Miles of Magic Reading Challenge to Launch with a Virtual Schools Event
To celebrate 25 years of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the United Kingdom, cover illustrator Jonny Duddle and the National Literacy Trust will launch the Miles of Magic Reading Challenge with a virtual event for schools.
On Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. GMT, schools across the UK can join the live launch, in which Duddle will talk about the process and inspiration behind his illustrations and host a draw-along so that students can draw their very own Hagrid. In order to get children excited about tomorrow’s event, Duddle appeared on CBBC’s Newsround this morning to give a sneak peek of how to draw the Hogwarts gamekeeper.
So… You spend months and months trying to be a hermit and then CBBC turn up at your house!
— Jonny Duddle (@JonnyDuddleDum) February 2, 2022
Did you spot @JonnyDuddleDum on Newsround with @ShanequaParis this morning? You too can learn how to draw Harry Potter characters at our live schools event with Jonny at 10.30am tomorrow as he launches our exciting #HPMilesOfMagic with @KidsBloomsbury! https://t.co/dgZ6NLQaGi pic.twitter.com/suJy2oDYa2
— Literacy Trust (@Literacy_Trust) February 2, 2022
The virtual launch will kick off a seven-week challenge that lets students ages 5–14 explore reading for pleasure. Students can log their reading against the journey from Privet Drive to Hogwarts using individual reading logs and a “class challenge-o-meter wall chart map.” The challenge will end on April 1, and all schools that take part can enter into a competition to win a trunk filled with books and magical items for their school library.
In addition to the reading challenge, the event kicks off the innovative Miles of Magic: The Harry Potter Book Relay. This relay will see one copy of the updated silver anniversary paperback edition of Philosopher’s Stone with Jonny Duddle’s cover illustration, emblazoned with lightning strike silver foil livery, pass between 25 primary schools. Students and teachers at each school will add their own doodles and messages to the book, creating a unique copy of Philosopher’s Stone filled with memories of reading Harry’s story. The relay will start at the Willows Primary School in Machester and will arrive at its final stop in June. We don’t know yet what will happen to the book once the relay has finished, but we can’t wait to find out!
Schools looking to take part in the Miles of Magic Reading Challenge should head to the National Literacy Trust website, where they can download a set of teacher guidelines, a wall chart, reading logs, class crests, bookmarks, and a Potter quiz. The virtual event itself will be streamed on YouTube and will be accessible without any need to register or sign up.
Of course, the Miles of Magic launch is not the only thing happening on February 3. The eighth annual Harry Potter Book Night is taking place across the world, with schools, libraries, and communities hosting events to celebrate this year’s theme of Magical Journeys. Bloomsbury has an event kit to download for anyone holding their own events, and for teachers, the education resource platform Twinkl has resources available to support learning.
If you’re going to any Harry Potter Book Night celebrations or taking part in the Miles of Magic Reading Challenge (either as a student, a parent, or a teacher), we hope you have a wizard time!