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Harry Potter 20th Anniversary – 13 Of The Best Teaching Resources

Monday 26 June marks two decades since The Philosopher's Stone first hit bookstores so get ready to celebrate #HarryPotter20 with your class with these top teaching ideas...

  • Harry Potter 20th Anniversary – 13 Of The Best Teaching Resources

From an idea born on a train journey, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone started a global phenomenon.

It has sold over 450 million copies worldwide in 79 languages and captivated readers of all ages for 20 years.

Its movie franchise launched the careers of Daniel Radcliffe (outstanding as a flatulent corpse in Swiss Army Man), Emma Watson (doing amazing work as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador) and Rupert Grint (who, er, seems like a lovely fella).

To mark the occasion, Bloomsbury is releasing four new Hogwarts House Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin, illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal winner, Levi Pinfold.

So, if you ever needed an excuse to buy four copies of a book you probably already own, this might be it.

Look at the house scarf colours on the fore edge of each book.
That’s pretty darn awesome.

1 | Harry Potter 20

Your first port of call should be to Bloomsbury, given that the publisher is the force behind Harry Potter 20

Here you’ll find fun activities, discussion guides for teachers and a range of resources for Harry Potter 20.

Plus, from 15 May you can download a fun-filled 20th Anniversary Party Pack complete with magical activities and ideas themed around the Houses of Hogwarts.

Register here after that date to receive yours. Keep an eye on the hashtag #HarryPotter20 for details too.

2 | Harry hits Hogwarts

This quick reading comprehension activity focuses on the early parts of the book, and students need to fill out the information to complete Harry’s school timetable.

Sign up as a free member to get this PDF at Teach It Primary here.

3 | Wizarding maths

Tally charts, bar charts, dice games, money conversion – it’s all here in this series of magical maths activities.

Work out questions like ‘Neville Longbottom wants to buy some Levitating Sherbet Balls. In his pocket he has 2 sickles and 9 knuts. How many can he buy?’, calculate Dumbledore’s age and keep count of the number of toothflossing string mints or cockroach clusters.

You can find the PDF here.

4 | Film friends

This Into Film looks at the first Harry Potter film and explores themes of anti-bullying, friendships, storytelling and more through activities for English, literacy and PSHE.

There are four short activities suitable for KS2 and 3, which you’ll find in the free downloadable PDF here.

5 | Create a Hogwarts floorplan

This great maths activity teaches students about scale and mapping skills by letting them use the novels’ descriptions of the school to draw out a birds-eye view layout on graph paper.

Check out the instructions and ideas here.

6 | Time to transition

Add a bit of magic to your Year 6 leavers’ transition process with the Potter tales. After all, whatever fears they might have about secondary can’t be as bad the trials and tribulations young Harry has to go through.

There are four lesson plan PowerPoints and a Year 6 transition book, all of which can be found here.

7 | Pupil Potter poll

Which book is your favourite? Use this handy KS2 lesson plan based on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to set up a class poll, and let children practice their persuasive writing and public speaking skills.

In teams, they’ll need to hone their arguments for and against before holding a ballot. How much did they influence each other’s choices?

Get everything you need here.

8 | Book reporters

Explore real and parallel worlds with these KS2 lessons for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The activities will help children summarise and report episodes from the book in a journalistic style, and practise their editing and proofreading skills.

They’ll also make magic wands, design a broomstick and compose a school song.

Get started by downloading these free PDF resources here.

9 | Prison talk

These great talking points have been inspired by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for the KS2 classroom.

Having shared the book with your class this guide will open up speaking and listening activities such as what happy memory from their own lives pupils would use to summon a Patronus?

Find lesson ideas too, including writing Harry Potter Haikus and creating diaries based on the children’s own fictional schools, all of which is available here.

10 | Fiery temper

In this KS2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix guide activities focus on analysing character traits and improving close reading of text, while talking points address big themes and emotions, such as anger, power and prejudice.

How has anger helped and hindered Harry in this book and throughout the series? And how does the theme of prejudice appear in the first five books?

Just click here to download all this for free.

11 | Age concern

Find KS2 lessons on growing up and more in this guide to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. How does your class think Harry and his friends begin to change as they grow up? Talk about this and element of satire in JK Rowlings’ books with this KS2 teachers’ guide.

There are also activity ideas for creating masks, games and your own Harry Potter book covers, all of which you can find here.

12 | Secrets of successful writing

Discuss legends and invent words in this Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets KS2 discussion guide.

Activities include asking questions such as ‘If children could drink a Polyjuice Potion, who would they become and what would they do?’ and discussing what the role of secrets are in this book, and in pupils lives?

Head to the Teachwire Chamber of Resources and download this guide here.

13 | Movie magic

Make your own film trailer with these KS2 activities for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Help them create a script, and film and edit their projects, before trying the other lesson ideas in this teacher’s guide – such as discussing the themes of jealousy and sacrifice and creating a further reading list for children who love the Harry Potter series.

All you need is freely available here.

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