There were many professors at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including Professor Sprout, Professor McGonagall, Professor Flitwick, and many others. These professors were regulars, however, who kept their positions at school throughout Harry's time there. Unfortunately, the Defense Against The Dark Arts position was cursed and Harry had a new teacher at that post every year. There was Professor Quirrell, Professor Lockhart, Professor Lupin, Professor Moody, Professor Umbridge, Professor Snape, and Professor Carrow.
Some of these professors were hilarious, some were evil, some were truly good, and one was even an imposter. Harry bonded with some and detested others. They all had different teaching styles and motivations behind applying for their job. The post of the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor was coveted by many and not handed out easily. Dumbledore made sure of that. We got to sit in on six out of seven of these teachers' classes and soaked up every moment. Some of the classes were entertaining and some were scary, but the one thing they had in common was that Harry had to deal with all of them.
How well do you know your Defense Against the Dark Arts professors? Take this quiz to find out!
What was Professor Quirrell's big secret?
Professor Quirinus Quirrell taught Defense Against the Dark Arts in Harry's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Professor Quirrell was introduced to Harry before the school year began. He thought that the professor seemed cowardly and quiet. The man had a passive personality and the pushover vibe that he emitted was exacerbated by his stutter. Professor Quirrell wore a turban and smelled of garlic, since he claimed to have encountered some vampires in Albania and was afraid of them. What was his big secret?
What did Professor Quirrell teach before Defense Against the Dark Arts?
Professor Quirrell did not always teach Defense Against the Dark Arts. In fact, he used to teach at Hogwarts before he took some time off to search for Voldemort. Since he had been bullied as a child, he took an interest in the Dark Arts in order to prove himself and feel empowered. His time between teaching the first subject and Defense Against the Dark Arts gave him some more experience in his field and he returned to teach his preferred subject. What did he teach before he left Hogwarts?
How did Professor Quirrell distract the school in the attempt to steal the Philosopher's Stone?
Since Professor Quirrell had Lord Voldemort on the back of his head and was practically enslaved to his master, he spent the year at Hogwarts in a desperate search for the Philosopher's Stone. The famous Stone was heavily guarded by Dumbledore beneath a trap door and had multiple traps set by the other trusted professors. Professor Quirrell was terrified to let his master down again after failing to steal the Stone from Gringotts, so he arranged a distraction one night so that he could steal it. What was that distraction?
How did Professor Quirrell try to kill Harry during the year?
In Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he encountered more than most wizards have to deal with in an entire lifetime. He made an enemy out of Draco Malfoy, learned that Professor Severus Snape hated him, and even battled Lord Voldemort himself. Before his fight with the Dark Lord, Professor Quirrell made an attempt on his life during the school year. Luckily, it was interfered with by Hermione and Harry survived. How did Quirrell try to kill Harry?
How did Professor Quirrell die?
At the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry made his way down to where the Philosopher's Stone was being hidden. Confronted with the Mirror of Erised, he managed to gain possession of the Stone but was stopped by Professor Quirrell before he could flee the scene. Professor Quirrell revealed to Harry that he was stronger than he appeared and had Voldemort on his side. Quirrell wanted the Stone, but Harry fought him and Voldemort and refused to hand it over. How did Quirrell die in this scene?
What spell did Gilderoy Lockhart excel in?
Gilderoy Lockhart claimed to have achieved some great things. He wrote multiple books about his adventures across the world, during which he committed heroic acts and encountered dangerous creatures. He received lots of awards for his alleged achievements, such as Order of Merlin, Third Class. He also won Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile five times and was extremely charismatic. However, he did not really do any of the great things he claimed to do. Instead, he stole the stories from others. What spell was he great at?
What kind of quill did Lockhart use only for signatures?
Gilderoy Lockhart was an extremely conceited narcissist. He gloated about his fake life and reaped the benefits of his lies. He was wealthy, famous, and charming. His vanity knew no bounds; he even used Harry Potter to boost his fame when he taught at Hogwarts in Harry's second year. Lots of wizards and witches brought their books that he'd written for him to sign and he always did so happily. He had a special quill that he always used. What kind of quill was it?
