Featured Book Prompts

Prompt submissions should demonstrate an understanding and reading of the book Holes.  Your work will be posted on the Student Art & Media Gallery!  You will receive tickets for your submissions.  Please turn submissions in to your Program Site, or email them to us at CCi@CompleteChildcareHawaii.org.


“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” Prompts

Writing (at least one full paragraph, double tickets):

1. On page 13 we learn that Dumbledore is leaving the Dursleys a letter to explain everything to Harry when he’s older. Write what you think that letter said.

2. Dumbledore states that due to Harry’s fame in their world, it would be better to leave him with the Dursleys until he is older, because, “’It would be enough to turn any boy’s head. Famous before he can walk and talk! Famous for something he won’t even remember! Can’t you see how much better off he’ll be, growing up away from all that until he’s ready to take it?’” (p. 13). Do you agree or disagree with Dumbledore’s decision and reasoning to leave Harry with his aunt and uncle? Why or why not?

3. Write a few journal entries from Harry’s perspective. Be sure to include at least one entry from when Harry is living with the Dursleys, one while he is attending Hogwarts, and one about the events at the end of the book.

4. If you received an acceptance letter out of the blue to attend a prestigious school of witchcraft and wizardry, would you attend? Why or why not? What would you hope to learn there if so?

5. Write a newspaper article from The Daily Prophet, the newspaper from the magic world.

6. Write an excerpt from one of Harry’s course books (a list of his course books may be found on page 66, chapter 5).

7. Much of Harry’s beginnings at Hogwarts and entry into the world of magic centers around Harry coming to terms with his fame in that world. Imagine you were famous in another world and had to come to terms with it. What would you hope to come out of this situation? What would your greatest fear in this situation be?

8. Each student is allowed to bring an animal (owl, toad, or cat) to Hogwarts. Which animal would you choose to bring and why?

9. As Harry tries to come to terms with his newfound fame in the magic world, he states, “’Everyone thinks I’m special…but I don’t know anything about magic at all. How can they expect great things? I’m famous and I can’t even remember what I’m famous for’” (p. 86). What advice would you give Harry to help him cope with this?

10.Throughout the book, there are various spells recited by the characters, such as Ron’s attempt to turn Scabbers yellow (“Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow,/ Turn this stupid, fat rat yellow”). Write your own spells. Be sure to include what the spells are meant to do.

11.On page 106, Hermione tells Harry that she already knows all about him, as she read about him in Modern Magical History, and The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts, and Great Wizarding Events of the Twentieth Century. Write an excerpt about Harry from one of these books.

12.If you were a first year at Hogwarts and took part in the Sorting Ceremony, which of the four school houses (Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or Gryffindor) do you think you would get placed in? Which house would you want do get placed in? Explain your reasoning for both. (Think about the characteristics associated with each house).

13.Why do you think Harry’s scar hurts when Snape looks at him? 14.In chapter 7 on page 128, the students sing the Hogwarts school anthem. Write

your own anthem for either Hogwarts or your school. 15.During Harry’s first night at Hogwarts, he has a dream that he is wearing

Quirrell’s turban and it is telling him (Harry) that he has made a mistake and needs to transfer to Slytherin right away because it is his destiny. Why do you think Harry had this dream, and what do you think it means?

16.Imagine Harry had ended up in the Slytherin house. How would his story have been different? Write about how you think Harry’s story might have gone if he was a Slytherin.

17.Harry comes across the Mirror of Erised, which according to Dumbledore shows us the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts. What would you see in your mirror’s reflection, and why?

18.What would you do if you came into possession of a Sorcerer’s Stone? Explain. 19.The centaurs in the forbidden forest say that they read about what’s to come in the

movement of the planets. Look up your horoscope for today and write about how accurate it is to your day so far, and/or write a horoscope for one of the characters in the book.

20.In regards to calling him Voldemort or You-Know-Who, Dumbledore tells Harry to, “’Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself’” (p. 298). Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your stance.

  1. 21.What is your favorite scene from the book and why? 22.Write about the similarities in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Matilda.

