Not ANOTHER Harry Potter Webquest?!!!

Not ANOTHER Harry Potter Webquest?!!!

Harry is an orphan boy with magical powers. The story begins when Harry is 11 years old … the day he receives a letter of invitation for a school of wizardry.

The Books & Films

1. Click here to read an article about the first Harry Potter film and the book. This will help you to answer the questions below.

  • How many versions of the film are there?
  • How many copies of the book have been sold in the whole world?
  • How many children auditioned to get Harry’s role?
  • How many languages has the book been translated into?
  • How much did the movie cost to make?
2. There are now six books in the series. Find the titles in English here.
  • “Harry Potter à l’Ecole des Sorciers”
  • “Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets”
  • “Harry Potter et le Prisonnier d’Azkaban “
  • “Harry Potter et la Coupe de Feu”
  • “Harry Potter et l’Ordre du Phoenix”
  • “Harry Potter et… ” – What is the name of the sixth book, which came out in 2005?
3. What is the name of the latest film, released in 2005? You will find the answer on the beautiful Warner UK web site – the official Harry Potter website.

Vocabulary

Now check you know the basic words and expressions of Harry’s world by doing these three interactive quizzes.

The Story of

Wizards and Hogwarts! Muggles and mudbloods! Quidditch and broomsticks! None of those things mean anything to Harry Potter, a small, skinny, bespectacled boy with an unusual lightning-bolt shaped scar on his forehead—until his eleventh birthday. That’s when he starts receiving letters inviting him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry learns that his parents did not die in a car crash but were killed by Voldemort, the Lord of Darkness, and that he’s famous in the world of wizardry. So Harry leaves the home of his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and their hateful son Dudley, who are mere muggles (humans without one drop of magic in them), and embarks on a new life. And the changes continue as Harry spends year after year at Hogwarts, a place where he not only learns about being a wizard, but also about friendship and loyalty and fear and courage, and about his own past and future, his family, and his destiny.

From this text, find:

  • One sport
  • Two places featured in the story
  • Three types of people featured in the story
  • Four things Harry learns at school, apart from being a wizard.

The Characters

1. Here are some descriptions of the main characters in the books. Can you guess their names? You may find help here.
  • A Slytherin school boy. His father is someone very important, and he likes making trouble for Harry at school. He is usually with his two friends Crabbe and Goyle.
  • A Gryffindor student. She is sometimes bossy, and she works very hard at school to increase her knowledge of spells and charms.
  • She is the head teacher of Gryffindor, she teaches Transfiguration, and can change herself into a cat.
  • His father is Head of the Misuse of Muggle Artifact Office at the Ministry of Magic. He has red hair and a pet rat called Scabbers.
  • Hogwart’s Gamekeeper, he is very tall, and he looks after the school’s magical creatures. He loves dragons.
  • Her first name is a flower. She lives at number 4 Privet Drive and she is always horrible to Harry.
  • An evil wizard who killed Harry’s parents and is sometimes called “He Who Must Not Be Named”
  • This wizard has a long white beard and glasses. He is over 150 years old and is a very respected member of the school

2. The Harry Potter books are fun to read because of the strange words in them. Use a dictionary and find out what the following names (or parts of them) mean. Do you think they’re good names for the characters they represent?

Hogwart
Filch
Voldemort
Fluffy

Lockhart
Remus Lupin
Slytherin
Sirius Black
Scabbers
Hagrid
Longbottom
Weasley
3. Now go back to the Scholastic books page and click on “Pronunciation Guide” to discover how to pronounce the names of your favourite characters.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel, who plays Harry Potter in the films, answers fans’ questions. Use the Find Keys (Ctrl+F) to help you answer these questions:

  • Who are Emma, Rupert, Tom and Matthew?
  • Does he have time to do other movies besides Harry Potter?
  • He loves music. What instrument is he learning to play?
  • What football team does he support?

Fun & Games

Now, if you have answered all the questions, you can click here and have some fun! But before you can play, you must enroll in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and be sorted by the Sorting Hat!

HP Lexicon

The Harry Potter Lexicon: “The most complete and amazing reference to the wonderful world of Harry Potter! Including magical spells, potions, maps, lists of wizards et all manner of magical items and devices”.