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Magic! Big night casts a spell on Swansea's Harry Potter fans

Fans of fictional witchcraft and wizardry added an extra touch of magic to Swansea.


They gathered at the seafront Central Library for its annual free-entry Harry Potter Book Night.

Attendees were encouraged to go along dressed as a Potter character.

The event has become increasingly popular since its launch six years ago as global success grew for the JK Rowling fantasy books and films.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "This is our Central Library's busiest event of the year - it's incredibly popular with Potter fans of all ages.

"It shows how important culture is to our city and why our libraries are so valued by the public."

Harry Potter Book Night was celebrated across the world, helped by Potter publishers Bloomsbury.

Attractions at the two-hour library event included an interactive potion workshop by Mad Science Wales, an owl meet and greet session by Falconry UK, a cupcake sale by Tuckers Confectionery, a merchandise sale and broommaking for a small voluntary donation.

Other attractions included prize draws.

The JK Rowling stories follow the lives of young wizard Potter and fellow students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was released 23 years ago. The books have sold hundreds of millions of copies.

Photo: A Swansea Central Library officer in Harry Potter mode.


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