Calling all educators, librarians, booksellers, parents, home-schoolers and Harry Potter fans… your time has come! Celebrate Harry Potter Book Day on 12 October with a thrilling and free virtual event hosted by Harry Potter film star Evanna Lynch, AKA Luna Lovegood!
Together with partners Twinkl and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, Harry Potter publisher, Bloomsbury, have filmed a special broadcast for schools to show on Harry Potter Book Day, Thursday 12th October 2023. Register here and you will receive the video at the end of September to give you plenty of time to plan your event.
Guaranteed to spark creative imagination, Evanna’s 35-minute film provides a fun and interactive way to share the magic of the wizarding world with children as part of your Harry Potter Book Day celebrations. The theme for this year’s Harry Potter Book Day is MAGICAL PLACES – encompassing a host of enchanting locations from platform nine and three-quarters to The Burrow, Hogsmeade, and the Ministry of Magic.
Whether you’re a bookshop, library, school or a Harry Potter fan who wants to celebrate at home, there’s a whole wizarding world to explore! Designed to introduce a new generation of young readers to the Harry Potter series, the film will be accessible to all children, ages 7 to 11, regardless of their pre-existing knowledge of the Harry Potter stories.
In the first part of the event, Evanna will guide viewers around various magical settings, including the iconic Great Hall and Diagon Alley, using an extract from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to lead a creative writing story-starter activity encouraging children to write and refine their own descriptive text about an imagined magical place.
Evanna will then join Jonny Duddle, Harry Potter illustrator, for a Hogwarts castle draw-along, before viewers are invited to join in with a spell-casting session led by Paul Harris, wand choreographer. Paul and Evanna will show children how to get active and have fun together, while casting well-known spells.
Evana says, ‘I fell in love with the Harry Potter books when I was 8, and my appreciation for the magical world and its complex, wonderful characters has only deepened as I’ve grown older, and revisited them again and again. It would be impossible to quantify the impact these books have had on my life, but suffice to say they made me a lifelong reader and a writer, and that the characters continue to inspire me as an adult. As the daughter of two teachers, I love the idea of schools spreading the magic of these books to a new generation of children. I’m delighted to present this special lesson and hope it inspires them to pick up a pen, a book – or even a wand.’
Harry Potter Book Day 2023 takes place on Thursday 12th October.
The online event and new supporting resources provided by Twinkl will be made freely available in advance of Harry Potter Book Day to help all teachers, tutors, home educators and parents make the event as magical as possible. In the meantime, you can find the current collection of Twinkl’s free Harry Potter activities and resources here.