Harry Potter: Pottermore Launches First Official Reading Club for Fans

It's been 20 years since the world was first introduced to Harry Potter in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", and United Kingdom publisher Bloomsbury is offering some special prizes each week in celebration.

The centrepiece will be a rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone complete with JK Rowling's drawings and personal notes, including one that says the book "changed my life forever".

The site will offer curated content on the website specific to each Harry Potter book, beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Bloomsbury), which was first published 20 years ago this month, before continuing with the other six books in the following months. Now, fans around the world will have the chance to read the series together - starting with the first book - as well as to discuss different themes surrounding the books on both Twitter and Pottermore.

You can register for the book club now over on Pottermore.

― Is the wizarding world as well-hidden as it likes to believe? Why are the Dursleys so afraid of magic?

― What are Harry and Draco's similarities?

We still don't know if J.K. Rowling will be participating in these conversations.

Apparently, the Potter line started with an eccentric wizard named Linfred of Stinchcombe who originated Skele-gro, the very potion that fixed Harry's arm in Chamber of Secrets.

― Is rebellion a good or bad thing at Hogwarts?

― Which friend has Harry shown the most loyalty to so far? Do you agree with Hermione's belief that friendship and bravery are more important than books and cleverness?

In an announcement, Pottermore also said that the club will "include a newly created destination on pottermore.com, which will include specially curated articles, video and other content available first for members", though no new articles or information have yet been made available.

  • Arturo Norris