Chapter 14 gives us a Malfoy family reunion

Jul 09, 2020

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Felton, Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerers Stone, Isaacs, McCrory, Wizarding World Digital

It’s an embarrassment of riches this week. We’ve barely had time to watch/listen to Chapter 11, Chapter 12, and Chapter 13, yet Wizarding World has already uploaded Chapter 14. I expected new chapters at a rate of about one per week, not one per day. Could it be that they are intending to narrate not just Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for us but the whole series?!? The Harry Potter at Home project has provided ongoing entertainment for witches and wizards sheltering at home during the dragon pox pandemic, and we could not be more grateful or delighted at the prospect of more Potter.

Chapter 14, “Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback”, is narrated by Draco (Tom Felton), Lucius (Jason Isaacs), and Narcissa (Helen McCrory). Will Lucius sneer if his son Draco flubs a word? Will Narcissa fawn over her beloved son and offer to send him boxes of sweets to sustain him during his quarantine?

Jason Isaacs had this to say about playing Lucius Malfoy:

“I’ll confess that when I was first asked to play Lucius I hadn’t read any of the books. I was confused why so many of my adult friends – not to mention everyone on the tube – were reading children’s books. I cracked open the first one just to get a flavour and lost myself in a world that, luckily, I’ve never had to leave. Decades later my life is still enriched not just by the intoxicating magic of Jo’s stories and the timelessly human struggles and triumphs they bring to life, but by getting to meet and hear from the endless tides of people (and now their kids) whose lives were profoundly affected by the struggles, love and friendship of Harry, Ron, Hermione and, mostly, obviously, the inspiring and heart-warming heroism of the entire Malfoy family. Or maybe I’m biased…”

Once you’ve finished watching, you can try the Chapter Challenge and Quiz. One of the Chapter Challenge questions asks if you would like a dragon of your own. Would you? If so, where would you keep it? How would you prevent the Muggles from finding out about it? Tell us in the comments.

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