Friday 19 January 2018

End of Harry Potter awful - Charles

The Prince of Wales has lamented the end of the Harry Potter series of novels during a visit to a school
The Prince of Wales has lamented the end of the Harry Potter series of novels during a visit to a school

The Prince of Wales lamented the end of Harry Potter's wizarding adventures with a group of schoolchildren.

During a visit to Devon, he told them it was "awful" that JK Rowling's blockbusting series of books - whose eighth and final film adaptation is released on Friday - was coming to an end.

Charles was in Salcombe, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, when he made the remark to children from the upmarket resort town's primary school.

Sue Warne, the school's head of teaching and learning, said: "He asked them whether they liked reading, whether they liked Harry Potter and whether they had read the books and seen the films. He said how awful it was that there no more Harry Potter books to come."

Camilla, dressed in a light peach-coloured dress, also pleased the waiting crowds by tucking into a honeycomb-flavour ice cream from Salcombe Ice Cream as she and Charles went on a walkabout though Salcombe's narrow streets, visiting several shops which also included a butcher's and a sweet shop.

Later, a flotilla of small boats trailed the Prince as he boarded a launch for a brief waterborne tour of the harbour and river estuary.

He also came face to face with one of the area's culinary specialities - edible crab - while chatting with shellfishermen, and was presented with some locally-made Sharpham Savour cheese.

While touring a boatyard specialising in local yawl racing yachts, he was asked by boat owner Charles Thompson whether he would officially name his new boat. The Prince replied: "I'm sorry but I don't have a bottle of champagne."

Afterwards Mr Thompson said: "It was probably just as well because the boat is called Great Bustard."

Charles and Camilla are on a two-day visit to the South West which will see them visit Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Press Association

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