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Topical Tuesdays: Hogwarts and all! - Key Stage 2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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If you’ve grown up loving the Harry Potter books and films, now you can explore their most famous location for yourself in a game. This resources pack includes an article from The Week Junior magazine, along with a sheet of activities designed to get children thinking, talking and writing about what the story means to them.


It’s been more than 25 years since the first Harry Potter book was released. Don’t you think it’s time that we all moved on from the Wizarding World? Given the infinite imagination of creative people, why do we always seem to go back to the same limited sets of characters, whether it’s the Harry Potter series, Super Heroes or Star Wars? Or is it simply a reflection of how good those books were? In any case, what’s wrong with having an exciting yet safe and familiar fantasy world to escape to, given all the problems with the real one? What do you think?

Writing skills

This is your chance to be a Hogwarts professor. Invent a new Harry Potter-style spell and write instructions for how to cast it.


Imagine a couple of characters from the Harry Potter series have been seen by you, a journalist from our world, casting spells at each other, although the effect of them could not be seen by non-magical folk. Write an article based on the incident, using all the conventions of a news report, assuming that you know nothing about magic.


The Harry Potter book series has broken many publishing records. Research your favourite 3 - 5 records and write a brief explanation of each, giving facts and figures where possible.

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download in our Topical Tuesdays collection.

What is The Week Junior?

The Week Junior magazine looks at current affairs and helps children make sense of the world, provides context and clarity to complex issues, improves general knowledge and encourages discussion and debate.

To find out more about The Week Junior and to download its free resources, please go to The Week Junior website.

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