Marie-Rose Guarniéri: “The demanding proletarian literature of Marcel Moreau”

“Marcel Moreau [mort à Bobigny le 4 avril, des suites du coronavirus, ndlr] would not have liked to be said of him that he was a Belgian writer, he was born in the Borinage, in Belgium, but he was a French writer, it was very important for him. He was born in 1933 to a working class family. Her mother, who was a simple woman, had a perfect spelling. His father, who worked on the roofs, fell, he died and Marcel Moreau found himself head of the family at 15 years old. He arrived in Paris in 1968. Straight, his first novel (1963) was immediately praised by Simone de Beauvoir. He was recognized by Dubuffet, by Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin. His writing is lyrical, incandescent, of great beauty, and very classical, there is a purity, a baroque intoxication. It is a very demanding, new, held, very robust and noble proletarian literature.

“He was a possessed, a speleologist who wrote “In the bowels” (see his book visceral arts) who advocated the “Chaonaissance”, knowledge through chaos. Marcel Moreau is a companion in my life as a bookseller that I can never forget. He had written a Twisted Egobiography that I love. He had the art of titles, Mongolian thought, Love to die of it, the song of paroxysms… At Bourgois, Lettres vives. He had won the Wepler Prize in 2003 for Corpus Scripti, published by Denoël where Olivier Rubinstein reissued four of his books in one volume. He got up at 4 am to work, he was a proofreader in the press, wore his tongue like knowledge. He was a character, a big colossus, excessive, meat eater, passionate, very generous, very apart, wild, one of the last great wild authors, a “Filthy”, not a narcissist who refused meetings. I had organized an evening in Saint-Eustache around him with the organist Jean Guillou, and Denis Lavant was reading his texts, there I realized his aura.

“I read a lot during this confinement. I had passed byGospel of the lost from Georgina Tacou, to the Surveyor. I loved Girl by Camille Laurens (to be published by Gallimard). I was dazzled by a great Brazilian Lacanian, Betty Milan, who publishes with Erès From you to me, his responses to correspondence from the heart of a journal; by a conference by Delphine Horvilleur, Understanding the world (Bayard) and by Michael Edwards’ subversive essay on the Bible, For an untimely Christianity (Fallois).

Marie-Rose Guarniérie runs the Abbesses bookstore: 30, rue Yvonne-Le-Tac 75018.

Claire Devarrieux


Cécile Coulon, hussar on the roof

Cécile Coulon is a blonde who pierces the eye as much as the screen. A blonde who shoots the strange. So white that it sometimes turns blue spectrum depending on the light and mood of the girl. If she hadn’t grown up a bit, we would see the kid in the credits of Village of the damned. This angel’s head is haunted, also landed on Earth to put its grain of salt. That explains the precocity that we know about him. Cécile Coulon wrote and published her first novel at the age of 16. Twelve years later, she signs a seventh novel, A beast in paradise, which reaches 70,000 copies in six months. Cécile Coulon has something to disturb. “Yes, I have more ghosts in me than experiences. But if I’m haunted, it’s in the positive sense. I am by the voices, the stories, the landscapes of those who preceded us. I’m leading a herd of ghosts, but they’re not leading me. ” It reassures. “The maturity that I am credited with is due to the fact that I can listen to these voices before and can be silent to write them.” She says that with a small smile, always in the corner. “I smile a lot when I speak, that’s why.” She has two dimples that add to it and carve out a playful face for her, which lights up while she shares her latest find to amuse the gallery of her 16,000 Facebook friends.

