Wembley PS students prove they’re no mug(gle)s in breaking Harry Potter record


Charlotte Raston (centre) helped organise Wembley Primary School’s record breaking effort. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d476178
Charlotte Raston (centre) helped organise Wembley Primary School’s record breaking effort. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d476178

WEMBLEY Primary School has just set a magical world record.

Hundreds of students gathered on the school oval on Friday dressed as Harry Potter, hoping to beat the existing record of 676 people.

The official witnesses counted more than 800, with children all the way from kindergarten to Year 6 taking part (and some little siblings too).

The event was the brainchild of Year 6 student Charlotte Raston, who completed a PEAC course about record breaking.

“We weren’t required to actually contact the Guinness World Record people, but I decided to take it a step further,” Charlotte said.

“It’s been almost four months since we first applied to challenge the current record.

“There’s a lot to do.”

Charlotte said it was very exciting to work together as a school and a community to break the record, especially one related to JK Rowling’s work.

“I love the adventure and the fantasy,” she said.

Charlotte’s mother Sheridan said her children love reading and had read Harry Potter together.

“Charlotte has an amazing level of enthusiasm; she’s very creative and dreams big,” Mrs Raston said.

Principal Donna Snow said the day was fabulous.

“It goes to show when you’ve got an idea and you extend your learning and involve other people, from little things big things grow,” she said.

To confirm the record, the team needed to record video, take photographic evidence, have multiple witnesses present, and sit in costume for five minutes together.

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