The church minister whose Harry Potter pageant attracted worldwide curiosity has stated he was taken by “shock” by the dimensions of the response.
A small Potter-themed occasion with stalls and video games had been deliberate for Bearsden Cross, on the outskirts of Glasgow,.
However the Reverend Roddy Hamilton of New Kilpatrick Parish Church stated the plans had been “blown out the water” by the huge curiosity on Fb.
The pageant has been cancelled amid concerns that it had got out of hand.
Mr Hamilton, one of many co-ordinator’s of the Bearsden Pageant, stated folks had been planning to journey from throughout Europe and a few had in contrast it to T within the Park, a music pageant that draws 80,000 a day.
He stated it was a small, native occasion that had been held for 5 years.
The goal was to develop “higher relationships” between the church and the neighborhood, he instructed BBC Scotland’s Name Kaye programme.
Mr Hamilton stated: “This was blown out of the water this week by our Fb put up going viral and Potter followers from all around the world being inquisitive about it.”
Mr Hamilton stated the web page had reached 250,000 folks, with 10,000 confirming that they wished to attend.
“We obtained messages from Croatia, Norway and Holland,” he stated.
“It is superb what Harry Potter followers are like, they may fly wherever – broomsticks or in any other case – to get to a Harry Potter pageant.”
The minister stated they weren’t arrange for the extent of curiosity it generated and there have been issues about “security, parking capability and licensing implications”.
He stated: “We have been going to do one or two occasions, a barbeque, a Quidditch match.
“One of many native cafes would beautify themselves as one of many homes in Hogsmead ,the place Harry Potter and his mates used to fulfill, and we’d create Butter Beer.
“It was very small scale however it did not find yourself being like that.”
He stated Fb had been helpful to get native curiosity in earlier festivals however the Harry Potter theme despatched the put up international.
“We simply noticed the numbers rising and rising,” Mr Hamilton stated.
“It took us three years to get 155 likes on our church Fb web page and three days to get to 10,000 on the Harry Potter web page.”
Harry Potter superfan Kathryn Burnett, from County Durham, instructed Name Kaye she had been was planning to go to the pageant and was “gutted” it had been cancelled.
“I believe I had been tagged on the Fb web page 12 instances by mates,” she stated.
“Whether it is an Harry Potter occasion then I am there.
“I believe the followers would love one thing like this.
“If one thing on that scale, an enormous Harry Potter pageant was executed, it could be jam-packed. For followers that may be a dream come true.”
The Harry Potter Weekend had been attributable to happen between 23 and 25 June 2017.