Are you still mourning the fact that you never got your invitation letter from Hogwarts? Well, it's not too late. If you want to attend Hogwarts every day, check out our suggestion for how to make your classroom feel more like the famed wizarding school.
You and your students might have your fair share of different interests, experiences, and traits, but one thing you probably have in common is a love of the Harry Potter franchise. The classic book (and movie) series is beloved across the lines of geography and generation. Chances are that you've dreamed of going to Hogwarts and your students probably have, too. Why not make both of your dreams come true during this Autumn season and give your classroom a little Hogwarts makeover? Here's how.
1. Assign Your Students a House
At the start of your Hogwarts adventure, sort your students into their very own Hogwarts house. You can make a whole sorting ceremony of it complete with a store-bought or homemade Sorting Hat. If you want to avoid having your students be upset by the house they end up in, consider:
- Having students randomly draw numbers
- Naming the houses something new and giving them new colors so that students don't have pre-existing negative or positive associations with the houses
- Having the students take a quiz on Pottermore to make sure they get the most accurate result
- Explaining the unique value of each house and why no one house is better or worse than the next
Once your students are sorted, you can assign the houses points based on attendance, creativity, and participation.
2. Dress Up
Okay, so maybe you don't want to come to school every day in a full robe and Dumbledore beard, but it might be fun to wear a cape, hat, and tie for the day that you introduce your new Hogwarts classroom to your students. Or you can save the dress-up for Halloween day and encourage your students to come in their own Harry Potter costumes.
3. Decor, Decor, Decor!
Perhaps the most fun part of having a Harry Potter-themed classroom is the decor. Your possibilities here are endless! You can use the Harry Potter font to post Harry Potter quotes on your walls. Lightening bolts, glasses, brooms, wands, owls, and scrolls are perfect imagery to use around the classroom. You can decorate with old books, brick wallpaper, cauldrons, and more. Here is a great source for inspiration.
4. Use a Wand as a Talking Stick
Your visual integration of the Hogwarts theme doesn't have to end with just your classroom decor. You can also find utilitarian uses for Hogwarts items and motifs. For example, you can have a 'talking wand' to pass around during discussions. Only the student with the wand in hand can speak. If you're doing a popcorn-style discussion, the student with the talking wand can 'cast a spell' on the person they choose to speak next before passing them the wand.
5. Owl Post and House Elves
If your classroom makes use of a job chart or a suggestion box, these are great opportunities for Harry Potter thematic tie in. You can refer to your suggestion box as the 'Owl Post' and decorate it with images of Hedwig-like owls. Your classroom job chart can be house elf-themed with images of Dobby, Winky, and socks.
6. Arrange a Quidditch Tournament
This might be more of an extracurricular activity, but consider hosting a Quidditch tournament for your students. If you teach elementary school, you could even do this during class time as a P.E. activity. For middle and high school, this can be an optional activity for lunch or after school. Check out the US Quidditch website for gameplay suggestions. Yes, there is a national governing body for a fictional sport. We told you, everybody loves Harry Potter.
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