Category Archives: Harry Potter

Magical Muggle Masterminds

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Are you obsessed with Harry Potter? Do you love everything related to Harry Potter so much that you would be willing to stay at school past the bell? Is your Potter passion enough to read and write about Harry Potter’s world? Come meet fellow Lonmgeadow Potterheads to explore and create reading and writing magic together. We will use our five sessions to read and write in different genres and forms to reinforce literay skills and strategies students are learning in their classrooms. As Professor Dumbledore says, “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” Let’s make Dumbledore proud with our magical musings! Interested students should have read at least one of the books in the Harry Potter series prior to the start of this class.

Click here to register for this Longmeadow Enrichment Program club!

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Middleboro Wishes Harry Potter a Happy Birthday!

For assignment #7, Potterheads created birthday cards for Harry. Harry would’ve LOVED these!

Payton’s birthday card for Harry:

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John’s birthday tidings for Harry:

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Charlie’s birthday wish for Harry:

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Killian’s birthday greetings:

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Harry Potter Virtual Book Club Assignment #8: The LAST Task

This is it, Potterheads. The LAST chunk of The Sorcerer’s Stone and the LAST assignment. There are only the last three chapters for you to read, and they’re so exciting, I won’t be surprised if you finish them in one sitting. Since I’m posting this a bit late, let’s make sure you’ve finished the book by August 17th.

In this post, I shared one of my favorite quotes from this book: “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” Not only do I love the alliteration, but I also love the message. Whenever I’m reading a book that moves me, I always record meaningful quotes. This is what real readers do! When we find a book we love, we revisit it again and again trying to reveal significant or even new moments. I ❤ reading.

For your LAST assignment I want you to find a quote that means something to you from The Sorcerer’s Stone. The quote doesn’t have to be from the final three chapters (although there are some gems there); it can be from anywhere in the whole novel. Don’t forget to note WHO says the quote: it might be a character or J.K. Rowling. Once you’ve found your quote, send me the following info in an email, blog post comment, a note dropped off at HBB or MKG’s office to be put in my mailbox, a snail mail via the HBB or MKG’s office, whatever:

  • the whole quote
  • who said it
  • your name
  • your new teacher for the the 2015-2016 school year

If you send me all of this info before August 17th, I’ll have a special delivery for you in the first week of school. It may or may not involve an owl. 🙂

Happy final reading, Potterheads!

Harry Potter Virtual Book Club Assignment #7: Happy Birthday, Harry!

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We’re SO close to the end! In fact, if you’ve been pacing yourself with my weekly assignments, I predict you won’t be able to resist finishing the book after you read the next two chapters! Go ahead and devour what remains if you wish! However, I’m only going to assign chapters 13 and 14 for Friday, August 7th.

This week’s assignment deviates from our reading of The Sorcerer’s Stone in order to celebrate Harry’s birthday, which is on July 31st! Make Harry a birthday card telling him why you like having him as a friend. Your card can be in the voice of any Hogwarts character OR simply YOU. Won’t Harry be surprised when owls start delivering these cards to him on Privet Drive (he’ll be there for summer break)?! Let’s make this birthday a memorable one!

As always, send me a photo of your card and birthday message, and I’ll post them on this site next week!

Happy reading!

Middleboro’s Fantastic Beasts

Inspired by the three-headed dog, Fluffy, and the mountain troll that terrified Harry, Ron, and Hermione in recent chapters, Middleboro’s Potterheads imagined their own fantastic beasts that could’ve been guarding the sorcerer’s stone or trolling the hallways scaring Hogwarts’ students. Beware!

CHARLIE’S CHEWGOTHAGON

The Chewgothagon has fangs that are three feet long.  It uses it’s fangs to rip apart it’s enemies.  It’s tail is so fast and deadly it can slice through steel like a laser beam!  It’s wingspan is thirty feet long which makes it a majestic but deadly flying animal.  The Chewgothagon is a carnivore who feasts on sheep, lions and even people!  The mighty horns of the Chewgothagon can make shish-ka-bob out of anything in its path!

Beware of the deadly Chewgothagon!

ABIGAIL’S UNICORN DRAGON

It is a unicorn/dragon that spits flaming acid cookies!

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DAMIEN’S BASILISK

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ANNIE’S MR. EVIL JUMPER

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KILLIAN’S ICE SNAKE

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ZACHARY’S THREE-HEADED ELEPHANT WITH LASER EYES

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PAYTON’S MONSTER DOG

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JOHN’S GAGGLE

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The “Gaggle” is holding a Nimbus 2000 in one of its hands, a wand made out of dragon blood and a Gringot’s heart in the other, and it is wearing a book of spells on a sash around its shoulder. This would be found trolling the hallways.

Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter

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It’s hard to believe that EIGHT publishers turned down J.K. Rowling’s draft of the first book in the series. If it wasn’t for Bloomsbury Publishing we might not be the Potterheads we are! I was exploring the Bloomsbury website, trying to find out when the illustrated editions of the series are going to be released (October 6, 2015 for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone–pre-order your copy today!), and I found some fun links! We’ve already been sorted into our houses, but we don’t have Harry Potter names yet. Go to the Harry Potter Name Generator to find out what you’d be called at Hogwarts! I’m Violet Vector. Feel free to comment on this post with your new name (get permission first!). Check out the other fun stuff on Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter site if you’re interested!

Happy reading!

Harry Potter Virtual Book Club Assignment #5: Fantastic Beasts

Now that we’ve all been sorted into our houses, I’m sure we all feel like we’ve found our place in the magical world of Harry Potter. Next week’s chapters have the most, but not the last, adventures of what we’ve read so far. Read chapters 9 and 10 to meet the first, but again certainly not the last, fantastic beasts in Harry Potter. You may even be inspired to research them further in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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For your assignment, describe or create a fantastic beast that you could imagine might’ve been guarding the trapdoor in chapter 9 or trolling the hallways (see what I did there?) in chapter 10. You can do some descriptive writing, draw a picture with labels, use playdough, paint, whatever! Feel free to email me your creation, and I’ll post them here next week! As always, have fun with these assignments. Happy reading!