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J.K. Rowling's Official Website FAQs

As this post was getting rather long, I've moved some of the topics to other posts below. Hope that doesn't cause confusion for those who were used to seeing the majority of the topics in this first post!


Site Navigation (aka What is where?)::    


   Main Desk contains News (The Daily Prophet), Rumours (The Quibbler), the Diary, the Scrapbook, Jo's Biography (1965-2006), the Wizard of the Month (WotM), the WOMBAT card and several Portkeys.


Pink Eraser, portkey to the Room of Requirement, the mysterious door.


BinderClip, portkey to Fan Site section (medals and trophies are here).


Pencil sharpener, portkey to the Rubbish Bin.


Eyeglasses, portkey to the Links section.


Hairbrush, portkey to the Extra Stuff section (a bulletin board and a radio are here).


Paperclips, portkey to FAQ section (frequently asked questions Jo has answered); the FAQ poll will be found here. Clicking on the paperclips will allow 'delivery' of three envelopes. Click any envelope to access a listing of FAQs, this sheet will have a 'tab' on the left to switch between the three FAQ areas and to access the Poll.
  


Scrapbook Secrets (aka "Easter eggs")::    


   As of 31 March 2007 there are 12 items for the scrapbook:

Revision of the plan of ‘Order of the Phoenix’: Go to the Extra Stuff section. Take the pen off the string and drag it over to the blank sheet with the yellow thumbtack. Draw a lightning bolt in the middle of the sheet. Try and keep the pen as steady and as centered as possible. If you have difficulty with this, go to the Links section and wait for Peeves to go through. He will knock a picture off the wall to reveal the correct shape of the lightning bolt you need to draw.


More idle jottings (Page 1): First, go into the Extra Stuff section. Turn the radio off (if it isn’t already off), then turn it on and wait while the radio tunes itself. Listen to the program “Toots, Shoots and Roots” by Tilden Toots. He will suggest putting six drops of rejuicer (red potion) followed by three drops of the regerminator (green potion) on the flitterbloom plant. (He will also say that the next program will explain how to skin a gurdy root and what to do if Muggles hear your honking daffodils.) Leave and click on the Eraser Portkey on the desk. It brings you to the Room of Requirement. Follow the instructions with the potions on the plant, lifting each bottle in turn until it tilts and drips on the flitterbloom. Now you have another scrapbook piece, revealing (around the time of Prisoner of Azkaban) genders of teachers and some attempts for hippogriff names.


Original synopsis of ‘Philosopher’s Stone’: Go to the Rubbish Bin and move the mug several times in a clockwise circle. When you stop it forms a circle inside. Leave and go to the Extra Stuff section, click on the white card that says "Circle" with a red circle on it (partially hidden by the main “note” in the middle of the bulletin board). Now you have an original synopsis of Philosopher's Stone.


Very early draft of Philosopher’s Stone (Page 1): Go to the Fan Sites page. To the right, click on the small red box five times. [The clue for this can be found by rearranging bits of paper with various words in the Rubbish Bin section. “Here I am no ring within, tap five times and you get in.”) It will open. Click the question mark bubble to get a scrapbook page that includes information that Draco's surname used to be "Spungen."


Ancient Drawings (Page 2): Dial 733837 (P-E-E-V-E-S) on the cell phone and press the green button-- you'll see Jo’s drawing of Peeves.


Very early page of Philosopher’s Stone: Dial 62442 (M-A-G-I-C, as mentioned in OotP) on the cell phone and press the green button.


Very early draft of Philosopher’s Stone (Page 2): Dial "31071965" (which happens to be Jo's birthday, 7/31/65) on the cell phone. Now you have an early (around 1994) draft of Philosopher's Stone. The clues for this can be found in the Links section by clicking on the thin red book on the bottom shelf, Ancient Runes Made Easy. It reveals some information on several different magical creatures. The symbols will allow you to “translate” the rune blocks found in the Rubbish Bin.

First typed manuscript of Philosopher’s Stone: In the Extra Stuff section, grab the revealer (blue and white) on the bottom of the bulletin board and move it around the blank paper scrap. Then click the small green leaves above the image, and they'll disappear. Next on the main page, wait for the spider to crawl on the screen and click that. In the Links section click on the potion flask on the bottom shelf. Finally in the Fansites section click the blue feather on the bottom shelf. Clicking on all of them will reveal the scrapbook page.

Page of doodlings (Page 2): On the Links page, click the book with the question mark on its spine and move it to the left, then grab the key and put it on the chest on the right side of the screen. The key will turn and a floating question mark bubble will appear. Click on that and you have another scrapbook addition.

Ancient drawings (Page 3): Go to the Rubbish Bin area and click on the pen to the left of the trash bin. This will crack it in half and make the pen leak ink that will reveal the secret to getting another item added to your scrapbook. The first item you need to click on are the eggshells, located on the right side of the Rubbish Bin page. Next, go to the Extra Stuff section and click on the fibers seen right under the blank scrap paper. Then head over to the Fan Sites section. Click and drag the empty medal box on the top shelf to the right or left and it will reveal blue stones/bubbles/whatsits. Click on those and you'll have Jo’s drawings of Nearly Headless Nick.

Ancient Drawings (Page 1): On the main page, there is a marble located just to the left of the FAQ portkey (paperclips). Wait patiently for Peeves to whoosh through. Click the marble when it starts to swirl and you'll receive more of Jo’s drawings. The watch will begin to glow just before this happens. There isn’t much time to click on the marble—you have to be quick!

Ancient Drawings (Page 4): Go to Fan Sites, there are two different medals with a question mark. Pick them up and place them in the empty holders on the bottom shelf. Now you have Jo’s drawing for the Midnight Duel in PS/SS.

Early draft handworkings Go to the Rubbish Bin and hold the mouse above the Sneakoscope until it moves. This will reveal a piece of paper with a "?" Go to the Extra Stuff section and use the pen to draw the mark as it is shown.

Handwritten early draft transcript Go to the Room of Requirement.Click near the upper right corner of the lightswitch to peel back the wallpaper. The area to peel back might be easier to see if you turn the lightswitch off. Go to to main desk and wait for Peeves to knock over the cup of pens. When he does, an egg will appear. Click it. Next go to fansites and wait for the lacewing fly to land on the FSA award. Click it to reveal your prize.

  


Room of Requirement (aka Door Openings)::    


   1) 28 June 2004, JK Rowling revealed the title to Book 6: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Below are the instuctions:

After you get to the mysterious door, opening it up will reveal a brick wall. Click the middle one, the one below it, the one above the middle, the lowest one of all, and the highest. Then you'll be in a room; click on the fan. The fan will blow papers around and one of them will have the title.
The door closed 07 July 2004.


2) 16 August 2004, JK Rowling revealed the first quote from the Half Blood Prince:

(He) looked rather like an old lion. There were streaks of grey in his mane of tawny hair and his bushy eyebrows; he had keen yellowish eyes behind a pair of wire-rimmed spectacles and a certain rangy, loping grace even though he walked with a slight limp.

The instructions below explain how the door was opened for the second time:

a) Move your mouse over the window sill, and then towards the right and start clicking. Click around the middle of the black area to find the light switch.

b) Once you find that, you'll see a dartboard and 3 arrows sitting to the lower right of the dartboard. Throw three of them in this order: 7, 1, 3 (The code to the vault in Gringotts the Philosopher's Stone was in. There are some gum wrappers on Jo’s desk that also seem to form 713.)

c) This will move the dartboard and show a Gringotts Digital Electronic Safe. Enter the code that is shown on the Extra Stuff page after Peeves blows it into view (302723) to unlock the safe.

d) And then click on the piece of paper lying on the bottom shelf, and there's your next clue to Book 6!
The door closed 26 August 2004.


3) 31 October 2004 the door opened for the 3rd time, and Jo revealed the names of three chapters from HBP, which were:

Chapter Two: Spinners End
Chapter Six: Draco's Detour
Chapter Fourteen: Felix Felicis

The instructions below explain how the door was opened for the third time:
a) Go to the Room of Requirement and wait a few moments for Peeves to knock over the vase which will reveal several keys.
b) Try each key by dragging it in front of the keyhole until you find the one that opens the door.
c) When you choose the correct key, the rest will disappear and clicking on the doorknob will open up the door.
d) Open the drawer that you see and get the magnifying glass, then put it over the brown book.
e) This will reveal a puzzle. The answer to the puzzle is "chapters".
f) That's it! The titles of 3 chapters in Half Blood Prince appear and you now have Jo's latest surprise!
The door closed 15 November 2004.



4) 20 December 2004 the door opened for the fourth time, announcing that Half-Blood Prince had been completed:

"I know you all expected this to happen on Christmas Day, but I was sure that those of you who celebrate Christmas have better things to do on the day itself than fight your way into my study, whereas those of you who DON'T celebrate Christmas would definitely prefer not to wait until the twenty-fifth - so...
'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' is COMPLETED and has been delivered to my English language publishers, who hope to announce the publication date within 24 hours.
Although I have joked about HP&THBP racing my third baby into the world, I have in fact had all the time I needed to tinker with the manuscript to my satisfaction and I am as happy as I have ever been with the end result. I only hope you feel that it was worth the wait when you finally read it!
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday and a happy and peaceful 2005,
With love from,
JK Rowling


The instructions below explain how the door was opened for the fourth time:

a) Once in the Room of Requirement, click on the Christmas tree in the mirror. This will open the door.
b) Now you see a Christmas decorated room. Clicking on each present under the tree will reveal a riddle. The order of the riddles are random, so here are the answers that you must use (in no particular order):

* Corned Beef
* Prince
* Half
* Otter
* Blood
* Bristol

c)Now that all the candles have been lit, click on the card hanging on the string with the yellow star on it to get the Christmas message from Jo about delivering the manuscript.
The door closed 25 December 2004.


