Harry Potter fans are in for a treat during coronavirus lockdown as J K Rowling is offering access to the first book 8211; Harry Potter and the Philosopher8217;s Stone (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer8217;s Stone) free.
Working with a range of partners 8211; including Bloomsbury (the publisher), Audible (the audiobook platform), OverDrive (a platform for ebook borrowing through libraries), Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic 8211; there8217;s going to be a range of Harry Potter entertainment available while we8217;re all on lockdown.
Called 8220;Harry Potter At Home8221;, we8217;ll start with the audiobook. This is the UK version narrated by Steven Fry and you8217;ll be able to get access to it through Audible, Amazon8217;s audiobook platform.
To access The Philosopher8217;s Stone free, you8217;ll need to head to stories.audible.com, which is Audible8217;s free resource of titles while the schools are closed. It8217;s available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese 8211; you just have to head to the website, search for Harry Potter and press play.
For those wanting to read the ebook, it will be available through OverDrive, which is an ebook platform which manages loans through libraries. You need to be a member of a library that uses OverDrive, but that includes many public and school libraries.
For teachers, J K Rowling has already granted an open licence (until the end of July) for teachers to read the Harry Potter novels to children via educational platforms, essentially meaning that the normal copyright conditions in those circumstances don8217;t apply.