Today, Pottermore launched the first official Wizarding World Book Club and revealed the discussion themes for the first month. Available for anyone, anywhere in the world to join for free, the Wizarding World Book Club offers members an opportunity to join the global community of Harry Potter readers, each reading the same book at the same time. It is available on pottermore.com, working with the Harry Potter print publishers Bloomsbury and Scholastic, and Pottermore’s digital publishing business.
Beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which was first published 20 years ago this month in the UK, the other six books in the Harry Potter series will be discussed sequentially in the months following the Club’s introduction. Pottermore will host curated content specific to each book on site.
There will also be Twitter discussions hosted on the Wizarding World Book Club Twitter account, @wwbookclub, every Friday at 4pm BST, beginning on the 23 June, with themes including:
- Week 1: Welcome to the Wizarding World Book Club: How did you discover the Harry Potter stories?
- Week 2: Magic and the Muggle World: Is the wizarding world as well-hidden as it likes to believe? Why are the Dursleys so afraid of magic?
- Week 3: First Impressions: What are Harry and Draco’s similarities? What first makes Harry believe he is a wizard?
- Week 4: Education: Is rebellion a good or bad thing at Hogwarts? Who learns the most from the troll in the dungeon incident?
- Week 5: Friendship: Which friend has shown Harry the most loyalty so far? Do you agree with Hermione’s belief that friendship and bravery are more important than books and cleverness?
Other features of the Wizarding World Book Club include a newly created destination on pottermore.com, which will include specially curated articles, video and other content available first for members.
“We have launched the Wizarding World Book Club in response to a strong demand from our community for a destination to discuss the many nuances and themes of the books” said Henriette Stuart-Reckling, Global Digital Director, Pottermore. “The Wizarding World Book Club provides an exciting opportunity for Harry Potter fans to share their thoughts about key scenes, plot points, motivations and characters from the series with a vast global community.”
The Wizarding World Book Club membership is free to all registered users of Pottermore.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.