Sorting Hat Quiz

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Everywhere I go I am amazed at the continued popularity of Harry Potter books, movies, and merchandise.  It has literally taken on a life of it’s own, which, for “Potter Heads” like myself is awesome.  I am also amazed at the broad range of people the series has touched from young to old.  It is also a global phenomena.

As a gift to all of you fellow Potter lovers out there, I have put together a little quiz for you to test your skill & knowledge.  I promise it will be painless.  Please don’t cheat!

Take our simple quiz to find out which Hogwarts House you might belong to!

 

  1. Where are you most likely to spend a free hour?
    A. In the library, reading, “Wandless Magic- An Art or A Science?” (R)
    B. In the grounds, taking a careful look at the new breed of Mandrakes. (H)
    C. In the castle, sneaking around the fourth floor. (S)
    D. Trying to fix someone’s malfunctioning wand, risking accidentally hexing yourself. (G)

 

  1. What is your favourite subject?
    A. Herbology (H)
    B. Potions (S)
    C. Charms (R)
    D. Transfiguration (G)

 

3. What would you consider a “good” outfit?
A. Versace’s Latest Design that stacks you a cut above everyone else (S)
B. Your ever-ready-for-action pair of comfy jeans and a sweatshirt (G)

C. Your ‘not afraid to get dirty’ gardening overalls (H)
D. A classy suit that screams “confident and chic!” (R)

  1. Who would you consider the most important figure in history?
  2. Adolph Hitler (S)
  3. Isaac Newton (R)
  4. Joan of Arc (G)
  5. Abraham Lincoln (H)

5. What do you think is your most prized possession?
A. A favourite book (R)

B. A pair of shoes (S)
C. A musical instrument (H)
D. Memorabilia from various events past (G)
6. What would you pay the highest price for?
A. Authority (S)

B. Responsibility (H)
C. Clarity (R)
D. Instinct (G)

 

 

 

7. What would be your instinctive defence against enemies?

  1. Petrificus Totalus (G)
  2. Crucio (S)
  3. Stupefy (R)
  4. Lacurnum inflamarae (H)

 

8. Who is your favourite mythological character of these four?

  1. Athena (R)
  2. Hades(S)
  3. Zeus(G)
  4. Diana(H)

 

9. What is your favourite precious stone?
A. Emerald (S)
B. Ruby (G)

C. Sapphire (R)

D. Topaz (H)

 

If most of yours answers are:

 

An H… You’re a Hufflepuff! You’re hard working, noble, outdoorsy and simple.
A G… You’re a Gryffindor! You’re brave, impulsive, noble and leap at a chance to act.

An S… You’re a Slytherin! You’re materialistic, persistent, suave and only the best is good enough for you.
An R… You’re wise, focused, witty and sharp. You constantly search for ways to engage your mind. You’re a Ravenclaw!

The Sorting Hat has spoken… Join your House mates at the dinner table and get to know them better. You have seven years of school with them before you finish.

 

All the best at Hogwarts!

 

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Miserable Harry transforms to be a savior

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Harry potter is considered to be a miserable and lonely boy who’s been ignored and unwanted by his relatives who took care of him since his parents died. He was compelled to live under the cupboards, under the stairs, forced to wear his cousin’s clothes and sent to the neighbor’s while the rest of the family is having a good time. This shows how miserable life he was living with his guardians.

 

When Harry was entering age 11, his world got up-side-down. A giant, Hagrid informs him that he was a wizard as his parents were. Also, he was going to be attending the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Afterwards, he too learnt that he was a hero in the Wizardry world. When he was a little boy, his parents were killed by the evil Lord Voldemort and also tried to kill him too. But amazingly, he survived and reputedly killed the evil Lord in the process.

 

When Harry hears all this from Hagrid, he doesn’t know what to think. And with his joyful heart, he joined the school in September. He quickly became friend with a boy named Ron Weasley. The two of them break tons of school rules when they attacked a troll and saved one of his friends named Hermione Granger. The three of them became inseparable from each other. Harry used to participate in the weekly Quidditch. He was the youngest participant in Quidditch over the centuries where participants show their extraordinary wizardry skills.

