Which of These "Harry Potter" Facts Did We Make Up?

By: Brittany Rowland

Which of These "Harry Potter" Facts Did We Make Up?
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About This Quiz

Part of the reason for "Harry Potter's" enduring appeal is its wealth of characters, creatures, spells and locations that seem to come to life right off the page. Readers can almost picture themselves entering the Great Hall at Hogwarts with all its glimmering candles, sitting on the dais, putting on the Sorting Hat and waiting to hear what House they'll be in! 

In the years before the last book was published, fans pored over every detail of the series, looking for tiny clues that might give some hint of how the story would turn out. Who was R.A.B., the person who left a note in the locket? What was Snape's connection to Harry's parents — and was he really a good guy or what? Was Harry Potter a Horcrux himself, and if so, would he have to die for Voldemort to be defeated? It's no wonder that fans read these books over and over again, looking for answers!

So now it's your turn to prove yourself no mere Muggle. If you're a true "Harry Potter" fan, you should be able to pick out the made-up lies from the true facts. You don't need a magic mirror or a wand to ace this quiz — just a memory as sharp as Hermione's and a love for all things "Harry Potter"! 


#9 Riddikulus One of these facts is totally Riddikulus! Can you spot it?
Harry Potter is the Boy Who Lived.
Wizards call Voldemort You-Know-Who.
Hermione Granger is Muggle-born.
Ron Weasley has seven brothers.
Ron Weasley in fact has six siblings: five brothers and one sister! Bill and Charlie graduate Hogwarts before Ron starts school, but he attends Hogwarts with Ginny, Percy, Fred and George.

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Griffindor House Cup Ten points to Gryffindor if you can identify the fake fact!
Godric Gryffindor founded a Hogwarts house.
Hogwarts School has seven years.
Goblins cook and clean at Hogwarts.
As Harry and his friends discover, house-elves take care of the cooking and cleaning at Hogwarts, working behind the scenes to keep the school in tip-top shape. Some even fight at the Battle of Hogwarts.
Dumbledore's phoenix is named Fawkes.

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Friar Which of these wizarding facts did we pull out of thin air?
J. R. R. Tolkien wrote the "Harry Potter" series.
J. R. R. Tolkien wrote "The Lord of the Rings," not "Harry Potter." That accolade belongs to J. K. Rowling, who was a struggling single mother when she published the first "Harry Potter" novel.
There are eight movies based on the books.
"The Prisoner of Azkaban" is the third book.
Harry Potter is 11 in the first book.

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Gilderoy Lockhart One of these facts is as fabricated as Gilderoy Lockhart's memoirs! Which one is it?
Dumbledore's brother is named Aberforth.
Minerva McGonagall teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts.
The Defense Against the Dark Arts class seems to be cursed because no teacher stays in the position longer than one year! Harry's teachers are Quirrell, Lockhart, Lupin, Moody, Umbridge and Snape.
Hagrid is originally the gamekeeper at Hogwarts.
The Order of the Phoenix fights against Voldemort.

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Lee Jordan Can you spot the falsehood among these magic facts?
Wizards enter Diagon Alley through Hogsmeade.
Diagon Alley is a major wizarding shopping area in London where many Hogwarts students buy their supplies. Witches and wizards can access it through the Leaky Cauldron, an old pub.
Cornelius Fudge is a Minister of Magic.
Hogwarts students buy their books at Flourish and Blotts.
Fred and George open Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.

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Minerva McGonagall One of these fibs would get you detention with Professor McGonagall! What is it?
Harry Potter's parents are James and Lily Potter.
The Weasleys own a flying Ford Anglia.
"The Goblet of Fire" is the fourth book in the series.
Garrick Ollivander writes for the "Daily Prophet."
Garrick Ollivander, the owner of Ollivander's in Diagon Alley, is a renowned wand maker. All young students starting at Hogwarts go to his shop, where the right wand will "find" them.

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Can You Identify These Harry Potter Characters If We Remove Their Eyebrows? 2 You can see through one of these "facts" like a ghost at Hogwarts! Which one is it?
Nearly Headless Nick is the Gryffindor House Ghost.
Peeves is a poltergeist at Hogwarts.
The monster in the Chamber of Secrets is a boggart.
The Chamber of Secrets actually contains a basilisk, not a boggart. The basilisk is an enormous snake, and looking into its eyes will kill you! Harry Potter manages to defeat it his second year.
Hermione is petrified in her second year at Hogwarts.

