You may have been one of those kids waiting for your Hogwarts letter when you were younger, or you may not have been very fond of the Harry Potter story at all. Either way, unless you’ve been living under a stone, you must have heard about it at some point.
And if you’re here reading this article, you have not only heard about it - but you’re probably a die-hard fan since you’re considering hosting a Harry Potter trivia game for your employees. Do you know the name of Harry's parents? Can you tell us who won the Quidditch World Cup in "Goblet of Fire?" Who died in the "Half-Blood Prince." Welcome to the world of wands, wizards, and memories of friendship and courage!
Hosting such a game will make you and your team take a trip down memory lane and see how much you can recall from the Harry Potter series.
From the Triwizard tournament, the wide range of magic spells and potions, all the way to the four Hogwarts houses, their characteristics, and specific Quidditch rules (hint: our trivia is not as hard or as challenging as playing Quidditch) - you name it, we’ve got it in our article!
Harry Potter Questions
“Working hard is important, but there’s something that matters even more. Believing in yourself. Think of it this way: Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than we are now. Students. If they can do it, why not us? —Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
You probably can’t host a Harry Potter trivia game without including questions that revolve around the main character - Harry himself.
Regardless of whether you’ve read the books or seen the movies (most fans have probably done both), you have to know a thing or two about “the boy who lived”, the wizard who faced and defeated Voldemort, the character who Albus Dumbledore cares deeply about, and the boy who can communicate with snakes.
Harry Potter can be analyzed from many different perspectives, as it’s a character which takes on several different roles and exhibits different behaviors depending on whether he’s with his non-magic family, his friends, or fighting to save the magical world.
In our Harry Potter trivia questions, we invite you to consider most of them.
- Who tells Harry he’s a wizard?
- Throughout his school years, Harry owns two brooms. Which are they?
Answer: Nimbus 2000 and Firebolt.
- How did Harry get the lightning bolt scar on his forehead?
Answer: He got it as a baby when Voldemort tried to kill him.
- What’s Harry’s Patronus?
Answer: A stag.
- Harry discovers he’s one of Voldemort’s seven Horcruxes. What are the others?
Answer: Tom Riddle’s Diary, Nagini, the giant ring, the Hufflepuff cup, Slytherin Locket, and Ravenclaw diadem.
- What kind of dragon did Harry fight during the Triwizard tournament?
Answer: A Hungarian Horntail.
- What is Harry’s wand made of?
Answer: Holly, with a phoenix feather core.
- Before the start of his second year at Hogwarts, how do the Weasley's manage to save Harry from the Dursley's house?
Answer: With a flying car.
- How did Fawkes the Phoenix save Harry?
Answer: With its healing tears.
- What’s Harry’s owl called?
Hermione Granger Questions
“Now if you two don’t mind, I’m going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed – or worse, expelled.” —Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Known for her quick wit and impeccable knowledge, Hermione Granger is one of the most ambitious (if not THE most ambitious) student Hogwarts have ever seen. She always has the solution for each problem, knows how to help even in the most dire of situations, and is able to swiftly recall each magic spell, potion, or piece of information.
Apart from answering the questions below, it’d be nice to have a Hermione-themed discussion with your team, too. For instance, who’s the most ambitious member in your team? Who identifies with Hermione and exhibits such cleverness? Is there someone who always relies on books and research, the same way that Hermione runs to the school library whenever she needs to check/learn something?
Also, Hermione is known to be quite bossy, so who behaves in such a manner from your employees? How do their peers react to it? Is this a source of frustration for some, or is it welcomed because that person constantly shows initiative?
Besides answering the questions below, we also invite you to come up with your own additional questions to continue the Hermione discussion in a way they apply to your current corporate setting.
- How was Hermione able to take extra lessons?
Answer: By using a time-turner.
- What’s the name of Hermione’s cat?
- What’s Hermione’s Patronus?
- What do Hermione's parents do for a living?
Answer: They’re dentists.
- What did Draco Malfoy repeatedly call Hermione?
Answer: A “mudblood”.
- In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, what did Hermione discover in the girls' toilets?
