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The Harry Potter book series

PHS faculty and staff members have come together to create The Harry Potter Project. After being inspired by the Littlebrook car parade from a few weeks ago, PHS School Psychologist David Rosenfeld decided that he wanted to organize a community event that involved the PHS faculty and staff for their students. It was at this same time that J.K. Rowling announced that her novels would have open licenses for teachers to record themselves for students. From this, The Harry Potter Project was born. 

Dr. Rosenfeld was drawn to the Harry Potter novels for several reasons, including the theme of isolation within the books.

"Harry Potter deals with issues of social distancing and isolation throughout his story," said Dr. Rosenfeld. "He experiences many moments of loneliness and disconnectedness, similar to feelings we all are facing right now. Rather than allowing these moments to vanquish him, Harry draws strength from them. By reading aloud passages from the texts, the teachers and I were hoping that PHS students would do the same."

In addition, "we wanted to communicate two other important messages to students: that we miss them and that they are not alone," Dr. Rosenfeld added.
Dr. Rosenfeld, along with art teacher Mr. Matthew Pembleton, science teachers Ms. Jayne Ricciardi and Ms. Jen Smolyn, and special education teacher Ms. Michelle Trainor, selected passages from each of the seven Harry Potter books that deal with the themes of social distancing and isolation. They then recruited 37 faculty and staff members who each recorded themselves reading passages from the texts. Mr. Pembleton then edited the recordings together to create the different videos for each book. 

Selections from Books 1 and 2 will be released first, with the rest of the selections to follow. Use this link and login with a school email account to partake of the PHS Harry Potter Project! Use this link for Book 3.  Use this link for book 4.  Use this link for books 5 and 6.  Use this link for Book 7.

“We hope that this project brings some joy and comfort to our students and their families during this difficult time for all of us,” says Dr. Rosenfeld.  

The Harry Potter Project Cast

Book 1: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


Chapter 2: The Vanishing Glass

a) Julianna Krawiecki (Drama)

b) Katie Dineen (Social Studies)

c) David Rosenfeld (School Psychologist)


Chapter 12: The Mirror of Erised

a) Kristina Donovan (Supervisor of School Counseling)

b) Jayne Ricciardi (Science)

c) Jen Smolyn (Science)

d) Stacey Palant (Speech and Language Therapist)


Chapter 17: The Man with Two Faces

a) Jack Bathke (English)

Book 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


Chapter 1: The Worst Birthday

a) Michelle Trainor (Special Education)

b) Judy Buckley (Visual Arts)

Book 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Chapter 1: Owl Post

a) Lauren King (English)


Chapter 3: The Knight Bus

a) Grace Elia (Computer Science)

b) Jen Bigioni (Educational Media Specialist)

c) Claudette Guy (Computer Science)

d) Jen Kuntz (School Psychologist)

e) Joanne Mitchell (Math)


Chapter 8: Flight of the Fat Lady

a) Jaya Kanchi (Special Education)

Book 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Chapter 17: The Four Champions

a) Malachi Wood (World Language)

b) David Rosenfeld (School Psychologist)

c) Jackie Katz (Science)

d) Lisa Goldsmith (School Nurse)


Chapter 18: The Weighing of the Wands

a) Jen Smolyn (Science)

b) Cecilia Birge (Special Education)

c) Matthew Pembleton (Visual Arts)

d) Julie Spaul (Paraprofessional)

e) Jayne Ricciardi (Science)

Book 5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Chapter 3: The Advanced Guard

a) Emily Lipphardt (English)

b) Craig Haywood (Computer Science)

Chapter 8: The Hearing

a) Diana Lygas (Dean of Students)

b) Doug Levandowski (English)

c) Jen Smolyn (Science)

Book 6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Chapter 30: The White Tomb

a) Diane Kanellis (Science)

Book 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Chapter 11: The Bribe

a) Matt Pembleton (Visual Arts)

Chapter 15: The Goblin’s Revenge

a) Angela Siso-Stentz (Assistant Principal)


Chapter 34: The Forest Again

a) Shefali Mehta (Science)

b) Lisa Peters (Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant)

c) Rebecca McEvoy (School Counselor)

Chapter 35: King’s Cross

a) Kristina Hayda (Science)

b) Maggie Cruz (School Nurse)

c) Nipurna Shah (School Counselor)

d) David Rosenfeld (School Psychologist)

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