Bloomsbury’s global celebration of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter stories is back in 2023, with a few changes …
The Christmas Pig: An Online Event
Just in time for the holidays, Scholastic have released a very special virtual event for all to enjoy. J.K. Rowling is joined by a group of children from across the U.S. for an intimate conversation about the spirit of giving and the meaning of hope, all inspired by her latest book The Christmas Pig.
All five children were nominated by their teachers as super readers and joined J.K. Rowling online from Massachusetts, New York, Indiana, Arizona, and Texas. You can tune in to the free-to-view virtual event as the children ask questions, enjoy a read-aloud, and discuss their hopes and wishes for the holidays.
In the spirit of the book, Scholastic generously donated 100,000 assorted children’s books to 100 Title 1 schools (that’s 1,000 books for 100 different schools) across the U.S. Additionally, the US publisher will donate 10,000 books to Toys for Tots, an organisation whose goal is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children.
Pottermore Publishing and Audible have announced an extraordinary milestone – over one billion hours of the Harry Potter stories have now been listened to on Audible globally, since the audiobooks were first made available there seven years ago! Mind you, that’s just a number (even if it is a massive one)! What’s immeasurable is the love that fans have for these stories. To help you visualise that figure, in one billion hours you could hypothetically:
The Wizarding World invites fans to come together and celebrate a very special date in the Wizarding World calendar: Back to Hogwarts. The day J.K. Rowling wrote about Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione first boarding the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9¾ to be whisked off to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that would change their lives forever.