Category Archives: Harry Potter

February 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Ron Weasley!

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Happy Birthday, Ronald Weasley! On March 1, the best friend of Harry Potter and boyfriend of Hermione Granger turns another year older. So we are celebrating with a very special Trivia Quiz. To commemorate my favorite redhead from the Harry Potter series (and there are a lot to choose from), this week’s trivia quiz is all about Ron Weasley. Below are some of my favorite Ron Weasley quotes. It’s your job to figure out which book each is from! Feel free to take out your copy of A History of Hogwarts or your wand for help. Start solving!

  1. “Because I want to fix that in my memory for ever. Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret. . .”
    A) The Sorcerer’s Stone
    B) The Prisoner of Azkaban
    C) The Goblet of Fire
  2. “Accio Brain!”
    A) The Order of the Phoenix
    B) The Deathly Hallows
    C) The Half-Blood Prince
  3. “Yeah, I’ve seen those things they think are gnomes, like fat little Santa Clauses with fishing rods . . .”
    A) The Goblet of Fire
    B) The Chamber of Secrets
    C) The Order of the Phoenix
  4. “I can make that old bloke down there pick his nose again . . .and again . . . and again . . .”
    A) The Goblet of Fire
    B) The Sorcerer’s Stone
    C) The Deathly Hallows
  5. “Sure, we’ll call you if we ever need someone mental!”
    A) The Prisoner of Azkaban
    B) The Half-Blood Prince
    C) The Chamber of Secrets
  6. “I forgot we’ll be hunting down Voldemort in a mobile library.”
    A) The Order of the Phoenix
    B)The Deathly Hallows
    C) The Half-Blood Prince
  7. “From now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell ‘Die, Ron, Die,’ I’m chucking them in the bin where they belong.”
    A) The Sorcerer’s Stone
    B) The Chamber of Secrets
    C) The Order of the Phoenix

Bonus Question: J.K. Rowling said she created Ron’s character during what part of her writing process
A) The very first day of writing
B) The first month of writing
C) He was a last minute addition to the story

Post your answers in the Comments below, and click here for the answers!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

July 14, 2011

Harry Potter Then and Now

HarryPotterMovie As you know, the final Harry Potter movie comes out on Friday, July 15. Of course, I am going to see it, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (rated PG-13) will be a bittersweet experience. As the day gets closer, I am thinking more and more over the last ten years of watching these movies, watching my favorite characters grow up and change.

Remember Daniel Radcliffe when he was so tiny?! Isn’t it so strange to see Hogwarts all demolished like that in the final movie?

How do you feel about the Harry Potter movies ending? Leave a Comment.

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July 4, 2011

Writing Prompt: Favorite Book Characters

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Writingprompt_charactergifts EPIC Character Questions!

Skyelark Moon on the Harry Potter Message Board has some great questions for today's Writing Prompt. The questions are meant for Harry Potter characters, but I think they work with any book characters. So think about YOUR favorite characters and come up with your answers to these epic questions. . .

  • Who is your favorite character?
  • Which character would you want to go on a date with?
  • If you were away, what character would take care of your pet for you?
  • What character would you like to live with?
  • What character would be your best friend?
  • If you could take a character camping, what one would it be?
  • If you had the choice to go anywhere with a character, what place would you go, and who would you go with?
  • If you could be a character, which one would you be?
  • What character would you want in your dorm at Hogwarts?

For example, if I were away, I would want Theodosia Throckmorton from Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos to take care of my cats, because they sometimes act really crazy and Theo will be able to tell if it's because they are cursed.

And if I could take a character camping, I would take Kate Weatherall from The Mysterious Benedict Society. I would want to see her build a tent out of all the crazy stuff she carries in her bucket!

Answer one question or answer them all! Leave your answers in the Comments.

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May 30, 2011

Create a Hogwarts Character

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Harrys_130Skyelark Moon from the Harry Potter Message Board has this awesome assignment for Harry Potter fans.

If you were able to go to Hogwarts, what house would you be in? What classes would you take? Who would your friends be? Create your perfect Hogwarts character here!

This is what my character would be:Hermione

  • Name: Skyelark Moon (Girl) 
  • Year: 3rd year
  • House: Ravenclaw
  • Appearance: She has long, straight blue-black hair and black eyes with purple in them. Tanned skin, and has a dreamy look on her face.
  • Personality: Skyelark is really nice and caring. She always wants other people to have a better time and she accepts everything as it is. Also, she is a problem solver and really smart!
  • Favorite classes: Transfiguration, DADA, Quidditch
  • Patronus: Phoenix
  • Wand: 12 inches, cherry wood with unicorn hair core.
  • Quiddich position (if your character plays quiddich): Skyelark would play as the keeper on the Ravenclaw Quidditch Team.

I hope you make a character!

I hope you make a character too. And wouldn’t it be so cool if we were all at Hogwarts??? I would LOVE that! I can’t wait to see your characters! Leave them in the Comments or on the Harry Potter Message Board.

