Reading Challenge-You’re the teacher!

The Deathday Party

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!


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.

21 thoughts on “Reading Challenge-You’re the teacher!

  1. YI

    Hi, these are my questions that I am sure will challenge you:
    1.How can you tell the rain was a lot, that it was very heavy and that it was very strong?(3 marks)
    2.What was the weather like?Describe fully using evidence from the text.(3 marks)
    3.Find and copy A PHRASE from the text to show that Madam Pomfrey’s potion was good.(1 mark)
    4.Raindrops the size of bullets thundered on the castle window.What impression do you get from the raindrops?(1mark)
    5.Was it late or early October?(1mark)
    Mark: /9

  2. LMB

    Hello! These are my questions…
    1. Why did the writer say ‘ raindrops the size of bullets’? 1a. And what effect on the text did it have?
    2. What does it mean by saying ‘Oliver Wood’s enfusiasam was not dampened’ ?
    3. What was the consequence of having the Pepperup Potion?
    4. What does the fact that Harry was found on a late, stormy afternoon before Halloween give you the impression of?
    5. What kind of impression does this text give you?

  3. AC

    Hi, these are my questions
    1)What gave the impression that her head was on fire? ( 1 mark)
    2) Who was busy by a sudden spate of colds of staff and students? (1mark)
    3) Where did they return on the Saturday afternoon? (1 mark)
    4) What do you think Harry felt on that afternoon( pick out evidence from the text ) ( 2 marks )
    5) Using the text what do you think the setting looked like? ( use evidence from the text and explain fully)
    (3 marks)

  4. NM

    1.What does it mean ” her whole head on fire ” ?
    2.Why was Harry late ?
    3.How can you tell that it was raining hard?
    4.Who was getting bullied?
    5.What impression do you get of Gryffindor castle ?

  5. OB

    I’ve designed these questions to challenge you…

    1. How did the arrival of October affect the castle?

    2.How do you think it affected the mood and the relationships ?

    3.What kind of nurse was Madam Pomfrey ?

    4. Why do you think Oliver Woods was keen to exercise ?

    5. What do you think was the general health of the children ?

    1. g.johns

      I agree Mr Rigby, the questions that have been created are great. I think I’d have to put some thought into the answers to them.

      Well done, Mrs J

  6. Kwe Kwe kwe

    Hi y6.
    My questions are….
    1) How did the rain affect Harry’s appearance . Use evidence to support your answer…( 2 marks)
    2) What impression does’raindrops like bullets ‘ give the reader…(2marks)
    3) Find and copy a phrase from the text that shows that Percy wasn’t treated nicely…(1mark)
    4) Why was Harry muddy?(1mark)
    5) What does the word pepperup postion make the reader think?..(2 mark)
    From…Kwe .If you would like the answers ,ask me at school!

  7. JG

    1. why does the author describe the rain as bullets?
    2. in what month did the damp chill arrive?
    3. what caused the river to overflow?
    4. why did Harry return drenched splattered in mud?

  8. ES

    1. What does the expression. Raindrops the size of bullets. Say about how the weather in the day is like?
    2. When Harry arrived back at Hogwarts he was muddy and drenched the day before Halloween. What does this tell you?
    3. Looking at the opening sentence, what do people think about October?
    4. Why was gunny Weasel looking pale?
    5. What did the rain do?

    I hope you liked my questions.

  9. CC

    1. Who was looking pale ? (1 mark)
    2. What gave the impression that her hair was on fire? (1 mark)
    3. Why was the rain described as ‘raindrops the size of bullets’? (2 marks )
    4. What impression do you get of the arrival of October? (2 marks )
    5. Find and COPY A PHRASE that shows who stole a potion and why ? ( 2 marks )

  10. KRF

    These are my questions…
    1. What impression do you get of the weather? Using evidence from the text. (2 marks)
    2. What could happen to you if you took the pepperup potion? (As well as being cured of a cold). (1 mark)
    3. What impression do you get of Percy? (1 mark)
    4a. What does the phrase ‘didn’t dampen his spirits’ mean (1 mark)
    4b. Using the answer to Q4b, how did Harry do things in the rain differently to Oliver? Using evidence from the text. (3 marks)
    5. Pick out a phrase to show that Harry was dirty (1 mark)
    Marks /8

  11. NC

    Hello everyone these are my questions…

    Q1. What does the phrase ‘raindrops the size of bullets’ say about the weather?
    Q2. What impression would the reader get of October ? answer fully backing up your answer with evidence from the text.
    Q3.Why did Harry arrive back at Hogwarts drenched and covered in mud?
    Q4.What did Madam Pomfrey’s potion(the pepperup)do?
    Q5.Find and copy a PHRASE from the text to show that Ginny Weasley was not treated in a nice way.
    I hope they are challenging enough for you :)

  12. JW

    1.Why was Harry late ?

    2.Find and copy a word that tells you Madam Pomfrey potion works fast !

    3.How could you tell it was raining hard ?

    4.Why was Harry muddy ?

    5.Was it late or early in October?

  13. EK

    My questions:

    1. Why do you think that lots of people were getting colds?

    2. How do you think Harry was feeling in the 2nd pharagraph?

    3. Other than the smoke, why else might it have looked like Ginny’s hair was on fire?

    4. What do you think the sky would have looked like on the Saturday Harry was training?

    5. Why are the raindrops described as ‘the size of bullets’ ?

  14. LJ

    1. Why were the staff and children suffering from colds?
    2. Why do you think Hagrid’s pumpkins swelled to the size of garden sheds?
    3. Find and copy a phrase to show that it was a stormy Saturday afternoon?
    4. Do you think Percy should have made Ginny take the potion and why?
    5. Why do you think Oliver Wood’s enthusiasm was not dampened by the weather?

  15. DH

    1. Using evidence from the text, was October`s weather good or bad?
    2.The steam pouring from her vivid hair.. How has the writer used the word “vivid”?
    3. How has the writer described the rain?
    4. Can you spot 2 things the rain has affected?

  16. Isw

    Q1, Use the text to describe what the weather was like.
    Q2, Who was Madame Pomfrey?
    Q3, Who was getting bullied?
    Q4, Why was Harry splattered with mud?
    Q5, Why was Madame Pomfrey kept busy?

  17. Gec

    Hi everyone here are my questions,
    1. Why did Grinny Weasley look pale?
    2. How can you tell that the rain was heavy and strong?
    3. What was the problem with taking the pepperup potion?
    4. What impression do you get from Percy?
    5. What does ‘Oliver Wood’s enthusiasm for regular training sessions ,however ,was not dampened ‘ mean?

  18. TB

    1. Who was getting bullied ?
    2. What was Mrs Pomfreys potion called ?
    3. Who was really pale ?
    4. How did the author describe the pumpkins ?
    5. What else did the rain affect ?

  19. OA

    To Y6R
    Those are fantastic questions and keep going and nevr give up and belive in you self and i will give all the good luck when you go to high school. keep up. : }


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