Potter Fans Gather at King’s Cross for ’19 Years Later’

By September 1, 2017Children's Literature, Video

Harry Potter fans will well remember the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where the gang reassemble at Platform 9 ¾ to wave off their own children to Hogwarts for the first time. Well, this may come as a shock, but ‘19 years later’, is 1st September 2017, the date in the book that the next generation go off to school and Harry Potter fans are celebrating in style!

Today thousands of fans of the series assembled at King’s Cross station at the exact moment (11am) Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny send off their children to school in the books and movies and they made quite the sight!

The Evening Standard have covered the event, showing thousands of fans congregated at the station, take a look!

BBC Documentary to Air on the History of Magic to Mark Potter Anniversary

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A BBC documentary on the History of Magic from the world of Harry Potter is to air on BBC 2. Harry Potter: A History of Magic will show as part of an Arts series that takes a look at the lives of artists and their inspiration.

The series will follow the 20th anniversary exhibition at the British Library starting in late October where the public will be able to access ancient texts, artefacts and artwork. The documentary will unveil all things magical, the history and myths that inspired the Potterverse, magical objects and the folklore at the heart of the Harry Potter series. Read More

Books Will Take to the Skies Thanks to Easyjet’s “Flybraries”

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Long haul flights can be a drag for adults, but it’s even harder for young children to endure hours of boredom in silence. Recognizing this problem, EasyJet has come up with a brilliant solution that not only entertains kids, but also encourages them to read. Earlier this year in July, EasyJet has introduced “Flybraries”, which will see over 7,000 books take to the skies in 147 planes. Read More

Idris Elba Supports International Literacy Day 2017

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Recently, British actor Idris Elba read us a bedtime story in his role as Project Literacy Ambassador for International Literacy Day 2017. The story he read was another take on the classic children’s tale, Chicken Little.

‘Pong-Pong The Brave’ was written by a dedicated mother, Wanda Steward, from Philadelphia, USA, for her children.

The story behind how and why Wanda rewrote Chicken Little will touch your heart, and hopefully spark your interest in supporting any local literacy projects near you.

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Unseen Winnie the Pooh Sketches Released

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It’s an exciting time for the little bear who loves hunny! A brand new film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ is due for release and now BBC Radio 4 has released some unseen sketches of Winnie the Pooh showing how the first book came to fruition.

As the video explains, in the first sketches Pooh was considered to be a grumpy looking figure, which meant the whole thing just didn’t work. In the end, Milne took inspiration from the real Christopher Robin’s teddy bear, creating the first sketches of the bear we can all recognise on sight. Read More

Potter Fans Gather at King’s Cross for ’19 Years Later’

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Harry Potter fans will well remember the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where the gang reassemble at Platform 9 ¾ to wave off their own children to Hogwarts for the first time. Well, this may come as a shock, but ‘19 years later’, is 1st September 2017, the date in the book that the next generation go off to school and Harry Potter fans are celebrating in style! Read More

Australian Kids Impress With Their 2017 Book Week Costumes

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The best thing about Book Week and World Book Day is the creativity and passion that goes into the costumes. This month it was Australia’s turn to don their costumes and show off their favourite books. From Frida Kahlo to Mary Poppins, the range of stunning costumes is so impressive- the rest of the Book Week participants have a lot to live up to!

Take a peek at some of our favourite costumes we have found while scouring the ‘net…

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