To analyze your character, choose and complete ONE of the following activities:
- Character Locker Collage | Create a "locker" for your character and fill it with items that represent him/her. Include at least 5 items.
- Through the Keyhole Drawing | If you were to look through your character's bedroom keyhole, what would you see? What would it tell you about who your character is? Include at least 5 items.
- Character Soundtrack | What songs would your character connect to? Create a "playlist" of at least 5 songs that represent your character and choose a phrase or series of phrases from each song that represent your character. Using Canva.com or PicCollage, create a visual for each song to show how it relates to your character.
- An original idea approved by Mrs. Robertson
Remember to utilize the following components of characterization as you make claims about your character:
- Internal and External Characterization | How does the character see him/herself? How do others see the character? Why? What items did you use to represent this?
- Direct and Indirect Characterization | What do the character's speech, thoughts, actions, looks, and effect on others tell us about the character? How do you know this? What items did you use to represent this?
- Voluntary and Involuntary Characterization | Who has influenced this character's development? How did you represent them? How has this character taken charge of his own destiny? How is this shown?
- Static vs. Dynamic | Does your character stay the same or change? How did you show this?
- Round vs. Flat | Is your character complex or simple? How did you show this?
2. Written Reflection
Using the topics and questions listed above*, write at least two paragraphs (5-8 sentences each) detailing what you included in your project to represent your character and the evidence from the text to justify your decisions. Evidence can be paraphrased or quoted. Make sure you are properly embedding quotes and referencing page numbers through paranthetical citation.
EXAMPLE: In Harry Potter's room, I included a box of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans to show that Harry is a good and compassionate friend. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry buys enough candy to share with his new friend Ron after he sees that Ron can't afford to buy any for himself (Rowling, 101-102). Harry "had never had anything to share before, or indeed, anyone to share it with," and he was happy to share, even though he and Ron had just met (102).
Student Character Locker: Hermione Granger
The second item I put in Hermione’s locker was an “A” honor roll sticker to show that Hermiones cares a lot about her school and makes good grades consistently. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Hermione tells Ron and Harry that being expelled from school is worse than dying (Rowling, 162). Hermione says, “We could all have been killed--- or worse, expelled” - this indicates that Hermione cares a lot about school.
Another item I included in the locker was books. It shows that Hermione studies and works very hard to know everything she can and to be the best academically. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Hermione bragged about all the spells she had already learned which means that she has already been studying and learning spells (Rowling, 115). “No one was talking much except Hermione Granger, who was whispering very fast about all the spells she’d learned and wondering which one she’d need” (115).
I also put a picture of Hermione with Harry and Ron in her locker. This shows that despite their rocky start, Hermione and the others put their differences in the past and became the best of friends. Now, Hermione will defend Ron and Harry no matter what. “It’s no wonder no one can stand her… she’s a nightmare, honestly” says Ron about Hermione (Rowling, 172). Hermione overhears them and gets very hurt (172). They all become friends later in the book. “But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend” (179). In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hermione defends Ron and Harry against Draco Malfoy (a Slytherin bully) during a quidditch practice (112).
The fifth item I included was a potion. This represents Hermione’s perfectionism because she is always practicing potions to be the best and to be able to make advanced potions. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hermione says “I’ve been up for nearly an hour, adding more lacewings to the potion. It’s ready” (Rowling, 211). She was making a polyjuice potion, along with Harry and Ron. But being Hermione, she naturally did most of the work.