Monday, June 26, 2017

Schools : The 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone : resources

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

J.K. Rowling
illustrator: Thomas Taylor (UK edition)
one of the earliest UK editions

Today, 26th June marks 20 years since the famous Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in the UK. 26th June 2017 will be a day to remember for Harry Potter fans old and new.

From an idea born on a train journey to its creation in a small cafe in Edinburgh, but inspired at a Portuguese bookstoreHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone started is a global phenomenon. 

It has sold over 450 million copies worldwide in 79 languages, inspired a major movie franchise, a spellbinding theatre production and captivated readers of all ages for twenty years.

Harry Potter (Pottermore) will be marking this magical moment with an amazing celebration, including new publications, contests, travels, exhibition.

But how much do your former students remember about it? Let's see!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Gryffindor edition to celebrate the 20th Anniversary 
of the first publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling's debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury.

There were only 500 hardback copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone printed in the first run in 1997, of which 300 went to libraries.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
(USA edition, 1998)
J.K. Rowling

It was published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by Scholastic Corporation in 1998. 

The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage as he makes close friends and a few enemies in his first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With the help of his friends, Harry faces an attempted comeback by the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry's parents, but failed to kill Harry when he was just 15 months old.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

J.K. Rowling
Philosopher’s Stone was a book of many firsts. The first time Harry discovered magic, the first time he tried an Every Flavour Bean, the first time he rode a broom, the first time Snape threw him some shade.

Ron, Harry & Hermione
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, film 2001
Rowling’s decision was to have her characters grow up at the same rate as her readers. 
Each book was set in one school year, and grew longer, darker and more adult in theme. The Chambers of Secrets in 1998, The Prisioner of Azkaban (1999)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Cover art of the original UK edition
J.K. Rowling
illustrators: Giles Greenfield (UK) / Mary GrandPrè (US)
By the time we reached book four, Goblet of Fire, 2000, readers were seeing do-gooding Hermione’s Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare formed in response to the bond slavery of these sock-loving poppets. In the person of the hack journalist Rita Skeeter, Rowling sent up the tabloid press. The ministry of magic sent up Whitehall bureaucracy.

Harry Potter saga
The seven-book series about the adventures of the boy wizard has gone on to sell more than 400m copies around the world, and has been the subject of PhDs and academic conferences at the Durham University.

J.K. Rowling
Though Rowling has concluded the series, she hasn’t left the characters alone. As well as the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the 18,000 words of additional content on the original Pottermore website, Rowling produced real-life versions of in-universe books: Quidditch Through the AgesFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The holy grail of Potter apocrypha for book dealers is the 800‑word prequel she wrote on a postcard in 2008.
Well, after 20 years since its publication, do students/readers remember all of the book’s iconic little details?

The video above presents the 20 most memorable moments from the Harry Potter series - as chosen by fans.


  • The value of reading Harry Potter saga

The importance of JK Rowling as a writer was recognized when last year with the Danish award, the "Hans Christian Andersen literature prize". 

Her work was of that rare order that seems to transcend authorship," and praising Andersen's "indestructible, eternal characters."

In the 90's, Harry Potter were the first books that contained a suitable number of pages and a good story to captivate young people really absorved into a book.

Diversity in children and adolescents' books had long been a complex issue. Since there, despite good  efforts and some big strides forward in the years before, children's books remained disappointingly short of enough culturally diverse stories.

So this is about some very well-known books. It makes a change to the sort of books educators normally read in their lessons.

JK Rowling's Harry Potter novels were on the the top 100 books of all time and of the last decade.  
  • Activities:

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

The British Library has unveiled artwork for Harry Potter: A History of Magic, and new companion books will be launched from Bloomsbury and Pottermore all about the exhibition.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

The artwork features Jim Kay’s illustration of a phoenix, as well as other nods to the world of magic and myth.
Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover enchanting creatures? Now students can, old and new.
The British Library unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time. 
"See the gargantuan 16th–century Ripley Scroll that explains how to create a Philosopher’s Stone. Gaze at Sirius in the night sky as imagined by medieval astronomers. Encounter hand-coloured pictures of dragons, unicorns and a phoenix rising from the flames."
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with this extraordinary new addition to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

* Teachers !
If you want to bring your class along for free, sessions for Primary and Secondary school groups are now available to book.
Opening times and visitor information
  • Other Activities : Teachers and students
Every day there something new on the website Pottermore

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Orlando Resort
  • Students/fans:
Pottermore has teamed up with Tesco to send students on a trip to Universal Orlando Resort to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. From magical spells to magical creatures, from dark villains to daring heroes, it’s all at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Enter here!
The competition opened on Monday 19th June and closes on Monday 3rd July 2017. To enter, simply fill out the form and answer the question here

Schools Competition
  • Teachers and school librarians:
Pottermore has launched magical schools competition with Bookspace to give one lucky primary school the opportunity to win a library makeover in the Hogwarts house colours for their school. 
Find out how you can enter here.
To be in with a chance of winning the prizes, Pottermore wants your students to invent their own magical library
Competition closes 14th July 2017. Competition open to UK and ROI schools only. Download the full terms and conditions here.

Students can create personalised Harry Potter Hogwarts House Gift Cards with National Book Tokens. Whether you (or the special bookworm in your life) are a brave Gryffindor, wise Ravenclaw, proud Slytherin or loyal Hufflepuff, create a completely unique and magical gift for any occasion - personalise your own here.

Browse through our Potted history of Harry Potter timeline for key moments and fun facts from the last 20 years.

Harry Potter 20th anniversary
Download Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Party Pack complete with magical activities and ideas themed around the Houses of Hogwarts here.
  • Resources:
After 20 years since its publication, do you remember all of the book’s iconic little details? Take this quiz to find out:

It’s exactly two decades since the first of JK Rowling’s books was published. Try Harry Potter quiz: 20 years, 20 questions: 

The Guardian/ Harry Potter quiz
A exhausting Wizarding Test to see how much you have learned since then.
Music : Theme by John Williams

My thoughts:

So this is about a very well-known books. It makes a change to the sort of books educators normally was reading in their lessons.

Harry Potter final books contain some gothic elements, such as an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, some unexplicable events, supernatural creatures and occu
rrences such as prophecies and visions. Young people love it!

"Potter heptalogy, the 'archetypal' modern gothic novel, with an orphan who fulfills a prophecy and gradually develops his magic powers comes from two things: the Cornish landscapes, which are very similar to those around Hogwarts. Secondly and bove all, three larger-than-life characters cannot have a place in a conventional realistic novel."

"It's got to be like this. It's got to be me!"

Harry Potter


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