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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
(Original post: January 1st, 2009)

Having just read "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" again for the fourth time, I realised how much detail I still hadn't taken in from the previous readings (owing to my bad habit of reading too fast when gripped by a plot).

Exasperated by my lack of attention, on the last reading I put together a list of questions whose answers I still didn't know from previous readings. Then I thought that these would make a fun set of questions for a "Mastermind" style quiz, so here they are. If you have read the book, see how you do!

(I have tried to avoid spoilers and questions easily answered from on-line digests.)

  1. Whose blue eyes does Harry keep seeing in the fragment of mirror, and where did this fragment come from?

  2. Why is Ron barefoot when he is standing by the grave at Shell Cottage?

  3. What leads Harry to the Horcrux in a particular high-security vault?

  4. How did Dumbledore come into possession of the elder wand and the invisibility cloak?

  5. Rita Skeeter publishes a malicious version of the deaths of Kendra (Dumbledore's mother) and Ariana (his sister). How did each of these people actually die?

  6. How does Harry realise firstly where the general location of the Ravenclaw Horcrux must be, and secondly where it actually is?

  7. As the final battle of Hogwarts approaches, a new method of getting between Hogwarts and Hogsmeade is used both for getting into Hogwarts, and for evacuating many of the students. Who accidentally caused this new method to come into existence, and what was this person doing at the time?

  8. Towards the end of the story, Voldemort kills the bravest man that Harry Potter ever knew for a mistaken reason. What (exactly) was Voldemort's mistake?

The answers... are all in the book!

[The Bartimaeus Trilogy, and other good books for treating Harry Potter Withdrawal]
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