Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and it's pretty magical

6 May 2020, 10:48

Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as part of new lockdown initiative started by JK Rowling
Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as part of new lockdown initiative started by JK Rowling. Picture: Wizarding World

By Sian Hamer

The star of JK Rowling's magical series kicked off the new 'Harry Potter At Home' initiative by reading the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Daniel Radcliffe delighted fans by narrating the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, as part of a new lockdown-inspired reading initiative 'Harry Potter At Home'.

It seemed only fitting that Radcliffe, who took on the role of the boy who lived for 10 years, should kick off the project by reading the first chapter of Rowling's much-loved series.

Other famous faces from the magical movies, including Eddie Redmayne and Stephen Fry, will also be narrating chapters from the first book on video, which will feature on an online hub and Spotify.

The project, launched by Rowling and Wizarding World Digital, will share quizzes, puzzles and a fan club, as the nation continues to self-isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Daniel Radcliffe interview: Actor reveals which music icons he'd play in a movie

Back in February, Radcliffe spoke exclusively to Smooth Radio's Myleene Klass, and the Harry Potter star revealed his music tastes and his hopes to star in a musical biopic.

When asked who he would like to play, he said: “All my taste is alternative and indie. The Beatles? If I grow my Potter 1 hair, I really could. Potter 1 – like the first Potter film. That’s how we refer to them.

“If I grew it — in the first Potter film, my hair was like a mini John Lennon. But no, if we’re saying that The Beatles are a guilty pleasure, then 100% – The Beatles, I will play all night. That can’t be a guilty pleasure. Who listens to them guiltily?”

Watch the full interview below: