Congratulations, Muggles! You have been accepted as a virtual exchange student at Hogwarts! This new Wizard Studies Program is designed for non-magic folk (like yourselves)! But instead of learning charms and transfiguration: You'll be using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math to bring a little magic to your every day lives!
You won't need textbooks or a lot of supplies. But you will be reading and discussing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. If you don't already have it, you can get a free copy of the eBook or Audiobook from your library! It's free on OverDrive and Libby through May 31. You can even sign up for an Instant Digital Card if you don't already have one. More information about that below...
Overview of Chapters 16 & 17
Down the Trap Door
Howdy Muggles! Welcome back for the last module (number 8)!
Dumbledore is gone and Harry, Ron, and Hermione think Snape is about to make his move! Worried that Snape will get the Sorcerer's Stone and give it to Voldemort, the trio set out to subdue Fluffy and find the stone before Snape can. There's just one problem: When they get there: the three-headed-dog is already asleep! Are they too late? It turns out there are lots of other challenges in front of them if they are going to make it to the Stone. In the end, though, it's Harry who has to face Voldemort and his accomplice one-on-one. But nothing turns out the way Harry thought it would! We're in for a wild ride! I hope you have enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with me and going on this magical STEAM adventure. There's just a few challenges left and one last bunch of discussion questions.
Are you caught up? Be sure to read both chapters before you go any further.
This week, we will 1) learn a little bit about stop-motion animation (using a Wizards' Chess set) and 2) use a dichotomous key to make sense of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans! We'll wrap things up with a Digital Escape Room inspired by the book.
Ready to get started? Follow the written directions below!
The Magic of Stop Motion Animation Using Wizards' Chess
Make every day objects appear to move on their own - as if by magic!
For the uninitiated, stop motion animation is a film making technique that makes inanimate objects appear to move on their own. Think James and the Giant Peach, Nightmare Before Christmas, or Coraline...
To make it work, you place an object in front of a camera and snap a photo. You then move the object a tiny bit and snap another photo. Repeat this process twenty to ten thousand times, play back the sequence in rapid progression, and the object appears to move fluidly across the screen.
Set up a backdrop. This could be a wall or pice of foam core.
Gather toys to include in your animation.
Set up your touch pad or smart phone on a stand or tripod, across from the foam core.
Start the Stop Motion Animation App and make your movie!
Have fun creating!
Harry Potter and the Dichotomous Key Using Every Flavor Beans!
Alas... Earwax. Never be surprised by a Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean again!
What is a Dichotomous Key?
Scientists classifying both living and nonliving things so that we can better understand the world in which we live. All living organisms are organized (classified) according to genetic relationships. Think about it this way: There are lots of different kinds of dogs. A Border Collie is very different from a Chihuahua. Currently the classification system contains eight levels: Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species. We're not going to dive that deep, though.
We're simply going to look at shared patterns and physical characteristics among different flavors of jelly beans and denote all of that in a classification tool called a dichotomous key. The key— mostly used to identify organisms—is based on the premise an organism either possesses an observed physical characteristic or does not possess the characteristic.
Procedure: 1. Obtain a sample of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans (or any mixed assortment of jelly beans) 2. Use the Dichotomous Key to determine the flavor of each of your beans. 3. Record which beans you identified in the provided table. 4. If you discover a new “species” of bean, follow the format of the key and construct an addition so that the new “species” fits within the construct of the dichotomous key. Write your addition write on the key.
Harry learns that Hagrid has revealed Fluffy's weakness to a stranger in the pub: When you play music, the fierce three-headed dog falls right asleep. Worried now that Snape was the stranger (in disguise) and has figured out the secret... he finally decides to tell Dumbledore what's happening. But Dumbledore is gone! And Professor McGonagall doesn't seem to share Harry's concern. So, he resolves to find the Sorcerer's Stone before Snape... and protect it until Dumbledore returns. Do you think Harry's right? And was this his only option?
Hermione is worried about breaking more school rules but Harry tells her that stopping Voldemort (in other words, the fate of the Wizarding World) is more important than House points or even the risk of expulsion. He convinces her... enough that she's willing to use a spell on Neville Longbottom when he too tries to stop them from leaving the dormitory. Do you think it's brave that Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to go it alone? Do you think it was brave of Neville to stand up to his friends and fellow Gryffindors like that?
