Say ‘Lumos’ near St Pauls tonight and you’ll be treated to a little bit of magic. That bit between the Millennium Bridge and St Pauls is playing host to an installation of lampposts like no other: Harry Potter’s wands.
The event will see nine fifteen foot tall wands lighting the walkway and will become an instant tourist attraction in themselves. The wands themselves represent those used by some of our most beloved Potter characters.
It’s all in aid of the launch of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the new J.K. Rowling film that serves as a prequel to the series we all know and love. The movie, featuring Eddie Redmayne, Jonny Depp and a host of other a-listers, is almost certainly set to be a blockbusting success.
But the St Pauls wands aren’t just a stunt to promote a film (well, not entirely), they’re there to help raise awareness for Rowling’s charity Lumos. Lumos seeks to end the institutionalisation of children around the world. Running under the tagline ‘Children belong in families, not orphanages’, the charity works to support programmes that take children out of homes and into homes.
Running from today until the 10th November, the wands are destined to be ALL OVER your Insta feed over the next few weeks. And after all, who wouldn’t want to be photographed clinging tight onto Harry Potter’s massive upright wizened wand? Check em out.