The Ultimate Harry Potter Quiz

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About This Quiz

Little did we know that when an unknown author started a series of books about a boy wizard, that the world of literature would never be the same! Harry Potter was introduced to the world more than two decades ago, in 1997. It spawned not only the most successful book series of all time (translated into dozens upon dozens of languages,) but also an entire movie universe, as well as theme parks on multiple continents.

The first book, "The Philospher's Stone," stole our collective hearts and introduced us to Platform 9 3/4 and Diagon Alley--the beginning of the journey into the world of magic. 

Do you remember the first time you read about Butterbeer? Do you know which Hogwarts house the Sorting Hat would certainly put you into? If you were one of the children-turned-adults who grew up on the Harry Potter series, then this quiz is for you!

Test your knowledge of the entire Wizarding world; from the professors of Hogwarts, to the seven Horcruxes. Can you name them all? You may only be a muggle, but if you're a die-hard Harry Potter fan, then you'll do as well as Hermione Granger on this quiz!

Which Harry Potter word is now in the Oxford English Dictionary?

In 2003, the OED added "muggle," which the dictionary defines as, "a person who possesses no magical powers ... a person who lacks a particular skill or skills, or who is regarded as inferior in some way."

Who were Harry's parents?

Harry's father was the wizard, James Potter, and his mother, Lily, was a Muggle-born witch. They were killed by Voldemort when Harry was a baby.

Who are the muggle aunt and uncle that Harry must live with every summer?

Under Dumbledore's orders, Harry has to live with Vernon and Petunia Dursley (and their awful son, Dudley) when he isn't at Hogwarts.

In order of birth, who are the seven Weasley siblings?

Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny are the children of Arthur and Molly Weasley.

What are the three Unforgivable Curses?

The use of Avada Kedavra (the killing curse), Crucio (excruciating pain) and Imperio (which causes the victim to obey the spell-caster) are punishable by life in Azkaban.

Which of these Hogwarts professors teaches Transfiguration?

In addition to her duties as head of Gryffindor, Professor McGonagall teaches Transfiguration. Transfiguration spells change objects from one form to another.

At the end of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," which professor removes his turban to reveal Voldemort on the back of his head?

Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, Quirinus Quirrell, is revealed to be under Voldemort's control at the conclusion of the first book.

Who first shows Harry the diary of Tom Riddle?

Moaning Myrtle, the ghost of a former Hogwarts student who haunts the girls' bathroom, introduces Harry to the Tom Riddle diary.

Who was Tom Marvolo Riddle?

Tom Marvolo Riddle was the last descendant of Salazar Slytherin -- but also a half-blood -- who transformed himself into Voldemort. The name is an anagram of "I am Lord Voldemort."

What's the only book in the Harry Potter series that doesn't feature Lord Voldemort?

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is the only book without He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. He's mentioned, of course, but he never actually shows up.

Who was the Prisoner of Azkaban, and was he guilty of the crime he was accused of committing?

Sirius Black, Harry's godfather, was wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of Peter Pettigrew. He escaped Azkaban by transforming into his dog animagus form, and he traveled to Hogwarts to commit the crime for which he was imprisoned.

What Hogwarts student is killed in Little Hangleton graveyard at the end of "The Goblet of Fire"?

Peter Pettigrew murders all-around good guy Cedric Diggory at the end of the fourth book in the series.

Who was NOT a member of the Order of the Phoenix?

Bellatrix Lestrange was a Death Eater and most certainly not a member of the Order of the Phoenix.

Who kills Dumbledore at the end of "The Half-Blood Prince"?

When Draco Malfoy fails to kill Dumbledore, Snape steps in and does the deed. This was at Dumbledore's request.

How many copies did "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" sell the first day of its release in the U.S. and the U.K.?

The final Harry Potter book sold an astonishing 11 million copies within 24 hours of its release on July 21, 2007.

What's the name of the fairy-tale book that Dumbledore bequeaths to Hermione in "The Deathly Hallows?"