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Ravenclaw Can you spot the lie among the facts? If so, you're as clever as a Ravenclaw!
Cedric Diggory is in Slytherin House.
Cedric Diggory, one of the Triwizard Tournament champions, is a Hufflepuff. Many students resent Harry Potter for appearing to steal Cedric's thunder when he's selected as a second Hogwarts champion.
Draco Malfoy has two friends named Crabbe and Goyle.
"Avada Kedavra" is the Killing Curse.
Professor Sprout teaches Herbology.

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16 Moaning Myrtle Which of these facts is just wrong, like Moaning Myrtle's crush on Harry?
Nicolas Flamel created the Sorcerer's Stone.
Goblins run Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
Remus Lupin is secretly a vampire.
Remus Lupin, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in Harry's third year, is secretly a werewolf. When his "condition" becomes public, he resigns before parents start protesting his position.
Neville Longbottom defeats the snake Nagini.

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Albus Dumbledore Can you identify the fake fact with all the wisdom of Albus Dumbledore?
One of the Horcruxes is Tom Riddle's diary.
Harry Potter's cousin is named Dudley Dursley.
Professor McGonagall can turn into a cat.
Hermione has a twin sister named Hedwig.
The witch Hermione Granger is actually an only child, like Harry, although Rowling at one point thought she should have a little sister. Her parents are both Muggles (and dentists).

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Fred Weasley One of these "facts" doesn't smell right, like a Dungbomb! Can you spot it?
Ronald Weasley dates Cho Chang.
Cho Chang is a Ravenclaw at Hogwarts and Harry's crush. She dates Cedric Diggory and is heartbroken when he is killed. Later, she and Harry share a kiss, but their relationship doesn't last.
Professor Trelawney teaches Divination.
"The Half-Blood Prince" is the sixth book in the series.
Harry Potter witnessed Cedric Diggory's murder.

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Harry Potter We made up one of these facts about "Harry Potter." Can you tell which one it is?
Daniel Radcliffe plays Harry Potter in the films.
Luna Lovegood is a Ravenclaw.
Death Eaters kill Neville Longbottom's parents.
Neville Longbottom, like Harry, has a tragic backstory. His parents, Frank and Alice, were in the Order of the Phoenix, but Bellatrix Lestrange and other Death Eaters tortured them to the point of madness.
Petunia Dursley is Lily Potter's sister.

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Professor Trelawney One of these "facts" is as made up as Professor Trelawney's prophesies! Which one is it?
Luna Lovegood's father is named Xenophilius.
Voldemort's real name is Tim Fiddle.
"I am Lord Voldemort" is an anagram of "Tom Marvolo Riddle." Tom Riddle was a talented wizard, but from an early age he was drawn to dark magic, seeking ultimate power and immortality.
Peter Pettigrew betrayed Harry's parents.
Fred and George give Harry the Marauder's Map.

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Dolores Umbridge Don't let Professor Umbridge catch you telling this lie! What is it?
Hagrid's half-brother is a centaur named Firenze.
Hagrid is half-human and half-giant, which explains his immense size. When he discovers he has a half-brother, a giant named Grawp, he brings Grawp to the Forbidden Forest to protect him.
"Accio" is a Summoning Charm.
Sirius Black is Harry Potter's godfather.
Severus Snape teaches Harry Occlumency.

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Are You a Death Eater or a Member of the Order of the Phoenix?1 Can you identify this made-up fact?
Draco Malfoy is a Slytherin.
Arthur Weasley is an Auror.
Arthur Weasley initially works in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office, in part because of his fascination with Muggle objects. He's always quizzing Harry about common Muggle items.
Tonks marries Remus Lupin.
Harry marries Ginny Weasley.

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Rita Skeeter One of these "facts" can't be trusted, much like Rita Skeeter's articles. Which is it?
Ron and Hermione's children are Rose and Hugo.
Griphook helps Harry, Ron and Hermione break into Gringotts.
"The Chamber of Secrets" is the second book in the series.
Albus Dumbledore was the Half-Blood Prince.
Severus Snape gave himself the nickname the Half-Blood Prince when he was in school. It comes from his mother, Eileen Prince, being a witch and his father, Tobias Snape, being a Muggle.