5) 30 March 2006 the door opened for the fifth time, revealing the first ever WOMBAT test, Grade 1:
Visitors were asked to take the Level 1 WOMBAT in a 25-minute time frame, and the test determines "whether the sitter would be able to exist safely and effectively within the magical world."

The instructions below explain how the door was opened for the fifth time:
a) Grab the rock from behind the potted plant and use it to break the mirror.
b) Put the key in the door lock.
c) Trip the mousetrap on the top shelf. (optional)
d) Click on the paper and read the riddle. Type "reparo" (you will not see the word appear anywhere). The mirror you broke fixes itself.
e) Close the note.
f) Click on the door in the mirror. The door in front of you will open and you'll see Jo's desk.
g) Move the gold pointer so it's pointed straight up and then the WOMBAT test will reveal itself.
h) Take the test and keep your Student ID number for future reference.
A few weeks later, a red and white card appeared on the keyboard on Jo’s desk. Clicking on that allowed people who took the test (and hadn’t lost their student ID code) to enter their code and view a certificate.
The door closed 05 April 2006.

6) The Do Not Disturb sign has been removed, 29 September 2006 to reveal WOMBAT Grade 2 exam (25 minutes to answer 18 questions. Directions:

Double click on the door handle to enter the Room of Requirement.

Then click on the following, in order:
Candle
Quill
Wombat book (left side of desk, open until clicked)
clover leaf (which merely spits sparks if anything is clicked out of order!)

The clover leaf will turn into a key.

Insert the key into the drawer (center it on the handle) and the drawer will open.

Then turn the timer and the test will be revealed!

The Do Not Disturb sign reappeared on the door 4 October 2006.


7) The Seventh Door Opening, 21 December 2006, Jo reveals the title to the final book in the series.
Directions:
1. click to the right of the door in the mirror to make the tree appear in the mirror
2. click in the middle of the top portion of the main door to get a wreath
3. click on the roof of the hallway in the mirror to get paper chains
4. click on the cobwebs at the top right corner of the main door
5. click on the fourth windchime from the left, it will turn into a key
6. click and drag the key to the keyhole
7. the door will open to reveal a present on Jo's desk, click on the gift
8. click on the paper to play hangman for the title.

The door closed 04 January 2007.

8) The eighth door opening, 13 June 2007, revealed WOMBAT Grade 3. Directions:
1) Click on the fly on the window (it will turn into a key) and hold the mouse button down while dragging it into the keyhole.
2) Put the triangle in the middle of the test booklet.
3) Put the short bar in the middle of the triangle (should bisect it).
4) Put the circle in the middle of the triangle.
5) Click on the test and follow the instructions that appear.

The door closed 18 June 2007.

9) The ninth door opening, 20 July 2007, required nothing more than turning the handle on the door to reveal the following:

Acknowledgements

Within hours you will know what happens to Harry, Ron, Hermione and the rest in their final adventure. All the secrets I have been carrying around for so long will be yours, too, and those who guessed correctly will be vindicated, and those who guessed wrongly will not, I hope, be too disappointed! As for me, I feel a heady mixture of excitement, nerves and relief. 'Deathly Hallows' remains my favourite of the series, even after several re-reads; I cannot wait to share it with the readers who have stuck with me through six previous books.

There is only one thing left to do: acknowledgements! Here are the people who have joined me at various stages of the seventeen year journey I have taken with Harry, who (if you laid their brains end to end) could tell a story much stranger than fiction, of how weird and wonderful the world of Harry Potter became as it expanded way beyond all of our wildest dreams.

I am, firstly, deeply indebted to my agent, Christopher Little, who has been with me from the beginning and who took a chance on an unknown author whom he sweetly advised not to give up the day job, before working tirelessly to make sure that I never needed to teach French irregular verbs again. I bless the day his name caught my eye in the Writers' and Artists' Year Book; thank God he wasn't christened Vernon. Everyone at his (now considerably expanded) agency deserves my deepest thanks, but in particular Emma Schlesinger, who has become an irreplaceable walking encyclopaedia of Potterania, and Neil Blair, who has fought so many battles on Harry's and my behalf, and will, hopefully, get his weekends back now.
My eternal gratitude goes to Barry Cunningham, the editor at Bloomsbury Children's books who accepted Philosopher's Stone for publication, but who did not remain at the company long enough to garner all the plaudits that were rightfully his. I had been turned down by a fairly long list of publishers before Barry discerned some merit in Harry; he is a great editor and I will never forget his patience with a writer who was simultaneously struggling to be a teacher and a single mother.

Barry was succeeded by Emma Matthewson, who has been my editor and friend for the subsequent six Harrys, whose arbitration I have awaited with bated breath every time I delivered a manuscript, and without whose calmness, honesty and sound judgement I would have been lost. The editing of 'Deathly Hallows' was, in particular, hugely emotional for me, and I cannot think of anyone I would rather have shared it with.

Everyone at Bloomsbury Children's Books has been fantastic to me and worked so hard for Harry, but Rosamund de la Hey and Sarah Odenina were with me from the start and have been staunch friends throughout. Nigel Newton, Chief Executive of Bloomsbury, has been hugely supportive from the very beginning, long before Harry began to sell in vast numbers, because his children were fans of the books; he has been a constant source of enthusiasm and generosity.

A turning point in my life was the day I spoke to Arthur Levine for the first time. He was the American editor who had just out-bid three other publishers for the first Harry book. I felt terrified as I picked up the telephone to speak to him; the first thing he said was, 'are you terrified?' I think I loved him from that moment. He, too, has become a real friend and confidant, and the memories I have of seeing San Francisco with Arthur on my first American tour are among my happiest of the whole Potter experience.

The other person at Scholastic whom I must thank is the preternaturally efficient and completely lovely Kris Moran, who has shepherded me through two American tours, and sundry other press events, and whom I adore for her loyalty, her ability to locate coffee in an apparently moisture-free environment and her corner-of-the-mouth-while-opening-books-for-signing quips.

I also want to thank booksellers everywhere, but particularly in the UK, because they were crucial to Harry's initial success, which was built, not on clever marketing, but on word-of-mouth recommendations by the highly knowledgeable people who staff our bookshops. Harry has become hard work for booksellers in later years, with embargoes and crowds making the whole business much more fraught, and much less intimate, than it used to be (though many still throw themselves into the spirit of midnight openings); I am deeply grateful.

Harry Potter is now published in 64 different languages. I am constantly mindful of the fact that so many people are involved in the production of the books across the globe, from China to Canada and most places in between. The arrival of foreign editions is always a real thrill, and I am so grateful to all the people involved, some of whom I have met, but most of whom I have not. I would like to send a little cyber-wave and my warmest thanks to Christine, Yuko, Allan, all the Klauses, Pedro and Sigrid. To list everybody would take up twelve pages, so please forgive me...

Dotti Irving, Mark Hutchinson, Rebecca Salt and Nicky Stonehill at Colman Getty PR have made my life so much easier it makes me wince to remember how it was BCG. Bizarre Potter press stories will fade out of our lives now, and we'll probably miss them once they're gone...

Here in my office at home are Christine and Angela, who have dealt expertly and sensitively with my Harry-mail for years, making sure I see the letters I ought to, bringing calm where once there was chaos. I am so glad I found both of them, and that they are still hanging in there.

It is hard to know what to say about my indefatigable, invaluable, indispensable PA, Fiddy, whose job has swollen beyond recognition since I first had lunch with her and told her it would probably fill an afternoon a week. She has stood valiantly between me and a tidal wave of demands for years now, enabling me to write books and look after my children, and barely a day goes by when I don't thank God I have her.

And so to my family. For a long time, my sister Di was the only one who really saw what it was like at the eye of the storm, and on at least one occasion she picked me up, dusted me down, and talked me back to sanity. She understood that, for all the incredible benefits Harry brought me, there came a time when the pressure and the attention I had not sought became a little overwhelming, and she was the one who saw me through that period, and enabled me to find some perspective.

No writer ever had a better spouse than my husband. I still cannot believe how lucky I am to have married Neil; I don't think writers are supposed to be this happy. His support has made the writing of the sixth and seventh books, in particular, a complete joy.

As for my children, my two youngest do not really know what Harry Potter is all about yet. Looking forward to sharing the books with them when they are old enough keeps me from feeling too sad at having finished.

The very last person to be thanked is the most important person of all, the one to whom I owe the greatest debt of gratitude. I wrote the final draft of the first three chapters of 'Philosopher's Stone' while pregnant with my eldest daughter, Jessica. She has never known what it is like to live without Harry Potter; even before he was published, he was a presence in our house as I typed away frantically in the evenings or broke off conversations with her to scribble on bits of paper. Jessica has never once complained about the attention I devoted to her fictional brother, never reproached me for the fact that Harry Potter has sometimes been a bane rather than a boon in her life. It has not always been easy to be J K Rowling's daughter, yet if I had decided to stop before the seventh book it would have been Jessica's disappointment that I would have feared the most. The fact that 'Deathly Hallows' will sit beside Jessica's bed until it becomes dog-eared and falls apart means more to me than anything else, more than the huge print run, more than all the publicity in the world. So thank you, Decca. (And tidy your room. It's disgusting. Mum X)

Currently, the Do Not Disturb sign is still missing.

Time Turner Addition, 31 October 2007 A time turner like Hermione's in POA has been added next to the door. Click on the knob next to the date to spin it. When it lands on a new date, click on the time turner itself and you will be transported back to that date's door.


  


Wizards of the Month::    


  

2004

May
Felix Summerbee
Inventor of the Cheering Charm.

June
Gwenog Jones
Captain and Beater of the only all-female national Quidditch Team, the Holyhead Harpies.

July
Donoghan Tremlett
The Weird Sisters' (popular wizarding band) 32-year-old bass player.

August
Honoria Nutcombe
Founded the Society for the Reformation of Hags.

