Test Your Knowledge of the First Five Years at Hogwarts


This article, along with others to test your Wizarding World knowledge, are featured in Newsweek Special Edition: Harry Potter— The Ultimate Trivia Challenge.

Use your comprehensive knowledge from the past five years at Hogwarts and check the answer key to see how many O.W.L.s you can earn to set you on your path for years six and seven.

Passing Grades: Outstanding (O), Exceeds Expectations (E) and Acceptable (A)

Failing Grades: Poor (P), Dreadful (D) and Troll (T)


1. A _______ _______is used to swap two different objects for one another.

A. Swapping Spell

B. Switching Spell

C. Switch Charm

D. Trading Spell

2. What is the result of the incantation Flintifors?

A. Turns a desk into a pig

B. Turns a rabbit into a slipper

C. Turns a small creature or item into a matchbox

D. Turns a small creature or item into a snuff box

3. The incantation _______ transforms an animal into a goblet.

A. Vera Verto

B. Ventus Duo

C. Verdimillious Duo

D. Vulnera Sanentur

4. Holding a mandrake leaf in one's mouth for a month and reciting a specific incantation on a daily basis is part of the process of:

A. Becoming an animagus

B. Keeping your human mind during werewolf transformations

C. Becoming a metamorphmagus

D. Permanently changing one's hair color

5. What is the incantation for the Bird- Conjuring Charm?

A. Avifors

B. Anteoculatia

C. Anapneo

D. Avis

6. The incantation Evanesco:

A. Causes the target to grow in size

B. Transforms the target into an insectoid for a short time

C. Vanishes both animate and inanimate objects

D. Adheres one object to another


Name the incantation that will successfully complete each charm.

1. Banishing Charm

2. Disarming Charm

3. Levitation Charm

4. Mending Charm

5. Shield Charm

6. Summoning Charm

7. Tickling Charm

8. Color Change Charm


1. Monkshood and wolfsbane are also known as:

A. Wormwood

B. Aconite

C. Asphodel

D. Moondew

2. Approximately how long does it take to brew a Polyjuice Potion?

A. Three months

B. Two weeks

C. One month

D. Two months

3. A _______ _______ is used to soothe a person after experiencing shock, trauma or an emotional outburst.

A. Soothing Solution

B. Calming Draught

C. Draught of Peace

D. Girding Potion

4. Name the four lessons Snape taught his students in Year 5 (that we know of):

1. _______

2. _______

3. _______

4. _______

5. Which potion does Snape brew for Professor Lupin during Harry's third year at Hogwarts?

A. Wolfsbane Potion

B. Wormwood Potion

C. Wiggenweld Potion

D. Strengthening Solution


1. What is the best incantation to use against a boggart?

A. Ridiculous

B. Riddikulus

C. Ridonkulous

D. Ridiklis

2. List each DA member's Patronus (one point per answer):

Harry Potter_______

Ron Weasley_______

Hermione Granger_______

Ginny Weasley_______

Cho Chang_______

Luna Lovegood_______

Seamus Finnigan_______

Ernie Macmillan_______

3. List the incantation for all three Unforgivable Curses (one point each):

The Killing Curse_______

The Imperius Curse_______

The Cruciatus Curse_______

4. Which of the following is NOT a defensive spell?

A. Stupefy

B. Impedimenta

C. Expecto Patronum

D. Incendio

5. Which of the following is the incantation for the Shield Charm?

A. Protego

B. Protecto

C. Portus

D. Petrifi cus Totalus


1. Which creatures start out gold as babies but eventually grow to have pure white coats?

A. Unicorns

B. Hippogriffs

C. Knarls

D. Thestrals

2. Which creature is known for hoarding shiny things, leading them to be particularly useful in locating treasure?

A. Leprechauns

B. Niffl ers

C. Bowtruckles

D. Kneazles



1. B

2. C

3. A

4. A

5. D

6. C

Results: O: 6 E: 5 A: 4 P: 2-3 D: 1 T: 0

Your result:__________________


1. Depulso

2. Expelliarmus

3. Wingardium Leviosa

4. Reparo

5. Protego

6. Accio

7. Rictusempra

8. Colovaria

Results: O: 8 E: 6-7 A: 5 P: 3-4 D: 2 T: 0-1

Your result:__________________

Defense Against the Dark Arts:

1. B

2. Stag, Jack Russell Terrier, Otter, Horse, Swan, Hare, Fox, Boar

3. Avada Kedavra, Imperio, Crucio

4. D

5. A

Results: O: 13-14 E: 11-12 A: 9-10 P: 6-8 D: 3-5 T: 0-2

Your result:__________________


1. B

2. C

3. B

4. Draught of Peace, Properties of Moonstone, Varieties of Venom Antidotes, Strengthening Solution

5. A

Results: O: 8 E: 6-7 A: 5 P: 3-4 D: 2 T: 0-1

Your result:_________________

Care of Magical Creatures:

1. A

2. B

3. D

4. B

5. Hungarian Horntail, Common Welsh Green, Chinese Fireball, Swedish Short-Snout

Results: O: 7 E: 6 A: 4-5 P: 3 D: 2 T: 0-1

Your result:__________________

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