J.K. Rowling Lifts License So Teachers Can Post Videos Reading The ‘Harry Potter’ Books To Students

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When we all celebrated the beginning of a new year, nobody knew what was to come. We didn’t know schools would be closing for weeks and months. We didn’t know businesses would close, and we didn’t know many people would be trying to navigate working remotely for the first time. We didn’t know the novel coronavirus pandemic would change almost everything about our lives.

Our new normal is staying home. While we at Tip Hero are basically pros at working remotely, we’re still new to the remote learning options available for our children who can no longer go to school.

It’s probably no secret that many teachers are new to the concept of remote learning too. It seems like overnight we went from school as usual to virtual classrooms, packets of worksheets for students to complete at home, and a plethora of websites offering free educational content.

Personally, we’re loving all of this extra educational content, and it just keeps getting better. 

To help students and teachers during the coronavirus pandemic, JK Rowling and her agents The Blair Partnership announced that they are allowing teachers to record themselves reading any and all of the 7 Harry Potter books to their students. 

Here’s an excerpt from the official announcement:

“Teachers anywhere in the world are permitted to post videos of themselves reading from Harry Potter books 1-7 onto schools’ secure networks or closed educational platforms from today until the end of the school year (or the end of July in southern hemisphere).”

Many parents and teachers are excited about this new opportunity to read these epic books to their students during this unusual time.

If you are a teacher who would like to read the Harry Potter books to your students, you can view the full guidelines here.

Apparently, there are more Harry Potter resources for students coming soon.

“The open license for teachers is the first of several initiatives being planned to help bring Harry Potter to children at home, which will be announced shortly.”

How exciting! What do you think the other Harry Potter initiatives will be?