Scholastic announced some very exciting news today with the launch of the Harry Potter Reading Club.
The Harry Potter Reading Club is an online destination created for new readers of the series to share the magical world of Harry Potter. For educators and librarians the Club will provide all the necessary tools and resources to start a Harry Potter “reading” club (essentially, a book club). These tools include discussion guides, a glossary of terms, a pronunciation guide and more. The Club also includes a FREE “welcome kit” for your club, complete with name-tags, stickers, bookmarks and more.
With the launch of the Harry Potter Reading Club came the announcement of a live webcast with J.K. Rowling, presented by Scholastic, dubbed a “virtual author visit”. The webcast will take place on Thursday, October 11 at 12:00 noon EST, (9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT) and the author will be discussing the world of Harry Potter along with Pottermore. It will be available to watch globally, and will be broadcast live from J.K. Rowling’s hometown of Edinburgh.
To get the full experience out of the Harry Potter Reading Club, register or use your Scholastic log-in to unlock exclusive content (no, not that kind of exclusive content). The exclusive content includes activities that your Harry Potter book club can enjoy. The activities will be updated monthly, so you will hardly run out of ideas for the next meet up. This month’s activities include a creative writing exercise, test your knowledge on Harry Potter terms, a word-search, and an activity where you create your own wand. We have taken note that most of these activities are geared toward younger readers, probably between the ages of 8 and 11.
Scholastic has also incorporated Pottermore into the Reading Club:
Pottermore is a place for Harry Potter readers old and new to share their adventures in a safe, imaginative environment. Students can read a chapter in their copy of the book, then experience the interactive Moments on Pottermore. Worksheet activities and discussions can be guided by original content from J.K. Rowling about the characters and objects from the books, as well as her inspiration and writing process.
You can check out the Harry Potter Reading Club right here. We will be covering the October webcast with a live blog along with live tweets of the event.