The “author” – as she presents herself – has an easy and friendly post as a confinement anti-journal. From his back and forth between his windows and his computer, we can read: “Stop walking your dog, I just saw one more muscular than me!” Or to relay: “I have no chest but right now there are people on the balcony.” She doesn’t have it either. She lives in an apartment on the top floor of a building in Clermont-Ferrand. Without balcony or adjoining garden, but with the possibility of climbing onto the roof. “It is a tiled roof, not at all made for that, but since I have a window that overlooks it, I take advantage of it and it is without risk.” It reassures. “Up there, I find something to breathe, to see somewhere else, I read, it’s nice.” The great outdoors, volcanoes, lakes, biking and running are what he misses most. “But it’s just a big whim when it comes to what cashiers, garbage collectors or hospital staff are going through. I’m so lucky to be here, alone, childless, I mean, without having to take care of anyone other than myself. ” Like her body. Its firm battle silhouette with cravings for “Good wines, good beers and good cheeses”. We learn that “The saint-nectaire freezes very well” in his cooking and containment tips. “I imagine these days people are going back to cooking.” All the more reason to strengthen your daily exercises. It nuances. “I am more worried about the duration of confinement than for my figure. If I do a lot of sport, it’s more to stay in shape and not get out of it completely exhausted and hysterical. ” She practices muscular strengthening exercises without apparatus or dumbbells. One carpet is enough “To prevent the muscles from melting”. She keeps running “Once a week, preferably at night and within a very limited area”.

All around, she knows by heart. This is his land. A full nature “who does not [l’]never scared. “ She never left it. “I never thought about it, even as a teenager!” His baccalaureate in cinema and the khâgne are made in Clermont. “I live in town to be near the train station, for work, but in half an hour I can be at the top of a volcano.” She reassures herself. She assumes this attachment “not fashionable”. She travels little and in France. She doesn’t have a car, favors the train, never the plane “except when [elle est] obligated for work ”. “I have no dreams of distant countries, I am like an animal, like the badger that stays close to its burrow.” Cécile Coulon is not involved anywhere, does not campaign. “Perhaps my commitment is to stay where I am. To feed on it for my fictions, to defend my region, to say how lucky we are to have farms around us, producers who work to sell what we need to take care of ourselves and at lower cost . I campaign by doing my part here to say that the enclave is not an injustice. “

She grew up in Saint-Saturnin, a village at the foot of volcanoes, 25 kilometers from Clermont-Ferrand. She remembers a childhood “heavenly” spent working “Figolu” under the nose of his two big brothers. Her mother, director of the Saint-Nectaire appellation, and her father, an agricultural researcher at INRA, still live in the village. His “job”, as she calls it, to tell stories. She has always read. Fed early on the voices of John Fante, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Bukowski. She discovers Yourcenar and her Flanders, Marie-Hélène Lafon and her Cantal. “Suddenly, I felt less alone. They allowed me to write with my land. “ Cécile Coulon also dares to write and publish poetry. “Not fashionable either, but it is changing. Poetry is particularly deployed on social networks, where it is read and in great demand. ” She has been living from her job since 2013. Since The king is not sleepy, a success “Dizzying” for which she received her first fine copyright check. She is then 23 years old. She buys movies, sneakers, books and a small apartment in Clermont-Ferrand. She goes “eat outside” and reassures: “Since I’m not from Auvergne for nothing, I put the rest aside.”

Cécile Coulon works. The smirk applied, she apologizes for using simple words to say it and gets restless: “Besides the books, nothing happens in my life.” Since it started in a small local publishing house “To the good franquette”, since his revelation with The king is not sleepy at Viviane Hamy’s, she works, infuses, does nothing else. Even on vacation. She takes her manuscript and friends whom she willingly brings to bear. “I spent a studious week with Cécile in her family home in Drôme”, reports Myriam Lépron, a friend who is a university professor. “A week of reading, proofreading, rewriting, walks and swimming.” The author never rejoices for long. “One book is fleeting, and the next one ever played.” His entire body bears the marks. “I often get images of each of my works tattooed to keep track of them.” Whether hoisted or not on her roof, Cécile Coulon contemplates these words which she adores Bernard de Chartres and which she would stick to our skin: “We are dwarves perched on the shoulders of giants.”

June 13, 1990 Birth.

2012 The king is not sleepy.

2017 Three Storm Seasons.

2018 Brambles.

2019 A beast in paradise.

Because of the confinement, the interviews and photos of the last page portrait can be carried out remotely.

Céline Walter Photo Pascal Aimar (Fuzzy trend)


Roman Bürki: “It is not a question of money”

WRoman Bürki is currently experiencing a lot of football professionals: on the one hand, they hope to be able to play again as quickly as possible – on the other hand, there are also fears as to what the risk of contagion will be if the game starts as planned in May.

In a video interview, the Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper commented on the effects of the Corona crisis on the Bundesliga and a possible extension of his contract, which expires in 2021.

