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Here’s everything you need to know about the Harry Potter At Home readings

The Harry Potter actor is joined by the likes of Stephen Fry, Dakota Fanning and David Beckham to read chapters from The Philosopher’s Stone

Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 6:02 pm

Updated Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 6:02 pm
Daniel Radcliffe is the first star reader in the Harry Potter At Home initiative (Photo: Wizarding World)

Harry Potter fans have been given a treat during the coronavirus lockdown with Daniel Radcliffe leading a star-studded cast performing readings from the books at home.

The actor, who played the boy wizard during all eight film adaptations, performed the first chapter of the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as part of the Harry Potter at Home initiative.

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JK Rowling announced the series on Twitter with the message “some very lovely people have done a wonderful thing” accompanying a video from the Wizarding World website.

Radcliffe’s reading of the first chapter of the saga, “The Boy Who Lived”, will be followed by the rest of the book in coming weeks – here’s all you need to know.

How to watch Daniel Radcliffe reading Harry Potter

If you want your artwork to feature in readings of future chapters, you can submit your doodles depicting key scenes from the first book to the @WizardingWorld Twitter account with the hashtag #HarryPotterAtHome.

As well as the reading itself, there are a host of additional reading materials and activities on offer, including a “Chapter Challenge”, with tasks and quizzes relating to “The Boy Who Lived”.

Who else is reading Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, known as The Sorcerer’s Stone in the US, has a total of 17 chapters.

Although many of the stars performing future readings are yet to be announced, we do know some of the glittering names involved.

Stephen Fry, pictured here with JK Rowling, has a longstanding affiliation with Harry Potter (Photo: Getty Images)

There’s Stephen Fry, who for readers of the UK audiobooks is as much a part of the saga as Radcliffe, and Eddie Redmayne, who stars as Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts spin-off film series.

England football icon David Beckham will perform a reading, as will the acclaimed American actress Dakota Fanning.

What is Harry Potter At Home?

JK Rowling announced the hub on 1 April on Twitter with the message: “Parents, teachers and carers working to keep children amused and interested while we’re on lockdown might need a bit of magic, so I’m delighted to launch harrypotterathome.com.”

Described as a “hub of information and activities”, its features include things like quizzes, word searches, puzzles and other creative activities.

There’s no need to sign up – everything is completely free to access, but you can create a Wizarding World account if you want to.

Registering opens up other features already on the website and you can also sign up to the weekly newsletter when you register to the website by opting in.

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