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'Harry Potter at Home' Is the Magical New Online Hub Helping You Get Your Virtual Wizarding Fix

If you've already watched and rewatched all the 'Harry Potter' films, now you can revisit the books, sleuth your way through puzzles and get crafting.
By Sarah Ward
April 05, 2020
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'Harry Potter at Home' Is the Magical New Online Hub Helping You Get Your Virtual Wizarding Fix

If you've already watched and rewatched all the 'Harry Potter' films, now you can revisit the books, sleuth your way through puzzles and get crafting.
By Sarah Ward
April 05, 2020
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UPDATE: MAY 6, 2020 — You can now watch celebrities narrate Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone thanks to Harry Potter at Home's new weekly recordings. First up is Potter himself — Daniel Radcliffe — reading the first chapter, 'The Boy Who Lived'. Then, it'll be the likes of Stephen Fry, Claudia Kim, Eddie Redmayne, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning and Noma Dumezweni. You can watch via the website or listen on Spotify.

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If Hogwarts was a real place, no one would be able to visit it at present. But if you're still dreaming about all things magical despite the current state of the world, you can accio up a slice of the fictional school while cooped up in your own house. You've probably already watched and rewatched all the Harry Potter films, and the Fantastic Beasts flicks. Maybe you've started reading your way through the books again as well. Now, if you're looking for an added dose of wizarding fun, you can also head to new online hub Harry Potter at Home.

A fresh addition to Warner Brothers and Pottermore's Wizarding World website, Harry Potter at Home aims to become a one-stop shop for Boy Who Lived-related activities during these self-isolating times. And while it's primarily aimed at kids (and their parents, teachers and carers), so were JK Rowling's books — and that hasn't stopped fans of all ages obsessing over Harry, Ron, Hermione and the gang by heading to HP-themed boozy potions classes, kitting themselves out in Hogwarts-inspired attire, sleuthing their way through escape room challenges, participating in scavenger hunts, shopping at dedicated stores, playing Pokémon Go-style games on their phones, and getting excited about a potential new Harry Potter theme park.

Visitors to Harry Potter at Home will find articles, quizzes and puzzles, including Harry Potter-themed crosswords. You can also find out your Hogwarts house via virtual sorting hat, too. And, you can spend some time watching crafting videos that'll teach you how to knit a Weasley family-inspired scarf and bust out Marauder's Map-worthy calligraphy skills — which are also available via Wizarding World's YouTube channel.

You can also watch celebrities narrate Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone thanks to Harry Potter at Home's weekly recordings. First up is Potter himself — Daniel Radcliffe — reading the first chapter, 'The Boy Who Lived'. Then, it'll be the likes of Stephen Fry, Claudia Kim, Eddie Redmayne, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning and Noma Dumezweni. You can watch via the website or listen on Spotify.

New activities, videos, puzzles and articles will be added regularly, with Potter diehards able to access Harry Potter at Home for free — and sign up for a weekly newsletter.

 

If you're a muggle who's somehow new to all things Harry Potter — or you're eager to go back to the beginning again but haven't yet done so — Pottermore Publishing is also making Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone available for free via eBook or audiobook until the end of April.

For further details, visit the Harry Potter at Home website.

Top image: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Published on April 05, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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