Quiz: You're Not a True Potterhead If You Fail This Hogwarts Quiz


By: Brittany Rowland

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Ask any Harry Potter fan who first read the books as a kid, and they'll probably admit that they wished they could attend Hogwarts, too. (Okay, some adults as well.) It's not hard to understand why! Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is the magical boarding school where anything and everything happens. Staircases move, portraits talk, sumptuous feasts appear in the Great Hall every day and owls swoop in to deliver mail. Then there's the fact that students get to learn how to cast spells, ride a broom, make potions and transfigure their friends (or foes) into teacups. What's not to love?

Hogwarts also has a history of mostly friendly competition between the four houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. If you're a fan of the series, you've likely already sorted yourself into your favorite house and wear your house colors to Harry Potter events with pride. It's easy to identify most with the Gryffindors because that's the house of Harry, Ron and Hermione. But the other houses have their great heroes, too ⁠— Tonks and Newt Scamander in Hufflepuff, Luna Lovegood in Ravenclaw, Severus Snape in Slytherin.

No matter which house you choose, you can prove your loyalty to Hogwarts by acing this quiz! Who knows, maybe the owl with your acceptance letter just got held up.

Which of these characters is a Hufflepuff, just and loyal?

Hufflepuffs are known to be patient and loyal and "unafraid of toil," according to the Sorting Hat. Cedric Diggory is a Hufflepuff who's selected for the Triwizard Tournament — along with Harry.


Why was Hagrid expelled from Hogwarts as a boy?

Harry learns that Hagrid was expelled for unleashing the monster from the Chamber of Secrets, supposedly his pet "spider," Aragog. In reality, Hagrid was innocent and Tom Riddle was the guilty party.


Hermione is a remarkable witch of Muggle birth. Her parents have what occupation?

Both of Hermione's parents are Muggles and dentists. They're supportive of Hermione when she learns she's a witch and accepted at Hogwarts. Still, Hermione faces some prejudice for her Muggle background.


In the final battle at Hogwarts, Molly Weasley kills which Death Eater?

During the final battle, Bellatrix Lestrange almost hits Ginny Weasley with the Killing Curse. Seeing this attack on her daughter, Molly goes into a rage and kills Bellatrix, to everyone's surprise.


What do Rita Skeeter, Sirius Black and Minerva McGonagall have in common?

These three characters, along with Peter Pettigrew and James Potter, are Animagi — witches and wizards who can transform into an animal. Rita, for instance, turns into a beetle to spy on people for her stories.


Of the Weasley children, which pair are twins?

Fred and George are twins in the Weasley family and by far the greatest troublemakers. The pranksters eventually drop out of Hogwarts and open a successful joke shop on Diagon Alley.


Barty Crouch Jr. is a Death Eater who disguises himself as which of Harry's teachers?

For all of Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts, he thinks Professor "Mad-Eye" Moody is an eccentric but brilliant Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Turns out he's a dastardly Death Eater in disguise!


In their second year at Hogwarts, the main trio use Polyjuice Potion to do what?

Polyjuice Potion is a complicated potion that allows the drinker to take on the appearance of someone else. For the potion to work, it needs a small piece of that person, such as a hair. Yum!


Can you name the species of Hagrid's half-brother, Grawp?

In "The Order of the Phoenix," Harry meets Hagrid's half-brother, Grawp. Hagrid, who's half wizard and half giant, keeps Grawp hidden in the Forbidden Forest until he can teach him English — and how to behave!


Do you remember the name of Dumbledore's beloved sister?

Albus Dumbledore, son of Percival and Kendra, had a brother, Aberforth, and a sister, Ariana, growing up. Sadly, she was inadvertently killed when Albus and Aberforth fought Grindelwald in a duel.


Students in their seventh year at Hogwarts take the N.E.W.T. in their best subjects. What does N.E.W.T. stand for?

Hogwarts students first take O.W.L.s, or Ordinary Wizarding Level exams, in their fifth year. They can then study for their N.E.W.T.s, which help determine which jobs they can apply for as graduates.


In "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," the monster terrorizing the school turns out to be what?

Harry Potter hears mysterious voices that no one else can hear — and for a simple reason. Harry's a Parselmouth, which means he can speak to snakes, including the fearsome basilisk!


Harry and Hermione use a Time-Turner to save which magical creature from death?

Buckbeak is one of Hagrid's animals. Draco Malfoy provokes the hippogriff into attacking him, which leads to the creature's execution sentence. Harry and Hermione use time travel to save him, though.


How does Rubeus Hagrid transport baby Harry to the Dursleys' home?

At the beginning of "The Sorcerer's Stone," Hagrid delivers baby Harry to Dumbledore via his flying motorcycle, and Dumbledore leaves Harry with his relatives. Years later, Harry dreams of this event.


Because Dumbledore is afraid Voldemort will enter Harry's mind, he asks Snape to teach Harry which skill?

