Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone [Motion picture]. (2002). Warner Home Video.

A list of materials for tweens would not be complete with out some mention of the boy who lived. I chose to write about the first movie rather than the first book for the purpose of diversity with the types of materials I am writing about but ideally any tween collection would include all seven books and all eight movies.  In the first film a young boy named Harry who lives in a cupboard under the stairs in his Aunt’s house learns he is a wizard and leaves that terrible house to begin attending school at Hogwarts. While in school he learns about magic and makes new friends. He discovers that the professors are hiding a powerful magic item the sorcerer’s stone and that someone is trying to steal it. He and his friends resolve to protect the stone and face many challenges trying to reach the stone. His friend Ron is injured in a giant game of wizard chess and Hermione leaves him at a later potion challenge to go back and get help for Ron. This leaves Harry facing Voldemort alone, he survives the ordeal and saves the stone ending his first year of school a hero. He has to go back to his awful aunt at the end of the year but his new friends ensure he receives better treatment until he sees them again.

The Harry Potter series is immensely popular so a Harry Potter movie night would be a fun tween event at any library. At Hogwarts there are four houses Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff and most fans know which of these house they would be in(I’m a Ravenclaw if you’re wondering). This can be a fun way to divide tweens for different activities like Harry Potter trivia or even Quidditch if the library has access to a large outdoor space.  This can also help promote the event by having librarians sport their house colors during the days leading up to the event to try to recruit patrons to come support their house for Harry Potter night. The library should be prepared for some of the houses to have more members than others and ask teen volunteers or other librarians to be willing to switch houses or fill in to help even out teams or have house sign ups before hand to try to even things out.  Specifically for the first movies tweens could play games that recreate the challenges Harry had to pass through to get to the sorcerer’s stone. They could hunt for flying keys in the tween section of the library (there are different online resources showing how to transform old fashioned keys for this purpose), play their own game of chess, or solve a riddle to figure out which potion to drink to gain entrance to the movie room (soda or juice with added food coloring could be poured into different size and shape bottles). Creative librarians can come up with many games to recreate different aspects of the book. The world of Harry Potter is so massive and creative there are tons of ways to bring it to life in the library!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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