5 ‘Harry Potter’ themed writing prompts

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

1. You are about to come face-to-face with a boggart, a magical being that transforms into a physical adaptation of your greatest fear. Write the scene as yourself, facing this personal fear. Describe the boggart in detail, your reaction, and what comes from the situation. Do you defeat it? Flee? Perhaps make a new friend?

2. Think about the four major Hogwarts Houses: Slytherin, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff. Write a description of a student you would believe undoubtedly would land in one of the Houses. Place them in a different House, and write their experience of not fitting in, being the one student the Sorting Hat got “wrong”.

3. Ghosts, and a particular poltergeist, roam the halls of Hogwarts. Write a story of an incognito ghost that goes unrecognized for centuries, observing the extraordinary happenings of the school, and having a helping hand during some critical moments. If you need inspiration, pick your favorite moment from the book and write it from this apparition’s perspective.

4. As an 11-year old muggle, you receive a mysterious letter with your neighbor’s name on it. Opening it, you see an invitation to attend Howarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Because of a young owl’s mistake, you are the first muggle to show up to the Hogwarts Express on the first day of school.

5. You have grown to be a prolific witch/wizard and keep a pensieve in your home to look back at the most important moments in your life. Describe a couple of these memories with you viewing them as a 3rd party.

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