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  Potter lookalikes looking for a job
Updated 01 November 2002, 16.26

By Tim Masters
CBBC Newsround Online
Kids who look just like Harry Potter and his mates at Hogwarts are hoping they'll get some real wizarding work this month.

With the Chamber of Secrets about to open, lookalikes who are signed up by one London agency are keen to make a few galleons, sickles and knuts.

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But, amazingly, none of the three lookalikes we spoke to have had a single booking all year!

"I don't think there's been any work because nothing new has come out this year until now - no film, no book," said Harry-lookalike Tom, 12, from Newbury.

"I got a call about going to stand around when the next film opens but it came to nothing."

Muggle money


Lucy, 12, from Avon, who looks like Hermione, said she'd been told that some lookalike jobs could pay between 250 and 1,000.

"But I've not had any work since December," she told CBBC Newsround Online.

Disappointed

Harry-alike Neil, 11, from Derbyshire, became a lookalike after entering a competition in a national magazine.


"I'm kind of disappointed I'm not getting any jobs," he said.

The boss of their agency, Lookalikes Ltd, Francesca Krachai, reckons there are two main reasons why there's been no work.

  • It's quite difficult for children to be available for work in the evenings
  • The fees are usually too much for appearances at birthday parties

But maybe the release of Chamber of Secrets will reverse their fortunes.

The film's out on general release in the UK on 15 November. Look out for our new-look Harry Potter special section next week!

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