You can now listen to the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone audiobook for free. This is part of a wider initiative called Harry Potter at Home, which is designed to provide entertainment for adults and kids alike while we’re all stuck at home due to COVID-19.
J.K. Rowling has built a whole Wizarding World around Harry Potter, with books, films, merchandise, and a website meaning you can’t get away from her creation. And now, via a post on Wizarding World, the author has launched Harry Potter at Home.
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Harry Potter at Home gives people a number of resources to explore while at home. And the timing is obviously due to the coronavirus pandemic which has led governments around the world to enact stay-at-home orders in order to slow the spread of the illness.
The headline feature of Harry Potter at home is the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Which is now free to listen to on Audible. Just head to Audible Stories to listen to the English version, as read by Stephen Fry, for free.
Today we're very pleased to be launching #HarryPotterAtHome, a campaign aimed at younger readers who might be meeting Harry for the first time: https://t.co/n9mZR4hwSJ [thread] pic.twitter.com/UERqfVCd7k
— Wizarding World (@wizardingworld) April 1, 2020
If you have a library card, you can also read the ebook yourself via OverDrive. Rowling has also granted teachers a temporary open license allowing them to post videos of themselves reading from any of the books in the series. Click here for guidelines.
This is billed as just the start of what’s going to be offered through the initiative. So fans should bookmark the Harry Potter at Home hub to be the first to find out about other Potter-themed activities as they’re revealed.
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Harry Potter at Home is a nice gesture, and should help people while away the hours in lockdown. However, J.K. Rowling also knows that this will help a new generation of youngsters discover her Wizarding World, which benefits her in the longterm.
Regardless, putting the cynicism aside for a moment, the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone audiobook is well worth listening to, especially for free. And if you want more, here are the best Harry Potter apps for Android and iOS .