How Well Do You Know the History of Hogwarts?


By: Stella Alexander

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Are you magical? Do you live in Europe? If you can answer "yes" to both of these questions, you'd probably end up at Hogwarts because who wants to attend Beauxbatons or Durmstrang? One of the oldest wizarding schools, you'd find a long list of powerful wizards and witches who attended classes within its walls. From its powerful alumni like Dumbledore and Harry Potter to its hidden rooms and changing staircases, do you know the history behind Hogwarts?

It might be hard to grasp the concept that there's tons of history behind a fictional school like Hogwarts, but author J. K. Rowling is nothing if not thorough. The creation of Hogwarts came with the creation of her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. While she would go on to create her iconic characters of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and more, the main setting for six of her seven novels was the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An institution dedicated to shaping the minds of magical youth, students would spend seven years of their lives at Hogwarts learning all the magic and skills they'd need in their adult lives. As they learned about their subjects and the castle, we learned about Hogwarts with them from places like the Room of Requirement to events like the Yule Ball. From witnessing the magic of Hogwarts for seven years, how much do you remember about its history?

Who was the headmaster before Dumbledore? The Grey Lady was the ghost for which house? Who was the Defence Against Dark Arts professor during Harry's second year? If you can answer these questions, you just might be able to pass this quiz. 

Hogwarts has some of the brightest students the wizarding world has ever seen. Can you join their ranks by passing this quiz? Let's find out!

On which floor would you find the Room of Requirement?

If you don't know to look for it, you'd never find the Room of Requirement. It is located on the seventh floor, across from a tapestry.


You'd find an eagle on the emblem for which Hogwarts house?

You'd find an eagle against a blue background -- which is their house color -- on the house emblem of Ravenclaw house


What is the name of the forest that surrounds the Hogwarts castle?

The Forbidden Forest is the dark forest that surrounds the castle. The students are "forbidden" from entering it because of the dangers that lie within.


In order to enter the Hogwarts kitchens, what fruit do you have to tickle?

In order to enter the Hogwarts kitchen, one must get past the portrait first. In order to enter, you must tickle the pear in the portrait.


When was the Chamber of Secrets first opened?

The Chamber of Secrets was opened for the first time in 1943 by Tom Riddle, who would later become "Lord Voldemort."


The ceiling of which Hogwarts room is charmed to look like the sky?

In Hogwarts, the Great Hall, the room reserved for school announcements and meals, has a ceiling that is charmed to reflect the current sky.


What kind of creatures work in the Hogwarts kitchens?

The Hogwarts kitchens are staffed with house elves. This is revealed when Dobby goes to work for Hogwarts after he is freed from the Malfoys.


Moaning Myrtle's bathroom also houses the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets. What floor would you find it on?

Tom Riddle accessed the Chamber of Secrets through the girls'​' bathroom on the second floor. This is also where Moaning Myrtle died after being petrified by the basilisk.


Which house common room is located near the kitchens?

The Hufflepuff House common room is located near the kitchens in the basement of the castle.


Who was the Defence Against Dark Arts professor during Harry's second year?

Gilderoy Lockhart was the Defence Against Dark Arts professor during Harry's second year. An extremely conceited man, his office was filled with photos of himself.


Which portrait did Sirius Black attack?

During Harry's third year, Sirius Black attacks the portrait of the Fat Lady which is then temporarily replaced by Sir Cadogan.


Each year, Hogwarts has a major feast to celebrate a holiday. Which is it?

Hogwarts is all about the magical so it's only right that they would have a feast for Halloween! It is during the Halloween Feast in Harry's first year that a troll is let loose in the dungeon.


How many staircases would you find in Hogwarts?

In the Hogwarts castle, you'd find 142 staircases that move at random times.


The Tri-Wizard tournament took place in Hogwarts in 1994. How often does the Tri-Wizard tournament occur?

The Tri-Wizard Tournament was a competition that would happen between the European wizarding schools: Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang. It would occur every five years.


What is on the portrait outside of the Prefects' bathroom?

