Watch Daniel Radcliffe Read Chapter 1 of the First 'Harry Potter' Book

Philip Ellis
Photo credit: Wizarding World
Photo credit: Wizarding World

From Men's Health

Story time! To save us all from quarantine-induced boredom, a magical line-up of celebrities have assembled to read the first of J.K. Rowling's wildly popular Harry Potter novels in its entirety. Each chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will be read aloud by somebody new each week, starting off with the boy wizard himself, Daniel Radcliffe, who played the titular character in Warner Bros' adaptations of all seven books from 2001 to 2011.

Head over to the Harry Potter at Home site to watch the first video, in which Radcliffe reads the very first chapter in the saga, which also happened to give his character that longstanding nickname: "The Boy Who Lived."

Subsequent chapter readings will be performed by actors who have also had roles in the franchise, including Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander in the prequels Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Noma Dumesweni, who played a grown-up version of Hermione Granger in the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Claudia Kim, who played Nagini in The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Stephen Fry, who narrated the audiobooks of all seven Harry Potter novels when they were first released.

Other famous faces who will be taking part and reading different chapters include British soccer legend David Beckham, who looks every inch the narrator in a trailer for the series, wearing his Hogwarts scarf and sitting comfortably next to a roaring fire, and actress Dakota Fanning.

Each of the book's 17 chapters will be released on a weekly basis, and will also be available to stream in audio format on Spotify.

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