It's hard to believe Harry Potter has been around for 12 years! I can clearly remember standing in line at midnight with my husband as several of the Harry Potter books were released. I must say those were fun times with so much anticipation and excitement in the air. Most importantly, Rowling's stories really got kids motivated about reading and magically drew in those kids that had previously resisted reading.
Scholastic is hoping to introduce the series to a whole new generation of readers and, at the same time, reach out to all those who want to relive their Hogwart's journey. Two weeks ago, they launched a whole new Harry Potter website: http://harrypotter.scholastic.com. The website includes summaries of all the seven books, a glossary of Harry Potter terms, and a pronunciation guide. Those that have read the books can have fun testing their Harry Potter knowledge by answering questions about the book and unlock some fun magical activities. I was a little rusty with the trivia so it took me a few tries before I managed to unlock the games and try out the wands.
Additionally, when visiting the website, kids ages 7-14 can enter Scholastic's The Real Magic of Harry Potter Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for four to Universal Orlando Resort to see the new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction. See the site for complete details. The contest ends on June 1, 2010.
To keep updated on the latest Harry Potter news, trivia, quizzes, polls and giveaways, be sure to follow @Scholastic on twitter (watch for #harrypotter tweets) or check out Scholastic's Facebook page. Scholastic also has their own blog, On Our Minds.
Scholastic has graciously offered to giveaway a copy of the 10th anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to two Brimful Curiosities readers (2 WINNERS).
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