How Well Do You Know the Potters?


By: Khadija Leon

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The Potter family is one of the oldest in the wizarding world and are descended from one of the Peverell brothers -- who each received one of the Deathly Hallows. The family was made up of several generations of pure-blood wizards (up until the birth of Harry) and were once a part of the Sacred Twenty Eight (28 truly pure-blooded British wizarding families).

Almost every member of the Potter family accomplished great things, but none as great as defeating the Dark Lord Voldemort in Harry's case. Because of their success, they were extremely wealthy and they were able to support their families whether they chose to work or not. They were also very brave, all except one being sorted into Gryffindor house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

How well do you know the Potter family? Have you only heard of Harry and his parents: James and Lily, or do you know the man who started the entire family? If you believe that you are an expert on the matter, then this is the quiz you need to take!

Who was the founder of the Potter family?

Linfred of Stinchcombe was a 12th-century wizard and potioneer who was given the nickname "the Potterer" because he enjoyed "pottering about his garden" and after a few years became Potter. He fathered several children, one of whom was Hardwin Potter.


Which of the Marauder’s names belongs to James?

The Marauders were a group of Gryffindor students; Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew and James Potter, who attended Hogwarts from 1971-1978 and were responsible for creating the Maurauder's Map. They each had nicknames, with James's own being Prongs because of the prongs of his animagus.


What was Lily Potter’s patronus?

Lily Potter's patronus to the form of a doe while her husband and son's took the form of a stag.


The Durselys told Harry​ that his parents died …

The Durselys told Harry that his parents died in a car crash when he was just a baby, but the truth was revealed to Harry when Hagrid went to pick him up to take him to Hogwarts.


There are at least three potions which were thought to be invented by the Potter family. Which of these is one of them?

The Potter family created many successful potions which accounts for their large fortune. His ancestor Linfred of Stinchcombe developed the skele-gro and pepperup potions, while his grandfather Fleamont, developed the sleekeazy's hair potion.


What are Lilly Potter’s wand specs?

Lily Potter's wand specs are 10 1/4", willow, with an unknown core. If you knew this one, count yourself as very Potter-wise!


Which of the Potters said this quote? “Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more, believing in yourself.”

The quote, "Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more, believing in yourself” was said by Harry Potter in the Order of the Phoenix. He said it while addressing Dumbledore's Army in the Room of Requirement.


Which of these items is passed down to the eldest Potter child?

The cloak of invisibility was passed down to Iolanthe Peverell, the daughter of Ignotus Peverell, as her generation lacked male heirs. After her marriage to Hardwin Potter, she explained to him that it is a tradition of her family to pass it down to the oldest male heir in each generation, making Harry Potter a direct descendant.


Which two characters did Harry name his daughter after?

Lily Luna Potter is the youngest child of Harry Potter and Ginevra Potter. She was named to honor her paternal grandmother, Lily Potter and a good friend of her parents, Luna Lovegood.


What was the initial sum of money placed on Harry Potter’s head when he was ‘Undesirable Number One’?

An undesirable is a criminally wanted wizard by the Ministry of Magic. From 1997-1998, Harry was marked as Undesirable No.1 for his involvement in​ the death of Albus Dumbledore and the initial sum of money placed on his head was 10,000 galleons. By April of 1998, it soared up to 200,000 galleons.


Which of these Hogwarts students did James’ parents take in as a surrogate son?

Because Sirius Black rejected the values of his family, specifically that of pure-blood elitism and that they should never consort with muggles, it resulted in conflict in his family. At the age of 16, he left home and took refuge with the Potters, who adopted him as a son.


Who did Harry end up marrying?

Harry and Ginny started dating when she was in 5th year, after the two kissed after Gryffindor won the Quidditch Cup. The books do not​ state an exact date, but the two eventually got married and had three children together.


Which of the Perevell brothers are the Potters related to?

The Potters are a direct descendant of Ignotus Peverell. The first Potter, Hardwin, married his granddaughter Iolanthe Peverell, who possessed the invisibility cloak, making all following generations his descendants.


Which of the Potters was a member of the Wizengamot from 1612 to 1652?

Ralston Potter served as a member of the Wizengamot from 1612 -1652, where he was in favor of the International Statute​ of Wizarding Secrecy.


How much older is James Sirius than his brother Albus and​ his sister Lily?

James Sirius Potter (2004-) is the eldest child of Harry and Ginevra Potter and he is 2 years older than his brother Albus Severus (2006-), and 4 years older than his sister Lily Luna (2008 -).


What was James’ Animagus?

