Teaching 'Harry Potter' With The NYT (Everything you ever wanted to know about HP, I suppose!)
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“All was well.” Those are the final words in the last of the Harry Potter books. Since 2007 — when the seventh and final volume was published — we’ve known how the series ends. This Friday, legions of Harry Potter fans will witness his struggle to make all well again when “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” opens across the universe.
…The series begins when Harry learns, at age 11, that he is not, by Muggle standards, normal. The beauty of the saga, in the search for a new normality, is discovering that what matters, among all the supernatural effects, are things that Muggles experience — happiness, peace, and good feeling among friends and family. J.K. Rowling’s wizardry has been to show us these truths in the most magical of places.
To celebrate this beloved series, we’ve collected everything “Harry” we could find, from Learning Network lesson plans to archival Times articles and multimedia to resources of all kinds, including parodies, from around the Web. And we’ll keep updating this page, because we don’t expect Pottermania to end just because the movies and books have.
We’ve gone through 13 years of Times archives to choose content for you, but if you’d like to see everything The Times has ever published on Harry Potter, and sort it by “oldest first” or “newest first,” visit the Harry Potter Times Topics page.
Meanwhile, if you teach these novels, please tell us below about what you do, how and why.