Harry Potter fans, rejoice: Daniel Radcliffe just returned to the franchise in such a fun way. The 30-year-old actor lent his voice to an audio recording of the first Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He’s joined by a slew of other celebrities, including David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, Noma Dumezweni, and Eddie Redmayne, who all read different chapters in the book. Radcliffe, naturally, kicked things off with chapter one, and hearing him talk about this universe again feels so right.
Lovers of HP know the first line of book one well: “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” If you’ve ever wanted to hear Harry Potter himself say these words, now’s your chance.
Below, check out a preview of all the celebs—including Radcliffe—getting their Potter reading on.
Radcliffe, of course, played Harry Potter in all eight movies. He was joined onscreen by Emma Watson as Hermione and Rupert Grint as Ron. The franchise turned the three actors into household names.
This reading is happening thanks to #HarryPotteratHome, a new initiative started by J.K. Rowling, Wizarding World Digital, and the Blair Partnership for teachers to support reading and distance learning using the seven Harry Potter books. This was done in response to teachers’ having to reconfigure their practices in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative also helps parents at home by offering free educational games for their children, including quizzes and puzzles.
All 17 chapters of the first Harry Potter book will be released weekly until mid-summer (with a different celeb tackling each chapter), and you can listen to them on Spotify. Here’s hoping this audio series continues even after quarantine and Radcliffe jumps in on the later books. It’s what the world needs.
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