Teaching: Harry Potter

English teaching sequence to Harry Potter

7th grade students

Topic: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The students have to watch the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone doing class. This will take four lessons. The students will go through pre- during and post sequences.

Pre: Introduce the characters in the story and a glossary.
During: While watching the movie makes small notes about the characters
Post: Write a diary entry as if you were one of the characters in the book. Choose a character, a scene which to write about and write 10 lines as if you were that character.

Lesson 1

  • Introduction to today's plan.

  • Watch the first 27,5 minutes of the movie, with a stop after the first chapter of the book is done.

    • What are differences between the first chapter of the book and the start of the movie? (Talk with your partner and thereafter plenum)

  • Watch the last of the 27,5 minutes.

  • Short Kahoot with ten questions about the first 27,5 minutes.

    Kahoot questions
    • What was stolen from Gringotts?

    • What does professor Snape teach?

    • what is special about the staircases?

    • How do the first year students get to hogwarts after they get off the train

    • Where does dumbledore go on the frog card?

    • What kind of animal does Ron have?

    • What is the Hogwarts express?

    • What is platform 9 3/4

    • Does Hagrid think Voldemort is dead?

    • Who is Voldemort?

End movie after 27:30


Lesson 2 & 3

Introduction to today's plan.

    • Consequence when the students are late for class - the whole class are “punished”

    • Watch the next 25 minutes with a stop at 15 minutes (After the train 36:50)

  • We put some key questions up on the screen which they are supposed to discuss in pairs

    • Why doesn’t Hagrid think Voldemort is dead?

    • Who does Harry meet in this section?

  • Round up with answers to the questions on the board

  • Watch the rest of the 25 minutes

  • Puzzle game. Go to a text and read it, and repeat it to your partner (the one sitting next to you). We are gonna differentiate the teaching by the amount of words about the characters.

    • Make color markers.

  • Ten minutes break

  • Start the movie

    • End at 1 hour 17 min.

  • Evaluation    

    • What do you think about the movie? Tell a partner on the floor

    • Put them in two circles, so they will talk to different people.

    • Focus on gambits:

      • What do you think about (the movie?)

      • Do you like the book or the movie better?

      • I think that ...

      • I like the part about ... because ...

      • I agree / I disagree

      • Thank you for sharing, see you later!

Description of 4 characters: Focus on adjectives

“Harry had a thin face, knobbly knees, black hair, and bright green eyes. He
wore round glasses held together with a lot of Scotch tape because of
all the times Dudley had punched him on the nose. The only thing Harry liked about his own appearance was a very thin scar on his forehead that was shaped like a bolt of lightning.”

“She is a girl with a bossy sort of voice, lots of bushy brown hair, and rather large front teeth. She is very smart and can be a bit of a know it all. She tells Ron he has dirt on his nose and fixes Harry’s glasses the first time she meets him.”


He is a giant man, his hair looks like a mane, his hair is brown, he has a big wild tangle beard, and eyes that looks like black beetles and he is a chubby man.

Ron has flam­ing red hair, just like the rest of his family. He is the second youngest out of five siblings. He is tall, thin, and gan­gling, with freck­les, big hands and feet, and a long nose. In the train he has some­thing on his nose. His brothers calls him: “Ick­le Ron­niekins” as a teasing nickname. His family is not rich, so he inherits his brothers’ things: Bill’s old robes, Char­lie’s old wand, and Per­cy’s old rat, called Scabbers.



Emil Alexander Holm Thorsen