Better Know a Curator: brocko



This is part of Sporcle’s long-running series highlighting our hard-working curators. Curators are editors for a specific subcategory, and their diligent work finding great quizzes from their subcategories (and sometimes others) helps to shape the site. We asked our curators to complete an interview of sorts, and we’re sharing their responses here on the blog.

This next post is from brocko, curator for anatomy and Harry Potter.

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New Badges: Capitals, Logic, Harry Potter and more

The badges just keep coming! Make sure to check the badge page for the latest updates.

Here’s your new goals to earn:


Stars and Stripes: It’s time for fireworks, barbecues, and celebrating American independence. Play US Independence DayOriginal 13 Colonies, and Grand Old Flag on July 4th, and your Sporcle profile can sport the stars and stripes, too.


Capital Punishment: This badge is, obviously, a play on words because who doesn’t love reciting the capitals of the world? Get 100% on Capitals of EuropeAfricaNorth AmericaSouth AmericaAsia, and Oceania and you’re prepared for any capital quiz that comes your way.

MindBenderMind Bender: Love Logic quizzes? Of course you do. Get 100% on Country Trivia Logic PuzzleTrue or False Logic, and Say No to Tic-Tac-Toe! to join the ranks of logic puzzle experts.

DeansListDean’s List: Looking to add extra prestige to your Sporcle resume? Set your sights on this new badge. Get an Editor Pick in each category, and you’ve officially made the Sporcle Dean’s List.


Sorting Hat: If the number of Harry Potter quizzes on Sporcle is any indication, Sporclers are big fans of the series. Play 25 total Harry Potter games and you’ll be awarded the Sorting Hat badge. Celebratory butter beer, anyone?


Juke Box: Your classic Sporcle music education starts here. Even if you decide to just major in the Beatles, Sporcle has you covered. Play 1000 total games in Music and you should be ready with the perfect song for any occasion.

Harry Potter Week (Final Day): Harry Potter Movies

It’s been a pretty fun week at Sporcle HQ, what with re-designing the Harry Potter subcategory page, searching through hundreds of great Harry Potter quizzes, and running a fun photoshop contest that had a bunch of great entries. We saw a lot of positive feedback over the week, so we’re very glad you could enjoy it. We chose walrusboy’s Sporcle crest (see picture at left) as the winner, but we’ve also included some of our other favorite photoshops after the jump.

Today’s featured quiz focuses on the Harry Potter movie series of which the final chapter is premiering today (You might have heard about that.) Many of you  are planning on attending (or have attended) midnight screenings dressed as your favorite HP characters, and today’s quiz: Harry Potter Characters by Actor is a fun variation on our classic Cast of Harry Potter quiz. You can easily study for one quiz by playing the other!

Of course, there are plenty of fun Harry Potter quizzes on Sporcle, so if you think you’ve seen all we have to offer this week, be sure to check out all of our Harry Potter quizzes, and just be study hard like you’re preparing for the O.W.L.s.

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Harry Potter Week (Day 4): Picture Quiz and Photoshop Contest

We can’t believe it’s been 4 whole days of Harry Potter madness here at Sporcle. We’ve seen tons of happy tweets and at least one user attempting to cast spells in our comment section. Luckily no one was hurt (we think). Today our featured HP quiz is a pictured quiz called Harry Potter Close Up. Looking through all the great Harry Potter Picture quizzes gave us a fantastic idea: We should run another Sporcle photoshop contest! In our first contest, users included Harry Potter-related images anyway, so it only makes sense that we’d devote an entire day to it during Harry Potter Week.

The rules? Simply create an image that includes both the Sporcle logo and something Harry Potter-related. Then post your results on the comments section of the post. Be sure to check out the examples from the last contest after the jump. Here’s a source Sporcle logo for your photoshopping needs.


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Harry Potter Week on Sporcle (Day 3) – Potter Profiles

So we arrive at day 3 of our 5 day Harry Potter-athon. Now that we’re in the middle of it, it seems like we should have done 7 (or even 8 ) days just to keep in sync with the movies and books. But you know what? We’re Sporcle, we do what we want, and what we want is to feature a whole blast-ended skrewt-load of Harry Potter Profile quizzes today. So that’s exactly what we’re doing! We have two quizzes released in tandem that combine to form a full Potter Profile from years 1-7. So be sure to play Harry Potter and the Mega Profile Part I and Part II.

If two separate mega-profiles doesn’t satisfy your appetite for your favorite characters of Harry Potter, then there are plenty more profile quizzes to play:

Profile: Ron Weasley                Profile: Hermione Granger

Profile: Neville Longbottom

Profile: Albus Dumbledore (Also: The Dumbledore Quiz)

Profile: Ginny Weasley            Profile: Voldemort

That’s just a few of the thousands of Harry Potter quizzes we have on Sporcle, so if you see any we haven’t featured, or want to make one yourself, let us know in the comments.

Harry Potter Week on Sporcle (Day 2): A Monster of a Quiz

Glad you could all come back for Day 2 of Harry Potter Week on Sporcle. Today we have one of those quizzes that like the original Harry Potter Top 200 contains trivia you likely can’t find anywhere else outside of Sporcle. One of our editors, Mrchewypoo (yes, he does wish he picked a better name when he signed up for an account) has gone through the painstaking task of counting every single word  in each of the Harry Potter books and compiling it into a list of the top 300 most-used words in Harry Potter. Here’s what he wrote about his research

I have sacrificed a few weeks of my life for you, good reader. Meticulously extracted from digital versions of all seven books (they don’t make it easy, I assure you), I have snipped, sliced, studied, scrutinized and summarized all 1,083,673 words (by my humble count). Did you know that my version of Excel maxes out at 65,000 rows? I recently found that out. Here, I bring you the 300 most written words in the entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I have the data for the remaining 25,096 unique words used in the books (by book, in case that’s interesting to anyone).

So here we are friends, this is one of the most epic of all Harry Potter quizzes on the internet. A giant, Hungarian Horntail-sized behemoth that will likely take you the full 20 minutes to decipher. Are you brave enough to take it on?

If you are, you might want to take on a few of our other giant Harry Potter quizzes including All About Harry Potter, Harry Potter Family Tree or even another one of Mrchewpoo’s creations: Tread Carefully: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Finally, we have the full explanation of MrChewyPoo’s madness after the jump.

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Harry Potter Week on Sporcle

Sporcle is getting ready for the release of the latest 8th Harry Potter movie on Friday (Wait, how many books were there?) with a deluge of Harry Potter related quizzes for the entire week.

Every single day we’ll be publishing a bonus Harry Potter quiz for you to enjoy, and we’ll be checking in with Harry Potter blog posts all week. All you have to do is check back here every day for a new update on the new Harry Potter quiz of the day, and what other exciting Harry Potter quizzes you might want to play.

We’ve also designed our Harry Potter subcategory for the week to give Sporcle a dark, wizardy feel for all those who are interested in checking out the new quizzes. We suggest you get over there and get playing as quickly as possible.

More about this week’s quizzes after the jump.

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