Cast in bronze, the statue will show actor Daniel Radcliffe playing the world famous character and depict a scene from the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, of Harry playing Quidditch.
The announcement about the new statue comes amid ongoing controversy surrounding Harry Potter author JK Rowling and comments she has made about trans people.
Many fans, including those in the LGBTQ community, have become disillusioned with the star, with Potter fan sites stating they ‘reject JK Rowling’s beliefs’.
Where will the new Harry Potter statue be in London?
The official Harry Potter statue will be located in London’s Leicester Square.
It will be located near to the cinema when the world premier of the first Harry Potter movie was held back in 2001.
London’s Leicester Square is famous for being an entertainment hub in the capital and is full of theatres and cinemas. It therefore makes an apt location for a statue of a character made globally famous on both page, stage and screen.
The new statue is part of a series called ‘Scenes in the Square’, which was first launched in February 2020.
‘Scenes in the Square’ has seen bronze statues of recognisable characters from both modern and classic films appear in different locations around Leicester Square over the course of the year.
Other statues that can already be found around the Square include DC superheros Batman and Wonder Woman, Gene Kelly from Singin’ in the rain and iconic British characters Mary Poppins and Paddington Bear.
Josh Berger, President of Harry Potter Global Franchise Development at Warner Bros., said: ‘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.’
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