JK Rowling is offering free audiobooks and ebooks to the first novel in her series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, throughout April to help families, especially kids, in lockdown during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, Rowling has also launched a new digital hub called “Harry Potter at Home”. Each week on “Wizarding Wednesdays”, it will offer a range of activities, quizzes, and other things to do, like how to draw a Niffler — the Fantastic Beasts creature attracted to shiny things. And every Friday, you’ll get new ideas in your inbox with an email newsletter, if you sign up, Gadget 360 reported.
The free audiobook version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be available on Audible’s newly-launched Audible Stories in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese, with the English-language version narrated by Stephen Fry.
In a statement, Rowling said, “The teachers, parents, and carers working to keep children’s lives as normal and happy as possible while we’re all in lockdown deserve a bit of magic. I hope these initiatives will give children and even adults a happy distraction during their enforced stay-at-home time.”