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  • Writer's pictureRamachandran Srinivasan

Alia Bhatt narrates Harry Potter with Alec Baldwin

Cute and chirpy Alia Bhatt turned narrator when she along with Alec Baldwin introduced Professor Snape of Hogwarts today.

It is an amazing achievement for Alia who, though lauded for her histrionics, has been the butt of all IQ jokes this far. An honest Alia admits that she was never an avid reader. "I never quite got around to befriending books," she had admitted. But lockdown actually worked its magic enamouring Harry, Hogwarts and the wizarding world became regular fixtures in Alia's life.

A month ago, on World Book Day Alia had shared on her social media that she was reading Harry Potter and loved the magic. "Confined to my home, I journeyed to Hogwarts with Harry and was transported to a world of endless possibility. And, just like magic, that was when I was asked to be a part of Harry Potter at Home," she confides.

However, the reason for this credit seems to be her recent selection in the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Asia. Looks like this could well be the beginning of a Hollywood career for Alia Bhatt.

Incidentally others who have read earlier chapters are Daniel Radcliffe, Noma Dumezweni, Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Fry, Simon Callow, Evanna Lynch and Bonnie Wright, Broadway Cast, Olivia Colman, Jonathan Van Ness and Kate McKinnon.

Chapters 1-8 are available online with additional videos posted weekly. An audio-only version is available for all for free on an app for children, parents and carers worldwide to have fun and enjoy listening to these very special, one-off recordings. All seventeen chapters of the book will be released by the middle of the summer.

What next? Will we see her opposite Daniel Radcliffe next?

Meanwhile in Bollywood the actress has a film RRR with south director SS Rajamouli coming up apart from her big budget extravaganza with Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan called Brahmastra, Sadak 2 with father Mahesh Bhatt as director and Gangubai Kathiawadi with Sanjay Leela Bhansali as director.

By Siddhant Gill

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