Young muggles dress up as Harry Potter and break world record

Published 26 June 2017

Today is the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! J. K. Rowling's book was first published by Bloomsbury on 26 June 1997.

To celebrate the famous wizard, Bloomsbury organised a magical Guinness World Records attempt.

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The book publisher teamed up with Bolton Museum & Library Services and 11 primary schools across Bolton, UK to get as many kids involved as possible.

They wanted to break the Guinness World Records title for the Largest gathering of people dressed as Harry Potter.

Official judge Sofia Greenacre was at the event to count the Gryffindor students.

She had to make sure each participant was wearing the correct Hogwarts uniform as well as glasses, a wand and a fake lightning bolt scar on the forehead.

Sofia was delighted to announce that an incredible 676 Harry Potters turned up, breaking the previous record by more than 150 people.

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"What a fantastic way to celebrate such an iconic book," said Ian Lamb, Head of Children’s Marketing and Publicity at Bloomsbury. "To bring the record directly back to young readers is the perfect way to mark this very special occasion."

Bloomsbury also wanted to use the Guinness World Records attempt to encourage kids to read, so they sent each participant home with a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Thinking of attempting a world record? Here's a Harry Potter quote to inspire you:

"You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve." ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince