The world's greatest kid diversion is proving effective online during this madness. Just yesterday, my pal Don Katz, founder and CEO of Audible, sent me this personal note:
Thanks to Audible’s partnership with J. K. Rowling and thanks to her thoughtful Harry Potter At Home offering, I thought I would share that Stories now includes Britain’s “national treasure,” Stephen Fry’s brilliant performance of the first Harry Potter title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. For years devoted Audible listeners have enjoyed comparing and contrasting different artistic interpretations of an unforgettable story. Since so many Americans are already familiar with the great Jim Dale’s equally brilliant and nuanced rendition of Harry’s adventures, I wanted to make members aware that Stephen Fry’s version is now on Stories.
While listening, you can take a deep dive into the Harry Potter At Home hub:
You’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!
A terrific day burner if there every was one!
And for all those older Potter fanatics, log into Jamie Helms' Facebook Live midnight reads here. He's an obviously unemployed bartender in Macon, GA who gives sublime performances: