Anyone who’s seen the Harry Potter movies and been cast under its spell knows everything there is to know about The Boy Who Lived. In fact, there’s so much iconic imagery throughout the series that certain images are even familiar to casual fans: the lightning bolt on Harry’s forehead, the red and gold colors of Gryffindor House, and the Deathly Hallows symbol. These are just a few of the images that come to mind, but there’s so much more magic sprinkled across all the movies.
Over the span of 10 years—the time in which the Harry Potter films were released—we witnessed the actual actors growing up in front of the cameras. There are few (if any) franchises where we get to see this happen, and it made the movies that much richer. Though the movies weren’t released that long ago—and are still fresh in everyone’s minds—all that there is to know about Harry Potter hasn’t yet permeated the mainstream. That’s why we put a quiz together to test fans of the Harry Potter films and see how well they know their favorite wizard. Be careful—the questions start easy and get harder as you go along. Oh, and don’t forget to take your Felix Felicis potion before you start.
1What platform number belongs to the Hogwarts Express?
Throughout the series—beginning with the first movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone—there’s something peculiar about boarding the Hogwarts Express. The Hogwarts Express is the train that embarks in Britain to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The odd thing about it though—in order to keep it secret from Muggles—is the platform on which you board the train. Harry has a tough time finding it because it’s hidden. What platform number belongs to the Hogwarts Express?
2 Of the following movies listed below, which one of them takes place first according to chronological order?
There are so many Harry Potter movies that it can be hard to remember which one is which sometimes. Unless you’re a die-hard fan, it will be tricky remembering them in order. The first film came out in 2001, while the last one was released in 2011—which means these films came out over a total of 10 years. Of the following movies listed below, which one of them takes place first according to chronological order?
3What is the name of the fourth house of Hogwarts, known for “those of wit and learning?”
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has four houses. Each one was named after the founders of the school. The Sorting Hat chooses which house each new student belongs to—usually dictated by their personality. Gryffindor is for those “brave at heart;” Hufflepuff for those who are “just and loyal;” and Slytherin, “those cunning folks use any means / To achieve their ends.” What is the name of the fourth house of Hogwarts, known for “those of wit and learning?”
4Who was attacked by Nagini while guarding the Prophecy at the Ministry of Magic?
In the fifth movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry is plagued with horrible dreams. In the dream, he sees via the point-of-view of Nagini, Lord Voldemort’s snake, who attacks and bites a major character Harry is close to. This character was attacked while it was his shift to guard the prophecy at the Ministry of Magic. The Prophecy was created by Sybill Trelawney about a boy who would be born that would defeat Voldemort. Who was attacked by Nagini while guarding the Prophecy at the Ministry of Magic?
5What is the object that Fawkes brings to Harry before the bird blinds the basilisk?
At the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry finds the secret chamber of Slytherin where the basilisk resides. In his quest to find Ginny Weasley and rescue her from Tom Riddle, Harry discovers that Riddle is in fact Lord Voldemort. Aligned with Professor Dumbledore, the phoenix named Fawkes flies in and delivers something to Harry, which at first doesn’t appear to help him. What is the object that Fawkes brings to Harry before the bird blinds the basilisk?
6What is the name of the smallest ball in Quidditch?
The game of Quidditch is a popular sport in the wizarding world. Played on broomsticks, it involves four balls in different shapes and sizes. There are also seven positions involved on each team: three Chasers, two Beaters, one Keeper and one Seeker. The job of the Seeker is to focus only on getting the smallest sized ball, which is elusive and hard to catch. However, if the seeker catches this ball, the team is awarded one hundred and fifty points. What is the name of the smallest ball in Quidditch?
7What spell does Harry use whenever he encounters a Dementor?
In the fifth movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry and his cousin Dudley are attacked unexpectedly by Dementors—wraith-like creatures capable of eating someone’s soul. In order to combat the Dementors, Harry tries to cast a spell but fails twice before finally pulling it off successfully on this third try. This spell is proven to be the only effective one against Dementors, which Harry learned in the third film. What spell does Harry use whenever he encounters a Dementor?
