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July is an eventful month for Harry Potter fans.

On July 15, a Harry Potter theme park opened Japan, July 21 marked seven years since the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series was published, and July 31 is Harry Potter's 34th birthday.

To celebrate these occasions, this quiz will test your knowledge of the Harry Potter franchise, including the books, the films and the author.

When was the first Harry Potter book released?

A. June 26, 1999

B. June 26, 2000

C. June 26, 1996

D. June 26, 1997

June 26, 1997

The first book in the Harry Potter series was published by Bloomsbury Press in June of 1997, according to The first print ran 500 copies, according to USA Today.

What inspired Rowling to create Dementors in the series?

A. An abusive relative

B. Her divorce

C. A childhood fear

D. Her depression


In the Harry Potter series, Dementors are creatures who feed off of human happiness. J.K. Rowling created them after her own battle with depression, according to

"It's so difficult to describe (depression) to someone who's never been there because it's not sadness," Rowling said. "I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it's that cold absence of feeling — that really hollowed-out feeling. That's what Dementors are."

In the books, a Dementor's kiss sucks out a human soul.

Where did J.K. Rowling first write down the story of Harry Potter?

A. On a Post-it note

B. On regular paper

C. On paper napkins

D. In the Margins of "Wuthering Heights"

Regular paper

There is rumor that J.K. Rowling scribbled her original ideas for Harry Potter on napkins. However, in a 2003 interview posted to "60 Minutes" website, Rowling dispelled that myth.

"Someone, a journalist, actually said to me the other day, 'So you
wrote your whole first novel on napkins, paper napkins,' " Rowling said. "No, I did not write on napkins. I could afford pens and paper, yeah."

What is the original title of the first Harry Potter book?

A. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

B. "Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express"

C. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"

D. "Harry Potter and the House-Elf"

"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"
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The title of the first book was "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone." It was published with that title in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

In America, it was published as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone," a change that attributes to the assumption that American readers would not be as familiar with alchemy "and think of philosophy as dull."

What position did J.K. Rowling hold herself that is written into the Harry Potter series?

A. Barmaid

B. Grounds keeper

C. Head girl

D. Professor

Head girl
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J.K. Rowling was the head girl at Wyedean School and College, according to

In the Harry Potter series, one seventh-year boy and one seventh-year girl from each Hogwart's house is chosen to act as a leader for their house.

Which Harry Potter book broke records for being the fastest-selling book in history?

A. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

B. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

C. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

D. "Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix"

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"
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Rowling's seventh and final Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," was named the fastest-selling book in history in 2007.

The New York Times reported that 11 million copies of the book were sold in 24 hours in three markets alone.

Who presented the idea of a musical version of Harry Potter to J.K. Rowling?

A. Elton John

B. Beyonce

C. Stephen Sondheim

D. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
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According to, Michael Jackson approached J.K. Rowling with the idea for a Harry Potter musical. Rowling turned it down.

What was Neville Longbottom’s original last name?

A. Longmeyer

B. Puff

C. Snufflepugg

D. Pompkin

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According to, Neville's original last name was Puff.

Other original names include Hermione Puckle, Draco Spinks and Lily Moon (who became Luna Lovegood).

What experience from J.K. Rowling's personal life played the most significant role in the Harry Potter series?

A. Her relationship with her daughter

B. Her divorce

C. Her mother's death

D. Living on welfare

Her mother died
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Rowling told Oprah she started writing the series six months before her mother died.

"If she hadn't died, I don't think it's too strong to say that there wouldn't be Harry Potter," Rowling told Oprah. "The books are what they are because she died ... because I loved her and she died."

What does the “K” stand for in J.K. Rowling?

A. Kimberly

B. Katherine

C. Kerry

D. Kathleen

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The author's full name is Joanne Rowling, but her publisher suggested she choose initials for her first name because young boys might be less inclined to read a book written by a woman.

According to Rowling's website, Kathleen comes from her paternal grandmother.

Which character did J.K. Rowling loosely model after herself?

A. Lily Potter

B. Hermione Granger

C. Nymphadora Tonks

D. Ginny Weasley

Hermione Granger
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J.K. Rowling said she was like Hermione in her younger days, according to

"Hermione is loosely based on me," Rowling said in a 1999 School Library Journal article. "She's a caricature of me when I was 11, which I'm not particularly proud of. She's quite annoying in a lot of ways. I like her as a character, but I'm very aware that some people wouldn't."

How much money did the Harry Potter movies gross at the global box office?

A. $98 million

B. $4.3 billion

C. $15 million

D. $7.7 billion

$7.7 billion

The Harry Potter movie franchise grossed $7.7 billion, according to

How many Harry Potter theme parks will there be by 2016?

A. Three

B. Four

C. Two

D. Six

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There are currently Harry Potter theme parks in Florida and Japan, and there will be a third in California by 2016, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Which university gave J.K. Rowling an honorary degree?

A. University of Oxford

B. Yale University

C. Duke University

D. Harvard University


J.K. Rowling accepted an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2008.

"We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: We have the power to imagine better," Rowling said to the students.

Which two Harry Potter movie actors are related in real life?

A. Mad-eye Moody and Bill Weasley

B. Molly Weasley and Percy Weasley

C. Remus Lupin and Luna Lovegood

D. Neville Longbottom and Dean Thomas

Mad-eye Moody and Bill Weasley
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According to, Brendan Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson, who play Mad-eye and Bill respectively, are father and son.

Which British university was the site for many scenes of Hogwarts?

A. University of Kent

B. Durham University

C. University of Oxford

D. University of Cambridge

Oxford University

Many Hogwart's scenes were filmed at the University of Oxford, particularly in Christ Church College, according to

Who are the driver and the conductor of the Knight Bus, Ernie and Stanley, named after?

A. Rowling's English teachers

B. Rowling's father and father-in-law

C. Rowling's grandfathers

D. Rowling's neighbors

Rowling's grandfathers
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Rowling named the driver and the conductor of the Knight Bus, a bus used to transport witches and wizards, after both her grandfathers, Ernie and Stanley, according to

When did Rowling invent quidditch?

A. After watching an Arsenal F.C. match

B. After a fight with her boyfriend

C. After she wrote a chapter about Harry

D. After her first child learned to walk

After a fight with her boyfriend
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According to the Los Angeles Times, Rowling wrote, “[Quidditch] was invented in a small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend. I had been pondering the things that hold a society together, cause it to congregate and signify its particular character and knew I needed a sport.”