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Magic and Wizardry. LESSON 16. In this lesson, you will find out about wizardry. learn about a very special school called Hogwarts. listen to a song and imagine you are going to visit a wizard. You will also reinforce your knowledge of the Past Simple form of the verb.

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Magic and Wizardry


  • In this lesson, you will

  • find out about wizardry.

  • learn about a very special school called Hogwarts.

  • listen to a song and imagine you are going to visit a wizard.

  • You will also

  • reinforce your knowledge of the

  • Past Simple form of the verb.

  • learn some modals and semi-modals.

  • study the layout of a letter.

  • enrich your knowledge of words.

Do you think this is how a wizard should look?

Everyone knows the Wizard of Oz.

Do you know any other wizards?

Let’s look up the word “wizard” in Webster’s dictionary.

  • “wizard” comes from a

  • 15th century word meaning “wise”

  • “wizard” has three meanings today:

  • a wise man

  • one skilled in magic

  • a very clever or skillful person

  • A wizard is always clever and

  • skillful.

Have you heard of Harry Potter? Harry Potter is a wizard.

When Hagrid, the giant, came to visit Harry, he told him,

“Harry – yer a wizard. An’ a thumpin’ good ‘un, I’d say, once yeh’ve been trained up a bit.”

It was time for Harry Potter to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.



Dear Mr. Potter,

We are pleased to inform you that you have

a place at Hogwarts School of Wizardry.

Term begins on September 1st..

We await your owl, which should arrive

no later than 31 July.

Yours sincerely,

Minerva McGonagall

Deputy Headmistress

What do young wizards need to have

for Hogwarts?


First-year students will require

1. Three sets of plain work robes


2. One plain pointed hat (black)

for day wear

3. One pair of protective gloves

(dragon hide or similar).

4. One winter cloak (black, silver


Please note that all pupils’ clothes should carry name tags.

Robes, a pointed hat, special gloves, and a long cloak, all have to be marked with Harry’s name

Students are also informed:

Students may also bring

an owl OR a cat OR a toad.





So, for the meantime,

no broomstick for



A magic wand – this was

what Harry had really been

looking forward to.

A magic wand, made of ….

“…holly and phoenix feathers, eleven inches, nice and supple.”

“Harry took the wand. He felt a sudden warmth in his fingers. He raised the wand above his head, brought it swishing down through the dusty air and a stream of red and gold sparks shot from the end like a firework, throwing dancing spots of light on to the walls.”

Harry now had everything in order to start learning wizardry. He had robes, a pointed hat, special gloves and a cloak. He had a magic wand. And he had an owl to send and receive messages.

To get to Hogwarts, Harry had to start his journey at Kings Cross Station in London. The train would leave from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. 

Harry looked for the platform. Platform Nine … Platform Ten. Where was Platform Nine and Three-Quarters?

“Not to worry,” said a kind woman. “All you have to do is walk straight at the barrier between platforms nine and ten. Don’t stop and don’t be scared you’ll crash into it. That’s very important. Best do it at a bit of a run if you’re nervous.”

“Harry began to run – the barrier was coming nearer and nearer – he wouldn’t be able to stop. He closed his eyes ready for the crash. Then he opened them.”

“ A scarlet steam engine was waiting next to a platform packed with people. A sign overhead said Hogwarts Express. Harry looked back and saw: Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. He had done it.”


Harry soon learned that there was a lot more to magic than waving your magic wand and saying a few funny words.

Harry had to study the night skies, the stars and the planets. He had to learn about magical plants. He had to know a thousand different spells.

As Hagrid said to Harry,

“Yeh’ll be a thumpin’ good wizard,

once yeh’ve been trained up a bit.”

Hobbits, dwarves, elves, goblins, dragons – they are all part of Tolkein’s world, “The Lord of the Rings”. When Gandalf knocked on Bilbo the Hobbit’s door, Bilbo exclaimed,

“Gandalf, Gandalf! Good gracious me! The wizard that used to tell such wonderful tales at parties about dragons and goblins and giants and the rescue of princesses and the unexpected luck of widows’ sons!”

What stories and tales do you know of princesses and widows’ sons?

Can you tell the story of “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Frog Prince”, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”? They are all stories about princesses.

And “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Jack’s mother is a poor widow, who sent Jack to market to sell their only cow. Instead of money or food, he brought home some very special seeds. They grew into a beanstalk to take Jack to the giant.

Now let us go with Dorothy and visit a wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz.

Who are Dorothy’s three special friends?

Why do they want to see the Wizard?

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Dorothy’s special friends are The Scarecrow, The Tin Woodman and the Lion.

The Scarecrow wants brains.

The Tin Woodman wants a heart.

The Lion wants some courage.

The Wizard of Oz can help them have all of these.

“If ever a wonderful Wiz there was

The Wizard of Oz is one because

Because because because because

Because of the wonderful things

he does!”

“Because of the wonderful things

he does!”

Wonderful things – that’s what all

wizards do!

Enter the world of wizards and you enter the world of fantasy and imagination.

How do you get there?

Simply open a book. “Harry Potter”, “The Hobbit”, “The Lord of the Rings”, “King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table” – the world of wizardry is waiting for you.

  • In this lesson, you

  • found out about wizardry.

  • learnt about a special school called Hogwarts.

  • listened to a song and imagined you were on your way to visit a wizard.

  • You also

  • reinforced your knowledge of the Past Simple form of the verb.

  • learnt some modals and semi-modals.

  • studied the layout of a letter.

  • enriched your knowledge of words.

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