Latest addition to the Harry Potter story.

The Harry Potter books nd films are still fondly discussed by our students. Today we began a unit on film study looking at film techniques and many examples from the Potter films were given by the boys.

So it is with interest that I looked at the latest addition to the Potter stable.  The latest installment of the Harry Potter series has a trailer out. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

As always everyone has an opinion and they are quick to share. Below is a video that has a few fans discussing their reactions to the teaser trailer.

What do you think of the trailer?


Two unusual alphabets and using them with classes.

Alphabet using GoogleMaps

I was looking for typography and different letters of the alphabet when I found these two (amongst others) via Pinterest. One particular board I like is Typography / Calligraphy.

Pinterest has become quite a resource for me when I want some images and it does not let me down often. I have to be very disciplined so as not to get too engrossed in what I find there as time gets away.

The first alphabet here is Google Maps Typography by Rhett Dashwood.

It is amazing that people find so many different ways to make use of Google maps.

For several months in 2008 and  2009 Rhett spent time searching Google Maps. He was looking for  land formations or buildings that resembled letter forms.  The place were limited to those within the state of Victoria, Australia. Go to his page and find the placemarks and links to all of the “letters” used except for “y”

I liked the idea and thought that the idea could be adapted for students to use as a class activity in geography. They could do it the way Rhett did, picking a particular area and searching.They could also try to find the alphabet in their local area/suburb. They could give map co-ordinates so that others could find the “letter”. It would be a great way to get to know an area. They could also go out and search their area, finding letters and then locate them on the map.

The second alphabet offered another way to catch the interest of students and test their knowledge. I have found some good Harry Potter alphabets and posters but this one makes you think about all the characters and their traits to find the answers.

The Harry Potter Alphabet on Buzzfeed and although it is not the only Harry Potter alphabet, it tests you. How well do you know the characters in the series? The letters give a clue. I am sure the students could come up with alphabets for the books they enjoy. I must think further about this idea – may be a good book week activity or take the place of a traditional book report.

Harry Potter alphabet

Pottermore – The Harry Potter story continues

The new movie is out soon and many of my students are eagerly awaiting the final movie installment.

Now J.K. Rowling has announced that there will be more to the Harry Potter story.  There will be an on-line interactive way to connect to experience the phenomenon that is Harry Potter. Once J. K. Rowling said she preferred that the stories were in hardcopy, that the real reading experience was to be had in holding and reading a (paper) book. She seems to have had a change of heart and this looks to be a very good addition to the Harry Potter stable.

You should have a look at her website.  

Pottermore is a free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books.

If you know some avid Harry Potter fans get them to register now for the chance to enter Pottermore early. Be warned however this site has been so popular is has already crashed once due to the heavy traffic. It has been mentioned on the National morning tv shows so the publicity is only just beginning.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Not long now until the final installment of the Harry Potter saga.  The official trailer:

Official description:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ opens nationwide on July 15th, 2011.

 “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. “In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Trailer Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

And..if you have not had time to read all of the books before the film is released there is this ..

Have  a look at this site created by Lucy Knisley. She has created one-page comic versions of the first five books to help speed up the process.

The posters are available for sale here and are $10 (US) and I am tempted to get them for a July display.

The new Harry Potter film

The boys were talking about this trailer yesterday and again today. There is starting to be some excitement about the movie.Will it be able to do justice to the book? What will be left out? How will they create some of the effects? Will I like it anywhere near as much as I liked the book? These are some of the questions the boys were asking. One or two had seen the trailer and were impressed.

I like the trailer. We have had a lot of time looking at trailers over the past 6 months and a few classes have worked on them instead of book reviews. (see my earlier posts)

I love the way the films and other adaptations of books, be they classics or not, breathe new life into the originals. I love that students go back to the originals and then want to talk about the differences, the strengths and weaknesses of both, what they like/dislike and how they would have approached the task of updating/repackaging/retelling or just advertising a book/story. The boys have lots of ideas and often think “outside the box”, often more than adults. They think first about what they want before what might be possible. It makes for some great discussions and lively debate at lunchtime.