JK Rowling, the creator of the internationally renowned Harry Potter series, has partnered with the largest publisher of children’s content, Scholastic, to present a live webcast event for fans to kick off the new Harry Potter Reading Club.
“At 12:00 noon ET (9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT) on Thursday, October 11, J.K. Rowling will participate in a live virtual author visit to classrooms across America to discuss the world of Harry Potter including Pottermore (www.pottermore.com), an exciting, free online experience that offers Harry Potter fans the chance to explore and discover exclusive new writing by J.K. Rowling as well as immerse themselves in other interactive content and community activities,” according to a press release from Scholastic today.
The Harry Potter club itself will provide a host of activities and accessories for anyone interested in engaging a new set of young readers in the world of the boy wizard. Teachers, librarians, and parents can access the additional features by being one of the first 10,000 to sign up in the US; those who work with young readers in some for outside of the classroom or outside of the US but are still interested in the club’s additional features will be able to download them from the website.
The club’s growth is in direct response to the interaction among reader fans of the series, especially through the interactive Pottermore site. Continuing with the online social aspect of the series as a whole, the Harry Potter Reading Club will also maintain a live Twitter feed for fans at #hpREADS.
To sign up for the webcast or the reading club, go to www.scholastic.com/hpreadingclub and register.