J.K. Rowling originally published only seven leather-bound copies of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," but it was eventually released worldwide in December 2008.

In the epilogue to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," to whom is Harry married?

Ginny Weasley captured Harry's heart in his 6th year at Hogwarts. They have three children together: James Sirius, Albus Severus and Lily Luna. Hermione marries Ron.

Another tidbit offered in the final epilogue is that this former Hogwarts student is now teaching Herbology at his alma mater.

The hapless Neville Longbottom was given a happy ending as a Hogwarts professor.

The first Harry Potter theme park opened in 2010. Where is it?

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the sixth island in Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.

In the first line of the first book of the Harry Potter series, we learn that Harry's aunt and uncle, the Dursleys, were proud to say that they were____________:

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were "perfectly normal, thank you very much." He was the head of a company that made drills, and she was a busy-body.

In "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the first book, a magical creature named Fluffy guards a trapdoor. What kind of creature is Fluffy?

Fluffy is a huge, vicious three-headed dog who guards the sorcerer's stone. In exchange for a dragon egg, Hagrid tells a mysterious stranger he can get past Fluffy by playing a bit of music.

The sorcerer's stone is an incredibly valuable magical item which provides immortality and unlimited wealth. Which item was NOT protecting its hiding place?

Hagrid's three-headed dog, Sprout's devil's snare, Flitwick's charmed keys, McGonagall's transfigured chess board, Quirrell's troll, Snape's potions puzzle and Dumbledore's Mirror of Erised protected the sorcerer's stone.

How did Harry retrieve the sorcerer's stone from the Mirror of Erised?

The Mirror of Erised reflects nothing more or less than the deepest desire of a person's heart. Dumbledore bewitched the mirror to only reveal the sorcerer's stone to one who wanted to find the stone, but not use it.

In the second book, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," Harry receives a warning when a creature named Dobby smashes a pudding in the Dursley's house. What kind of creature is Dobby?

Dobby, a house-elf belonging to the Malfoy family, visits Harry at the beginning of the second book to dissuade him from returning to Hogwarts. House-elves are small humanoid creatures who usually belong to wealthy Wizarding families.

In the second book, Harry and Ron miss the train back to school, so they fly to Hogwarts in Ron's dad's bewitched Ford Anglia instead. How does this misadventure end?

The flying Ford Anglia malfunctions as it nears Hogwarts, and the boys crash into the Whomping Willow. The car ejects Harry, Ron and their luggage and flees to the forbidden forest, where it takes to trundling around like a wild animal.

Hogwarts students are excited when Professor Lockhart starts a dueling club. At the first meeting, Harry unwittingly reveals a mysterious and rare ability. What is this ability?

While dueling with Harry, Draco Malfoy conjures a snake. Harry immediately commands the snake not to attack. The whole school hears him speaking Parseltongue (snake language), an ability generally associated with dark wizards.

Exceptionally handsome and infuriatingly arrogant, Professor Gilderoy Lockhart is a fraud and a disaster at almost all spells. There is one type of charm at which he excels, however. What is it?

Lockhart used memory charms to bewitch local heroes so that he could claim their good deeds as his own. At the end of the second book, he accidentally blasts himself with a powerful memory charm. As far as we know, he is still recuperating at St. Mungo's.

In the second book, Harry discovers a diary that used to belong to a Hogwarts student named Tom Riddle. According to the diary, which Hogwarts employee is the heir of Slytherin?

50 years before Harry's time at Hogwarts, a student named Tom Riddle caught a young Hagrid raising Aragog, a baby Acromantula, in a dungeon cupboard. Aragog was blamed for attacking several students. Hagrid was expelled and had his wand snapped in half.

Hagrid was not, however, the heir of Slytherin. That person turned out to be Tom Marvolo Riddle himself, who came to be known by what name after he graduated from Hogwarts?

