ARTS & LEISURE — May 22, 2020 at 9:12 pm

Spotify releases celebrity readings of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Spotify user accesses the Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone audiobook. Photo taken by Brianna Jesionowski.

On May 5, Spotify released Harry Potter at home readings: an audiobook of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” Unlike previous audiobooks of this novel, celebrities such as David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, and even Daniel Radcliff are the voices of this new audiobook.

Each chapter of the audiobook has a new celebrity voice, with the first chapter being voiced by Daniel Radcliff, who played Harry Potter in the movie adaptation of the “Philosopher’s Stone.” Eddie Redmayne, who voiced a chapter 3 of the audiobook, is also a star in the Harry Potter movie franchise, playing Newt Scamander in the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a spinoff of the original Harry Potter movies.

Spotify launched this new audiobook as a free initiative, designed to help deliver the classic novel in a new way to families and children in lockdown due to coronavirus. 

“I think it’s a great way to provide some entertainment to fans of Harry Potter, and it’s really enjoyable to hear celebrities I love read one of my favorite books,” senior Amanda Brotton said.

Spotify is currently releasing two chapters per week and plans to have all 17 chapters released by the middle of summer 2020. 

The Wizarding World website is releasing video recordings of each chapter reading, as part of their Harry Potter at Home initiative, created to provide entertainment to fans during quarantine. 

This new audiobook is available on Spotify, and both free and Premium users can access it. The new Spotify Kids app will release the audiobook as well, and the new app is available to Premium Family members in select markets.  

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