Explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

If you’ve visited Overdrive in April, you may have noticed that you could read or listen to the first Harry Potter book with no wait. The ebook and audiobook have also been available as Bonus Borrows on hoopla. Exciting, right? Whether you’re new to the wizarding world or a longtime follower of the series, you’ll be pleased to know that J.K. Rowling is now bringing Hogwarts right to you at home.

By visiting the Wizarding World: The Official Home of Harry Potter, you’ll get your very own Wizarding passport, be sorted into your house, matched with your wand, and paired with your Patronus. And it doesn’t end there! J.K. Rowling has gotten together with a few friends to help children, parents, carers, and teachers add a touch of magic to our daily lives. Find fun articles, craft videos, quizzes, and puzzles for your enjoyment. Play Wizard’s hangman and Harry Potter Bingo, draw a Niffler and make a paper craft Howler, test your knowledge with a First Year Muggle Quiz, and so much more! This is Harry Potter like we’ve never seen it before!

For more Harry Poter enjoyment, you can also play a Hogwarts Digital Escape Room created by librarians at Peters Township Public Library in Pennsylvania.

A Hogwarts Digital Escape Room!

Hey teens! Are you bored being stuck at home with your parents? Take a look at this fun interactive program created by some fellow librarians for Harry Potter fans!

Librarians at Peters Township Public Library in Pennsylvania have created a digital Hogwarts Escape Room open to anyone who wishes to test their skills. Discover clues, solve puzzles, and complete tasks in order to escape the locked room in Hogwarts. 

Follow the directions and prompts on each page and pay attention to the details to find the clues needed to move onto the next step. You can complete the escape room alone or with your friends, whether that would be working with them or competing to see who can complete the room first. It is completely free and you can play as many times as you want! Just click here to start your first adventure. Enjoy!

Also, throughout the month of April, you can revisit or discover the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, in eBook or audiobook format through hoopla and Overdrive/Libby with no wait and without it counting against your item limit! And, if you are revisiting the magical world of Harry Potter, try listening to the audiobook as the perfect background to any quarantine activities you are doing.