Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
by J.K. Rowling,  Jim Kay (Illustrator) 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Harry Potter at Home and the Illustrated Version

Radcliffe and a bunch or other actors read Harry Potter at home and we get to share the experience:

Individual chapter videos:

Radcliffe started with Chapter One: The Boy Who Lived and did a great job.

Chapter Two: The Vanishing Glass was read by Noma Dumezweni. She was fantastic and so much fun to watch, whilst reading it…


Chapter Three: The Letters from No One, read by Eddie Redmayne, very good job! The Dursleys are so abominable! My cheeks were hurting from laughing so much… 

Other good ones… Stephen Fry does a great Hagrid! Whoopi Goldberg brought a bit of an American twang to the proceedings… David Tennant was very good. And David Beckham as Lee Jordan, doing the commentary for Harry‘s first Quidditch match, was a brilliant bit of casting. Hugh Bonneville, also a good one… And Tom Felton is a bit of a book torturer, apparently…


Chapter Sixteen… Kenneth Brannagh, very good job!

It was a nice touch for the last chapter to have it read by three different families—one from London, one from NY and the third from Belfast. 

Rowling reading the last few pages was the icing on the cake. Difficult with the current controversy about her. Generally though I really liked this read-along via video, keeping pace with the illustrated version.

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

 J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone