It is almost incidental that just yesterday we came to know about how HBO Max's launch was rather amazing and dropped in one of the biggest surprises - releasing all the Harry Potter films on the streamer. And now, while you can transport yourself to the wizarding world visually, actor Alia Bhatt will be transporting the viewers by reading a chapter.
Earlier this month, the official Harry Potter universe website Wizarding World and author J.K. Rowling had announced ‘Harry Potter At Home’, and it was a free initiative for fans around the world, especially during the lockdown. It was a treat for fans as it brought weekly readings of the first Harry Potter book, The Sorcerer’s Stone. Daniel Radcliffe narrated the first chapter ‘The Boy Who Lived’, kickstarting the initiative. Now, there’s great news for Indian fans of Harry Potter, as Alia Bhatt was chosen to read the eighth chapter. She is also joined by Alec Baldwin and his daughter.
Bhatt shared a video clip in a tweet of her narrating the eighth chapter on her social media and wrote, “Two months ago Harry, Hogwarts, and the @WizardingWorld became regular fixtures in my life and almost immediately, in my heart. And, just like magic, two months ago I was asked to be a part of #HarryPotterAtHome. You can watch me reading Chapter 8 now at HarryPotterAtHome.Com!” It’s quite magical, really. She introduces us to Professor Snape in the chapter, the Potions teacher at Hogwarts.
The website Wizarding World quotes Alia saying, “It wasn’t until lockdown in India that Harry, Hogwarts, and the wizarding world became regular fixtures in my life. Somehow, despite the fierce insistence of my sister, life always intervened, and I never quite got around to befriending the books. But confined to my home - I journeyed to Hogwarts with Harry and was transported to a world of endless possibilities."
Are you excited? We surely are.