February 1: Harry Potter Book Night meets World Read Aloud Day

Jan 26, 2018

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Books, Events, Harry Potter Book Night, News, Publishers, Scholastic

World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) was created by LitWorld in 2010 as a way for young people around the world to create “a sense of belonging to stories, books and reading together.”

Harry Potter is a story very much about belonging so it is fitting that WRAD has joined forces with Scholastic’s annual Harry Potter Book Night to create a 24-hour celebration of reading.

Hermione would be the first to remind everyone of the importance of literacy, particularly for girls and women.  When you participate in Harry Potter Book Night this year, instead of reading to yourself, consider reading the books aloud with someone.  Find a friend, family member, local reading party, or volunteer some time reading to children or the elderly.  You can even read to animals in shelters.  The point is to share your love of reading, and your love of Harry Potter, and use them to establish a connection, and a sense of belonging, with others.

You can even host your own event.  Scholastic has a downloadable Fantastic Beasts Event Kit just for Harry Potter Book Night, which includes invitations, a planner, and activities.

If you have a local Books-A-Million store, they will be hosting a Harry Potter theme night on February 3 from 2-6pm.  The event will feature care of magical creatures and spells classes, trivia, cosplay, and more.

If you host or attend an event, or even if you are just at home reading aloud to your cat, tweet us a photo and use the hashtags #WorldReadAloudDay and #HarryPotterBookNight.

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.