“We will miss the fans very much,” says Roman Bürki about possible ghost games

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… about the days in the home office:

“It was very special to only be at home all the time. I got bored relatively quickly. I started reading books, which is rather unusual for me. I’m usually someone who plays a lot on Playstation. I was very happy that my girlfriend was still there and that we could do something together.

I also appreciated that we had been given “homework” and that there was the opportunity to train in groups of two at BVB in the gym. I watched a lot of videos to see which goalkeeper-specific exercises I can still do. ”

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… about the training backlog:

“You lose a bit of the ball feeling because you didn’t have the ball so often on your foot or in your hand. So it was a good thing that we were able to train on the pitch again at the beginning of last week. I think I can quickly make up for what I missed in the previous weeks.

It could be a little more difficult for the field players. In training we try to do exercises with a certain competitive character, but we can still only train in small groups. We cannot play eleven against eleven. ”

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… the uncertainty of when to play again:

“Of course we ask ourselves: When exactly is it going to start again? Nobody can currently answer this question correctly. But it is our job to prepare as best we can to be ready when the time comes. We definitely want to play again as soon as possible. “

… about ghost games

“We already have experience with this. When we played in the Champions League in Paris, we could hear the fans who were then right in front of the stadium well. Still, it wasn’t pleasant for us at all. It is a special situation. With our support, our fans in particular ensure that we can get a few percentage points more. We will miss you very much.

But ghost games seem to be the only way to make people happy. Then you can at least watch the games on TV. It’s also about keeping jobs in the clubs. ”

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… about the fear of being infected when playing games:

“Honestly: Of course we talk about it in player circles. It should be the case that only the healthy players should play. But the test result can look completely different from one day to the next. We all touch the same balls. There is sweat on the ball, but headballs are made. We are already concerned. But I trust that those responsible will find a good solution because we all want to be back on the pitch soon. ”

… about the waiver of salaries of many professionals:

“Footballers have a certain reputation. It is no accident. There are also players who like to show what they earn and what they can afford. But I would not lump all people or all footballers together. Because many players have been responsible even before Corona. However, I think it is now an opportunity to show that we also want to do our part to help people.

Many lead by example by helping their clubs by foregoing salary or by supporting social projects. This crisis is also an opportunity to make football look better. ”

Waiver of salary? “Want to help the club”

Borussia Dortmund’s professionals forego part of their salary during the Corona crisis. For BVB captain Marco Reus this goes without saying, if you want to help the club.

… about the extension of his contract:

“We decided together that we will only come back to this topic after this difficult time. There are more important things at the moment. But I believe that there will be no question of money between BVB and me.

The club has to get through this difficult phase well, and we players have to play again in order to be able to at least give people some pleasure. After that we will continue to talk to each other. “

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Gus-Gus is dunking blood

To say that the conditions are idyllic for Born under a lucky star would be lying. Aurélie Valognes is one of those unfortunate writers whose books, released in early March, saw their careers cut short. In this group, she stands out for her status as a bestseller. His sixth novel was printed in 120,000 copies. As soon as Born under a lucky star, two titles from her were in the Top 5 best sellers: the new one, and the icing on the cake, of which the pocket book version was released at the same time, printed in 180,000 copies. Aurélie Valognes is a colleague of Guillaume Musso, Joël Dicker and others. By car Simone!, Wait a minute ! and The haphazard sailed between 430,000 and 620,000 copies (large format and pocket combined). Granny in nettles, his first novel, has exceeded one million copies in the paperback, after being spotted originally by Michel Lafon. At the start of this week, the two titles still totaled 75,000 copies. The author, who gives her email address at the end of her books, continues to receive messages from readers every day, proof that her novel, despite everything, was not stillborn.

What is the curriculum?

Gustave, the hero, is in academic difficulty. We pick it when it enters CP. Gus-Gus is slow and clumsy although he understands quickly, has trouble with the b and the d, takes the expressions literally, responds to the masters with a poetry that passes for insolence. Qualities: he knows the name of animals better than adults that offends him. He is passionate about history (s), more lively than his older sister, Joséphine the good pupil, to solve the puzzles. He is not stupid. As he has “The big heart and the short memory”, he endures the insults. He was not “Born under a lucky star”: his birthday, March 11, was that of Fukushima and the death of Claude François. Gustave is drowning, and continues to hit rock bottom year after year. Fortunately, we leave him in class of 5e.

