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Teaching Harry Potter


Lessons, Activities and Other Resources for Bringing Harry Potter into Your Classroom

The Harry Potter books remain a student favorite (more than 400 million copies of the seven books in the Harry Potter series have been sold worldwide) and the movie franchise is a global phenomenon. Here are lessons, activities, and resources to add to the fun.

Lesson Plans 

  1. Writing ABC Books to Enhance Reading Comprehension Students in grades 3-5 make an alphabet book based on Harry Potter.
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Students in grade 6 identify voice in the novel and explore the novel with various projects.
  3. Making Magic
    Students in grades 6-8 use elements of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series and concepts from pop culture mythology, urban legend, and archetypes to make their own short films.
  4. Exploring the Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ( PDF, 297 KB, 3 pp)
    Questions and cross-curricular activities for the first six chapters.
  5. Exploring the Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ( PDF, 259 KB, 3 pp)
    Questions and cross-curricular activities for the first seven chapters.  
  6. Exploring the Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ( PDF, 242 KB, 3 pp)
    Questions and cross-curricular activities for the first seven chapters.  
  7. Boggart and Fear in Harry Potter
    In two lessons, students in grades 7-10 consider the boggart in Harry Potter, its connection to character development, similarities between the text and their own lives, and write short essays.  
  8. Genetic Traits in Harry Potter
    In two lessons, students in grades 7-11 examine inheritance patterns of magical ability in Harry Potter and identify possible genotypes in several characters.

Games & Activities

Harry Potter Brings Magic into the Classroom
Seven classroom activities including making HP trading cards, posting letters via Owl post to classmates, and mapping story landscape.

Birthday Kit ( PDF, 2.37 MB, 13 pp)
Celebrate Harry’s birthday early with these printable HP birthday party invitations and announcements, puzzles, word finds, and suggestions for more activities.

Online Activities: Desire for Knowledge and Different Perspectives
Investigate potions, monsters, herbology, and magical creatures and consider the mistreatment of magical creatures.

The 24 Hour Museum Trail for Harry Potter Fans
Have fun learning about magic and monsters.

Harry Potter: Fun & Games

Harry Potter Field Day Nine field day activities based on Harry Potter.

The Magical World of Harry Potter Webquest Students in grades 3-5 explore aspects of the Harry Potter books and use their knowledge of them in new ways.

Other Resources

Harry Potter: Everything You Need Lesson plans for grades 3-5, discussion guides, interviews, booktalk, read aloud, videos, and more.

Curricular Unit: Engineering Out of Harry Situations: The Science Behind Harry Potter Students in grades 9-11 learn the basics of acid/base chemistry, genetics and trait prediction, and force and projectile motion.

Pottermore Explore more of Harry Potters magical world and read new writing for J.K. Rowling.

Thematic Units

Allison Moss-Fritch’s Unit Plan for Harry Potter
This 9th grade unit plan for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is designed to run 30 class periods of 55 minutes.

Articles & Reviews

'Harry Potter': Wizard School without the Magic
A cranky review of the movie version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s always fun to reread reviews left standing on Platform 9 ¾.

The Way We Live Now: 9-16-01: On Language; Muggles
An etymological investigation of the origins of some of the words used in Harry Potter.

Nature, Romanticism, & Harry Potter
An academic look at Harry Potter and its appeal. Best for High School Students.

Harry Potter's World Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine
Educational resources and traveling information about the traveling exhibition which uses materials from the National Library of Medicine to explore the link between Harry Potter and the history of science.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Movie review including pros and cons for guardians. Discussion questions for families.

Discussion Guides

Harry Potter Websites




last updated: October 26, 2016


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