Daniel Radcliffe and more read first Harry Potter book on Spotify

Lawrence Kim
May 5, 2020

The first video went live today over on the Wizarding World website, and so you can go there now to listen to Daniel Radcliffe read Chapter 1 of the first Harry Potter book "The Boy Who Lived".

For those looking to revisit the Wizarding World or discover the magic for the first time during quarantine, Spotify just released the first recording of Harry Potter stars reading from the books, as well as the first featuring the Boy Who Lived himself Daniel Radcliffe reading the the first chapter from the series. For parents looking for new magical ways to entertain their children during this time, they launched the Harry Potter At Home hub full of quizzes, puzzles, fun videos and features, along with contributions from our friends, United Kingdom and US Harry Potter publishers, Bloomsbury and Scholastic, alongside assistance from Warner Bros., Audible and our many library partners. Each will read different sections of the beloved fantasy (known as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" outside the U.S.), with its themes of family, friendship, courage and overcoming adversity, for families and fans around the world.

Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim and Noma Dumezweni are also among the narrators, and surprises and special appearances were promised from across Rowling's wizarding universe.

Videos will be posted weekly on the Harry Potter At Home website, with an audio-only version available for free on Spotify. The narrations will be accompanied by fan illustrations from the world of Hogwarts.

All 17 chapters will be released between Tuesday May 5 and the middle of summer, with Radcliffe kicking of the series.

Rowling launched Harry Potter At Home, a digital hub hosted on WizardingWorld.com, in April, giving families access to free audiobooks and eBooks of Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone during the coronavirus lockdown.

Quite possibly the most interesting question about this reading is how they will be handling the whole Sorcerer vs. Philosopher Stone issue.

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