Celebrating 25th anniversary of Harry Potter on City Hall Market

8 August 2023
"Back to Hogwarts"-themed events and world record planned on August 26

Hamburg is gearing up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the first book in Joanne. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series in Germany on August 26, 2023. Carlsen Verlag, Warner Bros. Discovery, the Audible and Hörverlag, and those behind the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" play are staging the "Back to Hogwarts"-themed event outside City Hall. All kinds of events are planned around the popular fantasy stories.

World record planned 

Rufus Beck, actor and speaker, voices the German-language Harry Potter audio books, and will read some book scenes during the events starting at 2 pm. Actors in the Harry Potter play in Hamburg will also take to the stage. The organisers  are hoping to set a world record and are encouraging people to dress up as Harry Potter complete with the distinctive black cloak, glasses and lightning bolt scar. A gathering of more than 997 costumers would break the previous record. Toy manufacturer Lego will recreate the magic duel with Lord Voldemort using tens of thousands of Lego bricks. Visitors can build their own creatures and magic wands from the toy bricks and take them home.

Global success story 

The success story, Harry Potter, began in Germany with the German translation of the first book. The book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was followed by six more about the young sorcerer's apprentice and his adversary Lord Voldemort. The books have been translated into 85 languages and sold over 600 million copies worldwide. The audiobooks have been listened to on the Audible platform for over a billion hours, and the film adaptations have grossed over USD 7 billion worldwide. Meanwhile, Harry, Ron and Hermione have also made it onto the world's theatre stages. The stage version of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be performed in Hamburg, New York and Tokyo among other cities. More  information about the anniversary events can be found on this website.


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