Author J.K. Rowling Drops Licensing Fees So Teachers Can Read Harry Potter Books To Students Online

Author J.K. Rowling Drops Licensing Fees So Teachers Can Read Harry Potter Books To Students Online. Harry Potter series author, J.K.. Rowling, has lifted licensing fees on the usage of the “Harry Potter” book series so teachers can use them to read to their students online while under mandated quarantines or practicing social distancing during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Rowling shared to her Twitter page, “Delighted to help teachers reach kids at home by relaxing the usual licence required to post videos of themselves reading Harry Potter books. Go to to find the guidelines. Be well, everyone. More soon! #HarryPotterAtHome.”

The link Rowling shared takes you to her website and gives this greeting to fans:

“Teachers can now post videos of themselves reading aloud from the Harry Potter books to children prevented from attending school because of the Covid-19 virus. This follows J.K. Rowling and her agents The Blair Partnership relaxing the usual copyright permissions required.

Teachers anywhere in the world are permitted to post videos of themselves reading from Harry Potter books 1-7 onto schools’ secure networks or closed educational platforms from today until the end of the school year (or the end of July in southern hemisphere). A full set of Guidelines for Teachers are downloadable here.

The open license for teachers is the first of several initiatives being planned to help bring Harry Potter to children at home, which will be announced shortly – watch this space for more details! #HarryPotterAtHome.”

We can’t wait to see what kind of extra magic Rowling and her team have in store for children everywhere! Be sure to share this story with the teachers in your life and we would love to see photos of you reading in the comments! Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co for all things Harry Potter.

Source: J.K. Rowling

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