Harry Potter and the Lockdown at Home: Spotify Brings the Wizarding World to Listeners

Sorcerer's Stone gets the Hollywood treatment (again) with star-studded readings

Harry Potter at Home
Daniel Radcliffe, along with other Wizarding World favorites, joins the Harry Potter at Home Covid-19 initiative. Spotify, Wizarding World
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Nearly 20 years after the first Harry Potter movie was released, self-proclaimed Potterheads will be able to hear a voice familiar to the wizarding community.

As part of a program called Harry Potter at Home, to expand the franchise and make it more accessible to those quarantined during the coronavirus pandemic, Daniel Radcliffe (the actor who played Potter on-screen) will read Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Book chapters will be released weekly through the end of June, and the audio series can be found on Spotify, the streamer’s new standalone kids app and on the Harry Potter at Home site.

The Harry Potter at Home project, which began in April in response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, was developed by Wizarding World Digital and partners (including Warner Bros., Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Pottermore Publishing), and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s agent, The Blair Partnership.

The project allows teachers to post recordings of themselves reading the Potter series onto educational platforms and networks, and also serves as the dedicated hub of free Potter information, and activities to keep those at home busy.

Other celebrities who have agreed to record themselves reading include Stephen Fry, an English actor with ample narration experience (including Potter audiobooks), American actor Dakota Fanning, former professional English soccer player and owner of Miami MLS David Beckham, Noma Dumezweni, who played Hermione Granger in the West End’s original Broadway production of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, and two Fantastic Beasts stars, Claudia Kim and Eddie Redmayne.

@monicroqueta monica.zorrilla@adweek.com Mónica is a breaking news reporter at Adweek.