Year 4

Extract from Harry Potter

October arrived, spreading a damp chill over the grounds and into the castle. Madam Pomfrey, the nurse, was kept busy by a sudden spate of colds among the staff and students. Her Pepperup potion worked instantly, though it left the drinker smoking at the ears for several hours afterward. Ginny Weasley, who had been looking pale, was bullied into taking some by Percy. The steam pouring from under her vivid hair gave the impression that her whole head was on fire.

 

Raindrops the size of bullets thundered on the castle windows for days on end; the lake rose, the flower beds turned into muddy streams, and Hagrid’s pumpkins swelled to the size of garden sheds. Oliver Wood’s enthusiasm for regular training sessions, however, was not dampened, which was why Harry was to be found, late one stormy Saturday afternoon a few days before Halloween, returning to Gryffindor Tower, drenched to the skin and splattered with mud.

 

Even aside from the rain and wind it hadn’t been a happy practice session. Fred and George, who had been spying on the Slytherin team, had seen for themselves the speed of those new Nimbus Two Thousand and Ones. They reported that the Slytherin team was no more than seven greenish blurs, shooting through the air like missiles.

 

As Harry squelched along the deserted corridor he came across somebody who looked just as preoccupied as he was. Nearly Headless Nick, the ghost of Gryffindor Tower, was staring morosely out of a window, muttering under his breath, “. . . don’t fulfill their requirements . . .half an inch, if that . . .”

“Hello, Nick,” said Harry.

“Hello, hello,” said Nearly Headless Nick, starting and looking round. He wore a dashing, plumed hat on his long curly hair, and a tunic with a ruff, which concealed the fact that his neck was almost completely severed. He was pale as smoke, and Harry could see right through him to the dark sky and torrential rain outside.

Bronze

Use a dictionary to find the meaning of the following words. Then write 3 synonyms for them.

*vivid

*spate

*morosely

*Drenched

Silver

  • What does the phrase ‘shooting through the air like missiles’ suggest about how the Nimbus Two Thousand and One moves through the air. Give 2 suggestions

 

  • What words and phrases help the reader to imagine that Harry is miserable? E.g. Squelched along. List 3 more.

Gold

Find a quote on the Harry Potter quote finder or in the text above. Copy quote into the blog and then explain why you like the quote, what language tricks/techniques have been used and why is it effective.

http://www.harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/uk/fun-stuff/quotes/

Key vocabulary: openers, similes, metaphors, adverbial phrases, adjectival phrases, personification, figurative language, adjectives, sentence types, multiclause sentences, coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, types of punctuation

 

65 thoughts on “Year 4

  1. Bronze
    Vivid: producing powerful feelings or having an strong imagination in your head.
    Spate: a large similar thing that comes quick in a succession.
    Drenched: To be completely wet and muddy.
    Morosely: a mood or charectized by an expressing gloom.
    Silver:
    The phrase shooting like air missels tells me it is an metaphor and describing how it shot up really quick and speedy and that this is no ordinary broom we have today. I think word and phrases described when Harry was miserable was Harry looked outside the window as pale as ever and unhappy just by looking at the rain he tempted to be free.
    Gold:
    ” of course it would be difficult and dangerous,very dangerous we’d be breaking about fifty school rules.”
    This quote is efeective because it has gave us a clue that an attack is starting or an magical adventure had started. Also the person who had said this may have been really fed up of losing points from their houses in the first year.

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  2. Gold Challenge
    “we are only strong as we are united,as weak as we are divided ”
    I like this quote because it rhymes and shows that they have strong connection meaning that there strong together but when they separate they become weak.

  3. Gold
    ‘Spiders. Not tiny spiders like those surging over the leaves below. Spiders the size of carthorses, eight-eyed, eight-legged, black, hairy, gigantic.’
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,

  4. Gold
    ‘Spiders. Not tiny spiders like those surging over the leaves below. Spiders the size of carthorses, eight-eyed, eight-legged, black, hairy, gigantic.’
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling

  5. ‘“Curiosity is not a sin,” he said. “But we should exercise caution with our curiosity . . . yes indeed . . .
    I like this one because it uses lots of punctuation and words that we might not use everyday

  6. Morose means gloomy you in a bad mood so whentver the adverb Morosely describes your actinos you,re
    not feeling very cheerful Tere isan element of crankin in the word moresely which
    You can even see it,s lanin root, morosus which means pataish

  7. “Don’t put your wand there,boy!”roared moody.”What if it is ignited wizard.
    This is a good qoute because I like it when they used roared moody it tells you how did she shout.

  8. Harry knew the only way to turn a house elf free was a present it with a proper garment.
    I like this quote because it’s interesting when the elfs go free because it’s like a prison break and it captures you imagination.

  9. Bronze challenge:
    Vivid- producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images in your mind.
    Spate- the same thing coming quickly.
    Morosely- gloomy or in a bad mood.
    Drenched- when you are wet.

  10. Gold

    ‘Spiders. Not tiny spiders like those surging over the leaves below. Spiders the size of carthorses, eight-eyed, eight-legged, black, hairy, gigantic.’

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling

  11. Bronze
    Vivid: producing powerful feelings or having an strong imagination in your head.
    Spate: a large similar thing that comes quick in a succession.
    Drenched: To be completely wet and muddy.
    Morosely: a mood or charectized by an expressing gloom.
    Silver:
    The phrase shooting like air missels tells me it is an metaphor and describing how it shot up really quick and speedy and that this is no ordinary broom we have today. I think word and phrases described when Harry was miserable was Harry looked outside the window as pale as ever and unhappy just by looking at the rain he tempted to be free.
    Gold:
    ” of course it would be difficult and dangerous,very dangerous we’d be breaking about fifty school rules.”
    This quote is efeective because it has gave us a clue that an attack is starting or an magical adventure had started. Also the person who had said this may have been really fed up of losing points from their houses in the first year.

  12. Gold challenge
    The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
    I like this quote because this is about truth. Writer tries to tell us about importance of truth and is advising us to be careful about our sayings .

  13. Gold challenge
    The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
    I like this quote because this is about truth. Writer tries to tell us about importance of truth and is advising us to be careful about our sayings .

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