 

As time passes, the three friends came to know about a valuable stone, a Sorcerer’s Stone, which is being hidden in the school. They tried to stop one of the professors who has been acting as if he was trying to steal it. In order to save it he had to go one on one with the evil Lord Voldemort. Harry was nearly killed by the evil Lord, but the headmaster, Dumbledore arrives and saves him from the disaster. Eventually, the school session ends and the three friends were honored for their service to the school.

 

Hence, a miserable boy who used to be conned by the guardians saved the secret Sorcerrer’s stone from being stolen from the school. With his extraordinary wizardry he became the savior of the secret stone.

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Order of Harry Potter Movies

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

The stormy skies, thunder and lightning flashing, John Williams’ haunting melody’s opening chords and the Warner Bro’s Logo (that looks uncannily like a symbol for a fifth unnamed Hogwarts house). Is there any doubt what we’re talking about? Of course, it is the beginning of every Harry Potter movie. The beginning of each movie is slightly different but reminiscent enough of the series to send chills down every Potterhead’s spine.

 

Each of the eight movies in the Harry Potter series is described below in brief.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone- Released in 2001, this movie first gave the world of Hogwarts life on the big screen. Directed by Chris Columbus, It was the perfect way to ease audiences (especially those unfamiliar with the novels) into the series without boring the initiated fandom. With the screenplay written by Steve Kloves, the movie’s cast, primarily Daniel Radcliffe (The Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter himself), Emma Watson (The greatest revenge of the nerds, Hemione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Bringing ginger back, since 2001, Ronald Bilius Weasley), played a vital role in winning millions of hearts the world over. The film deals with Harry’s first year at Hogwarts and second encounter with Voldemort, and introduces a number of priceless characters like Rubeus Hagrid, Minerva McGonegall, Albus Dumbledore, Draco Malfoy, the Weasley bunch, Severus Snape, Neville Longbottom, the Dursleys and a host of others. The film was shot at the Leavesden Film Studio and historic buildings around the U.K. It stands as the nineteenth highest grosser of all time, with global revenue of US$974 million.

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- Released in 2002, it is a sequel to ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’. Also directed by Chris Columbus, with screenplay by Steve Kloves and production by David Heyman, it deals with the Golden Trio – Harry, Ron and Hermione, and their second year at Hogwarts. This year, after having failed to gain Immortality by use of the Sorcerer’s Stone, Voldemort returns as the heir of Salazar Slytherin, opens the chamber of secrets and releases its monster- the basilisk that petrifies people. Harry has to take on and defeat Lord Voldemort when the latter was in the prime of his youth in the form of Tom Marvollo Riddle, another student of Hogwarts. The characters are slightly more fleshed out, with especial emphasis being laid on Dumbledore, the Trio and Voldemort himself. With global revenues of US$879 million, it went on to become the thirty first highest grosser of all time.

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Released in 2004, this movie was directed by Alfonso Cuaron with screenplay by Steve Kloves. It was produced by the director of the first two movies, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe and David Heyman. The film is the third instalment in the series and chronicles the Trio’s third year at Hogwarts. The central plot is around the escape from Azkaban of a prisoner named Sirius Black, who is looking to kill Harry. This film is devoted to Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew – three of the four Marauders, the fourth being James Potter, Harry’s father. This film grossed revenues of US$796.6 million worldwide and it currently stands as the forty-second highest-grossing film of all-time.

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Released in 2005, this movie was directed by Mike Newell, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman. The story follows the Trio’s fourth year at Hogwarts as Harry is chosen by the Goblet of Fire (into which his name was put by Barty Couch Jr., despite him having been underage) to contend against Fleur, Victor and Cedric in the Triwizard Tournament. This movie revolves around the tournament and the visceral hatred of Lord Voldemort for Potter and the Death Eaters’ devotion to Voldemort. Cedric loses his life, while Harry is helplessly stuck in the maze with Voldemort (who has managed to return) and a horde of Death Eaters. This is the twenty eighth highest grossing film of all time, and the sixth-highest-grosser film in the Harry Potter series.