September
Uric the Oddball
Highly eccentric wizard who is famed, among other things, for wearing a jellyfish for a hat.

October
Glenda Chittock
Popular presenter of the W.W.N. (Wizarding Wireless Network) programme ‘Witching Hour’.

November
Devlin Whitehorn
Founder of the Nimbus Racing Broom company.

December
Ignatia Wildsmith
The witch who invented Floo powder.

2005

January
Derwent Shimpling
Ate an entire Venemous Tentacula for a bet and survived, though is still purple.

February
Artemisia Lufkin
First witch to become Minister for Magic.

March
Mungo Bonham
Famous wizard healer. Founded St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.

April
Gondoline Oliphant
Famous for studies of life and habits of trolls. Clubbed to death in the Cotswolds while sketching.

May
Felix Summerbee
Inventor of the Cheering Charm. (This may have been an error and is the only one to show up twice.)

June
Elfrida Clagg
Chieftaness of Warlock's Council.

July
Chauncey Oldridge
First known victim of Dragon Pox.

August
Bridget Wenlock
Famous Arithmancer. First to establish the magical properties of the number seven.

September
Gaspard Shingleton
Celebrated inventor of the Self-Stirring Cauldron.

October
Fifi LaFolle
Author of the 'Enchanted Encounters' series.

November
Carlotta Pinkstone
Famous campaigner for lifting the International Confederation of Wizard's Statute of Secrecy and telling Muggles that wizards still exist. Ms. Pinkstone has been imprisoned several times for her blatant and deliberate use of magic in public places.

December
Bowman Wright
Famous for developing the Golden Snitch.


2006

January
Jocunda Sykes
Famous for flying across the Atlantic on a broomstick - the first person to do so.

February
Yardley Platt
1446 - 1557
Serial goblin-killer.

March
Daisy Dodderidge
1467 - 1555
First landlady of the Leaky Cauldron.

April
Grogan Stump
1770 - 1884
Popular Minister for Magic, appointed 1811.

May
Fabius Watkins
1940 - 1975
Legendary Captain and Chaser of Montrose Magpies. Died in freak collision with helicopter.

June
Hookum, Daisy
1962 - present
Wrote bestseller My Life as a Muggle, after giving up magic for a year. Married to celebrity gardener Tilden Toots.


July
Tarquin McTavish
1955 - present
Imprisoned for crimes against Muggle neighbour, who was discovered trapped inside McTavish's kettle.

August
Erica Stainwright
1932 - 2001
Disgraced 1950s housekeeping guru who made fortune selling 'cleaning' potions that really generated more mould and grime.

September
Hambledon Quince
1936 - present
Author of controversial theory that wizards originate from Mars, Muggles from mushrooms.

October
Idris Oakby
1872 - 1985
Founder of the S.S.S.
(Society for the Support of Squibs)


November
Lorcan d'Eath
1964 - present
Heartthrob singer, part vampire, nineteen weeks at number 1 with hit song 'Necks to You.'

December
Laurentia Fletwock
1947 - present
Celebrated breeder and racer of winged horses. Has campaigned for tighter restrictions on broomstick use.

2007

January
Harvey Ridgebit
1881 - 1973
Dragonologist, caught first Peruvian Vipertooth, established world's largest dragon sanctuary in Romania.

February
Mnemone Radford
1562 - 1649
Developed Memory Modifying Charms.
First Ministry of Magic Obliviator.

March
Tilden Toots
1959 - present
'The wizard with three green thumbs' Celebrity herbologist and radio personality.

April
Magenta Comstock
1895 - 1991
Experimental artist whose portraits' eyes not only follow the viewer around the room, but also follow them home.

May
Helga Hufflepuff
(Medieval, precise dates unknown)
One of the four celebrated Founders of Hogwarts, Hufflepuff was particularly famous for her dexterity at food-related Charms. Many recipes traditionally served at Hogwarts feasts originated with Hufflepuff.

June
Salazar Slytherin
Medieval (precise dates unknown)
One of the four celebrated Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Salazar Slytherin was one of the first recorded Parselmouths, an accomplished Legilimens, and a notorious champion of pureblood supremacy.

July
Godric Gryffindor
Medieval (precise dates unknown)
One of the four famous Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Godric Gryffindor was the most accomplished dueller of his time, an enlightened fighter against Muggle-discrimination and the first owner of the celebrated Sorting Hat.

August
Rowena Ravenclaw
Medieval (precise dates unknown).
One of the four famous Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Rowena Ravenclaw was the most brilliant witch of her time, though legend has it that a broken heart - cause unknown - contributed to her early demise.

September
Albus Dumbledore
1881 - 1996
Brilliant and often controversial headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Albus Dumbledore is most famous for his 1945 defeat of Grindelwald and his steadfast championing of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived. Dumbledore's self-proclaimed proudest achievement, however, was featuring on a Famous Wizards Chocolate Frog Card.

October
Harry Potter
1980-
The Boy Who Lived, only known survivor of the Avada Kedavra curse and conqueror of Lord Voldemort, also known as Tom Riddle. Harry Potter joined the reshuffled Auror Department under Kingsley Shacklebolt at age 17, rising to become Head of said department in 2007.
  



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This is all the WOMBAT stuff:

WOMBAT Grade 1 Exam Questions::    


   - Question 1 -
Which Ministry of Magic department(s) and/or committee(s) would you contact to resolve each of the following dilemmas?

- Part 1
Your neighbour is concealing a stash of flying carpets, some of which he is allowing to fly loose around his back garden.
[ ] Wizengamot
[ ] Department of International Magical Cooperation
[ ] Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office
[ ] Obliviators
[ ] All of the above
[ ] None of the above

- Part 2
Your friend C possesses a Muggle Penny Farthing (old bicycle) that has been enchanted to skim an inch above the ground, achieving speeds of over 100mph. C did not personally enchant the Penny Farthing, never rides it and merely wishes to keep it 'for sentimental reasons' as it was her grandmother's.
[ ] Department of Magical Transport
[ ] Improper Use of Magic Office
[ ] Obliviators
[ ] Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office
[ ] Commettee on Experimental Charms
[ ] None of the above

- Part 3
Your sixteen year old nephew, D, has hexed his seventeen-year-old sister, E. E has retaliated with a Stunning Spell that missed D and hit a Muggle motorist, who has smashed into a lamppost.
[ ] Department of Magical Accindents & Catastrophes
[ ] Department of Magical Accindents & Catastrophes and Obliviator Squad
[ ] Department of Magical Accindents & Catastrophes, Obliviator Squad and Improper Use of Magic Office
[ ] Department of Magical Accindents & Catastrophes, Obliviator Squad, Improper Use of Magic Office and Wizengamot

- Part 4
Your friends wizard A and wizard B are in dispute over which of them owns a field in which Mooncalfs dance periodically. A accuses B of using a nightly Summonig Charm to collect the precious Mooncalf dung which is rightfully A's.
[ ] Improper Use of Magic Office
[ ] Wizengamot
[ ] Pest Advisory Board
[ ] Improper Use of Magic Office and Wizengamot
[ ] Improper Use of Magic Office and Pest Advisory Board
[ ] Wizengamot and Pest Advisory Board

- Part 5
Witch F fed love potion to a Muggle man, who has married her. When you went around with a wedding gift you discovered that she is using him as an occasional table.
[ ] Auror office
[ ] Misuse of Magic Office
[ ] Obliviators
[ ] Wizngamot
[ ] All of the above
[ ] none of the above


- Question 2 -
Which of the following should be most SEVERELY punished by the Wizengamot?
[ ] The injury of three Muggles due to a poorly performed Forgetfulness Charm
[ ] The death of a chicken due to a poorly aimed Bat-Bogey Hex
[ ] The use of the Cruciatus curse on a shark about to attack a Muggle
[ ] The use of the Imperius curse on a Muggle mugger


- Question 3 -
Which of the following should receive the LIGHTEST punishment from the Wizengamot?
[ ] Horns created accidentally on culprit's mother, caused by broken wand
[ ] Jellylegs Jink performed on threatening Muggle
[ ] Breeding fanged Puffskeins
[ ] Underage witch performs Cleaning Charms in privacy of own home


- Question 4 -
Which of the following does NOT require a Ministry of Magic license?
[ ] Crup ownership
[ ] Sale of magical artefacts
[ ] House-elf ownership
[ ] Apparition


- Question 5 -
Which of the following wizarding laws, in your view, stands in most urgent need of change?
[ ] The detection of underage magic in all-magic households (currently impossible)
[ ] The ban of goblin possession of wands (ought to be lifted)
[ ] The re-classification of centaurs and merpeople (ought to take their views into account)
[ ] The guidelines on house-elf welfare (need to be enforced)
[ ] Definitions of 'Muggle-baiting' (need to be made less stringent)


- Question 6 -
Which mode of transportation would you advise for a young mother travelling with one-year-old twins with a low boredom threshold, her grandmother, who suffers from severe motion sickness, and her husband, who has never mastered the three 'D's?
[ ] Apparition
[ ] Broomsticks
[ ] Floo Powder
[ ] Knight Bus
[ ] Portkey


- Question 7 -
Which of the following unorthodox means of transport is considered the most serious breach of the International Statute of Secrecy?
[ ] Thestrals
[ ] Abraxan horse-drawn giant carriage
[ ] Hippogriff
[ ] Flying Muggle vehicle (eg. car, motorcycle)
[ ] Underwater ship


- Question 8 -
Which mode(s) of tranportation could you use to reach/enter each of the following wizarding institutions?
- Part 1
Azkaban
[ ] Brooms
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder
[ ] Brooms/Knight Bus
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder/Knight Bus
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder/Knight Bus/Apparition

- Part 2
Gringotts
[ ] Brooms
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder
[ ] Brooms/Knight Bus
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder/Knight Bus
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder/Knight Bus/Apparition

