As we all struggle to find things to do for the kids, and ourselves, J.K. Rowling has waved a magic wand and come up with something which is sure to entertain and delights Harry Potter fans of all ages. She has launched a new platform to help children, parents, carers and teachers during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s called ‘HARRY POTTER AT HOME’, and we love that if we are all stuck behind doors, then Harry is too. it’s an online space for kids to discover Harry Potter, it’s partnered with Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic. It includes word searches, quizzes, crosswords and drawing guides among other activities.

J.K. tweeted………

“Parents, teachers and carers working to keep children amused and interested while we’re on lockdown might need a bit of magic, so I’m delighted to launch harrypotterathome.com.”

The site says it’s a place…..

“where you’ll find all the latest things to keep you occupied – from special activity kits from Bloomsbury to Scholastic, to nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!) fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and more. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom.”

J.K. has also announced that the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will be available for free in six languages in audiobook form on Audible. It will also be free in ebook form in 20 languages on Overdrive for the entire month. 

She said……

“The teachers, parents and carers working to keep children’s lives as normal and happy as possible while we’re all on lockdown deserve a bit of magic. I hope these initiatives will give children and even adults a happy distraction during their enforced stay-at-home time.”

For over twenty years now, Hogwarts has been an escape for all – for readers and fans, young and old. During the strange times we now find ourselves in, they want to welcome you back to Hogwarts, where you will find a friendly retreat for you, your family and those you are caring for.

Over 500 million Harry Potter books have been sold across the globe, so it’s comforting to know many homes already have a door to the Wizarding world waiting to be opened once again. And for those who’ve never visited the world before, this is a great place to start.

The team here at SOUTH WALES LIFE have been using the POTTERMORE hub for a long time now, since it first began actually. It’s always been a great place to keep the magic alive and fresh. Now, with the added content and quizzes, and of course the free book, it’s even better and comes at the perfect time.

The new hub, supported on the Wizarding World site (formerly known as Pottermore), follows the announcement that J.K. Rowling has granted a temporary Open Licence which allows teachers to post videos of themselves reading the Harry Potter series outloud to their classes.

And now we can experience the Philosopher’s Stone like never before…

Over the coming weeks, you’ll get to watch videos of famous fans and friends of the Wizarding World, including Stephen Fry, David Beckham, plus many more, reading the 17 chapters of the first Harry Potter book from their homes.

Let’s be honest, there is no one better to get things started than the incredible Daniel Radcliffe. Be among the first to watch the Harry Potter actor reading Chapter One: The Boy Who Lived. You can watch it right here. DANIEL

If you’d like to get involved and have Harry become part of your home, just go here. HARRY

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