Curling up with a good book is an excellent way to pass the time during quarantine and what better place to escape to than the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Fans of the seven-book series can now have J.K. Rowling’s words read to them by Harry Potter himself. Daniel Radcliffe, who played the title character in the film series, just read the first chapter of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” online, and there’s more to come.
Radcliffe read chapter one, “The Boy Who Lived,” in a video for the “Harry Potter at Home” project, which dropped on May 5. Other celebrities will take turns reading the rest of the chapters of the book, which is known as “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in the U.K.
“But when is Chapter Two coming, we hear you cry? Don’t worry, this is just the beginning,” the Wizarding World website teases. “Be sure to check back at HarryPotterAtHome.com every week where you can expect new readings from a stellar cast of narrators.”
It is unclear who will read chapter two, “The Vanishing Glass,” but a video released by the Wizarding World shows several celebrities who participated in the project. In addition to Radcliffe, “Fantastic Beasts” star Eddie Redmayne and “Cursed Child” star Noma Dumezweni will also serve as narrators. Dakota Fanning, David Beckham and others will also lend their voices, the video reveals.
Readings of all 17 chapters of the book will be released weekly between now and the middle of the summer.
Harry Potter at Home was launched by Rowling and Wizarding World Digital as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and offers quizzes, puzzles and a fan club.
Speaking last month, the author said she launched it because “parents, teachers and careers working to keep children amused and interested while we’re on lock-down might need a bit of magic”.