Lord Voldemort is back, although wizarding government officials don’t believe it’s true. While Harry and Dumbledore try to warn others, the Ministry of Magic appoints Dolores Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor and she’s determined to “bring order back” to Hogwarts.
Harry Potter has a lot to learn this year, including life lessons. Here are some lessons to discuss with kids:
- Stand up for what’s right. As Umbridge continues take power away from Dumbledore and harm Harry with cruel detentions, the Golden Trio decides to start their own secret organization. Dumbledore’s Army allows the students to learn practical Defense Against the Dark Arts instead of Umbridge’s theoretical agenda. This move teaches kids that you should always stand up for justice, especially when others are being treated unfairly.
- Never ignore your problems. Harry is going through a lot this year mixed with grief and anger. Not only that, Voldemort can also see inside his mind. His friends try to reach out to him, but he pushes them away, which leads to more problems in the end. It’s always best to face your challenges, no matter how scary they may be.
- You can move on from loss. Luna Lovegood tells Harry, “The things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end — if not always in the way we expect.” Harry deals with unexpected loss and while it’s sad, these changes in life give a person the opportunity to grow.
After watching the fifth Harry Potter film, try out these screen-free activities at home:
- Learn about media literacy. Through the movie, we see headlines from The Daily Prophet that purposely put Harry and Dumbledore in a false light as the Ministry of Magic deny Voldemort’s return. Learn about media literacy and fake news in real life with this guide.
- Make cat plates. Dolores Umbridge is the worst, but the cat plates in her office are pretty adorable. Make your own cat plates with this tutorial.
- Sketch your patronus. The spirit guardian represents an animal when you cast the charm. What would your animal be? Draw it out or take the quiz on Wizarding World.
- Start a feelings journal. Harry goes through a lot of emotion during this movie, and during tough times it’s important to express your feelings. Have your kids pick out a journal where they can write down their feelings.
- Make prophecy orbs. Found in the Department of Mysteries, these DIY prophecies make a fun decoration for Halloween.