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  • 1. English Language and Literature Lesson 2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • 2. This powerpoint presentation
    • Available at:
    • http://langlit12.blogspot.com/
  • 3. Printed Notes
    • Plot overview
    • Chapter 1 summary/ analysis
    • Harry Potter: the boy who lived
  • 4. Today’s assessment focus:
    • AO2: Discussion of significant features of presentation and genre
    • AO2: interpretation and analysis of
    • Genre characteristics
    • Characterisation
    • Narrative method
    • Style
  • 5. What will we do?
    • Begin to explore HP&PS to bring out understanding of the presentation, with particular reference to the themes of Fantasy and Facing Challenge.
    • Sustained consideration of events, ideas, characters, attitudes, style of Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
  • 6. Your active involvement in the learning experience?
    • Listen with concentration
    • Make personal notes
    • Ask questions
    • Work with others
    • Report back
    • Read printed support material
    • Write about Chapter 1
  • 7. Writing task
    • Discuss the significant features of Chapter 1 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
    • You should refer to :
      • Events, fantasy genre, characterisation, ideas, attitudes and values
  • 8. Chapter 1: Events: two narrative strands: intro
    • Focus on Vernon Dursley
    • Work (drills)
    • Cat
    • Strange people
    • Overhearing
    • Tiny old man
    • Focus on Dumbledore
    • McGonagall
    • Potter story
    • Hagrid
    • Harry
  • 9. Setting:
    • Tuesday 1 November 1981
    • 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey
    • Drill company
    • Daylight symbolises ordinary, everyday experience in muggles’ world
    • Night time
    • Privet Drive
    • Darkness symbolises world of fantasy and magic
  • 10. Constructing the fantasy genre: unusual events
    • A cat reading a map/ reading a sign
    • People in cloaks
    • The old man hugged Mr Dursley around the middle
    • The cat didn’t move… was this normal cat behaviour
    • The nation’s owls have been behaving unusually
    • A downpour of shooting stars
    • The cat on the wall outside was showing no sign of sleepiness
  • 11. Constructing the fantasy genre: theme
    • A hero and a villain
    • Intrigue and mystery
    • Comedy and tragedy
  • 12. Characters: Mr Dursley
    • “ a big, beefy man with hardly any neck”
    • “ he picked out his most boring tie for work”
    • “ couldn’t bear people who dressed in funny clothes”
    • “ Mr Dursley always sat with his back to the window in his office”
    • “ he yelled at five different people”
    • “ there was no point in worrying Mrs Dursley”
  • 13. Mrs Dursley
    • “ thin and blonde and had nearly twice the usual amount of neck”
    • “ craning”, “spying”
    • “ pretended she didn’t have a sister”
    • “ Mrs Dursley gossiped away”
    • “” She told him over dinner all about Mrs Next Door’s problems”
  • 14. Dudley Dursley
    • “ the Dursleys had a small son called Dudley, and in their opinion there was no finer boy anywhere”
    • “ she wrestled a screaming Dudley”
    • “ Dudley was having a tantrum and throwing his cereal at the walls”
    • Dudley had learnt a new word (“Shan’t”)
    • “ I saw him kicking his mother all the way up the street, screaming for sweets”
  • 15. Professor McGonagall
    • “ a rather severe looking woman”
    • “ she too was wearing a cloak, an emerald one”
    • “ her black hair was drawn into a tight bun”
  • 16. Harry Potter
    • “ a baby boy, fast asleep”
    • “ Under a tuft of jet-black hair over his forehead they could see a curiously shaped cut, like a bolt of lightning”
    • “ poor little Harry”
  • 17. Harry Potter (2): the boy who lived
    • “ every child in the world will know his name”
    • “ he’ll be famous – a legend”
    • “ famous for something he won’t even remember”
    • “ famous before he can walk or talk”
    • “ there’ll be books written about Harry Potter”
  • 18. Attitudes: muggles
    • The Dursleys shuddered to think what the neighbours would say
    • She pretended she didn’t have a sister
    • Her sister and her good for nothing husband
    • He yelled at five different people
    • Harry. Nasty, common name, if you ask me
  • 19. Attitudes: wizards
    • “ I c-c-can’t stand it – Lily an’ James dead – an poor Harry off ter live with Muggles –”
    • “ Yes, yes, it’s all very sad……”
  • 20. Values
    • Shuddering to think what the neighbours would say
    • Tolerance of badly behaved son
    • Intolerance of others
    • Concern for the baby: protection
    • The support of friends
    • Expectations for the future
    • Joy at the overthrow of evil