When J. K. Rowling first came up with the idea for a story that centered on an orphaned wizard boy named Harry Potter, she had no idea just how famous the series was going to become. Indeed, believe it or not, she had to send her first manuscript (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) to countless of publishers before the book was finally deemed worthy enough to be printed (The Guardian).
Of course, by now we know what happened next. The book proved incredibly successful and before long Rowling was penning down its sequels. Fans gobbled up these books with fervor and so it made perfect sense to adapt the story to the big screen. The movies - which made stars out of actors such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint - were just as successful as the books and soon enough, pretty much everyone knew who Harry Potter - and by extension J. K. Rowling - was.
Today, most people have read the famous novel series or at the very least, seen the Harry Potter films. The wizarding world is enchanting and full of magic and while we can't reside in it - for it seems that we are, unfortunately, Muggles - we can at least learn all that we can about it.
1Which house was Hermione Granger sorted into?
All students are sorted into a house upon their arrival at Hogwarts. As fans are without doubt well aware, Hogwarts is divided into four houses – Gryffindor (the house of the brave), Slytherin (where those who are ambitious and cunning end up in), Ravenclaw (for those who are smart) and Hufflepuff (the most underrated Hogwarts house).
2The "Expelliarmus" spell does what?
Charms is a mandatory class at Hogwarts and one that all students must attend for five years. That makes sense – after all, no witch or wizard is going to be successful in life if he or she doesn’t know the most basic of spells. But don’t be fooled – the “Expelliarmus” spell is actually taught in Defense Against the Dark Arts. What does this spell do?
3Who did Harry have a crush on?
Before Harry Potter fell for Ginny Weasley – his best friend’s little sister – he had a crush on someone else. This girl was sorted into Ravenclaw and just like Harry, played Quidditch. Unfortunately for Harry, she was actually in love with someone else.
4Which class did Professor Snape originally teach?
Professor Snape had to be the moodiest professor in Hogwarts. He was the Head of Slytherin and as such was very biased when it came to students. Pretty much everyone was scared of him. But what class did he (initially) teach?
5And which class did Professor Snape WANT to teach?
Perhaps the reason why Professor Snape was always in such a foul mood was because he taught a subject that he didn’t particularly care about (even though he was very good at it). Fans might recall that Professor Snape actually wanted to teach another subject at Hogwarts but was only given his dream position at the very end of the series.
6What was the name of Fred’s and George’s joke shop?
Fred and George Weasley were real pranksters and often frequented the popular Zonko’s Joke Shop which was located in Hogsmeade. However, they did not always rely on ready-made products and often came up with their own ingenious prank devices. As such, it made perfect sense that they eventually opened up their very own joke shop. What was this joke shop called?
7Which house was Luna Lovegood sorted into?
Remember Luna Lovegood? She was an incredibly strange character. She had a calm disposition and believed in impossible (or at least what other people deemed impossible) things. Despite her eccentricities, she was very intelligent, perceptive and loyal. Who knows which Hogwarts house she was sorted into?
8What was Ron’s boggart?
In the third year of Defense Against the Dark Arts, Hogwarts students are introduced to a shape-shifting being known as a Boggart. Run into a Boggart and you are bound to come face to face with the thing that you dread most.
9What was the name of the house elf that tried to save Harry's life?
House elves are magical creatures that are devoted to their masters. However, that doesn’t mean that they are always loyal to them. Take the house elf in the image to the right as an example. It belonged to the Malfoy family and yet it made it its life mission to warn Harry Potter about impending danger.
10Which of the below is NOT an Unforgivable Curse?
There are three Unforgivable Curses out there. Unforgivable Curses are the most sinister and powerful curses in existence and are often used by those who practice the Dark Arts. Because Unforgivable Curses are so vile, whoever uses them is immediately sentenced to a life in Azkaban.
11What was the name of Hermione’s cat?
In her third year of Hogwarts, Hermione went to Magical Menagerie with the intention of purchasing an owl. However, instead of getting an owl she ended up getting a cat. This cat was by no means an ordinary cat. Indeed, it was actually half-Kneazle and had special abilities.
12Which newspaper did Xenophilius Lovegood publish?
It’s no wonder that Luna Lovegood was so weird. After all, she was raised by Xenophilius Lovegood, a man who believed in the strangest of things. Some may recall that he was also the editor of a tabloid newspaper which often featured incredibly odd articles.
13Which two Hogwarts houses are located in the towers?
We’ve already mentioned that Hogwarts is divided into four different houses. The common rooms of these four houses are dispersed throughout the castle. Who knows which two houses are located in the towers (the other two are located in the dungeons and the basement)?
14What animal could Rita Skeeter turn into?
Rita Skeeter was a journalist known for her sensational articles. She was incredibly manipulative and had no qualms about publishing stories that she knew were false. Skeeter was also an unregistered Animagus (a person who can turn into an animal), a skill that greatly helped her acquire information.
15D.A. stands for...?
When Professor Umbridge was appointed the professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts, she decided to eliminate all practical learning and instead chose to focus on theory. Naturally, this angered quite a few students and in consequence, a secret organization known as the D.A. was formed.
16What is the name of the French wizarding school that Fleur Delacour attended?
