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Potter Fans: Harry Potter Book Club Activities

Harry Potter Fan Club!
Is that not the best reason to go to work? Every Wednesday, from 3:00 to 4:00, an adorable group of students arrives at my room to read Harry Potter. They are the cutest, because they are staying after school, by choice, to read! 
I started out by inviting any interested Potter Fans:

After we started reading, one of the early activities we did was making bookmarks to mark our books!

  After Harry got his wand at Ollivander’s, we logged on to http://www.pottermore.com to see what wand we  would receive!

When we read about Harry and Ron on the Hogwarts Express, we made these chocolate frog boxes using this template I found at The Leaky Cauldron.

I had students choose their most interesting character and we started these character maps, using evidence from the text that shows us what the character is like!



We started a couple handy charts based on the kids’ observations after reading a few chapters.

We hunted for characteristics of each Hogwarts house.

 After they noticed the connections between Harry and Voldemort, we started a Venn diagram.

We used an online quiz to figure out which house each student is in (BTW, I’m totally down with Hufflepuff).

 And then we worked on creating our house crests!

We took pictures and put it all together for a nice little display outside my classroom door! The Potter Fans are in!

We made some fun golden snitches using these materials: styrofoam balls, spray glue (which I managed to spray pretty much all over my table, and papers stuck there for weeks), glitter, sparkly pipe cleaners, and sparkly gold foam fun felt.

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  1. This is such a useful post! I just started a HP Book Club at my school and was struggling with coming up with activities to do before we really get into the "meat" of the book/series. These ideas are perfect. Thanks for sharing them!

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