Published on May 28th 2020
Have you finished listening to Alia Bhatt, with Alec Baldwin and his daughter Carmen, reading Chapter Eight of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone? Well then, you’re ready for this Chapter Challenge! How many house points can you collect? And can you complete your secret quest?

Welcome to your eighth Chapter Challenge! If you need a reminder of Chapter Eight, you can watch Alia Bhatt, with Alec Baldwin and his daughter Carmen, reading 'The Potions Master' any time you like here.

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Write down which Hogwarts teacher you’re most interested in learning more about. What subject do they teach and why have you chosen them?

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Draw a picture of the cauldron you would like to use in a Potions class. You can decorate the outside any way you want – perhaps with your house colours?

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Answer this question and get a clue about the next chapter. What is the name of the most popular wizarding sport? Clue: Ron tried to explain the rules to Harry on the Hogwarts Express ...

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Write about yourself: Which Hogwarts lesson would you most want to go to? Why?

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Prediction time! This is where you guess what might happen later in the book. Hagrid removed a secret package from a Gringotts vault just before someone broke in! Where do you think that package is now?

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Time to be a Hogwarts portrait: In 'The Potions Master', we find out about the Hogwarts portraits and how they move about. Pretend you’re a portrait at the top of a moving staircase. What’s your name? What does your portrait look like? Describe what happens when a staircase moves and confuses students. Do you think it's funny? Do you try to help them? Or do you try to confuse them even more?

This mini-challenge is worth 2 house points.

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Secret quest: Organise a household meeting, using only secret notes. In Chapter Eight, Hagrid invites Harry to his hut using a note from Hedwig. For this secret quest, you must be the owl and deliver notes to members of your household. The note must say the time and the place in your home to meet – e.g. kitchen table, on the sofa. You must not say anything about the meeting out loud. If everyone comes to the meeting, you win!

This mini-challenge is worth 3 house points.

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Quiz time: If this secret quest isn’t for you, you can collect the same number of house points if you answer every question correctly in our Chapter Eight Quiz here...

Did you complete this Chapter Challenge? How many house points did you collect of the possible 10? Have you put all your pieces of paper in the hourglass so you don’t lose count? When a reading of Chapter Nine becomes available, there’ll be another challenge waiting for you!

And don’t forget to collect all your house points in your house hourglass. Remember, your hourglass can be any container – a bottle, a jar, a box. Every time you earn a house point, cut out a little square or circle of paper or card – colour it in with your house colour – and then put it into your hourglass. When you need to use scissors, make sure you ask an adult to help you.

Still need to find out which Hogwarts house you belong in? Here’s a link to the Sorting Ceremony on our website. Or download the Wizarding World app to find out your house whilst wearing the Sorting Hat! You’ll need an adult to help you register.

And for more quizzes, crafting, articles and other fun activites go to the Harry Potter At Home Hub.

Illustration by Mary GrandPré © Scholastic


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