UPDATE: This event has now been cancelled. Read more here
A small Harry Potter-themed festival in Bearsden has left fans from across the country and Europe so spellbound that organisers have been forced to remind fans it’s a “local event” rather than “something like T in the Park.”
The Evening Times reported on Saturday how the three-day extravaganza is hitting the town outside Glasgow in June.
Within hours, it received close to 10,000 reactions, comments, and shares.
Now, though, organisers fear the festival will not be able to cope with crowds and insist they want fans to be realistic and prepared about the scale of the planned weekend.
In a statement, the group said: “This is designed as a local event in Bearsden rather than something like T in the Park. We don’t have the capacity for something that size - nor the budget.
“We are a couple of churches and traders working together to bring our community together and make a more creative neighbourhood.
The news was too much for Evening Times readers
“We never imagined - foolishly perhaps - that people would be prepared to travel from down south and across from Ireland and even from the Netherlands for a Harry Potter festival.
“We are absolutely going to be running [the] festival but we don’t want people to be disappointed in what they find.
“It will be smaller than recent social media reports have led you to believe.”
The event will run from June 23 to 25 to celebrate 20 years since J. K. Rowling’s ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ was first published.
Two decades on, the boy wizard continues to enchant audiences the world over.
Through its seven books, eight movies, clothing, toys, real-life Quidditch teams, and a theme park, the entire value of the Harry Potter franchise was estimated at a jaw-dropping $25 billion (£20 billion) last year, making it one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time, according to Time Money.
The event’s organisers have said that, over the coming days, they will post a list of all the events lined up so far to allow people to “decide if it is something you would like to be part of.”
So far, they have suggested Butterbeer and Potter burgers will be made available at a great Forbidden Forest BBQ, with there also being a special Room of Requirement at Café Crème in New Kirk Road.
Fantastic beasts will be making an appearance, as will a Quidditch tournament, Harry Potter service, and wand-making.
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