At the start of April, the digital audiobook of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was made available for free via Audible as part of their newly launched Audible Stories platform. Children everywhere can instantly stream it for free in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese, on desktops, laptops, phones or tablets, without joining or logging into Audible.
The English language version will be read by Stephen Fry, in both the UK and, for the first time, in North America.
Philosopher’s Stone is also available to listen to for free via Alexa in the territories where it is available.
Kobo are offering Philosopher's Stone from their website for a limited time with the use of a redemption code – click here to create an account. Audioteka are offering a stream of the Polish version of Philosopher's Stone to non-members on their homepage.
Meanwhile, if families are already Audible members, they can also listen, for free, to the newly released audiobook of J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard, narrated by stars of the Wizarding World – from Noma Dumezweni to Jude Law.
Thanks to a Harry Potter At Home collaboration which also launched on April 1st with library supplier OverDrive, libraries and schools in over 80 countries are equally able to access the first book in the series free of charge. Pottermore Publishing is working to expand the availability of the offer to library partners worldwide to ensure as many patrons as possible can borrow the first Harry Potter story in eBook and digital audiobook format without waitlists or holds. These library partners include: Bolinda, Bibliotheca, W.F. Howes, Findaway and Ingram.
Patrons of participating public and school libraries across the globe will have unlimited access to the titles in a selection of over 20 different languages, for a limited time. And if you’re not already registered with a library, you don’t have to miss out! Many public libraries are now offering digital library cards for new joiners, meaning more people than ever can discover the magic of their local library, without leaving their home!
A new Alexa Skill from Pottermore Publishing is available in the US through the Amazon FreeTime service. To access it simply say, ‘Alexa, open Wizarding World quiz’.
The new FreeTime skill is aimed at younger listeners (primarily 8-12) and requires no prior knowledge of the series. Instead it is comprehension-based, with all of the information required to answer the questions contained in the audio clips from the series.
And if after all that you’re still looking for something to keep you entertained, the Official Harry Potter Quiz is available on Echo devices (and in the Echo app). Simply say ‘Alexa, play Harry Potter quiz’ to get started.
J.K Rowling and her team have already announced a special, open licence for teachers to read the seven Harry Potter books aloud to their pupils in virtual read-a-long sessions on video. This means if you’re a teacher you’ll be able to record yourself reading Harry’s Hogwarts adventures and share these with your pupils online. Learn how to get involved here.
This is all part of the Harry Potter At Home initiative, encouraging 7-9 year-olds to read for pleasure while many children are unable to attend school right now. It is an online place for younger children to discover the magic of Harry Potter at home, either on their own, or reading and listening together with parents, carers and loved ones.
Keep visiting the Harry Potter At Home hub to see all the ways we’re bringing the magic into your living rooms.