Little did we know that when an unknown author started a series of books about a boy wizard, that the world of literature would never be the same! Harry Potter was introduced to the world more than two decades ago, in 1997. It spawned not only the most successful book series of all time (translated into dozens upon dozens of languages,) but also an entire movie universe, as well as theme parks on multiple continents.
The first book, "The Philospher's Stone," stole our collective hearts and introduced us to Platform 9 3/4 and Diagon Alley--the beginning of the journey into the world of magic.
Do you remember the first time you read about Butterbeer? Do you know which Hogwarts house the Sorting Hat would certainly put you into? If you were one of the children-turned-adults who grew up on the Harry Potter series, then this quiz is for you!
Test your knowledge of the entire Wizarding world; from the professors of Hogwarts, to the seven Horcruxes. Can you name them all? You may only be a muggle, but if you're a die-hard Harry Potter fan, then you'll do as well as Hermione Granger on this quiz!
In 2003, the OED added "muggle," which the dictionary defines as, "a person who possesses no magical powers ... a person who lacks a particular skill or skills, or who is regarded as inferior in some way."
Harry's father was the wizard, James Potter, and his mother, Lily, was a Muggle-born witch. They were killed by Voldemort when Harry was a baby.
Under Dumbledore's orders, Harry has to live with Vernon and Petunia Dursley (and their awful son, Dudley) when he isn't at Hogwarts.
Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny are the children of Arthur and Molly Weasley.
The use of Avada Kedavra (the killing curse), Crucio (excruciating pain) and Imperio (which causes the victim to obey the spell-caster) are punishable by life in Azkaban.
In addition to her duties as head of Gryffindor, Professor McGonagall teaches Transfiguration. Transfiguration spells change objects from one form to another.
Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, Quirinus Quirrell, is revealed to be under Voldemort's control at the conclusion of the first book.
Moaning Myrtle, the ghost of a former Hogwarts student who haunts the girls' bathroom, introduces Harry to the Tom Riddle diary.
Tom Marvolo Riddle was the last descendant of Salazar Slytherin -- but also a half-blood -- who transformed himself into Voldemort. The name is an anagram of "I am Lord Voldemort."
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is the only book without He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. He's mentioned, of course, but he never actually shows up.
Sirius Black, Harry's godfather, was wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of Peter Pettigrew. He escaped Azkaban by transforming into his dog animagus form, and he traveled to Hogwarts to commit the crime for which he was imprisoned.
Peter Pettigrew murders all-around good guy Cedric Diggory at the end of the fourth book in the series.
Bellatrix Lestrange was a Death Eater and most certainly not a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
When Draco Malfoy fails to kill Dumbledore, Snape steps in and does the deed. This was at Dumbledore's request.
The final Harry Potter book sold an astonishing 11 million copies within 24 hours of its release on July 21, 2007.
J.K. Rowling originally published only seven leather-bound copies of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," but it was eventually released worldwide in December 2008.
Ginny Weasley captured Harry's heart in his 6th year at Hogwarts. They have three children together: James Sirius, Albus Severus and Lily Luna. Hermione marries Ron.
The hapless Neville Longbottom was given a happy ending as a Hogwarts professor.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the sixth island in Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were "perfectly normal, thank you very much." He was the head of a company that made drills, and she was a busy-body.
Fluffy is a huge, vicious three-headed dog who guards the sorcerer's stone. In exchange for a dragon egg, Hagrid tells a mysterious stranger he can get past Fluffy by playing a bit of music.
Hagrid's three-headed dog, Sprout's devil's snare, Flitwick's charmed keys, McGonagall's transfigured chess board, Quirrell's troll, Snape's potions puzzle and Dumbledore's Mirror of Erised protected the sorcerer's stone.
The Mirror of Erised reflects nothing more or less than the deepest desire of a person's heart. Dumbledore bewitched the mirror to only reveal the sorcerer's stone to one who wanted to find the stone, but not use it.
Dobby, a house-elf belonging to the Malfoy family, visits Harry at the beginning of the second book to dissuade him from returning to Hogwarts. House-elves are small humanoid creatures who usually belong to wealthy Wizarding families.
The flying Ford Anglia malfunctions as it nears Hogwarts, and the boys crash into the Whomping Willow. The car ejects Harry, Ron and their luggage and flees to the forbidden forest, where it takes to trundling around like a wild animal.
While dueling with Harry, Draco Malfoy conjures a snake. Harry immediately commands the snake not to attack. The whole school hears him speaking Parseltongue (snake language), an ability generally associated with dark wizards.
Lockhart used memory charms to bewitch local heroes so that he could claim their good deeds as his own. At the end of the second book, he accidentally blasts himself with a powerful memory charm. As far as we know, he is still recuperating at St. Mungo's.
50 years before Harry's time at Hogwarts, a student named Tom Riddle caught a young Hagrid raising Aragog, a baby Acromantula, in a dungeon cupboard. Aragog was blamed for attacking several students. Hagrid was expelled and had his wand snapped in half.
