Wizarding World Launches Harry Potter Reading Magic Digital Hub for Summer Holidays
More magic begins this week! The Wizarding World Digital team has introduced a new initiative to start children on their Harry Potter reading journey called Harry Potter Reading Magic. This five-week journey is going to be filled with themes, excitement, and magic, along with a huge celebration of the first Harry Potter book.
Week 1 is underway for Harry Potter Reading Magic, and it’s time for new fans to meet the Boy Who Lived and be immersed in the wizarding world. This week focuses on Chapters 1–3 of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. There are chapter challenges for each, and it gives everyone a chance to earn some House points.
You can listen to some favorite clips from the first three chapters and also enjoy some snippets by the United Kingdom’s audiobook narrator, Stephen Fry. The animated clip features illustrations by MinaLima, and we hear Fry telling us the scrabble of dropping Harry onto the Dursleys’ front step.
The next five weeks are going to be nothing short of spectacular. Audiences from all around the globe will get to know the famous characters from the Wizarding World, like Professor Dumbledore, Hagrid, and Professor McGonagall, while discovering the secrets of Hogwarts. Fans can look forward to chapter challenges, quizzes, crafts, and other activities, as well as specially curated themes that will help young readers begin their journey.
Harry Potter Reading Magic will feature guides and tips for parents, caregivers, and teachers to make reading magical and fun during these summer holidays. We can expect to see contributions and surprises from Bloomsbury in the UK, Scholastic in the United States, and Pottermore Publishing. These guides feature the ABCs of reading for pleasure, and we know that new and old fans alike will enjoy these immersive pieces.
Scholastic has also shared its top tips on how to make reading fun for kids. Can you guess what they are? The top tip is to read aloud. Use your best booming Hagrid voice to keep children entertained, and ask questions about Hagrid’s funny umbrella. Scholastic also shared to incorporate art and use new kinds of reading sources. Don’t be scared to break out the crayons and color your Hogwarts trunk while you listen to the soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
To kick off the celebration of Reading Magic, the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone audiobook is available to stream for free on Alexa from Audible! This begins today and is available throughout the month of July. You get to use your own spell to activate this by saying, “Alexa, read Harry Potter Book 1.”
This is an amazing way to keep the Wizarding World spirit alive and to introduce some of our favorite characters to new fans. Can you ace the first few chapter quizzes? Chapters 4–6 will be explored next week, and we’re already looking forward to the surprises in store.