Stephen Fry introduces us to Rubeus Hagrid, who arrives with a birthday cake, a pink umbrella, and some news that will change Harry’s life forever.

You can register with the Harry Potter Fan Club to get all the latest updates on further video readings too. Remind yourself of Chapter Three, read by Eddie Redmayne or step forward to Chapter Five, read by Simon Callow, Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch.





Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and all-round national treasure. He has won many prizes for his performances as an audiobook narrator – of his own works and most notably as the voice of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books in the UK.

‘In a period of spooky surreality, it was one more extraordinary and unexpected experience (though wholly charming and beneficent in this case) to hear myself saying these words again,’ Stephen said.

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. Read more about our future contributors here.

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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 ‘The Keeper of the Keys’ on Spotify if you fancy an audio-only version.

Chapter Four: ‘The Keeper of the Keys’– Further reading and new activities

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

  • 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 ‘The Keeper of the Keys’ as we look at one pivotal character who features in the chapter, a certain Mr Rubeus Hagrid.
  • Did you know that the Hogwarts school motto is ‘Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus’? It means ‘Never tickle a sleeping dragon’. Use the wizarding school’s motto to play Scholastic’s Magical Motto word game! You can find the activity page here.
  • But when is Chapter Five 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.
  • 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 Five onwards.

By our mathematics skills, that would give us thirteen 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.

  • If you’re old enough, come join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where the fun just keeps on coming with more quizzes, puzzles and extra challenges.
  • 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

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.