Who is bleeding?

Gustave’s best support is his mother, so he is inclined to protect her. The parents divorce at the end of CM2, a delicate passage. “When a father introduced a friend to him for a weekend of alternate custody, Gustave didn’t like him at all: she didn’t smell like a mom.” Noémie will give up. Then comes Mshe Bergamot, “School dropout representative”, which prevents the orientation of his protégé to a professional path. The wickedness of some fails to traumatize poor Gus-Gus for life. But Aurélie Valognes raises the bar at college to describe an exemplary teacher and pay tribute to the profession.

Bourdieu, are you there?

At the age of 10, Gustave was struck down by the notion of homogamy. You don’t escape your social class. His mother is a nursing assistant, his father inspects construction sites, they live in a city: he will not marry a chic Parisian. Can his sister and he, so different, get away with it? Aurélie Valognes, of course, demonstrates that nothing is being played out. She does it a bit in school. But, given the subject, it was the least of things.

Claire Devarrieux

Aurélie Valognes

Born under a lucky star Mazarine, 340 pp., € 18.90 (ebook: € 9.99).


The return of ‘The plague’ by Albert Camus, for the first time in ebook and audiobook


The Nobel Prize novel, a ‘best seller’ in Italy and France since the spread of the pandemic, is out today in digital format. Also, in January Penguin Random House will publish writer’s indites

Archive image by Albert Camus.

On April 16, 194 … in Orn the first corpse ofa rat killed by the plague. Dr. Bernard Rieux met her on the landing of the stairs of his house. In the afternoon, he saw another “big one” emerge with the wet fur that walked awkwardly. The animal stopped, seemed to seek balance, started to run towards the doctor, stopped again, turned on himself, launching a small I scream and fell at last, pouring blood down the half-open muzzle. “

Albert Camus’s bookPlaguePortrays, like very few, the devastation of a city before theplagueIt drove Orn to despair and, by extension, anyone suffering from the contagious disease.

The Nobel Prize novel can finally be read today in formatebookin Spanish and worldwide after an agreement reached between Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, ditions Gallimard and the agency Wylie.Until now, this work by Albert Camus could not be accessed in digital format.The price is 9.99 euros.

In addition, as of April 30, the novel will also be available to readers in formataudiobook. The narration will be in charge of the actor and dubber Carlos Di Blasi and will last about eight hours. In this format the book will cost 15.99 euros.

The editorial agreement includes rights in Spanish for everyone, both digital and in physical books, and includes all his novels, essays and various textsinditos, which will see the light from January 2021 on different stamps (Debate, Random House Literature and Debolsillo, in their Contemporary collection). The inditos will be texts “both in their personal sphere, literary and journalistic,” editor Luca Luengo has commented to EL MUNDO.

The book, whose translation is the responsibility of the writer Rosa Chacel, is aallegory of Nazi occupationin France and Europe. But not only: it is also a metaphor for the dangers that lie in wait for society. “The bacillus of the plague never dies or disappears, which can remain for decades asleep on furniture, in clothes, waiting patiently in bedrooms, in warehouses, in suitcases, handkerchiefs and papers, and which can arrive a day when the plague, to the disgrace and education of men, awakens their rats and sends them to die in a happy city “.

Hetragic parallelismof one of the fundamental works, and already classic, with the current reality is amazing. Hence, it has become one of the best-selling books in Italy and France in recent weeks.

The book, whose translation is the one that Rosa Chacel made in 1948 for the South American publisher, a year after the book was published in France, includes reflections like this:“Plagues and wars catch people always unsuspecting”. He refers to the danger that comes while Orn (anywhere) “continued to do business, plan trips and have opinions. How could they have thought of the plague, which suppresses the future, displacement and discussion? They think they are free and nobody is free as long as there are pests. “

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Lorenzo Silva gives away his latest novel

