Hospital Brings Hogwarts Magic Amid COVID-19
The current COVID-19 pandemic has left many in distress regarding their health, finances, and boredom. Hospitals have more patients than usual and doctors are working much longer hours. Amid this darkness, some light has shone.
A few weeks ago, J.K. Rowling gave permission to teachers to read the magical book series aloud in online recordings due to schools now be taught remotely in most areas. Additionally, she has made the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’ s Stone audiobook available for free online.
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
Some of the Harry Potter cast members, such as Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), have also taken to social media platforms to share tips on how to cope during COVID-19.
Just recently, staff at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in Dorset, United Kingdom, waved their wands in an attempt to bring smiles to both patients and doctors. They have redesigned some rooms to fit the Hogwarts Houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw. Many doctors at this hospital grew up reading and watching the Harry Potter series, so this was quite a magical decision that brightened their day. One of the staff members, Michael Wheble, tweeted to J.K. Rowling, saying this is “a small bit of fun helping us work stronger together!!”
J.K. Rowling has sent along her approval!
I’ve rarely felt prouder ❤️💛💚💙 https://t.co/fCCPeNkdbz
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 5, 2020
There are so many fantastic ways to bring magic into our lives on a daily basis. What magic have you witnessed in your community?