Stars of the Harry Potter movie franchise such as Daniel Radcliffe and Eddie Redmayne, along with other celebrities like David Beckham and Dakota Fanning have joined Wizarding World Digital, The Blair Partnership, Harry Potter UK and US publishers Bloomsbury and Scholastic, Pottermore Publishing, Audible, and OverDrive, for the “Harry Potter At Home” project.
The stars will be lending their voices to read out loud the seventeen chapters of the first book in the series, “Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone”. The news was announced on Wednesday, May 5. The project was launched in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide parents, educators, and those looking after children with an entertaining and enriching activity they can do in the safety of their home.
Reading the first chapter “The Boy Who Lived” is Daniel Radcliffe, who first rose to fame for portraying the role of Harry Potter in the first film in the franchise, which came out in 2001.
Book lovers can watch Radcliffe read the chapter online on www.harrypotterathome.com. The website will be uploading a new chapter being read aloud every week. Netizens can also choose to listen to the book reading via the audio-only versions available for free on music streaming app Spotify. It will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish languages.
“J.K Rowling and her team have already announced a special, open licence for teachers to read the seven Harry Potter books aloud to their pupils in virtual read-along sessions on video,” read the announcement on wizardingworld.com.
Apart from the book reading by celebs and audio-only versions, activity kits such as craft videos, quizzes, and puzzles will also be made available on the website.