What was the name of Lockhart's autobiography?
As previously mentioned, Professor Gilderoy Lockhart was a narcissist who was obsessed with his looks and fame. He wrote many books, including one called "Gadding with Ghouls," all of which were extremely conceited. He boasted about his stolen accomplishments as if they were the most important things in the world. He even put his books on the required book list when he taught Defense Against the Dark Arts and taught his stories as the curriculum while making money off of his students. What was his autobiography called?
What was the first animal that Lockhart introduced to his class?
Gilderoy Lockhart did not really have extraordinary magical skills. He spent his period teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts to Harry's class quizzing them about his autobiography. In the quiz were not questions relevant to the course's material, but rather about his personal life. The quiz had questions about his favorite color and what he wished to receive for a birthday gift. Then, he took out some magical creatures and proceeded to hide under his desk until the end of class. What were those creatures?
Why did Lockhart leave Hogwarts?
Professor Gilderoy Lockhart had a good year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: he managed to mooch off of Harry's fame for his own beneficial purposes. However, he did not make any friends during his time there. All of the teachers despised him, the students did not respect him, and he was brought down to the Chamber of Secrets by Harry and Ron. Since Lockhart did not really know how to fight a Basilisk, he revealed his secret to them. At that moment, something happened that changed his life forever. What happened that made him vacate his spot at Hogwarts?
What was Remus Lupin's nickname?
When Remus Lupin went to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he made three great friends: James Potter, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew. The four of them were partners in crime. They ran the school when they attended it, wreaking havoc and pulling pranks. They spent a lot of time developing the Marauder's Map: a map detailing every nook and cranny of Hogwarts, as well as tracking the people within it. The four friends also had nicknames for themselves. What was Lupin's?
What magical creature was Remus Lupin?
Professor Remus Lupin taught Harry Potter and his friends Defense Against the Dark Arts in their third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When he was a child, he was attacked by a vicious magical creature. He grew up determined not to end up as evil as the one who'd attacked him, despite not being fully human anymore. When he was a kid, his friends found out about his condition and learned to transform into animals to keep him company. What magical creature was he?
What was Lupin's boggart?
A boggart is a mythical creature that, when facing someone, transforms into the thing that that person fears most in the world. When Professor Lupin taught Defense Against the Dark Arts, he let his students battle a boggart. The spell to banish it is "Riddikulus!" The boggart went from student to student before facing Lupin. Neville Longbottom's boggart was Severus Snape, Ron Weasley's was a spider, and there were so many more. What did the boggart take the shape of when facing Remus Lupin?
Why did Professor Lupin leave Hogwarts?
Since young Tom Riddle had cursed the position of Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, no teacher could last more than one year. Remus Lupin was no exception, since he left after a year of teaching his class and mentoring Harry. When he left, it devasted Harry and they said an emotional goodbye. He was one of the only parental figures that Harry had the fortune of having. What prompted Remus Lupin to leave his post as the professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts?
Who did Remus Lupin marry?
Although Remus Lupin suffered through a lot of misery in his time, he also had the pleasure of experiencing some happiness. He got to marry a woman who he was very much in love with. They had a quiet wedding and soon after his wife grew pregnant with their son. They named the boy Edward, nicknamed Teddy, and he inherited his mother's ability to manipulate his physical appearance. He often took advantage of this and sported blue hair. What was Lupin's wife's name?
How did Remus Lupin die?
Remus Lupin managed to do something that so many other of J.K. Rowling's characters did not: he made it to the seventh book and eighth movie. He was one of our favourite characters in the series, but of course that means that he had to die. His wife died then too, making it a double tragedy and orphaning their son as a baby. Harry was named Godfather of Teddy and helped to raise the boy as his own. How did Lupin die?
What was Mad-Eye Moody's real first name?
Mad-Eye Moody was one of the most important members of the Order of the Phoenix. He also worked as an Auror and was considered to be one of the greatest Aurors of modern time. He had a lot to show for it, seeing as he was missing a part of his nose and had a wooden leg and magical prosthetic eye that could see through solid objects, hence his nickname: "Mad-Eye." He often went by the nickname, but what was his real name?
