Topics for Discussion

1. J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone introduces readers to all sorts of interesting magical objects (the Nimbus 2000, the remembrall, magic wands, mail-delivering owls, live chess sets, the invisibility cloak … not to mention the sorcerer’s stone). If you could have and use any one of these objects, which object would it be and why? Can you tell a real story about something that happened to you once when that object might have come in handy? How might the story have gone differently if you had had that object?

2. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, readers find out many interesting things about the magic world, and many magic characters think some pretty funny things about Muggles. What if, instead of you visiting them at Hogwarts when you read a Harry Potter book, they were to visit you at school or read about you in a book? What would they see? What classes, teachers, traditions, or sporting events might they find curious? Why?

3. If you were assigned to one of the houses (Griffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin) which one would it be? What about your next door neighbor, your teacher, or the principal? What about some of the characters in your favorite television shows? Why?

4. In the “Harry Potter” books, Harry has a scar on his forehead-and a story to go with it. What, if any, scars do you have and what is/are the stories behind them? If, like Harry, you had special powers because of the scar (and based on the story), what would they be?

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