Watch Harry Potter seeing Diagon Alley for the first time:
Write down any similarities to the Nowhere Emporium description yesterday.
Write five sentences to describe what Harry can see. Think about how to open your sentences in different ways, e.g. ‘ing opener’ such as: ‘Peering intently, Harry saw wonders he had never seen before’.
Now read the extract which describes this scene:
When Harry Sees Diagon Alley for the First Time
Novel: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Page #: 55
I love Diagon Alley. The range of fantasy creatures and objects that are present when we walk down this street is just enchanting. Harry's reaction would be exactly like mine.
- Vampires? Hags? Harry's head was swimming. Hagrid, meanwhile, was counting bricks in the wall above the dustbin.
"Three up... two across..." he muttered. "Right, stand back, Harry."
He tapped the wall three times with the point of his umbrella.
The brick he had touched quivered—it wriggled—in the middle, a small hole appeared—it grew wider and wider—a second later they were facing an archway large enough even for Hagrid, an archway on to a cobbled street which twisted and turned out of sight.
"Welcome," said Hagrid, " to Diagon Alley."
He grinned at Harry's amazement. They stepped through the archway. Harry looked quickly over his shoulder and saw the archway shrink instantly back into solid wall.
The sun shone brightly on a stack of cauldrons outside the nearest shop. Cauldrons—All sizes—Copper, Brass, Pewter, Silver—Self Stirring—Collapsible said a sign hanging over them.
"Yeah, you'll be needin' one," said Hagrid, " but we gotta get yer money first."
Harry wished he had about eight more eyes. He turned his head in every direction as they walked up the street, trying to look at everything at once: the shops, the things outside them, the people doing their shopping. A plump woman outside an apothecary was shaking her head as they passed, saying, "Dragon liver, sixteen sickles an ounce, they're mad ..."
A low, soft hooting came from a dark shop with a sign saying Eeylops Owl Emporium—Tawny, Screech, Barn, Brown and Snowy. Several boys of about Harry's age had their noses pressed against a window with broomsticks in it. "Look," Harry heard one of them say, " the new Nimbus Two Thousand—fastest ever," There were shops selling robes, shops selling telescopes and strange silver instruments Harry had never seen before, windows stacked with barrels of bat spleens and eels' eyes, tottering piles of spell books, quills and rolls of parchment, potion bottles, globes of the moon...
"Gringotts," said Hagrid.
They had reached a snowy-white building which towered over the other little shops.
Which do you think was the most effective, text or film, to describe Diagon Alley? Write down your response giving evidence from both what you have read and watched.
Write your own version of this scene – can you improve on the original?
Home learning focus
Learn about the amazing Ancient Egyptian Civilization.
This lesson includes:
- two super videos about the civilization and the pyramids
- two interactive activities to help build your knowledge.
Please click on the link and follow the instructions: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbp6t39 Have fun!