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Lucius Malfoy Which of these facts is as phony as Lucius Malfoy's smile?
Kreacher is a house-elf for the Black family.
Hermione founds S.P.E.W. to liberate house-elves.
Ron has a pet rat named Scabbers.
Harry's owl is named Dobby.
Witches and wizards use owls to deliver their mail. As a birthday present, Hagrid gives Harry a snowy owl named Hedwig, who serves Harry faithfully until her tragic death from a Death Eater's curse.

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Owl One of these facts is totally made up. Can you spot it?
Sirius Black had a brother named Regulus.
Minerva McGonagall teaches the History of Magic.
Professor McGonagall teaches Transfiguration and later becomes Headmistress at Hogwarts. The no-nonsense witch helps defend the school with defensive spells at the Battle of Hogwarts.
Argus Filch is a Squib.
Hagrid has a dog named Fang.

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Harry Potter Do you know which "Harry Potter" fact we simply fabricated?
"The Order of the Phoenix" is the seventh book in the series.
"The Order of the Phoenix" is actually the fifth book in the series, not the seventh. It concerns the formation of the Order of the Phoenix, a secret resistance that fights Voldemort.
Emma Watson plays Hermione in the movies.
Hagrid hatches a dragon named Norbert.
Ron destroys Salazar Slytherin's locket.

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Montrose Magpies One of these facts is actually a lie! Can you spot it?
Hagrid becomes the Care of Magical Creatures teacher.
Azkaban is a wizard prison.
Harry's first broom is a Firebolt.
When Harry joins the Gryffindor Quidditch team, he receives a Nimbus 2000 from McGonagall. Later, after the Whomping Willow destroys his first broom, he gets a new one, the Firebolt.
Hogwarts students visit Hogsmeade Village.

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Nymphadora Tonks Don't believe everything you hear! Which of these facts is not true?
Ginny Weasley has a cat named Crookshanks.
Hermione is the owner of Crookshanks, who is half cat and half Kneazle. The clever cat is always going after Ron's pet rat Scabbers, perhaps aware that it's Peter Pettigrew in disguise!
Dementors guard Azkaban.
Harry leaves the Dursleys' home at 17.
Tonks can change her physical appearance.

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Peter Pettigrew Do you know everything about "Harry Potter"? Then tell us which of these facts is false.
Harry's Patronus is a stag.
Ron dates Lavender Brown.
Ron is an Animagus.
An Animagus is a witch or wizard who can turn into an animal whenever they choose. Some Animagi in the series include James Potter, Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew and Minerva McGonagall. But not Ron.
Hermione uses a Time-Turner to take extra classes.

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We Can Tell Which Zodiac Sign You Are Based on Your Harry Potter Opinions Three of these facts are true, and one is false. Which one is the fake?
Draco Malfoy kills Dumbledore.
Voldemort gives Draco Malfoy the important task of killing Dumbledore ⁠— or else! However, Snape does the dirty deed for Draco. Later, Harry learns that Dumbledore asked Snape to do it.
Harry and Luna can see thestrals.
Students take the Hogwarts Express to school.
Harry, Ron and Hermione ride a dragon out of Gringotts.

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1 potions You don't need Veritaserum to detect the lie here. What is it?
Nagini is one of Voldemort's Horcruxes.
Harry leads Dumbledore's Army.
Remus Lupin teaches Harry the Patronus Charm.
Sirius Black can transform into a horse.
Sirius Black is an Animagus, a wizard who can turn into an animal. However, he takes the form of a black dog, not a horse. He learned how to become an Animagus as a Hogwarts student.

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Neville Longbottom Only a true witch or wizard can identify this lie. Can you?
Harry Potter names one of his children after Hagrid.
Harry and his wife Ginny have three children, whom they name James Sirius, Lily Luna and Albus Severus. They clearly believe in naming their children after loved ones or friends they admire.
Ginny Weasley writes in Tom Riddle's diary.
Fred and George Weasley are Beaters on the Quidditch team.
Katie Bell is cursed by an opal necklace.

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Which Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean Are You? Can you pick out the false fact like a bogey-flavored jelly bean among the yummy ones?
Fleur Delacour is part witch and part Veela.
The Weasleys take Harry to the Quidditch World Cup.
Stan Shunpike runs the Leaky Cauldron.
Harry Potter first meets Stan Shunpike on the Knight Bus, where he works as a conductor. The Knight Bus transports stranded witches and wizards and picks up Harry when he accidentally hails it.
Viktor Krum is a Seeker for the Bulgarian Quidditch team.

