26 June 2017 was the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Pottermore is the global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. To mark the anniversary, they are inviting libraries to join in and celebrate the magic with exclusive activities.
For a two-week period (26 June to 9 July), library users will be able to instantly download Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published on 26 June 1997, starting 20 years of Harry Potter magic. Library users will be able to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter by re-reading the magic or discovering it for the first time.
Library users can partake in the celebrations by joining the conversations on social media using #HarryPotter20 or by joining Pottermore’s Wizarding World Book Club https://www.pottermore.com/news/wizarding-world-book-club-coming-soon-to-pottermore which is being launched in celebration of the 20th anniversary.
Do you remember when Harry received his Hogwarts letter, or his first trip to Diagon Alley? Perhaps the moment that resonates with you is when Harry steps onto Platform 9 ¾ and sees the Hogwarts Express for the first time… Whichever moment it might be, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone introduced readers to the magic of the wizarding world.
From an idea born on a train journey to its creation in cafes in Edinburgh, the book started a global phenomenon. It has sold millions of copies in 79 languages, inspired a major movie franchise, a theatre production, has captivated readers all over the world – and continues to do so.
To access the first Harry Potter book from June 26 to 9 July visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/