How to Write a Harry Potter: Receiving Hogwarts Letter Scene – WRITE THAT SCENE

How to Write a Harry Potter: Receiving Hogwarts Letter Scene



Part One

  1. Where are they and can they accept the letter freely without anyone taking it away from them?

»A. Set the atmosphere and what normal, everyday activities they are doing during this time.

I. Ways an apocalypse could happen:

1. War- this is a bit cliche, but you can pull it off if you make it believable.

II. May have it be something that spreads very quickly and kills the host, and dies with the host. Maybe a loose germ warfare bug. That way the heavily populated areas could be killed off, leaving the farmlands and more sparsely populated areas. Since the centers of government tend to be in the heavily populated areas, the politicians and lawyers would go too. 

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»B. Maybe add in a conversation or show the relationship the child has with the person who is currently with them. Are they scolded? Getting in trouble? Maybe having a great time with a friend, perhaps? Possibly that friend may not even get a letter!?

I. A possible EMP wiping out the power grid throughout most of the world could happen if the sun puts out a massive coronal mass ejection, (called The Solar Kill Shot by scientists). This would cause a major disruption in food delivery, water, and transportation. Most modern jobs would cease to exist overnight. No phones, no computers, no cars no power.  
II. How about signs of the deadly virus. Once a person has been infected, symptoms may appear as soon as 10 days or as long as 90 days after exposure. These symptoms typically happen in stages. You decide the stages.

III. Does more than one person notices or predicts the end of times? How do people take it? As a joke? And when it’s begin (at the very beginning) how do they respond to the people who warned them? Do they ask them for help desperately?


Part Two

    1. How does the letter come?

»A. Add in that magic. Be creative and nothing is impossible with the power of Hogwarts letters.

I. In the book the letter was delivered by owl 
II. The envelope was thick and heavy, made of yellowish parchment, and the address was written in emerald-green ink. There was no stamp.
Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’

III.Imagine the military being on every corner. What questions fill the character’s head? Jot them down. What is burdening them and who do they wish they were with if they aren’t with that person? 

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»B.Describe the obstacles the letter may have to face coming. It can range from human begins to creatures to something as simple as a mistake. Maybe sent to the wrong child so the letter rips itself from the boy/girl’s tiny hands to go to the intended owner :(.

I. Prepare, stock up on canned and nonperishable foods, and make sure my house or wherever I’m staying is secure. And also find weapons and medicine. . 
II.  Keep it realistic. For example, the character is not always going to have food even in the protection. They’re most likely to be really dirty and not clean often. Everyone is going to be agitated. There’s all different people, and they’re going to be stuck with some people they don’t get along with. And, MOST IMPORTANTLY, killing someone effects them. They won’t just walk away and be okay like nothing happened. They will look at their hands like their a murderer… whether they had to or not.


Part Three

    1. Write down by italicizing what the letter says, who it is address to and what is the date of admission.

»A. How does the letter welcome the child and what are they called. Does the letter say their whole name or a nick name? Does the letter have a gentle tone or an aggressive/rushing one such as: Hurry, hurry along. There isn’t much time. You must pack your bags ASAP! Why? Because you’re going to Hogwarts.

I. On the envelope of Harry’s letter, it said:

Mr H. Potter
The Cupboard under the Stairs
4 Privet Drive
Little Whinging

So, as you can see, the address takes the format of:

– name
– specific place in the house/area
– address
– suburb/city
Keep in mind the age of your character:
11 years – First Year
12 years – Second Year
13 years – Third Year
14 years – Fourth Year
15 years – Fifth Year
16 years – Sixth Year
17 years – Seventh Year

If they received the letter at an older age you can use this reason or make up your own:
She was excepted late because her powers haven’t become evident until very recently.

She needs to take remedial classes in order to catch up on magical skills she is missing because she wasn’t able to take the appropriate classes at the right age.

II. Dear Mr Potter,
We are pleased to inform you that you have a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.
Term begins on 1 September. We await your owl by no later than 31 July.

Yours sincerely,

Minerva McGonagall
Deputy Headmistress  
III. Can they fight back against the culprit? Do they have the means? How risky is it? What is more important: saving the earth or saving lives?  

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»B.When are they going to school? How much time do they have?

I. What does the deity or person/culprit threaten to do next? Can nothing satisfy them? Are the people unwilling to give in to demands? How much worse can the destruction get?
II. Where dos the people’s hope lie in? Are they trying to take their own lives to avoid seeing what may come? Who is giving directions? WHo is chosen to speak to the culprit? How will this be settled, if at all?


Part Four

    1. How does the young witch or wizard react? What about the people around them, if anyone is there?

»A. Describe their emotions, if they are proactive or just sitting there shocked? Is anyone helping them prepare to leave??

I. Bodies, belongings, and whatnot lying around on the ground. Scattered in random places. People fighting over food and shelter while the deity laughs. Mayhem everywhere you look. No one is procreating. Sickness? People preaching to what’s left of the masses. People losing their minds, going nuts, seeing things that aren’t even there.

II. Insert some internal dialogue, screaming, moaning, conversations, panicking, hurling what’s left in their stomach, delusion….  

»B. What conversations are exchanged? Does someone come to the child to tell them they’re a wizard like Hagrid did to Harry? Is intervention needed?

I. How do they know what is going on? Can they watch a news station still? Is gossip being spread? Can everyone somehow see things in there mind? Can they learn from others mistakes and survive just a bit longer. What do they leave behind? What morals do they plan on holding onto?


Part Five

    1. What happens to the letter after it is read and describe the kid packing up the things.

»A. Does it self destruct? Fold itself up nicely, does the child crumble it up quickly and hide it in their mouth from their parents who won’t be fond of the wizard and witches business?

I. Will only people who believe in the deity be safe? Only those who served the person in power promised to enter the new world? Who are these people and did they lose anything in the process? Are they harmed at all? Can they bring family with them? 

II. Does the destruction have an end? How much longer and what will they be doing in the meantime? Can they “save” other people too before it’s too late?
III. What is left of the world so far? Is there anything that can be saved or rebuilt? Was it all worth it or all a waste to the culprit (if it has a mind)?



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