Are You a Big Enough Potterhead for This Sorcerer’s Stone Quiz?

Lauren Lubas

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About This Quiz

The first installment of the "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling took audiences by storm. With the success of the first book, released in 1997, the series took wing and everyone needed to have a piece of it. In 2001, we were given even more of what we love when "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was released in theaters. For many of us, this was our first encounter with the magical world that a single author created, and we fell in love. We consumed books, read theories online and asked the author specific questions about her series. 

Not only were the stories in the "Harry Potter" series fantastic, but the character development also changed the way we look at fiction. This quiz takes everything back to the beginning with "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (Or "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" in the UK). If you think you're a big enough Potterhead to answer all of these questions, you may be a little surprised at what you forgot about the first book and movie. Whether it's been years since you read the books or watched the films, or you refresh every year, take this quiz to test your Potter knowledge and see if you'll get more than a satisfactory on your final score.

Which professor can turn into a cat?

Professor McGonagall is a registered animagus. She turns into a gray and black striped cat that has square markings around its eyes that look very much like her spectacles. This surprises Harry and Ron when they are late to their first class.

Who brings baby Harry to the Dursley's house?

Hagrid might be part giant, but he also has a very kind heart. When he leaves Harry at the Dursley's, he begins crying. Luckily, Hagrid gets to see Harry again, just about 11 short years later.

Do you remember where the Dursleys live?

Little Whinging is a small town in Surrey where nothing peculiar seems to happen ... and the Dursleys like it that way. A normal life with a normal family is all they want, and Harry Potter messes that up.

Why are Harry's clothes so baggy?

We all know that Harry is treated pretty terribly by the Dursleys, so it's no surprise that he has to wear clothes that are several sizes too big, because they are against spending any extra money on him.

Where does Harry go with the Dursleys for Dudley's birthday?

We all know what happens when they get to the zoo. In the book, Harry wasn't meant to go to the zoo with the family, but his babysitter backed out, and they were forced to take him ... One of Dudley's friends also goes.

How many presents does Dudley originally get for his birthday?

When Dudley learns that he only has 36 presents for his birthday this year, he gets upset, citing the fact that last year he had 37. For this reason, the Dursleys promise to buy him two new presents.

What kind of snake does Harry talk to while he's at the zoo?

The Burmese python winks at Harry, and Harry realizes that the snake can communicate with him. Of course, we all know that snakes don't have eyelids, so they can't blink, but it's a nice part of this children's story.

When does Harry receive his first Hogwarts letter?

When the Dursleys find out that someone has written to Harry, they try to keep the letters away from him. However, Hogwarts as well as the owls they send are persistent, to the point Vernon Dursley goes a little crazy.

What school is Dudley Dursley meant to go to?

When Harry asks if he is also going to Smeltings, his aunt and uncle laugh at him. This is just a simple reminder that Harry's life for the last 11 years has been pure torture. Luckily for him, he got his letter.

What is Hagrid's job in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"?

While we later learn that Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts, when we first meet him, we get a little hint to that when he says that he's not supposed to do magic ... strictly speaking.

What did the Dursleys tell Harry happened to his parents?

It really was a scandal and an outrage to tell Harry that his parents died in a different way than they actually did. This is especially heinous, because Harry was meant to feel as though he was different all his life.

Hagrid does something to Dudley, what is it?

In the books, Hagrid tries to turn Dudley into a pig, but his magical power isn't that great. However, he does succeed in giving Dudley a curly pig tail that the Dursleys have to get surgically removed.

Where does Hagrid take Harry to buy his school supplies?

Diagon Alley has all of the shops any young witch or wizard needs for school shopping. They can get wands, books, candy and even pets in this area. When Harry first discovers this place, he realizes that he really is a wizard.

Do you remember the name of the wizard bank?

Gringotts is the wizarding bank where all witches and wizards keep their money and valuables. It is thought to be impenetrable, but we soon learn that it can be broken into. It's a good thing, too, because Harry needs to do so in a later installment of the series.

Which train platform does Harry have to go to in order to get on the Hogwarts Express?

It's pretty confusing that Hagrid wouldn't tell Harry that the platform seems a little weird at first. Additionally, shouldn't Harry's ticket or Hogwarts letter come with some form of instructions? We guess he had to meet the Weasleys somehow.

What do Harry and Voldemort's wand have in common?

One of the most important pieces of information that we get in the first movie and book is the fact that Harry and Voldemort have wands that are related. This information saves Harry's life in a later book.

Can you remember what Hagrid buys for Harry for his birthday?

Harry decides to name the owl Hedwig. She's a beautiful owl that is very intelligent. Harry needs this owl throughout the first few books, as it is his only means of communication with his friends during the summer holidays.

Why doesn't Hagrid write down Voldemort's name for Harry?

We know that Hagrid missed out on some of his schooling, but we aren't sure why Hagrid has so much trouble spelling. Perhaps it was his upbringing. We learn a little bit about his mother in the fourth book and movie.

