A bronze statue of The Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter, will be the next to join a collection of movie-themed statues in London’s Leicester Square.
The statue will depict Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe) taking flight on his Nimbus 2000 broom for the first time, from a scene in the 2001 movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Director of Destination Marketing at Heart of London Business Alliance, Mark Williams, said on the statue:
“Harry Potter is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular fictional characters, and it is fantastic to celebrate that here in Leicester Square where the very first film premiered almost twenty years ago.”
The statue will be the latest to join the Scenes in the Square collection, a film sculpture trail in London’s Leicester Square unveiled in February this year, and given permission to remain until at least July 2023.
The trail brings together eight other film icons from the past 100 years: Laurel & Hardy, Bugs Bunny, Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Mr. Bean, Paddington, Batman and Wonder Woman. Five more plots have also been made available for future statues.
An audio tour, hosted by Alex Zane, gives visitors a thirty-minute walking tour of the trail, with a Harry Potter section to be added once the statue is unveiled.
Josh Berger, President of Harry Potter Global Franchise Development at Warner Bros., added:
“Statues in this impressive installation represent some of the most iconic characters and actors in movie history, and we are delighted to see Harry Potter soaring across the Square. The Harry Potter series has delighted fans of all ages for decades and we hope that this will continue to bring people joy.”
The unveiling of the statue will coincide with the October 6th release of Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Edition, brought to life by award-winning illustrator Emily Gravett.
The latest information about the trail can be found at the Scenes in the Square official website.