Art (should be colored and detailed):

1. At the beginning of the book, when we are being introduced to the Dursleys, it is mentioned that Mr. Dursley picked out his most boring tie for work. Draw Mr. Dursley’s boring tie.

2. “Mr. Dursley always sat with his back to the window in his office on the ninth floor. If he hadn’t, he might have found it harder to concentrate on drills that morning [10 years ago after Voldemort visited the Potters]. He didn’t see the owls swooping past in broad daylight, though people down in the street did…” (p. 3-4). Draw this scene of Mr. Dursley sitting with his back to his office window, and some of the things he might’ve missed seeing.

3. When Harry goes to Mrs. Figg’s on Dudley’s birthdays, they usually look at photo albums of all the cats Mrs. Figg has ever owned. Draw what you think this photo album looks like. Be sure to include Tibbles, Snowy, Mr. Paws and Tufty.

4. The characters of the book are often described as different animals: Harry thinks Dudley looks like a pig in a wig (p. 21), the Dursley’s treat Harry like a slug that can’t understand them (p. 22), and Dudley’s best friend Piers is described as having a face like a rat (p. 23). Draw characters of the book with animal features that help describe the character or their personality.

5. Harry begins to receive letters out of the blue from an unknown sender on page 34 (chapter 3). The letters have, “…a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger, and a snake surrounding a large letter H.” Draw this coat of arms/seal.

6. Throughout Harry’s interactions with the Dursleys at the beginning of the book, Uncle Vernon’s face changes many colors depending on his mood and his level of anger. Draw a scale of Uncle Vernon’s face in its progressively different colors and what they mean (ex. Happy/Content to Extremely Angry). Don’t forget his large mustache!

7. Draw what you imagine Diagon Alley looks like, using the clues and descriptions given in chapter 5 of the various items and shops you can find here.

8. While shopping for his school supplies, Harry and Hagrid enter the Apothecary, “…which was fascinating enough to make up for its horrible smell, a mixture of bad eggs and rotted cabbages. Barrels of slimy stuff stood on the floor; jars of herbs, dried roots, and bright powders lined the walls; bundles of feathers, strings of fangs, and snarled claws hung from the ceiling…Harry himself examined silver unicorn horns…and miniscule, glittery-black beetle eyes…” (p. 80-81). Draw this scene.

9. Harry goes wand shopping at Ollivanders in chapter 5. While the wand chooses the wizard, draw what you would hope your wand would look like.

  1. 10.Draw a flyer for Ollivanders wand shop.

  2. 11.Each chocolate frog candy comes with a collector’s card featuring famous witches and wizards. Draw some cards that might be found in this set.

  3. 12.Draw a banner for one of the school houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin. Think about their characteristics described in the Sorting Hat’s song (page 117).

13.Every Wednesday, Harry and his classmates had to study the night sky through

their telescopes, required to learn the names of the different starts and the movements

of the planet. Draw some actual constellations, labeling their stars.

  1. 14.Draw a picture of the troll that invades Hogwarts, as it is described on page 174 (chapter 10).

  2. 15.For the big opening Gryffindor Quidditch match, Harry sees a ‘Potter for President’ banner in the stands, featuring a portrait of Harry. Draw a similar banner to hold up for Harry at a Quidditch match.

16.“The next morning in Defense Against the Dark Arts, while copying down different ways of treating werewolf bites…” (p. 220). Make a booklet on how to treat werewolf bites.

  1. 17.Draw your favorite scene from the book.


1. While staying in their seaside cabin, Dudley remarks that he’s missing the new episode of The Great Humberto’s on television. Film an episode or commercial for what you think this show would look like.

2. Film a commercial for one of the shops in Diagon Alley, such as Ollivanders wand shop.

3. Film a video singing the Hogwarts school anthem, found on page 128 of chapter 7. 4. For Professor Flitwick’s final exam, he called the students into his class to see if they

could make a pineapple tap dance across his desk. Make a video of a pineapple

dancing across a table. 5. The only way to get past Fluffy is to play some music. Record a video of yourself

playing a song to get past Fluffy. 6. Make a video of your favorite scene from the book.