Amidst the boredom of quarantine, J.K. Rowling is coming to the rescue for bored children everywhere with Harry Potter at Home.
Harry Potter at Home is a free online website where fans stuck at home can access all sorts of wizarding world related activities. The site offers craft ideas, videos, puzzles, and more.
Rowling collaborated with Bloomsbury and Scholastic on the project. The idea behind the collaboration is to provide children who are not currently attending school access to educational fun.
According to the website, Harry Potter at Home is designed “for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!”
There are crosswords, word searches, and quizzes for first-time readers. Even children who aren’t familiar with the Harry Potter Universe can participate. There are pages of content, so every child can find something that interests them on the site.
Good For Kids and Good For Parents
Boredom is a problem for everyone right now, but especially for kids. With schools all over the country closed because of COVID-19, children are isolated at home. All of their schooling is coming remotely through technology.
Rowling acknowledges in a Tweet that parents and caregivers might be struggling with this right now. She says of her motivation for starting the project, “Parents, teachers and carers working to keep children amused and interested while we’re on lockdown might need a bit of magic”
The famed author is only one of the major faces in entertainment working to banish boredom during these crazy times. Celebrities are stuck at home just like the rest of us, and many are showcasing their talents through platforms like Instagram Live to make up for the lack of entertainment available outside the home.
For young children, however, a virtual John Legend concert is not going to much to stop the complaints of boredom. J.K. Rowling’s free website offers all sorts of activities for kids of all ages. The activities all have some educational value so parents can feel better about Harry Potter at Home than the endless YouTube videos.