8Which character do six members of the Order transform into while moving Harry to a safe location?
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Mad Eye concocts a plan to move Harry to safety. Members of the Order of the Phoenix gather at the Dursley’s house on Privet Drive, and it involves six others (plus Harry) on the move. The plan is that everyone takes a Polyjuice potion to all look like one individual. Which character do six members of the Order transform into while moving Harry to a safe location?
9What does Gilderoy actually end up being?
Played by Kenneth Branagh in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Gilderoy Lockhart is a popular bestselling author in the wizarding world. He’s first encountered by Harry in Diagon Alley while with the Weasleys to get school supplies for the new year, where he’s promoting a new book. Throughout the movie however, Harry and Ron learn the truth about Gilderoy, noticing what others don’t seem to see. What does Gilderoy actually end up being?
10What is the name of this actress who plays Hermione Granger?
Throughout the course of the Harry Potter films, we’ve seen the actors in front of the camera actually become adults in real life. Of the main three stars, the actress who plays Hermione Granger has had the biggest success in her career. Not only has she starred in popular films like Beauty and the Beast and The Circle, but she has also gone on to do commendable work as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. What is the name of this actress who plays Hermione Granger?
11She mentions that Mandrakes have a main use. What is the purpose of Mandrakes?
During their Herbology class in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, there is an odd and hilarious scene where they learn about Mandrakes. The class takes place in the greenhouses behind the castle. When the students pull the Mandrakes out of the dirt, the creatures make loud shrieking sounds. The class professor Pomona Sprout does give an interesting tidbit to our friends, however. She mentions that Mandrakes have a main use. What is the purpose of Mandrakes?
12What is the name of Harry’s owl?
In the first film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry learns that he’s a wizard. Shortly after being taken away from the Dursley’s, he visits Diagon Alley. There, Harry makes all kinds of purchases to get ready for school. In one scene, Hagrid is seen through a window carrying a cage of a snowy owl. This owl ends up being a birthday present for Harry, who not only serves Harry as a pet but is able to send and receive messages for him. What is the name of Harry’s owl?
13How many films are there with Harry Potter in the title?
Like the books, the Harry Potter films are a huge sensation. Spanning over 1,100 minutes total and released from the years 2001 to 2011, these films have left a cultural mark. One need only look to the box office receipts for evidence, which span $7.7 billion (and that’s not including how much money is made from DVD sales or merchandise). That’s amazing when you think about how Warner Bros. originally bought the film rights back in 1999 for only $2 million. How many films are there with Harry Potter in the title?
14What is the name of this secret organization, which is abbreviated by D.A.?
In the fifth movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry, Ron and Hermione work together to create a secret organization. Although Hermione is the original founder, Harry and Ron help teach Defense Against the Dark Arts to other students to prepare in the fight against Voldemort. This was as a result of Dolores Umbridge taking over Hogwarts, who didn’t take such subjects seriously. What is the name of this secret organization, which is abbreviated by D.A.?
15Of the following choices, what is the third task of the Triwizard tournament?
During the Triwizard tournament, contestants are forced to compete in a series of deadly (and magical) competitions. The first contest is retrieving a golden egg that’s guarded by a dragon. The second tasks the contestants with retrieving something that’s stolen under the lake from the merpeople’s village. Last but not least, the third task proves the most difficult of all. Of the following choices, what is the third task of the Triwizard tournament?
16Who takes over for Cornelius Fudge as the Minister for Magic, though is killed by Lord Voldemort?
The British Ministry of Magic is the equivalent to the government of the wizarding world. The purpose of the Ministry is to enforce laws in the magic world. Throughout most of the movies, Cornelius Fudge was the Minister for Magic. Unfortunately, he vehemently denied that Voldemort was a legitimate threat and lost his job as a result. In turn, another character took his post. Who takes over for Cornelius Fudge as the Minister for Magic, though is killed by Lord Voldemort?
17What tragic event takes place at Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s wedding?
