants?

Gave them a gift and promised another one tomorrow
7. Hagrid tries to recruit the giants on their side.  What was the leader’s name or title?

the Gurg
8. Who shows up and ruins their plan?

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

Professor Umbridge
10. Hagrid provides a very weak cover story.   What is it?

He wanted to get a bit of fresh air, for his health

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.

Rita Skeeter Interviews President Obama

President Obama Calls Hillary a Loser and John Boehner He-Who-Should-Not-Be-Named

by Special Correspondent Rita Skeeter*

Rita Skeeter Pic Obama stern

June 23, 2014

Rita Skeeter:  Thank you for having me here in the White House, President Obama.

The President:  Glad to have you.  But I didn’t quite understand which organization you are with.  The Daily ProphetThe Quibbler?

Rita Skeeter:  Oh, they didn’t tell you.  Fox News, of course.  Special correspondent.  All that jazz.

The President:  [shifting uncomfortably in his chair] Well, actually, I guess that figures  . . .

Rita Skeeter:  Read any good books lately?

The President:  Well, I am just now in the middle of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying by Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest.  Peter is the head of the International Spy Museum and Michelle and my kids love going there, as Michelle has mentioned once on national TV.

Rita Skeeter:  I understand that you are a fan of Harry Potter.

The President:  Yes I am.  I loved reading those books to my daughters when they were young.  Great memories.

Rita Skeeter:  Any thoughts on how the series relates to the real world?

The President:  Well sure, it is hard not to think of Congress, and most particularly the House of Representatives, when you read about the Ministry of Magic.

Rita Skeeter:  Does that make you Cornelius Fudge?

The President:  No, I’d like to think of myself more as Dumbledore, if he were Minister of Magic.

Rita Skeeter:  But you’re married.

The President:  Well, yes, . . . but that’s allowed now, in part thanks to . . .

Rita Skeeter:  Fine, fine.  So what do you really think about John Boehner?

The President:  I consider him He-Who-Should-Not-Be-Named.

Rita Skeeter:  Well, I guess we hit a soft spot there.  How about the Supreme Court?

The President:  There are four of them I like a lot, a fifth who it depends on the day, and the others . . .

Rita Skeeter:  Death Eaters?

The President:  Well, let’s just say I wouldn’t want them to be part of the Wizengamot.

Rita Skeeter:  And what about Hillary Clinton.  She used to work for you, a really really big supporter . . . after losing to you, I recall . . . So, if you are the Minister of Magic, is she your  Professor Umbridge?

The President:  [bristling, a touch of anger showing] Hillary is no Umbridge!  She is, if anyone, Hermione Granger—a present day Hermione Granger . . . she is bright, hard-working, and frankly, given some of the things she was able to do as Secretary of State, I think she can do magic too!

Rita Skeeter:  So, have you read her new book?

The President:  I have.  It’s wonderful!

Rita Skeeter:  In the first chapter at page 19 she mentions that she didn’t always agree with you, but she refused to provide any juicy details because you are still President.  Would you like to share those times when the two of you were at each other’s throats?

The President:  I am happy to say we were never “at each other’s throats.”  We sometimes disagreed.  I don’t hire “yes men” – or “yes women.”

Rita Skeeter:  So when you disagreed, who won?

The President:  Well, as President, I guess I get the final say, so that would be me.

Rita Skeeter:  Lovely.  Thanks for the lead.  Now, are you finally ready to admit that we shouldn’t have gone into Iraq?

The President:  [again, bristling] I believe, if you check your facts, that it was the previous president who did that.

Rita Skeeter:  [disdainfully] Facts, facts . . . they have a habit of getting in the way of a good story, like, say, Benghazi.  Shall we talk about that?  Hillary blew that one too, right?

The President:  Hillary did exactly what anyone else would have done in that situation.   She explains everything in her book.

Rita Skeeter:  Yes, and we all noticed that she took the blame . . .

The President:  Yes, she did.

Rita Skeeter:  So the buck stops here – stops at the woman’s desk?

The President:  [anger clearly being suppressed]  I think we are about done here . . .  [starting to rise from chair]

Rita Skeeter:  Just a few more questions, if that is OK.  What are you most proud of during your term?

The President:  Well, the health care reform . . .

Rita Skeeter:  Which we noticed you named after yourself . . .

The President:  I believe its actual name is the Affordable Health Care Act, and I think the intent by others in naming it ObamaCare was kind of like putting Nifflers in Professor Umbridge’s office – but I have come to accept the nomenclature . . .

Rita Skeeter:  Get anything else done?

The President:  Well, yes.  Named several people to the Supreme Court, saved the economy that I inherited, got out of one war I inherited –

Rita Skeeter:  How’s that going so far?

The President:  That’s it.  [standing]  Nice to meet you.  [pointing to her acid green quill]  Nice pen, too.

[The President leaves.]

*Interview discovered by Lynn Boughey, co-author of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying and provided as a public service as a blog on www.artofspying.net

A Glossary of Spy Terms- The “A”s Have It!

Harry Potter A

We’ve deciphered codes, unearthed hidden messages in our chapter titles, and even explored the ethical dilemmas facing someone like Dumbledore. Yet, we have never given you, our readers, an glossary of the spy terms we keep throwing around. Learn about the world of spying and spy craft from A-Z! Er, well, for now it’ll just be the As!

access—authorization to receive information that is limited to a select group of people who have the correct security clearance. Example: Members of the Order of the Phoenix attended the meetings at number twelve, Grimmauld Place, but Harry and his friends were not allowed to attend the meetings because of their age and not yet being members of the Order of the Phoenix.

accommodation address—a mailbox used as a drop point for mail. In the modern world, it applies not only to an actual mailbox, but also a person or business willing to accept the mail, or even a special email address that does not indicate the actual name of the address owner. Example: When Harry was staying at the Weasleys’ home, before his second year at Hogwarts began, the Burrow served as his accommodation address.

Hedwig with Mail

administrative orders—orders or directives issued by an agency authorized to do so and directed at individuals or an entire group. Example: The educational decrees issued by the Ministry of Magic at the request of Professor Umbridge are administrative orders.

agent—an individual who is hired or employed by a country, or is acting on his or her own, to spy or obtain inside information; that information may be given or sold to a country or another entity. Example: Professor Quirrell and Peter Pettigrew both served as agents for Voldemort, assisting him in regaining his corporeal body.

agent in charge—The particular agent who is in charge of the details or operation of the mission. Example: On two occasions when Harry was moved from Privet Drive to another location, the agent in charge was Mad-Eye Moody.

Mad Eye Moody

agent-in-place (mole)—an individual who is “in place” and has access to information or knowledge, and who stays in that location in order to continue providing information or knowledge. Example: The Auror Kingsley Shacklebolt served as an agent-in-place at the Ministry, ostensibly looking for Sirius Black but in reality providing information to the Order of the Phoenix about not only the search for Sirius Black, but also about the Ministry’s knowledge as to the actions of Lord Voldemort or his Death Eaters.

agent of influence—an agent with the ability to influence leaders of a country or the press by providing special information or insight that could result in a change of policy or public opinion. Example: Lucius Malfoy provided suggestions and opinions to Cornelius Fudge about what to do with Harry and his claims that Voldemort was back.

Lucius Malfoy

agent provocateur—an individual who is normally on site in a different country and attempts to serve as a catalyst to get others to take actions that are desired by the country or entity that employs that person. Example: Lee Jordan was trying to provoke (and generally bother) Professor Umbridge by secretly placing nifflers in her office.

alibi—an assertion by a person that he or she was somewhere else when something occurred, showing that the person could not have participated in that event. Example: When the Niffler was put into Professor Umbridge’s office, Hagrid had what should have been a perfect alibi because he was seen teaching on the grounds at the time.

all-source intelligence—intelligence derived from every type of intelligence available, including covert or secret intelligence. Example: In book 7, when trying to figure out the locations of the Horcruxes, Harry uses every source of information available to him: the information Dumbledore shared with him, articles from the Daily Prophet, and even Rita Skeeter’s tell-all book.

alternative explanation—a different explanation or reason for some occurrence or conclusion. Example: Harry went through many alternative explanations while trying to determine why he could see through the eyes of the snake, including being possessed by Voldemort.

analysis—the use of logic and observation to reach conclusions that are proper and based on fact. Example: Throughout book 7, Harry, Hermione, and Ron use analysis to determine where the Horcruxes are located.

