J.K. Rowling has partnered with Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing, and Scholastic to introduce Harry Potter At Home, a way for kids, educators, and parents to share the Hogwarts magic.
Set to be hosted on WizardingWorld.com, the hub is being described as an "online space for younger children to discover the magic of Harry Potter".
The online hub, meant to help families in quarantine right now, will contain "special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. My son is 9 and adores them but we had to stop him reading in bed as he was getting so excited he couldn't sleep so now we read in the kitchen before bed".
'I hope these initiatives will give children and even adults a happy distraction during their enforced stay-at-home time'. "We're casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!" the hub's opening page announces. A free audiobook, read by British actor Stephen Fry, is also available. Rowling has officially lifted those copyright permissions, which means that according to the statement on the author's official website, teachers from anywhere in the world can post their videos onto educational platforms until the end of the school year. The kind of content is made available is not just for the fans of the Harry Potter franchise, but also for those who are new to it.
In addition to the book, "Harry Potter At Home" will send out a "Wizarding Wednesdays" email newsletter each week with activities and quizzes. Through April, users can get free audiobook and ebook versions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, through partnerships with Audible and OverDrive. We are spending our lock down days reading Harry Potter - now on book 3.