The actor James Phelps, who starred as Fred Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise, has turned a surprise trip to London into a magical experience for a young family of Harry Potter fans…
The Johnson family, from Los Angeles, California, received the once-in-a-lifetime trip to London, and a one-off VIP tour of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter with James Phelps, after the city’s official tourism body, Visitlondon.com identified them as genuine ‘super fans’ of Harry Potter.
Fans of London – devised by Visitlondon.com, celebrates the blockbuster events across London this year including The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy, and the world’s first exhibition on the Rolling Stones, EXHIBITIONISM.
The Johnson family were selected by Visitlondon.com after an extensive search across the US.
Adam (11), Daniel (13), and Victoria Johnson (14) who had never left the United States before their visit to London, have been avid Harry Potter fans for years. “My mum used to read the books to me and my brother and sister even before we were born,” said Harry Potter super fan, Adam Johnson. “When I think of Harry Potter I always think of London. Our trip was so much fun, especially meeting James Phelps – and I really wish I had a real life Firebolt broomstick so that I can fly back to London whenever I want!”
The family also run a successful LA-based charity that helps local children overcome bullying.
James Phelps surprised the Johnson children at the home of the film series, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, which is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the UK release of Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone this year.
Speaking about his day with the Johnsons, James said: “I had such a great time with Adam, Victoria and Daniel, showing them around the film sets, telling them stories about when we shot the films and even teaching them a few magic tricks… it’s easy to see how knowledgeable and passionate they all are about Harry Potter, true super fans!
“London is one of my favourite places in the world and fans of Harry Potter can still enjoy so much of its magic across the city.”
Chris Gottlieb, Chief Marketing Officer for London & Partners said: “Fans of London is a true celebration of the blockbuster events in London this year, and these films allows the audience to see London through the eyes of authentic and deserving super fans like the Johnsons.
“Whether you’re a fan of the Royal Family, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, or the Rolling Stones, visitors can find so much of what they love in the capital – and in this case, there’s never been a more exciting year to be a Harry Potter fan in London.”
For the chance to win a trip to London go to www.visitlondon.com/fans