Published 23 November 2016
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit movie theatres at the weekend and it is already proving to be a huge success.
The film is based on a fictional text-book that appears in the Harry Potter books. It is written by “Mazizoologist” Newt Scamander and is set about 70 years before the first Harry Potter book.
Here Guinness World Records shares ten of the most magical records set by J. K. Rowling's wizard adventures, Harry Potter fans and real-life beasts.
1. Largest gathering of people dressed as Harry Potter
These are 521 people who are sure to love Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
It may not be enchanted, or built on a lake, but Tanbridge House School in Horsham, West Sussex, UK, looks like the closest thing to Hogwarts that a muggle will ever find.
The students wore a Hogwarts uniform, spectacles, fake forehead scar, pointed magician’s hat, and held a magic wand.
2. Highest annual earnings for an author
Author J. K. Rowling earned a whopping $300 m (£161 m) in 2007-8!
3. Largest gathering of people dressed as wizards
In the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, actor Eddie Redmayne plays a shy and eccentric wizard who works at the Ministry of Magic.
He didn't attend the largest gathering of wizards though..
4. Largest collection of Harry Potter memorabilia
With each new book and film there is more Harry Potter stuff for Menahem Asher Silva Vargas (Mexico) to collect.
There are few Harry Potter fans as committed to the boy wizard as Menahem. At the last count, on 5 November 2013, Menahem Potter – as he’s known to his friends – had 3,097 items.
5. Largest walking robot
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is full of amazing magical creatures.
This incredible beast is a radio-controlled robot dragon measuring 15.72 m (51 ft 7 in) long by 8.2 m (26 ft 10 in) tall.
Fanny was made by Zollner Elektronik AG (DEU) in Zandt, Germany, for an annual folklore festival.
The terrifying creature is powered by a 2-litre turbo diesel engine and weighs 11 tonnes (24,250 lb) – about the same as 158 Komodo dragons, at c. 70 kg (154 lb) the real-world’s largest lizard.
6. Largest thunder beast
There’s nothing supernatural about the thunder beast, which was a real-life monster. Also known as brontotheres or titanotheres, thunder beasts were huge prehistoric odd-toed ungulates (mammals that, like horses, walk on their toenails) that resembled rhinoceroses.
The largest thunder beast was Brontotherium, which lived in North America around 55.8–33.9 million years ago. Characterized by a very large Y-shaped, horn-like structure of bone on its nose, this mighty herbivorous mammal stood around 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) high at the shoulder, and may have weighed up to 1,000 kg (2,200 lb).
When native American Indians first found the huge fossilized bones of this mammal, they mistook them for those of a legendary beast called the thunder horse that jumped down from the sky to Earth and made loud noises during thunderstorms. Based on this folklore, scientists named the animal Brontotherium (“thunder beast”).
7. Fastest selling children’s book
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 8.3 million copies in the first 24 hours of being on sale in the USA on July 21, 2007.
8. Largest gathering of people dressed as witches
Katherine Waterston stars as Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein in J. K. Rowling’s new movie. She is a likable witch who used to work for the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) but was unfairly demoted.
Perhaps she would have been found on the main town street in Sort, Lleida, where 1,607 witches – well, people dressed as witches! – got together on 16 Nov 2013 to perform an incantation to bring the participants luck for the 2013 Spanish Christmas lottery.
9. Largest model of Hogwarts Castle
Stuart Craig and other members of the Warner Bros. Art Department created an enormous 1:24-scale replica of the famous boarding school.
It measures 50 ft (15.24 m) across and contains more than 2,500 fiber-optic lights.
10. Largest audience for a magic performance
Perfoming magic that even Harry Potter would be amazed at, the Ehrlich Brothers from Germany put on an illusion show to in front of 38,503 people at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany, on 11 June 2016.