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! More information below!
Welcome honorary wizards!
I'm Mr. Jeremy and I'll be your virtual professor.
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.
Have you heard of Harry Potter? He's pretty famous here in the Wizarding World.
I've even heard that he's got some fans out there in the Muggle World.
But not everybody knows that he's a wizard!
Harry himself didn't know he was a wizard at first!
That's right! Harry grew up in the Muggle World, just like you! In these first few chapters, we'll be reading about his early childhood. What was the great and powerful wizard Harry Potter like as a little kid? Well, you're about to find out! Thank you for joining us on this reading adventure! Let's dive right in!
In the next several programs, we'll be reading about Harry's introduction to the Wizarding World and first year here at Hogwarts. But first: Let's make sure everyone has a copy of the book!
You might also want to sign up for a free account on WizardingWorld.com.
Watch the videos and click on the links below to learn more:
Check out the eBook
on OverDrive or Libby
Anytime on or before May 31 (21 day loan)
Go to the library's website: FunInPutnam.com and click on "eBooks" at the top to learn more about OverDrive and Libby. If you're using a computer, I'd recommend OverDrive. If you're reading on a smart device or if you're listening on a phone, I'd recommend Libby. You can find the apps for both in the Google Play or Apple App Store. Sign in by choosing "Putnam County Library System" in the list of libraries and then entering your library card number. If you don't have a card, sign up for an Instant Digital Card using a mobile phone number.
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. But don't get sorted into your Houses just yet...
Fun Activities You Can Do At Home.
Enjoy these fun Do-It-Yourself S.T.E.A.M. activities, inspired by Chapters 1-2.
Answer the question: What did the snake say when Harry set him free?
On & Off: A brief
introduction to Binary Code
Inspired by Dumbledore's Deluminator
According to the Harry Potter Wiki: "The Deluminator, also known as the Put-Outer, is a magical device used by Albus Dumbledore... to remove light sources from [its] immediate surroundings as well as bestow them." Basically: it turns lights on and it turns lights off.
That got me thinking about Binary. In computer science, Binary Code is way of representing information using only two options -- usually a "0" (zero) and a "1" (one). But any pair of opposites will do! There's also: True|False, On|Off, Up|Down, etc. If you're new to computer science, a fun "unplugged" activity that you can do at home is to make a binary bracelet! Watch the introductory video by clicking here. By the way: Code.org has lots more fun learning activities that are free for kids, parents, teachers, etc. if you want to learn more.
Learn all about convention currents and how they cause winds and affect weather with this fun snake-themed S.T.E.A.M. activity! You only need a few basic materials for this project. First: Print your own spiral snake here. Be sure to get your parents' help with the lighter! Then, watch the snake spin above the candle! Just like magic!
Upcoming S.T.E.A.M. challenges: Over the next six programs, we will:
Slime-Making in Potions Class.
Transfiguration and The States of Matter: It's a Solid... It's a Liquid... It's an Oobleck!
Make a Feather Float in Charms Class: A Harry Potter Themed Coding/Computer Science Challenge.
Invisibility Cloaks and The Magic of Green Screen.
Playing Wizard’s Chess with Moving Pieces Using Stop Motion Animation.
Craft-Stick Quidditch. Let's Build a Snitch Launcher!
Engineer a Magical Egg Drop Contraption.
Ollivander's Overworked! How to Make Your Own Wand.
Get Out Your Quills! Cursive Writing Crash Course!
Shopping in Diagon Alley: How to Convert American Dollars into Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts (Wizarding World Currency).
Harry Potter and the Dichotomous Keys Using Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans.
What is your first impression of Dumbledore? Do you think he's funny? Weird? Maybe a little mysterious?
In the book, Professor McGonagall can turn into a cat. How cool is that?! If you could turn into any (non-magical) animal, what would it be and why?
Hagrid arrives with baby Harry on a flying motorcycle. He really knows how to make an entrance! If you could make any vehicle fly what would it be?
Do you think it's weird that in the first chapter we don't even hear from Harry (the title character) himself? Why do you think the author introduced him this way? Does all the anticipation and mystery surrounding his past make you more excited to get to know him?
Do you think Dumbledore's decision to have Harry grow up with the Dursleys (rather than with one of the wizard families) is a good one?
How does Harry’s experience with his relatives build his character?
Let’s talk about the Dursleys. Why do you think J.K. Rowling depicts them as being so terrible? Do they have any good qualities?
Why do you think Dudley acts the way he does and treats Harry the way he does? Have you been bullied by a relative or someone at school?
Harry Potter can talk to snakes. It’s a special ability that only a few wizards have called Parseltongue. If you could talk to any one animal or type of animal… which one would you talk to and why?
Included below are optional challenges to be completed as a family.
The Dursleys are proud to say that they’re “perfectly normal, thank you very much.” That’s why Uncle Vernon is keen to keep Harry from discovering his magical heritage. However, despite boarding up the mail slot and taking the family to a remote island, he can’t prevent Harry from receiving his Hogwarts letter.
Imagine that you received an unexpected letter of acceptance from a unique school. How would your family and friends react? What would the school specialize in, and what would the letter say? Would you accept the offer? Write a short description of how these life-changing events might unfold.
Finish this prompt: The day I discovered I was a accepted at...