The Harry Potter Trivia Challenge


By: Khadija Leon

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels which were written by J.K. Rowling, the first of which was released in 1997. The books and the adapted movies followed the life of a young boy named Harry Potter, who after surviving a powerful killing curse as a baby, discovers that he is a wizard and that he must defeat Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who wants to take over the wizarding world, and the same person who tried to kill him as a baby.  It's the literary embodiment of many childhood dreams, that your everyday existence will be interrupted by magic!

Throughout the series, Harry attended wizarding school, where he became friends with Ron and Hermione and together, they foiled the dark lord's plans by exposing traitors, destroying horcruxes, and eventually killing him all while trying to keep their grades up.  

We all know that Harry was sorted into Gryffindor and that his wand was similar to Lord Voldemort's, but what else do you know about the series? If you think that you are an expert in all things Harry Potter, then this quiz is one that you should take. Let's see if you can get them all right!

What did the Weasley twins name their shop?

Weasley' Wizard Wheezes is a joke shop which was founded by Fred and George Weasley and was located at Number 93 Diagon Alley. The twins created and sold joke objects including Extendable Ears, Skiving Snackboxes and Pygmy Puffs.


Which of these spells is not one of the Unforgivable Curses?

The Unforgivable Curses are a trio of the most powerful and menacing spells in the Wizarding world. These tools of the dark arts have very strict penalties when used, and they include the Killing Curse (Avada Kedavra), the Imperius Curse (Imperio), and the Cruciatus Curse (Crucio).


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

The cloak of invisibility was one of the three deathly hallows first heard of in the "The Tales of the Three Brothers". It was given to Ignotus Peverell by Death and was eventually passed down to his granddaughter Iolanthe. When she married Hardwin Potter, the cloak was passed down to the eldest Potter of the generation.


How do you get into the Hufflepuff common room?

The Hufflepuff common room is located in the Hufflepuff basement with the entrance being located "in a nook on the right hand side of the kitchen corridor" behind a stack of barrels. In order to get inside, one must tap the barrels in the rhythm of 'Helga Hufflepuff'.


What is a wizard who cannot perform magic called?

A squib, sometimes called a wizard-born, is a non-magical person who is born into a family with at least one magical parent. They are essentially wizard-born muggles (wizards who cannot practice magic).


What does the spell ‘Alohomora’ do?

Alohomora, also known as the unlocking charm or the thief's friend, is a charm that unlocks and opens doors, windows or other objects, most of which are not protected by magic.


What subject does professor Flitwick teach?

Professor Filius Flitwick is a part-goblin, part-wizard character who attended Hogwarts where he was sorted into Ravenclaw, a house which he later became the head of. He is also the Charms professor, teaching students in Classroom 2E.


Which of these nuts is approximately the same size as a golden snitch?

The golden snitch is one of the balls used in the sport called Quidditch. The golden-colored ball is about the size of a walnut and it can be seen flying around the pitch with its silver wings.


Which of these actresses plays the role of Hermione Granger?

Emma Watson (1990 - ) is an English actress and activist who is best known for playing the role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. Not only did the role skyrocket her career, but​ the role also earned her approximately $60 million.


Which of these animals represents Ravenclaw?

Ravenclaw is one of the four houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was founded by the witch Rowena Ravenclaw. Despite its name, the house which is known for having the most intelligent students, is represented by an eagle.


Which of these people was not petrified by indirectly seeing the basilisk?

The basilisk, also known as the "king of serpents" is a creature which was bred by many dark wizards. Looking at these animals directly in the eye will cause immediate death (which is what happened to Moaning Myrtle) but looking at it indirectly will render the victim petrified. In the Chamber of Secrets, Hermione Granger, Colin Creevy, and Mrs. Norris were among those who were petrified.


The scar on Dumbledore’s knee has been likened to…

Albus Dumbledore, one of the greatest wizards of all time and one of the Headmasters of Hogwarts, had a scar on his left knee which has been described as "a perfect map of London Underground".


What language did Harry not know that he could speak?

Parseltongue is the language of serpents and serpent-like creatures. People who are able to speak the language are referred to as "Parselmouths" and is a trait which was thought to be inherited from Salazar Slytherin (with the exception of Harry Potter).


To make the Marauder’s Map blank, what should one say?

The Marauder's Map is a magical piece of parchment which reveals the entire layout of Hogwarts and everyone in it. It is able to correctly identify each person whether under the guise of the polyjuice potion, cloak of invisibility or an animagi form. To hide its contents, you must tap it and recite "mischief managed".


Who was rewarded with the last 10 points in the Philosopher’s Stone to make Gryffindor win the house cup?

In the Philosopher's Stone, Neville Longbottom received 10 points for standing up to Hermione, Ron and Harry before they petrified him while heading to search for the Philosopher's Stone. Those 10 points caused Gryffindor to win the house cup .


