J.K. Rowling Just Launched "Harry Potter at Home," a Remote Learning Destination During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The author announced the big news on Twitter.
For Harry Potter fans and educators alike, J.K. Rowling is offering a way to keep everyone learning and entertained while self-quarantining. The creator of the critically-acclaimed book series recently announced the "Harry Potter at Home" web launch on Twitter, sharing that learning materials can be found on WizardingWorld.com. According to Mental Floss, the site hosts crafts, quizzes, puzzles, and articles to serve as educational tools that teachers can use for remote schooling.
As previously reported by Variety, the launch is in partnership between Bloomsbury and Scholastic. Amazon is also taking part in Harry Potter-related ventures. The company's audiobook service, Audible, currently has the audio version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (otherwise known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for U.S.-based fans) available for streaming. Fans of the magical series can listen to Stephen Fry read the book for free on the Audible Stories website.
If you want access to other audiobook and e-book editions of Harry Potter, OverDrive is offering free access to the first Harry Potter book in the series until the end of April. The library service is listing the editions for easy access through the Libby app. Rowling is also offering teachers a unique opportunities to personally engage with students—she's encouraging teachers to record themselves reading the Harry Potter books to share with students. The only caveat is that educators have to publish their reading on a private video platform or school network.
While the service does cater towards educators, you don't have to be a teacher to join in on the fun. The team from Wizarding World shared that it's, "a place for you to feel the warmth of the fire in the Gryffindor common room or a much-needed hug from Mrs. Weasley."