From the time the first Harry Potter book was released in June 1997, kids of all ages have been under its spell. With the world now focusing on social-distancing, everyone can do with a bit of magical power. A wealth of online resources is available to enhance your magical skills.
On April 1, J. K. Rawling, the author of the Harry Potter series announced the launch of ‘Harry Potter at Home‘, to add a touch of magic to the lives of children, parents, teachers and care-givers confined to their homes.
You can get sorted into Hogwarts houses through a Sorting Ceremony, learn to make your very own broomstick and more!
Find a wealth of information including craft videos, puzzles, other fun games, articles and more. First-time readers can have a fun time getting to know the wizarding world including a fun guide on how to start your Harry Potter journey.
Harry Potter At Home project is a collaboration between Rowling, Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Scholastic, and Pottermore Publishing.
More than anything, the most welcome part for young readers will be that the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be available for free throughout the month of April. You can stream the audiobook via the Audible Stories platform, or borrow ebooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive library services in over 20 different languages worldwide.
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Earlier this year, a special edition of the first Harry Potter book was also announced. This book, illustrated by MinaLima, also comes with many features including pop-up pages. The artistically designed book will enhance your stroll through the Diagon Alley, exploration of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and enjoyment during the festivities at the Great Hall feast. The book is set to hit the shelves on October 20th this year.
Hogwarts is Here
Ardent fans of Harry Potter can also check out Hogwarts is Here created by Harry Potter fandom. The site offers its members an incredible online Hogwarts experience. You can enroll for online Hogwarts courses like Astronomy, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration and more! Check out books from the Hogwarts library, earn house points – all like in the books. You can also connect with fans from across the globe through the site’s forums.
Are you ready to step into this magical world?