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

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Which is the best summary of the video?

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Task 2

Watch the video again, and choose the best answer.

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Task 3

Drag and drop the words to complete the sentences.

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Task 4

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

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Hello Dima,

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

 

Best wishes,

Peter

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?

Hello khai,

Thank you very much for your lovely comment and for your suggestion, which we will bear in mind when we add new content to this part of the site.

You might be interested in this page, which is about Sherlock Holmes (especially the last video).

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

These videos are very interesting. Thank you so much!

I absolutely agree that Britain has the world's best writers in all of history! And J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter series is undeniably one of them. I can't remember how many times I've read and reread these books but it's definitely on the top of my favorites list. I think Harry Potter is popular because it appeals to all ages and of course the story itself was brilliant. I knew it is intended for children but it is too good of a series to pass out. J.K. Rowling truly changed my life. I can never imagine a world without Harry Potter and the world within this book.

Anyways, I've also read most of the writer's books mentioned except that of Cressida Crowell (How to Train your Dragon). His Dark Materials Trilogy was my recent favorite.

I think I can write a novel if only I have the time and resources, and when that happens that would be a big tick off from my long bucketlist.

Thank you very much for this video about Harry Potter. It was really interesting! That's my all time favourite book! I think it is so popular because it's wriiten so simple and cool! The language is modern and nice. I've read "Harry Potter" books and "Olver Twist" book and I loved them very much! I don't think I can write something like a novel but I'm writing a fanfic now. And I'm trying to do my best although I don't have enough free time for this.

It is magic that makes Harry Potter books popular. The amount of fantasy was used just about right. Harry used to be a London boy, just as normal as the readers themselves, but he set out to live in a magical world. He is like one of our friends who has taken us along to feel the thrill of seeing, learning, and practicing magic, to be anxious about using the power for the first time, to fight the dreadful and wicked villain, Voldemort, and to be with a band of good merry friends who might also be silly from time to time.

Alan Rickman said during an interview that when he was making the first or second movie he got an exclusive hint from J.K. Rowling which revealed Professor Snape's fate. Two days ago, on the 18th of this month, J.K. Rowling tweeted "I told Alan what lies behind the word 'always'." It is soooo amazing! I can never plan my writing like that. I mean it was years before the last book was even published. I don't think I can weave everything together so seamlessly and logically.

It's a pity there is no suport pack to print as in other videos.
Is it a chance that it appears in the near future?
Thanks in advance.

Hello Primegirl25,

We're a very small team with loads of work, so I'm afraid that creating support packs for the GREAT videos is not something we'll be doing anytime soon, if ever. I'm not sure if it would interest you, but there is a GREAT Videos app, which has the exercises in mobile format, I believe.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Firstly, I'd like to thank you for the lovely video. But I have a question about Task 4. Is it possible to use:
- wrote instead of has written in the sentence: He (write) over twenty....
- won instead of has won in the sentence: The trilogy (win) ....
- was translated instead of has been translated in the sentence: His work (translate).
Thanks in advance!

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