Who impersonated Mad-Eye Moody in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?
Even though Mad-Eye Moody was an esteemed Auror who was extremely powerful and difficult to defeat, someone did manage to overpower him. The man took Mad-Eye's place teaching Harry's class at Hogwarts in his fourth year with the intention of kidnapping Harry for Lord Voldemort's rebirth. It worked out at the end of the Triwizard Tournament when Harry was transported by a Portkey to the graveyard where Voldemort was waiting. Who enabled the entire event and sent Harry to face Voldemort by kidnapping and impersonating Moody?
How did he impersonate Mad-Eye Moody?
The impersonator was a Death Eater. He sabotaged the Triwizard Tournament by entering Harry's name into the Goblet of Fire and making sure that he reached the end of the third Task. He did it all so that his leader, Lord Voldemort, could be reborn and take over the world once again. Harry managed to make it back to Hogwarts alive and the impersonator was revealed. The real Mad-Eye was found locked in a magical trunk. How did he pretend to be Mad-Eye Moody for so long?
How did he escape from Azkaban?
Barry Crouch Jr. was the first wizard or witch to escape Azkaban in over 300 years. After Voldemort's downfall, many of his followers abandoned him, claiming to have been under the Imperius Curse or that they had made a mistake. They were pardoned and did not go to Azkaban. Barry Crouch Jr. was amongst the few who did go to Azkaban for their leader, although he did plead innocence. However, he did escape. How did he manage to do that?
What was his house elf's name?
Once Barty Crouch Jr. escaped from Azkaban, his father kept him hidden at home to hide his existence from the public. He also did not want his son to search for Lord Voldemort. Since Barty Crouch Jr.'s mother died and was buried in Azkaban as her son, the public was under the impression that Crouch Jr. was dead. His father used the Imperius Curse and an Invisibility Cloak to hide Crouch Jr. and also ordered their house elf to keep an eye on him. What was the house elf's name?
What was Professor Umbridge's Patronus?
Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge was a woman of short stature but made up for it with a loud presence. She wore nothing but pink and her office was decorated with cats and more pink things. She had a high pitched voice and a girly demeanour, but don't let that fool you. She was as evil as Voldemort, if not more so. She spent her time at Hogwarts making it a horrible place and instilling fear in the students. What was her Patronus?
What phrase did Professor Umbridge have Harry write over and over?
Professor Umbridge ran her classroom in a way that was regimented by the Ministry. She hated the students and had them read a book during her class time. Whenever someone spoke up about it, she silenced and punished them. When Harry spoke openly to oppose the Ministry and Umbridge's teaching, she punished him by having him write lines using a Black Quill. The Black Quill uses the writer's own blood as ink and carves the words into their hands. What did she have Harry write?
What was the name of the organization that Professor Umbridge founded to enforce her rules?
After Professor Dumbledore took the blame for Dumbledore's Army and left Hogwarts, Professor Umbridge founded an organization to help her enforce her many new rules. The organization was made up entirely of Slytherins who were encouraged to sniff out anything fishy going on at Hogwarts. They reported their fellow students to Professor Umbridge who then punished them. She then became Headmistress and continued to spread her terrible rules, beliefs, and personality around the school. What did she call the band of Slytherin students?
Who did Professor Umbridge fire after becoming High Inquisitor?
After teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts for awhile during Harry's fifth year, she spoke with the Ministry and was promoted to be the High Inquisitor. This gave her far more power than she should have and she used it for evil. She banned clubs, fired a professor, and monitored every class. The other teachers despised her and her newfound power and thus avoided her at all costs. She was very rude to them in return. Which professor did she fire?
What was the name of Harry's secret organization that he used to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts to his peers during Umbridge's time at Hogwarts?
A group of Harry's friends, including Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Dean Thomas, Seamus Finnigan, Luna Lovegood, and so many others met regularly with Harry to learn important spells that Professor Umbridge refused to teach them. One of the spells that Harry taught was the Patronus Charm; they all spent lots of time learning to master it. When Professor Umbridge caught wind of this organization, she worked very hard to shut it down, but it was difficult to find since it took place in the Room of Requirement. What was the name of the organization?
