Few things are quite as comforting to Harry Potter fans as diving back into the Wizarding World through the well-known (and possibly even memorized) words of J.K. Rowling. To keep us all happy and entertained during quarantine, Daniel Radcliffe and an eclectic cast of celebrities have signed on to read some of those words aloud to us.
As part of WizardingWorld.com’s new “Harry Potter at Home” hub, the contributors will each record themselves narrating a section of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, eventually taking us through all 17 chapters of the novel. You’ll be able to watch the videos, which feature illustrations submitted by fans, on WizardingWorld.com, or you can listen to the audio-only recordings on Spotify.
Daniel Radcliffe’s rendition of chapter one, “The Boy Who Lived,” is available to watch here, and you can join the Harry Potter Fan Club for email updates about who’s reading next and when to expect the latest chapter.
The group of narrators that has already been announced includes someone from just about every branch of the expansive Harry Potter franchise. Eddie Redmayne and Claudia Kim appear in the Fantastic Beasts film series, Noma Dumezweni is best known for her role as Hermione Granger in both the West End and Broadway productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Stephen Fry recorded audiobook editions of all seven original books.
Others, however, are apparently just huge fans. David Beckham once stayed up half the night to build a LEGO Hogwarts castle for his daughter, Harper, and Dakota Fanning got decked out in her best Lucius Malfoy costume for a Harry Potter theme party earlier this year.
If you’re a little too eager to wait for the chapter-by-chapter release, you can also listen to Stephen Fry’s entire recording of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone through Audible’s free “Audible Stories” platform.