Answer: A mountain troll.
- The Polyjuice Potion Hermione prepared contained seven ingredients. Can you name them?
Answer: Lacewing flies, knotgrass, fluxweed, leeches, shredded Boomslang skin, powdered Bicorn horn, and a bit of the person you wish to turn into.
- What does the Polyjuice Potion transform Hermione into?
Answer: A cat.
- In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, what’s Hermione's job?
Answer: Minister for Magic.
- What did Dumbledore leave to Hermione in his will?
Answer: The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
Ron Weasley Questions
“We’re still a bunch of misfits.” — Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Sometimes funny. Always loyal. Known for his red hair. Frequently giving humorous comments.
There’s a lot more to Ron Weasley than this, but these statements summarize most of his main personality traits, overall character, and appearance.
Why not “use” Ron to make a good parallel with your own team? Who tells the most jokes in the office? Who seems to be afraid of spiders? Who enjoys their lunch breaks simply because they loooove to eat? Who is quite friendly and loyal to their peers?
Ron’s character and behavior are truly amusing, therefore quite interesting to discuss them - especially if you analyze how they apply to your employees’ behavior. Of course, this is meant to be a fun and enjoyable experience, not a tough or detailed psychological analysis. :)
We hope you’ll find the Ron-themed questions below inspiring just as the previous set of questions, and that you’ll be able to link them with your own professional experiences (or adjust them accordingly).
- What’s Ron’s rat called?
- How many siblings does Ron have?
Answer: Six (five brothers and one sister).
- Can you name them?
Answer: Bill, Charlie, Percy, twins Fred and George, and Ginny.
- Why does Ron decide he hates Krum?
Answer: Because Krum took Hermione to the dance.
- Where does Arthur Weasley, Ron’s father, work?
Answer: The Ministry of Magic.
- What is Ron’s greatest fear?
- Who is Ron's date to the Yule Ball?
Answer: Padma Patil.
- What is Ron's favorite Quidditch team?
Answer: Chudley Cannons.
- What does Ron see in the Mirror of Erised?
Answer: Himself as Head Boy and also as a Quidditch Captain.
“All these people saying they never got their Hogwarts letter: you got the letter. You went to Hogwarts. We were all there together.” — J K Rowling
Hogwarts is a school, but it’s unlike any other school we’ve ever seen. If all schools resembled Hogwarts even a bit, most pupils and students would have no problem getting their diplomas whatsoever. In fact, they’ll do so with great enthusiasm.
Discussing Hogwarts as a magical educational institution may help you discuss your peers’ educational background, their opinions about it, and their qualifications. In other words, you can “use” Hogwarts to initiate a conversation which applies to your teammates’ individual educational experiences. It’d be also cool to see how much they believe they apply their formal knowledge in their everyday job. How do they feel about it?
Hogwarts may be magical and completely unrealistic, but your employees’ experiences are quite real and valid, and most importantly: worth listening to.
- Can you name all the founders of Hogwarts?
Answer: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin.
- What do you call the magical creatures which pull the carriages that take students from the Hogwarts Express to Hogwarts?
- What’s the name of the centaur who taught at Hogwarts?
Answer: Professor Firenze.
- What was Hagrid's pet dog called?
- What kind of creature is Aragog?
Answer: An acromantula.
- Which platform at Kings Cross Station do Hogwarts' pupils use to get to the Hogwarts Express?
Answer: 9 ¾.
- Can you name at least three people who held the defense against the dark arts teacher position at Hogwarts?
Answer: Quirinus Quirrell, Bartemius Crouch Jr, Gilderoy Lockhart, Remus Lupin, Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody, Dolores Umbridge, Severus Snape, and Amycus Carrow.
- How’s the tree that Arthur’s Weasley’s car crashed into called?
Answer: The whomping willow.
- Where does Harry go to teach Dumbledore’s Army?
Answer: The Room of Requirement (the room which appears when someone is in need of it and it adjusts to that person’s needs in that given moment).
- How many staircases does Hogwarts have?
- Where does almost every Hogwarts student go to get their wand?