Tom Marvolo Riddle was the last descendant of Salazar Slytherin. After leaving school, he sank deeply into the dark arts, transforming himself into Voldemort. Riddle's birth name is an anagram for "I am Lord Voldemort."
Loathsome Aunt Marge speaks disparagingly about Harry's dead parents, and Harry gets so angry that he does uncontrolled magic, blowing Aunt Marge up like a balloon.
Harry fears he's seen a Grim, a large black dog that portends death. However, the dog turns out to be his Godfather Sirius Black in his animagus form.
Students with signed permission forms are allowed to visit Hogsmeade on select weekends. Third years also start new elective subjects. These can impact their career choices in later life.
McGonagall writes to the Ministry of Magic for permission to allow Hermione access to a time-turner, a small silver hourglass that enables Hermione to turn back time so that she can repeat hours and attend an excess of lessons.
Divination is a very imprecise branch of magic, and true seers are rare. However, Divination professor Sibyll Trelawney turns out to be the real deal; Harry witnesses her make two real predictions during his time at Hogwarts.
Shabby part-werewolf R.J. Lupin lands the job of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in Harry's third year. He teaches Harry to fend off Dementors with a Patronus charm.
Azkaban, the Wizarding prison, is guarded by Dementors, creatures who drain peace, hope and happiness out of the air around them. In a 2000 interview with The Times UK, Author J.K. Rowling revealed that the Dementors embody her own experience with depression.
The Ministry of Magic spent at least a year magically constructing a stadium for the four hundred and twenty-second Quidditch World Cup.
Cho Chang was a year older than Harry and played Seeker for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. Cedric Diggory asked her to the Yule Ball before Harry could work up the nerve, and to Harry's dismay, Cho then became Cedric's girlfriend.
The enchantingly nasty Rita Skeeter used her talents as an unregistered animagus to spy on Harry and obtain information she needed to write a series of exposés during the Triwizard Tournament.
Bellatrix Lestrange and other Death Eaters subjected Frank and Alice Longbottom to the Cruciatus curse in an attempt to force them to divulge information about Voldemort's whereabouts. The torture drove them insane.
In Dumbledore's office, Harry noticed a silvery glimmer from Dumbledore's Pensieve. His curiosity got the best of him and, before he knew it, he was witnessing Dumbledore's memory of the trial of the Longbottom's torturers.
Voldemort concocted a potion of his own invention to return himself to physical form. It contained unicorn blood, his father's bone, Harry's blood and Peter Pettigrew's flesh.
Thestrals, carnivorous, winged horse-like creatures invisible except to those who have seen death, pull the school carriages.
The Quibbler, which is known for publishing wild conspiracy theories, is published by Luna Lovegood's father, Xenophilius Lovegood.
Fred and George Weasley may not have put much effort into schoolwork, but they had a positive genius for inventing novelty items, including canary creams, ton-tongue toffees, skiving snackboxes, extendable ears and much more!
When Dumbledore couldn't find anyone to fill the position, the Ministry passed a decree giving itself the authority to appoint someone. Dolores Jane Umbridge refused to teach practical defense and only taught theory.
Dumbledore's Army trained secretly in the Room of Requirement, right under Umbridge's nose!
Corpulent social climber Horace Slughorn replaced Severus Snape as Potion's Master at Hogwarts after Snape accepted the position of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.
To ensure his own immortality, Lord Voldemort created an unprecedented seven Horcruxes. Harry must find and destroy each of these if he hopes to stand a chance of ever defeating Voldemort.
Though Harry can't understand how it will possibly help, he eagerly accompanies Dumbledore through the Pensieve into a variety of memories concerning Tom Riddle (Lord Voldemort.)
Much to the dismay of Draco's mother, Lord Voldemort makes Draco a Death Eater and tasks him with the responsibility of murdering Albus Dumbledore.
Peeves damages an "extremely valuable" Vanishing Cabinet in Harry's second year. Draco hatches a plan to repair it and to use it and its twin at Borgin and Burkes to sneak Death Eaters into Hogwarts.
When Severus Snape was at Hogwarts, he signed his potions book with the nickname "Half-Blood Prince." Snape was a half-blood, and his witch mother's surname was "Prince."
Dumbledore left his Deluminator to Ron "in the hope that he will remember me when he uses it." To Harry, he left the sword of Gryffindor and the first snitch Harry had ever caught, which concealed the resurrection stone, one of the Deathly Hallows.
Harry thinks that if he can unite the Deathly Hallows (the invisibility cloak, the elder wand and the resurrection stone,) he might survive a confrontation with Voldemort.
Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny are the children of Arthur and Molly Weasley. In the seventh book, George loses an ear, and his twin Fred actually dies during the Battle of Hogwarts. The rest of the family escapes unscathed, at least physically.
Severus Snape is the ultimate anti-hero. He does terrible things, but his love for Lily Potter never wavers. Harry names his middle son Albus Severus in honor of Snape's sacrifice.