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Daniel Radcliffe Reads First Chapter Of Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone

Daniel Radcliffe Reads First Chapter Of Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone

There have been some small silver linings since the coronavirus pandemic began, and one of them is celebrities we love coming together to make staying at home a little easier.

And one of those gems is Daniel Radcliffe reading the first chapter of the first Harry Potter book on a video.

That's right, The Boy Who Lived reading The Boy Who Lived face-to-face.

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Radcliffe, who starred as titular character in the series of films, based on JK Rowling's iconic children's books, has joined a host of other famous faces to bring the beloved stories to life.

The 30-year-old recorded himself as part of Rowling's Harry Potter at Home project, which coincides with international lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The site has 'all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos, fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world'.

Daniel Radcliffe and his castmates in the first movie. Credit: Warner Bros
Daniel Radcliffe and his castmates in the first movie. Credit: Warner Bros
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Other celebrities who will read chapters include Stephen Fry (who narrated some of the Harry Potter video games), David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim (who played Nagini in the Fantastic Beasts movies), Noma Dumezweni and Eddie Redmayne.

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There's also going to be some 'surprises' and special appearances.

His recording is available to watch in full on the Wizarding World website, with another dropping each week until the middle of the summer.

They're also available to listen to (audio only, of course) on Spotify.

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It's a much welcome surprise to see Radcliffe return to the role that made him famous, but sadly for fans, it is most likely going to be closest we get to a full Harry Potter revival with the actor.

Radcliffe has said he's unlikely to ever reprise his role in an acting capacity. Credit: PA
Radcliffe has said he's unlikely to ever reprise his role in an acting capacity. Credit: PA

When asked if he would reprise his role as Harry Potter in the Fantastic Beasts film, he said never say never, but basically - no.

Speaking to Variety, he said: "I don't like say no to things, but it's not something that I'm rushing to do. I feel like those films have moved on and they're doing just fine without us. I'm happy to keep it that way.

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"I like what my life is now. I'm not saying that I'll never go back into any franchise, but I like the flexibility that I have with my career now. And I don't want to get into a situation where I'm signed up for one series for years in advance."

You can watch the full chapter, read by Daniel Radcliffe, here. Enjoy!

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros/Wizarding World

Topics: Harry Potter

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]