“You might belong in Gryffindor, Where dwell the brave at heart, Their daring, nerve, and chivalry, Set Gryffindors apart;” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Courage. Bravery. Chivalry. Strength.
This is what Gryffyindor values above all. How do you feel about these qualities? Are they to be found within your own company? Why? Why not? What does it take for an employee to show courage? When is an employee considered to be brave? What type of strength does your company require? Is it physical or mental? Perhaps both?
The Gryffindor trivia questions are meant to help you go deeper with what this house stands for, its values, the people that belonged to it, as well as the values it carries.
- Who founded this house?
Answer: Godric Gryffindor.
- Who’s the ghost of Gryffindor?
Answer: Nearly Headless Nick.
- Who’s the head of Gryffindor’s house?
Answer: Minerva McGonagall.
- Which important object did Godric Gryffindor own?
Answer: A sword.
- What are the Gryffindor house colors?
Answer: Scarlet and gold.
- What animal is the Gryffindor house emblem?
Answer: A lion.
- Who guards the entrance to the Gryffindor common room?
Answer: The Fat Lady.
- What’s the password one should use to enter into the Gryffindor tower?
Answer: Pig Snout.
- Gryffindor comes from the French word, Gryphon D'or, which means ________.
Answer: Golden griffin.
- Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin were enemies from the beginning - is this true or false?
"You might belong in Hufflepuff, Where they are just and loyal, those patient Hufflepuffs are true, and unafraid of toil." ― The Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
This Hogwarts house values loyalty, justice, patience, and hard work, as the quote above suggests.
Now, Hufflepuff is an imaginary house (as we already explained with Hogwarts), but your company’s values are more than realistic. So, continuing along the Gryffindor lines, how does loyalty appear in your office? Does it mean someone standing up for someone else? Keeping a professional secret? Sticking up for a client? What about justice? Is it getting an equal salary (for workers in the same job position)? The same vacation days? Next, how do you approach the concept of patience in your company? Does it mean that being patient sometimes affects project delivery because you decided to wait more on those who procrastinate, for example? How does patience relate to hard work? Do they go hand in hand? How so?
We hope these questions will be food for thought, and now onto some easier ones (probably?):
- Where are the Hufflepuff common rooms located?
Answer: Next to the kitchen.
- Which animal is featured on the Hufflepuff house badge?
Answer: A badger.
- What are Hufflepuff's house colors?
Answer: Yellow and black.
- What’s the name of the Hufflepuff house founder?
Answer: Helga Hufflepuff.
- Where was her golden chalice kept?
Answer: At Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault at Gringotts bank.
- Who is the head of the Hufflepuff house?
Answer: Pomona Sprout.
- What subject does she teach?
- What is the name of the Hufflepuff resident ghost?
Answer: The Fat Friar.
- Who’s the most famous student from Hufflepuff who also competes with Harry in the Triwizard Tournament?
Answer: Cedric Diggory.
- What do you get soaked in if you tap the wrong barrel to enter the Hufflepuff common room?
"Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, If you have a ready mind, Where those of witty mind and learning, Will always find their kind." ― The Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone
As a house, Ravenclaw appreciates wit, wisdom, intelligence, and learning. It’s almost unbelievable how Hermione Granger didn’t end up in this house, right?
The concepts of intelligence, wisdom, and learning are probably some important criteria when it comes to hiring employees. So, we invite you to contemplate these concepts, and how they apply to your own hiring process, as well as evaluate your existing employees’ performance and overall productivity.
How do you discern a wise worker from a silly one? How can you tell who’s working on bettering themselves and who feels too lazy to do so? These are some questions you can reflect on, while you allow your team to think about the following ones:
- Who was the Ravenclaw house founder?
Answer: Rowena Ravenclaw.
- Which animal is the Ravenclaw mascot?
Answer: An Eagle.
- What guards the Ravenclaw common room?
Answer: A bronze knocker in the shape of an eagle.
- What do you have to do in order to get into Ravenclaw Tower?
