J.K. Rowling has launched an online Harry Potter hub for kids, families and fans to enjoy while quarantined.
The hub will include “special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!” Some content is free, but some is pay-only.
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
On top of that, if you’re a Virginia Beach resident, the VB Public Library has made the first Harry Potter book available with no wait.
And the British Library has decided to make its exhibit: “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” available online so everyone magic-born and muggle alike can have a chance to experience it during the current crisis.
You can access the exhibit through Google Arts & Culture, and according to Forbes.com:
The exhibition shares a history of magic using historical artefacts related to magical topics (such as the six metre long Ripley Scroll, a recipe for making the fabled Philosopher’s Stone, seen in the first Harry Potter book), as well as old drawings, manuscripts and synopses created by J.K. Rowling herself whilst writing Harry Potter. Fans can also explore artist Jim Kay’s work for the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter series.
The collection is divided—like the original exhibition—into various subjects, most of which are taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Potions, Herbology, Charms, Astronomy, Divination, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Care of Magical Creatures, and Alchemy.