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It is time to board the Hogwarts Express. Describe what it was like to enter Platform 9-3/4.

     Use some of  these words to make your descriptions fun to 
         write and  more interesting to read.
2) You are on the Hogwarts Express and the goodie cart has just stopped at your compartment. Which treat would you like to buy? There are Chocolate Frogs, Bernie Bott Every Flavor Beans, Licorice Wands, Droobls Best Blowing Gum, Caldron Cakes, Pumpkin Pasties, Cockroach Clusters, Levitating Sherbet Balls, Ice Mice, Pepper Imps, and Jelly Slugs. Now make up a new treat, and describe what happens when you eat it.
3) The conductor of Hogwarts Express has just stopped by your compartment and introduced himself. Describe the conductor and your conversation. First revise how to create an interesting character, see below *

4) You just entered a compartment on the Hogwarts Express and there are two other students there that you have never met. Who are they? Where are they from? Are their parents Muggles or Wizards? Describe what they look like and their personalities.


             * How to create an interesting character ..... as easy as  a) , b), c) !
 a) Remember when introducing a character, mention some of his/her  physical characteristics,   not too many, just two or three. You might mention something else later.
 b) Describe any mannerism or behaviour the person has that is typical of that person.
 c) Show the character's personality or character by describing a brief incident- how they treat other people, or how they react when something is said or done.
             Discuss in class what could be examples of these above three elements.


.         Draw and fill in this chart in your book, and then complete it.

    11) In one paragraph describe the main setting of the novel.




     Characters (and real-life people) each have their own personality traits. 
     Think about which of the following character traits listed below, you could use to describe yourself? 

     Use the words from these lists when writing about the different characters you've read about in Harry Potter. 

         1) Find on the Internet or draw a picture of one character from Harry Potter, and paste it in the middle of a new page. 
             (Pick a different character to the ones listed in Part G. below)
         2) Then around the picture write all of the words that describe this character. 
         3) Also write out some dialogue from the book that shows the personality of your character.

     Don't stop with these lists though; can you think of more terms to describe your characters?

  • Honest
  • Light-hearted
  • Leader
  • Expert
  • Brave
  • Insecure
  • Mischievous
  • Demanding
  • Thoughtful
  • Keen
  • Happy
  • Disagreeable
  • Simple
  • Fancy
  • Plain
  • Clever
  • Studious
  • Strange
  • Excited
  • Studious
  • Inventive
  • Creative
  • Thrilling
  • Independent
  • Intelligent
  • Compassionate
  • Gentle
  • Proud
  • Wild
  • Messy
  • Neat
  • Joyful
  • Strong
  • Confident
  • Frightened
  • Odd
  • Bright
  • Courageous
  • Serious
  • Funny
  • Humorous
  • Sad
  • Poor
  • Rich
  • Tall
  • Dark
  • Light
  • Handsome
  • Pretty
  • Ugly
  • Selfish
  • Nasty
  • Weak
  • Different
  • Unselfish
  • Self-confident
  • Respectful
  • Considerate
  • Imaginative
  • Busy
  • Patriotic
  • Fun-loving
  • Popular
  • Successful
  • Responsible
  • Lazy
  • Dreamer
  • Helpful
  • Simple-minded
  • Mean
  • Aggressive
  • Lonely
  • Humble
  • Friendly
  • Short
  • Adventurous
  • Hard-working
  • Timid
  • Shy
  • Bold
  • Daring
  • Dainty
  • Pitiful
  • Cooperative
  • Lovable
  • Prim
  • Proper
  • Greedy
  • Sneaky
  • Dull
  • Ambitious
  • Able
  • Quiet
  • Curious
  • Reserved
  • Pleasing
  • Bossy
  • Witty
  • Fighter
  • Tireless
  • Energetic
  • Cheerful
  • Smart
  • Impulsive
  • Loyal
  • Sporty
  • Popular
  • Smart

A character map shows the relationships between the different characters in a novel.
1) Make a Google 'image' search with the words 'character map', and look at the different examples of character maps you can find 
on the Internet.
2) On a double page (or an A3 size piece of paper) design your own character map for the book 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone'.
Start by writing Harry Potter in the middle of the double page. Then draw arrows to all of the different characters with which he is related or connected in some way. Along the lines joining different characters, write the connection, with such relationship words like: Friend, guardian, father, teacher, fellow student, teacher, son, sister.....
(You could use MS Word and the 'Autoshapes', or if you are designing your character map in you book, use a pencil so you can make corrections as you go.)

