Now you’ve finished reading the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone, here is a chapter challenge! How many house points can you collect? And can you complete your secret quest?

To celebrate Harry Potter Reading Magic, our chapter challenges are back! There will be a fresh challenge for every chapter of the first Harry Potter book. This is the very first one – welcome! And once you're done, you can find Chapter Two here.

First thing's first. We've created a brand new special house points tracker that you can make at home which will help you keep score of your chapter challenge achievements. Take a look.

Your task is to collect as many house points as you can throughout the challenges and record them in your jar. If you don't have a jar, it can be any container – a bottle or a box, perhaps. Same goes for the marbles or rocks - just use your imagination!

And 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!

So, as you play our chapter challenges, you'll be able to add points to your jar (or whatever receptacle you may be using!) be them pebbles, marbles or something else.

Here's how we suggest doing it: mark each pebble or marble with '2 points' and every time you score 2 points, add a pebble or marble to your jar. You might need a few '1 point' markers as well, in case you score an odd number!

In this challenge below, 10 house points are available - so you could be putting a maximum of 5 marbles or pebbles (or whatever!) in your jar today.

Good luck...

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

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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...

For more Harry Potter Reading Magic, visit our collection page where you can explore more fun and games with chapters 1-3 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone.

Did you complete this chapter challenge? How many house points did you collect of the possible 10? Have you collected all your points so you don’t lose count?

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