Giant Harry Potter art installation shines on Buxton couple's magical engagement

As far as marriage proposals go, I'm sure you'll agree this one is simply wand-erful!

Friday, 9th November 2018, 3:33 pm
Updated Monday, 12th November 2018, 12:47 pm
Steph pops the question to Emily. Photos: Tom Nicholson.

Harry Potter fans Steph Bennett and Emily Scouler shared their magical moment under the Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands installation at Peter's Hill in London.

Steph, 26, chose the temporary art structure, which consists of nine giant illuminated wands from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, as a fitting location to get down on one knee and pop the question to girlfriend Emily, 25.

The couple’s engagement was followed by a military marching band, the Grenadier Guards, performing music from the Wizarding World films.

The light-up wand installation has been in place for the past three weeks as part of the City of London Arts Initiative for public art, and ahead of the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald.

It was the second marriage proposal at the installation, and attracted the attention of author JK Rowling, who sent her best wishes on Twitter. She wrote: “Congratulations, Steph and Emily!”

And thanks to a little wizardry from Warner Bros the happy couple were treated to tickets to next week's film premiere.

All smiles: the happy couple.

Steph later tweeted herself: "It's been an amazing whirlwind. Still can't believe it, so surreal with all those people watching and the people working for Warner Brothers getting involved."

This weekend will be the last chance to catch the light-up wand installation.

The couple received tickets to the premiere of the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald film.
A military marching band, the Grenadier Guards, performed music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films.
Wednesday was the final of a series of three Wizarding Wednesday events, in celebration of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.