These "Harry Potter" Trivia Questions Will Test Your Wizard Knowledge
You might need some Felix Felicis to get through this "Harry Potter" trivia!
With seven books and eight movies in the original series alone, there's quite a lot to keep track of in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe. And given how often characters seem to switch from good to evil—we're looking at you, Snape—we wouldn't blame you for getting confused from time to time. However, if you want to hang with the true Potterheads, then you need to be able to differentiate your muggles from your mudbloods. To help you brush up on your Harry Potter trivia, we've compiled some particularly tricky questions about the Wizarding World. Turn to page 394, and let's get started!
What is the name of Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch's pet cat?
Argus Filch and his cat have a bond stronger than blood (or magic).
Answer: Mrs. Norris
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Mrs. Norris was the first living creature to be petrified by the basilisk.
In which book do Harry and Ginny share their first kiss?
Surprisingly, the Harry/Ginny romance didn't come until later.
Answer: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The two friends kiss while hiding the seemingly cursed Potions textbook in the Room of Requirement.
What does the acronym S.P.E.W. stand for?
Hint: It's an organization.
Answer: Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare
S.P.E.W. was created by Hermione Granger in response to how she saw house-elves being treated at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. Though it wasn't featured in the Harry Potter films, the creation of the club was one of the more endearing parts of Hermione's personality.
What happened to Voldemort's parents?
The antagonist's backstory is extremely tragic.
Answer: His mom died during childbirth and he killed his father.
Voldemort's mother died shortly after giving birth. Years later, Tom Riddle—Voldemort's name at the time—killed his father (and paternal grandparents) during the summer between his sixth and seventh years at Hogwarts. He framed his uncle, Morfin Gaunt, for the crimes by altering his memory so he believed he actually committed them.
What is Hermione's patronus?
It is revealed in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Answer: An otter
In 2015, Rowling revealed on Twitter that the otter was "her favourite animal."
What does Romilda Vane ask Ginny about in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?
It becomes a bit of a running joke in the book.
Answer: Whether or not Harry actually has a tattoo of a Hippogriff
"You'd think people had better things to gossip about. … Three Dementor attacks in a week, and all Romilda Vanes does is ask me if it's true you've got a Hippogriff tattooed across your chest," Ginny tells Harry in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
What does O.W.L. stand for?
No, not the bird.
Answer: Ordinary Wizarding Level
Hogwarts students take their O.W.L. exams at the end of their fifth year.
What does Dumbledore tell Harry he sees in the Mirror of Erised?
It's definitely not what you'd expect.
"One can never have enough socks," Dumbledore says to Harry in the first book. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books."
Of course, Dumbledore saw more than just socks. In a fan Q&A in 2007, Rowling explained that his true deepest desire was to see "his family alive, whole, and happy." The assumption is that he told Harry about the socks—which he wished to receive as gifts from his family—to shield him from the knowledge that he too missed his family.
How many Weasley siblings are there?
Hint: Arthur and Molly Weasley only have one daughter.
They are Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny.
What do Hermione's muggle parents do for a living?
It's a rather ordinary job in comparison to everyone else's in the series.
Answer: They are dentists.
"They tend to people's teeth," Hermione explains to a bunch of confused wizards who don't understand the term "dentist" in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
In Quidditch, how many points is the Golden Snitch worth?
It's the "most important ball of the lot."
Answer: 150 points
When the Golden Snitch is caught, the game automatically ends!
What are Dumbledore's siblings' names?
Hint: He has a brother and a sister.
Answer: Aberforth and Ariana
Dumbledore's younger brother Aberforth helped Harry and his friends search for Horcruxes.
Who was believed to originally possess the Deathly Hallows?
It's not one person, but three.
Answer: The Peverell brothers
Antioch, Cadmus, and Ignotus Peverell are believed to be the inspiration for The Tale of the Three Brothers, which tells the story of the Deathly Hallows.
Which character served as the Quidditch commentator?
He always made the games more interesting!
Answer: Lee Jordan
Professor McGonagall would often yell at Jordan—who was best friends with Fred and George Weasley—for making silly comments.