Reading Challenge – You’re the teacher!

Look at this extract from Harry Potter. Can you write 5 comprehension questions that you could ask a friend?

Make them challenging and they must involve using inference (reading between the lines). No literal questions!

The Deathday Party

October arrived, spreading a damp chill over the grounds and into the castle. Madam Pomfrey, the nurse, was kept busy by a sudden spate of colds among the staff and students. Her Pepperup potion worked instantly, though it left the drinker smoking at the ears for several hours afterward. Ginny Weasley, who had been looking pale, was bullied into taking some by Percy. The steam pouring from under her vivid hair gave the impression that her whole head was on fire.
Raindrops the size of bullets thundered on the castle windows for days on end; the lake rose, the flower beds turned into muddy streams, and Hagrid’s pumpkins swelled to the size of garden sheds. Oliver Wood’s enthusiasm for regular training sessions, however, was not dampened, which was why Harry was to be found, late one stormy Saturday afternoon a few days before Halloween, returning to Gryffindor Tower, drenched to the skin and splattered with mud.

25 thoughts on “Reading Challenge – You’re the teacher!

  1. FH

    Q1.Why was Ginny weasly forced to take some of the potion?
    2.What was the nurse busy with at the begining of the story?
    3.Give two ways the chill in October was dealt with?
    4.What was the weather like in the middle of the story?
    5.What was the metaphor that described Hagrid’s pumpkins,copy the exact sentence.

  2. TK

    1. Why was Ginny looking pale?
    2. Why was the nurse kept busy ?
    3. Why might the pepper up potion leave the drinker steaming at the ears ?
    4. Why did they have pumpkings ?
    5. What effect does the language have on the text ?

    1. Amber

      1. Ginny was looking pale because she had a cold.
      2. The nurse was kept busy because everyone was ill.
      3. It left them steaming at the ears because it warmed them up inside which is what pepper up means.
      4. Because it was nearly Halloween.
      5. It makes it sound really gloomy and horrible to be in such a situation.

      These are my answers for TK’s questions.

  3. IH

    1. Why was Ginny weasley looking pale?

    2. What was the author intending by using the metaphorical phrase ‘her whole head was on fire’?

    3. would you drink the potion and why?

    4. Which phrases create a scary atmosphere in the text?

    5. Why was Hagrids pumpkins as big as a shed?

  4. CM

    Here are some questions about the text.

    Why did it seem that Ginny’s hair was on fire?

    What were the positives and negatives of drinking the potion?

    Why did Ginny look so pale?

    How do you think the weather impacted on Harry’s mood?

    Write a short diary entry from Ginny’s point of view.

  5. JS

    1. Why do you think that many of the staff and students had colds?
    2. Why do you think the pepper up potion left people smoking at the ears?
    3. Why was Ginny Weasley looking pale?
    4. Why do you think Hagrid’s pumpkins swelled so big?
    5. Why do you think Harry was covered in mud?

  6. IB

    Why did Ginny Weasley have a cold?
    Was Oliver Wood happy with the rain?
    Were the plants acting good to the weather?
    Do you think Harry Potter was enjoying the rain?
    Why was Ginny Weasley bullied by Percy?

  7. AW

    Q1. If you were Ginny Weasley would you have took the pepperup potion even if you were being bullied?

    Q2. If you had the cold would you take the potion?

    Q3. What happened because of the rain?

    Q4. Why was Madam Pomfrey busy?

    Q5. Why was Harry Potter drenched with mud?

  8. MT

    1. What was the side effect of Madam Pomfrey ‘s potion?
    2. What did Percy make Ginny drink?
    3. What do you think it felt like having steam coming out of your ears for several hours non stop ?
    4. Do you think Oliver enjoys the Rain? Why?
    5.Why was Madam Pomfret kept busy?

    Comment down below your results and I will mark your answers out of five and review your opinion

  9. n.gamston Post author

    There are some fantastic questions so far! Well done Y6G. Don’t forget you can also have a go at answering some of the questions that other members of the class have written!

    Mrs Gamston

    1. g.johns

      Hi Y6, great questions set, I wonder who will manage to answer the questions that you have set – I hope you know the answers!

      Well done, Mrs J

  10. L.A

    1. Why was Harry potter drenched whith mud?
    2.why was Ginny pale?
    3.why did Ginny Weasley have a cold?
    4.why was Ginny’s hair on fire?
    5.why was the the nurse so busy?

  11. IM

    1. Why was Ginny looking pale ?

    2. Why was the nurse very busy ?

    3. How do you think Ginny felt whilst being bullied by Percy ?

    4.Why did the flower beds turn into muddy streams ?

    5.Give 2 reasons why you think Harry was found on a stormy, rainy night.

  12. PG

    1) Why do you think there were lots of colds about?
    2) Give 2 reasons why Ginny took some potion?
    3) Do we know if the pepper up potion worked? Why?
    4) How do you think Harry was feeling?
    5) Describe the weather at the end of the story?

  13. Ellie P

    1) Explain how Ginny must be feeling
    2) Why were there so many colds?
    3) Use your imagination, why would Harry be out in the horrible weather?
    4) Who bullied Ginny into taking the potion?
    5) Was the weather… explain how you know
    a) Sunny/dry ?
    b) Snowy/slippery ?
    c) Cold/wet ?

  14. Amber

    1. Who was Madam Pomfrey?

    2. When is this section of the story set?

    3. Who forced Ginny to take the Pepperup potion?

    4. Why did everyone have colds?

    5. When did Harry return covered in mud?

  15. MB

    1. Why was Ginny looking pale?
    2. Give two reasons why Ginny had to drink the potion?
    3. Why was Harry covered in mud?
    4. Why do you think the author wrote that Ginny’s hair was on fire?
    5. Which phrases make the atmosphere change and why do you think this?

  16. MH

    1.why was Jenny weasly feeling pale?
    2.what was the weather like in the whole story?
    3.why has there been so meny colds?
    4.why did Jenny take a potion? was harry and ron feeling?

    Anser fully

  17. SA

    The steam pouring from under her vivid hair gave the impression that her whole head was on fire.
    What effect does this have on the reader?
    What impression do you have on Percy?
    Describe the punctuation in full detail.
    Raindrops the size of bullets thundered on the castle windows for days.
    What is the effect that the writer has done to show it is raining?
    Imagine the title was not there. What clues tell you that this is a Harry Poter book? (3 marks)

  18. O.k

    1) How do you know that the pepper up portion from Madam Pomfrey was strong?
    2) What does the metaphor say about the pepper up portion?
    3) How do you know that Oliver Wood liked his training sessions?
    4) How do you know that this was writen a long time ago?
    5) Who was poorly?

  19. TR

    1.How does the language in the first two sentences hook the reader? 2.Why where people smoking at the ears after drinking the potion? 3.How is”Raindrops the size of bullets” effective? 4.Why was Ginny looking pale? 5.In the first paragraph how is the atmosphere different to the second?

  20. JB

    Q1.Why was Ginny looking pale ?
    Q2.Why was Madam Pomfrey kept busy ?
    Q3.What side effects does the pepperup potion have ?
    Q4.In the middle of the story there is a metaphor what was it describing ?
    Q5.How do the first few questions intrigue the reader ?

  21. Tahlia

    Q1.who was kept busy and why?
    Q2.why was Percy’s head looking like it was on fire?
    Q3.what was the damp chill?
    Q4.what phrases make you know what’s going to happen next , and why?
    Q5.give 2 reasons why you think granny was pale?

  22. OA

    To Y6G
    Those are fantastic stories and i give you all the good luck when you go into high school and never give up, believe in you self, and do what you thinks best. ; }


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