Ideas for Reports and Papers
1. The Harry Potter books are set in England, but the author, J. K. Rowling, lives in Scotland. What has the relationship between England and Scotland been throughout history?
2. The Quidditch World Cup tournament resembles the World Cup tournament in soccer. Research the (soccer) World Cup and explain it in your report.
3. Research the idea of school tournaments. Does your school have one? Why or why not? Which schools do have one and how do they resemble the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?
4. Hogwarts students take the train to school from London. Research the London Underground and the British railway system (especially King's Cross railway station). Which came first, the Underground or the railway? What is the connection between the Underground and the railway? What routes do they follow? Can you find any maps and timetables using the Internet?
5. J. K. Rowling had been a school teacher and was a single mother when she started writing the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Research the author in order to find out more about her. What kinds of insights has she given in interviews? Are there any parallels between the author's life and her books?
6. So far, there are four Harry Potter books: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Read one (or more!) of the Harry Potter books and compare it/them to the latest book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. What has changed? How have characters and story lines changed?
7. The Ministry of Magic functions like the British Ministry. The Ministry is part of the British parliamentary system. Research the governmental systems of Britain (the Ministry and Parliament) and compare and contrast them to the Ministry of Magic in the Harry Potter books. Just how similar (and/or different) are they?