It is easy to forget that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is not the only wizarding school in the world. Indeed, there are plenty of other magical schools out there. For example, one such school is located in France. Who knows what this school is called?
17Who was the professor of divination?
While there are certain subjects that every Hogwarts student has to take, there are also plenty of electives. For example, Divination was one such elective subject that students could take from third year onward. As is probably quite obvious, Divination was all about divining the future. But who taught this subject?
18Harry's cousin was called...?
Before Harry found out that he was a wizard, he lived with the Dursleys, his closest relatives. The Dursley family consisted of Petunia, who was Harry’s aunt (and Harry’s mother’s sister) and Vernon, who was Harry’s uncle. Petunia and Vernon also had a son. Who thinks they can recall his name?
19What was Voldemort's real name?
Lord Voldemort was not always the Dark Lord. Indeed, once upon a time he was a pretty average man and wizard. And of course, back then he had a pretty normal name. Who knows what Lord Voldemort was called before he earned himself the nickname of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?
20What were the names of Harry's parents?
Harry was left an orphan after the lives of his parents were taken by Lord Voldemort. As such, he never knew them but he loved hearing stories about them. Both Harry's mother and Harry's father attended Gryffindor as Hogwarts students and they were both members of the Order of the Phoenix. But what were their names?
21Who was the Head of Hufflepuff house?
Every Hogwarts house is led by a professor who looks after the house’s students. We’ve mentioned previously on this quiz that professor Snape is the Head of Slytherin house. But who is the Head of Hufflepuff house? Go ahead and pick the answer that you think is correct!
22This creature is a ...?
The wizarding world is full of magical creatures. As fans are without doubt well aware, Hogwarts students were introduced to quite a few such creatures – including the creature that can be seen in the image to the right - in a class known as Care of Magical Creatures.
23What is the name of the famous candy shop in Hogsmeade?
From third year onward Hogwarts students are allowed to visit a wizarding village known as Hogsmeade. This village is unique in that it is inhabited solely by witches and wizards. However, most students are not interested in Hogsmeade's history. Rather, they are most attracted to its famous candy shop.
24Who did Harry bring to the Yule Ball?
Remember Yule Ball? It was a magical ball that was held during Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts as part of the Triwizard Tournament. Everyone who attended the ball could bring a date. Finding a date was quite stressful for most students, but especially for Harry who was one of the tournament champions.
25Who was this man?
Fans of the famous series will without doubt remember that this man was named Cornelius Fudge. He was a rather important figure in the wizarding world. But who can recall the exact position that he held? Only one of the below options is correct!
26What was the name of Draco Malfoy’s mother?
Most people probably remember that Draco Malfoy’s father was named Lucius. But who can recall the name of Draco’s mother? She was a pureblood witch and the younger sister of Bellatrix Lestrange and Andromeda Tonks. Just like her husband, she was Lord Voldemort’s follower (although she betrayed him when her son’s life was put in danger).
27Which ghost haunts the second floor girls’ bathroom?
The castle of Hogwarts is inhabited not only by students and professors, but also by ghosts. For example, the girl ghost that can be seen in the image to the right haunts the second-floor girls’ bathroom. Who knows her name (or rather, nickname)?
28What did Lavender Brown call Ron?
Before Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger became official, Ron briefly went out with Lavender Brown. Lavender was needy and annoying and before long Ron was completely fed up with her. Much to his embarrassment, she even had a special nickname for him.
29What was the occupation of Hermione's parents?
Hermione Granger was a Muggle-born witch which means that her parents were Muggles and possessed no magical abilities. Indeed, they led normal lives and had very conventional – and one might say boring – professions. So, who can recall what exactly Hermione’s parents did for a living?
30Who were the four founders of Hogwarts?
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was founded sometime in the 10th century. It is considered to be one of the best schools in the wizarding world. It was founded by two witches and two wizards. The four Hogwarts houses are named after them.
31What is the name of the smallest Quidditch ball?
Quidditch is a unique wizarding sport that is played on broomsticks. It is an incredibly popular game and is somewhat similar to Muggle football. However, it is much more complicated than football, at least in that it involves four balls.
32What was Harry's Quidditch position?
We’ve already mentioned that Quidditch is one of the most popular wizarding sports out there. As such, it comes as no surprise that it is played at Hogwarts. Harry was only a first year when he became a member of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. But what was his position?
33Who did Hagrid call “Fluffy”?
Rubeus Hagrid was a half-giant wizard who was unfairly expelled from Hogwarts. As fans will without doubt have no difficulty in recalling, Hagrid was incredibly fond of magical creatures and animals, no matter how dangerous they might have been. For example, Hagrid called one such creature “Fluffy”.
34What is the name of this girl that had a crush on Harry?
When Harry was in his fifth year at Hogwarts he was quite surprised to find that he was popular with girls. For example, the girl that can be seen in the image to the right obviously had a crush on Harry. Harry might have asked her out if Hermione had not hit him with a book and told him that she was only interested in him because she thought that he was the “Chosen One”.
35What do Dementors feed on?
The foul creature that can be seen in the image to the right is known as a Dementor. Dementors are wraith-like creatures that guard Azkaban. They have the ability to devour a person’s soul and leave him or her in a vegetative state.