J.K. Rowling spells out Harry Potter trivia.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

An obvious tie-in to the books and movies, but the site doesn't sell anything. There are links to fan sites that do sell merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that J.K. Rowling's site is a fun and safe way to explore the Harry Potter world. The series' author updates it every so often -- especially if there's a Harry Potter announcement (a new movie or book coming out, for example). Kids can find trivia, read the author's bio, view book sketches, learn about different wizards, and discover debunked information. Kids may go nuts trying to figure out some of the more obscure stuff such as finding the virtual ingredients to the secret potion, alluded to in the "Extra Stuff" area. Here's a hint: Use the eraser to reveal what's on the blank sheet of paper! But, there are plenty of fan sites ready to tattle all the secrets if you get stuck at other times.

What's it about?

JKROWLING.COM opens with a bird's-eye view of J.K. Rowling's office desk. As you mouse over the desktop clutter, some items become \"Portkeys\" that take you to other parts of the site. They will send you to pages where you can read Rowling's biography, peruse a list of answers to frequently asked questions, or visit her link library (check out the very odd paintings on the wall!). As you explore, notice that some items can be clicked and dragged to other places. If you work out the puzzles, you'll be rewarded with additional \"secret\" content to view, which is then saved in your scrapbook for later viewing. Here's a hint: The cell phone can be dialed -- if you know what numbers spell the right magic word. Watch out for Peeves the ghost as you wander about, and remember sometimes interesting things happen to those who just watch and wait!

Is it any good?


The site is a fun and safe place for kids to explore Harry Potter's world.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about J.K. Rowling's background. How do you think her history helped her come up with the stories? How did the death of her own mother mold Harry's own parentless world?

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Pricing structure:Free

This review of JKRowling was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent of an infant, 2, 5, and 8 year old Written bykristyn April 9, 2008
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 August 30, 2012


Families can talk about J.K. Rowling's background. How do you think her history helped her come up with the stories? How did the death of her own mother mold Harry's own parentless world?
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byrgb December 2, 2010

A `wizard`

. The problem with it is that Jo almost never updates it. It's a good site, and a fun one, but don't expect anything new. It hasn't been update since Half-Blood Prince came out. ugg cardy - uggs outlet
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Special Needs Guide