Published on Jul 19th 2020
As part of Harry Potter At Home, we’ve had some of the best-loved names of global entertainment, music and sport lending their voices to reading the first Harry Potter book. Here’s a round-up of the magical journey through the first Harry Potter book that is still available for you to enjoy at WizardingWorld.com…

Chapter One – ‘The Boy Who Lived’

Reader: Daniel Radcliffe

What’s it about? Daniel Radcliffe introduces the Dursleys, who don’t like anything mysterious. Enter a cat reading a map, owl-filled skies and whispers about the Potters. Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter One, you can collect house points with our first Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! 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. And for those who’ve visited the wizarding world before – read more about ‘The Boy Who Lived’, with our article analysing what we can learn about Albus Dumbledore from this first encounter

Chapter Two – ‘The Vanishing Glass’

Reader: Noma Dumezweni

What’s it about? Noma Dumezweni narrates Harry and the Dursley’s trip to the zoo, where it becomes clear that his scar isn’t the only unusual thing about him. Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Two, you can collect house points with our second Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! For those who’ve visited the wizarding world before, read this debate between two Wizarding World writers about who was the worst Dursley: Vernon or Petunia? Speaking of Muggles, our friends at Bloomsbury invite you to learn more about the despicable Dursley family, with this handy ‘who’s who’ guide if you’re a first-time reader.

Chapter Three – ‘The Letters from No One’

Reader: Eddie Redmayne

What’s it about? Eddie Redmayne narrates the Dursleys’ desperate attempts to escape the mysterious letters addressed to Mr H Potter. But will Harry ever get to read one? Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Three, you can collect house points with our third Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! Harry is desperate to open the letters that keep arriving for him in Chapter Three. But how about making your own with this crafting video Bloomsbury have kindly shared with us from their Harry Potter Book Night celebrations? If you’re feeling really creative, you could make one for every member of your household! And for those who’ve visited the wizarding world before – read more about ‘The Letters from No One’, as we explore the importance of post across the Harry Potter books.

Chapter Four – ‘The Keeper of the Keys’

Reader: Stephen Fry

What’s it about? 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. Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Four, you can collect house points with our fourth Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! Also, 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! And 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.

Chapter Five – ‘Diagon Alley’

Readers: Simon Callow, Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch

What’s it about? Simon Callow, Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch introduce us to Diagon Alley, where Harry goes on the most magical shopping trip of his life. Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Five, you can collect house points with our fifth Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! For those who’ve visited the wizarding world before – read more about ‘Diagon Alley’ as we debate which wizarding shopping district we prefer: Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade? You can also watch this video Bloomsbury have kindly provided of illustrator Jim Kay talking about designing Diagon Alley here, as well as download a colouring activity. Plus, you can learn how to make your own wand with Scholastic’s crafting activity here!

Chapter Six - ‘The Journey from Platform Nine and Three Quarters’

Readers: Jamie Parker, with Broadway cast members of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

What’s it about? Jamie Parker, and the Broadway Cursed Child cast, delight with a dramatised reading of the journey to Hogwarts. Prepare for spells, toads and Chocolate Frogs! Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Six, you can collect house points with our sixth Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! To learn more about the entire cast of readers you see and hear reading this chapter, check out this article. Plus, can you spot the differences between these two illustrations of platform nine and three-quarters? Click here to have some fun with this activity provided by Bloomsbury! And click here for the answers! And finally, for those who’ve visited the wizarding world before – read more about how the famous magical platform perfectly represents the passage of time throughout the books.