William Weasley—or Bill—is the oldest kid in the Weasley family. He ultimately marries Fleur Delacour, who was one of the Triwizard Champions back in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. They get married at the Weasley’s house, which is called the Burrow and is located in Devon, England. Unfortunately, something happens at the wedding causing the guests to flee and drive the plot forward. What tragic event takes place at Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s wedding?
18What action do you do when faced with a hippogriff?
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, there’s a scene where Hagrid—who was recently charged while teaching Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts—shows Harry and the class a hippogriff. The creature looks like a giant eagle with the hind legs of a horse. Unfortunately, the class session goes awry when Draco manages to provoke Buckbeak—the name of the hippogriff. Hagrid had given advice on how you’re supposed to approach a hippogriff. What action do you do when faced with a hippogriff?
19What is the name of this spinoff film?
In 2016, Harry Potter fans were treated to a spinoff movie based in the same beloved wizarding world. With a screenplay written by J.K. Rowling herself, this movie is supposed to be the first in a new series of films that take place before Harry Potter was even born. The film is also directed by David Yates—who did the last four Harry Potter movies—and it’s based on a book that J.K. Rowling had written back in 2001. What is the name of this spinoff film?
20What character is Ron singing about?
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Ron grows a little jealous of someone who he feels is after Hermione. In one scene—with his siblings around him—Ron decides to mock sing his adoration for this character. He says, “He’s like a bird the way he rides the wind / He’s more than an athlete, he’s an artist.” This leads Ginny, his sister, to humorously say that Ron is in love. What character is Ron singing about?
21Which article of clothing does Harry use for Lucius to give to Dobby?
At the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry manages to defeat Tom Riddle and the basilisk, thus saving Ginny. There is still a scene, however, when Harry confronts Lucius who is Draco’s father. Harry accuses Lucius of having a part in all the recent activity that led to Ginny being in danger. As a result, he manages to trick Lucius by having him gift something to Dobby, which in turn frees the house-elf. Which article of clothing does Harry use for Lucius to give to Dobby?
22What animal is Professor McGonagall able to morph into?
Some expert wizards and witches in the world of Harry Potter are able to transform into different animals. Those wizards and witches capable of performing such a feat are called an animagus. Students usually study this topic during their third year in Transfiguration, taught by Minerva McGonagall. When Harry and Ron meet Professor McGonagall in their transfiguration class, she is an animal sitting on her desk. What animal is Professor McGonagall able to morph into?
23Who is the accused student?
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry discovers an enchanted diary. Tom Riddle, a former Hogwarts student, owned said diary. Throughout the film, Harry begins interacting with the diary when it starts writing back to him. It even goes so far as to show him a memory from fifty years prior, where Harry sees the actual student Tom Riddle. Tom Riddle—in the memory—wrongly accuses another student of opening the chamber and releasing the basilisk. Who is the accused student?
24What kind of animal does Harry Potter’s Patronus take shape after?
In the third film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry learns a spell to defeat the Dementors. The spell he casts to fight off Dementors is a Patronus, it is a powerful charm that’s used as a defensive spell. The corporeal types of Patronus charms create a shape of an animal that is considered a spirit guardian. The animal is also significant because it’s the same Patronus Harry’s father had. What kind of animal does Harry Potter’s Patronus take shape after?
25Of all the Harry Potter films, which one is Cedric Diggory a character in?
Before he went on to star in the popular Twilight series, Robert Pattinson played Cedric Diggory. Like Harry, Cedric was both a Seeker in Quidditch and a contestant in the Triwizard tournament. Unfortunately, this character meets an untimely end at the hands of Lord Voldemort. Harry is then tasked with returning his body back to his father. Of all the Harry Potter films, which one is Cedric Diggory a character in?
26What kind of animal is Norbert, Hagrid’s pet he’s not supposed to own?
In the first film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the viewer learns that Hagrid has a penchant for magical creatures. Not only does Hagrid love magical creatures, but especially dangerous and illegal ones. Although he acquires many creatures as pets over the course of the films, there’s one he gets—in particular—in the first film. It’s only a baby and hatches from an egg that he names Norbert. What kind of animal is Norbert, Hagrid’s pet he’s not supposed to own?
