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It’s Not Just About Magic – Howl’s Moving Castle

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This isn’t just about walking across the sky. From a door that leads to different predetermined destinations, to a ring that can point a person in the right direction, and a fire demon that powers the castle to move across great distances. Besides those mentioned, there are many more charming elements contained within Diana Wynne JonesHowl’s Moving Castle besides the charismatic protagonists, Sophie Hatter and Howl Jenkins Pendragon.

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First published in 1986, Howl’s Moving Castle is the first of a trilogy of books.

Here’s a summary:

Sophie Hatter lives in a land where many fairy tales are accepted as true and the moving castle at the outskirts of town is just another part of normal life. However, Sophie’s normal life is turned upside down when the Witch of the Waste visits Sophie’s small hat shop and puts a curse on her, turning her into an old woman. Now Sophie must leave her hat shop in search for a cure for her curse. Along the way Sophie meets a fire demon, Calcifer, and the wizard, Howl, who is rumoured to eat women’s hearts. Will Sophie ever be free of her curse?

Check out the activities we have for you this coming week.

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On Craft Tuesday, you will get a chance to create your own mini fire demon, Calcifer!

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The book was adapted into an award-winning animated film in 2004 by Studio Ghibli, famous for many animated films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.

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Don’t miss out on the movie screening on Thursday!

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Books and films aren’t just for entertainment. There are always lessons to be learnt and that applies to Howl’s Moving Castle as well. One of the most important is…

“Appearances don’t matter, what you have inside does.”

Sophie is cursed to become an old woman. The Wizard Howl is a selfish narcissist. There is continuous surprise in discovering that the exterior appearance of the characters does not always coincide with their nature. There are many factors that can change the how a person looks, but you just have to trust the good that is inside of a person no matter how they may look.

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Do look forward to a week of wizardry and the fantastic, and do remember that there’s a  quiz on Friday!

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Quiz

Harry Potter Quiz Winners

Due to the immense popularity and large number of participants for the Harry Potter Quiz, we have decided to award 5 winners instead of 3!

Congratulations to the following randomly picked Beacons for correctly answering the Harry Potter Quiz questions!

6/1 Lim Han Yen
6/1 Yiu Jun Terng
5/1 Chua Yong Yu
5/3 Nur Syaidina
Mrs Goh Lee Ching

Please proceed to the library between Wednesday, 25th July and Friday, 27th July to collect a little prize and your invitation card to the photo shoot from our librarian, Ms Atiqah.

Have you participated in our The Hobbit Quiz? Participation closes on 26th July 2018, 6pm.

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A Journey Across Middle-earth – The Hobbits / The Lord of the Rings Week

We journey across Middle-earth with all things The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as we join the intelligent yet humble and polite Bilbo Baggins on his quest to help the dwarves reclaim their home, Erebor (Lonely Mountain), and its treasures from the dragon Smaug.

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Will you journey on the side of good or evil? Will you choose to remain human or would rather be a hobbit, wizard, dwarf or an elf?

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Maybe this infographic will help you decide.

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Here’s a summary of The Hobbit:

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who just wanted to live a normal and quiet life. However, the arrival of the wizard, Gandalf, caused an upset in his plans as he is made to join in a quest to help dwarves reclaim their lost home, Erebor and its treasures from the dragon, Smaug.

The Hobbit is a book full of adventure, but it also has an underlying theme of perseverance and how former foes can work together to defeat a common enemy. It also shows how undertaking different experiences allow people to grow in ways they did not think possible.

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Other than activities, we will be screening the first instalment from The Hobbits trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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Don’t miss out on the movie screening on Thursday!

Look forward to the quiz on Friday! Don’t worry, it will be easier than the Harry Potter one!

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Bilbo’s ready. Are you? Let’s have an adventure-filled week!

Competition · contest

Record Yourself Humming the Harry Potter Tune

More accurately known as Hedwig’s Theme, everyone knows it’s from the Harry Potter films.

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Record yourself humming the iconic melody from Harry Potter and win attractive prizes! It can be an audio or video recording, but be sure to say your name and class before you start humming the theme.

Here are the steps:

  1. Record yourself saying your name and class
  2. Start humming the theme
  3. Email the recording to library@beaconpri.sg

The theme goes like this:

This contest ends on 19th July 2018, 6pm. All the best!

Quiz

Hari Raya Quiz Winners

Congratulations to the following randomly picked pupils for correctly answering the Hari Raya Quiz questions!

6/1 Jovan Ong Yi Jie 
5/4 Xavier Toh You Jun
4/3 Mani Kumaresan Janarthanavel

Please proceed to the library and approach our librarian, Ms Atiqah, to claim your prize.

Have you participated in our Harry Potter Quiz? Participation closes on 19th July 2018, 6pm.

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Accio! – Harry Potter Week

Attention all Harry Potter fans. The Hogwarts Express is departing from Platform 9¾ towards Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the library this week!

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We will be celebrating all things Harry Potter this week with activities related to the first installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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Watch the movie on Thursday, during recess!

Here are 20 FANTASTIC FACTS about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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Psst, these facts may help you answer the quiz on Friday. Winners get to choose between a prize or dressing up in the Gryffindor robes you see on the mannequin at the window display and having your photo taken. We will print the photo for you but unfortunately, the photos won’t be moving like the one below…

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but at least you can get a memento!

Have a magical week!