What/who did Hermione turn into when she drank the Polyjuice potion in the Chamber of Secrets?

In the Chamber of Secrets novel and movie, Hermione changed into a cat rather than Millicent Bulstrode because she mistakenly added cat hair to her Polyjuice potion, rather than human hair.


How are the Weasleys related to the Black family?

Arthur Weasley was a pure-blooded wizard who was born to Septimus and Cendrella Weasley (née Black). Because of her marriage to Septimus (who was considered a blood traitor), she was disowned from her family and removed from their family tree tapestry.


Which of these spells was the first that Hermione cast in the Harry Potter film series?

In the Philosopher's Stone, Hermione first used the spell to fix Harry's glasses on their first ride onboard the Hogwarts Express. She also used the spell in Diagon Alley while the trio was in their second year.


What is the last line in the Harry Potter series (book 7)?

The last line from the entire Harry Potter series (the Deathly Hallows) is "The scar had not pained Harry for 19 years. All was well."


Which of these wizarding schools participated in the Triwizard Tournaments?

The Triwizard Tournament is a magical contest which is held between the three largest Wizarding schools in Europe: Durmstrang Institute, Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each of the schools is represented by a champion who has to complete three tasks.


What number is Harry Potter’s vault at Gringotts?

Vault 687 in Gringotts Wizarding Bank belonged to the Potter family and is only accessible by mine cart and by using a small golden key. Harry first went to the bank accompanied by Hagrid after learning that his family had left him a "small fortune".


What is Sirius’ Animagus?

An animagus is a witch or wizard who has the ability to morph into an animal at will. It is a learned skill which is taught at Hogwarts to third-year transfiguration students. Sirius Black had the ability to turn into a black dog, earning him the nickname "Padfoot".


If the golden snitch is caught, how many points does the house get?

Like in many sports, the objective of Quidditch is to score more points than your opponent. Each goal is worth 10 points, while catching the golden snitch is worth 150 points.


Which of these people was the headmaster of Hogwarts prior to the Dumbledore era?

The Headmaster/Headmistress of Hogwarts was the chief administrator appointed by the school's Board of Governors and was responsible for the functioning and the safety of the school. Armando Dippet was Hogwarts headmaster between the 1940s up until the 1960, when the Chamber of Secrets was opened by Tom Riddle.


How does a person summon the Patronus charm?

The Patronus charm is one of the most powerful defensive charms used in the wizarding world and is extremely difficult to cast. It evokes a spirit guardian (patronus) which is used to protect against dementors and lethifolds.


How did Harry spend his winnings from the Triwizard Tournament?

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes was the dream of the Weasley twins and the two opened the store at Number 93 Diagon Alley. The seed money for the shop was Harry Potter's Triwizard Tournament winnings of 1,000 galleons which he gave to the twins.


Which of these potions was invented by the Potter family?

The Pepperup Potion is a potion which cures the co​mmon cold but has side effects including steam coming out of the drinker's ears. The original version of the potion was created by Linfred of Stinchcombe (the Potterer), but was refined by Glover Hipworth a few centuries later.


Which of these is not a type of magical travel?

There are several methods of transportation used by witches and wizards, some of which includes apparition, the floo network, flying (sometimes on broomsticks), portkeys and the Knight bus.


Who is R.A.B.?

Regulus Arcturus Black was a pure-blooded wizard (and brother of Sirius) who became a Death Eater at a very young age. After discovering the lengths to which Lord Voldemort would go to in order to reach his goal, he defected, stealing one of Voldemort's horocruxes.


If your patronus does not take a specific form, it is called _______________.

The Patronus charm is an extremely powerful defensive spell which is used to protect against dementors. There are two types of patronuses: the corporeal which has a shape or form, and the incorporeal which has no particular shape and does not protect against dementors.


Approximately how many broomsticks are on the field during a game of Quidditch?

In the game of Quidditch, two teams of 7 play against each only after the referee releases the four balls in the center of the circle. Two teams of 7 equal 14 brooms, added to that of the referee makes it a total of 15 brooms.


Why did Harry stay with the Dursleys?

Harry was sent to live with the Dursleys because it was believed that the protection from Lily's maternal sacrifice for Harry would be transmitted through her sister, Petunia.


In which of these places can you find a bezoar?

A bezoar (both in the wizard and mingle world) refers to a stone-like mass which can be found in the stomachs of certain animals, including a goat. First-year potions students learn this as it is an antidote to most poisons.


Which of these items is not one of Voldemort’s horocruxes?

Lord Voldemort knowingly created 6 Horcruxes and an accidental 7th. They include Tom Riddle's diary, Nagini the snake, Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem, Marvolo Gaunt's ring, Helga Hufflepuff's cup, Salazar Slytherin's Locket and Harry Potter.


Who said “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals”?

The quote, “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals” was said by Sirius Black in the Goblet of Fire novel.


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