JK Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter series has long been a staple of essential reading for children. And as the world grapples with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; Rowling has started the Harry Potter At Home initiative to keep kids entertained during this lockdown.
Having made the ebook and audiobook versions of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone free for all, the famed author is gearing up to start a new phase of the initiative. Rowling has enlisted the help of Wizarding World castmembers and famous celebrities. The celebs will read all seventeen chapters of The Boy Who Lived’s first adventure at Hogwarts.
The recently revealed lineup includes Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne, Dakota Fanning, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Claudia Kim and Noma Dumezwini. The cast is very diverse with several cast members from Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts along with other notable celebs.
Surprise! We've got a treat for you…From today, amazing friends of the Wizarding World are going to take turns reading Harry Potter book one.
— Wizarding World (@wizardingworld) May 5, 2020
What To Expect From Harry Potter At Home?
The initiative started off with a bang with none other than Daniel Radcliffe reading the first chapter, “The Boy Who Lived”. Here is a link where you can watch Dan read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
What’s more, is that the announcement also teased several cameos along with the announced list of celebs who will be reading. So, there’s a real chance that we can expect several more well-known faces.
Here is a summary of the Harry Potter At Home initiative:
Harry Potter At Home is the Wizarding World’s way of bringing the world of Harry
Potter closer, as we quarantine ourselves at home and keep safe. For parents looking for new magical to entertain their kids during this time, we launched the Harry Potter At Home hub full of quizzes, puzzles, fun videos and features. Not to mention the contributions from our friends, UK and US Harry Potter publishers, Bloomsbury and Scholastic, alongside assistance from Warner Bros., Audible and our many library partners.