You can bring some magic into your own house with J. K. Rowling’s new Harry Potter At Home initiative, which provides free digital copies of her first book and more.
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The new Harry Potter At Home project is a collaboration between publishers Bloomsbury and Scholastic, Pottermore Publishing, Audible, library supplier OverDrive, and WizardingWorld.com.
For starters, J.K Rowling has announced a special, open licence for teachers to read the seven Harry Potter books aloud to their pupils in video read-
along sessions. These story time and classroom read-aloud videos may be hosted on an educational platform and/or school network (like Google Classroom, Schoology, Edmodo, or Discovery Education, not YouTube or Facebook) until the end of the current 2019/20 school year. Teachers can learn more about this license here.
Next, the first Harry Potter audiobook is currently free for everyone through Audible. Note that this is the UK edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, narrated by Stephen Fry, and not the Jim Dale version you may be familiar with.
In addition, digital copies of the first Harry Potter novel will be available for free to patrons of OverDrive libraries, who will be able to borrow Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as an eBook or audiobook in over 20 languages from participating local and school libraries who offer the Libby or Sora apps.
Finally, you’ll find a special Harry Potter At Home hub on WizardingWorld.com that highlights special activity kits from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, magical craft videos, articles, quizzes, puzzles, and more.
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