 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- Released in 2007, this movie was directed by David Yates, written by Michael Goldenberg and produced by David Heyman and David Barron. The story revolves around The Ministry Of Magic refuting Dumbledore’s claims of Voldemort’s resurrection. The Death Eaters want to bring back Voldemort in all his former, full blooded glory. The Order of The Phoenix is a secret society of which Sirius, Molly and Arthur Weasley and Remus Lupin are a part, and determined to prevent Voldemort’s return. The movie is the twenty second highest grosser of all time.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince- Released in 2009, this movie was directed by David Yates, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman and David Barron. It is a movie dedicated to fleshing out the character of Severus Snape (played by Alan Rickman), during his time as a student of Hogwarts. The movie cleverly makes the audience buy into Snape as a negative, anti-Harry character. The story follows the Trio’s sixth year at Hogwarts in which Harry chances upon and becomes obsessed with a mysterious textbook of the “Half Blood Prince”, falls in love, and attempts to retrieve a memory that holds the key to Lord Voldemort’s defeat and decline. With a total gross of $934 million, it is the 8th highest grossing movie of all time.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1- Released in 2010, this movie was directed by David Yates, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Barron and David Heyman and J K Rowling herself. The story pertains to the Trio’s quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality – his Horcruxes, which are essentially the seven segments of his soul. With a worldwide gross of $960 million, Part 1 is the 21st highest-grossing film of all-time.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 - Released in 2011, this movie was directed by David Yates, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, David Barron, and J K Rowling. The story continues with the Trio’s quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes. The initial six Horcruxes were easily destroyed, but the seventh horcrux had been secreted inside Harry himself: thus, destroying it would mean Harry’s death… The suspense, emotion and romance of unrequited love earned it $483.2 million, making it the fourth highest grosser of all time.

 

 

 

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Harry Potter Spells and Charms

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The Spells and Charms in Harry Potter are part of what makes it so realistic and magical. Who among us didn’t imagine ourselves with powers that can affect things around us? We all dreamed of being Wizards, Warlocks and Witches who can do amazing things by saying a few magic words and waving a magic wand!

Here is a list of Harry Potter’s Spells and Charms and a Description of what they do:

  • Accio! – This is a summoning charm which calls an object to the caster over great distances.

It was first mentioned by Molly Weasley in the Goblet of Fire.

  • Alohomora!  - it’s a spell used to open and unlock doors, containers, windows – anything that

was manually sealed or locked with a simple charm.

It was first used by Hermione in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

  • Aguamenti! – Is a spell that makes water shoot out from the caster’s magic wand.
    It was first mentioned and taught to Harry in the Half Blood Prince.
  • Anapneo! – This spell clears the target’s airways.

              The spell was used in Half Blood Prince to clear the airway of Marcus Belby when he
was choking.

  • Aparecium! – Is a spell that make invisible ink, visible.
    First used by Hermione in the Chamber of Secrets to make words appear in Tom Riddle’s
    diary.

 

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What is the Order of Harry Potter Movies ?

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What is the Order of Harry Potter Movies ?

 

The most successful movie series “Harry Potter” is a global phenomenon. Each movie of the series is individual hit both critically and economically. People of all ages all around the world love Harry Potter. The series is based upon a series of novel written by J.K. Rowling.

 

In order to enjoy and fully grasp the meaning and sensation of the story and imagination one should always see the series in order. For your convenience I am providing an ordered description of Harry potter movies one by one.

 

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: This is the first part of the series both written and filmed. It was released in 2001 and became a sensational hit globally. In this part Harry for the first time gets freedom from his despotic Aunt and Uncle and gets his entry to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There he learns and faces many mysteries and adventures with Ron and Hermione.

 

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Released in 2002, this part involves Harry’s second year at Hogwarts. This time it is much fiercer and darker. Harry goes to Hogwarts, over ruling warnings, only to find that the chamber of secrets has opened and there are danger lurking at every corner. This part also reveals some secrets to Harry and to us related to his origin.

 

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: It was released in 2004. The third year at Hogwarts. Harry, Ron and Hermione find their new “Defence against the dark arts”. Murderer Serious Black escapes the prison of Azkaban and he is looking for Harry. Harry comes to know some more secrets and his connection with the prisoner.

 

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  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The fourth part was released in 2005. The fourth year at Hogwarts is about to begin but the “death eaters” are causing destruction and there appears the dark mark on the sky. On the other hand Hogwarts is going to host a Tri-wizard Tournament of Witchcraft, where Harry gets enigmatically chosen and the adventure begins.