The harp in Fluffy's room tells the trio that somebody has already gotten past the dog and down the trap door. So, they must hurry! After subduing the beast once more... they make their way down the trap door. However, they come across more challenges. While most of the challenges require the trio to work together to solve them... each challenge also relies on one of the students' strengths. The flying keys/broomstick challenge allows Harry to use his Quidditch/flying skills. The Wizards' Chess challenge gives Ron a time to shine. And the Potions Puzzle allows Hermione to use her intelligence and logic to riddle out the answer. Do you think this was intentional on the part of the author?
Ron's sacrifice in the Wizards' Chess Challenge tells us a lot about his character. It also shows us why he's such a good friend. Ron is very brave and a great strategist but he knows that Harry has the best chance of winning against Voldemort. He's willing to admit that he has certain strengths (and weaknesses) and that Harry has others. This show he has wisdom and humility. He could have insisted on going with Harry... to share in the glory. Instead, he decided where and how he could be the most help and he made sure Harry was able to see things through to the end. Seeing others succeed doesn't always mean you failed. Sometimes, it's your time to shine. And sometimes it's theirs. And that's OK. Do you have a best friend? Do you celebrate their wins? Do they support you like Ron and Hermione support Harry (and vice versa).
Not only is Harry able to get the Sorcerer's Stone from the Mirror of Erised when Quirrell/Voldemort could not: He refuses Voldemort's offer to join him even after Voldemort promises him power. Right away, we understand what makes Harry and Voldemort so different. Voldemort only cares about himself and will do anything for power (and immortality). Harry does not want power for himself. He just wants to be able to help others. So, he passes the final "test" or challenge where Voldemort cannot. Additionally: While Voldemort had to coerce and threaten Quirrell to help him... Harry has friends who are willing to fight alongside him, even sacrifice themselves to make sure he's able to win against Voldemort. The power of friendship, teamwork and (as Dumbledore later points out) love are Harry's greatest weapons. Voldemort discounts them completely: to his downfall. I think that friendship is the biggest theme/lesson of this book. Yes, there's a lot of cool magic. And that's really fun. But in the end, Harry didn't beat Voldemort to the stone because he's more powerful or knows more spells. He beat Voldemort because he was trying to do the right thing for everyone and he relied on his friends to get him there. What are your big takeaways from the book? What did you learn about the characters? Did you learn anything about yourself?
In the hospital wing, Harry gets to talk to Dumbledore again. And this time, Dumbledore seems a lot more open. He shares a lot more with Harry than he did in the past. Do you think it's because Harry impressed him? Or won his trust? What do you think about the things Dumbledore told him? About the rivalry that existed between Severus Snape and James Potter? About Lily Potter's sacrifice for her son? Why didn't Dumbledore reveal these things to Harry before?
Thanks to Harry, Ron, and Hermione... and the bravery they all showed in the fight against Quirrell/Voldemort, Gryffindor pulls ahead in the race for House Cup! Of course, Neville gets the last few points they needed. Because he stood up to his friends when he thought they were doing something wrong. Have you ever had to stand up to a friend or a family member when they were in the wrong? Was it as scary as - or scarier than - standing up to a bully or a rival in school?
If you have any other thoughts on the book and would like to share them with me, please do! Even if you disagree with me or think I'm wrong! Let me know what you think about Harry, Ron, Hermione, Snape, Dumbledore, Draco, Hagrid, Neville... or whoever and whatever else you liked or disliked.
If you have videos or photos you'd like to share with us or with the rest of Putnam County, please send those along, too! We would love to see some of your completed challenges!
This program is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. It is administered locally by the Florida Department of State Division of Library and Information Services (commonly known as the "State Library") with help from the Putnam Alachua Levy (PAL) Public LIbrary Cooperative.
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Watch celebrities read aloud from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Did you know that the British version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has a different title? It's the same story, though! So feel free to read along with Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne, and others. For more information, click here. To hear Daniel Radcliffe (who played Harry Potter in the films) read "The Boy Who Lived" (Chapter 1), click here. For more chapter themed challenges developed by the folks at WizardingWorld.com, just click here.
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