Published on Jul 14th 2020
Have you finished listening to Kenneth Branagh and Ruth Wilson, with Helena Bonham Carter, reading Chapter Sixteen 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 sixteenth Chapter Challenge! If you need a reminder of Chapter Sixteen, you can watch Kenneth Branagh and Ruth Wilson, with Helena Bonham Carter, reading 'Through the Trapdoor' any time you like here.

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Write down which of the tasks so far you think is the most difficult. Getting past Fluffy? Defeating Devil’s Snare? Catching the enchanted key? Winning the giant wizard chess game? Choosing the correct potion? Don’t forget to write down why you have chosen that challenge!

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Draw a picture of the specific winged key that Harry has to catch.

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Answer this question and get a clue about the next chapter. What do you call an object in which you can see your clear reflection?.

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Write about yourself: In this chapter Hermione tells Harry that friendship is very important. Pick one of your friends and write about them. What do they look like? What are their hobbies? What is the best thing about being friends with that person?

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Prediction time! Who do you think Harry can see in the last chamber? We know it’s not Snape or Voldemort. Who is it? And no peaking at the beginning of the next chapter!

This mini-challenge is worth 1 house point.

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Time to be Neville Longbottom: In 'Through the Trapdoor', Neville stands up to Harry, Ron and Hermione to try to stop them sneaking out of the common room. Pretend you’re Neville later that night writing in his diary. Are you upset with Hermione for cursing you? Are you glad you stuck up for yourself? Are you worried Harry, Ron and Hermione will get caught? Do you tell any other Gryffindors about it? Have you lost Trevor again? Use your imagination!

This mini-challenge is worth 2 house points.

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Secret quest: Challenge someone in your household to a game. It could be chess (like the characters play in this chapter) or something else you have in the house. Here are some magical ideas, if you’re stuck. At the end of the game – whether you win or lose – you must thank the other player for helping you get one step closer to the Philosopher’s Stone. Keep a straight face and absolutely do not laugh ...

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 Sixteen 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 Seventeen becomes available, there’ll be another challenge waiting for 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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