 

  1.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Released in 2007, this part portrays their fifth year at Hogwarts. But this time Hogwarts is ridden with calamities. The ministry is against Dumbledore. Nobody believes him or Harry that Voldemort is back. Ministry has put new Defence of the Dark Arts to monitor the scenario but she is the vile most person that they have ever seen.

 

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: It was released in 2009. It is the sixth year at Hogwarts for Harry. Voldemort raging havoc through his Henchmen. Harry along with Dumbledore to face Harry’s arch enemy- Lord “you know who”.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and 2: The last book of the series named Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was divided in two parts while filming. They were released respectively in 2010 and 2011. These two parts comprise of the last but long year at Hogwarts. Long because the Dark Lord Voldemort takes possession of the Ministry of Magic and the whole system collapses. Harry, Ron and Hermione hunts after the Horcruxces to destroy Voldemort. And finally they face the Dark Lord f

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Spells From Harry Potter

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Spellbound for Starters: Survive at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

I hear there is a vacancy (again!) for the job of professor of “Defence against the Dark Arts”. And if you aren’t Harry Potter, I would recommend that you brush up on your spells. Good luck- and remember you read it all here!

  1. Wingardium Leviosa (it’s Leh-Vee-Ohhh-Sa, not Leh-Vee-Oh-Saaa)

Point your wand at any object and rotate your wrist with a flourish. You will cause the object to levitate. But beware, as saying “Wingaardleviosah” will make the object explode in your face.

  1. Expelliarmus (Ecks-Pelly-Arm-Us)

It is used to disarm your opponent, especially during a duel. If timed correctly, you can catch your opponent’s wand. Its intensity can be varied, according to your opponent’s counter curse. (It defeated both The Dark Lord and Gilderoy Lockhart, so, yeah.)

  1. Riddikulus (Rid-dik–ul-oos)

The castle probably still has Dark Forces operating- and therefore, some Boggarts too. As you know, they take the form of the thing you fear most. Counter Boggarts using ‘Riddikulus’ charm- and think of something that makes you laugh. The hitherto petrifying Boggart becomes the amusing thing, rendering it, RIDDIKULUS! (I said that in Remus’ voice).

  1. Alohamora (Aloha-Morah)

From words meaning “Thief’s friend”, this is one of the most basic spells required for students in Hogwarts to disobey rules (read: become living legends). It is one of those badass spells that makes things easier. It unlocks locked doors, rooms, books etc., unless the object is protected by an anti- Alohamora charm.

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  1. Accio (Ax-Eeyo)

This is a spell that summons, and can be useful in a lot of situations. But yes, it takes away from the “I left my assignment in the common room” excuse. It has been used many times, both successfully and not.

 

  1. Stupefy (Stew-Peh-Faai)

This spell temporarily stuns your opponent into a state of inaction. It can be reversed; it can also be intensified by use of Stupefy Duo, an exponentially more powerful version. It can be defensive or offensive and you can use it to buy you time while fighting enemies.

  1. Petrificus Totalus (Petrificus-Totalus- thank you, Sherlock!)

This incantation freezes the object on which it is cast. It is another tactic to buy oneself some time (as Hermione Granger knows so well).

  1. Reducto (Re- duck-toe)

This spell causes any solid object to explode into smithereens. It is amusing to use on balloons, especially around unsuspecting victims. It can create diversions and buy you time, but it’s not a really classy way to overcome an obstacle.

  1. Sectum Sempra (come on, you can say it right!)

This spell, a brainchild of the half-blood prince, is deceptively lethal. It causes lacerations on the victim’s body. If wounds are left untreated, death could result from severe blood loss. This spell also ‘severs’ appendages. Get it? Not to be used, except under severe provocation (unless you’re a blonde haired, green eyed Slytherin with a surname that rhymes with “Dalfoy”. Then, you’ll use it because you can.)

  1. Expecto Patronum (Expecto-putt-roe-num)

This spell conjures a Patronus, powerful energy in animal form, appearing to be made of light. It is a defence against a Dementor’s kiss, which drains the recipient of all joy and vitality. The strength of the Patronus called up by a wizard is directly proportionate to the power of the wizard.

You are now equipped to protect yourself from the Powers That Be. But do visit us often so you can hone your skills of witchcraft and wizardry and your knowledge of the wonderful world of Hogwarts.

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