Is there any book series as uniquely and universally beloved as Harry Potter? We don’t think so. Across all age ranges and even around the world, Potterheads bond over their shared enjoyment of that fantastical world—and all the spectacular characters and creatures that populate it.
Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that many have turned to the Wizarding World as an escape from current events. (You can even take Hogwarts classes for free.) For those who’ve been sorted into their house and know the correct pronunciation of “wingardium leviosa,” we have good news: You can now listen to Daniel Radcliffe read the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Put on your cloak and dust off your wand—and head over to The Wizarding World’s official website. There, you’ll be able to choose from two options: You can either watch a video of Radcliffe reading the book, or you can head over to Spotify for an audio-only version.
There’s no word yet on when the second chapter will be released, but there’s an all-star lineup of readers in the works. Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, Noma Dumezweni and Eddie Redmayne will all read different sections of the story. So you can either keep up with these segments as they’re released or do a “binge-read” later. Either way, there’s plenty of magic to be found.
Hogwarts at Home
These readings are part of Harry Potter at Home, an initiative meant to “cast a banishing charm on boredom” while everyone’s in quarantine. The website allows offers users the chance to see what Hogwarts house the Sorting Hat would put them in, instructs them on how to make Hogwarts-themed bookmarks and more.
Of course, if you’re going to banish your quarantine blues by returning to the Wizarding World, you need appropriately magical snacks. Check out our list of Harry Potter recipes—don’t worry, there are no vomit-flavored jelly beans here!
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Feel like you’re in potions class with this bewitching beverage. For a nonalcoholic version, just omit the vodka.Get Our Recipe for Witches’ Brew
Hogwarts Acceptance Letters
You might not have gotten one when you turned eleven, but these savory puff pastry envelopes are magical enough to have come from Hogwarts.Get Our Recipe for Ham ‘n’ Swiss EnvelopesTaste of Home
These eggnog-flavored snitches are so good, you’ll feel like you’ve won a Quidditch game with each bite.Get Our Recipe for Eggnog Creams
Fly away from hunger with this salty-sweet snack.Get Our Recipe for Mother Lode PretzelsTaste of Home
Owl Post Pops
While this friendly owl resembles poor Errol, use white sprinkles to make a snowy Hedwig.Get Our Recipe for Choco OwlsTaste of Home
Feel like a true Hogwarts student by decorating the hats with your house colors!Get Our Recipe for Witch’s Snack Hats
Hagrid’s Rock Cookies
As much as we love Hagrid, he wasn’t the best baker. Lucky, these cookies have all of flavor of Hargrid’s but won’t break your teeth!Get Our Recipe for Chewy Good Oatmeal CookiesTaste of Home
This badly named candy is a favorite at Honeydukes. Our version of these delightfully crunchy treats is made with pecans and rice cereal.Get Our Recipe for Chocolate Billionaires
Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Jelly Bean Bark
Get multiple flavors in each bite with this new twist on the famous “Every Flavor” jelly beans. Watch out for bogey-flavored ones.Get Our Recipe for Jelly Bean Bark
Grab a cozy mug inspired by one of Harry’s favorite drinks. To make this drink for kids, swap the shnapps for butterscotch ice cream topping.Get Our Recipe for Butterscotch Mulled Cider
While the real polyjuice potion takes a month (and a few human hairs) to brew, this deliciously sweet version takes moments to make.Get Our Recipe for Lemon-Lime Punch
Weasley Skiving Snacks
Tricky Hogwarts students use these treats to get out of class (they make you ill, and then well in the next bite). This version won’t get you out of class (or work), but they’re just as sweet.Get Our Recipe for Neapolitan Fudge
Transport yourself to the Hogwarts Express with these chocolate and caramel cupcakes, a classic in Harry’s world.Get Our Recipe for Chocolate Caramel CupcakesTaste of Home
Dumbledore’s Sherbet Lemon
Dumbledore loved this sweet-tart treat so much, “sherbet lemon” was the password to his office!Get Our Recipe for Lemon Jelly Candies
This serpentine sandwich isn’t nearly as scary as the Basilisk. No Godric Gyffindor’s Sword required to slice this one up.Get Our Recipe for Slithering Snake Roll
Pumpkin Pie Smoothies
A sweeter, frostier version of good ol’ pumpkin juice, which pairs with almost every meal at Hogwarts.Get Our Recipe for Pumpkin Pie SmoothiesTaste of Home
Aragog’s minions threaten to devour Harry and Ron, until the intervention of Mr. Weasley’s feral car. Turn the tables and devour a plateful of tiny spiders at your next party.Get Our Recipe for Spider Cupcakes
A trip to Hogsmede wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Honeydukes, and a Harry Potter celebration wouldn’t be complete without these gumdrops!Get Our Recipe for Quick & Easy GumdropsTaste of Home
Inspired by another invention of the Weasley twins, but our version won’t turn you into a canary.Get Our Recipe for Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Harry’s Birthday Cake
All you need to add is Hargrid’s “HAPPEE BIRTHDAE HARRY” in green frosting to recreate Harry’s 11th birthday cake.Get Our Recipe for Mamaw Emily’s Strawberry Cake
Exploding with coconut, that is!Get Our Recipe for Coconut Creme ChocolatesTaste of Home
Mini Treacle Tarts
Feel like you’re at a feast in the Great Hall with these delicious tarts.Get Our Recipe for Pecan Butter TartsTaste of Home
Never-Ending Ice Cream
Harry eats countless bowls of ice cream at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. You can try to do the same with this easy ice cream recipe.Get Our Recipe for Raspberry Ice Cream in a BagTaste of Home
While the Honeydukes version of lollipops can burn a hole in your tongue, ours are certified Muggle safe.Get Our Recipe for Old-Fashioned Lollipops
Aunt Petunia’s Pudding
In Britain, a “pudding” is any dessert. The one Aunt Petunia makes to impress Uncle Vernon’s boss is a tall, frosted, fussy confection, something like this pink cake. Top with piped flowers and cherries for the full effect.Get Our Recipe for Cherry Chocolate Layer Cake Make sure you don’t miss our Harry Potter gifts for the kitchen that’ll make you say “Accio”! and learn how to brew the best butterbeer recipe outside of Universal Studio. ⓘ