Hermione in Chamber of Secrets

appointment power—the authority of a high-ranking individual to select and appoint others to posts or positions in the organization. Example: Minister of Magic Fudge used his appointment power to install Professor Umbridge as the first Hogwarts High Inquisitor, and later as Headmistress of Hogwarts.

argument ad hominem—a fallacy in logic in which the position or viewpoint of a particular person is rejected based solely on a negative view of that person. Example: The Daily Prophet repeatedly rejected Harry’s statements that Voldemort had returned by attacking him personally, making his credibility an issue, rather than by presenting hard evidence that Voldemort had not returned.

Daily Prophet

assessment—a formal review of the reliability or validity of information or intelligence, or the written version of such a review. Example: According to Fudge (who had just been sacked) there is going to be an inquiry about Sirius Black being murdered on Ministry of Magic premises; someone will be doing a formal assessment—and no doubt a written report will be provided to the new Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour.

asset—something of value; in the spy world, an asset is an individual, technology, or other means to obtain intelligence. Example: Each time Harry was moved from number four, Privet Drive, members of the Order of the Phoenix formed a security team to protect Harry due to his being a high-value asset.

assumption of leadership—the act of taking over a particular position or leadership role. Example: Dolores Umbridge assumed leadership of Hogwarts after Dumbledore evaded capture and disappeared.

Umbridge

attaché—an expert assigned as a consultant to an embassy in a foreign country knowledgeable about a particular subject; if the person is an active duty military person, he or she is referred to as a military attaché. Example: Kingsley Shacklebolt, an expert on the Wizarding world and magical defense, is the Ministry of Magic’s attaché to the Other Prime Minister.

Aunt Minnies—photographs taken to capture an item of interest in the background of what appears to be an innocent candid photo: for example, your “Aunt Minnie” poses in the foreground, with a building targeted for covert penetration in the background. It is a common pretext for photographing a target without appearing to be gathering information covertly. Example: In the picture of Ron and his family on holiday in Egypt you can see a Pyramid in the background, and of course Scabbers on Ron’s shoulder. If the person taking the photo were really interested in something else (like the Pyramid, or even Scabbers!) and the use of the family was just an excuse to take the picture of something other than the family, then the photo would be an Aunt Minnie.

Weasleys at the Pyramids

 

 

Answers: Covers, Classified Docs, and Counterjinxes

Sirius in Fire

Check out the answers to yesterday’s quiz! Let us know how you did in the comments!

1. What document is created at the end of the meeting at The Hog’s Head that is considered classified and not to be disclosed to anyone?

The sign-up sheet

2. What name do the students choose for this subversive organization?

Dumbledore’s Army

3. In order to not look too suspicious, the kids leave the meeting in what manner?

By two’s and three’s

4. Educational Decree No. 24 related to meetings and gatherings of students.  Why was it passed?

Because Umbridge found out about the meeting at the Hog’s Head

5. At first the members of Dumbledore’s Army think they have a spy in their midst, but Hermione knows it’s not true because of what countermeasure she used?

She employed a SNEAK jinx

6. When Hedwig returns with a message from Sirius, something has happened to the owl.  What does intelligent analyst Harry conclude?

 That someone tried to intercept the letter

7. What open-code message did Harry receive from Sirius and what did in mean?

“Today, same time, same place” – at the fire like last time

8. Sirius tells Harry that the Hog’s Head was not a secure meeting place for the students.  Where should they have met, and why?

The Three Broomsticks, because it is more crowded making it easier to meet covertly without being overheard.

9. What is one of the places considered for the DA to meet that is rejected while talking to Sirius?

The Shrieking Shack.

10. When he’s trying to talk to Harry Sirius has to leave the fire because his cover is blown.  How do we know this?

Umbridge’s hand tries to grab his head

Quiz: Covers, Classified Docs, and Counterjinxes

Educational Decree 24

We’re rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and exploring the spycraft in the book as we go. Join us by trying out quizzes every other Monday! If you want to start from the beginning, go here.

1. What document is created at the end of the meeting at The Hog’s Head that is considered classified and not to be disclosed to anyone?