27Who is this character that explains the story of the Deathly Hallows to our main heroes?
Once the editor of The Quibbler, this character meets Harry, Ron and Hermione while they were hunting down the Horcruxes. He ultimately betrays the trio of heroes to Death Eaters as a means to get his daughter back but stalls by telling them the story of the Deathly Hallows. Harry ultimately grew suspicious of him, though. Who is this character that explains the story of the Deathly Hallows to our main heroes?
28Including Ron, how many kids total do the Weasleys have?
The Weasleys are who become like a family to Harry over the course of the films. They are pure-blooded, which means they’re all from a background of wizards (no muggles in the family line). They’re known for all having red hair and being placed by the Sorting Hat into the House of Gryffindor at Hogwarts. Arthur and Molly Weasley are the parents and they have several kids, including Ron who becomes Harry’s best friend. Including Ron, how many kids total do the Weasleys have?
29What does Ron declare to Draco “to eat?”
There’s a scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when the Gryffindor Quidditch team is getting ready to practice. On their way, however, they encounter the Slytherin Quidditch team. It’s then revealed that Draco is their new Seeker. Ron and Hermione come over in the midst of the conflict. As things get heated, Draco insults Ron and he attempts to cast a spell—only it backfires on him instead. What does Ron declare to Draco “to eat?”
30Whose wand does Voldemort take to replace his own, so he can kill Harry with it?
Early on in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Voldemort is at the Malfoy Manor at table with important Death Eaters. Voldemort explains that in order to kill Harry, he must use another wand other than his own (after the events that occur at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Therefore, Voldemort takes someone else’s wand and uses it for his own. Whose wand does Voldemort take to replace his own, so he can kill Harry with it?
31What is the color of the icing on the chocolate cake that Hagrid gives to Harry on his eleventh birthday?
In the first Harry Potter film when Hagrid meets Harry—thought it’s not the first time—it’s on Harry’s eleventh birthday. He gives Harry a birthday cake, and it says written in frosting “Happy Birthday Harry.” He says he imagines he sat on it during his ride but believes it will taste fine all the same (he rides an enchanted flying motorcycle, after all). What is the color of icing on the chocolate cake that Hagrid gives to Harry on his eleventh birthday?
32Where do the Dursley family and Harry go even though Hagrid still finds them?
In the first film, Harry is raised by his horrible aunt and uncle—Vernon and Petunia Dursley. They don’t treat him very well, especially in comparison to his cousin Dudley. At one point early on, Harry is receiving letters inviting him to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Though his aunt and uncle continue to reject the letters. It reaches a point where there are so many letters being sent that they decide to leave their home. Where do the Dursley family and Harry go even though Hagrid still finds them?
33Who does Harry Potter end up going with to the dance?
In the fourth movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there is a traditional dance that happens during the Triwizard Tournament called the Yule Ball. It’s always held on Christmas night and is opened by the tournament contestants in a special dance. During Harry’s fourth year, the Yule Ball is held at Hogwarts. Ron Weasley ends up going with Padma Patil, while Hermione Granger goes with Viktor Krum (much to Ron’s disappointment). Who does Harry Potter end up going with to the dance?
34Who is the third character Harry and Ron encounter locked down in the cellar of the Malfoy Manor?
At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the film reaches a climactic ending at the Malfoy Manor. There, Harry and Ron are taken captive by Bellatrix Lestrange and thrown into a cellar. They also find they’re not the only prisoners. Also present is Luna Lovegood and Ollivander, the wand maker. There’s one other character that’s down there with them. Who is the third character Harry and Ron encounter locked down in the cellar of the Malfoy Manor?
35Who was it that Harry and Hermione sought out in Godric’s Hollow?
After Ron parted ways with Harry and Hermione over a disagreement about what the next plan of action should be, the two decide to go to Godric’s Hollow where Harry’s parents are buried. There, they believed they will find someone who might have Godric Gryffindor’s Sword, and be safekeeping it for Harry. When they get there, however, they find that this person is really just Voldemort’s snake in disguise. Who was it that Harry and Hermione sought out in Godric’s Hollow?