Monitor quiz: How well do you know Harry Potter?

1. What was the original title of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (1998)?

2. What character's name was inspired by a bumblebee?

a. Albus Dumbledore

b. Sirius Black

c. Severus Snape

3. Who said: "If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."

4. How do you pronounce the author's last name, "Rowling"?


(1) The British title was "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." "Philosopher" here means a natural philosopher, in the sense of "scientist." Editors felt that Americans would not understand, so the title was changed. (2) A. Dumbledore is the Old English word for bumblebee. "I chose it because my image is of this benign wizard, always on the move," author J.K. Rowling says, "humming to himself, and I loved the sound of the word, too." (3) Sirius Black, speaking of Tournament master Barty Crouch. (4) It's ROH-ling. "J.K.," incidentally, stands for Joanne Kathleen. And "Hermione," as everyone but Viktor Krum knows, is "Her-MY-oh-nee."

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