Harry Potter Camp (Part 2)

Courses Offered At Hogwarts

Potions

I got several juices, pop, Kool-aid in different flavors and colors. The children mixed their own potion and gave it to someone to drink and then told them what magic it would do. The child who drank the potion then had to act out the effects such as: Falling in love with the person they sat next to; turn into a cat; can’t stop laughing; talk with a lisp, etc. PAG_5290

This guy, ready for Qudditch practice, recently recovered from a laughing potion. His mouth is still blue.

Quidditch Practice

The first Harry Potter Camp, I bought all the kids a broom. This time I didn’t think I would do Quidditch, but just before camp, my oldest grandson wanted to teach this class. He had designed the game. So I just sent the kids outside to cut a branch for their broom, because it was necessary that they hold onto a broom as they played–we had to be official, here.  PAG_5300The Quidditch Coach is showing the teams the Bludger, with the Quaffle in his other hand–or wait…is it the other way around? Oh, right,(I looked it up), he is showing the Quaffle with a Bludger in his other hand.PAG_5302The Quidditch Coach is demonstrating how the Quaffle must be thrown through the goal to score. I think it’s a hula hoop.

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There is something really funny about this game, or maybe it’s the coach.

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The players are flying on their brooms.

There were three people controlling the balls from outside the arena. The bludger is one you have to look out for, it will hit a player–it’s the smaller ball. The Quaffle is the one you want to put through the hoop. The The Golden Snitch, for our game,  is a small ball attached to a rubber string, that someone has in their hand, and it can be thrown in and around the players, but very difficult to catch because it always goes back to the thrower. A Gryffindor Seeker. The game was over; it was fabulous!

Transfiguration

In this course we did crafts. We took one or two things and turned them into something else. For instance, we took a Roche chocolate and with transfiguration spells, and a few other supplies we turned it into a Snitch. We also transformed a glove into a fly.

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Care of Magical Creatures

PAG_5279I think the kids are Magical Creatures! This was the favorite class of these two three year olds.

Defense Against the Dark Arts

Care of Magical Creatures -- Harry Potter Camp

This class is not Care of Magical Creatures, but everyone seems to have brought one with them. Defense against the Dark Arts was our most important class because we can see the presence of evil creeping into many areas of our world. We talked about dark forces that we deal with such as drugs and crime, and what their worst fears are. Then we talked about our most powerful defenses. We decided prayer was the way to conjure up our protective  Petronus.

Divination

No teacher every seemed to get  “predicting what is coming” right in Harry Potter books. So we talked about what wise advice Dumbledore gives about life and the future and what he meant when he said:

“”It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.

“There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

IMG_2579We found the Mirror of Erised which shows you the things you want most. Each one looked in it and told us what he saw–the things they most desired. This gave me a teaching moment and choices we make in life and actions we need to take to make our dreams come true.

But remember Dumbledore says, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Then we looked into our crystal ball and each one got to say what he saw–Then I reminded them that Professor Trelawny rarely saw the truth in her crystal ball.

End of part 2 of 2

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