James, along with the Sirus and Peter, spent three years learning how to become animagi, in order to accompany Remus in his monthly werewolf transformation. In year 5, he perfected it and was able to become a stag which earned him the nickname "Prongs".


Which house were the Potters traditionally sorted into?

Every Potter who attended Hogwarts School​ of Witchcraft and Wizardry were sorted into Gryffindor, all but one.


What village is the Potter family from?

Godric's Hollow, named after Godric Gryffindor, was the final resting place of at least one of the Peverell brothers and it was the residence of Iolanthe Potter nee Peverell. After being married, most of the Potters lived in Godric's Hollow including James and Lily Potter.


Before marrying James, Lily’s last name was …

Before becoming a Potter by marrying James, Lily's surname was Evans, and she was the younger sister of Petunia Evans, now Dursley.


Which of these grades did Harry receive on his Charms OWLs?

Harry Potter took the OWLS (ordinary Wizarding levels) like every other 5th-year​ student for their careers after Hogwarts. Among the subjects that he took was Charms, in which he received Exceeds Expectations.


How many siblings did James Potter have?

James Potter was the only son of Euphemia and Fleamont Potter, who the couple had very late in life after numerous attempts of trying to have children. As such, he was doted on, and was very spoiled in his early life.


Which of these muggle schools was Harry supposed to attend?

Stonewall High is a state secondary school in the United Kingdom which the Dursleys had planned for Harry to attend if he was not taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by Hagrid. Dudley often told him of the horrible hazing rituals that new students are subject to at the school.


Which of Harry’s children was sorted into Slytherin house?

Albus Severus Potter, who was named after two of Hogwarts headmasters, is the son of Harry and Ginevra Potter. He was the very first Potter to be sorted into a house other than Gryffindor.


What is James’ Potter’s blood status?

James Potter was a pure-blooded wizard and the son of Fleamont and Euphemia Potter.


Which of these people was called as a witness to Harry Potter’s Wizengamot trial?

Mrs. Arabella Figg was a squib and member of the Order of the Phoenix who lived near the Dursley family in Little Whinging. It wasn't until 1995 when a dementor attacked Harry and Dudley that her affiliation to​ the wizarding world was known. She was later a witness at Harry's trial before Wizengamot regarding his use of magic.


Was Lily a member of the Slug Club when she attended Hogwarts?

Because go Lily's skill in Potions, the teacher at the time, Horace Slughorn, made her a member of the Slug Club, often referring to her as "one of the brightest students he has ever taught".


When was Harry Potter’s birthday?

Harry Potter is a half-blood wizard who was born on 31 July 1980 to parents James and Lily Potter. The rest you probably know!


What were the names of James’s parents and Harry’s paternal grandparents?

Harry's paternal grandparents were Euphemia Potter and the famous potioneer Fleamont Potter. The two had James on 27 March​ 1960, their only child.


What/who killed Harry Potter’s paternal grandparents?

Harry Potter's grandparents (Euphemia and Fleamont Potter) died shortly after James and Lily were married between 1978 and 1979 of Dragon Pox, just days of each other. With Fleamont's death, James inherited the cloak of invisibility, which was later passed on to Harry.


Which quidditch position did Harry and James play respectively?

It is well known that Harry Potter was a seeker for Gryffindor during his time at Hogwarts, but author J.K Rowling herself stated that James was a Chaser


Where were James and Lily Potter killed?

In 1981, the Fidelius charm was used to conceal the whereabouts of the Potters from Lord Voldemort, with Peter Pettigrew being the Secret Keeper. Peter later betrayed them and they were killed at their home​ in Godric's Hollow.


How old was Harry when he became the Head of the Auror Office?

After the wizarding war, Harry became an Auror and in 2007, at the age of 26, he was promoted to Head of the Auror Office. By 2020, he became the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.


What was the surname of the muggle family who took Harry in after the death of his parents?

After the death of Harry's parents, Harry was raised by Petunia Dursley (the sister of Lily Potter) and her husband Vernon. They often neglected him and treated him badly, and kept many secrets from him including his parents' cause of death and his wizarding heritage.


What was James’ nickname for Severus Snape?

During his time at Hogwarts, James was somewhat of a bully, often jinxing Snape and hexing bystanders. One of his nicknames for Snape was Snivellus.


Which of these occupations does Ginevra Potter have?

After the Second Wizarding War, Ginny became a quidditch player for the Holyhead Harpies and upon her retirement, she became the senior quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet. After marrying Harry and having three children, she became a sports editor for the Daily Prophet.


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