Seven Strategies to Get the Kids in Your Life Interested in “Harry Potter”

If you’re like me, you constantly find yourself pushing your deep-seated passion for Harry Potter on unsuspecting kids who would rather be playing Fortnite or Minecraft. It seems like it gets harder each year to drag children’s eyes away from screens and direct them toward the page. Harry Potter inspired a whole generation to read. Many of us who grew up with Harry Potter were propelled into other avenues of writing, reading, and even related careers.

As an English teacher, I’ve tried many different tactics to get students interested in the hope that the wizarding world will help the next generation, just as it helped me. The following seven ideas can be applied to the classroom or at home. I wish you luck! After all, isn’t seven the most powerfully magical number?


Hopefully, there will come a point where you don’t have to resort to sneaky tactics to spread Potter love. Eventually, if the kids have good taste, their internal motivation will kick in and they’ll start reading the series for fun. I’ve seen kids start to enjoy reading (even though they were hesitant to admit it), and it is truly the most wonderful feeling.

Do you have any advice or a success story to add? Let’s give the gift of reading to the upcoming generation!

Mikaela Martin

In the muggle world, I’m a high school English teacher and a passionate advocate of the positive force that is the Harry Potter series. I aspire to expose the next generation to the wizarding world and the wonders of literature; I truly believe the magic of Potter is a form of transfiguration–changing hearts, minds, and perspectives. But that information is old hat, of course, for us old DA lags.