Are you ready to escape to a magical world of witches and wizards? J.K. Rowling is giving families who are stuck in self-quarantine with their kids the chance to chill with Harry Potter at home. As part of Rowling’s Wizarding World online hub, the author is launching “Harry Potter at Home.”
The new website is “a lovingly curated space designed to help you and your family discover the magic of Harry Potter at home.”
What does that actually mean? The site offers “all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied,” which covers anything from teaching young kids to read to “nifty magical craft videos” that encourage you to “teach your friends to draw a Niffler.”
In addition, the site is packed full of “fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.” The good news is that, unlike the rest of the Wizarding World online activities, you don’t have to register to enjoy this free content. For those of us who are concerned about cloud services security, it’s great that you don’t need to enter an email address or credit card here.
“We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!” the announcement from J.K. Rowling gleefully proclaims. The collection of resources is free, which is great news for parents and caretakers that are scrambling to find ways to keep their children occupied.
Families across the globe are finding themselves homeschooling their children for the first time ever. And they’re discovering that teaching is much, much harder than they imagined.
Rowling posted on Twitter, “Parents, teachers and carers working to keep children amused and interested while we’re on lockdown might need a bit of magic.” But is Harry Potter at Home really a valuable part of a homeschooling curriculum?
Ideally, kids will be enchanted enough by the Harry Potter-themed quizzes and activities to stay engaged. But be warned that the activities are somewhat limited at this time.
Although there are a handful of quizzes, the subjects are narrow in scope, such as “The First Year Quidditch Quiz” that tests your knowledge of the fiction sport. Is that particularly useful general knowledge? No, and caregivers shouldn’t expect Harry Potter at Home to replace a traditional lesson plan.
The best use of Harry Potter at Home would seem to be young parents who grew up on the books twenty years ago. It’s a great way to start reading the series together with younger kids–and getting a brand-new generation hooked on Harry Potter.
Most of the activities are focused on the first book of the series. It’s likely that Rowling’s team will release more quizzes and videos related to the other books in the series as time goes on.