By Troy Corley
Harry Potter fans have reasons to rejoice twice this month with what’s both the latest and final installment of the series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, coming out on top of the release of the fifth movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
The prime spot to surf to is Scholastic.com. Scholastic is, of course, the U.S. publisher of the Potter series, with book seven being released at midnight July 21. Kids can vote for which characters they think will meet their demise, one of the biggest questions facing Potter fans, or talk about it on the message boards. On the lighter side, the site gives you an exclusive poster and bookmarks to print out and lets you send owl posts.
Find out which wizard is which on The Harry Potter Lexicon, the most complete Web reference to the books. Browse the Encyclopedia of Spells, read the Handbook of Quidditch and take a tour of Hogwarts.
It’s hard to find Web sites for younger readers, as the later books, with darker themes, may be too scary, but there are two you can surf to for age-appropriate fun: Harry Potter Fans and Kids Reads. The first has a spell maker, sorting hat and chamber sliding game. The second is simpler with trivia questions, word searches and word scrambles.
On the flip side, there’s Warner Brothers’ official Harry Potter movie site, where you can view the “Order of the Phoenix” trailer (it’s a bit frightening) and prepare yourself for the movie’s release on Friday, July 13, with a dozen free online games and other activities.
Count down to the release of both the movie and book at HarryPottersPage.com, a site for older HP addicts, with interviews and updates on the actors from the movies.
Don’t forget Harry’s birthday on July 30!