- Part 3
Hogwarts
[ ] Brooms
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder
[ ] Brooms/Knight Bus
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder/Knight Bus
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder/Knight Bus/Apparition

- Part 4
Ministry of Magic
[ ] Brooms
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder
[ ] Brooms/Knight Bus
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder/Knight Bus
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder/Knight Bus/Apparition

- Part 5
St. Mungos
[ ] Brooms
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder
[ ] Brooms/Knight Bus
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder/Knight Bus
[ ] Brooms/Floo powder/Knight Bus/Apparition


- Question 9 -
Which of the following would, in your opinion, provide the best secuity for a convention of broomstick salesmen in a large, Firebolt-shaped marquee?
[ ] Fidelius Charm
[ ] Muggle-repelling Charms
[ ] Cunfundus Charm
[ ] Disillusionment Charm
[ ] Unplottable marquee
[ ] Forgetfulness Charm
[ ] Giant three-headed dog


- Question 10 -
Which of the following should not be used in cooking?
[ ] Alihotsy leaves
[ ] Bubotuber pus
[ ] Daisy roots
[ ] Dragon blood
[ ] Mandrake leaves
[ ] Murtlap tentacles
[ ] Shrake


- Question 11 -
Which of the following would most effectively clean up a spillage of wart cap powder?
[ ] Deletrius
[ ] Diffindo
[ ] Episkey
[ ] Evanesco
[ ] Scurgify
[ ] Tergeo
[ ] Mrs Skower's All-Purpose Magical Mess Remover


- Question 12 -
A Doxy bite can be healed most quickly and safely by using
[ ] Bubotuber pus
[ ] Bundimun secretion
[ ] Dittany
[ ] Dr. Ubbly's Oblivius Unction
[ ] Murtlap essence
[ ] Reparo
[ ] Skele-Gro
[ ] Spellotape


- Question 13 -
Which of the following commonly held wizarding beliefs is actually true?
[ ] If an inanimate object appears to think for itself, Dark Magic has been involved in its creation
[ ] The use of magic in front a Muggle is prohibited unless the witch or wizard is under threat of personal injury.
[ ] Releasing a Portkey before it has arrived will result in death or serious injury.
[ ] 'Finite Incantatem' should be used as a precaution when a Muggle rings the doorbell.
[ ] Bad luck can be prevented by turning three times on the spot and deliberately Splinching one's thumbs


- Question 14 -
Which of the following small creatures would you CHOOSE to accompany you on a perilous journey?
[ ] Augurey
[ ] Crup
[ ] Jarvey
[ ] Kneazle
[ ] Murtlap
[ ] Niffler
[ ] Runespoor


- Question 15 -
Which of the following is NOT listed as a pest in the Pest Advisory Board?
[ ] Bundimun
[ ] Chizpurfle
[ ] Doxy
[ ] Gnome
[ ] Horklump
[ ] Knarl
[ ] Pixie


- Question 16 -
A dog acting in a suspiciously un-canine manner is most likely to be
[ ] An Animagus
[ ] A Boggart
[ ] A Crup (or part Crup)
[ ] A Grim
[ ] Imperius-ed
[ ] Magically trained
[ ] A Patronus


- Question 17 -
Which of the following plants has NO curative, restorative or protective properties?
[ ] Alihotsy shrub
[ ] Belladonna
[ ] Bubotuber
[ ] Snargaluff tree
[ ] Venomous Tentacula
[ ] Wolfsbane
[ ] Womping Willow
  


Grade 1 WOMBAT Certificate Messages:    


  W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 1 Results:

This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 1 and have been awarded the classification of
Outstanding
CONGRATULATIONS!
Your exemplary powers of deduction and a formidable knowledge of the inner workings of the magical world reveal you to be a witch or wizard of genuine skill and learning. This first examination has barely tested you. We look forward to challenging you to a further and more difficult examination in due course.

This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 1 and have been awarded the classification of
Exceeds Expectations
Well done – a most creditable performance! We are impressed by the breadth of your magical knowledge and your level of insight into the wizarding world. We hope that you will attempt our next, and more difficult, examination in due course.

This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 1 and have been awarded the classification of
Acceptable
We are pleased to tell you that you have passed your Grade 1 W.O.M.B.A.T. Your knowledge of the workings of the wizarding world demonstrates real magical potential. We hope that you will continue to study further and attempt W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 2 in due course.

This is to certify that you have failed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 1 and have been awarded the classification of
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This is to certify that you have failed WOMBAT Grade 1 and have been awarded the classification of
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We are sorry to inform you that you have failed your Grade 1 W.O.M.B.A.T. A little further study of the textbooks (Harry Potters 1- 6) is recommended. Should you wish to try again, a grade 2 W.O.M.B.A.T. will present itself in due course.

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WOMBAT Grade 2 Questions:    


  W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 2 Questions (four parts, 18 questions):

Part I
Magical Beings
(35/100)

1. Which of the following statements is TRUE?

-Hags eat small children
-Inferi cannot speak
-Goblins fear sunlight
-There are no female centaurs
-Vampire bites are curable nowadays

2. Which of the following statements is FALSE?

-Ghosts can cause movement of both liquid and gas
-Freshwater merpeople are less warlike than salt
-The werewolf's snout is shorter than that of the true wolf
-There are no male veela
-Hags have four toes on each foot

3. Which of the following are considered MOST dangerous by the Ministry of Magic?

-Dementors
-Hags
-Inferi
-Vampires
-Werewolves

4. Which of the following are considered AMORTAL (have never died, and can never die) by the Ministry of Magic?

-Dementors
-Ghosts
-Inferi
-Poltergeists
-Vampires

5. Which (still unresolved) issue do most historians believe triggered the infamous goblin rebellion of 1612?

-Lack of goblin representation on the Wizengamot?
-Wizard attempts to enslave goblins and use as house-elves?
-Wizard refusal to grant goblins the right to carry a wand?
-Attempt of wizards to regain control of Gringotts bank
-Series of brutal goblin-slayings by wizard murderer Yardley Platt

6. Which of the following statements on giants is TRUE?

-Giant clans are matriarchal (females in charge)
-Female giants are usually larger than males
-Giants' eyesight is very poor compared with that of humans
-Giants are nocturnal
-Many giants are cannibals

7. Which of the following statements on house-elves is FALSE?

-House-elves have an average life-expectancy of 200 years
-A house-elf's allegiance is foremost to its house (rather than to the inhabitants of the house)
-House-elves cannot be ordered to kill themselves
-House-elf magic is sufficiently powerful to override wizards enchantments
-House-elves breed infrequently and then only with their master's permission


Part II
Wizarding Current Affairs
(25/100)

8. In a recent Ministry of Magic poll, what was identified as the issue most concerning the wizarding community at the present time?

-Insufficient information given by Ministry of Magic regarding the return of Lord Voldemort
-Insufficient action taken by Ministry of Magic to fight Lord Voldemort
-Inadequate Ministry of Magic resources devoted to the protection of the wizarding community
-Over-reaction of the Ministry of Magic to the return of Lord Voldemort, which is the best thing that has happened to the wizarding community in many years

9. According to a recent article in the Daily Prophet, which subject at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has been complained about by parents more than any other (over 100 year period)?

-Care of Magical Creatures
-Defense Against the Dark Arts
-History of Magic
-Muggle Studies

10. What percentage of wizards and witches believe that Weather-Modifying Charms should be regulated due to their effect upon the environment? (Figures collected by Committee for Experimental Charms)
- 3%
- 33%
- 53%
- 93%

11. Which health scare at St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries has recently caused widespread panic? (Source: St. Mungo's Admissions Department)

-Suspected brain damage due to Imperius Curse
-Suspected death due to Thestral sightings
-Spate of suspected werewolf bits
-Uncontrollable bleeding due to 'Nosebleed Nougat'

12. What change would 18% of wizards like to see to the requirements for membership of the Wizengamot? (Source: Ministry of Magic poll)

-Average age lowered from 87
-Proof of pure-blood status
-Maximum of three years in post
-Goblin representation


Part Three
Magical Objects
(15/100)

13. Assuming that you already have a wand, which THREE of the following would you consider indispensable in case of trouble?

-Anti-Muggle doorknob
-Broomstick
-Cauldron
-Crystal ball
-Extendable Ears
-Floo Powder
-Foe Glass
-Hand of Glory
-Invisibility Cloak
-Lunascope
-Omnioculars
-Parchment
-Pensieve
-Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder
-Potion-making kit
-Quick-Quotes Quill
-Remembrall
-Revealer
-Scales
-Secrecy Sensor
-Sneakoscope
-Telescope
-Time-Turner
-Two-way mirror
-Wizard's wireless


Part Four
Muggle Studies
(25/100)

14. Which of the following is the ONLY magical invention whose effect has not yet been duplicated FULLY by Muggle ingenuity?

-Flying broomstick
-Mrs. Skower's All-Purpose Magical Mess Remover
-Omnioculars
-"reparo"
-Self-ironing robes

15. Which of the following is the ONLY Muggle invention whose effects cannot be duplicated FULLY by magic?

-Aeroplane
-Car
-Computer
-Telephone
-Television

16. The following beliefs are widely held in the wizarding world, but only ONE is actually TRUE. (According to the latest research from the Institute of Muggle Studies) Which is it?

-Muggleborn witches/wizards are more likely to produce Squib children than those who have one or more wizarding parents.
-Muggleborn witches/wizards usually have a witch or wizard ancestor somewhere in their family tree, though s/he may be generations back.
-Muggleborn witches/wizards are generally less prone to certain magical ilnesses than those who have one or more wizarding parent.
-Muggleborn witches/wizards are generally slower to show signs of magic in childhood than those who have one or more wizarding parents.
-Muggleborn witches/wizards have great natural rhythm.

