Harry Potter Haiku
by Holly Hartman

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Want to sound wise and solemn? Make people pay close attention to your words? Then put those words in haiku.

Haiku is a very old form of poetry from Japan. It consists of three unrhymed lines. Traditionally, the first and last lines have five syllables each, and the middle line has seven syllables. Notice how many syllables are in each line of this haiku by the 17th-century Japanese poet Basho. (Often when haiku is translated, however, the number of syllables is changed.)

from all directions
winds bring petals of cherry
into the bird lake
Basho


Having few words and pausing at the end of each short line gives a special feeling to haiku. Even a simple statement sounds thoughtful—as though it has a deeper meaning. Check out the examples below. We've taken some dialogue from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and written it as if it were haiku.

Behold the Wisdom of Hogwarts
I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed—or worse, expelled. —Hermione Granger
I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory even stopper death —Professor Snape
Flint with the Quaffle— passes Spinnet— passes Bell— hit hard in the face —Lee Jordan, at Quidditch
how many times will we be able to witness a dragon hatching? —Ron Weasley
I can't see you. Are you ghoulie or ghostie or wee student beastie? —Peeves the Ghost
Hagrid, we saved the Stone, it's gone, he can't use it. Have a Choc'late Frog —Harry Potter

POETRY LINKS

Encyclopedia: Haiku

National Poetry Month

Poetry Glossary

The Favorite Poem Project

Love Poems on the Web

U.S. Poets Laureate

English Poets Laureate
HARRY LINKS

The Harry Haiku Archive

Quiz on Books 1 and 2

Quiz on Book 3

Quiz on Book 4

Quizzes on Book 5


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