Google Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the British Library, has created an free, online exhibit about the history of magic and how it pertains to the iconic JK Rowling universe. If you have students who adore the Harry Potter series, this is a must-explore resource.
Highlights of the exhibit include original sketches of Hogwarts, preliminary paintings of the artwork that would eventually become the covers of the books, and a collection of handwritten, first draft pages from the story. Students can also explore the lore of the many magical beasts that make appearances through out the books - Basilisks, Dragons, Bezoar Goats, Hippogriffs, and more.
It is powerful to see that the messy, binder-paper sketches and notes that would eventually become the iconic Harry Potter series are not all that different from the work that students make during Writer’s Workshop. Use these artifacts as mentor texts for teaching the writing process. Even JK Rowling scratched ideas out and moved sentences around with sweeping arrows before she felt happy with the results.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic, available from Google Arts & Culture:
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