I was having coffee with a friend this week and we were trying to recall the titles of all the Harry Potter books. I could remember the first three but the remaining titles became a blur. So I decided to memorise the titles and demonstrate how this is done with a simple story based on Association and Imagination.
The important thing to remember is that the information is known to me. I have read the books and know the titles, but I don't remember the sequence. My little story that helps me remember the sequence is a mnemonic.
First of all, the titles of the books are:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow
Harry Potter carries the PHILOSOPHERS STONE down into the CHAMBER OF SECRETS. The door slams loudly and he realises he is now a PRISONER OF AZKABAN. He turns his wand into a cigarette lighter and lights the
GOBLET OF FIRE. The flames rush up and a GOLDEN PHOENIX appears holding an ORDER pad (like a waiter). As the phoenix bursts into flames, HALF of its BLOOD pours onto the floor to form a DEATHLY HALLOWED puddle.
So what do you think of that story? Read it out loud as if you were entertaining a child. Can you recall the book titles in sequence? Think of some lists you would like to remember. I'm going to remember the films of Stanley Kubrick.