Oh, man! It’s been SO fun to reread The Sorcerer’s Stone. I’ve uncovered all kinds of clues that J.K. Rowling dropped in this first book to hint at future events (even the ending of the series!!). These first two chapters made me wonder lots of questions like why Dumbledore would WANT Harry to grow up with the Dursleys and wouldn’t Harry have guessed, hoped, or even just pretended he had magical powers if odd things always seemed to happen around him? I wonder. Did you have any wonderings while reading this past week?
For next week, read Chapters 3 and 4 by Friday, July 3rd. As always, feel free to read ahead. Just don’t spoil anything for your fellow Potterheads!
Also, you have a small assignment to at least think about this week. While you’re reading, find a quote from the text that you think captures the main idea of the chapter. For example, for chapter 1, “The Boy Who Lived,” I would choose this quote: “For a full minute the three of them stood and looked at the little bundle; Hagrid’s shoulders shook, Professor McGonagall blinked furiously, and the twinkling light that usually shone from Dumbledore’s eyes seemed to have gone out” (page 16). I think this quote captures the main idea of the first chapter because we can infer how much Harry Potter means to the wizarding world if these three grown, powerful wizards and witch are so upset. I also love this quote as a writer because J.K. Rowling showed me how devastated they all were without telling me “They were sad.” Show, don’t tell. Right, writers?
See if you can find one quote for chapter 3 and another for chapter 4 and share how you think they capture the main idea of each chapter. Feel free to use this sentence frame:
The quote ____________ (page___) captures the main idea of chapter ___ because ________________________________________________.
You can share your quotes and reasons by commenting on this post OR emailing them to me through your parent’s email address (get permission first!). I wonder if we’ll choose the same quotes–I can’t wait to find out! See you next Friday! Happy reading!