Every child has a magic castle in their mind. Hogwarts is the magic school they dream of. Every child has dreamed of possessing magic, like the tortuous and bizarre experience of Harry Potter with his friends. As the most classic magical fantasy novels, the “Harry Potter” series of novels have ups and downs of storylines, interesting characters and wonderful magic, has attracted the eyes of almost all adults and children.
In order to promote the enthusiasm of reading for all students in our school, stimulate students’ interest in reading classic literary, and help students accumulate materials and ideas for future writing, from May 1st to 30th, our school library teachers planned and organized a reading event with the theme of “Harry Potter”.
In the content of “Harry Potter”, the Hogwarts Castle magic hat assigns students to four different houses. Each house can be the key element of the mysterious magic school. In order to let the students feel the tension of the protagonists in the process of their house assignment, the library teachers presented the process of assigning their house in the form of a quiz. More than 150 students successfully completed the quiz, and received special bookmarks and student IDs of their selected house.
During the one-month reading event, middle school students worked with the library teachers and art teachers, and turned the library into a “magic school” in their understanding. The primary school students also learned about the style of fiction books by “Harry Potter”. Under the guidance of the library teachers they also realize all characterizes of the stories, and the unpredictable storylines.
This activity aroused students’ enthusiasm for reading “Harry Potter” series of books. Students who are already familiar with the wizarding world of “Harry Potter” actively participate in the organization of the event and explain and share various knowledge about “Harry Potter” to their friends. Students who have not watched “Harry Potter” also started reading the series of books with curiosity and actively participated in the activity. Parents and teachers from our school joined the activity to share their love for the Harry Potter series and their unique understanding of the storyline.
Feedback from students
“I really like this Harry Potter event, because we can have lots of quizzes and activities then if we get one right, we could get a really special bookmark. I am really enjoying it.
—Zoey from P6A
“For our library Harry Potter event, I really really like it. Because it’s a chance we can see everyone like the same themes, we can make new friends, because we all have the same interested.
—Annisha from MYP 4B
Feedback from teachers
The ollege test and the selection of magic wands made the students feel the magic and the power of words. Reading allows us to reflect, and reading allows us to create. Thank you for the exhibition presented to us by the library event!
The Harry Potter theme library reading activity gradually ended with the cheers of students and teachers, but our enthusiasm and determination to encourage students to read independently did not end. Next, we will collect other literary books or popular authors that students liked, then organize new and more interesting library events. Stay tuned!
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Author: Bella Yang (Resource Officer（Library Assets))