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  Harry Potter's got spex appeal
Updated 05 November 2001, 17.16
Harry Potter with Hedwig
Harry Potter has worked his magic and made glasses fashionable.

Opticians have reported hundreds of children rushing to get Harry Potter-style rounded specs, whereas they used to go to any lengths to avoid wearing them.

Harry Potter in his famous specs
One opticians, Asda Vision Centre, said 40 per cent of children who came to get their eyes tested said they did so because they wanted wizard glasses.

An Asda spokesman said: "Imagine our surprise when we discovered it was due to the fact kids wanted to look like Harry Potter. Anything that encourages children to have regular eye tests is great news."

Owl update

Meanwhile one of the owls which keepers think was stolen from a wildlife park because of the demand for pets like Harry Potter's Hedwig, has been returned.

Gizmo was found a few miles away from the park on someone's roof, but there is still no sign of his mate, Marnie.

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