Jude Law headlines all-star recording of 'Harry Potter' audiobook

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  • Wednesday, 01 Apr 2020

Actor Jude Law is among the readers in an all-star recording of J.K. Rowling's 'The Tales Of Beedle The Bard, ' the first time her Harry Potter spinoff has been available as an audio book. Photo: AP

Jude Law, the British actor who portrayed Professor Albus Dumbledore in the second instalment of the Fantastic Beasts film series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, will now appear in a new audiobook for The Tales Of Beedle The Bard, which was published in 2008 in an effort to raise funds for J.K. Rowling's Lumos charity.

The collection of short stories is presented in the Harry Potter universe as traditional bedtime tales for "wizarding" families.

The fictional book is notably mentioned in the seventh and final novel of the Harry Potter series, where it serves as a vehicle for introducing Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Wesley to the Deathly Hallows.

Adapted into an audiobook for the first time, each story of The Tales Of Beedle The Bard will be narrated by a different actor from the Harry Potter films and Harry Potter And The Cursed Child play.

Sally Mortemore, known as Hogwarts librarian Madam Pince in the film franchise, narrates the book's introduction, while Law reads Dumbledore's notes on the stories.

Noma Dumezweni, who played the original Hermione in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, takes on The Tale Of The Three Brothers.

Bonnie Wright, who portrays Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, lends her voice to Babbitty Rabbitty And Her Cackling Stump.

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Warwick Davis (Flitwick/ Griphook) also contribute to the star-dubbed audiobook, whose proceeds will partly go to Lumos.

Released on March 31, The Tales Of Beedle The Bard arrived a few days after Audible made hundreds of its audiobooks available to the public for free in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"For as long as schools are closed, we're open," the audiobook company announced during the launch of Audible Stories.

While the collection is geared towards young listeners, book lovers of all ages can (re)discover literary classics narrated by some of the biggest names of the film industry.

Scarlett Johansson takes on Alice In Wonderland, while Thandie Newton reads Charlotte Brönte's Jane Eyre.

Rachel McAdams and Dan Stevens have respectively lent their voices to audiobooks of Anne Of Green Gables and Frankenstein. - AFP

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