17. Which of the following statements is FALSE? (According to the latest research from the Institute of Muggle Studies)

-It is possible for a Muggle to produce elementary magic if they have access to a wand and a book of spells.
-It is possible for a Muggle to inadvertently stumble upon magically protected areas such as Diagon Alley and St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.
-It is possible for a Muggle to see and correctly identify magical creatures.
-It is possible for a Muggle to see and yet deny the existence of magical creatures, even without magical intervention.
-It is possible for a Muggle to believe in impossibilities.

18. Muggle are:

-Ignorant
-In danger
-Inferior to wizards
-Insensitive to their surroundings
-Interesting
-Irritating facts of life

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Grade 2 WOMBAT Certificate Messages:    


  W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 2 Results:

This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 2 and have been awarded the classification of
Outstanding
You have succeeded admirably where many of your fellow witches and wizards
have failed! We are delighted to inform you that you have passed with
distinction and honour. We would most earnestly recommend that you
proceed to the third, and final, W.O.M.B.A.T. in due course. Very well
done indeed!

This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 2 and have been awarded the classification of
Exceeds Expectations
The examiners are most impressed by your thoughtful and intelligent answers and are pleased to inform you that your marks place you well above the average. You have demonstrated a high standard of magical knowledge. We hope very much that you will pursue your studies, culminating in the third and final W.O.M.B.A.T. in a few months' time.

This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 2 and have been awarded the classification of
Acceptable
You have comfortably satisfied the requirements of the examiners, who are pleased to inform you that you have passed your Grade 2 W.O.M.B.A.T. You are evidently a witch or wizard of skill and learning and we hope that you will continue your studies and attempt the third, and final, W.O.M.B.A.T. when examination time comes again.

This is to certify that you have failed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 2 and have been awarded the classification of
Poor
We are sorry to have to inform you that you have failed your Grade 2 W.O.M.B.A.T. by the merest whisker. We hope that this will not dissuade you from attempting Grade 3 in due course. In the meantime, we advise chocolate to stave off a Dementor attack.

This is to certify that you have failed WOMBAT Grade 2 and have been awarded the classification of
Dreadful
We regret to say that you have failed your Grade 2 W.O.M.B.A.T.
We would advise a little further study of the textbooks (Harry Potters 1 – 6) and a course of Concentration Capsules. We hope that this disappointment will not dissuade you from attempting Grade 3 W.O.M.B.A.T. in due course.

This is to certify that you have failed WOMBAT Grade 2 and have been awarded the classification of
Troll
Although this was a difficult examination, it was quite an achievement for
you to score zero. We are forced to conclude that you were either making
a rebellious statement about the futility of formal education (in which
case you are probably a member of a subversive goblin group), or that you
were too busy attempting to eat the examination paper to notice the
questions (in which case, you are a troll).
  



WOMBAT Grade 3 Exam Questions:    


  Unlike the O.W.L.s, the W.O.M.B.A.T.s consist exclusively of written papers. Therefore W.O.M.B.A.T.s could be sat by Muggles as well as wizards, although the Wizarding Examinations Authority does not believe that any Muggle would have the degree of inner-knowledge required to achieve a pass.

The Grade 1 W.O.M.B.A.T. tests the candidate on everyday wizarding laws, domestic spells, magical transport and magical plants and creatures; Grade 2, magical beings and objects, wizarding current affairs, and the Muggle world.

The Grade 3 W.O.M.B.A.T. will test you on Magical History; the bodies and laws of the International Wizarding Community; Magical Theory, and Dark Magic.

The Grade 3 W.O.M.B.A.T. is the final examination, and the most difficult. Not only is the subject matter much more advanced, but the examination is also more stringently marked. Certain answers will LOSE YOU MARKS, so choose carefully...

This is still not a straightforward Harry Potter trivia test. While a thorough knowledge of the books is essential to achieving a good grade at all levels of W.O.M.B.A.T., you will need inspiration as well as information, applying what you know, whether by deducing the correct answer or by making intelligent guesses.

If you would like to sit the Grade 3 W.O.M.B.AT, you will need 35 minutes.

It will take a few days for the Ministry to mark your test, after which the delivery owl will reveal your result in the form of a printable certificate. And so, for the final time... good luck.

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PART 1: Magical History (possible 30 points)

1. In your opinion, which of the following contributed MOST to the introduction of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy in 1692? Choose ONE.
a. widespread persecution of wizarding children by Muggles
b. escalating attempts by Muggles to force witches and wizards to perform magic for Muggle ends
c. escalating attempts by Muggles to force witches and wizards to teach them magic
d. increasing numbers of witch-burnings
e. increasing numbers of Muggles being burned in mistake for witches
f. failure of Ministry of Magic Delegation to Muggle King and Queen (William and Mary) begging for protection under Muggle law.

2. Which of the following did NOT provoke one of the bloody goblin rebellions of the 17th and 18th centuries? Choose ONE.
a. the allegation by goblin king Ragnuk the First that Godric Gryffindor had stolen his sword
b. the pursuit and imprisonment of Ug the Unreliable, who had been peddling Leprechaun Gold
c. the accidental death of Nagnok, Gringotts Goblin, at the hands of an untrained security troll sent by the Ministry of Magic
d. the imprisonment of the notoriously violent Hodrod the Horny-Handed, who had attempted to kill three wizards
e. the public ducking in the village pond, by a gang of young wizards, of goblin activist Urg the Unclean
f. The Ministry of Magic Decree of 1631, preventing all magical beings other than wizards carrying a wand.

3. Choose the Ministry of Magic decision that, in your estimation, had the MOST DAMAGING effect on present day wizarding life.
a. The creation of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy in 1692.
b. The defeat of the Appeal Against House-Elf Slavery in 1973.
c. The drive into hiding of the surviving giants in the early 1980s.
d. The 1865 decision to leave full control of Gringotts in goblin hands.
e. The Wand Ban of 1631, which forbade Non-Human Magical Beings to carry wands.

4. In your opinion, which of the same Ministry of Magic decisions have had the BEST effect on present day wizarding life?
a. The creation of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy in 1692.
b. The defeat of the Appeal Against House-Elf Slavery in 1973.
c. The drive into hiding of the surviving giants in the early 1980s.
d. The 1865 decision to leave full control of Gringotts in goblin hands.
e. The Wand Ban of 1631, which forbade Non-Human Magical Beings to carry wands.

5. Which of the following popular historical theories have now been proven to be TRUE? Choose the correct THREE.
a. The oldest building in Diagon Alley is Gringotts Bank; the other shops grew up around it.
b. Towards the end of his life, Salazar Slytherin reconciled with the other Founders of Hogwarts School and returned to the castle to die.
c. The Muggle 'War of the Roses' began as a dispute between wizarding neighbours over a Fanged Geranium.
d. The second wife of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, was accused by Muggles of being a witch, but was actually a Squib.
e. A secret task force of Wizards and Muggles helped the Allies to victory in the Second World War.
f. The Forbidden Forest began life as a wood planted and tended by a centaur herd.
g. The Great Fire of London in 1666 was not, as Muggles believe, started by a blaze in a bakery in Pudding Lane, but by a young Welsh Green Dragon kept in the basement of the house next door.
h. The Sorting Hat of Hogwarts was stolen and substituted by a group of delinquent students in 1325. The whereabouts of the real hat remain unknown.
i. Upon his death in battle in 1762, goblin rebel Vargot was discovered to be a renegade house elf.
j. The location and name of Hogwarts were both chosen by Rowena Ravenclaw, who dreamed that a warty hog was leading her to the cliff by the lake.

6. Match the Minister of Magic with the major upheaval of his/her term in office, dates of which are marked.
6-1. Artemisia Lufkin (1798 - 1811)
6-2. Grogan Stump (1811 - 1819)
6-3. Faris "Spout-Hole" Spavin (1865 - 1903)
6-4. Nobby Leach (1962 - 1968)
6-5. Millicent Bagnold (1980 - 1990)
6-6. Cornelius Fudge (1990 - 1996)

a. Attempted assassination by centaur
b. Pureblood riots during Squib Rights marches
c. Several of the oldest Wizengamot wizards walk out in protest at Minister's appointment
d. Persistent denial of notorious Dark wizard's existence forces Minister's resignation after notorious Dark wizard appears at the Ministry of Magic
e. Ghost demonstrations at the Ministry of Magic ("protest floats")
f. A night of large-scale breaches of the International Wizarding Statute of Secrecy
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PART TWO: International Wizardry (possible 20 points)

7. Mark the following statements true or false.

7.1. There are witches and wizards living in every country in the world.

7.2. Some countries have wizard royal families.

7.3. The trade in flying carpets has been banned everywhere except the Far East.

7.4. The world`s largest Centre for Alchemical Studies is situated in Egypt.

7.5. The age at which magic may be performed legally varies from country to country.

7.6. Inter-country Apparition has been outlawed due to extrem Splinching.

7.7. There is a wizarding school in every country where wizards and witches are found.

7.8. Portkeys may be arranged between countries only with the consent of both nations`Ministries of Magic.

7.9. It is illegal to send mail-bearing owls across international borders unless the owl has been granted authorisation.

7.10. The most persistent offender against the International Wizarding Statute of Secrecy is Scottland.
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PART THREE: Magical Theory (possible 20 points)

8. Which of the following is CORRECT?

* Food can be conjured out of thin air
* Any object can be transfigured into food
* foodstuffs can be increased, Transfigured summoned from a distance and magically cooked
* It is imposible to make the inedible, edible
* Food-related charms are some of the simplest forms of charms

9. Which of the following is INCORRECT?

* An animagus is able to perform a kind of self-Transiguration
* An animagus is able to perform a kind of self-Charm
* An animagus is able to perform a kind of magic that is NEITHER Transfiguration NOR Charm


10. Which of the following is/are POSSIBLE?

* Curing a poison victim without the correct antidote
* Curing a curse victim without the correct counter spell
* UnTransfiguring a person or object without knowing what they were originally
* Transfiguring animals into humans
* All of the above
* None of the above


11. Which of the following is/are IMPOSSIBLE?

* Transfiguring inanimate objects into animate objects
* Transfiguring animate objects into inanimate objects
* Vanishing inanimate objects
* Vanishing animate objects
* All of the above
* None of the above
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PART FOUR: Dark Magic (possible 30 points)

12. Which TWO of the following policies do you think would best serve the Ministry of Magic in its fight against the Dark Arts?

