“Christmas was coming. One morning in mid-December, Hogwarts woke to find itself covered in several feet of snow. The lake froze solid and the Weasley twins were punished for bewitching several snowballs so that they followed Quirrell around, bouncing off the back of his turban.” - PS, CH. 12
I DID NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT THIS.
Made my morning.
I love that you mom even knows who Dobby is!!! I am the only one that likes Harry Potter in my family so I get blank stares if u make a reference like that!
Oh yes. She’s read all of the books, and went and saw most of the movies with me. We also went to the release of the 7th book together and had our pictures taken with a Harry Potter cardboard cut out.
If you could have a fictional character as a teaching aide, who would you choose and why? — iamlittlei
Dobby. He’s loyal. He can keep your non-work-related secrets. He loves deeply. He is resourceful. He would protect my students at all costs. I bawled my eyes out when I read the book and when I saw the movie and he died. I think I cried harder about him than I did with Sirius Black and Prof. Dombledore. He has an innocence that I just love.
I have a student whose mother is “morally against” Harry Potter books (as well as The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and the House of Night series), so I’m not allowed to a) teach them in class or b) let her choose to read them in class on her own, which she has done in the past. She is 15, a sophomore, and her mom just sent all of her RIF (Reading is Fun-damental) and library books back to school because they are “inappropriate” for her daughter. Her daughter chose them! Her reasoning is that they will corrupt her daughter’s faith.
Here are my thoughts:
- How can she judge HP and the other series without reading them?
- She must not have much faith in her daughter’s faith if she thinks HP is going to ruin her.
- I’ve already refrained from teaching HP in class because of the conflict.
- Can I reach out to this mother and have a serious conversation about the spiritual wealth of HP, including Biblical references and supporting literature, such as Pastor Connie Neal’s book ” “The Gospel According to Harry Potter: The Spiritual Journey of the World’s Greatest Seeker”?
- Most importantly: can I allow my student to read what she wants in class regardless of her mother’s wishes?
I wrote my junior thesis on JK Rowling’s Harry Potter vs. The Christian community’s interpretations that formed the basis for banning HP. While I don’t agree with the reasons for banning it, as teachers we are in partnerships with parents and students in Education. Whether or not your district can allow you to teach the book regardless of one parent’s objections — I don’t know. However, I don’t think it is our place to encourage the student to select books on their own that their parents don’t want them to read. Ultimately, they are doing the parenting and we are not. You can, however, teach students how to form their own opinions and how it is important to have information to support your reasoning.
I designed seven book covers as Halloween decorations. But the front of each book is an actual book from the Harry Potter books and movies.
A sample of the book covers…..
Standard book of Spells Quick quiz..what chapter would you find Alohamora?
The infamous text owned by The Half Blood Prince.
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