Published on May 5th 2020
Now you’ve finished listening to Daniel Radcliffe read Chapter One of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone it’s time to take on your first ever Chapter Challenge. How many house points can you collect? And can you complete your secret quest?

There will be a Chapter Challenge for every chapter of the first Harry Potter book. This is the very first one – welcome!

And remember, you can go back and watch Daniel Radcliffe read the first chapter right here any time you like.

Your task is to collect as many house points as you can throughout the challenges and record them in your house hourglass. 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.

If you don’t know which house you belong to yet, then don’t worry! You can find out in the Sorting Ceremony on our website here.

At the end of all seventeen chapters, you can count up all your house points!

We wish you the best of luck at the start of your Hogwarts journey!

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Write down which character is your favourite so far and write a short description of them.

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Draw Professor McGonagall as a cat, sitting on the wall outside number 4, Privet Drive.

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 place you can go to visit exotic animals – think lions, tigers, and snakes?

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Write about yourself: Albus Dumbledore likes sherbet lemons. Write down your favourite treat, and try to describe why you like it.

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. Write down whether you think the Dursleys will be nice to Harry Potter?

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Time to be a news reporter: In 'The Boy Who Lived', we hear on the news that there have been sightings of owls in the daytime and reports of shooting stars. Pretend you’re reporting on this story, and think up a headline for your newspaper, as well as a short caption to get people interested!

This mini-challenge is worth 2 house points.

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Secret quest: Pretend you have a Put-Outer and turn off all the lights in one room in your home. An empty room doesn't count – there must be someone else in there. Nobody must see you doing it...

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 One 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 Two becomes available, there’ll be another challenge waiting for you!

Illustration by Mary GrandPré © Scholastic


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