J.K. Rowling on Wednesday unveiled an online collection of “Harry Potter” content to “help you bring the magic of the wizarding world into your home at this difficult time” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Harry Potter At Home” is being distributed by the Wizarding World — the partnership of Warner Bros. and Pottermore — with the aim of bringing families together to celebrate reading for pleasure, especially for first-time readers of the book series about the boy wizard.
“But the hub is also a place for those of you who have loved Harry Potter for decades: a place for you to feel the warmth of the fire in the Gryffindor common room or a much-needed hug from Mrs Weasley,” Wizarding World said on its website.
The site will include special activity kits from Rowling's U.K. and U.S. book publishers, Bloomsbury and Scholastic, as well as videos, quizzes, puzzles and other activities that will be regularly evolving for parents, teachers and caregivers.
“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 author of the series wrote on Twitter.
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 https://t.co/cPg0dZpexB pic.twitter.com/i0ZjTplVoU— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 1, 2020
Last month, Rowling granted an open license for teachers to post videos of themselves reading aloud from the “Harry Potter” books while students are cooped up at home.
Educators can upload videos of themselves reading from the seven “Harry Potter” books onto secure school networks or closed educational platforms until the end of the school year.
Schools around the world are closed during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 885,687 people as of Wednesday afternoon, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.