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Jude Law and more narrate new 'Harry Potter' audiobook


Agence France-Presse

 /  Wed, April 1, 2020  /  08:08 am
Jude Law and more narrate new 'Harry Potter' audiobook

Jude Law attends the screening of 'The Rhythm Section' at Brooklyn Academy of Music on January 27, 2020 in New York City. (AFP/Jamie McCarthy)

The British actor portrayed Professor Albus Dumbledore in the second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" film series, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald."

Law 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.

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Set for release on March 31, "The Tales of Beedle The Bard" will arrive 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."

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