Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Bookclub


Jenny Brotherton, Staff writer

The 20 year anniversary for the well known book, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, is rapidly approaching for fans of the “Wizarding World”. The Sorcerer’s Stone was the first book in the series of seven, released on June 29 1997.

Pottermore, the interactive website for the Harry Potter franchise, announced the launch for their “Wizarding World Book Club” on May 5. The “Wizarding World Book Club” is a bookclub aimed at the Harry Potter fans created by Rowling on her website Pottermore, dedicated to the Harry Potter franchise.

In order to take part in the book club participants will need to read at least one of the Harry Potter books per month starting in June. Fans can join the discussion on two platforms. Trend Hunter, a pop culture and news media website, mentions “While there is a dedicated section on Pottermore for the Wizarding World Book Club, on a weekly basis, Harry Potter fans may also log into Twitter to participate in the #WWBookClub discussions that will be held through the official @wwbookclub account.”

Each week the discussions will include various themes in each book.

Whether you are new to the Harry Potter franchise or have been following the story for years, all readers are encouraged to become part of this thrilling new chapter. According to Pottermore the online community “aims to surprise and delight those who have never read a Harry Potter book, as well as returning readers who want to join the conversation.”

Harry Potter has been quite popular in pop culture for a while now, however this new online platform is a creative way to allow devoted readers to reconnect with the series and the characters. Although there is no definite starting date, most people are assuming the club will commence on June 1.

Henriette Stuart-Reckling, global digital director of Pottermore, states “Our goal is to create a global community of Harry Potter readers who are communicating with each other as they are reading the same book, at the same time,” reported USA Today.

As time progresses, the Wizarding World has expanded beyond the Harry Potter books, with other additions such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Cursed Child, and many others. For now the Book Club only plans to focus on the original books.

As Global News Ca, a Canadian media website and tv newscast, stated, “what’s certain is that, no matter how many years go by, and no matter how many ways the Harry Potter stories are remade, ‘Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.’ (J.K. Rowling)”