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Funtime Open Thread: Potter Trivia, Part 2

Hello, Potter fiends! I hope a few of these questions provide at least a little bit of a challenge for you.  Tonight we are asking about books 5-7, and there’s so much awesome stuff in all of them that it was hard to decide what to ask about. In the end, I just did what I did last week and tried to pick details I could remember without rereading the books.

  1. Who is the surprise witness for the defense in Harry’s Wizengamot trial?
  2. Which O.W.L. exam is Harry taking when he has the vision that sends him off to the Ministry of Magic to save Sirius?
  3. Who was the other possible subject of the prophesy about Harry and Voldemort?
  4. What potion (indirectly) helps Ron excel at Quidditch?
  5. Where are Harry and Hermione during Ron’s Quidditch triumph?
  6. What are the creepy zombie-ghosts that Harry fights while Dumbledore is retrieving the ring in the cave?
  7. Luna’s earrings look like what vegetable?
  8. What are the Deathly Hallows?
  9. What is the name of Bill and Fleur’s house?
  10. What is Luna’s father’s name?
  11. How is the ambiguity of the Great Prophesy played out in the final confrontation?

What bits of Harry Potter trivia do you particularly like? Like I said, there’s so much to choose from and I’m interested in what has stuck in your memory.

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9 replies on “Funtime Open Thread: Potter Trivia, Part 2”

1. This could be either Albus Dumbledore or Mrs. Figg. I think Dumbledore calls himself a witness, but he really functions more in a representative capacity, whereas Mrs. Figg really IS a witness. They’re both surprises as far as the Wizengamot is concerned.
2. History of Magic
3. Neville! Neville Neville Neville, because Neville is awesome!
4. Felix Felices, a luck potion which Harry pretends to sneak into Ron’s drink, thus giving Ron the confidence to succeed.
5. In the forbidden forest, meeting Hagrid’s giant half-brother Grawp.
6. Inferii, reanimated corpses.
7. Radish, as I recall.
8. The elder wand (the most powerful wand in the world,) the resurrection stone (a stone that can bring back the dead) and an invisibility cloak (so powerful that it can hide someone even from death.) The Peverell brothers won them as prizes from death, although the first two eventually lead to the death of the first two brothers, and whoever reunites them will supposedly be the master of death.
9. Shell Cottage
10. Xenophilius Lovegood
11. I’m not sure quite how to interpret this, but I’ll give it a shot. Harry was an accidental horcrux, so Voldemort couldn’t be killed until Harry died. Luckily, when Voldemort killed Harry, he ended up only killing the part of his soul in Harry, so then he could be killed (by his own curse rebounding on him, no less.)

I was at a party but here I am! I promise I did no peeking.
1. Mrs. Figg.
2. History of Magic
3. Neville Longbottom
4. Felix Felicis, not that he takes it. Harry just pretends to put it into Ron’s pumpkin juice.
5. Meeting Hagrid’s full-giant brother, Grawp, in the forest, and promising to look after him if Hagrid is dismissed.
6. Inferi.
7. Dirigible Plums (Radishes)
8. As explained in the Tale of the Three Brothers, they are the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Invisibility Cloak that Death gave to the Peverell Brothers – the Elder Wand is unbeatable, the Resurrection Stone can bring the ghost of a person back to earth after their death, and the Invisibility Cloak of course renders the wearer Invisible, even to Death Itself. Combined, they make the owner the Master of Death.
9. Shell Cottage.
10. One of my favorite names in the series – Xenophilius Lovegood.
11. I assume you’re referring to the part about “neither can live while the other survives” – in which case, because Voldemort “marked” Harry when he tried to kill him, marked him with a curse scar and marked him with a piece of his own soul, effectively turning Harry into an extra Horcrux, Voldemort must kill the piece of his own soul living inside Harry by trying to kill Harry again. Relieved, then, of the burden of carrying a piece of Voldemort’s soul inside himself, Harry can then “live” and kill Voldemort. The implication is that, living as a Horcrux, or living as only a fraction of yourself because of the violence you’ve done to your own soul, means that you’re not really living, merely a shell that is barely surviving. It’s a creepy parallel to see how Harry has really been “only surviving” just like Voldemort all these years, and lovely to imagine the fullness and richness of life he will experience in the years to come.


1. Dumbledore
2. History of Magic
3. Neville Longbottom
4. Felix Felicis, even though he only thinks he took it.
5. Hagrid is introducing them to Grawp in the forest.
6. Inferi
7. Radishes (though they’re really Dirigible Plums!)
8. Three objects that together will allegedly make their owner the “master of death”: the Invisibility Cloak, the Resurrection Stone, and the Elder Wand.
9. Shell Cottage
10. Xenophilius Lovegood
11. “Neither can live while the other survives” = the piece of Voldemort’s soul in Harry had to be destroyed before Voldemort could die. So Harry “died”, but he came back.

Okay. Here goes, and I swear I’m not cheating.

1. Dumbledore
2. Divination?
3. Neville!
4. Felix Felicis
5. er…in the stands? Didn’t Harry have detention, or something that day?
6. shootskies
7. Radishes
8. The Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility
9. Shell Cottage
10. Xenophilus
11. Harry died, but instead of it being, you know, permanent, it simply killed the part of Voldemort that was in him. He was an unintentional Horcrux. And bonus: though Neville wasn’t the chosen one, he destroyed Nagini, who was a Horcrux.

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