Unlock your inner Hogwarts student and help break this Guinness World Record attempt at The Printworks


Dig out your magic wand and put your glasses on because The Printworks is getting set to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of people dressed as Harry Potter.

Harry Potter fans from around the UK will be gathering there on July 21st/22nd, transforming the city centre entertainment complex into the iconic one-stop magic-student shop Diagon Alley for a special fan convention.

As part of the build-up, The Printworks is teaming up with organisers Draigcon to raise funds for Cash For Kids by bringing over 1,000 wizards and witches together on Friday 20th in an attempt to beat the current world record of 997 set by a school in Australia.

If you fancy getting involved, you’ll need to be dressed in a complete head-to-toe Hogwarts get-up – a wand, glasses, Hogwarts uniform and a fake scar on your forehead are all mandatory.

For every person who dresses up as Harry Potter, Draigcon will donate £1 to the Hits Radio Cash for Kids appeal.

The Printworks Harry Potter weekender will see favourites including Chris Rankin (aka Percy Weasley) fly in to take part in the convention alongside crew, cast, prop makers and set builders. There will be live Q&As with the team behind the films, including sculptor Brian Muir who famously created Darth Vader’s helmet as well as many of the sets and props in the Harry Potter movies.

There will also be a magical market, special Harry Potter themed shows, and the loveable house-elf, Dobby, will be hosting a ‘Sock Appeal’ – collecting clothes for Manchester’s homeless.

At Chethams, a full orchestra will be playing a selection of John Williams scores – including the Harry Potter theme.

After the event on Friday, Bierkeller will be hosting a Harry Potter Quiz with special guest host Percy Weasley aka Chris Rankin. You can win Harry Potter goodies, and find the Golden Snitch to win a bar tab, with a £60 cash jackpot and goodies for the winning team.

“We can’t wait to see everyone dressed up and getting involved to kick start the weekend of Harry Potter magic,” said event organiser Carl Whiteley.

“It would be fantastic if we could break a Guinness World Record – it’d be like winning the Quidditch World Cup!”

More tickets have now been released for this previously sold-out event due to an increase in space available.

To take part in the world record attempt on Friday 20th, sign up below. Entry is free but you’ll need to get a ticket in advance and register by 5pm ready for the record attempt at 6.30 pm.

You’d be a muggle to miss out.



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