Today in History: Harry Potter Opens
“Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts,
Teach us something please,
Whether we be old and bald,
Or young with scabby knees,
Our heads could do with filling
With some interesting stuff,
For now they’re bare and full of air,
Dead flies and bits of fluff,
So teach us something worth knowing,
Bring us back what we’ve forgot,
Just do your best, we’ll do the rest,
And learn until our brains all rot…”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Perhaps it’s not too fantastical to tie Learning Theater games, an activity designed to prepare for events in the Smith Learning Theater, to the houses at Hogwarts. The Sorting Hat assigns me the Head Girl of Gryffindor, and I know that I must act my part if I am to survive the challenge. Hermione Granger, after all, stands for bravery, daring, nerve, and chivalry, and our house colors, red and gold, materialize in the banner of a lion, as I match up my zodiac sign. True to character, I paint the scene, standing on the 5th floor platform, otherwise 9 3/4, on my travels to the school of wizardry, via Edlab at Teachers College. Gryffindor Consultancy makes the pitch, tossing up a hand-crafted golden Gidditch ball to win the round.
From libraries and teaching to movies… Did you know that the first Harry Potter movie opened with fanfare on November 16, 2001? Based on the sensational best seller, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling (1998), and directed by the American filmmaker Chris Columbus, the movie starred Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, and a roster of fine actors — Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Richard Harris and Gary Oldman, among them. The film was so successful, that others were adapted from the popular book series. All you Potter fans, enjoy this timely selection of news articles!
The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- Harry Potter: The Statistics. (2000, Jul 08). The Irish Times (1921-Current File)
- Lyman, R. (2001, Nov 26). Are the Wizard’s Numbers Just the Tip of the Iceberg? New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Hajela, D. (2001, Nov 02). Book’s Fans Await Harry Potter Movie. Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
- Breznican, A. (2001, Nov 18). Fans Charmed by Long-Awaited ‘Harry Potter’ Movie. Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
- Lyman, R. (2001, Nov 19). Harry Potter and the Box Office of Gold. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Conor O’Clery International, B. E. (2001, Nov 20). Harry Potter Shatters Box Office Records in the US and Britain. The Irish Times (1921-Current File)
- He Really Is a Wiz of a Wiz If Ever a Wiz There Was. (2001, Nov 16). The Guardian (1959-2003)
- Maker, E. (2001, Dec 02).Poof! Just Like Magic, Harry Potter Fills Restaurants. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Paschal, J. (2001, Apr 22). A Way to Track Who’s Wild About Harry. The Times of India (1861-Current)
- Supersearch for “Harry Potter“: some 93,600+ results of holdings linked to the Gottesman Libraries, including over 54,000 news’ articles
- Pocketknowledge for a related Harry Potter news display
- Teachers College Record for articles concerning Harry Potter
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