How do witches and wizards make it to platform 9 3/4?

It's pretty cool that wizards don't necessarily have to care about physics. However, any Potterhead will tell you that the platform is always there, there are just enchantments to hide it from the non-magic folks.

What are the names of the Weasley twins we meet in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"?

While the Weasley twins like to poke fun at their little brother, they are actually very protective and caring people. They gain a bigger role in the later movies and books as comedic foils.

Do you know which candy comes with cards of famous witches and wizards?

Chocolate frogs have a spell put on them that makes them jump. Harry's jumps out the window. However, he still gets his Dumbledore card. We later learn that the wizards on these cards tend to disappear, leaving us confused as to how the talking images work in this series.

Which color does Ron try to turn Scabbers on the train?

Ron tells Harry that his brothers taught him how to turn his pet rat yellow. Hermione shows up, and demands to watch the magic take place. The spell doesn't work, of course, but it's a nice introduction to the know-it-all friend.

How does Hermione show off when she first meets Harry and Ron?

She probably doesn't do it just to show off, but Ron takes it that way. It takes a little bit of time for Ron to warm up to Hermione, but after a few movies and books, he realizes that he is way into her.

What mode of transportation do first-year students at Hogwarts use?

One of the best images in the first movie is seeing the first-year students travel up to the castle in boats. It gives a great visual, and shows the wonder that every student feels, whether they were raised by witches or muggles.

How does Draco Malfoy know that Ron's last name is Weasley?

Ron laughs at Draco's name, so Draco makes fun of him. We learn in later books and movies that Draco's parents are Death Eaters, but in the end they will do anything to make sure their son is safe.

How do Hogwarts students know which house they are in?

Everyone seems very nervous when this happens, especially Ron. However, Ron's brothers told him that the sorting ceremony is incredibly painful. Luckily, they were just messing with him.

Which house does Harry ask the Sorting Hat to place him in?

Harry learns the hard way that you can actually tell the Sorting Hat which house you prefer to be in. Of course, if everyone knew this secret, everyone would probably end up in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw, and there probably wouldn't be a Slytherin anymore.

What is the name of the athletic professor at Hogwarts?

Madam Hooch doesn't have the largest role in the later movies and books, but she does help Harry learn how to ride a broom. It turns out that Harry is a natural rider when it comes to broomsticks.

What is the name of the ghost of Gryffindor?

Nearly Headless Nick prefers to be called Sir Nicholas. He got his name from a botched execution in which the executioner simply left his head dangling from a piece of skin. Yeah, the HP series has some pretty dark moments.

Who guards the door of the Gryffindor common room?

In the books, the fat lady likes to sing and be really loud. However, the movies have spared us glass shattering high notes, and we are luckier for it. To enter their dorms, students have to give the fat lady a password.

Which class are Harry and Ron late for?

Ron, of course, makes a comment about how old and mean Professor McGonagall is, who has transfigured herself into a cat sitting on her desk. This leads to some points being taken away from the Gryffindor house.

Can you name the professor Harry thinks is after the Sorcerer's Stone?

Harry and his friends like to blame Professor Snape for pretty much everything. However, we'd like to think that by the third book, he'd realize that this just isn't true ... but he doesn't. He hates Snape all the way until the end.

What is Seamus trying to do when he makes a cup explode?

Seamus is well known for his ability to turn the simplest spell into something explosive. There are several occasions where he does this. He becomes so good at blowing things up that he is asked to do so when it comes time to defend Hogwarts.

What gift does Neville Longbottom get from his grandmother?

When the smoke in a remembrall turns red, you have forgotten something. However, the remembrall doesn't tell you what you've forgotten, making it pretty useless.

What creature is in Hogwarts on Halloween?

Professor Quirrell tells everyone that there is a troll in the dungeon on Halloween. Dumbledore sends everyone to their dorms. The Slytherin dorms are in the dungeon. No one put this together.

Which ball does Harry have to focus on when he plays Quidditch?

The first golden snitch that Harry catches lands in his mouth. This comes into play much later in the series, as Dumbledore wills it to him. It takes Harry a while to remember how he caught it, though.

Why is there a three-headed dog at Hogwarts?

What better way to keep a small object safe than to get Cerberus to take care of it? Well, Hagrid's three-headed dog was named Fluffy, but same thing. We learn that if you play music for Fluffy, you can get him to go to sleep.

How does Ron help Harry and Hermione advance on their way to the Sorcerer's Stone?

While Ron is often portrayed as simple, he is actually very intelligent. The character is great at chess and strategizing. He simply needs a little more confidence to give him a boost.

What is underneath Professor Quirrell's turban?

While it is explained better in the books, Professor Quirrell ends up letting The Dark Lord become a parasite on his body. He is jumpy and weird, but you would be too if there was another face on the back of your head.

Who created the Sorcerer's Stone?

The three main characters spend much of their time trying to figure out who Nicolas Flamel actually is. As a stroke of luck (and literary pacing), Hermione finds out just in time that he is the creator of the Sorcerer's Stone.

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