Modern-day authors cast their own spells, too, and Richard visits a very magical place to find out about contemporary English writers.

Task 1

Which is the best summary of the video?


Task 2

Watch the video again, and choose the best answer.


Task 3

Drag and drop the words to complete the sentences.


Task 4

Complete the paragraph about Philip Pullman by typing the missing words into the spaces.






I think that Harry Poter is so good because all the story happens in a parallel world, where i can see a mixture of fantasy and reality. These kind of story activate our imagination and brings more pleasure on the reading.
I think that i couldn't write a novel, because i am better with numbers than words.

Hello :)
I would like to know if the best French translation about " sit on the edge of their seats" would be "coller au siège"? I thought the way of these expressions are a bit different but have the same it right? or wrong?...

Hello gacir,

I'm afraid that this is a service we don't provide. In any case, there is no-one currently on our team who knows French well enough to help you with this. You might want to consider the Cambridge English-French Dictionary, which might have some useful examples in it for you.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Oh! sorry...I think i was wrong, "sit on the edge of their seats" means "excited". I thought in French about something like "blown away"...
Thank you. :)


hello guys, i'm here! I am a big fan of harry poter books and i'd like to visit all places you showed here. I think its amaizing to travel around Britain with your team and take interviews with realy interesting pesons. Thanks so much

AS to me, Harry Potter is fantastic, such a great story caught people all over the world having one and only aim - to get a LETTER from Hogwarts.
Unfortunately I am not familiar with other books/writers mentioned in this short video. Maybe one day I'll read them.
And maybe I will write something one day...who knows.

To tell the truth, I’m not a big fan of Harry Potter and it’s probably because I’ve never seen any movies or read any books featuring this character. I’m just not a big fan of fantasy although I really like to watch it in a movie theater. ‘Lord of the rings’ is one of my favourites so far.
Actually, I like to write from time to time and have written a few short stories already. I expressed some of my thoughts and attitudes towards a few particular subjects, using fiction characters and situations to did so. Not all of my friends are lucky enough to escape from me insisting on their feedbacks as a readers :)
The process of writing is hardly ever the easy one. But, as for me, I really like it and hope that it’ll become my profession, or at least a part-time job, one day.

Hello, The LearnEnglish Team.
According to the video there is an unnecessary 'I think' phrase in this sentence:
"Amanda: I think above all, I think she's reminded the world that the British are great storytellers. " (Transcript)
All the best,

Hello Dima,

Yes, you are correct. Thank you for pointing this out - I have updated the transcript on the page.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for this GREAT video about Harry Potter. Anyway, I think the Sherlock Holmes books are a great idea. Can you make another video about these books?