Daniel will be the first of many exciting contributors to help us read through the first Harry Potter book, as he introduces the Dursleys, who don’t like anything mysterious. Enter a cat reading a map, owl-filled skies and whispers about the Potters. So, get comfy and enjoy! You can register with the Harry Potter Fan Club to get all the latest updates on further video readings too.
Look out for more famous faces and friends of the Wizarding World (and beyond!) to help us read through all seventeen chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone over the coming weeks. Read more about our future contributors here.
If you're ready for Chapter Two, read by Noma Dumezweni, step this way.
You may notice some wonderful drawings representing the first chapter during the read-through. Look out for more artwork in every chapter and read below to see how you can get involved in contributing yourself.
You can also listen to ‘The Boy Who Lived’ on Spotify if you fancy an audio-only version.
Now that you’ve refreshed your memory of J.K. Rowling’s famous opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone for our US readers), here’s more about ‘The Boy Who Lived’.
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 – read more about ‘The Boy Who Lived’, with our analysis on what we can learn about Albus Dumbledore from his very first appearance. Learn more about The Man In The Purple Cloak... But please be careful of mild spoilers if you are indeed a first-time reader brushing up on your wizarding education.
For parents, carers and teachers, our friends at Scholastic have put together a wonderful discussion guide called Finding Strength in Harry Potter which you can find here. It encourages children to engage with themes in the first Harry Potter book, such as belonging, kindness, courage and friendship. Scholastic have provided this resource at the start of your child's journey, but it acts as a perfect companion for the whole book – so watch out for spoilers!
But when is Chapter Two coming, we hear you cry? Don’t worry, this is just the beginning. 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 Two onwards.
By our mathematics skills, that would give us sixteen 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.