Hugh Bonneville reads Chapter Thirteen of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, for Harry Potter At Home.

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You catch up on Chapter Twelve, narrated by Matthew Lewis, Helen Howard and Imelda Staunton here. Or, if you've finished already, move on to Chapter Fourteen, narrated by Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton and Helen McCrory in a Malfoy family reunion.

Today, Hugh Bonneville narrates an important discovery about Nicolas Flamel. But why does Snape suddenly want to be a Quidditch referee?

Hugh Bonneville is a film and TV actor, playing notable roles in the likes of Iris, the Paddington films, W1A and Downton Abbey. For the latter, he was nominated for numerous awards for his character, Robert Crawley, and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

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 ‘Nicolas Flamel’ on Spotify if you fancy an audio-only version.

Chapter Thirteen: ‘Nicolas Flamel’ – Further reading and new activities

Now that you’ve refreshed your memory of J.K. Rowling’s thirteenth chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone for our US readers), here’s more about ‘Nicolas Flamel’.

  • How much did you just learn? For the young (and the young at heart!) – try our new 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 – here’s an examination of the real life inspiration for Nicolas Flamel.

  • Hedwig the snowy owl is a feathered friend to Harry from the moment Hagrid buys her for him in Diagon Alley. With this hoot of a video from Bloomsbury, you can make your own Hedwig friend out of a balloon! Find the video here.

  • But when is Chapter Fourteen coming, we hear you cry? Be sure to check back at every week where you can expect new readings from a stellar cast of narrators.

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  • 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 Fourteen onwards.

By our mathematics skills, that would give us just four more 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.

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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