Kenneth Branagh and Ruth Wilson, with Helena Bonham Carter, read Chapter Sixteen: ‘Through the Trapdoor, for Harry Potter At Home. The chapters will be available until 31st December 2020.

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Kenneth Branagh and Ruth Wilson, with Helena Bonham Carter, accompany Harry, Ron and Hermione through the trapdoor, where magic and friendships are tested.

Sir Kenneth Branagh has garnered international acclaim for his work on the stage and screen. A highly respected actor, director, writer and producer, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including five BAFTAS, two Olivier Awards, an Emmy Award and has been nominated for five Academy Awards and four Golden Globes. He portrayed the memorably eccentric Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Ruth Wilson’s acting work transcends film, TV and theatre and she is a two-time Olivier Award winner. She was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama for her starring role in the Showtime drama, The Affair. She also played prominent roles in the television dramas Jane Eyre, Luther, Mrs Wilson, and most recently, His Dark Materials.

Helena Bonham Carter’s hugely eclectic career spans film, television and theatre, tackling everything from Shakespeare and period dramas, to musicals and fantasy epics. She has been nominated for numerous acting accolades, including two Academy Awards for The Wings of the Dove and The King’s Speech. For her work in the latter, she won the BAFTA award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2010. This is not Helena’s first foray into the Wizarding World – she famously portrayed Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films!

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Chapter Sixteen: ‘Through the Trapdoor’ – Further reading and new activities

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

  • 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 –today we’re thinking about chess master extraordinaire, Ron Weasley, and what his role in this memorable match taught us about his character.

  • In Chapter Sixteen, Harry and Hermione are faced with Snape’s Potions riddle. But how much do you remember from Potions class? Bloomsbury help you invent your own Potion with this fun activity.

  • You’ve almost spent a whole year with Harry and his friends at Hogwarts. Can you remember these spells and wizarding objects from the first Harry Potter book and match them with their magical properties? Find this activity from Scholastic here.

  • But when is Chapter Seventeen coming, we hear you cry? Can you believe we’re nearly at the end? Be sure to check back at every week where you can expect new readings from a stellar cast of narrators.

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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