On October 11, J.K. Rowling answered questions during a live webcast presented by her American publisher, Scholastic. In case you missed it, you can watch all 51 minutes of it here. During the webcast, Rowling discussed Harry Potter (naturally), her next project, and she revealed which house she was sorted into on Pottermore (hint: it was Gryffindor).
The event also signaled the start of Scholastic’s new Harry Potter Reading Club, a place that provides everything parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone else the necessary materials needed to make your own Harry Potter reading club. The official press release states:
The new Harry Potter Reading Club website provides educators, librarians, after school program coordinators and parents who want to organize a book club with access to all the tools they need to host a Harry Potter Reading Club and celebrate the joy of reading. The first 10,000 registrants for the Club received a welcome kit including bookmarks, stickers and nametags. Printable versions of these Items will also be available for download from the website.
The Harry Potter Reading Club website includes a comprehensive discussion guide for each of the seven Harry Potter novels. The guides provide questions to help club members start an insightful conversation about the themes and events in the books and, in certain instances, how the books may relate to readers’ own lives and the world today. Each month Scholastic will add new themed activities to complement the Reading Club discussions that will often relate to experiences on the Pottermore website.
‘We’re delighted that so many educators, parents and kids tuned into the live webcast and registered for The Harry Potter Reading Club, and we thank J.K. Rowling for sharing the magic of Harry Potter and her love of books and writing with our enthusiastic webcast audience,’ said Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade. ‘Scholastic has been in conversation with educators, librarians, parents and other book lovers about ideas for bringing the Harry Potter books to new readers in exciting and different ways, and the webcast and Reading Club give us the perfect way to do that.’
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