Jim Dale Says “Hey” from LA

Jul 27, 2005

Posted by: Melissa Anelli


Last night, I was lucky enough to see Jim Dale read from the Harry Potter books at Storyopolis on Venura Boulevard. He read a bit from Book Six, then the scene from Prisoner of Azkaban where they won the Quidditch Cup.
He noted that the crowd was comprised mostly of adults – of the 100 or so in attendence, the crowd was about 80% grownups including many without children along – then invited three kids up to learn how to be a story narrator. The audience selected the best of the three, and then the process was repeated three more times; the last round had two men in their 50’s participating. A girl who did a wonderful reading of Molly Weasley’s Howler from Chamber of Secrets won the night and took home a signed set of all six books on CD.

After that, he graciously signed autographs for all those in attendence, and took a moment to say hi to everyone at The Leaky Cauldron.

Over the next few weeks, he’ll be doing more readings in cities like Washington, DC and Atlanta; we hope to have a full schedule up later this week. I highly recommend going – it’s an amazing experience to see The Voice of the Harry Potter Books, at least for those of us in the US, recreating the stories in person.

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.