Chapter Seven – ‘The Sorting Hat’

Readers: Olivia Colman, with Jonathan Van Ness and Kate McKinnon

What’s it about? Olivia Colman, with Jonathan Van Ness and Kate McKinnon, introduce us to the Sorting Hat. But which Hogwarts house will it choose for the Boy Who Lived? Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Seven, you can collect house points with our seventh Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! Did you know each house at Hogwarts has a crest which features a particular animal? Colour in the crests and make four house-inspired door hangers, with this activity sheet provided by Scholastic. And our friends at Bloomsbury have come up with a brilliant way to make cakes inspired by the Sorting Ceremony. You can watch the video they made for Harry Potter Book Night celebrations here. For those who’ve visited the wizarding world before – read more about the Sorting Hat’s interesting choices here, as we examine certain characters and their Hogwarts houses. Still don’t know which Hogwarts house you belong to? Join the Harry Potter Fan Club and find out here!

Chapter Eight – ‘The Potions Master’

Reader: Alia Bhatt, with Alec Baldwin and his daughter Carmen

What’s it about? Alia Bhatt, with Alec Baldwin and his daughter Carmen, introduces us to Professor Snape’s Potions class. But he doesn’t seem to like Harry Potter at all… Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Eight, you can collect house points with our eighth Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! 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 Scholastic have provided an imaginative activity that helps you create your very own Hogwarts student profile. Click here to start! 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 alongside this chapter. Which magical concoction would you love to try in real-life?

Chapter Nine – ‘The Midnight Duel’

Reader: Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler

What’s it about? Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler and narrate Harry’s first flying lesson, as well as a midnight adventure in the castle, where he meets a rather unusual dog. Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Nine, you can collect house points with our ninth Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! For those who’ve visited the wizarding world before, enjoy our ranking of all the wizarding world dogs, seeing as a certain canine makes their debut appearance in this chapter. And since you’ve spent a little time at Hogwarts with Harry and his friends, how about challenging yourself with Bloomsbury’s Hogwarts wordsearch? But there’s more – Harry and his fellow first-years have their first flying lesson in Chapter Nine, so Scholastic have provided a fun Madam Hooch-inspired crafting activity. Learn how to make your very own broomstick bookmark here!

Chapter Ten – ‘Hallowe-en’

Reader: Whoopi Goldberg

What’s it about? Whoopi Goldberg introduces us to the rules of Quidditch, as well as the Hallowe’en feast, where an unwelcome visitor causes havoc in the castle. Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Ten, you can collect house points with our tenth Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! Then how about a crossword challenge? Now you know a lot more about Harry Potter, Hogwarts and magic, try this word puzzle kindly provided by Scholastic here! And you once you’re done, you can find the answers here. For those who’ve visited the wizarding world before – today we’re thinking about Hallowe’en, a hugely important date in Harry’s life. Find out about other eventful Hallowe’ens in the Harry Potter books here.

Chapter Eleven – ‘Quidditch’

Reader: David Tennant, with David Beckham

What’s it about? David Tennant, with David Beckham, narrates Harry’s first Quidditch match against Slytherin. But catching the Snitch soon becomes the least of Harry’s worries. Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Eleven, you can collect house points with our eleventh Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! For those who’ve visited the wizarding world before – if you were a Quidditch player, which position would you like to be in? We’ve put together this handy guide with our recommendations. As you will have heard in Chapter Eleven, Quidditch matches get very competitive at Hogwarts with students supporting their own house teams. How about coming up with your own Quidditch cheer for your Hogwarts house? Try it here with Scholastic’s activity sheet to help you!

Chapter Twelve – ‘The Mirror of Erised’

Readers: Matthew Lewis, Helen Howard and Imelda Staunton

What’s it about? Matthew Lewis, Helen Howard and Imelda Staunton narrate a night-time adventure that brings Harry even more joy than his Christmas gifts. Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Twelve, you can collect house points with our twelfth Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! For those who’ve visited the wizarding world before, we have a deep dive on the elusive Mirror of Erised, and what the magical object can tell us about Harry character. And for younger readers (and those who are young at heart!) our friends at Bloomsbury have some wizarding word play for you. Are you ready for an anagram challenge?

