How Much Do You Know About Harry Potter?

By: Ann

How Much Do You Know About Harry Potter?
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About This Quiz

He's the little magical boy that captured the imaginations of the world, but how much do you know about Harry Potter? In this quiz, we'll explore J.K. Rowling's masterpiece, and by the end, you'll be ready for the two new books that are coming out:)
Rowling says Harry Potter would never have happened if. . . ?
Her mother hadn't died
Rowling says that Harry Potter happened because of the death of her mother. She's quoted as saying, "The books are what they are because she died ... because I loved her and she died.”
She was still living in Australia
The Queen hadn't commanded her to write it

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What are the dementors based on?
A band of thugs in Rowling's neighborhood
Evil spirits that Rowling encountered in Fiji
Rowling's time of depression in her 20s
The dementors are based on Rowling's time of depression in her 20s. If you know anything about the dementors, you understand why that makes so much sense.

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On what train platform do students board for Hogwarts?
3
7
9 3/4
Nine and three-quarters is the platform on which students board to go to Hogwarts. The train is called the Hogwarts Express.

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Who wanted to make a musical based on Harry Potter?
Sir Elton John
The Backsteet Boys
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson wanted to make a musical based on Harry Potter. It was J.K. Rowling that turned him down.

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The "Tale of the Deathly Hallows" was based on what?
Chaucer
"The Tale of the Deathly Hallows" was based on Chaucer. It was "The Pardoner's Tale." Read it.
Shakespeare
Dante

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Who is Harry's archenemy?
Voldemort
Voldemort is Harry's archenemy. He is played by Ralph Fiennes, and he is missing a nose.
Snape
Dumbledore

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How old was Dumbledore when he died?
23
57
150
Dumbledore was a whopping 150 years old when he died. He was the headmaster at Hogwarts.

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Why was Voldemort incapable of love?
He didn't believe in it
He was cursed
He was conceived under a love potion
When you're conceived under a love potion, you're unable to love. That seems like a terrible rule.

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What does Hogwarts look like to Muggles?
Paradise
Decrepit
If a Muggle approaches Hogwarts, it looks old and decrepit. There's a "Keep Out: Dangerous" sign on it as well.
A zoo

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Why did Rowling make Harry wear glasses?
So he'd look vulnerable
Rowling chose to make Harry wear glasses so he'd be vulnerable. He plays the "everyman" hero of the story.
Because he was nearly blind
She just randomly chose it

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What was the last children's book on the New York Times' bestsellers list before "Potter?"
"Alice in Wonderland"
"Peter Pan"
"Charlotte's Web"
E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" was the last one on the prestigious list. This was in 1952.

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What's true about getting "Harry Potter" published?
Everyone wanted to publish it
It was considered too risqué by publishers
Many publishers turned it down for being too long
Many publishers turned "Harry Potter" down because of its length. It was finally picked up by Bloomsbury Publisher in 1996.

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What year was Harry Potter born?
1980
Harry was born on July 31st, 1980. This is also Rowling's birthday, albeit in 1966.
1970
2000

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Who had a crush on Emma Watson during filming?
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Both
Both boys had a crush on Emma Watson. It makes sense because they all grew up together!

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Where is Hogwarts located?
Ireland
Scotland
Hogwarts is located in Scotland. Makes sense, since there's something magical about Scotland.
Prague

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When did Rowling first dream up Harry Potter?
On a cruise ship
In a tunnel
On a delayed train
Apparently, Rowling was on a train that was delayed for four hours. That's when the idea of Harry Potter just "strolled into her head".

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Rowling is the first writer who is ______?
A woman
A dancer
A billionaire
Rowling is the first writer to become a billionaire from writing books. Don't even get me started on being a female billionaire. . .

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Who did J.K. Rowling want to play Snape?
Alan Rickman
Rowling hand-picked Rickman to play Snape. He was marvelous at it! RIP Mr. Rickman.
Ian McKellen
Nicholas Cage

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How many languages has "Harry Potter" been translated into?
25
50
Over 70
"Harry Potter" has been translated into over 70 languages. That makes it one of the most translated books in history.

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"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on Earth should that mean that it is not real?"
Dumbledore
The wise Dumbledore says this to Harry. These are actually quite profound words.
Snape
Rubeus

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How do wizards communicate in Harry's world?
Through pigeons
Through owls
Owls play an important part in wizard communication. That being said, many people find them to be unlucky.
Through sign language

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Rowling revealed that Dumbledore is. . . ?
Bipolar
Not magical
Gay
Rowling revealed that Dumbledore is actually gay.

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How often does a new person start the "Harry Potter" series?
Twice a day
Once every hour
Every 30 seconds
Every 30 seconds, someone picks up "Harry Potter" for the first time. That is pretty insane.

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How old was Voldemort when he died?
50
150
71
Voldemort was 71 when he died. He didn't make it nearly as long as Dumbledore did!

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What was the name of Harry's owl?
Niles
Flapper
Hedwig
Harry's owl was named Hedwig. The owl died in the series and represented a loss of innocence and security for Harry.

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The book was published in 1998 when . . . ?
Harry left Hogwarts
Dumbledore died
The final Battle of Hogwarts was fought
The year the book was published was also the year the story ended! Seems like remarkable timing.

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What does Dumbledore mean in Old English?
Dummy
Stumbling from a door
Bumblebee
Dumbledore is old English for bumblebee. Rowling chose this because she imagined Dumbledore to be someone that hums to himself.

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What does Harry's last name refer to?
A potter's field
A potter's field is a cemetery for unknown people. This would serve as a dark symbol in Harry's character.
Someone who pots plants
Beatrix Potter

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What was the inspiration for the name Hogwarts?
Hogs that have warts
The hogwort plants
Rowling was actually visiting Kew Gardens in New York when she saw a hogwort plant. That was the simple inspiration.
It just sounded funny

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What do Hogwarts wizards use to make potions?
Blenders
Cauldrons
Wizards at Hogwarts use cauldrons to make potions. Cauldrons are a classic symbol of magic and wizardry.
Woks

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Which station is where students board the train?
Piccadilly Station
Queen's Station
King's Cross Station
King's Cross station is where students boarded the Hogwarts Express. You can visit this station today, where tourists flock to platforms 9 and 10.

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While filming, how many pairs of glasses did Daniel Radcliffe go through?
3
16
160
Radcliffe actually went through 160 pairs of glasses! Those round-framed glasses are quite iconic now.

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What is the Hogwarts school motto?
Be kind to they neighbor
Use magic wisely
Never tickle a sleeping dragon
The motto is "Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon." In Latin it reads "Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus".

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Does Rowling believe in magic?
No
Rowling claims that she doesn't believe in magic. Her stories are just make-believe.
Yes
She's actually a witch

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What's the most popular drink in "Harry Potter?"
Gingerbeer
Coca Cola
Butterbeer
Butterbeer is the classic "Harry Potter" drink of choice. It's non-alcoholic, sweet and quite refreshing.

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