Daniel Radcliffe Reading 'Harry Potter' Is The Best Thing You'll Watch All Week

Kelly Corbett
Photo credit: Harry Potter at Home
Photo credit: Harry Potter at Home

From House Beautiful

There's never been a better time to dive into the Harry Potter series than right now. Whether you're a first-time reader or a seasoned Potterhead, the captivating tales of Harry and his crew are timeless. And starting today, you can have the book read to you aloud by some pretty cool folks, like Daniel Radcliffe. You’ve heard of him, right?

Last month, J.K. Rowling announced Harry Potter at Home, a new digital hub chockfull of magical craft videos, quizzes, fun articles, and puzzles to keep fans entertained when stuck indoors. Harry Potter at Home also offers visitors the opportunity to listen to the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers’s Stone for free, thanks to a partnership with Audible. Now, that offer has been *magically* enhanced. Starting today, fans can head to Harry Potter at Home and watch as big-name celebrities take weekly turns reading a chapter from book one. Kicking it off with a 25 minute reading of the opening chapter titled 'The Boy Who Lived' is no other than Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. You can catch it here. If you prefer to listen to it as a podcast, you can stream the celebrity readings on Spotify, too.

Fans can return to the site next week for a reading of chapter two, although it is unknown which famous figure will narrate. According to the promo video, we can expect stars like David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Eddie Redmayne, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, and Noma Dumezweni to read in the upcoming weeks. Also, if you watched Radcliffe's reading, you may have noticed some artwork in the video. These illustrations were actually contributed by fans. While the chapter one reading has already occurred, fans can recreate key scenes from Chapter 2 and beyond for a chance to have their work featured in next week's reading video. To be considered, fans can tweet their masterpieces (whether it be a painting, drawing, sketch, or digital art) to @WizardingWorld along with the hashtag #HarryPotteratHome. You can view the official rules here.

Already done with the chapter one reading? Put your knowledge to the test with Chapter Challenge quiz.

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