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May 3, 2011

Harry Potter Movie Trivia Answers

Hp_130 I can tell that you guys worked really hard to find the answers to last week's Harry Potter Movie Trivia Quiz, so I will recognize everyone who got at least 90% right: Stonefairy, GryffindorWolf, Narnian dragon rider, S.snape2000, Starrninjarawr, Thalia grace, and Iluvglee. Good work!

Have you seen the new trailer for the final Harry Potter movie?? I have to be honest – I think it looks pretty scary. I'm still going to go see it on July 15, but I might have to close my eyes whenever VoldemoHP7-2rt is on the screen. Somehow, now he looks even creepier than before!

UGGHH!!

Anyway, here are the official answers with links to the interviews they came from. . . 

  1. James and Oliver Phelps are twins in real life and play the Weasley twins. What is their natural hair color?
    ANSWER: Brown
  2. The actor who plays Mad-Eye Moody has a son in real life who also has a role in the Harry Potter movies. Which character does his son play?
    ANSWER: Domhnall Gleeson plays Bill Weasley.
  3. Originally, the director was going to leave Kreacher out of The Order of the Phoenix movie. Why did he change his mind and include him?
    ANSWER: J. K. Rowling told him that Kreacher would play an important role later in the books.
  4. The original actor who played Dumbledore died after making The Chamber of Secrets movie. What was his name?
    ANSWER: Richard Harris. (R.I.P.)
  5. True or False: The actress who plays Ginny (Bonnie Wright) was 9 3/4 years old when she filmed her first scene on Platform 9 3/4.
    ANSWER: True.
  6. True or False: The actor who plays Draco (Tom Felton) originally auditioned for the role of Harry Potter.
    ANSWER: True.
  7. What is the only souvenir Daniel Radcliffe wanted from the set of the movies?
    ANSWER: He wanted Harry's glasses.
  8. True or False: The actor who plays Ron (Rupert Grint) wears a fat suit in the final scene of Deathly Hallows Part 2 when we see the characters as grown-up adults.
    ANSWER: True!
  9. What was the most embarrassing part of filming Deathly Hallows for Emma Watson?
    ANSWER: Having to kiss Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe, who are both like brothers to her.
  10. The actor who plays Lupin (David Thewliss) first auditioned and was turned down for which part in The Sorcerer's Stone movie?
    ANSWER: Professor Quirell.

If you have any Harry Potter stumpers, leave them in the Comments and see if we can find the answers! Also let us know what you think of the new trailer. Scary or cool?

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April 26, 2011

More Harry Potter Cast Interviews!

Hp7_130x130 As promised last week, we now have the continuation of the all-star Harry Potter cast interview extravaganza! This week’s interview features:

  • David Barron (Producer)
  • Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid)
  • Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy)
  • David Thewliss (Lupin)
  • Evanna Lynch (Luna)
  • Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen)
  • Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick)

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April 26, 2011

Harry Potter Movie Trivia

Hp_130I have a new Trivia Quiz today based on all the Harry Potter movies. I know you know the Harry Potter books, but how well do you know the movies? Let’s find out. . .

  1. James and Oliver Phelps are twins in real life and play the Weasley twins. What is their natural hair color?
  2. The actor who plays Mad-Eye Moody has a son in real life who also has a role in the Harry Potter movies. Which character does his son play?
  3. Originally, the director was going to leave Kreacher out of The Order of the Phoenix movie. Why did he change his mind and include him?
  4. The original actor who played Dumbledore died after making The Chamber of Secrets movie. What was his name?
  5. True or False: The actress who plays Ginny (Bonnie Wright) was 9 3/4 years old when she filmed her first scene on Platform 9 3/4.
  6. True or False: The actor who plays Draco (Tom Felton) originally auditioned for the role of Harry Potter.
  7. What is the only souvenir Daniel Radcliffe wanted from the set of the movies?
  8. True or False: The actor who plays Ron (Rupert Grint) wears a fat suit in the final scene of Deathly Hallows Part 2 when we see the characters as grown-up adults.
  9. What was the most embarrassing part of filming Deathly Hallows for Emma Watson?
  10. The actor who plays Lupin (David Thewliss) first auditioned and was turned down for which part in The Sorcerer’s Stone movie?

The answers to all of the questions can be found in  the various Harry Potter cast interviews that we’ve posted here over the years. You may have to dig pretty deep into the archives, but I promise all the answers are there! Or you can go here for the Harry Potter Movie Trivia Answers post.

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April 14, 2011

Cast Members Talk Harry Potter

Hp7_130x130 The DVD for the 7th Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (rated PG-13),  is coming out on April 15, and we have a brand new interview from a press conference with a bunch of Harry Potter-type people, actors and crew from the movie. Get yourself a snack and settle in because it’s a nice LOOONG interview. Not only that, but this is just the first half of it! I’ll give you Part 2 soon! So to begin, here is a cheat sheet of all the people you are about to hear from. Enjoy!

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