               Revise the monsters mentioned in the book, and read about the creatures listed at this site:    
              1) Invent your own monster or creature. Describe such things as its size and appearance, 
                    where it lives and what it eats, how it behaves and any special powers it might have.
               2) Then draw and colour a picture of your monster or creature.



1) Diaries : Imagine you are a new student at Hogwarts – write a series of diary entries about your first days or weeks at your strange new school. OR Write diary entries for some of the other characters. You could choose Harry or Ron or Draco Malfoy, Dumledore or Snape for more of a challenge.

2)      The Daily Prophet: Write a story suitable for inclusion in the best-selling Wizard newspaper, “The Daily Prophet”. Google an ‘image’ search with the words ‘The Daily Prophet’, to get some ideas on how to present the article. Include an illustration.

3)      Play-scripts: Take an episode from the novel and dramatise it in the form of a short play-script. (Optional: Perform it with some friends to your class, or record it as a radio play with sound effects.)

       4) Illustration: The novel has been published with nearly twenty different covers so far.
            Design a new cover for a new edition of the text. Open this site to see the earlier cover designs:    

           Also write and design a new ‘blurb’ for he back cover as well.


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   Review the herbs and potions used in the novel and the potions listed on the following site:
Herbology Textbook)

   Design your own potion. Make up the ingredients and instructions for how to brew the potion. 
   What is your potion used for and how should it be taken or applied?


                             Design your own small handbook on how to play Quidditch. Include illustrations.


To really understand a character’s role in a story, it helps to look at the character from several angles. When you’re asked to describe or analyse a character, think SADDR, which stands for a certain way of looking at a character.  

Speech: What does the character say? What does this tell you about the character? For instance, Vernon Dursley “yelled at five people” at work. This is a clue that he can be unfriendly and that he doesn’t really care about other people’s feelings. On the other hand, Professor Dumbledore said many things that showed he was kind and understanding of different people. What are two examples of things he said?

Dudley starts in Chapter One with prodding and poking at Harry. What are two other things he does that show what kind of person he is?

Action: What does the character do? What does this tell you about the character?

For instance, Hagrid brings Harry to Professor Dumbledore on a flying motorcycle. This is a clue that he is a little bit wild.

Description: What does the author say about the character? What does that description tell you about the character?

Example: Albus Dumbledore is described as “tall, thin and very old.” He also rummages through his cloak and laughs softly when he sees the cat (who is Professor McGonagall). This tells you that he has a sense of humour and might be a bit absent-minded.

Your turn: Professor McGonagall is described rather differently, as a “rather severe-looking woman” whose “black hair was drawn into a tight bun,” who Albus Dumbledore thought sat “so stiffly.” What kind of teacher do you think she would be?

Drawing: Imagine what the character looks like and make a sketch of it. Professor McGonagall’s neat hair and trim appearance are clues that she is a fastidious, neat and organized person. What does Albus Dumbledore’s appearance tell you about his character?

Reactions of others: How do other characters in the story react to this character?

For instance, Professor McGonagall asks Albus Dumbledore a lot of questions about what has happened. She clearly thinks he knows a lot, and when Professor Dumbledore asks her to, she uses Voldemort's name, even though she doesn't really want to, showing that Professor Dumbledore is a well-respected person. How does Professor McGonagall react to Hagrid? What does this tell you about him?

Apply the SADDR method of character analysis to Hermione.


Right mouse click this puzzle and copy and paste it onto a Word document. Then print it out so you can fill in the answers.
Then paste the completed puzzle in your book.


      Complete this on-line quiz. Record in your book the level you selected and how long it took you to complete it.


To understand things around us, it helps to think about how they are alike, and how they are different. This is called “comparing and contrasting.” One way to show this visually is with a chart which shows how two things “have some things in common”— they share some characteristics or ways they are alike — but also have differences.


Snape and McGonagall

Gryffindor and Slytherin

Peeves and Nearly Headless Nick

History of Magic class and Potions class

Select one of the above pairs. After thinking about their similarities and differences, on a new page make a Venn diagram, where two circles overlap. The similarities are listed in the overlapping section, while the differences are written in the outside parts. This type of diagram is a simple visual way of showing their relationship.


1) List the changes to the plot of Harry Potter from the novel to the film .

2) Explain why the omissions (bits left out) and changes might have were made .

3) Name the above three actors, and discuss how suitable you think their choice was for 
    playing the three main roles in the Movie 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.


1) Hangman Game
2) Broomsticks Game: