Movie Magic: Famous Wizards in Film Quiz

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From Harry Potter to Monty Python, get ready to conjure memories of the wizards in your favorite films. Let this quiz cast its spell on you.

What is the decidedly nonmagical name of the wizard in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"?

Tim the Enchanter may not sound magic, but he can at least blow stuff up.

The High Aldwin is sorcerer to the Nelwyns in what film?

The characters is played by Billy Barty in the 1988 film.

Now let's get to a truly famous wizard. What does the Wizard of Oz gift the Lion in the film?

He gifts the Lion a medal — for his bravery, of course.

Who played "The Wizard of Oz" in the 1939 film?

Morgan died in 1949 but was in dozens of films.

Who did NOT play Albus Dumbledore in the "Harry Potter" films?

Harris died after filming the first two films, and Gambon took over.

What does "dumbledore" mean in an Old English vernacular?

Rowling said it represented Dumbledore's love of music and perhaps a penchant to wander around humming.

Billie Burke played what beautiful wizard in film?

The stage and screen actress was known for her chirpy, interesting voice.

Dr. Strange is a magical sorcerer, at least after his career as what ended?

Benedict Cumberbatch could easily be cast as a wizard or a neurosurgeon, so they probably picked the right guy.

What wizard knows there's a difference between mostly dead and all dead?

Lucky for Westley in "The Princess Bride," Miracle Max sees he's only mostly dead.

Who plays the sorcerer's apprentice in "Fantasia"?

Come on, you had to know this was Mickey.

In "The Sword in the Stone," there are two wizards. Who is NOT a wizard in the animated film?

Unfairly, Madam Mim is referred to as a witch, while Merlin gets to be a wizard. Patriarchy, no doubt.

What kind of pet does Merlin have in "The Sword in the Stone"?

As Harry Potter would tell you, only an owl would do for a wizard.

What is the owl's name?

A wise name for a wise owl.

Gandalf is known as what?

After Gandalf dies, he apparently gets a bleaching.

Who turned down the role as Gandalf?

Peter Jackson approached Stewart about the role, which ended up going to Stewart's good friend, Ian McKellen.

In "The Chronicles of Narnia," what is the White Witch's real name?

Tilda Swinton portrays Jadis in the Narnia films.

What rival wizard does Gandalf have a conflict with in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy?

It's Saruman. Who could possibly be in conflict with a wizard named Bitty Bob?

What's Voldemort's real name?

Cheerful "Tom Riddle" would not have cut it in the world of the Dark Lord.

How is Voldemort pronounced?

J.K. Rowling says the correct pronunciation is with the silent "t," but the films use the "t"-heavy pronunciation.

How does Jafar control people in "Aladdin"?

The evil wizard hypnotizes people with his powerful staff.

What are the names of Ursula's pet eels in "The Little Mermaid"?

They call her the Sea Witch, but we know she's got wizardlike powers of transformation.

What is David Bowie's character's name in "Labyrinth"?

It's Jareth, aka the Goblin King.

In "Big Trouble in Little China," Lo Pan needs what to break an ancient curse?

Not if Kurt Russell or Kim Cattrall have anything to do with it.

James Hong played Lo Pan in the film, but the actor also has served as what?

Hong is still busy acting.

We talked about animated Merlin, but let's move to a live action one. Who played Merlin in the 1981 film "Excalibur"?

Williamson was celebrated for his performance in the film.

Who plays the Grand High Witch in the 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl's "The Witches"?

Huston looks the part of a slightly evil yet extremely pretty wizard.

In 2004, Stephen Dillane played Merlin in "King Arthur." What character did he play in "Game of Thrones" — one that was also preoccupied with a certain kind of magic?

The Red Lady and her magic charmed Stannis.

In "Snow White and the Huntsman," what is the name of the evil queen?

Snow White's evil stepmother, Ravenna, is certainly a wizard in her own right.

"Matilda" is a genius but also has some interesting wizardlike powers. Who plays her in the 1996 film?

The cute-as-a-button Wilson is now a writer.

Richard Pryor played what wizard?

In the 1978 musical, the Wiz is also known as Herman Smith — a phony wizard.

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