Chapter Thirteen – ‘Nicolas Flamel’

Reader: Hugh Bonneville

What’s it about? Hugh Bonneville narrates an important discovery Harry, Ron and Hermione make about Nicolas Flamel. But why does Snape suddenly want to be a Quidditch referee? Watch the chapter here. Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Thirteen, you can collect house points with our thirteenth Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! Harry might have friends at Hogwarts now, but Hedwig the snowy owl was his feathered friend right from the moment Hagrid bought her for him in Diagon Alley. With this hoot of a video from Bloomsbury, you can make your own Hedwig friend out of a balloon! And for those who’ve visited the wizarding world before, we examine the real life inspiration for Nicolas Flamel.

Chapter Fourteen – ‘Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback’

Readers: Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton and Helen McCrory

What’s it about? The reunited Malfoy family introduce us to Norbert, Hagrid’s rather problematic new pet. But Norbert doesn’t stay secret for long. Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Fourteen, you can collect house points with our fourteenth Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! For those who’ve visited the wizarding world before, two Wizarding World writers debate whether it’s ever a good idea to sneak around the Hogwarts castle at night. And if you’re up for a game, Scholastic test just how good you are at describing magical things. Find the activity here.

Chapter Fifteen – ‘The Forbidden Forest’

Readers: Claudia Kim and Dakota Fanning

What’s it about? Claudia Kim and Dakota Fanning narrate Harry’s detention in the Forbidden Forest. But beware! More than just unicorns dwell within... Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Fifteen, you can collect house points with our fifteenth Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! A trip into the Forbidden Forest might be scary, but it would definitely be better if you had your wizarding best friend by your side. Who would be your Hogwarts best friend? Find out here with Bloomsbury’s fun-tastic friendship quiz! Now you’ve spent a while with Harry and his friends at Hogwarts, how about trying to find all the magical words in Scholastic’s giant ‘Welcome to Hogwarts’ wordsearch? Play here. And for those who’ve visited the wizarding world before, we discuss the perilous Forbidden Forest, and how it reveals a lot about the characters that enter it.

Chapter Sixteen – ‘Through the Trapdoor’

Readers: Kenneth Branagh and Ruth Wilson, with Helena Bonham Carter

What’s it about? Kenneth Branagh and Ruth Wilson, with Helena Bonham Carter, accompany Harry, Ron and Hermione through the trapdoor, where magic and friendships are tested. Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Sixteen, you can collect house points with our sixteenth Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! 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. And since you’re testing yourself, 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. For those who’ve visited the wizarding world before we’ve written about how we think Ron’s chess match in Chapter Sixteen revealed his true potential.

Chapter Seventeen – ‘The Man with Two Faces’

Readers: Three families of Harry Potter fans, with help from a surprise cameo

What’s it about? Three families, with a surprise cameo, read the final chapter. Can Harry save the Stone? Who will win the House Cup? Watch the chapter here.

More at home fun: Once you’ve finished watching or listening to Chapter Seventeen, you can collect house points with our seventeenth Chapter Challenge, as well as test your knowledge of the chapter in this quiz! This is the last chapter, so don’t forget to count up all your house points in your hourglass! The House Cup has been awarded! Test your house knowledge with Scholastic’s House Cup Challenge. And once you’re finished Chapter Seventeen, how about reading our article about the plot twist? Did you guess right or were you as shocked as Harry?

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That’s all for now, but be sure to check out the Chapters page on WizardingWorld.com for all the chapter readings.

And if you’re keen for more Harry Potter At Home activities, you can find our Crafting Magic hub here, as well as the First Year Challenges hub – full of quizzes and puzzles – and the First Year Readers hub here, which is packed with articles for first-time readers.

It might be the end of the first story, but your journey into the wizarding world is only just beginning. Joining the Harry Potter Fan Club at WizardingWorld.com will bring you the latest wizarding news, events and activities, and much more magic besides…

Illustration by Mary GrandPré © Scholastic


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