Giant Harry Potter Wands Could Be Coming To Manchester

The city is one of eight locations shortlisted to host the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts wand tour.

Nine giant Harry Potter wands will tour the UK and Ireland this year – and Manchester could be among the locations they visit.

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The Wizarding World Wands tour will see the 15ft wands travel to four locations across the country and the folks at Warner Bros UK are asking Muggles where they should go. Manchester will duel with seven other cities for the chance to host the magical display, the other finalists include Birmingham, Dublin, Kingston upon Hull, Leeds, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Reading, Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester.

The voting process is now open and will continue through the summer, closing at 5pm on August 26. The final four locations will host the installation in the lead up to the release of the third Fantastic Beasts film, beginning with the city with the most overall votes. The four tour locations will be announced on August 31.

Photo: warnerbros

The wands, which belong to iconic characters from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film franchises, were first displayed in London last autumn where they performed a light show along to music from the films every evening.

The installation was created to help raise awareness for J.K Rowling’s charity Lumos, whose mission is to end the institutionalisation of children around the world.

To vote for Manchester click here.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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