Tom Marvolo Riddle was the last descendant of Salazar Slytherin. After leaving school, he sank deeply into the dark arts, transforming himself into Voldemort. Riddle's birth name is an anagram for "I am Lord Voldemort."

In the third book, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," Harry runs away from his aunt and uncle's home after accidentally ______________.

Loathsome Aunt Marge speaks disparagingly about Harry's dead parents, and Harry gets so angry that he does uncontrolled magic, blowing Aunt Marge up like a balloon.

In the third book, Harry nearly dies several times after thinking he's caught a glimpse of which death omen?

Harry fears he's seen a Grim, a large black dog that portends death. However, the dog turns out to be his Godfather Sirius Black in his animagus form.

Third-year students at Hogwarts get to do two things they weren't allowed to do previously. What are they?

Students with signed permission forms are allowed to visit Hogsmeade on select weekends. Third years also start new elective subjects. These can impact their career choices in later life.

Hermione begs permission from Professor McGonagall to take an unusually heavy course load in her third year. What does McGonagall give her to help her get to all her classes?

McGonagall writes to the Ministry of Magic for permission to allow Hermione access to a time-turner, a small silver hourglass that enables Hermione to turn back time so that she can repeat hours and attend an excess of lessons.

Harry and Ron each add only two classes to their course schedule: Care of Magical Creatures with Professor Rubeus Hagrid and Divination, with a professor who reminds Harry strongly of a "glittering insect." Who is the Hogwarts Divination professor?

Divination is a very imprecise branch of magic, and true seers are rare. However, Divination professor Sibyll Trelawney turns out to be the real deal; Harry witnesses her make two real predictions during his time at Hogwarts.

Harry hasn't had the best experiences with his Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers, but in his third year, he finally gets one who really knows his stuff. Who is he?

Shabby part-werewolf R.J. Lupin lands the job of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in Harry's third year. He teaches Harry to fend off Dementors with a Patronus charm.

Name both the Wizarding prison and the foul creatures who guard it.

Azkaban, the Wizarding prison, is guarded by Dementors, creatures who drain peace, hope and happiness out of the air around them. In a 2000 interview with The Times UK, Author J.K. Rowling revealed that the Dementors embody her own experience with depression.

In the fourth book, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Harry gets to spend part of his summer vacation with Ron because Ron's dad has managed to get them tickets to what major Wizarding event?

The Ministry of Magic spent at least a year magically constructing a stadium for the four hundred and twenty-second Quidditch World Cup.

In the fourth book, Harry finds himself infatuated with a girl for the first time. What Quidditch position did Cho Chang play?

Cho Chang was a year older than Harry and played Seeker for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. Cedric Diggory asked her to the Yule Ball before Harry could work up the nerve, and to Harry's dismay, Cho then became Cedric's girlfriend.

In the fourth book, Harry received much unwanted attention from which Daily Prophet reporter?

The enchantingly nasty Rita Skeeter used her talents as an unregistered animagus to spy on Harry and obtain information she needed to write a series of exposés during the Triwizard Tournament.

As bad as the Avada Kevadra (killing) curse is, the Cruciatus curse can be equally devastating, as Harry learns when he hears how Bellatrix Lestrange tortured Neville Longbottom's parents. What happened to the Longbottoms?

Bellatrix Lestrange and other Death Eaters subjected Frank and Alice Longbottom to the Cruciatus curse in an attempt to force them to divulge information about Voldemort's whereabouts. The torture drove them insane.

How did Harry learn about the fate of Neville's parents?

In Dumbledore's office, Harry noticed a silvery glimmer from Dumbledore's Pensieve. His curiosity got the best of him and, before he knew it, he was witnessing Dumbledore's memory of the trial of the Longbottom's torturers.

Harry witnessed Voldemort's return at the end of the fourth book. How did the Dark Lord get his body back?

Voldemort concocted a potion of his own invention to return himself to physical form. It contained unicorn blood, his father's bone, Harry's blood and Peter Pettigrew's flesh.

