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Professor Plum



Professor Plum had been locked away in his laboratory for days now, barely even stopping to eat or drink.

He rested his left arm on the dusty pile of books scattered across his desk, and with his right hand he gently flicked the conical flask in front of him. The red and orange liquid inside coughed and spluttered as heat from the Bunsen burner excited it from below.

Professor Plum wiped his weary eyes; only the excitement of finally finishing the potion kept him awake. Just a few more hours, then it would be ready…


What do you think will happen next? What will Professor Plum do with the mysterious potion? Who is the potion for? What will the potion be used for?


Question Time

1) Who is Professor Plum?

2) What potion is he making?

3) Has the Professor chosen to lock himself away?

4) Why hasn’t he had any sleep?

5) What might the vessels and books on the table contain?

6) If you could make any magic potion, what would you make? What would your magical potion do?

7) What do you think the Professor keeps in his pockets?


What if you were there?

Imagine you are inside Professor Plums laboratory.

What can you see? 

What can you hear?

What can you smell?

What can you feel?


Write a short paragraph describing what is it like inside the magical laboratory using your senses.


Finish the story.

Think about what happens next in the story. Can you finish off my ending?


It was midnight. At last the potion was ready. The intellligent professor had stayed up all night waiting for this very moment. He had spent years and years working on this recipe and finally he had got it just perfect. All of a sudden, he glanced at his rusty, old watch and carefully began pouring the sparkly, green potion into his favourite coffee mug. He licked his lips and began sipping...