You can register with the Harry Potter Fan Club to get all the latest updates on further video readings of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone. Remind yourself of Chapter Four, read by Stephen Fry here or step forward to Chapter Six, read by Jamie Parker and the Cursed Child Broadway cast.
A huge thank you to all of our guest-narrators for Chapter Five, which includes actors Simon Callow, Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch.
Since graduating in writing and directing at University of the Arts London in 2012, Bonnie has gone on to direct many short films, music videos and commercials. Outside of directing, Bonnie is a passionate advocate in the fight against single-use plastics and protecting our environment.
On returning to the Wizarding World for this special project, Bonnie said:
‘I think why Harry Potter is so loved is because Jo created a home where everyone is always welcome to come back to. Everyone’s home lives are feeling and looking very different these days but the Wizarding World has become a constant place to find solace and joy for so many people, including myself.’
Evanna Lynch is an actress, podcaster and vegan activist. A self-confessed obsessive Harry Potter fan since childhood, Evanna joined the cast of the Harry Potter films in 2006 when she played the role of Luna Lovegood. She is an ambassador for Lumos and Veganuary.
‘Whenever, my life feels really unpredictable or I just need a quiet, familiar space to collect myself, I find myself instinctively reaching for my Harry Potter books,’ she said.
‘There's just nothing quite like Jo's wonderful, warm, magical world that makes me feel recentred, like I've reconnected to the most real part of myself, like I'm home. So I couldn't think of a more perfect, healing thing to do as a community during this strange time than to sit peacefully and read Philosopher's Stone together and connect through our love of books and magic.'
Look forward to more famous faces and friends of the Wizarding World (and beyond!) to help us to read through all seventeen chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone over the upcoming weeks. You can see all of our chapters right here in our chapter hub.
You may notice some wonderful drawings representing the chapter during the read-through. Look forward to more artwork in every chapter and read below to see how you can get involved in contributing yourself.
You can also listen to ‘Diagon Alley’ on Spotify if you fancy an audio-only version.
Now that you’ve refreshed your memory of J.K. Rowling’s fifth chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone for our US readers), here’s more about ‘Diagon Alley’.
How much did you just learn? For the young (and the young at heart!) – try our latest Chapter Challenge! Collect house points as you complete chapter-themed tasks and quizzes, along with a secret quest. Oh, and speaking of ‘house points’ remember to get sorted into your Hogwarts house too!
For those who’ve visited the wizarding world before – read more about ‘Diagon Alley’ as we debate which wizarding shopping district we prefer: Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade?
Watch illustrator Jim Kay talk about designing Diagon Alley in this wonderful video kindly provided by Bloomsbury. And once you’ve listened to the expert, try colouring Diagon Alley in for yourself using this arty activity.
Harry might have bought his wand from Ollivanders, but how about making your own? Our friends at Scholastic teach you how with this fun activity. Before you start, you can find out your wand wood, length and core through the wand experience on WizardingWorld.com here.
But when is Chapter Six coming, we hear you cry? Be sure to check back at HarryPotterAtHome.com every week where you can expect new readings from a stellar cast of narrators.
In fact, if you’re worried about missing out on any updates from Harry Potter At Home and beyond, don’t worry. Sign up to our Harry Potter Fan Club newsletter, where you can receive exciting new updates every week on Harry Potter At Home, further chapters, and much more. Here’s how.
And what about this fan art? Yes, well reminded. We’re inviting you to send in your pieces to represent key moments from the first book, which will feature in future videos. At the moment, we’re looking for moments that feature in Chapter Six onwards.
By our mathematics skills, that would give us twelve chapters to go, so please do send us your interpretations of famous scenes from those chapters via the hashtag #HarryPotterAtHome to @WizardingWorld’s Twitter account. Submitting your artwork this way ensures the Harry Potter At Home project absolutely has your permission to use your pieces online.
You can check out our rules and guidelines to submitting here and an important note to all parent and guardians that you must submit your children’s art on their behalf.
The easiest way to keep up to date with all the wizarding business we’re up to, is simply by registering. Go here for more details.
Harry Potter At Home is our way of bringing the magic into people’s homes, casting a Banishing Charm on boredom. These special video readings are just one of the many things you can do at home with us, whether alone or with your friends or family. Our new Harry Potter At Home project is very much a team effort, combining the resources of Harry Potter UK and US publishers Bloomsbury and Scholastic, Pottermore Publishing, Warner Bros., leading spoken-word producer and provider Audible, our numerous library suppliers, library supplier OverDrive, streaming platform Spotify, and of course, our very own magic-makers here at WizardingWorld.com.