If You Pass This Harry Potter Quiz, You Deserve a Spot at Hogwarts

By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

Who *wouldn't* want to go to Hogwarts? Unless you're one of those who, being North American, thinks the more recently created Ilvermorny is better!

Well, we can't truly offer you a place at a school of witchcraft and wizardry, or even a trip to Universal Studios, where a "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" really is open to us muggles. What we *can* offer you is a thorough quiz on the Potter books and the world they created. Think of it like your entrance exam to Hogwarts.

Do you know, for example, how Moaning Myrtle, the ghost who haunts the prefects' bathroom, met her death? How about the kind of car that the crazy Weasley twins, George and Fred, enchanted to allow it to fly? Or the names of all the Deathly Hallows? You'll have to know a little bit about everything: old wizarding families, the houses of Hogwarts and who belonged to which one, and the powers of spells and of magical objects. You might find a few of these questions easy to answer, but trust us, they'll get harder as you go.

Ready? Let's do this, witches and wizards! When you're done, you can pour yourself a big mug of butterbeer! But remember -- using a Remembrall is not allowed!

Which of these is NOT a color in any Hogwarts house?

The color schemes are: Hufflepuff, yellow and black; Gryffindor, crimson and gold; Slytherin, green and silver; Ravenclaw, blue and gray. If you want to wear tan, go work for UPS!

What is the significance of Tom Marvolo Riddle's name?

As most fans of the series know, "Tom Marvolo Riddle" rearranges to become "I am Lord Voldemort." Riddle gave himself this name, just as Snape comforts himself in a lonely adolescence by naming himself "the Half-Blood Prince."

What was the first name of Hogwarts co-founder Hufflepuff?

Helga Hufflepuff accepted all remaining students after her co-founders had made their selections. This may be why Hufflepuff has a reputation for being a "lot o' duffers," as Hagrid puts it.

What does a "portkey" do?

We learn about portkeys in "Goblet of Fire." In that book, a "mangy old boot" instantly transports Harry and the Weasleys to the venue of the Quidditch World Cup. Fly the friendly boots!

In which book do Fred and George leave school to start their own business?

The twins left because life at Hogwarts wasn't any fun anymore, and we can't blame them. "Order of the Phoenix" was a very long book that piled the troubles of Job on our favorite characters -- some readers might have been tempted to bail out, too.

What are the Black siblings named after?

Sirius, Regulus, Bellatrix and Andromeda are all names of stars. Fun fact: The vast majority of stars don't have names, just numbers. The bright ones we can see from Earth and are in constellations are the exception.

What is Hermione's patronus?

Hermione's patronus is described as a "sleek otter." Incidentally, or maybe not, this is J.K. Rowling's favorite animal.

What house did Peter Pettigrew belong to?

Though students are supposed to be sorted according to their personalities, cowardly and traitorous Peter was a Gryffindor. So were brainy Hermione and staunchly tenacious Neville, who seem like a Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, respectively. Maybe we're to assume that all of them specifically asked the Sorting Hat for Gryffindor? Possibly!

Who shoots off the Dark Mark at the Quidditch World Cup grounds?

We're only told that "some Death Eaters" do this. It sets off a panic at the campground where Harry and the Weasleys are staying.

What kind of a car do George and Fred enchant to make it fly?

This happens at the beginning of the "Chamber of Secrets." Delightfully, we later learn the car has gone feral and is roaming the Forbidden Forest.

In which book does Ginny enter Hogwarts?

Ginny is only a year behind Ron, Harry and Hermione. She is, by accident, pivotal to the events that happen in the second book, learning the key lesson, "Never trust anything that can think for itself, unless you know where it keeps its brain."

Who breaks a cup at Professor Trelawney's first Divination class?

Dumbledore claims that Sybil Trelawney has only made two accurate predictions in her lifetime ... but we're not so sure. She says Neville is about to break a cup, and sure enough, he does. Doesn't that indicate accuracy in small-scale matters, at least?

Which of these characters was NOT a Head Boy?

By the time Neville was in his last year at Hogwarts, we're not sure there was a Head Boy and Girl. We're not even sure there were *classes.* It seems to have been mostly Dumbledore's Army training for the final battle!

Fleur Delacour is half-_______.

Wait -- aren't centaurs *already* half-centaur? Or would a half-centaur have a human upper body, one human leg, and one horse leg? Now we're confused!

What position does Victor Krum play on the Bulgarian Quidditch team?

