Harry Potter's start has become one of the most famous opening lines in literature – ‘Mr and Mrs Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much’ – and there’s a special buzz in hearing it from the lips of Daniel Radcliffe.
Harry Potter himself is reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone online, to give us something else to do while staying at home in the UAE.
As part of the Wizarding World’s ‘Harry Potter at Home’ initiative, a selection of familiar faces will be popping up to read the book’s 17 chapters one at a time. Some of them have Potter pedigree, some are just ginormous fans.
Following Radcliffe comes Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning – hardcore Potter fans – as well as Claudia Kim (Nagini in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger in the original West End run of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Newt Scamander himself, Eddie Redmayne.
Check out the teaser trailer below and then head to Wizard World site to watch Radcliffe do his thing.
So, pour yourself a cup of tea, sit back and let Radcliffe’s sweet tones transport you back to the very beginning. Oh, and if you’d like to actually enrol in Hogwarts, you can do so by heading here.
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