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Saturday, 3 September 2016


Here at Pretty52, our love for all things Harry Potter is unstoppable... we are OBSESSED.

The release of The Cursed Child and the fact that a concert tour of The Philosopher's Stone is happening (check out the details here:, has got everyone in a magical frenzy *wands at the ready!*

With the first Harry Potter book being released in 1997 (when the majority of us were at school), the series allowed the readers to grow up alongside the characters. It gave us all an outlet to a more interesting world filled with talking animals, fascinating spells, exciting adventures and most importantly introduced us to Dumbledore.

A teacher from an Island school in Scotland has transformed her entire classroom into every Harry Potter fan's dreams, to allow her pupils to experience the magical world for themselves. Decorated with everything you could think of, she hasn't left a single detail out and has well and truly introduced a new generation to the wizarding world.

Platfrom 9 3/4 entrance into the classroom!

We interviewed the teacher to find out where she got her inspiration from:
"After expressing my excitement about the release of 'The Cursed Child', and my observation of their relative lack of enthusiasm, I realised that most of the children in my class had missed out on the Harry Potter phenomenon, or had seen the films but were not familiar with the original texts.
There's such a richness and depth in the book ... Effects that a film just can't achieve in the time it has, no matter how wonderful the film happens to be.
I decided to use some features from the books and films to create a context for learning in my classroom. Teachers are always trying to come up with new and interesting ways to engage children in their learning."

"A personal highlight for me has been teaching musical terms through themed from the soundtracks. The children pointed out that the Italian words 'accelerando' (getting faster) and 'crescendo' (getting louder) sound like words that JK Rowling might have used for spells. Cue much using-a-beater-as-a-wand hilarity, casting spells on the music."

There is even a sorting hat- I think we can definitely say 'Mischief Managed' here!

"The world that JK Rowling created, provides so many opportunities for learning across the curriculum and we're having such a lot of fun exploring these!"

She said her idea of transforming her classroom to something worthy of The Great Hall was, "originally to inspire them to read, develop opinions and responses to literature whilst exploring the power of their own writing."

This teacher's aim is to explore the power of words (and as Albus himself says: 'Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic') and exposing her pupils to the possibilities of literature. 

 The children used the school's iPads to search for inspirational Dumbledore quotes, and are planning to do a quidditch themed 'Writing Goals' wall and a potions themed science wall. Where do we sign up?!

The amount of detail injected into this classroom is giving us MAJOR HP goals RN. 

Why couldn't we have all had a teacher this imaginative and creative when we were at school?! And the award for the best teacher to making all our Harry Potter dreams come true goes too....

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