37 Harry Potter Writing Prompts

Many of the original kids who read Harry Potter, staying up for the midnight release of books and movies, have grown up now. They’re adults now, ready to pass on their love and passion to the next generation.

With something as timeless as Harry Potter, this will be easy for them.

Children still love Harry Potter, and find new things to understand and take from it.

And of course whenever people are enthusiastic about a topic, it’s going to be that much easier to get them interested in writing!

How to Use These Prompts

These are excellent prompts to use alongside the series of books, as students read them.

They’re designed to make students think more deeply, and feel more of a connection to, the books as they read them.

These prompts are also good to be used in a group setting, as a discussion opens students to new ideas from their own.

The 37 Prompts on Harry Potter

  1. Harry Potter is often seen as being about the battle between good and evil. Why does this interest people?
  2. How does it change your opinion of Harry that he lacks a family that loves him? Why?
  3. Dementors are a symbol of depression. How is this seen in the books and movies?
  4. Would you want to play quidditch? Why or why not?
  5. What class at Hogwarts would you be best at? Why?
  6. If you could perform one spell, which would it be? Why?
  7. What Hogwarts House would you want to be in? Why?
  8. If you had the chance, would you go into the Forbidden Forest? Why or why not?
  9. If you took Polyjuice Potion and changed places with a friend, what would you do?
  10. Would you want to become a ghost of Hogwarts Castle? Why or why not?
  11. Do you think you’d be friends with Harry Potter? Why or why not?
  12. Is it fair that house elves have to work for a master? Why?
  13. Many parent groups wanted to ban children from reading Harry Potter. Why do you think this is? Do you think Harry Potter is good for children to read? Why or why not?
  14. Harry Potter put forward that love is the most powerful thing in the world. Why is this?
  15. In Harry Potter, there are three unforgivable curses. Do you think anything in life is truly unforgivable? Why or why not? Why does forgiveness matter?
  16. The Hogwarts houses try to group people by personality traits. Do you think it’s possible to group people by personality? Why or why not?
  17. If pictures could move and talk, what would you say to them?
  18. In Harry Potter, the pensieve allows you to re-watch your memories. Would you find this useful? Why or why not?
  19. Why don’t wizards and witches use their powers to control muggles?
  20. Voldemort and his followers hate wizards and witches born of muggles and not of pure blood. Why would someone hate someone for who they are? Would this happen in real life?
  21. Love potions in Harry Potter can create infatuation, but not love. What’s the difference?
  22. A boggart takes the shape of your worst fear. So, what shape would your boggart take? Why?
  23. What would your favorite wizard candy be? Why?
  24. Dumbledore mirrors Merlin from King Arthur. Why do people like this figure?
  25. Luna Lovegood is known as eccentric, but she doesn’t mind because she’s just being herself. What can you take away from this?
  26. How would you spend time on the Hogwarts Express?
  27. What core for your wand would you like, phoenix, unicorn, or dragon? Why?
  28. Why do you think wizards still use quills, instead of modern pens?
  29. What is the scariest monster in Harry Potter? Why?
  30. Do you like the Harry Potter series? Why or why not?
  31. How does Neville change over the series? What does this show?
  32. Harry, Voldemort, Snape, and even Hagrid come from non-traditional family dynamics. What does this say about how we are raised?
  33. Snape is mean to Harry because he reminds him of his father, who bullied Snape when he was younger. What does this say about bullying?
  34. Snape is arguably good and evil at the same time. How is this possible?
  35. How does the death around Harry impact him? Why?
  36. Which Hogwarts professor would be your favorite? Why?
  37. What wizard job would you want? Why?

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