Which horse-like creatures pull the school carriages at Hogwarts?

Thestrals, carnivorous, winged horse-like creatures invisible except to those who have seen death, pull the school carriages.

When Harry meets Luna Lovegood for the first time, which publication is she reading?

The Quibbler, which is known for publishing wild conspiracy theories, is published by Luna Lovegood's father, Xenophilius Lovegood.

Fred and George Weasley's life ambition was to open a joke shop. By Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts, they'd already invented which of these novelty items?

Fred and George Weasley may not have put much effort into schoolwork, but they had a positive genius for inventing novelty items, including canary creams, ton-tongue toffees, skiving snackboxes, extendable ears and much more!

In the fifth book, Hogwarts gets its worst-ever Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Who was it?

When Dumbledore couldn't find anyone to fill the position, the Ministry passed a decree giving itself the authority to appoint someone. Dolores Jane Umbridge refused to teach practical defense and only taught theory.

Since Umbridge wouldn't allow students to actually practice spells, Hermione convinced Harry to start a secret Defense Against the Dark Arts society. What was it called, and where were meetings held?

Dumbledore's Army trained secretly in the Room of Requirement, right under Umbridge's nose!

At the beginning of the sixth book, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," we meet a new Hogwarts professor. Who was he?

Corpulent social climber Horace Slughorn replaced Severus Snape as Potion's Master at Hogwarts after Snape accepted the position of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.

In the sixth book, we learn about Horcruxes, objects that contain a fragment of a Dark Wizard's soul. What are the seven Horcruxes that Voldemort created?

To ensure his own immortality, Lord Voldemort created an unprecedented seven Horcruxes. Harry must find and destroy each of these if he hopes to stand a chance of ever defeating Voldemort.

What does Dumbledore do in the sixth book to equip Harry with the tools he needs to destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes?

Though Harry can't understand how it will possibly help, he eagerly accompanies Dumbledore through the Pensieve into a variety of memories concerning Tom Riddle (Lord Voldemort.)

In the sixth book, while on the school train, Draco Malfoy hints that his dark aspirations involve much more than schoolboy pranks. What has the Dark Lord asked him to do?

Much to the dismay of Draco's mother, Lord Voldemort makes Draco a Death Eater and tasks him with the responsibility of murdering Albus Dumbledore.

What magical object must Draco Malfoy repair in order to carry out his instructions from Voldemort?

Peeves damages an "extremely valuable" Vanishing Cabinet in Harry's second year. Draco hatches a plan to repair it and to use it and its twin at Borgin and Burkes to sneak Death Eaters into Hogwarts.

Who is the Half-Blood Prince?

When Severus Snape was at Hogwarts, he signed his potions book with the nickname "Half-Blood Prince." Snape was a half-blood, and his witch mother's surname was "Prince."

In the seventh book, Dumbledore makes bequests to Harry and Ron. What were these?

Dumbledore left his Deluminator to Ron "in the hope that he will remember me when he uses it." To Harry, he left the sword of Gryffindor and the first snitch Harry had ever caught, which concealed the resurrection stone, one of the Deathly Hallows.

What are the three Deathly Hallows?

Harry thinks that if he can unite the Deathly Hallows (the invisibility cloak, the elder wand and the resurrection stone,) he might survive a confrontation with Voldemort.

Harry's best friend is Ron Weasley, who comes from a large Wizarding family. Over the years, Harry gets to know all of the Weasley kids pretty well. Which Weasley sibling dies in the Battle of Hogwarts?

Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny are the children of Arthur and Molly Weasley. In the seventh book, George loses an ear, and his twin Fred actually dies during the Battle of Hogwarts. The rest of the family escapes unscathed, at least physically.

Severus Snape is a Death Eater. Is he also a bad guy?

Severus Snape is the ultimate anti-hero. He does terrible things, but his love for Lily Potter never wavers. Harry names his middle son Albus Severus in honor of Snape's sacrifice.

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