2. What name do the students choose for this subversive organization?

3. In order to not look too suspicious, the kids leave the meeting in what manner?

4. Educational Decree No. 24 related to meetings and gatherings of students.  Why was it passed?

5. At first the members of Dumbledore’s Army think they have a spy in their midst, but Hermione knows it’s not true because of what countermeasure she used?

6. When Hedwig returns with a message from Sirius, something has happened to the owl.  What does intelligent analyst Harry conclude?

7. What open-code message did Harry receive from Sirius and what did in mean?

8. Sirius tells Harry that the Hog’s Head was not a secure meeting place for the students.  Where should they have met, and why?

9. What is one of the places considered for the DA to meet that is rejected while talking to Sirius?

10. When he’s trying to talk to Harry Sirius has to leave the fire because his cover is blown.  How do we know this?

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the answers!

 

More Literary References in HARRY POTTER AND THE ART OF SPYING Chapter Titles!

read-between-lines

Last week, we revealed the hidden meaning in the five chapter titles from Harry Potter and the Art of Spying. Here are five more!

Chapter 10  Strangers in a Strange Land—An Introduction to Luna Lovegood

Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961science fiction novel by American author Robert A. Heinlein. It tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to Earth in early adulthood after being born on the planet Mars and raised by Martians. The novel explores his interaction with—and eventual transformation of—terrestrial culture.

 Check out the book that was banned in Texas for its adult themes:

Chapter 12  Professor Umbridge—Liar, Traitor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 1974 spy novel by British author John le Carré, featuring George Smiley. Smiley is a taciturn, middle-aged intelligence officer who has been forced into retirement. He is recalled to hunt down a Soviet mole in the “Circus”, the highest echelon of the British Secret Intelligence Service.

 Did you see the movie in 2011?

Chapter 13  Cruel and Unusual Punishment, or, Getting to the Point about Lying

Cruel and unusual punishment is a phrase describing punishment which is considered unacceptable due to the suffering, pain, or humiliation it inflicts on the person subjected to it.  . . . These exact words were first used in the English Bill of Rights in 1689, and later were also adopted by the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution (ratified 1791) and British Leeward IslandsSlavery Amelioration Act (1798).         

 

Chapter 16  Harry Takes the Lead—A Not-So-Secret Meeting—We Band of Brothers (and Sisters)

“We band of brothers” comes from William Shakespeare‘s play Henry V in Act IV Scene iii 18–67, where Henry V delivers his famous  St. Crispin’s Day speech wherein he states:

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother;

 See the whole (epic) speech 

Chapter 19  Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones . . . But Your Temper May Get You Banned from Quidditch

“Sticks and stones will break my bones” is an English language children’s rhyme. It persuades the child victim of name-calling to ignore the taunt, to refrain from physical retaliation, and to remain calm and good-natured:

Sticks and stones will break my bones
But words will never harm me.

Click here for more hidden references!

Answers: The Birth of Dumbledore’s Army

Dumbledore's Army Answers

1. The Daily Prophet provides what propaganda about Delores Umbridge?

That she is “an immediate success” and is providing the Ministry with “on-the-ground feedback of what’s really happening at Hogwarts”

2. What parent is quoted in the Daily Prophet article for corroboration of the value of having Umbridge at Hogwarts?

Lucius Malfoy

3. When examining the professors, which one predicts that Umbridge is in grave danger?

Sybil Trelawney

4. Who comes up with the idea of having Harry covertly teach his classmate Defense Against the Dark Arts?

Hermione

5. Hermione sets up a “secret” meeting to talk about Harry teaching the students at what location?

The Hog’s Head

6. Filch uses a pretext to try to intercept Harry’s owl before he sends his letter to Sirius?  Why?

Someone told him Harry has been ordering Dungbombs

7. Looking around at their meeting place in Hogsmeade the kids notice a person who is hidden behind a veil.  Who is that person?

Mundungus Fletcher

8. In the process of recruiting the students, the students discuss Harry’s past actions.  What do they talk about?

Harry’s prior encounters with Voldemort

9. There is another person who is heavily bandaged that ends up being the person who tells Umbridge about the meeting. Who is this person?

Willy Widdershins

10. Someone asks Harry about his ability to produce a Patronus.  Who is this student, and how did she get this information?

Susan