Which Horcrux did Umbridge have in her possession in the last book?
Although Dolores Umbridge was carried away by centaurs at the end of the fifth book, she came up again in the seventh. During Harry's search for the Horcruxes, the trio snuck into the Ministry of Magic by using Polyjuice Potion to get ahold of a Horcrux. They found it with Dolores Umbridge and had to take it from her, revealing their identities to the Ministry. They then had to escape and destroy the Horcrux. Which of Voldemort's Horcruxes was it?
Who was Severus Snape's childhood best friend?
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry takes a literal trip down memory lane. When Snape gives Harry his memories, Harry puts them into the Pensieve and watched little Severus as a child. Harry sees him with someone he recognizes and the two are good friends. They do, however, grow apart, much to Snape's dismay. Harry watches the story unfold and revolve around this person. Who was it? Who did Snape befriend as a child and then grow to love?
Why did Snape hate Harry?
Harry felt targeted by Professor Severus Snape from his first day at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He was bullied by his Potions professor in every class and glared at in he halls. When Snape became the professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts in Harry's sixth year, it made school even more difficult to him. At that point, Harry did not know that his teacher had been in love with his mother. Why did Snape make Harry's life at Hogwarts so difficult?
Why was Snape loyal to Dumbledore?
Severus Snape used to be a loyal Death Eater. However, after the First Wizarding War, something happened to make him switch sides. In the Second Wizarding War, he was a double agent. The Dark Lord thought that Snape was his loyal servant when in reality, Snape was working for Dumbledore and was a pivotal member of the Order of the Phoenix. He did his job well, continuing even after Dumbledore's death. Why did he switch his allegiance to the opposing team?
What was the name of the infamous curse that Snape created?
In Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts, he acquired a Potions textbook with writing in the margins by the Half-Blood Prince. The writing had spells in it, as well as tips on how to improve potions. Severus Snape was the Half-Blood Prince and he was very skilled at inventing spells. One of these spells could cause serious harm to the victim and Harry used it against Draco Malfoy, not knowing what it would do. What was the curse that Harry used against his nemesis?
What was Severus Snape's Patronus?
Severus Snape grew up near Lily Potter. They were close friends and he quickly fell in love with her, but never acted on it. In fact, he even called her a Mudblood and severed their friendship. Lily moved on to marry James Potter but Snape never forgot about her. He begged Voldemort to spare her life and sided with Dumbledore when Voldemort did not. Harry's eyes reminded him of Lily every day and his Patronus even matched Lily's. What animal was it?
Why did Voldemort kill Snape?
As far as the Dark Lord knew, Severus Snape was a loyal servant, one of the best. Snape came through for Voldemort, at least for appearances, time and time again. He was the only Death Eater whose mind Voldemort could not read. It came as a shock for the audience when Voldemort had to kill Severus Snape. Snaps was shocked too. Harry witnessed the entire thing and sat with Snape in his last moments. What motivated Voldemort to kill Snape?
What was Amycus Carrow's sister's name?
Amycus Carrow began teaching at Hogwarts when Snape became headmaster in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. He taught Defense Against the Dark Arts and his sister taught Muggle Studies. The two classes were taught with a twist: they used torture and manipulation to enforce Voldemort's values onto the students. Defense Against the Dark Arts became more about the Dark Arts alone and Muggle Studies turned into a subject that had a loathesome view on Muggles. What was the name of Amycus' sister?
How was Amycus defeated?
On the night of the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry snuck into Ravenclaw Tower to find Ravenclaw's Diadem. It was one of the final Horcruxes to be destroyed. Voldemort was aware that Harry was hunting Horcruxes and put the Carrows on high alert. Since Harry did indeed sneak into Hogwarts, Amycus' sister touched her Dark Mark and summoned all of the Death Eaters there. However, the two Carrows did not fight in the Battle of Hogwarts. How was Amycus defeated before it even started?