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Harry Potter breaks records — at the theater and at the Post

Fans attend the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall on July 11. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) (Evan Agostini/AP)

Meanwhile, The Post had an impressive showing as well, as more than 10,000 fans took our “How well do you know the Harry Potter series?” quiz (and we didn’t even have the help of 3D ticket prices).

Take the quiz here.

Quiz-takers earned an average score of 62 percent. The question difficulty varied widely, as the hardest question stumped 84 percent of quiz-takers, while the easiest prompted correct responses from 94 percent. Follow the jump for analysis of specific question results. Warning: answers are revealed!

The easiest question on the quiz involved one of the most complicated characteres in the series: Severus Snape. Fully 94 percent of quiz-takers correctly answered that Snape treats Harry so oddly because he loved Harry’s mother, Lily. Only 3 percent each said Snape is loyal to Lord Voldemort or he is jealous of Harry.

Eighty-nine percent of quiz-takers knew that Albus Dumbledore is gay, according to author J.K. Rowling. Only 6 percent put down Remus Lupin, while 5 percent guessed Alastor “Mad-Eye Moody.”

On the other hand, three questions were particularly tough for readers. Only 35 percent answered correctly that the school motto of Hogwarts is “Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon” (why wouldn’t everyone guess that?). Forty-eight percent answered “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” (a repeated phrase from the Spiderman series) and 17 percent chose “Magic is Might” (the motto of the Ministry of Magic under Voldemort’s control).

Only 34 percent knew Moaning Myrtle was a member of Ravenclaw. Forty-nine percent guessed Hufflepuff, while 17 percent chose Gryffindor.

But the hardest question by far centerd on Harry’s father, James. Just 16 percent of quiz-takers knew James played the position of chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team, according to Rowling. Instead, 81 percent thought he was a seeker (3 percent chose beater). The confusion was expected, of course, as the movie version does state that James, like Harry, was a seeker. But Rowling said in a 2000 interview with that James was actually a chaser.

Overall, this quiz taught us one thing (since now is the time to reflect on the lessons of the series): Harry Potter fans know Harry Potter.


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