How Big of a Potterhead Are You?


The Harry Potter universe is one of the most popular literary or cinematic franchises in modern history, with over 500,000,000 books sold and a worldwide fan base. The movies, with revenue exceeding $8,000,000,000, are the third highest-grossing film franchise in the world, and continuations of the series such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them suggest even higher profits in the future. The novels have been translated into 80 different languages, and many of the actors associated with the movies have seen their fame skyrocket. With so much hype and adoration, the Harry Potter franchise has become a historic moment in the literary canon. Its success led to the explosion of the young adult literature genre, which has become one of the most in-demand genres of literary or visual media. Whether you grew up with the series or discovered it as an adult, you will find yourself in good company amongst this series' enormous fan base. How well do you know the story? Test your knowledge to find out just how smart of a wizard or witch you are.

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What do all those fancy incantations mean?

The spell incantations in the Harry Potter series derive from Latin words and phrases. Though English is a Germanic language, it has a great deal of Latin influence, so English speakers may recognize some of the root words that appear in Harry Potter's spells. The root word "levi" means "lift," and "corpus" means "body," so the spell "levicorpus" lifts a person's body into the air. "Imperium" is the Latin word for "command," so "Imperio" allows the user to command the person they are casting the spell upon. Even character names often have hidden meanings: "vol" is the Latin root for "wish" or "will," as well as the French word for "flight"; "de" can mean either "of" or "from," and "mort" means "death," so depending on how one reads it, Voldemort's name could mean "deathly will" or "flight from death."

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