Under the pseudonym Patricia Kal was hidden Lorenzo Silva, a writer who has had the gesture of giving away his new novel. It is titled ‘And you will leave here’, edited by Zenda and It is free to download from the ‘XL Weekly’ pages. The writer used the pseudonym as “an experiment” and “a necessity.” He wanted “to strip history of slab of authorship, the source of all kinds of prejudices, positive and negative”. Very few were in the secret of Patricia Kal, explains Silva in an article in the weekly with the keys on the release of a manuscript that had been “circulating on the editorial tables for months.” In the worst of the pandemic, the writer would have liked to help as a pulmonologist or intensivist but “all I know is to write stories”, he says happy for having “something to give to my fellow citizens”. He asks readers, when they can, “to buy a book from those that have appeared these days and will see their readership reduced.” “One of those published by the small publishers that this crisis is going to hit or one that bears the signature of a beginning writer.” And to do it “in one of those bookstores that are now closed and that deserve to survive.”

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“Witches” in the wind

Sacrea witches by Roald Dahl (1916-1990) has terrified decades of young readers since its release in 1983. It combines the fear of abandonment (the parents have just died in an accident) and the terror caused by witches in bulldozer operation . And its end escapes the blush: if something has happened, we do not return to the situation before. The novel was part of the personal mythology of Pénélope Bagieu. A boon for the designer of Cheeky than revisiting this cruel tale by the author of Charlie and the chocolate factory. She hasn’t changed a perfect story or so little; she especially sought to modernize the characters, the language, the decorations. And to breathe a rhythm, with its lively line, by varying the scenes which swarm with details or those which focus on exchanges between characters. The beginning is akin to a mise en abyme: we find ourselves as projected in an action film. We don’t pick it up anymore.

Would we like such a granny?

Become an orphan, the little boy finds himself alone with his grandmother. It’s an old lady who is a little eccentric, whom Pénélope Bagieu has endowed with a face with nice jowls, flashy bracelets, a mauve mop and an outrageous lipstick. She smokes a cigar and constantly coughs to the point that her grandson berates her. But his smoking is also the pretext to go green in a luxury hotel on the doctor’s advice. She is a tender and loving granny who goes out of her way. Important detail: unlike many adults, she can recognize a witch.

Why a little girl?

Penelope Bagieu has added a character who becomes the friend of the young hero, a little girl with green eyes. Her parents, psychotherapists, went to take a yoga class when their daughter was caught in the magic web. Drawn into the adventure because of her greed (chocolate, and yes, which is normally prohibited for her), she will courageously accompany the little boy in his fight against the program of destruction of children and even take the initiative when he s is to steal a harmful bottle from the chief witch. Dragging a girl also appears to be a way of feminizing the plot and not leaving the main protagonist alone in a dramatic situation.

Are these witches sacred?

Of course, today’s witches have nothing to do with the sinister silhouette in the pointed hat fitted with a broom. Their characteristics are described by the granny in a nice passage which seems to be learned from a lesson of things. “Well, like I told you, these are creatures that have to constantly dress up in order to pass for normal women.” The evil assembly assembled in a banal conference hall goes unnoticed, except for the boy hiding in a corner. The author must have enjoyed chewing on these ugly creatures in chic ladies, in particular the tall witch, impressive in a kind of fatal beauty, terrifying when she recovers her true nature. Pénélope Bagieu has created a model there which marks a date in its dynamic and subtle transposition.

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Roald Dahl Penelope Bagieu

Sacred witches Gallimard Jeunesse, 304 pp., € 23.90 (ebook: € 16.99).


Henry James, Eric Chevillard, Benjamin Stora … The selection of “Libé” books

Princess Casamassima, by Henry James, translated from English by François-René Daillie reviewed by Annick Duperray. Edition of Annick Duperray. Gallimard, “Folio Classique”, 928 pp., € 11.40.

It was on his walks in London that Henry James, born American in 1843 and died English in 1916, must to have written Princess Casamassima published in 1886, political and popular novel. An exceptional theme in James’ work. The hero is not the princess who is worth his title to the novel but a character that the reader discovers first as a little boy and who is “The bastard of a prostitute”, prostitute also kills.

An Algerian memory, of Benjamin Stora, Laffont “Bouquins”, 1088 pp., 32 €.

Benjamin Stora, born in Constantine in 1950, talks about the great chapters of his life and his commitments on the left, punctuated by fighting and disillusionment. The historian has devoted a large part of his career to the study of this country which saw it born sixty-nine years ago, and “An Algerian memory” includes six of his books, notably the very beautiful Les Clés found who tells of her childhood in Constantine.

