Learn At Home With A Harry Potter Vocabulary Challenge For Kids There comes a time in every parent’s life when the Harry Potter books and movies take over your household! Whether you’re a reading family or a movie-watching family or maybe doing a bit of both, here’s a twist on our Disney Movie Word Challenge to engage your children and boost their vocabulary at the same time! Minerva McGonagall and Albus Dumbledore would definitely approve. First, the instructions: Before starting each book or movie, go over the word list for the specific movie with your child. Ask your child if they remember the word or if it sounds new to them. Ask them to use it in a sentence about the book or movie. Once they understand, enter the world of Harry Potter! Tell them to jump up, do a little dance, or wiggle around when they hear the word and then tell you the definition. If you can catch that moment on video, share it to social media! Be sure to tag @dictionarycom and use the hashtag #DictionaryMovieWordChallenge or #DictionaryBookWordChallenge. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone sorcerer: a person who practices magic; a wizard dumbledore: in addition to the name of the Hogwarts headmaster, this is also a British word for a bumblebee Draco: a constellation which is also known as the Dragon Minerva: Like Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall’s name also doubles as a word; Minerva means wise woman potter: a person who makes pottery Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets chamber: a room basilisk: a mythical serpent-like creature, said to kill by its breath or look muggle: a nonmagical person petrified: paralyzed with horror, astonishment or other strong emotions riddle: a puzzling question, thing or person More from Dictionary.com: The Meanings Behind “Harry Potter” Spells Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Sirius: in astronomy, Sirius is known as the Dog Star, the brightest-appearing star in the sky expecto patronum: “I await a patron”; a patron is defined as a protector hippogriff: a fictitious creature that is half horse, half griffin quidditch: a game in which players fly on broomsticks divination: the practice of foretelling the future Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire goblet: a drinking glass with a base and stem Hufflepuff: one of the four houses of Hogwarts; Hufflepuffs are patient, hard-working and fair. granger: a farmer crouch: to bend close to the ground avada kedavra: origin of abracadabra, means let the things be destroyed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix phoenix: a mythical bird that rises from its own ashes apparition: a supernatural appearance of a person or thing, especially a ghost luna: a goddess personifying the moon pansy: a violet Lucius: from a Latin word meaning “light” More From Dictionary.com: Learn At Home Activity: Play ’80s Movie Word Bingo With The Kids Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hagrid: afflicted with worry or dread; tormented horcrux: object created by dark magic marauder: someone who roams around in quest of plunder felix: from a Latin word meaning “happy, lucky” gaunt: extremely thin and bony Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Bellatrix: a blue-white star in the constellation Orion skeeter: mosquito diadem: crown bard: a poet resurrection: the act of rising from the dead Need more resources for learning at home with your kids? Get updates every time we add another learning activity by signing up for the Dictionary.com Parent Portal email.