Harry Potter still casts spell for fans 20 years on


LONDON Dressed in a prolonged black robe and holding a wand, George Massingham is penetrating for everybody to know he is a Harry Potter super fan.

If he isn’t doing Professor Severus Snape, a puzzling potions master during Hogwarts School, a 27-year-old likes to dress in some other dress relating to J.K. Rowling’s fantastical universe of witches and wizards.

Massingham pronounced of his colleagues: “They don’t conflict as most now as they used to. They usually arrange of go ‘oh, you’re wearing that again’.”

Monday outlines 20 years given a recover of “Harry Potter and a Philosopher’s Stone,” a initial of 7 Potter books in a array that sole 450 million copies in 79 languages and sparked a $7 billion film franchise.

Massingham is not a usually super fan. Tracey Nicol-Lewis, 43, and her 15-year-old son Brenden like to dress adult in Hogwarts uniform for trips to a supermarket in Cardiff, Wales.

Nicol-Lewis’ mania with Rowling’s universe of wizards started when her father gave her one of a books, “Goblet of Fire,” shortly before he died.

“We kind of clung to that,” she said.

She has given spent around 40,000 pounds ($50,600) on all things Harry Potter, putting together a collection of 2,506 pieces of memorabilia.

South Wales prop-maker Victoria Maclean, 37, has a likewise vast collection of Potter memorabilia decorating her home in Cardiff.

She has a wizard-themed toilet, and her mother’s remains lay in a potion jar reproduction of Wolfsbane Potion – a enchanting piece from a Potter array that stops werewolves being dangerous.

“People are going to demeanour during it and consider I’m a finish freak,” pronounced Maclean, who named her children Harry and Daniel after British actor Daniel Radcliffe, who plays a sorceress in a film franchise.

For 29-year-old Luke Williams, a couple to Radcliffe is even stronger. His dim hair, skinny nose, brownish-red eyes and even his voice bear a distinguished similarity to Radcliffe, who initial starred as Harry in a 2001 film chronicle of “The Philosopher’s Stone.”

Plans to do a striking pattern march were scrapped as Williams embarked on a 15-year career as a Potter impersonator. It has taken him around a universe to parties, book launches and shows. But he longs for a opposite kind of attention.

“The girls still screech when Harry Potter walks down a highway … though I’d rather be a Brad Pitt lookalike,” Williams said.

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(Editing by Patrick Johnston and Larry King)


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