Harry Potter followers’ fury at ‘rip-off’ DraigCon occasion the place children are charged £10 for a wand and £5 for pic with – The Solar


HARRY Potter followers have fumed at Manchester’s DraigCon occasion, claiming it was a rip-off the place children had been charged for wands and to take footage with an owl.

The highly-anticipated occasion got here to The Printworks over the weekend and promised to rework in to Diagon Alley.

 Harry Potter fans attended DraigCon in Manchester over the weekend


Harry Potter followers attended DraigCon in Manchester over the weekendCredit score: MEN Media Attendees complained of the cost of taking photos with an owl


Attendees complained of the price of taking photographs with an owlCredit score: MEN Media Some thought the merchandise was over-priced


Some thought the merchandise was over-pricedCredit score: MEN Media

This was the second time the occasion was held and organisers promised a “Magical Market, wild and fantastical plus some Q&A classes with Harry Potter actors”, autograph signings and extra.

Nevertheless, many have left scathing critiques of the occasion on Fb branding it a “rip-off” and “disappointing”.

Many complained that no one was checking tickets and members of the general public had been allowed to stroll round with out paying.

Others stated after paying for the whole lot from merchandise and autographs to photographs they did not assume their ticket amounted to something.

One stated: “Completely fuming what a waste of 67 quid on two VIP tickets. A great deal of individuals hadn’t even purchased tickets and had been getting the free signatures.

“Queue leaping was a joke because the queues had been larger within the VIP part anyway and did not quantity to something totally different to the usual tickets.

“I spent an additional 30 quid simply on getting footage taken with an owl and a snake which i assumed would of been free and the wands which had been £four/10 every.

“The potions class was over crowded and we could not hear the speaker so needed to go away plus the cosplay part was poor and so they talked about cosplay typically not Harry Potter-themed.

“As a single mum who purchased this as a birthday deal with i am extremely upset.”


One other added: “Completely appalled by at this time. 7 tickets purchased at £20 every to see it open to common public with out tickets, overcrowded, and definitely not as marketed.

“The youngsters are so upset at this time and I’m £140 down. What a joke! I shall be formally complaining.”

One other mum stated: “Absolute waste of cash and three very upset little boys. You needed to pay additional for the whole lot from £1 with a sorting hat, £5 to carry ann owl and the merchandise was overpriced and a few not even Harry Potter-related.

“Very poor! These had been birthday current for 2 of the boys and so they had been bored and upset!”

Not everybody appeared to have been upset.

One wrote: “My daughters (12 and 15) had an excellent weekend.

“I used to be involved concerning the adjustments in format from final 12 months however thought it labored rather well, particularly the display in vue.”

One other added: “We had a good time i would not say there was a lot for kids my 6year previous is a serious hp fan and he acquired bored simple. Managed to get one signed autograph.

“We did have a good time however will go once more subsequent 12 months however with none youngsters.

“I need to say the individuals with the owls had been sensible such pretty individuals and such pretty owls was value the additional £5pp so thanks to them my son tells everybody about them and the owls.”

 Wands were being sold for £4 to £10


Wands had been being bought for £four to £10Credit score: MEN Media Others complained about paying for an autograph from some of the actors


Others complained about paying for an autograph from a few of the actorsCredit score: MEN Media Many hit out at the 'disappointing' event


Many hit out on the ‘disappointing’ occasionCredit score: MEN Media


The actors who appeared on the occasion included Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley), James Payton (Frank Longbottom), Josh Herdman (Gregory Goyle), Scarlett Byrne (Pansy Parkinson) and extra.

Tickets for the weekend ranged from £18 to £39 relying if followers wished to get in for your entire weekend and if followers wished to fork out additional for a VIP ticket.

The Basic Admission tickets included admission in addition to entry to talks, reveals and actor areas.

The VIP tickets included the identical however had the added perks of leaping queues and getting precedence entry to the talks and reveals.

Particularly addressing a few of the complaints, joint-organiser Andrew Patrick instructed The Solar On-line: “We nonetheless have a few of the least expensive entry charges and there have been loads of free issues to do.

“We did have restricted free autographs, we had a Hagrid impersonator, a cosplay competitors and our potions shows had been all widespread.

“Some may be upset with the merchants and we actually do pleasure ourselves to supply different Printworks and fairly wonderful occasions.

Everybody who contacts us immediately we are going to take care of. You will need to us, the shopper and the households.

Andrew Patrick, joint-organiser

“They can not simply go in to sure occasions and we’ve got individuals stations at every entry door to verify people who find themselves not eligible don’t are available.

“To pay for the price of getting animal trainers all the way down to the occasion they’ve a modest cost for a personalised image.

“We attempt to present many free alternatives however if you’d like extra issues like pictures then it’s an extra price.

Mr Patrick added that each one complaints can be addressed with the people.

He stated: “Inevitably when you could have an occasion with shut to five,000 individuals attending there shall be issues and maybe in hindsight it might have been higher.

“Everybody who contacts us immediately we are going to take care of. You will need to us, the shopper and the households.

“Maybe if we expect we have to enhance on our efficiency we are going to, however we’ve got had an awesome constructive response to the occasion.

“We’ve had grand help and everyone seems to be entitled to an opinion.

“That doesn’t imply we don’t take very significantly the person complaints.

“I’m not minimising the individuals with issues and we are going to speak with them immediately and privately.”

Costs at DraigCon

Basic admission tickets ranged from £18 to £32 and included entry to talks, reveals and actor areas

VIP tickers ranged from £28 to £39 and included precedence entry to reveals and talks and queue jumps

Wands price as much as £10

Worth to take a personalised photograph with an owl was £10

Actor autographs different

 A Happy Potter fan poses with the Weasley's light blue Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe car


A Pleased Potter fan poses with the Weasley’s gentle blue Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe automobileCredit score: MEN Media Printworks in Manchester transformed in to Diagon Alley


Printworks in Manchester remodeled in to Diagon AlleyCredit score: MEN Media Mum Kaye Houston said she and son Finneus had a great time


Mum Kaye Houston stated she and son Finneus had a good timeCredit score: MEN Media

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