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Pensive Harry Potter Which one of these "facts" is as cloudy as a Pensieve full of memories?
The Hogwarts nurse is Madam Pomfrey.
Severus Snape is Harry Potter's father.
Hey, this is "Harry Potter," not "Star Wars"! Severus Snape, while he harbors a lifelong love for Harry's mom, Lily, is not Harry's father. He actually resents Harry because he dislikes his dad, James.
Argus Filch has a cat named Mrs. Norris.
Rupert Grint plays Ron Weasley in the films.

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Snape You might lose 10 points for your House if you tell this whopper! What is it?
Molly Weasley kills Bellatrix Lestrange.
Harry frees Dobby from servitude with a sock.
Kenneth Branagh portrays Gilderoy Lockhart.
Aberforth Dumbledore becomes a Death Eater.
Albus Dumbledore's brother Aberforth is most certainly not a Death Eater! While Albus and Aberforth have their differences, the latter owns the Hog's Head Inn and helps Harry sneak into Hogwarts.

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Hogwarts Do you see the made-up lie among the facts?
Professor Flitwick teaches Potions at Hogwarts.
Professor Filius Flitwick is the Charms teacher, not Potions. The diminutive wizard teaches Hogwarts students various charms, such as "Wingardium Leviosa," or the Levitating Charm.
A three-headed dog guards the Sorcerer's Stone.
"Alohomora" is a spell to open locked doors.
The Dursleys live at 4 Privet Drive.

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Which Mythical Creature Would Be Your Patronus Three of these facts are true, and one is not. Which is the fake one?
Aragog is an Acromantula, a giant spider.
Dame Maggie Smith plays Molly Weasley in the films.
Veteran actress Maggie Smith actually plays Minerva McGonagall, the Transfiguration teacher and headmistress at Hogwarts. Julie Walters plays Molly Weasley, the mother of Ron and his siblings.
Ron and Harry fly a car into the Whomping Willow.
The Sorting Hat puts students in different houses.

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boggart Do you see the fake fact among the real ones?
Lupin's Boggart takes the shape of a full moon.
Neville Longbottom is Snape's star pupil.
While Neville Longbottom is an exemplary Herbology student, he never does well in the Potions class. The most obvious reason is that he is terrified of Severus Snape, who is unkind to the timid student.
Draco Malfoy is the Seeker for the Slytherin Quidditch team.
Buckbeak is a hippogriff.

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Slytherin Only a sneaky Slytherin would tell this lie! What is it?
The Order of the Phoenix uses the Black house as headquarters.
"Obliviate" is a memory charm that makes people forget.
Draco Malfoy's mother is named Bellatrix Lestrange.
Bellatrix Lestrange, the deranged Death Eater and devoted Voldemort follower, is Draco's aunt, not his mom. Draco's mom is named Narcissa, and she's Bellatrix's sister but less evil.
Parselmouths can talk to snakes.

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100% Muggle You're obviously no Muggle if you can spot this made-up fact!
Voldemort grew up in a Muggle orphanage.
"Crucio" is an Unforgivable Curse.
Harry's parents lived in Godric's Hollow.
Students reach the Hogwarts Express at Platform 10 1/2.
As Harry learns on his first trip to Hogwarts, witches and wizards access the Hogwarts Express by running straight through the barrier between Platforms 9 and 10. That is, Platform 9 3/4!

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Viktor Krum- alive One of these facts is completely untrue. Which one is it?
Fleur Delacour marries Charlie Weasley.
Fleur Delacour does indeed marry a Weasley, but it's Bill, not Charlie. In "The Deathly Hallows," the two members of the Order of the Phoenix tie the knot and make their home at Shell Cottage.
Rufus Scrimgeour becomes the Minister of Magic.
Harry Potter fights the Hungarian Horntail dragon.
Ron Weasley's Boggart takes the form of a giant spider.

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Person Pointy black hats off to you for spotting this made-up fact! Which is it?
Galleons, Sickles and Knuts are wizard candies.
Although the wizarding world has many delectable candies, Galleons, Sickles and Knuts are not among them! These are actually the three denominations of wizarding money. Ask a goblin for the exchange rates!
Ireland won the 1994 Quidditch World Cup.
Witches and wizards wear earmuffs while handling Mandrakes.
Madam Hooch is the Hogwarts flying instructor.

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