Stars including Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, and Eddie Redmayne are recording videos of themselves reading the first Harry Potter book in the latest addition to Harry Potter at Home.
Harry Potter At Home is a collection of free initiatives developed by Wizarding World Digital and J K Rowling’s agents The Blair Partnership to help bring the magic of Harry Potter to children, parents and carers in lockdown with the help of Wizarding World partners including Warner Bros, Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Pottermore Publishing. It has just revealed that famous faces from global entertainment, music and sport have lent their voices to recording videos of themselves reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Harry Potter actor Radcliffe, narrator of the Harry Potter audiobooks Fry, and Redmayne, who stars in the Harry Potter spinoff film franchise "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", will read the book alongside actors Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim (who plays Nagini in the "Fantastic Beasts" films), and Noma Dumezweni (who originated the role of Hermione in the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" stage play). Sports star David Beckham is also participating. More surprises and special appearances from across the Wizarding World and beyond are promised.
Each star will be reading different sections of the iconic book, starting with Radcliffe, whose video, reading chapter one of the book, is released today. All 17 chapters of the book will be posted weekly until the middle of the summer on the Harry Potter at Home website, with an audio-only version available for free on Spotify. The Harry Potter at Home initiative already includes an open licence to teachers allowing them to post recordings of themselves reading the Harry Potter stories onto educational platforms and networks, a dedicated hub of information and activities, and Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone available to stream for free via Audible Stories and borrowed more widely via online library services all over the world.