Hacking Harry Potter

The Untold Story of Fantastical Social Engineering. Hidden inside the story of Harry Potter is a most subtle of social engineering attacks. Explore how J.K. Rowling hid the world’s greatest villain in plain sight.

This talk explores the world of Harry Potter from a different angle: that of the villain. In this talk, given in the style of a “Whodunit?” murder mystery reveal, I showcase the evidence for the true villain of the Harry Potter series and disclose the crime that no one acknowledges: murder most foul of a main character.

Originally given as a PechaKucha talk, this talk is perfect for a 10 minute Lightning Talk sesison. This talk was also included in the (unrecorded) 2019 RVASec keynote. This talk also has an accompanying short story.

Recorded Versions

BSidesTLV, 2023
Given to Akamai’s Engineering staff in 2019.

A conversation with Business of Software that included discussion of this talk


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