Answer: You need to answer a question (for instance, you may get a question such as "Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?" to which an acceptable answer would be something like "A circle has no beginning").
- What’s the name of the person who became the Ravenclaw ghost after her death?
Answer: Helena Ravenclaw.
- With which of the other founders was Ravenclaw good friends?
- In "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", who’s the first student to be placed in Ravenclaw?
Answer: Terry Boot.
- Who’s the girl in Ravenclaw Harry really likes?
Answer: Cho Chang.
- Voldemort and his followers were in Ravenclaw when they went to Hogwarts - is this true or false?
Answer: False (they were in Slytherin).
- What's the name of the ghost who wanders through the Ravenclaw common room?
Answer: The Grey Lady.
“We Slytherins are brave, yes, but not stupid. For instance, given the choice, we will always choose to save our own necks.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Finally - the last of the four Hogwarts houses. Slytherin treasures resourcefulness, leadership, ambition, and cunning behavior. Slytherins are capable of doing whatever it takes to get their way.
Now, it’d be interesting to discuss how Slytherin values would apply to a corporate context. What’s even more important to consider, however, is whether they should apply at all.
For instance, resourcefulness, leadership, and ambition sound appealing, and they should indeed be cherished as skills. That said, cunning behavior isn’t something a lot of companies want to see in their employees. That doesn’t mean it isn’t there, though.
Achieving one’s goals through manipulation, deceit, and in a sly manner may help employees only in the short run. However, sooner or later such behaviors are not only discovered, but strongly rejected, too.
Is this something your company ever had to deal with? If it did, what happened? What caused such behavior? How did the rest of the workers react? How did you feel as an employer?
It’s not all so bleak and quite serious though, and we hope the questions below can assure you of that:
- Where are the Slytherin common rooms located?
Answer: The dungeon.
- What are Slytherin's house colors?
Answer: Silver and green.
- What was the name of the person who founded this house?
Answer: Salazar Slytherin.
- What rare gift did the founder have?
Answer: He was able to speak Parseltongue (= communicating with snakes).
- What animal is featured on the Slytherin badge?
Answer: A serpent.
- What house is Slytherin's Quidditch rival?
- Which famous wizard was part of Slytherin’s house?
- What’s the name of the Slytherin house ghost?
Answer: The Bloody Baron.
- In the second book, Harry and Ron enter the Slytherin common room to talk to Malfoy - what is the entry password?
- Which of the following is the element of Slytherin?
Magic Spells Questions
“As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses.... I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death — if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach." ― Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
While these Latin-like phrases may sound meaningless, they do have a meaning in the Harry Potter world. In fact, some of them help wizards heal, while others cause harm.
Based on what we shared in the previous sections, you probably expect another parallel here - the magical aspect the section discusses with your own corporate context. Honestly, we can’t say we had the same plan for this paragraph, but why not?
However, the question remains: what kind of parallel can we draw here? Should it be about the words we use and how they harm or stimulate our coworkers? If this resonates with you, by all means - discuss it with your team.
And finally, just for fun - it won’t hurt to have your wands at the ready while answering this Harry Potter trivia section!
- When you’re trying to summon an object to you, what spell are you supposed to use?
- Why should you be afraid of the Legilimency spell?
Answer: Because the person using it against you is going to try to read your mind.
- What spell makes objects look as though they come alive?
Answer: Piertotum Locomotor.
- If you had to get rid of a Dementor, what would you do?
Answer: Simply yell "Expecto Patronum!" and think some happy thoughts.
- What spell should you use if you want to find out the last spell a wand used?
Answer: Priori Incantatem.
- If you’re being chased by Death Eaters, which of these incantations are you supposed to use to knock them out?
- Petrificus Totalus
- Locomotor Mortis
- If you need to make fire, what spell do you need to use?
- What is the spell "Riddikulus" used for?
Answer: To battle a Bogart - the spell turns a Boggart into something amusing instead of frightening.
- Which incantation is said to unlock doors?
- Which incantation conjures the Dark Mark?
“As we have developed the game of Quidditch, so it has developed us; Quidditch unites witches and wizards from all walks of life, bringing us together to share moments of exhilaration, triumph and (for those who support the Chudley Cannons) despair.”