Snape is a skilled Occlumens, which means he can block his mind from people trying to penetrate it. He's also a Legilimens, having the ability to sift through another person's thoughts, like a mind-reader.


Voldemort sought to become immortal by creating these objects. What are they?

Creating a Horcrux is a form of dark magic in which the witch or wizard places part of their soul in an object, thereby making themselves immortal. Tom Riddle learned about them from Professor Slughorn.


Can you name Voldemort's pet snake?

Nagini is more than just a pet snake; she's one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, which is why he guards her so protectively. But at the final battle at Hogwarts, Neville successfully kills the snake.


Harry's friend Luna Lovegood belongs to which Hogwarts house?

The delightfully loopy Luna is a Ravenclaw. Students in Ravenclaw House are known for being wise and keen to learn. Although Luna appears eccentric, she usually knows exactly what's going on.


To drive Dolores Umbridge away from Hogwarts, this being caused constant mayhem. Can you name him?

Peeves is a poltergeist who delights himself by causing mischief at Hogwarts. When Umbridge begins her tyrannical reign at the school, Peeves makes it his mission to prank her relentlessly until she leaves.


How did Harry survive Voldemort's Killing Curse as a baby?

Lily Potter died trying to protect her son from Voldemort. Her sacrifice caused Voldemort's Killing Curse to rebound and hit him, almost destroying him. As Dumbledore explained, love is the most powerful force.


Harry Potter's wand is made of holly and has what as its core?

At Ollivander's, Harry tries out dozens of wands before finding the right one: an 11-inch holly wand with a phoenix feather core. Harry later discovers that Dumbledore's phoenix Fawkes provided the feather.


What does a Boggart look like to Neville Longbottom?

A Boggart takes the form of whatever frightens a person the most. In Neville's case, that's Professor Snape. So to defeat the Boggart, Neville imagines Snape wearing his grandmother's clothes!


When Ron Weasley casts a Patronus, it looks like what animal?

A Patronus is a protective force against Dementors. Each person's Patronus takes a particular animal shape. In Ron's case, the Patronus looks like a Jack Russell terrier — appropriate for a loyal friend.


Lavender Brown gives her boyfriend Ron a nickname, much to his annoyance. What is it?

Ron is pleased to have a girlfriend at first, but Lavender soon starts to get under his skin with her cloying behavior and possessiveness. In particular, he can't stand her nickname for him, Won-Won.


The founder of Slytherin House had which first name?

Salazar Slytherin was one of the four founders of Hogwarts. Unlike the others, he felt Muggle-born wizards shouldn't be accepted. He also created the Chamber of Secrets before leaving the school in anger.


Sybill Trelawney teaches what subject at Hogwarts?

Sybill Trelawney is the Divination professor, although her ability to foretell the future is dubious at best. Dumbledore hired her after she made a prophecy about the Dark Lord Voldemort.


Who becomes the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in Harry's sixth year?

Potions professor Snape has long coveted the position of Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, and in Harry's sixth year, he finally gets it. Even as a child, Snape was gifted at creating spells.


How does Dobby become a free house-elf?

Dobby is the property of the Malfoys, but Harry devises a way to set Dobby free. He tricks Lucius Malfoy into tossing one of his socks to Dobby, which sets the elf free from his bondage.


Who is Harry's date to the Yule Ball?

Although Harry asks out his crush Cho Chang, she goes to the Yule Ball with Cedric Diggory instead. Harry and Ron eventually line up dates with the Patil twins, Parvati and Padma.


Can you name the captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team when Harry first joins?

Oliver Wood is the Keeper and the captain of the Quidditch team when Harry joins in his first year. Oliver is known for being fanatical about the game and is thrilled to win the Quidditch Cup in his seventh year.


What task did Voldemort assign to Draco Malfoy when he became a Death Eater at 16?

At 16, Draco Malfoy becomes a Death Eater, like his parents Lucius and Narcissa. However, he seems reluctant and fearful to carry out his job of killing Dumbledore. Snape fulfills the task for him.


Former Hufflepuff Nymphadora Tonks is a Metamorphmagus, which means she has the power to do what?

Tonks is an Auror and a member of the Order of the Phoenix with a unique ability: She's a Metamorphmagus. That is, she was born with the ability to change her appearance without using spells or potions.


Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks have a son together. What's his name?

Remus Lupin and Tonks get married and soon afterward have a son named Teddy. However, Lupin and Tonks both tragically die in the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their young son an orphan.


Do you know Harry Potter's middle name?

Harry Potter's middle name is James, after his father. James Potter was also a Gryffindor at Hogwarts, along with his friends Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew. James died at age 21.


Even Professor Dumbledore likes this wizarding candy, which has all sorts of flavors, including earwax and liver. What is it?

Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans look like jelly beans and come in a wide variety of flavors, including some disgusting ones. The fun of eating these candies is that you never know what you'll get!


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