Over 10,000 groups worldwide held events for the inaugural Harry Potter Book Night last night (5th February).
The global event, a celebration of J K Rowling’s popular book series, was initiated by Bloomsbury to "reawaken excitement" among existing fans and encourage new ones.
Waterstones Piccadilly hosted a party organised by writer Damian Kelleher with an audience of 200 Potter fans. It featured a presentation from Pottermore, a talk with author-illustrator Jonny Duddle about how he redesigned new jackets for the books last year, questions with representatives from Harry Potter fan site Mugglenet, and book signings. Guests also received a goody bag containing posters and bookmarks, and were encouraged to dress up as characters from the books to win prizes.
Ahead of the event, Bloomsbury’s head of Children's Marketing and Publicity, Ian Lamb, said: “It’s going to be really exciting and great to see many of the Harry Potter strands coming together in one event to celebrate the first Harry Potter Book Night. We’re excited here at Bloomsbury and hope that everyone who comes along is too.”
Elsewhere, The Reading Agency’s 1,000 Chatterbooks reading groups hosted events, as did 240 Brownies and 80 Girl Guides groups. Potter fans also gathered to mark the day in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Singapore, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, India, Ireland, Norway, Romania, Russia, South Africa,Thailand, Ukraine, the UK and the US.
The night will now be held annually on February 5th.