- J.K.Rowling, Quidditch Through the Ages
You can’t explain Quidditch. You have to see how it’s played (or at least read how J.K. Rowling explains it). Period.
Now, as Quidditch is a leisure activity (although it affects the players’ lives, as well as how many points they’re able to bring their houses), it’s worth conjuring how your workers’ leisure activities, hobbies, and sport activities they may engage in affect them on the whole. Of course, it’s worth reflecting upon the activities you engage in as well.
For instance, are you sitting in front of the screen all day? How much anxiety and stress do you have to deal with before each product launch? What do you do about it? Do you get massages, go swimming, go for a walk, or run? How do you get rid of any negative energy? And what is it that you and your employees do to look after your mental health?
Not everyone will think that Quidditch is the example of bringing these issues, but do we really need a specific reason to talk about such significant problems?
Now, onto the actual Quidditch trivia questions:
- What color is the snitch in Quidditch?
- What is the time limit for each game in Quidditch?
Answer: There’s no time limit in Quidditch.
- According to Hagrid’s comments, what sport is Quidditch equivalent to in the Muggle world?
Answer: Soccer (football).
- How many people are there in a Quidditch team?
- What’s the name of the ancient German game that Quidditch first originated from?
- Which of the following colors is the color that Hufflepuff play in?
- Sky Blue
- Canary Yellow
- Mint Green
- Cerise Pink
Answer: Canary yellow.
- Who wrote Quidditch Through the Ages?
Answer: Kennilworthy Whisp.
- Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy play the exact same position - what is it?
- What’s the best broom to have ever been invented, according to the Harry Potter books?
- What’s the only time in a Quidditch match when a player is allowed to touch their feet on the ground?
Answer: Time Out.
- How many points do you receive after scoring a goal?
Answer: 10 points.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What can I use such Harry Potter trivia questions for?
The Harry Potter trivia questions are to be used in informal contexts such as team-building, after-work gatherings, fun activities, and so on.
Using Harry Potter trivia questions in a corporate context may seem fun for some, but it’s those relaxing moments with such trivia games which allow for proper and spontaneous team bonding. In essence, such trivia games are a great way to boost employee engagement.
It’s up to you when and where to use them. For instance, you can host a Harry Potter trivia game during an office party; you may present it as a warming-up activity, or you could combine it with other activities, too.
For instance, let’s say you and your team have decided to play an online escape game, but you wish to play several games, and you want them to match one other thematically. You’ve chosen Harry Potter as a theme, and this is one of the ways you may approach this: you could play the trivia first, and then opt for a Harry Potter-based online escape game.
Next, if you’re looking for a competitive game, and you also wish to make it intellectual you may host these trivia questions as part of a quiz. You need to divide your team members into several groups, decide how to award them (first place, second place, and third place), and pick adequate prices as well.
Also, keep in mind that you don’t really need any specific occasion or informal event to host a Harry Potter trivia game. Such trivia games are meant to be fun, and sometimes spontaneity is part of having fun. And what this “spontaneous” organizing looks like, ultimately depends on each company’s approach, as well as every employer’s understanding.
- How do I pick the right Harry Potter trivia questions and how many do I need?
If you’re a true Harry Potter fan, you’ll probably struggle to choose the right questions - put simply, you’ll want to include all of them!
However, if you need a specific number of questions and your trivia game has a time limit, you certainly need to make up your mind and pick the most suitable questions.
We suggest that you start by picking the type of questions your team members will likely want to answer. For instance, do you think your team will be more willing to answer questions about individual characters or about the four Hogwarts houses? If it’s the former, opt for the Harry, Hermione, and Ron questions; if it’s the latter, try choosing some of the questions which deal with the houses separately.
Next, if your employees feel quite passionate about the magic in Harry Potter, they know which spell does what, and are pretty knowledgeable about the potions as well, you have to focus on including the Magic Spells questions.
And if they’re quite fond of Quidditch as a sport activity and an important event in that wizarding world, it goes without saying that the Quidditch questions shouldn’t be neglected.
