This resource helps secondary teachers develop media literacy across the curriculum and features a CD-ROM that contains examples of high-quality student work drawn from case studies.

What is Media Literacy?

What is media literacy?

Introduction: Potter-Literacies

IONA: If he killed spiders in the movie everybody wouldn't like him because he'd be a coldblooded killer. You have to keep Harry Potter as nice as possible.

OGEDEI: Yeah but Harry Potter's like sad, he's just like such a little, um, um, he's like a teacher's pet, he's just running around doing this stuff. … I'd like it if he could get better spells –

IONA: Like Avadakedavra, the killing spell?

OGEDEI: No, like flame, like a flamethrower [laughs]

These two 13-year-olds are talking about Harry Potter in a research session which invited ten children to participate on the basis that they were familiar with the book (Rowling, 1998), film (Columbus, 2002) and computer game (Electronic Arts, 2002) of Harry ...

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