Those who have the privilege of using the Prefects' bathroom, would find a blonde mermaid on the portrait outside of it.


What kind of statue leads to the stairs of the headmaster's office?

In the castle, there is a griffon by the stairs leading to the headmaster's office. One would stand on one step and the stairs would magically wind until they brought the person up to the office.


Who created the Chamber of Secrets?

The Chamber of Secrets was created by Salazar Slytherin without the knowledge of the three other school founders. Tom Riddle would be the first to open this in 1943. It was later opened again in 1992/93.


If you're a first-year, how would you expect to get to school?

When first year students come to Hogwarts, after getting off of the Hogwarts Express, they are taken to the castle by magical boats.


In what year do students take the NEWTs?

While students take the OWLs in fifth year, they take the NEWTs in seventh year before graduating. This determines what kind of jobs they can get after graduating.


The Fat Friar is the ghost for which Hogwarts house?

Fat Friar is the ghost for Hufflepuff house. According to Pottermore, the Fat Friar was executed by churchmen for curing smallpox with "a stick."


Behind which statue would you find the entrance to Hogsmeade?

Gunhilda de Gorsemoor is better known as the One-Eyed Witch. In order to find the secret passageway to Hogsmeade, you'd simply have to look behind her.


If a muggle comes across Hogwarts, what would they see written on a sign?

If a muggle were to come across Hogwarts, they would see ruins and a sign that tells them not to enter the area.


Who is the only Hogwarts professor who teaches as a ghost?

Cuthbert Binns taught History of Magic at Hogwarts. Some say he died in his sleep, but he continued to teach as a ghost. He'd been teaching History of Magic since around the time Dumbledore became the Headmaster.


Who is on the tapestry across from the Room of Requirement?

In order to find the exact location of the Room of Requirement, one must remember that it is across from the tapestry of Barnabas the Barmy. In the tapestry, he is teaching trolls how to ballet.


School begins on the same day every year. What day is that?

Hogwarts term begins on the same day every year - September 1. This is when the students hop on the Hogwarts Express to return to school.


True or False: Boys cannot enter female dormitories.

There's no sneaking into the girl dormitories. Boys physically CAN'T enter. The stairs would turn into a slide and the alarm would sound.


What creatures pull the carriages to the Hogwarts for older students?

Thestrals are flying creatures that pull carriages of older students to the castle. While most students can't see them, thestrals are only visible to those who have witnessed someone die.


On the Hogwarts seal, there is one character whose name appears on it. Which house are they in?

On the Hogwarts emblem, you'd find one of Harry's Slytherin classmate's name on it - Draco Malfoy. On it, it says "Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus" which means "Never tickle a sleeping dragon."


Who was the headmaster of Hogwarts before Dumbledore?

Armando Dippet was the Headmaster of Hogwarts before Dumbledore. A man who lived 355 years, he was headmaster from the 1940s until Dumbledore took over in the 1970s.


During the 1792 Tri-Wizard Tournament, a creature injured the judges. What kind of creature was it?

One of the things Hermione quotes from "Hogwarts A History" is that a cockatrice got loose during the 1792 Tri-Wizard Tournament and injured the judges.


It is impossible to get into the Hogwarts castle by what?

Another thing that Hermione reveals from her multiple reads of "Hogwarts A HIstory" is that it is impossible to apparate inside the walls of Hogwarts.


In what country would you find Hogwarts?

Hogwarts is located in Scotland although the exact town or area is unknown or undisclosed.


Who is the house ghost for Slytherin?

The Bloody Baron is the house ghost for Slytherin. Although he was in love with Helena Ravenclaw, he murdered her before killing himself.


When can a Hogwarts student become a prefect?

Students are chosen in the fifth year to be prefects who are given responsibilities such as patrolling the halls. Each house has six prefects.


The sorting hat is a staple for incoming students. Who did the sorting hat originally belong to?

Godric Gryffindor was the original owner of the Sorting Hat, the hat that decides which Hogwarts house you enter. It stays in the headmaster's office.


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