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Like every Harry Potter fan, it’s always been on my bucket list to meet J.K. Rowling.
Now, we’ve got the opportunity to somewhat-sorta-maybe-kinda cross that item off the list and die just a tiny bit happier.
Scholastic Books is hosting a virtual author visit with the Harry Potter author on Thursday at 1 p.m. CT. School groups and classes all over the world will be signing in to spend an hour or so with Rowling. (By classes, I mean handful of classes and a million college students pretending to teach fourth grade.)
If you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll need me to explain that J.K. Rowling is a billionaire children’s author who created a literary, film, sporting (yay quidditch!), amusement park and overall obsessive empire based on a story idea that came to her while on a train. The click-clack of the rails helped give birth to the seven-part phenomena that is Harry Potter.
Rowling will speak about the world of Harry Potter and Pottermore, the website recently launched that acts as an interactive way of reading the books and learning about the background of the characters. To sign up, you just need your parents’ permission — even if you’re 21 like most of the users.
Rowling fans can register for the webcast at Scholastic’s Harry Potter Reading Club site, which gives the option of signing up as an educator, a non-educator or a kid. The event is in conjunction with the launch of the club, the newest in a string of Potter-related sites such as Pottermore.
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