Krum, though still a student, plays on the national team. He's just that cool!

The Bloody Baron is the ghost of which house?

Slytherin's house ghost was the victim of a failed beheading, because the blade was too dull. Laugh if you want, but a dull blade was a common fear of prisoners in the age of beheadings. A properly sharpened blade ensured a quick, nearly painless death.

Who dies in the Battle of Hogwarts?

Dumbledore dies at the end of the sixth book, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." The other three die at Hogwarts, in the final showdown with Voldemort.

What class did Hagrid teach, for a time?

Though a number of people passed through the Defense Against the Dark Arts position -- including, finally, Snape, whom the coveted position evaded for a long time -- Hagrid wasn't one of them. He loved animals, the more dangerous the better, and had a stint teaching Care of Magical Creatures.

Who of these was petrified in "Chamber of Secrets"?

Hermione, in particular, seems to bounce back cheerfully from this experience. Seriously, if our school were so poorly run that we were turned to stone, we'd drop out. Wouldn't even stay for finals. You can *mail* our final grades to us, thanks!

Which house's dorms are partially underground?

Hufflepuff's half-underground rooms are described as cozy, like a badger's set (a badger is the Hufflepuff mascot). Slytherin's dorms, in contrast, are described disapprovingly as a "dungeon." However, as further described on Pottermore, the Slytherin rooms sound cozy as well -- apparently, windows look directly out into the Great Lake, as in a submarine. Cool!

Who is Stan Shunpike?

The Knight Bus is transportation for "the stranded witch or wizard." Stan's not too bright, but he does eventually suss out who Harry is, despite Harry's attempts to keep that under wraps.

Which of these is NOT a Deathly Hallow?

The Mirror of Erised ("Desire" spelled backward) is not a Deathly Hallow. The other three are, and for a time Harry has all three in his hands, but he does not keep them all.

What is a metamorphagus?

The famous metamorphagus in the series is Nymphadora Tonks. She often sports bright purple or pink hair, unless she's feeling low, when it's just brown.

What house did Tonks belong to?

Hufflepuffs take pride in this heroic Hufflepuff. This Hogwarts house is too often loosely categorized as the "everyone else" house.

Which of these did NOT teach Defense Against the Dark Arts?

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody never actually taught a class. He was being impersonated by Barty Crouch Jr., thanks to Polyjoice Potion. (Seriously, when are they going to ban that stuff?)

What unusual piece of clothing did Quirinius Quirrell wear?

The striped sweater and hat would probably have given him away too early as the bad guy. (*Winks*)

Who is Mrs. Norris?

Who names a cat "Mrs" anything? Argus Filch, that's who. Mrs. Norris is like his "familiar," spying on the students for him and getting his attention if any of them are up to no good.

Which of these is not an animagus?

Remus Lupin was a werewolf, not an animagus. His three friends -- James, Sirius and Peter -- became animals at will, through magical workings; this was not the case with Lupin.

What is the name of the main wizarding hospital?

It's rare for any of the Potter books to reference Christian figures or ideas. But St. Mungo really is a saint in the Roman Catholic tradition. He is the patron of Glasgow.

Who runs The Three Broomsticks?

Madam Rosmerta is apparently quite pretty. When Ron, Harry and Hermione visit in "Prisoner of Azkaban," Ron hurriedly offers to order the butterbeer from her, blushing pink as he hurries off to do so.

What is the name of the first Harry Potter book in the U.K.?

The name was changed in the United States to "Sorcerer's Stone" because "Philosopher" in American English doesn't have any connotation of "magic." The original title was thought to be too confusing on those grounds.

How does Gilderoy Lockhart recover from his amnesia?

Lockhart was the conceited celebrity wizard who, we learn, stole his accomplishments from other witches and wizards. He accidentally gives himself amnesia in "Chamber of Secrets," and is not seen to recover.

How did Moaning Myrtle die?

Seeing a basilisk is fatal, like seeing Medusa in Greek myth. Fortunately for several students in "Chamber of Secrets," they all saw the basilisk indirectly, and were only turned to stone, not permanently.

True or false: Is Harry a Horcrux?

Technically, the answer is yes. A fragment of Voldemort's soul was trapped within Harry when the killing curse rebounded on him. But a true Horcrux spell was never cast.

Someone who can speak to snakes is called a _________.

We threw you a curve here! "Parseltongue" is mentioned more often, but it's the language of snakes. Those humans who can speak it are "parselmouths."

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