* Destroy all Dark Arts spellbooks.
* Unforgivable Curses to be taught from year 1 in Hogwarts.
* Outlaw sale of all goods that can be used in the Dark Arts.
* Automatic life sentence in Azkaban for all convicted of Dark Arts crimes.
* Improve Ministry of Magic Public Information Services.
* Lift jinx on post of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts.
* Persuade Boy Who Lived to front anti-Dark-Arts publicity campaign.

13. Which of the following is TRUE?

* To become an Inferius, a person must have been murdered by Dark Magic.
* Occlumency can guard against possession.
* Dementors are unknown in tropical climates.
* A curse is stronger than a hex, which is stronger than a jinx.
* If a werewolf mates at the full moon, they will produce a cub rather than a human baby.

14. Which of the following is FALSE?

* Patronuses vary in strength according to which animal’s form they take.
* There is only one documented case of a person surviving the Killing Curse.
* Hags have only rudimentary magic, similar to that observed in trolls.
* No defensive spells exist against the Cruciatus Curse.
* Giants have traditionally allied themselves with the Dark Arts.

15. Match the dangerous being, plant or potion with the spell, substance or object that will conquer it.
15.1. Boggart
15.2. Dementor
15.3. Devil`s snare
15.4. Draught of Living Death
15.5. Imperius Curse
15.6. Inferi
15.7. Werewolf

1. Aconite
2. Asphodel
3. Bezoar
4. Chocolate
5. Expecto Patronum
6. Fire
7. Phoenix tears
8. Riddikulus
9. Sunlight
10. Will
11. Wingardium Leviosa
12. Wormwood
13. NO CURE

Many thanks to Annett who gathered all the questions and options! The door has closed and the exam is no longer available.
  


Grade 3 WOMBAT Certificate Messages:    


  W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 3 Results:

This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 3 and have been awarded the classification of
Outstanding
You are a witch or wizard of extraordinary flair and sagacity. Very few candidates achieve 'Outstanding' at Grade 3 W.O.M.B.A.T. Have you ever considered a teaching post at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Application owls from such highly qualified candidates are always welcome. Heartiest congratulations!

This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 3 and have been awarded the classification of
Exceeds Expectations
This excellent result proves you to be a witch or wizard of considerable learning. You have proven yourself to be part of the academic elite, and the Wizarding Examinations Authority was most impressed by your paper. The Ministry of Magic is always on the lookout for accomplished recruits such as yourself and would welcome your application owl. Very well done indeed!

This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 3 and have been awarded the classification of
Acceptable
You have passed the final and most difficult W.O.M.B.A.T and are to be highly commended. Many of your fellow candidates were less fortunate. Your new qualification will stand you in good stead should you wish to join any of our more prestigious wizarding firms. Flourish & Blotts, the Nimbus Broom Company and Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes are all currently recruiting, and would be delighted to receive an application owl.

This is to certify that you have failed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 3 and have been awarded the classification of
Poor
Do not be disheartened. You have only narrowly failed this most demanding examination, and with a little further study would be sure to pass. You are to be congratulated on a good attempt. We recommend a crammer course of evening classes. Send an owl for full details of the Wallop the Wombat Revision Course, available from the Kwikspell Company.

This is to certify that you have failed WOMBAT Grade 3 and have been awarded the classification of
Dreadful
Do not take your grade too much to heart, for this was an extremely difficult examination. A new textbook will be available on July 21st 2007, which will enable more effective study. In the meantime, console yourself with the thought that there were a large number of Trolls.

This is to certify that you have failed WOMBAT Grade 3 and have been awarded the classification of
Troll
You achieved the remarkable result of having a negative score. The examiners were rather impressed by this achievement, and have asked to interview you in person to ascertain whether you are truly a grunting club-wielder, or some kind of subversive genius. Send an owl (preferably alive, un-mangled and carrying a letter) to Griselda Marchbanks, CDMG, APMO, fdBB, Wizarding Examinations Authority, Ministry of Magic, to arrange an interview.
  



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  Original site Welcome message
Until very recently, JKRowling.com was a list of links to my publishers - boring, I think you'll agree. So I thought I'd liven it up a little.
I receive so many thousands and thousands of letters these days that it is impossible to read , let alone answer, them all. A proper website seems like a great way to communicate directly with Harry Potter fans. Everything on here was written by ME, J.K.Rowling. This is where I can tell you the truth about rumours or news stories, where I can share the extra information I haven't put in the books, where I can give you hints and clues about what's going to happen to Harry next, and where I can announce I've finished book six (seven)... and no, that's not going to happen very soon.


Occasionally the Dark Mark will flash at you. That is a SPOILER WARNING. It refers only to information hidden in book five, The Order of the Phoenix - if you haven't yet finished reading the other four, proceed at your peril!
Anyway, I really hope you enjoy wandering around my desk (which was specially tidied for your visit). Don't knock anything over, please. And watch out for Peeves.
With love from JK Rowling
(Jo to you)
On Dec 14, 2004 the Welcome message was edited to say book seven instead of book six.


First Diary Entry- December 25, 2005
Welcome!
DECEMBER 25th
That tired old welcome page was starting to bug me, so I thought I'd give you something new for Christmas. I've tried keeping a diary many times in the past and never got much further than January 15th, but I've been feeling the need for a place to put everyday updates that don't qualify as real 'news'. As ever, if there is a quiet spell you should not take it as a sign that I've given up diary writing, but rather that I am working hard on something a little more eagerly anticipated...
For 2006 will be the year when I write the final book in the Harry Potter series. I contemplate the task with mingled feelings of excitement and dread, because I can't wait to get started, to tell the final part of the story and, at last, to answer all the questions (will I ever answer all of the questions? Let's aim for most of the questions); and yet it will all be over at last and I can't quite imagine life without Harry.
However (clears throat in stern British manner) this is no time to get maudlin.
I have been fine-tuning the fine-tuned plan of seven during the past few weeks so that I can really set to work in January. Reading through the plan is like contemplating the map of an unknown country in which I will soon find myself. Sometimes, even at this stage, you can see trouble looming; nearly all of the six published books have had Chapters of Doom. The quintessential, never, I hope, to be beaten Chapter That Nearly Broke My Will To Go On was chapter nine, 'Goblet of Fire' (appropriately enough, 'The Dark Mark'.)
As for this website, I've got plans… you'll find out what they are in due course (constant vigilance, my friends). In the meantime, happy holidays to everyone, and if Father Christmas has already squeezed down your chimney, I hope he left something good.


JANUARY 5, 2006
New Year's Writing Resolutions
  1. Muck out my study
    My study is easily the messiest room in the house, and probably our street; I won't say in the whole of Edinburgh, because there must be a squat somewhere that's worse. Frankly, I shudder to think what I will find when I finally reach the bottom of all these teetering piles of garbage. However, as I currently have to negotiate an assault course just to reach my desk I think the time has come for my annual tidy-up.
  2. Do not lose any more notebooks.
    After a somewhat panicky few weeks I have finally located a missing notebook. As always when I mislay these things, I had been 'remembering', in its absence, that it contained notes so essential and ideas so imaginative that I would never be able to duplicate them, and the whole of the next book would be impoverished if they were never found. Now that I have said notebook beside me on this desk, however, I see that it contains few useful nuggets amid a lot of complete dross. Nevertheless, the stress I endured while believing it to be the notebook equivalent of the Holy Grail was enough to remind me that I must take better care of my working materials.
  3. Be ruthless about protecting writing days
    i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have 'essential' and 'long overdue' meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg.
  4. Follow advice from critics on how to be a better writer.
    I always try to act on constructive criticism. When I fail, I attempt to embrace my faults and call them my 'style'.
  5. Try and keep children healthy.
    As we leave behind the sickliest winter ever known in this family, I pray that none of my kids develops a runny nose for at least a week, thus enabling me to set about serious writing with at least a few hours' sleep behind me.




JANUARY 25, 2006


Sometimes writing goes so smoothly that you feel as though you are simply taking dictation from your muse. In my case, this often happens after a period where I am unable to write, such as over the Christmas period (compounded this year by the children's colds mentioned in the previous diary entry). It is as though all the ideas that ought to have leaked out in the usual intermittent fashion over the preceding couple of weeks explode out of my pen once I have a few hours in which to work. I am usually most productive when I have, or have recently had, limited time.

Of course, this heavenly state of affairs will not last, it never does. I'm bound to get all snarled up in a plot tangle, or else find myself temporarily stranded on the edge of a large hole in the story. Until then, however, I shall enjoy floating along on this flood of inspiration.

FEBRUARY 28th

This always happens. I make a plan, it looks nice and neat, then I get to actually write the book and realise that Harry can't possibly do all that in just one chapter. So what I thought were going to be two chapters have now become four. I still don't think the book will be as long as 'Phoenix', but if that keeps happening... no, it won't. I'm looking at the plan, and it can't. Surely. Please.

Nothing else I can tell you at the moment. Well, there's LOADS I could tell you at the moment, but I can't. Sorry.


APRIL 5th

There is only one thing that annoys me about living in Edinburgh - well, two, but I'm pretty much resigned to the weather now. Why is it so difficult to buy paper in the middle of town? What is a writer who likes to write longhand supposed to do when she hits her stride and then realises, to her horror, that she has covered every bit of blank paper in her bag? Forty-five minutes it took me, this morning, to find somewhere that would sell me some normal, lined paper. And there's a university here! What do the students use? Don't tell me laptops, it makes me feel like something out of the eighteenth century.

