Fans go potty over Harry during spellbinding Leeds event

Joe Reed at the Harry Potter event at Waterstones.

Joe Reed at the Harry Potter event at Waterstones.

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Harry Potter fans in Leeds had a hoot at a magical event celebrating their Hogwarts hero.

More than 120 excited young fans – and one impressive Bengal Eagle Owl – packed into the sold-out event at the Waterstones store in Leeds city centre.

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Lucky ticketholders were organised into houses before competing in a range of spell-binding activities including wizard duels, potion brewing, fancy dress competitions and quizzes.

Joe Thomas, Waterstones events co-ordinator, said: “We’re thrilled to host an evening to celebrate one of the most important literary characters of recent times, and delighted by how popular this event has been.

“Few series can engage with so many different people at once, but the Harry Potter franchise is beloved by children and adults alike, as our guestlist for the evening shows.”

Mr Thomas added: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to get a lot of like-minded and passionate people together.”

Tickets for the Harry Potter Book Night event at the Albion Street store sold out in just two weeks.

Organisers Bloomsbury, publishers of the Harry Potter books, also held similar events in other cities across the UK.

The Harry Potter themed evenings aims to celebrate the popular series and introduce younger readers to the magic of J.K. Rowling’s work.

Since the very first book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – came out 18 years ago, the franchise has gone on to become one of the biggest-selling book series of all time, with more than 450million copies being snapped up by fans.

The story has expanded into movies, video games, toys, trading cards and other merchandise, creating a brand that is estimated to be worth around £15billion.

Warner Bros also built a tourist attraction in London after a £100m investment.