JK Rowling’s Harry Potter might have ended with its last book published thirteen years back and the film series coming to a conclusion in 2011 but it still lives on in the hearts of its millions of fans and followers who proudly call themselves Potterhead. Amid the Coronavirus lockdown, the Harry Potter official website Wizarding World started the audiobook readings for young children and who better to start off the journey into the magical world of Harry Potter than Daniel Radcliffe who played the beloved hero in all the eight films.
Daniel has returned to the Harry Potter wizarding world once again in a lockdown collaboration with other stars including David Beckham, Eddie Redmayne, Dakota Fanning, Stephen Fry and others. Daniel has delighted his diehard fans young and old by reading the first chapter ‘The Boy Who Lived’ from the first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Surprise! We've got a treat for you…From today, amazing friends of the Wizarding World are going to take turns reading Harry Potter book one.
— Wizarding World (@wizardingworld) May 5, 2020
The book’s 17 chapters will be read by several celebrities and will be recorded on video with a chapter being released each week. The videos will be available for free on harrypotterathome.com, which is part of Wizarding World, and the audio will be accessible exclusively on Spotify. The first chapter read by Daniel is already up online.
Other celebrity narrators include Claudia Kim and Noma Dumezweni. More star announcements are on its way and the chapters will be released through mid-summer. This book reading is part of Rowling’s effort to make her work more accessible during the pandemic and keep children and students engaged. She has also loosened the licensing restrictions to allow teachers to read the books virtually to their students during the lockdown. However, there are still some restrictions in place but these audiobooks read by celebs are bringing a lot of cheer.
(Source: Wizarding World)