The book's still going well, I'm sure you're pleased to hear, lack of paper notwithstanding. There was a small interruption last week so that I could go down to London for the British Book Awards, a.k.a. the Nibbies, which was a lot of fun, and rather thrilling as Half-Blood Prince won Book of the Year. I also took the opportunity to visit Leavesden (the studio where they make the Potter films), which I hadn't done in ages due to being pregnant/having tiny babies for what feels like ages. It was exciting to see some of the new Order of the Phoenix sets, but most of all to see the actors again – slightly unnerving to realise that nearly all of them are taller than me now (I speak, of course, of the teenagers; Michael Gambon was always taller than me, and very lovely he looked in his new robes, too.) Apart from the pleasure of seeing Tom Felton, Devon Murray, Alfred Enoch, Sitara Shah (and waving through the door at Bonnie Wright, who was busy being tutored), I had a great time talking to Dan and Matthew about books, Rupert about how his sisters never wind him up, Oliver and James about how difficult they find it to wind each other up, and Emma about Hermione's love life. Also met, and had a long chat, with Evanna Lynch (Luna), about whom there is only one possible thing to say: perfect.

MAY 10th

Be careful what you wish for, it might come true. Since complaining that I had difficulty finding anything to write on after running out of paper while working in town, I have been deluged with paper. Some of you sent single sheets, others entire pads, one enterprising paper merchants sent a large stack of notebooks embossed boldly with J K ROWLING, which I might not use in public, but which are very lovely all the same. Others took a different approach, telling me exactly where you can buy writing paper in Edinburgh; some even enclosed maps. Anyway, I've now got enough paper to write several book sevens, so no excuse there.

I've been having house-elf trouble this week, though I think I've got them sorted out now. I'm all for house-elf rights, but the author is dictator and the sooner they accept that, the better.

SEPTEMBER 13th

Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. I know it's been a very long time since I was last in touch. I've been writing a novel, you see.

My readings in New York with Stephen King and John Irving were so much fun. It's not often that I do something like that and wish I could do it all over again, but I would have happily done a third night. If you were there, and yelling, thank you: the crowds, both nights, could not have been more wonderful.

I did mess up one answer, though. I was asked, 'what question have you never been asked that you ought to have been asked?' - or something very similar – and my mind went blank. Blame long years of trying not to give away the plot. But it occurred to me almost as soon as I got off stage that there IS a question I've always been surprised nobody's put to me, and that I really should have said it while I was still on-stage. I can't make amends to the girl who asked, but it is in tribute to her that I give the answer, belatedly, under 'Miscellaneous', Extras section.


SEPTEMBER 29th

Sitting at my desk trying to invent a word yesterday brought back memories of the last time I did so. I had tried for days and days to hit upon the right name for 'the receptacle in which a Dark wizard has hidden a fragment of his soul for the purposes of attaining immortality.' Finally, after much transposition of syllables, I scribbled 'Horcrux' on a piece of paper and knew it was The One. But what if somebody had already used it? With some trepidation I typed 'Horcrux' into Google and, to my delight, saw what I was looking for: 'Your search - "Horcrux" - did not match any documents.'

So anyway, yesterday I Googled 'Horcrux' again. 401,000 results. As you might imagine, this gave me something of a lift as I went back to scribbling nonsense words on the back of a takeaway menu.

OCTOBER 31st

I've now got a third title. I've been thinking back, and I know that I've had more titles than this for a couple of the previous books, so I'm not too worried by this. Title three currently ahead by a short nose, or perhaps that should be a vowel and two consonants.

I've just had a great writing week. There are few feelings more joyous than reading back over the week's work and thinking 'that's not bad at all', as opposed to the all-too-frequent, 'it's rubbish, I've wasted a week and I'll have to re-write the lot.' And if you think that's an exaggeration or false modesty, you are very, very wrong. It's perfectly possible to put in eight hour days and have nothing to show for them but a single idea that, if reworked completely, might be passable.

Congratulations on your W.O.M.B.A.T. scores, incidentally. You're getting pretty good.


DECEMBER 19th

The long lack of updates has been due to some very hard work. I'm now writing scenes that have been planned, in some cases, for a dozen years or even more. I don't think anyone who has not been in a similar situation can possibly know how this feels: I am alternately elated and overwrought. I both want, and don't want, to finish this book (don't worry, I will.)

For years now, people have asked me whether I ever dream that I am 'in' Harry's world. The answer was 'no' until a few nights ago, when I had an epic dream in which I was, simultaneously, Harry and the narrator. I was searching for a Horcrux in a gigantic, crowded hall, which bore no resemblance to the Great Hall as I imagine it. As the narrator I knew perfectly well that the Horcrux was jammed in a hidden nook in the fireplace, while as Harry I was searching for it in all kinds of other places, while trying to make the people around me say lines I had pre-arranged for them. Meanwhile waiters and waitresses who work in the real café in which I have written huge parts of book seven roamed around me as though on stilts, all of them at least fifteen feet high. Perhaps I should cut back on the caffeine?

I made another daytrip to Leavesden a few weeks ago, where I saw twenty minutes of Order of the Phoenix, which looks fantastic. Also got a chance, before they all took off in their different directions (it was the last week of live actor filming) to talk to Dan, Rupert, Emma and Evanna, which is always wonderful. Dan has changed his theory on Snape; he says he doesn't want to be like one of those people who are photographed, beaming, next to mad dictators.


FEBRUARY 6th, 2007

Charles Dickens put it better than I ever could:

'It would concern the reader little, perhaps, to know how sorrowfully the pen is laid down at the close of a two-years' imaginative task; or how an Author feels as if he were dismissing some portion of himself into the shadowy world, when a crowd of the creatures of his brain are going from him for ever.'

To which I can only sigh, try seventeen years, Charles...

I always knew that Harry's story would end with the seventh book, but saying goodbye has been just as hard as I always knew it would be. Even while I'm mourning, though, I feel an incredible sense of achievement. I can hardly believe that I've finally written the ending I've been planning for so many years. I've never felt such a mixture of extreme emotions in my life, never dreamed I could feel simultaneously heartbroken and euphoric.

Some of you have expressed a (much more muted!) mixture of happiness and sadness at the prospect of the last book being published, and that has meant more than I can tell you. If it comes as any consolation, I think that there will be plenty to continue arguing and speculating about, even after 'Deathly Hallows' comes out. So if you're not yet ready to quit the message boards, do not despair...

I'm almost scared to admit this, but one thing has stopped me collapsing in a puddle of misery on the floor. While each of the previous Potter books has strong claims on my affections, 'Deathly Hallows' is my favourite, and that is the most wonderful way to finish the series.


May 14, 2007

A couple of weeks ago (April 28th, if you want to go and search the archive) the Potter fansite The Leaky Cauldron posted an editorial on potential spoilers for "Deathly Hallows". It made me laugh, but I was also incredibly moved and grateful.

We're a little under three months away, now, and the first distant rumblings of the weirdness that usually precedes a Harry Potter publication can be heard on the horizon. The Leaky Cauldron's early mission statement on spoilers (ie, don't, and we're not putting them up if you do) is deeply appreciated by yours truly.

I add my own plea to Melissa's for one reason, and one only: I want the readers who have, in many instances, grown up with Harry, to embark on the last adventure they will share with him without knowing where they are they going.

Some, perhaps, will read this and take the view that all publicity is good publicity, that spoilers are part of hype, and that I am trying to protect sales rather than my readership. However, spoilers won't stop people buying the book, they never have - all it will do is diminish their pleasure in the book.

There will always be sad individuals who get their kicks from ruining other people's fun, but while sites like Leaky take such an active stance against them, we may yet win. Even if the biggest secret gets out - even if somebody discovers the Giant Squid is actually the world's largest Animagus, which rises from the lake at the eleventh hour, transforms into Godric Gryffindor and... well, I wouldn't like to spoil it.


JULY 18th

We are almost there! As launch night looms, let's all, please, ignore the misinformation popping up on the web and in the press on the plot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I'd like to ask everyone who calls themselves a Potter fan to help preserve the secrecy of the plot for all those who are looking forward to reading the book at the same time on publication day. In a very short time you will know EVERYTHING!

DECEMBER 7th 2007
Where did the last four months go? It feels as though Hallows was published, and then I slipped through some strange time portal in which everything went at double-quick time, only to be spat out in early December.

People keep saying to me, ‘I expect things have calmed down now you’ve finished?’ to which my answer some days is a fairly humourless laugh. I have been exceptionally busy since July, what with the US/Canadian tour, Beedle the Bard, assorted charitable commitments, a massive post-publication mountain of correspondence, plus those three children I insisted on bringing into the world. Consequence: neglect of website! However, I am putting up a few updates today in News (where you will see that I have also been busy with a documentary), FAQs and Extras. I hope to put up a few more titbits in due course.

The US/Canadian tour was my favourite ever. If anybody reading this was in the audience for any of those events, thank you, because they were only as wonderful as they were because of the brilliant questions and the overwhelming warmth of those present.

Delving even further back into the Lost Four Months, the launch of ‘Hallows’ at the National History Museum in London was also my favourite of all time, and to all those who queued so long and patiently, you were incredible, and I loved meeting every single one of you.

‘Deathly Hallows’ remains my favourite book of the series. I hope that, even if it is not yours, you understood, at least, that this was where the story was always leading; it was the ending I had planned for seventeen years, and there was more satisfaction than you can probably imagine in finally sharing it with my readers.

As for mourning Harry – and I doubt I will be believed when I say this – nobody can have felt the end as deeply as I did. The writing of Harry Potter has been inextricably linked with my life for seventeen years, and saying goodbye has been just as tough as I always knew it would be. So I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has written to me since publication, saying such wonderful things about what the books meant to them, because your words meant the world to me at this very bittersweet time.
  


