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Spokane County Library District hosts Harry Potter virtual trivia competition

UPDATED: Thu., July 30, 2020

Perhaps an unconventional holiday to less devoted fans, Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the birth of the “Harry Potter” series’ fictional title character. That’s right, Harry Potter, “the boy who lived,” is 40 years old this year.

To celebrate Potter’s 40th, the Spokane County Library District is hosting an all-ages virtual trivia night.

The original plans for an in-person trivia event began before social-distancing guidelines were put in place. But, when Gov. Jay Inslee issued the stay-home order, the “Harry Potter” trivia competition, as well as earlier trivia competitions covering “The Office” and “The Golden Girls,” moved online.

The event will take place using Kahoot, an online, app-based trivia platform. Fans can participate individually or team up with family members and other housemates.

“It’s not just for kids,” SCLD communications director Jane Baker said. “Some of us read all the ‘Harry Potter’ books along with our kids, so we’re all fans of it, as well.”

SCLD librarians have been compiling questions about the litany of spells, magical creatures, Hogwarts houses, potions ingredients and memorable quotes from the books as well as the films. So, if any of your recent TV-binging sessions have included a rewatch of all eight “Harry Potter” films, you’ll be more than prepared to put your knowledge to the test.

“They’ve collected a wide variety of questions from easy to a little more challenging,” Baker said. “There’s something for everyone.”

There won’t be any prizes, Baker said. But you will have the immeasurable glory of being the most knowledgeable “Harry Potter” fan in Spokane – the Supreme Mugwump of magical trivia, as it were.

“Just bring your knowledge about all of the magical things that happened and prepare to have a good time celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday,” Baker said.

Here are some semi-challenging questions to get you warmed up:

  1. How many presents does Dudley Dursley receive on his birthday in the first film?
  2. What are the two names given for the potion that Professor Slughorn offers as a reward for brewing the draught of living death correctly in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?” (Hint: One is in English, one is in Latin.)
  3. To be read in Professor Snape’s voice: “Tell me, what would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?”
  4. After the Chamber of Secrets, where is the next place we see Gilderoy Lockhart?
  5. What does Harry do with his Triwizard Tournament winnings?

Organizers recommend that competitors download the Kahoot app and create an account beforehand. Competitors also are required to register for the event through the SCLD website with a valid email address so that organizers can send out links for the Kahoot competition and the Zoom meeting.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday. For information, visit the SCLD event calendar at

And for you mere Muggles, the answers to the warm-up questions:

1. 38

2. Liquid Luck, Felix Felicis

3. Draught of Living Death

4. St. Mungo’s

5. He gives it to Fred and George so that they can start their joke shop.

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