Matthew Lewis, Helen Howard, and Imelda Staunton Read Chapter 12 of “Philosopher’s Stone”

‘Tis the season, well, in the Harry Potter at Home read-along, at least! Taking on Chapter 12 from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone are Matthew Lewis, Helen Howard (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Melbourne), and Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge).

“The Mirror of Erised” brings Christmas to Hogwarts and sees Harry take his first-ever midnight Invisibility Cloak adventure, in which he discovers the temptations of the magical Mirror of Erised while attempting to find out more about Nicolas Flamel.



Matthew Lewis is, of course, well known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Potter movies. While Neville is a true Gryffindor, Matthew himself is a Hufflepuff, a fact that surprised even Wizarding World Digital.



Joining Matthew for this chapter is Helen Howard. Howard is a member of the Melbourne cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which has currently suspended performances until August 9 due to the coronavirus pandemic. One of the roles that Howard takes on in Cursed Child is Profesor Umbridge, and it turns out that she is not the only Umbridge in this installment of the read-along.

Chapter 11 may have given readers double the David, but Chapter 12 has upped the game with double the Umbridge!

Imelda Staunton, who portrayed the character in the Potter movies reads the final part of Chapter 12, in which Dumbledore reveals some of the secrets of the Mirror of Erised to Harry.

As always, the chapter video, activities, and further reading can be found on the Wizarding World website. An audio-only version of the chapter can also be found on Spotify.

We’re nearing the end of the Harry Potter at Home Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone read-along. Who would you like to see narrate the remaining five chapters of Harry’s first year at Hogwarts?

Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!