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  • Written by: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Narrated by Stephen Fry)

Written by: J.K. Rowling
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
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Publisher's Summary

Stephen Fry brings the richness of these magical stories to life in the original British recordings, available for the first time in the United States and Canada.

Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms: a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'.

Treat your ears to a performance so rich and captivating you'll imagine yourself in the halls of Hogwarts. Wherever you listen, the unmistakable voice of Stephen Fry is guaranteed to guide you ever more deeply into this magical story and transport you to the heart of the adventure.

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Theme music composed by James Hannigan.

Having become classics of our time, the Harry Potter stories never fail to bring comfort and escapism. With their message of hope, belonging and the enduring power of truth and love, the story of the Boy Who Lived continues to delight generations of new listeners.

©2015 J.K. Rowling (P)2024 Pottermore Publishing
About the Creator- Stephen Fry

About the Performer

Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director, and all-around national treasure.
Notable acting roles include his award-winning performance in Wilde, his iconic projects with Hugh Laurie such as A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, and Blackadder, and his memorable turns in blockbuster projects V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and The Hobbit series.
His recent television credits include The Dropout for Hulu and The Sandman for Netflix. He can next be seen in the Netflix project Everything Now and season 3 of Apple’s The Morning Show.
Stephen recently wrapped shooting the European feature film Iron Box opposite Lena Dunham, directed by Julia Von Heinz.
As a proudly out gay man, he leads the award-winning Stephen Fry: Out There, which documents the lives of lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender people around the world as part of his thirty-year advocacy of the rights of the LGBT community.

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Brilliant!!!

Would have got this series years ago!!! So wonderful to have the Canadian version!!! Stephen Fry is Amazing!!

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First timer with My. Fry.

I have listened to Jim Dale's version many times and love it. This was my first time listening to Stephen Fry. I really enjoyed it but Jim Dale has way more voices for the characters. should I keep going with Mr Fry?

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finally

Finally Canada gets the proper version and not the American. I love this book. I remember reading it so long ago.

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Stephen Fry is amazing!

I’ve been waiting so long to listen to Stephen Fry’s version of HP. So incredible. And so nice to listen to the actual version and not the Americanized Jim Daie version. Love love love.

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Amazingly brilliant 🙌🏼

He is such a great reader. I have listened to all of the older Audible versions that were available. but had to get these and let me say they are incredible I got hooked right away and had to buy the rest just finished this one now on to the next. 😁

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Finally!

I used to listen to these years ago and I've been trying to find them ever since, the other narrator just isn't the same and doesn't pronounce things right, definitely better than the other narrator in my opinion

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Fry is the guy!

I loved Stephen Fry's reading of this fantastic story....I enjoyed it from minute one right until the end!

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Love it!!

I love Stephen Fry’s reading!! I have read the books over and over again as a girl. I can’t wait to hear the others!

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Great Rendition

I confess that I'm a fan of Jim Dale's excellent reading of these iconic J.K. Rowling novels. True, he reads the Americanized iterations of the books (which are slightly inferior, imo).. but captures the tone *perfectly* during emotional character interactions and action scenes. Regardless, the imaginative writing is unimpeachable: the reputation of these books as exemplary children's/youth fiction is well-earned.

Steven Fry's diction, timbre, and cadence are typically outstanding (although he occasionally inspires too sharply).. but where Fry exceeds Dale is at voice-acting and capturing the whimsy of the Wizarding World & the Hogwarts environs.

Altogether, this is a 9.5/10-star recording of the First 'Harry Potter' installment. Dale's readings are superior as the series gets more and more serious - but this one is unbeatable for the introductory book. My advice (having read and listened to multiple versions on multiple platforms): Download this 'Pottermore Publishing'/Fry recording for 'The Philosopher's Stone' and Dale's 'Recorded Books' performances for Books 2-7.

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