How to perpetuate the Harry Potter Phenomena

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Upon finishing the latest Harry Potter 7 book [and seeing the HP5 movie], I’m now thinking about how this phenomena can perpetuate itself. Between just reading the book or passively seeing the movie, how about participating in a Harry Potter game with a user created end result? Would that be more lasting and rewarding? As instructors we know that learning comes in many forms and the more engaged our students can get, the better their retention, right?

I was reading Seth Godin’s posting on the value of books as keepers of memories and Liz Strauss’ posting on interactivity but wanted to further extend this thought to the creation of final product. So not just playing a game but creating something out of that exercise – maybe its another chapter, maybe its the development of another character, maybe its complicated magical spells, maybe its another world within Hogwarts, and many more products. Thus perpetuation of a phenoma continues.

In our classrooms, with the creation of an end product, our students have a take away that is a key to unlock the struggle (if any) to the creation of such product. I, for one, still hold writing projects from when I was in high school, I remember a pottery day with my friend David because of the cups that hopefully are still intact in his cupboards, the haiku that my niece and I put together a month ago that I’m sure we’ll refer back to in a decade or two, and collages I created that seemed to have found their way to my mom’s curio. As books hold memories so much more created products thus perpetuating the phenomena.

4 comments to How to perpetuate the Harry Potter Phenomena

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  • Still there! Center kitchen cabinet, top shelf.

  • For me the Harry Potter Book 1 was a simple story that took me away from daily work to a magical world. I have a leaning towards sci-fi anyway so I was an easy sell. Then I was hooked. To my sister, it was a way to connect with her daughter. As the opportunity to market cross-generationally became apparent the marketing wheels churned.

  • I am thinking about this from a different angle. What made this such a phenomenon at all? How has a children’s book series spanned the generations so effectively? Is it that well-written or original or profound or comforting? How has the marketing machine so moved it that people of different ages sit next to each other for hours watching the movies and reading the books? Even I just bought the book (7) and movie (5) yesterday!