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Are you wild about 'Harry'? Take the quiz.

November 10, 2011|By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Not one of the first seven "Harry Potter" movies came within sniffing distance of a best picture nomination. But now that the series has ended on a high note, that may change.

Take the following quiz to see if you will be voting "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" for best picture.

1) Read the "Potter" books:

Before seeing the movies. (10)

After the movies inspired me to go back to the source material. (5)

Uh … you do know they're for children, right? (0)

2) You saw "Deathly Hallows":

At the midnight screening, opening day. (10)

Not yet. Waiting for the screener. (3)

For a brief moment when I removed my sleep mask on the airplane. (0)

3) He Who Must Not Be Named:

Lord Voldemort. (10)

He who must not be … huh? (0)

Frank McCourt. (10)

4) Voted best picture for "Lord of the Rings" movies:

Thrice! (10)

Twice. (7)

Never. And still steamed that the last one actually won over "Mystic River." (0)

5) British actors:

Brilliant! (10)

Poach parts that belong to more deserving Americans. Stop exporting jobs, Hollywood! (0)

6) If you had a magic wand, you'd:

Open a butterbeer microbrewery. (8)

Make J.K. Rowling write another "Potter" book. (10)

End world hunger by turning every in-print "Harry Potter" book into a delicious noodle dish. (0)

7) Moaning Myrtle:

Ghost who cries whenever death is mentioned. (10)

Two parts coconut rum, two parts pineapple juice, two parts cranberry juice, one part peach schnapps. Garnish with pineapple slice. (0)

8) When adapting a beloved book for screen:

The source material is everything. Squeeze as much in as possible. (10)

Use the source material as a starting point to make something cinematic. (0)

9) When you hear: "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Now Open at Universal Orlando," you think:

I want to vacation there! (5)

I want to live there! (10)

When does the David Lynch theme park open? (-10)

10) Definitive Alan Rickman performance:

Severus Snape in the "Potter" series. (10)

Hans Gruber in "Die Hard." (5)

Col. Brandon in "Sense and Sensibility." (3)

11) Momentous "Potter"-related moment:

Harry finally brings down Voldemort. (10)

Emma Watson turns 18! (3)

12) Quidditch:

Should be an Olympic sport in 2012. (Perfect timing, too! It's London!) (10)

No, thank you. I just ate. (0)

13) "Potter"-wear in your closet:

Scarf. (3)

Gryffindor robe. (5)

Frayed scrap of a shirt torn off Rupert Grint's back while he ran away from me. (10)

14) A best picture nominee should:

Be reserved for movies that are works of groundbreaking cinema. (0)

Make me laugh, make me cry and move me to wonder. (5)

Print money for the studio that financed it. (10)


More than 125 points: You are wild about Harry.

100-125: Maybe. You're a Muggle but capable of seeing the magic in life.

Under 100: Not unless Warner Bros. hosts a reception with butterbeer on tap.



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