Monday, February 1, 2016

Schools : Are you ready for Harry Potter Book Night ?

Get ready for Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells on February 4th 2016! Oh ! Well, this is big event to Potter's fans! The Harry Potter Book Night 2016.

Whether it is the disarming Expelliarmus or the dreaded Avada Kedavra, spells are at the very heart of the Harry Potter books so it’s the perfect theme to inspire a spellbinding event!

If you haven’t already, make a date in your diary for Thursday, 4th February 2016! If you were a bit abstracted- oh ya the the Night of Spells has been announced on the 9th November 2015, as the theme for the much-anticipated Harry Potter Book Night 2016. 

I know, teachers have so much to do! Preparing the lessons, the evaluation that sometimes, we lose something important and funny to enhance the skill of reading.

So, if you belong to this group, you have three days to prepare your students to take part on this big event to Potter's fans. No matter their age.

Once again, fans of all ages will have the chance to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful novels – and pass the magic on to young readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books. 

For the first Harry Potter Book Night in February 2015, there were an amazing 10,500 parties and celebrations held all over the world, and J.K. Rowling was overwhelmed by the fabulous pictures – so Harry Potter Book Night 2016 can't wait to see where the imagination of the readers take them next.

There will be masses of magical ideas, events and activities for you to get involved with, teachers and students do accept the official invitation to join the fun and start your own planning. 

With new fantastic elements still to be announced, and international publishers getting involved, Harry Potter Book Night 2016 is set to be even more magical than before. I think it will be a great night for both dedicated Potterheads and new fans to adventure into the world of magic.

How to participate?

Sign up to make sure you’re one of the first to hear all the latest Harry Potter Book Night news.

  • National Schools Competition:
To celebrate Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells a schools competition  was launched across the UK and Ireland in association with Teach Primary
The Prizes: 
Have you ever wanted to explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books with your class? You could win a ‘Professor of Potter’ live event for your school where the ‘Professor of Potter’ and his plucky assistant will bring the characters, creatures, spells and adventures from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to life in a fun and interactive event. 

The winner will also receive a Harry Potter goody bag, including the new Illustrated Edition, and 25 x runners-up will each receive a paperback box set of the Jonny Duddle editions.

  • Invent your own magical spell to win:
To be in with a chance of winning the above prizes for your school, Harry Potter Book Night wants your students show what their magical spell can do! 

Important information:

You must download the template here or use a blank piece of paper if preferred, and tell the organization the following details about your students' spell:

The name of the spell
The words the students would use to cast their spell 
Describe what happens when they cast the spell
• Draw the wand they cast the spell with

Mail your entry to:

Professor of Potter Competition
Bloomsbury Children's Marketing
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
50 Bedford Square

Teachers or students can scan school's entry and email it to with ‘Harry Potter Book Night Schools Competition 2016’ in the subject header. 

Don’t forget to include name, age, phone number or email address and your school’s name, so we can contact you if you’re a winner. 

The competition will be judged by Bloomsbury, Jonny Duddle and Teach Primary contact.


Competition closes 10th February 2016. Competition open to UK schools only. Download the full terms and conditions here.

Lello Bookstore, Porto, Portugal

Schools of the world:

Tell your students not to be sad if they are living in the UK or Ireland. Potter's fans from all over the are participating. Look to the map.

So, are you hosting a Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells event or looking for a Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells event near you? You can upload your event details in the map here by clicking on the 'submit an event' button or search the event map to discover the magical events happening in your area. 

Note: Each event will be reviewed before going live. You need to be 18 years or older to submit an event. But of course, teachers can do it behalf their schools.

Lello bookstore, Porto, Portugal

Livraria Lello in Porto (Portugal) is considered by some as the most beautiful bookshop in the world. 

The neogothic shop with swirling stairs, stained glass ceiling and intricate wood carvings is a must-see. It’s also rumoured this bookshop inspired J.K. Rowling in creation of the grand staircase at Hogwarts. And Rowling confirmed it.

Lello bookstore is particating on the Harry Potter Book Night 2016. And there are other bookstores of the world participating on this awesome event
Why not preparing a visit to the bookstore near your school (search on the map) to participate in a large event with a great number of other students of different schools. Your students will love it, for sure.

Social networks at school:
Don’t forget to share your plans, photos, and ideas for this great Harry Potter event on Facebook and Twitter with #HarryPotterBookNight and join fellow fans worldwide in a celebration of JK Rowling’s bewitching novels.

And remember to share your ideas and plans for Harry Potter Book Night on Twitter and Facebook using #HarryPotterBookNight

Some thoughts:

Of course this is a big marketing buzz. But why can teachers explore it, including into the curricula to promote the love of books? Of course it will enhance reading skills.

J.K. Rowling and the "Harry Potter mania" brought enormous number of new readers into Languages courses at the school, since we as educators understood the importance of reading the Harry Potter books in our lessons.

Schools in the XXI century meet the needs of all kind of readers. Never forget  the students from disadvantaged social backgrounds or having special needs.

Integrating reading every day in the classroom is a fundamental element for education at all levels. Students will be better in maths or coding because they understand what they are reading to acomplish new skills on these curricula.

Rowling managed to get a large swath of young people reading books at a time when it looked as though they weren't going to be reading anything.
Students continue to read 'compulsively' Harry Potter books. They became creative, reading the books in the classroom and new ating new activities can enrich your lessons.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” 

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


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