Today in History: Harry Potter Opens

| November 16, 2016

161114_news_219x365 “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.

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