New Sport Relief app challenges Harry Potter fans to join Billion Steps Challenge

The Pottermore News Team

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This new app from Sport Relief is embarking on a ‘Billion Steps Challenge’ to get the nation active for charity – and Potter fans can join a special ‘Hogwarts League’ to contribute to the fun.

Sport Relief is back – and this year they are challenging the UK to do one billion steps a day from 17 March to 23 March with a new step-counting app. To celebrate, we want you Harry Potter fans to make your mark on this challenge by joining a special league within the app called the Hogwarts League, where the four Hogwarts houses can go head to head to see who can do the most steps.

So, if you’ve been sorted into your house on Pottermore, you can gather steps for your own Hogwarts house – so we’ll be able to see, for example, if the Ravenclaws are more active than the Slytherins, or if the Hufflepuffs enjoy more country strolls than the Gryffindors. Who knows? Oh, and if you haven’t been sorted – you can do so right now! This should be interesting…


Anyone can join the app and be sponsored for joining a challenge, and you can even set up a Sport Relief Giving page so people can sponsor you. Watch this space for a special Quidditch-themed challenge coming soon to the app, as well. Sadly, these will also be stepping challenges, as we cannot provide any brooms.

Liz Warner, CEO of Comic Relief, is thrilled to be joining Pottermore for the new app. ‘Sport Relief can’t believe its luck to be working with Pottermore and to have the Hogwarts League in the Sport Relief App,’ she says.

‘We are thrilled to be able to call on all Harry Potter fans to join the Hogwarts league and help the nation beat the Billion Steps Challenge, and raise funds for our projects during the week of Sport Relief.

‘We’re looking forward to seeing whether it will be Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin who step their way to the top of the league for a good cause...’

To join the app, simply visit the Sport Relief website and download it for free. From there, you’ll be able to join the Hogwarts League and make your mark on the Billion Steps Challenge, which takes place between 17 March to 23 March.

And remember – that’s not all we’re doing to support Comic Relief this year. A new audiobook of Quidditch Through the Ages, narrated by Andrew Lincoln, will be released on 15 March. Proceeds from the audiobook will go to Comic Relief and Lumos, the charity funded by J.K. Rowling.

Sport Relief brings the nation together to get active, raise money and change lives. Since 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £335 million. The money raised by the public will be spent by Comic Relief to tackle the critical issues affecting people across the UK and the world. You can learn more about their work here.

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