“Does Rowling Plan Her Work?”

Rowling Reads ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ — Chapter 5, On the White House Lawn!

Hat-tip, the Rowling Library!

Harry Potter at Home: Noma Dumezweni Reads Aloud Chapter Two of ‘Stone’

‘The Vanishing Glass’! Check out Chapter Two’s reading by Noma Dumazweni here: https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-the-vanishing-glass

Rowling Retweets Swan Reunion

For Serious Strikers out there, this is a point of interest because… well, The Swan Symbolism in Lethal White. See also Elizabeth Baird-Hardy on the subject and Joanne Gray.

Swans separated and re-united may be the single most important image or metaphor for the Cormoran Strike-Robin Ellacott relationship.



Harry Potter at Home: Daniel Radcliffe Reads Aloud the First Chapter of ‘Stone’

J. K. Rowling gave her permission last month for teachers to read the Hogwarts Saga aloud to children in Zoom and Skype virtual classrooms during Covid-19 lockdowns of schools. WizardingWorld.com has now joined the online reading aloud show with programming of its own.

Their first offering is actor Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the Warner Brothers adaptations of the Potter novels, reading Chapter 1, ‘The Boy Who Lived,’ of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Check it out here: https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-the-boy-who-lived

It’s quite good, production values aside. I don’t think there will be a great swelling of demand for Radcliffe to read the entire series aloud a la Jim Dale and Stephen Fry but I rather enjoyed the dramatic reading, especially the Dursley pieces. Your thoughts?

Hat-tip to Suzanne!