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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone The Supernatural

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The Supernatural

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone provides a doorway into a magical world. In addition to garden-variety witches and wizards, there are magic trains, magic candies, and several areas dedicated to magical commerce. There's a castle populated with ghosts, poltergeists, strange creatures, and things that go bump in the night, as well as a forest full of centaurs, unicorns, and creepy crawlies. A boarding school, often thought of as an ordinary thing, becomes tinged through and through with the extraordinary – with magic. Getting mail delivered by owl, learning to Transfigure matches into needles, or finding an invisibility cloak at the bottom of your bed? It's all part of a typical day at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Questions About The Supernatural

  1. Which Hogwarts class would you most like to take and why?
  2. What would you do if you received an acceptance letter from Hogwarts?
  3. For you, what's the most amazing part of the wizarding world Rowling describes?
  4. If you could make one of the many supernatural creatures in the book real, which would it be and why?
  5. Why don't the Dursleys like wizards?
  6. Does Rowling do a good job at making the wizarding world seem real or magic seem possible? Why or why not?
  7. How is attending a magical school like Hogwarts similar to and different from your schooling experience?

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