Alia Bhatt, with Alec Baldwin and his daughter Carmen, read Chapter Eight of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone, introducing us to Professor Snape, the Potions teacher at Hogwarts. All of our chapter readings will be available until 31st December 2020.

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Remind yourself of Chapter Seven, read by Olivia Colman, Jonathan Van Ness and Kate McKinnon here. Or if you're ready to move on to Chapter Nine, 'The Midnight Duel', read by Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol, join us over here.

Actress Alia Bhatt joins us today to take on Chapter Eight, and she’s joined by two rather special guests, Alec Baldwin and his daughter!

Alia Bhatt is one of the most prominent actresses in India. A multiple winner at the Filmfare Awards, (India’s equivalent of the Academy Awards) Alia was recently named on Forbes Magazine’s ‘30 Under 30’ list in Asia.

‘It wasn’t until lockdown in India that Harry, Hogwarts and the wizarding world became regular fixtures in my life,’ Alia said. ‘Somehow, despite the fierce insistence of my sister, life always intervened, and I never quite got around to befriending the books. But confined to my home - I journeyed to Hogwarts with Harry and was transported to a world of endless possibilities.’

‘And, just like magic, that was when I was asked to be a part of Harry Potter At Home. I didn’t quite believe in magic until two months ago - but now - thanks to Harry, I do. 10 million points to Gryffindor.’

Alec Baldwin is Alia’s special guest for today’s reading, and he, in turn, is joined by his own special guest, his daughter Carmen. Since 1980, Alec Baldwin has appeared in numerous productions on stage, in films and on television. He has received a Tony nomination (A Streetcar Named Desire, 1992) an Oscar nomination (The Cooler, 2004) and has won three Emmy awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV's 30 Rock.

‘My daughter and I love Harry Potter,’ Alec said. ‘It’s been such a pleasure to be a part of the Harry Potter At Home readings for everyone to enjoy whilst we are all confined at home – happy listening.’

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.

Chapter Eight: ‘The Potions Master’ – Further reading and new activities

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

  • 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 – we’re thinking about the subtle science and exact art of potion-making a little more today. Which magical concoction would you love to try in real-life?

  • Now you’ve met the Potions master, how about colouring him in? Our friends at Bloomsbury have kindly provided this colouring activity and you can find it here.

  • And now Harry and his friends have started at Hogwarts, Scholastic have provided an imaginative activity that helps you create your very own Hogwarts student profile. Click here to start! And remember, if you still need to discover your official Hogwarts house, pet and wand type, you can find out here on

  • But when is Chapter Nine 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.

  • 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 Nine onwards.

By our mathematics skills, that would give us just nine 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.

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