Luton’s Beech Hill Primary in Guinness bid

Beech Hill pupils and staff look the part for Harry Potter reading to break Guinness world record

Beech Hill pupils and staff look the part for Harry Potter reading to break Guinness world record

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A bolt of lightning started proceedings when little learners at Beech Hill Primary took part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the world’s largest reading lesson.

Across the country, 75 schools were simultaneously involved in reading the first chaper of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, hoping to beat the current record which stands at 3,509.

Beech Hill students were dressed as if they were in a classroom at Hogwarts with readers wearing hats and cloaks, Gryffindor-style.

Headteacher Mrs Debbie Bosher introduced the lesson and readings from the first chapter were given by Luton mayor Cllr Tahir Khan, children, teachers and a governor.

Chair of governors Colin Brown said: “It was a fabulous event and the children were excited by the possibility of being record-breakers.”

And it looks like they may have their wish – the figure already stands at 4,000 and not all schools have made their returns.