Birthdays that have been "celebrated" on Jo's site:    


  January 9
Severus Snape

February 6
Arthur Weasley

March 1
Ronald Weasley

March 10
Remus Lupin

April 1
Fred and George Weasley

May 15
Pomona Sprout

June 5
Draco Malfoy

June 28
Dobby

July 30
Neville Longbottom

July 31
Harry Potter

August 11
Ginny Weasley

August 22
Percy Weasley

September 19
Hermione Granger

October 4
Minerva McGonagall

October 17
Filius Flitwick

October 30
Molly Weasley

November 29
Bill Weasley

December 6
Rubeus Hagrid

December 12
Charlie Weasley
  



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FAQ Polls:    


  
FAQ Poll #1
Date Started / Ended:
15 May 2004 / 06 July 2004

Runner-up questions:
- Is Severus Snape Lily Potter's (long-lost) brother? - 12%
- Is Sirius Black really dead? - 42%

Winning question & answer (with 46% of the vote):
What is the significance, if any, of Mark Evans?
"I couldn't answer the poll question before now, because I've been making arrangements to take my family into hiding. It takes time to arrange fake passports, one-way air tickets to Bolivia and twenty-four hour armed security.
Why should I resort to such desperate measures? Because after you've heard this answer, I'll have to disappear for my own safety.
Now before I get down to it (you can guess what's coming, can't you?) I am going to put up a feeble pre-emptive defence. Firstly, you were all spinning highly ingenious theories about Mark Evans, so I thought that you would welcome the chance to hear the truth about him. Secondly, I tried hard not to raise hopes or expectations by adding the crucial words 'if any' to the question. Thirdly... there is no thirdly. I'm just killing time.
(Takes deep breath)
Mark Evans is... nobody. He's nobody in the sense that Mr. Prentice, Madam Marsh and Gordon-Dudley's-gang-member are nobodies, just background people who need names, but who have no role other than the walk-on parts assigned to them.
(Checks that Neil has immunized the dog and that Jessica has packed her Gameboy, and continues)
I've got nobody to blame but myself. Sirius Black, Mrs. Figg and Mundungus Fletcher were all mentioned in passing well before they burst onto the stage as fully-fledged characters, so now you've all become too clever, not for your own good, but for mine. The fact is that once you drew my attention to it, I realised that Mark Evans did indeed look like one of those 'here he is, just a casual passer-by, nothing to worry about, bet you barely noticed him' characters who would suddenly become, half way through book seven, 'Ha ha! Yes, Mark Evans is back, suckers, and he's the key to everything! He's the Half Blood Prince, he's Harry's Great-Aunt, he's the Heir of Gryffindor, he lives up the Pillar of Storgé and he owns the Mystic Kettle of Nackledirk!' (Possible title of book seven there, must make a note of it).
Then why – WHY – (I hear you cry) – did I give him the surname “Evans”? Well, believe me, you can't regret it more than I do right now. “Evans” is a common name; I didn't give it much thought; I wasn't even trying to set up another red herring. I could just as easily have called him 'Smith' or 'Jones' (or 'Black' or 'Thomas' or 'Brown', all of which would have got me into trouble too).
What else can I say? Many of the theories you presented were highly plausible. If you knew how often I've checked the FAQ poll hoping that one of the other questions might edge into the lead...
"Well, that's that. The car with false license plates is at the door and I've got to glue on my goatee. Goodbye."


FAQ Poll #2

Date Started / Ended:
19 July 2004 / 04 October 2004


Runner-up questions:
- Is Percy working undercover for any secret organization/boss? - 20%
- Where has Peter Pettigrew been since the end of 'Goblet of Fire'? - 20%

Winning question & answer (with 60% of the vote):
What did Dumbledore's Howler to Aunt Petunia mean? ('Remember my last'?)
Well, it is a relief to move on after the Mark Evans fiasco. This time, two out of the three poll questions had interesting answers (or so I think) and thank goodness you chose one of them.
So: Dumbledore is referring to his last letter, which means, of course, the letter he left upon the Dursleys' doorstep when Harry was one year old. But why then (you may well ask) did he not just say 'remember my letter?' Why did he say my last letter? Why, obviously because there were letters before that…
Now let the speculation begin, and mind you type clearly, I'll be watching
P.S. It has been suggested that I am wrong in saying that Dumbledore's last letter was the one he left on the doorstep with baby Harry, and that he has sent a letter since then concerning Harry's illegal flight to school. However, both Dumbledore and I differentiate between letters sent to the Dursleys as a couple, and messages directed to Petunia ALONE. And that's my final word on the subject - though I doubt it will be yours


FAQ Poll #3

Date Started / Ended:
10 December 2004 / 15 May 2005


Runner-up questions:
- How many chapters will Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince have? (Subject to editorial changes, of course) - 7%
- Will Ron ever manage to become more than just good friends with a girl? - 25%

Winning question & answer (with 68% of the vote):
What is the significance of Neville being the other boy to whom the prophecy might have referred?
Finally, I am answering the poll question! I am sorry it has taken so long, but let me start by saying how glad I am that this was the question that received the most votes, because this was the one that I most wanted to answer. Some of you might not like what I am going to say - but I'll address that issue at the end of my response!
To recap: Neville was born on the 30th of July, the day before Harry, so he too was born 'as the seventh month dies'. His parents, who were both famous Aurors, had 'thrice defied' Voldemort, just as Lily and James had. Voldemort was therefore presented with the choice of two baby boys to whom the prophecy might apply. However, he did not entirely realise what the implications of attacking them might be, because he had not heard the entire prophecy. As Dumbledore says:
'He [the eavesdropper] only heard the beginning, the part foretelling the birth of a boy in July to parents who had thrice defied Voldemort. Consequently, he could not warn his master that to attack you would be to risk transferring power to you.'
In effect, the prophecy gave Voldemort the choice of two candidates for his possible nemesis. In choosing which boy to murder, he was also (without realising it) choosing which boy to anoint as the Chosen One - to give him tools no other wizard possessed - the scar and the ability it conferred, a magical window into Voldemort's mind.
So what would have happened if Voldemort had decided that the pure-blood, not the half-blood, was the bigger threat? What would have happened if he had attacked Neville instead? Harry wonders this during the course of 'Half-Blood Prince' and concludes, rightly, that the answer hinges on whether or not one of Neville's parents would have been able, or prepared, to die for their son in the way that Lily died for Harry. If they hadn't, Neville would have been killed outright. Had Frank or Alice thrown themselves in front of Neville, however, the killing curse would have rebounded just as it did in Harry's case, and Neville would have been the one who survived with the lightning scar. What would this have meant? Would a Neville bearing the lightning scar have been as successful at evading Voldemort as Harry has been? Would Neville have had the qualities that have enabled Harry to remain strong and sane throughout all of his many ordeals? Although Dumbledore does not say as much, he does not believe so: he believes Voldemort did indeed choose the boy most likely to be able to topple him, for Harry's survival has not depended wholly or even mainly upon his scar.
So where does this leave Neville, the boy who was so nearly King? Well, it does not give him either hidden powers or a mysterious destiny. He remains a 'normal' wizarding boy, albeit one with a past, in its way, as tragic as Harry's. As you saw in 'Order of the Phoenix,' however, Neville is not without his own latent strengths. It remains to be seen how he will feel if he ever finds out how close he came to being the Chosen One.
Some of you, who have been convinced that the prophecy marked Neville, in some mystical fashion, for a fate intertwined with Harry's, may find this answer rather dull. Yet I was making what I felt was a significant point about Harry and Voldemort, and about prophecies themselves, in showing Neville as the also-ran. If neither boy was 'pre-ordained' before Voldemort's attack to become his possible vanquisher, then the prophecy (like the one the witches make to Macbeth, if anyone has read the play of the same name) becomes the catalyst for a situation that would never have occurred if it had not been made. Harry is propelled into a terrifying position he might never have sought, while Neville remains the tantalising 'might-have-been'. Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.
Of course, none of this should be taken to mean that Neville does not have a significant part to play in the last two novels, or the fight against Voldemort. As for the prophecy itself, it remains ambiguous, not only to readers, but to my characters. Prophecies (think of Nostradamus!) are usually open to many different interpretations. That is both their strength and their weakness.





FAQ Poll #4
Date Started / Ended:
24 December 2005 / 21 February 2006


Runner-up questions:
- Does the destruction of a Horcrux involve more than the destruction of the object?
- Why did Voldemort want the Philosopher's Stone if he already had his Horcruxes?


Winning question & answer (with 46% of the vote):
What happens to a secret when the Secret-Keeper dies?
I was surprised that this question won, because it is not the one that I'd have voted for... but hey, if this is what you want to know, this is what you want to know!
When a Secret-Keeper dies, their secret dies with them, or, to put it another way, the status of their secret will remain as it was at the moment of their death. Everybody in whom they confided will continue to know the hidden information, but nobody else.
Just in case you have forgotten exactly how the Fidelius Charm works, it is
"an immensely complex spell involving the magical concealment of a secret inside a single, living soul. The information is hidden inside the chosen person, or Secret-Keeper, and is henceforth impossible to find -- unless, of course, the Secret-Keeper chooses to divulge it" (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
In other words, a secret (eg, the location of a family in hiding, like the Potters) is enchanted so that it is protected by a single Keeper (in our example, Peter Pettigrew, a.k.a. Wormtail). Thenceforth nobody else - not even the subjects of the secret themselves - can divulge the secret. Even if one of the Potters had been captured, force fed Veritaserum or placed under the Imperius Curse, they would not have been able to give away the whereabouts of the other two. The only people who ever knew their precise location were those whom Wormtail had told directly, but none of them would have been able to pass on the information.
  



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