My friend Donna sent me the text of the OWLS exams that she's given to her kids as part of their homeschooling curriculum. Wish I had Harry Potter when I was a kid!
At the Dursley home, where did Harry sleep?
James and Lilly Potter were killed on what day?
What caused Hagrid to jinx Dudley?
What is the name of Bartender at the Leaky Cauldron?
Hagrid withdrew the Sorcerer’s Stone from a vault at
Gringott’s Bank. What was the number of that vault?
Give the equivalencies for the following Wizarding
1 Galleon = ________sickles___
1 sickle = _______knuts_____
Describe Harry’s wand. (Give the length, type of wood,
How long has Ollivander’s wand shop been in operation?
Name the Weasley sons in order from oldest to
What card did Harry get in his first ever Chocolate
Frog? What was significant about this particular card?
What is Nearly Headless Nick’s proper name?
Into which house do these first year students get
Hannah Abbott __________________
Terry Boot __________________
Lavendar Brown __________________
Millicent Bulstrode __________________
Justin Finch-Fletchley __________________
Pansy Parkinson __________________
Padma Patil __________________
Parvati Patil __________________
Dean Thomas __________________
Blaise Zabini __________________
Dumbledore had a few words to say before the beginning
of the banquet. Name as many of these words as you
What was the first password to Gryffindor house for
Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s Hogwarts career?
How many staircases are there in Hogwarts?
In the first Potions class, Professor Snape asked
Harry several questions that Harry couldn’t answer.
Can you answer them?
What would you get if you added powdered root of
asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?
Where would you look to find a bezoar?
What is the difference between monkshood and
What event was happening when the troll was let loose?
Name the players and their positions on the Gryffindor
Who won the Gryffindor vs. Slytherin quidditch match?
(Give the score for extra credit.)
What is Nicholas Flamel’s profession?
What powers does the Sorcerer’s Stone possess?
Name at least two of the three Centaurs Hagrid and the
students met in the Forbidden Forest the night the
students had detention.
Why did two of the Centaurs argue that night?
Near the end of the first book, Neville tried to stop
Hermione, Ron, and Harry from roaming the castle at
night again. Who stopped Neville and how?
There were 7 tasks to accomplish before you could get
to the Sorcerer’s Stone. List in order: the task; its
solution; which staff member set the task; and who
solved the task (if appropriate).
TASK SOLUTION STAFF MEMBER WHO SOLVED IT
Uncle Vernon made three major changes to Harry’s
bedroom after the fiasco at the dinner party. Name at
least two of these changes.
Give the color and make of the car that Ron came in to
What punishment was given to Fred, George, and Ron for
taking the car without permission?
Describe how Ron’s bedroom at the Burrow was
How did the Weasley’s and Harry travel to Diagon
What did Malfoy want his father to buy for him at
Borgin & Burkes?
Why was Flourish & Blotts so crowded the day Harry
went to Diagon Alley?
Ron broke his wand when the car crashed into the
Whomping Willow. What did he use in an attempt to
What spell did Professor Lockhart use to stop the
What is the name of the Slytherin Quidditch captain?
Explain the meaning of the word “mudblood.”
Ron and Harry received detentions for using the flying
car to get to Hogwarts. What were their detentions?
Define the word “squib.”
Hermione needed a book in the Restricted Section of
the library in order to brew the Polyjuice Potion.
What is the name of the book and from whom did she get
written permission to use the book?
What did Madam Pomfrey make Harry drink to help cure
him after the Quidditch match?
What is the password to Dumbledore’s office?
What type of bird is Fawkes? Name at least two
characteristics or abilities of this bird.
Whom did Harry, Ron, and Hermione turn into when they
took the Polyjuice Potion?
When Harry went into Tom Riddle’s memories, Dumbledore
was not he Headmaster. Who was? What class did
Dumbledore teach at that time?
Why was the Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff quidditch match
cancelled at the last minute?
Gilderoy Lockhart was asked by the other professors to
handle the monster since he said he could do it
himself. What secret did Harry and Ron uncover about
Professor Lockhart’s past successes?
What did Harry do to destroy Tom Riddle?
What advice had Mr. Weasley repeatedly given his
children that Ginny did not listen to when using the
What jewels were encrusted on Godric Gryffindor’s
Put these people in the order they were attacked. Give
the reason they were petrified and not killed. (Justin
Flinch-Fletchly, Hermione and Penelope Clearwater,
Mrs. Norris the Cat, Colin Creevey)
Describe Voldemort’s wand. (Give the length, type of
wood, and core.)
Harry saw at least three things while in Borgin &
Burkes that play a prevalent role in Book 6. Name at
least two of them.
Name at least one ingredient in Polyjuice Potion.
(The more you can correctly name, the more points you
When Colin Creevey is attacked and brought in,
petrified, to the hospital wing, Harry overhears
McGonagall ask Dumbledore “who” could be doing this.
Dumbledore says “The question is not who. The
question is, how.”
What is the significance of this statement?
In destroying Tom Riddle’s diary, Harry also destroyed
something else (as revealed in a later book). What
else did he destroy?
I was only able to answer about 75% of the questions, but I think my answers are correct, at least! Some of them are a little tricky - do we really know who was born first, Fred or George?
Your daughter doesn't read the HP books?
I'm actually pretty amazed at how many adults (including MoBob and myself - we've read the whole series in both French and English and have all the movies) are into Harry Potter, and serious discussions at that.
we started them when she was unable to read them alone, so i read them aloud to her. then we got to the 4th book and it was just so big, i couldn't keep my motivation up to keep going, as reading aloud is hard work. and she'd get restless and we'd have months break in between. she decided she'd just wait for the films. i've tried to get her to continue alone now that she reads well and much more often, but she refuses to, and i don't know why.
i'd often thought to finish the series on my onw, but the 4th book is on the other side of the world, and now we've seen the film. perhaps i should get number 5 and just restart from there.
They are hard work - I'm surprised that as the books progress they are getting darker and darker - and I can't imagine being a 12 year old and reading about so much death. Although I suppose many children's classics don't tiptoe around death either....
oh kids absolutely love death and disaster - just think of any cartoon! she has been devouring the lemony snicket books recently... the series of unfortunate events. she's always been drawn to the dark side of life. i think they like it more than most adults and it's a way of processing their own darker feelings more safely, i believe
Then there's the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman. I've never read them but apparently they're, well, *dark.*
And I cried at the end of "Charlotte's Web." How can I bear reading that to my yet unborn, student-debt promised, soccer-maniac child(ren)?
she was given his dark materials a while ago but didn't feel up to reading them then. although i imagine her reading is good enough now. i should try to get her to have another go.
yes... charlottes web... not to mention bambi...