Monotobio, by Eric Chevillard, Midnight, 176 pp., 17 €. Ebook: € 11.99.

How to talk about yourself without seeming to talk about yourself? How do you do it by pretending to talk about something else? In other words: how to create an autobiography where the form puts autobiography at a distance, where egotism is subject to the shady oversight of man and to the directed imagination of language? After Bardadrac by Gérard Genette, published in Le Seuil almost fifteen years ago, Eric Chevillard writes one of the most original companies of a kind which, unlike hypermarkets, is not in danger of shortage.

Elmet of Fiona Mozley, Translated from English by Laetitia Devaux. Joëlle Losfeld, 240 pp., € 19. Ebook: € 13.99.

John Smythe came to live with his children, Cathy and Daniel, in their mother’s native region of Yorkshire. They lead an ascetic life in a small house built with their hands between the edge of the forest and the rails of the London-Edinburgh train. They live on the fringes of the law by hunting for food and receiving lessons from a neighbor for education. From elegiac the novel becomes political: we must fight against the boss who owns the land, the houses, enslaves the employees, drives out the impecunious tenants, meddles with the fate of our heroes.

Sacred Witches, by Roald Dahl, adapted by Pénélope Bagieu, Gallimard Jeunesse, 304 pp., € 23.90. Ebook: € 16.99.

Sacrea witches by Roald Dahl has terrified decades of young readers since its release in 1983. The story of an orphan who lives with his grandmother when he is faced with a plan to destroy children by witches. The novel was part of the personal mythology of Pénélope Bagieu who revisits this cruel tale by modernizing it with a lively stroke.

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Jean-Jacques Beineix, the bitterness gone with the sun

PORTRAIT – Always distilling his deep melancholy, the 73-year-old filmmaker takes a step closer to literature. He just published Toboggan, an elegant and sensitive first novel.

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The director of “37 ° 2 in the morning” claims to live only in books. Agnes Bizet

Do you remember that strange lullaby, a song of melancholy merry-go-round, which opens 37 ° 2 in the morning ? Soon the little wooden house appears. And, facing her, on the sea, a sun still shining at the end of the day. Listening to Jean-Jacques Beineix, we tell ourselves that he resembles his work, these tender images, of a somewhat sad beauty. Not sure the director will appreciate this comparison. He just published his first novel, Toboggan (Michel Lafon) and has only one fear: to be always brought back to the 7th art. To be seen only as a filmmaker who prided himself on writing.

Let him be reassured. These almost 400 pages exhale their own fragrance. The sad story of a man who struggles to take care of his love. He makes it a disease. Collapsed, he only has to remember past happiness. Like its inventor, this character is a filmmaker who has stopped touring. Jean-Jacques Beineix, whose last film dates back to 2001, with Deadly Transfer, however ensures that

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J.K. Rowling Offers Teachers Free License to Read Harry Potter to Confined Students

Until the end of the school year, the teachers will be able to read the fantastic novels of the most famous sorcerer in front of their class.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, the seventh and last volume in the saga, was released thirteen years ago in French bookstores. Guerin Charles / ABACA

Harry Potter for everyone. In a press release published on March 20 on the official website of J.K. Rowling, the writer of the successful saga, has announced that she will relax the copyright permissions that usually surround her novels. From now on, and until the end of the school year, teachers will be able to tell their students on video the adventures of the sorcerer with the scar.

“I am delighted to be helping teachers reach confined students by relaxing the license usually required to share videos of yourself reading Harry Potter”, rejoiced the author on Twitter, accompanying her message with the hashtag #HarryPotterAtHome.

But beware, the opening of the wizarding world is not done lightly. Conditions surround this free license, as indicated by the website of J.K. Rowling. If teachers from around the world are allowed to post videos of themselves reading Harry Potter books, they must do so over secure networks of schools or closed educational platforms. All the instructions to be followed are available on the site.

A welcome wand when many schools are closed around the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In France, the return to class for confined students is not expected before May 4, announced on March 23, Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer.

Other initiatives for Muggles – non-sorcerers – are coming to the site and are expected to be announced soon, the statement said.