Buckle Up, Potterheads! Harry Potter is Coming Home to You

Buckle Up, Potterheads! Harry Potter is Coming Home to You
Representative Image: J.K. Rowling at a conference, Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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J.K. Rowling adds a wand-erful surprise to your lockdown days

Nikita Nikhil
April 15 , 2020
03 Min Read

People are losing count of the number of days they have been under lockdown, and trying to figure out what to do with their time, because it can get a tad monotonous. If you are done binge-watching TV shows and taking virtual tours of places on earth, how about a dose of fantasy and magic?  

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has launched a new website ‘Harry Potter at Home’ to keep kids ( and many adult Potterheads) occupied during the lockdown season. This online hub offers puzzles, quizzes, fun articles and other educational games and activities for the wizarding world fans, and even for first-timers.

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Launched in collaboration with Audible, Scholastic, Bloomsbury, OverDrive and Pottermore Publishing, this magical ride offers access to the first Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone) for free, in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese. Listeners will not be required to log in or join Audible. They can easily access the audiobook on their laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone.

The puzzles, quizzes and articles on ‘Harry Potter at Home’. are specially designed by Bloomsbury and Scholastic to introduce the magic of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World into the homes of families and fans.

The site's homepage lays out what to expect: “Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupiedincluding 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. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!” 

Rowling, who herself recovered from COVID-19 symptoms a few days back, is known for her philanthropic work and a generous heart. The author previously tweeted about relaxing the licensing fee for the Harry Potter books. This relaxation means that now teachers can upload videos of themselves reading Harry Potter books on their school’s platforms without any fee.

On jkrowling.com, the author along with her literary agents, The Blair Partnership said that they "recognise the importance of sharing story-time and reading aloud in times of adversity" and hence, felt the need to make books available free of cost.

 


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