All in all, we suggest including a wide range of questions for a much more varied and creative trivia game. The exact number of questions is up to you (and your team).
- What if (some of) my employees don’t like the Harry Potter series or haven’t read/seen them?
We thought a lot about how to approach answering this question, and lucky for us, we came across a very useful article published on the Wizarding World. What better way to handle this subject than sharing tips and suggestions from an official Harry Potter site? That said, we just took the basic points of these suggestions, and took the freedom to adjust them to our article’s needs accordingly.
Tip no. 1
First of all, if some of your employees don’t like Harry Potter, it’s important not to judge them. You shouldn’t behave as though they’ve ruined the Harry Potter trivia game plans, as they’re not able to take part in it.
Plus, understanding what your employees don’t like gives you the opportunity to learn what it is they like and enjoy reading/watching. This can ultimately help you not only plan your next trivia games, but keep in mind their interests and passions for other events and activities, too. We discuss this further in the last tip.
Tip no. 2 Don’t try to force them to get acquainted with the Harry Potter story and don’t overwhelm them with your knowledge. This might cause them to resist the series even more than they already do.
Just think of something you aren’t quite fond of or simply can’t stand. How would you feel if someone tried to sell it to you?
Tip no. 3
If you do end up discussing magic things with them, however, opt for the simple ones first. For instance, instead of bombarding your employees with concepts such as dementors, goblins, and thestrals, try starting with werewolves, giants, ghosts, and centaurs.
Such concepts, although unrealistic and quite abstract, are still much more graspable than the others because they exist in other stories. Put simply, people will find them familiar regardless of whether you’re talking about Harry Potter or another magical tale.
The same applies to other aspects from the series. Namely, if you talk about things such as magic spells, potions, wands, invisibility cloaks, and levitating, your employees will be able to comprehend these much better than if you start by introducing concepts such as Horcruxes, Howlers, or deluminators. The latter may sound much more appealing to you, as you know their significance to the overall story, but it may be intimidating for someone who doesn’t even know what the Harry Potter world looks like at all.
Tip. no 4 Notice how your employees react when you talk to them about Harry Potter. Do they look interested in what you have to say? Are they intrigued? Or are they bored and are just trying to be nice to you?
Try using the movies “as bait”. In other words, if someone isn’t quite familiar with Harry Potter, chances are they’ll wish to see how that world looks like visually much more than they’d be willing to read extensively about it and imagine it themselves (except for some hardcore bookworms).
Tip no. 5
Now, even if you manage to hook your employees on checking out the Harry Potter series (remember, you’re not forcing them, you’re just planting the seeds) - don’t spoil things.
Imagine reading the books or watching the movie knowing how it ends - for instance, knowing beforehand that Voldemort gets defeated, Harry ends up with Ginny, Ron and Hermione are together, and so on. Would you perceive the whole story to be exciting? Not really, right?
Tip no. 6 Use the time you’re conversing with your employees to discover their other interests. For instance, do they dislike magical stories altogether, or is it just Harry Potter in particular? What type of characters, books, movies, and “worlds” are they fond of?
This won’t only help you get to know your employees more on a personal level, but it will be useful for planning the next trivia game. For instance, if most of your employees who dislike Harry Potter tell you they’re into comedies or TV shows, you may decide to incorporate such trivia within your next game plans. Or if they enjoy comic books, how about preparing a trivia game based on comics?
Just find what your employees might be into - who knows, you may end up being interested in something you haven’t heard/read/seen, and so this may be an opportunity for you to further explore this on your own.
In essence, if Harry Potter trivia questions aren’t your team’s cup of tea, there are other much more general trivia questions you may opt for instead and make sure everyone’s happy.
All in all, Harry Potter-themed trivia can be used in a wide range of informal corporate settings. And you know better than anyone else what works for your team and what doesn’t.
Also, if we managed to somehow help you with making choices and informed decisions regarding trivia games, we’re truly honored.
On the whole, we hope you found our questions to be as magical as the Harry Potter world itself!