Curator Knows Best: HPGirl

(Last Updated On: April 7, 2017)


“I’m flying, Jack!”
-Rose DeWitt Anteater, probably

When it comes to Sporcle, curators truly do know best. In this blog series, some of the great curators of Sporcle share their expert opinions on curating, top-notch quizzes, up-and-coming Sporclers, and a wee bit of trivia.

This week we feature HPGirl, curator for the Harry Potter, Sherlock, and Christianity subcategories.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I don’t remember the specifics, but I remember occasionally stumbling upon various quizzes when attempting to study. At some point, I realized you could get badges if you had an account so I signed up and continued to get more involved from there.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
Initially, I saw a list of all the empty subcategories at the time and wanted to help out. I had been making quizzes and felt that I had some knowledge of how to help others improve their quizzes and highlight the good quizzes I came across. I decided to apply for the Christianity subcategory because it was the open subcategory that I was the most knowledgeable in. When Sherlock was added as a subcategory, I applied due to my love for the show and my desire to take on some additional curating duties.

Of course, as much as I enjoy my first two subcategories, when I saw Harry Potter was an open subcategory, I had to apply. My username, HPGirl, was created from my love for Harry Potter–I have read all of the books countless times, and I even played on a real life quidditch team for 3 years. If there is one subcategory that I know everything about, it would be Harry Potter.

What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
Christianity: There was a time where three men each claimed to be the pope.
Sherlock: Sherlock’s parents in the show are Benedict Cumberbatch’s parents in real life.
Harry Potter: JK Rowling was rejected 12 times before the first book was published.

What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Christianity: One of the first quizzes that I ever gave a Curator Pick to was Follow That Line: The Lord’s Prayer by william2 and I still really enjoy it.
Sherlock: There are some very witty lines in Sherlock and Follow That Line: Sherlock (BBC) by tjperiwinkle gives a nice reminder of those.
Harry Potter: It may be selfish, but one of my favorite Harry Potter quizzes is one of my own, Harry Potter Characters by First Description.
Some other quizzes that especially stand out in the Harry Potter subcategory are any of bhenderson79’s exam quizzes, one example being Hogwarts Herbology Exam.

What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Christianity: Rackie’s quiz Parables by Image (Slideshow) is a fun look at some biblical artwork.
Sherlock: mrcheerful’s Holmes and Watson Match, one that I really like since it features all of the different actors that have ever taken on portrayal of this iconic duo.
Harry Potter: MoMosMoProblems’s Muggle Quidditch for Beginners is a great quiz on the sport of real life quidditch.

What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
rockgolf’s Word Ladder: Sandy & Andy’s Siamese Ladders is one of my favorite Word Ladder quizzes. I enjoy any Word Ladder a lot, but I especially enjoy ones that have a little more to them than just the standard Word Ladder.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I tend to visit General Discussion the most.

How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
I always check my messages on Sporcle so feel free to contact me through there with any quizzes, questions, or discussions you might have for me.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
Although they are certainly starting to get the credit they deserve, christopherjulia and FantasticBowTies both make fantastic quizzes.

Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
A guy walked into a bar and said ouch.
His friend ducked.

About the Author:

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Pearl does a variety of media-related tasks at Sporcle, including blog writing, video production, and social media maintenance. She does research on penguins, enjoys snail mucus in her skincare, and once turned herself Sporcle Orange from eating too many carrots.