Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Ravenclaw House Quiz
We interrupt all the excitement about owls arriving with kits for another House Quiz. While spending some time with Professor McGuinness recently, he was telling me some of the history of Hogwarts. So, everyone grab your quills and your parchment and let's see how much you know!
1. What is the literal translation of "Albus Dumbledore"?
2. "Occlumency" is not, in reality, a word. However, it seems to be derived from a familiar real word that means "to block". What is that word?
3. Remus Lupin, the werewolf, has a name that is a double reminder of his traits. From what languages are his two names derived?
4. Percy Weasley's owl takes its name, quite appropriately, from the Greek messenger god. Who is this god?
5. Many of the creatures studied in the Care of Magical Creatures class or encountered by Hogwarts students are based on mythological animals while many others were made up. Name a mythological animal which is studied and/or encourntered by Hogwarts students.
6. Harry is tried for the "crime" of using magic outside Hogwarts by the Wizengamot. From what culture is the name "Wizengamot" derived?
7. The hospital in OotP is called St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. Who was the real St. Mungo?
8. Dobby the house-elf gets his name from another kind of creature. In English folklore, what is a dobby?
9. Mundungus Fletcher is a disreputable little wizard with a penchant for trading in stolen goods. What exactly does mundungus mean?
10. Harry's arch-nemesis throughout OotP is Professor Umbridge. Why is her name appropriate for her?
Good luck!! You have until Saturday at 11:59 Eastern time to post your answers!